What’s the first thing you notice when you look at a house? For most of us, it’s the windows. That’s partly because we’re naturally nosy. We want to peek inside and see how the other side lives. And if we’re indoors, we look out the window to check out the neighborhood.
That’s why window trim ideas are such a key part of home décor. But we don’t pay much attention to window trim selection. We may insist on the size and position of the window, but we’ll often neglect window framing. So here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Picturesque Framing
You might be the kind of resident that likes landscape paintings. But with the right view, your window can be even more arresting than artificial art. In this case, the large picture window has a white frame against a tan background, creating the illusion of curated art. Meanwhile, slimmer mini-munchin windows surround the front door, including arched glass at the top.
2. Tease it with Timber
With many windows, the frames from the hardware store are sufficient. But if you want to add extra aesthetics, you can expand your window trim ideas. On this home, the vertical no-munchin windows are set in white frames. The siding is gray wood, so to enhance visual appeal, the construction crew added unstained wooden casings. Stain or paint them for waterproofing.
3. Highlight your Landscaping
This front window says a lot about the people who live here. The picket-fenced porch, overhead arch, side pillars, horizontal blinds, and scalloped fascia are all part of the exterior window trim. As someone walks up to the house or glances from the street, all these features frame the window. The combined effect makes your home (and you) seem warm, welcoming, and inviting.
4. Rubber it Up
When you’re looking for window trim ideas, you probably focus on aesthetics, not functionality. But window trim isn’t always decorative. Sometimes, it’s the tiny touches that make the difference. For example, rubber trim reduces moisture damage, so it’s a key part of any window treatment. You can use rubber in a contrasting color if you want to highlight the frame.
5. Arresting White
Your window trim ideas may be influenced by surrounding décor. In this home, the siding is a mix of gray wood panels and reddish-brown brick. This combination mixes both color and texture to make your home exterior busy. Meanwhile, the ceiling is lined with grained timber paneling. To calm things down, the windows are framed in a simple yet distinctive white casing.
6. Occasional Refreshing
What’s the easiest way to give you house a brand-new look? Touch-ups. And we don’t just mean the exterior walls. Apply a new coat of paint on your external (and internal) window trim. Black or white are best because they have the most drastic effect. Be careful not to get any paint on the glass. It will give you extra clean-up work, and it’ll need lots of turpentine and elbow grease.
7. Window Greens
The window trim in this house has taken a leaf out if its garden. The siding is off-white and the munchins on the window are spotless. But to add the visual dimensions of the house, the white frame is hemmed in by jungle green casings. They help you keep the white frames clean because the white sections are recessed inside the dark-colored outer casing, which barely shows dirt.
8. Outward Bound
In most homes, the walls are painted in subtle, muted tones. This house is different. The walls are a loud, stimulations shade of teal. Given this background, white is the best shade for your window casing. This trim stands out starkly against the colored wall. But as the hinged windows open into the bushy back yard, the white frames will need extra dusting and vacuuming.
9. Spruce it Up
Color contrasts don’t just apply indoors. Many of us apply tame tones to our home exteriors. But even if you want something dark and bold, you may opt for an earthy tone like brown, green, or gray. This home is a muddy brown, but the mix of vertical and horizontal siding adds visual interest. For the windows, paint the wooden frames white to enhance their visual impact.
10. Gray on Gray
White window frames are great, but if you’re more interested in a monochromatic theme, you can still opt for neutrals. This gray home combines gray siding with stacked stone, all in varying shades of gray. The window frames are painted a darker shade of gray so they don’t get lost in the background. The same gray-to-black accents appear in your roofing fascia.
11. Brown on Brown
The same concept applies here, except that the selected color is brown. The timber walls are stained light brown. This keeps them glossy and water-resistant without hiding the natural beauty of their grains. The frames are painted a more opaque shade of chocolatey brown. The color choice is good for home exteriors because it won’t show dirt, dust or finger smudges.
12. Christmassy Colors
These colorful selections are typically Bavarian. During the Christmas holidays, many residents paint their windows red, white, and green. They add flowers, berries, and garlands of holly to celebrate the season. But there’s no reason why you can’t mimic their example all year round. It’ll make your house the most inviting home on the block, and it’ll always feel like Christmas!
13. See-through Paint
If you’re wary of bright colors, white paint can still do the trick. But with wooden frames, the grain is the prettiest part. So opt for thin white paint that will tinge the wood without obscuring its grain. Floral curtains can add a pop of color if you feel your window needs it. This paint will need daily damp cleaning though since it’s matte and mild, so it’s sure to attract dust.
14. Arching Beauty
You may think curved windows don’t need additional trim. They already make a strong visual statement so why do more? Well, pampering your window with a little extra trim adds value to your home, both financially and psychologically. This semi-circular munchin window of finished with a marble ledge, black/brown inner framing, and a white outer casing.
15. Low Doors ad High Ceilings
When you want to highlight a section of your home, color is a good shortcut. This property has tan siding, but the main door is recessed and painted bright yellow. And instead of using a large door surrounded by small windows, the door here is topped by equally long windows. There are three windows over the door and a fourth beside the glass door, keeping the hall well- lit.
