Windows do more than provide sunlight and ventilation for your home. They also contribute significantly to the overall look and feel of your dwelling, inside and out. Choosing the right details in your replacement windows—down to the exterior window casing and interior trim—can really help them to draw the eye and earn you the praise of your neighbors and guests.
It may seem overwhelming to narrow your choices to the perfect interior/exterior looks for your new windows—but it doesn’t have to be. Our team of experts love consulting with homeowners to envision the perfect design style, and we’re here to make that process stress-free.
To help you create a better picture of what your dream windows can look like, check out these tips for matching your trim and casing details to your house’s architecture and décor.
What Does Window Trim Do?
Window trim consists of wood features that cover up the space between your windows and the home’s interior walls, providing a finished appearance and protecting against damage.
As the final touch to window installation, trim can go a long way to adding unique decorative style to your home. Even the tiny details of your trim can have an impressive impact on how your interior looks and feels.
Select Interior Window Trim to Add Charm and Enjoyment
There are so many choices when it comes to creating the style of your window interiors—and trim plays a large part in the look and feel of your home, so you don’t want to overlook it.
To blend the trim with your overall interior design, consider these approaches:
1. Create Cohesion
Look around at your home’s other interior features, and consider the specific designs of any crown molding, baseboard trim, chair rails, and other unique aspects of each room. Then choose a trim style that blends with those features for a unified look.
2. Reflect Décor
Is your home decorated in a minimalist, modern style? Is it decadently Victorian? Is it rustic? Different window trim styles can either match that decorative look, or be chosen specifically to create interesting, eye-catching contrasts.
3. Consider Colors
Trim styles can also be chosen to complement your home interior’s color schemes. This can include both the paint on the walls as well as furniture and décor. Be sure to find out if the window trim design you like comes in the color you want or can be painted to fit your interior.
Match Your Personal Style
You’re going to be enjoying your new windows for a long time, especially from inside your home. So, don’t overlook the value of finding a trim that makes you happy. Choose a style that “looks like you,” so it feels natural and comfortable over the long term.
A few of the most common trims you might choose from include:
- Colonial — Has ridges and provides a simple, classic look
- Craftsman — Is an even thickness and has simple lines
- Ranch — Boasts a long, low, smooth profile
- Provincial — Provides soft, elegant, curved lines
Choose Exterior Window Trim to Create Strong Curb Appeal
Exterior window trim, also called window casing, serves to pull together the overall finished look of your home from the outside. Used strategically, it can create a beautiful appearance that impresses neighbors and guests. It also helps prevent issues like moisture intrusion—so it is both decorative and protective.
To create a seamless exterior look that pops with personality, try these tips:
If your home has an attractive and unique architectural feature, such as a gorgeous stone façade, it may be best to choose a simple exterior window casing in a shade that blends well, so that the feature itself stands out.
If your home exterior is relatively plain or lacks striking architectural elements, exterior window trim can be used to create eye-catching style. A bold color or intricate design can both achieve dramatic flair.
A streamlined, understated window exterior is a perfect match for homes that already have a lot of bells and whistles in terms of curb appeal. A simple, soft white trim can help a bold, deep paint color stand out.
When you want your windows to be noticed, choose a casing style that creates a layered appearance. This results in a textured look that catches the light in unique ways and captures the attention of passersby.
Explore Your Options Thoroughly
Whatever look and style you’re picturing for your windows, there are so many possibilities to consider. It’s worth doing your research before you make your investment.
- Find out the popular window styles in Chicago.
- Consider your goals and budget.
- Get reviews of exceptional brands, such as Pella® and Marvin®. (We install both!)
- Look at Pinterest, magazines, and online galleries like ours to find ideas you love.
- Think about colors, and decide what you like best.
We Make Window Replacement a Breeze
When you’re thinking about residential replacement windows for your home, we’re here to make the process simple, affordable, and stress-free. Contact us to set up a complimentary consultation to get answers to your questions—and discover how new windows can transform your property.