I first recall being struck by the idea of light walls and black interior trim when I set my eyes on a Roman and Williams designed condo building (at 211 Elizabeth Street in NYC) a handful of years ago. They designed a ground-up condo building that featured belgian oiled Herringbone Wood floors, white walls and black trim around the baseboards, windows and door frames. Obviously, Roman and Williams were not the first folks to use this look, but they very well might be the ones responsible for making the look relevant in the current design arena. When I think of dark painted trim, I also think of the architecture of meeting houses in Shaker Villages. As a matter of fact, this is the look I wanted to go for when I began to choose our paint scheme for The Country House renovation four+ years ago. (In the end, Mr DWR complained it “Looked like racing stripes going around the room.”)When we pulled up the dark smoke-blue floor and laid down the white pigment on the floors, I realized light walls were going to create way too sterile of an environment. I wanted our space to have a cozy feeling, and the dark color helped to add a richness to the space that it needed. In the end, I am really glad I went for dark walls in so many of the rooms because they became a wonderful canvas for the windows. Nature outside quickly became “framed art” on the walls. Just ask the Mr, it took me ages to come around and actually hang art on our walls.I love the look of using dark trim, and truth be told I was considering it for the #ABCDJewelBox. By the way, we sold/closed on the property yesterday. Funnily enough, I went for a final walk-through to be sure that everything was in order and on my way out the doorman asked if we were selling because of acoustic issues. If I learned one thing from my conversations with him – try and befriend the NYC doorman BEFORE you buy. He holds more than just the keys! I swear, I am tempted to go onto streeteasy.com with my information about the building and poor management – what a horrible building that was! WHO in their right mind would sign a paper that would allow management to ban my sweet Poodle from the building after one complaint? (Not that he’d get a complaint for having actually done something, but it seems many neighbors had a bone to pick with him because of his large size.)Images via my Black Interior Trim board on Pinterest.