Interior columns are graceful by design. Given their style and ornamentation, they are easy to install just as they are, in their simple and often-used white color. Consider our vast portfolio to see what I mean. 

If the architectural elegance of interior columns isn't enough, however, you can further enhance their appearance by choosing paint colors. The column style may offer room to work with existing interior trim detail. 

A bold hue will make the columns stand out and make the area some ‘pop’, while a cool shade will tone down the space.

Are you ready to give your columns a unique appearance? There are some helpful hints to help you arrive at a good decision.


Considerations before painting the columns

Natural light

Before choosing the color option for your pillars, examine the amount of light filtering into the space. You want hues that will especially accentuate the available light, making the room even more airy and welcoming.

The color of other trim

Color palettes are usually coordinated with the trim or molding that makes up the column construction. These are frequently neutral colors such as white, ecru, light tan, or beige, to mention a few. 

Because the columns portray a commanding presence in more dynamic schemes, you can employ them to generate contrast between walls and trim colors. If you’re wondering how to pair the column with the existing crown molding, here are a few pointers.

The color of the walls

Paint columns the same color as the room if you want them to blend in. If the idea is for the columns to look subtle yet majestic, paint them the same color as your walls. 

Because the columns do not physically divide the area, this is an excellent technique to make it appear larger. If the columns are in the center of a room, paint them the same color as the wall next to them. For example, if your walls are a light blue, you may paint the columns the same blue hue.

Create a contrast

On the other hand, choose a contrasting color to stand out. Try painting the columns a color that contrasts (but yet complements) the walls to bring attention to them. 

In this way, your gaze will be pulled to the columns, as they will offer a tasteful focal point. If your walls are cream, for example, try a rich, warm, brown shade. If they're light gray, consider a darker slate hue instead. 

Hint: Consider painting the pillars the same color as the accent wall to bring the area together.

 Great color options for interior columns

  1. Good old classic white

White and cream columns have a regal appearance because they are reminiscent of the ancient marble columns found in Grecian and Roman architecture. Painting the columns white will instantly make your home look more sophisticated, regardless of the style of columns you have or the other colors you use in your home.

If your other decor is predominantly cool colors, such as blues and teals, choose a cool white. If the rest of your home is adorned in warm colors like pinks, corals, and yellows, stick to warm whites and creams.

  1. Warm-like-the-sun options

Warm colors are great to create cozy, stimulating columns. Red, orange, and yellow are examples of warm hues. 

The richest hues are bold and colorful, but they can be overpowering when applied frequently or without careful consideration. Muted colors for your interior pillars can make a room feel cozier, like a summer or fall day. 

Warm colors look spectacular in rooms with a lot of activity, such as living rooms. For example, paint your columns a rich red and then adorn with yellow and orange ornaments. The appearance will be fun, similar to a leaf pile in the fall. 

As an accent, use brilliant hues of warm colors. A bright yellow, can brighten up a room, but applying it sparingly keeps it from appearing overpowering. 

To add subtle warmth, try painting the columns in white with warm colors delicately tinted.

  1. Cool, breezy go-to’s

To make a place more soothing, use cool hues. Cool colors include blue, green, and purple. Cool hues can refresh a room or help you relax after a long day. They are suitable for bedroom and living space columns. 

Lighter colors may feel more vivid, while darker colors may feel more calming. A light shade of blue, for example, could effortlessly conjure up images of beach water. A deeper color would make you feel considerably heavier. 

Cool colors can be employed on pillars in rooms with a high level of activity. However, you might want to go with a lighter hue or pair the cool color with a neutral, such as white. 

Darker, chilly colors, such as deep green or navy blue, will create a sense of groundness while also creating a warm atmosphere.

  1. Neutral hues

To balance out other colors, choose neutral tints. The many shades of white and gray may appear monotonous at first look. However, they are particularly handy because they go with any color scheme. They lighten chilly or dark hues while toning down warm or light colors. 

Alternative colors that can be used as a neutral base are black, brown, and pale blue. The key to using neutrals effectively is to use them as accents. 

Darker gray tones should be used with caution because they can make your room feel heavier or gloomy. When applied correctly, though, they have a contemporary effect that is out of this world.

You can also use neutral-colored furniture to balance off warm or cool paint colors.

A final tip:

When choosing paint colors for your interior columns, make your decision quickly. According to science, our visual receptors respond promptly to reflected light waves, sending messages to the brain at the same rate. 

Long debates about the hues you prefer simply result in the colors appearing to be indistinguishable. Bring fresh eyes to your choices, and be prepared to take notes on your first thoughts. 

In less than a minute of observing colors, you can make the most precise identification. You are making a decision based on the light quality rather than the color. 


A good and well-thought-out color option for interior pillars makes the room feel alive. It creates elegance and conveys your unique personality.

Ready to take on a revamp of your space? These tips are sure to get a great job done! 


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