16. Glorious Stairways
If you have a large staircase or a high hall, it’s likely to be dim and somewhat intimidating. Using a large ornate window with elegant trim. In this home, the potentially gloomy gray walls are lit up by a pretty arched window. The mixed-munchin shapes draw your eye, and the white frames attractively contrast the gray backdrop. It helps that the view outside is so sunny and green!
17. Extrusion Therapy
Windows don’t have to be flat. They can be far more interesting if you use window trim ideas that add depth. In this home, some windows lie on regular walls. But the main windows are angled into a three-sided layout. The windows take up almost the entire surface of the wall, so the white frames and the bright blue walls all form part of your dramatic window trim.
18. Reflective Rooms
You’ve heard of the hall of mirrors? This home seems to be a world of windows. But because each one has its own unique trim, the space doesn’t get dry or boring. All the windows are trimmed in white, with black curtains rods above. But some have stained glass on their top munchins. Others have uncut stone or wooden grids below their window sills.
19. Let the Light In
Porches are nice. But they can also bring your mood down because they block daylight. The halls adjacent to the porch are often dim, and this house tries to recover by installing lots of glass. The door has glass above and beside it, while the front wall is almost completely covered by window panels. The glass has white frames on the outside and shutter blinds on the inside.
20. Internal Windows
Traditional homes didn’t have glass. They had openings with wooden doors to bar them shut. But if you’re after ancient architecture, you may need a few modern touches. This house has grid ceilings and large unblocked doorways. But because the house feels to ‘naked’, the house has internal glass windows to separate some of the rooms. These inner windows are frames in white.
21. To the Left to the Right
Windows are usually positioned in the center of the wall. And in modern homes, they’re as large as possible to let in maximum light. This house takes a slightly off-kilter approach. Most of its windows are a little to the side. But the house also has acutely-angled walls, so the window positioning works well, and the varied exterior textures can still hold your attention.
22. Infinity Windows
Infinity pools have no visible edges, while infinity memes endlessly repeat varying versions of the same concept. In that sense, this window frame seems infinite. It has seven layers, providing depth and detail. Each of these layers is painted white, and all those joints are surfaces where dust can accumulate. So while it looks pretty, it makes for a high maintenance window.
23. Triple Threat
It’s not a threat … it’s more of a welcome message. This home has three front doors and they’re all French. Each glass door has an arched window above it, and the porch has three matching archways. Because the glass is so far inside the porch, these French windows might not brighten your hall. But the trim looks gorgeous from the outside, so it’s worth the fuss.
24. Semi-vaulted Beauty
It’s common for contemporary widow trim to fill a while wall. And these windows often have the same shape as the wall. But in this case, the diagonal vaults on the sides make window shaping a tricky affair. So instead, the builder mounted three vertical windows in different sizes. They fit the room perfectly without dwarfing it, and the white framing sits nicely against the gray paint.
25. Balanced Bathrooms
When it comes to bathroom window trim ideas, the dimmer the better. After all, this is your most vulnerable space, so you don’t want anyone watching uninvited. There are different ways to obscure the view. In this bathroom, the window has white frames while the glass is shaped into narrow panes. They echo the vertical PVC wall panels, but in the opposite direction.
26. Snowy Silhouettes
The architect probably wasn’t trying to color-coordinate with the snow, but the effect is still remarkably pretty. The wall siding is dark tan, so the white window frames and white corner trim offer a stark contrast. You’ll spend more time cleaning though, because the walls hide dirt, making it more unpleasantly visible on the white parts of the window.
27. Kitchen Couture
Kitchens need a lot of light and high levels of ventilation. Multiple windows are a smart way to achieve both. This kitchen is well-lit, with its three-panel window, glass back door, and endless light fixtures. The open front doorway lets in additional light from the living room. The windows are framed in the same cream-colored trim that covers the cabinets and crown moldings.
28. Wondrous Windows
In this beige-themed kitchen, everything looks like a window … except for the window! All the drawers and cabinets have carved detail on their doors, and these carvings mimic window frames. So to break up your visual fatigue, the windows themselves are wide and clear, with no munchins. They’re shielded by horizontal shutter shades and white frames.
29. Gorgeous Garage Window
The garage doesn’t have to be grim and dark. And its doors don’t have to be automated or modern. Invest in rich wood and set up a sliding mechanism rather than an electrical hinge. Top the doors with narrow glass window-lets. They’ll illuminate the room and create a wooden frame effect. The windows here are tinted, but you can opt for see-through glass as well.
30. Arches and Pyramids
If you don’t want a flat-topped window, you can try these alternative window trim ideas. Mount a curved arch or a symmetric triangle above the window casing. These treatments are intricately detailed … and they accumulate lots of dirt between those folds. So be sure to apply glossy paint or stain on the window frame. That makes it easier to wipe off any dirt using a damp cloth.
31. Brightly Snowed In
If your neighborhood is regularly snowed in, you may want bright colors on your home’s exterior. It helps lighten your mood during gloomy weather. This house has a roaring red door and cheery yellow siding. The door is half glass, and the massive windows are large enough to lie below snow-level. Both the door and window are trimmed in reclaimed white wood.