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How Adding Window Trim Transforms a Room

I don’t know about you, but I wanted a whole new look in my home. A little history, here, I live in a home built in the 1970s. When I moved into it, you felt like you were transported back to the 70s. Shag carpets, laminate countertops, and bright colored flooring are just a sampling of what I found. But, I loved the layout and structure of the home so I bought it.

As I worked my way through the rooms, renovating them one at a time, I found one common renovation no matter where I was – window trim. A friend that owns a home improvement business told me how just this simple trick can really transform a room so I thought I’d give it a try. He was so right! I now have window trim in every room and love it.

Window Trim Can Balance a Room

Think about your painted walls. They seem to take over the room right? What if you could add a little balance by offsetting the color with painted trim? Honestly, that little change can completely transform the room’s look. It’s like the frame on the window – when you change a picture frame, your perspective changes, right? Think about how something as large as window trim can transform the appearance.

Add Texture to a Room

Window trim can also add texture to a room. Whether you add architecturally interesting trim or keep it simple, you’ll add a sense of depth to the room. I experimented with this in a few rooms and loved the outcome. I used fancier trim in the master bedroom and family room and it truly made the room feel more sophisticated with just this simple change.

Create a New Look

Honestly, window trim also helped the aesthetic appeal of several rooms. For example, in my living room, I have one huge wall. The room has an open design, so the wall just seems to go on forever. It was a little boring, to be honest with you. Once I added trim to the window on that wall, though, it broke up the wall, giving it a little visual interest rather than making it seem boring.

Trim also helps in rooms where it feels like the walls are closing in on you. I’m sure you’ve felt that before. Everywhere you look is one solid color that just feels all-encompassing. Breaking it up with contrasting window trim makes the room feel more open and less suffocating.

Choose Your Style

Believe it or not, the window trim can really set the tone for a room. Think about the style of your home. Do you have a contemporary, classic, or modern style?

  • Contemporary – Smooth lines and seamless looks make contemporary homes just gorgeous. Consider painting the window trim the same color or a slightly different shade of the same color as your walls. You’ll get the uniform look you desire in each room, completing the contemporary look you desire.
  • Classic – The classic look for window trim is white trim. You can get a little daring and try off-white too. It gives that perfect amount of contrast while keeping the room neutral. White trim can make certain colors really pop or make other colors, such as beige or grey have a smooth appearance.
  • Modern – Do you want to be a little more daring with your window trim? Try out dark colors that completely contrast with the wall color. There will be no mistaking the frame around your window and the vibe it gives your room. Try sticking with a similar color that you painted the walls, just choose a slightly darker shade.

Check out Pella’s article for more inspiration.

Install Your Trim

You’ve got two ways you can go with window trim installation. One option is to hire a professional to do it who already has the right saws and experience; this could be a window and door installer, a handyman or general contractor or a carpenter. Another route is to do it yourself. This tutorial could set you in the right direction:

Window trim may be a little time consuming, but it’s a relatively cheap addition to any room that can really transform its look. Try it out like I did – I promise you’ll love the results.