I’ve been ticking away at our front entryway and making it more of a space with function and purpose over where it stands now. First on my list to make it more of an interesting room with added character is to add board and batten on the walls. I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted to create this detailing, but I’ve been stuck on just what color to paint the trimwork. Do I want a subtle neutral that solely adds a little interest without making it too much of a focal point? Or do I want to be dramatic? Add in a whole wall of trimwork and be bold with the colors to make it really pop?
The benefits and pay off for both are major. They both alter a room and add just that little something extra to make it more of a warm space instead of something more open and plain. I love what wood detailing can do to a room. Our living room has batten and trimwork throughout and it gives so much character and charm to the room.
If you’re looking for a more subtle look to your board and batten, these neutral paint colors do a beautiful job of adding the dimension and character to the accent walls without making it harsh and contrasting. I love how these colors add the warmth and richness to the walls by coordinating the colors and the undertones with the wall color and the board and batten color used. When using a warmer beige or green, the whites used are always creamier whites with the beige undertones to match. With the soft blues, a beige was used to offset the color tones of the blues. This keeps the contrast minimal but impactful still.
I’m sharing my favorite paint colors used for your board and batten, but if you’re needing a great white to match for the top portion of your wall, I talked about my go-to whites when we were choosing to paint our house white in 2020.
Our home has multiple spaces painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster and our trimwork, baseboards, and ceilings are all painted Sherwin Williams Snowbound. My 5 Favorite White Paint Colors post goes into great detail about the different whites LRV (light reflective value) and the undertones in each of my favorites. Although it talks about me using them for the exterior, it’s all very informative for interior colors, as well.
Now, let’s get into some great board and batten color options and the rooms that have inspired me. Each is beautiful in its very own way and I adore the way they’ve transformed the rooms.
With many of the neutral color options, the board and batten went up halfway or 2/3 of the way up the wall. It’s a great way to give your space more dimension and character without drawing so much attention to it. However, if you are looking for a full wall option, you truly can’t go wrong with color. And I mean C-O-L-O-R. Bold, moody, dark colors with richness and thickness that will draw your eyes immediately to that space and change the feeling and the warmth of the room instantly. We aren’t talking subtle here. These colors are show-stoppers. They’re dramatic. They’re bold and their gorgeous.
If you’re looking for a full accent wall in your space, a bold color choice is a stunning way to go. I’ve fallen in love with each of these rooms and the colors they chose. Be daring and the results will speak for themselves.
**Pewter Green is one of my favorite rich green tones in the Sherwin Williams line. I used it to paint my cabinets for the One Room Challenge contest last spring when I redid our laundry room. Against gold fixtures and lighting, this color is the perfect moody green.**
With all of these examples and beautiful paint choices, you can see how you really can’t go wrong. Bold or neutral, full accent wall or just a 1/2 wall, a board and batten can change the feel and the look of your room instantly.