A window is a living picture whose narrative evolves with the seasons: from leaves that spring and flourish, chameleon into vermillion, and then drop – leaving naked branches exposed to elements that paint the landscape with drifting snow.
You wouldn’t hang a Picasso without a frame to complement and accentuate the palette of shape and color, so the trim around the window affords respect to the ever-metamorphosizing tableau of life and death and resurrection.
You wouldn’t think that there’s that much to a window trim – but we’ve skirted the sites for some window trim ideas that are going to get you rushing off to the hardware store to do a little DIY that pays due respect to your ever-changing views.
From Vanilla To Zurich
The Zurich frame is an elaborate, highly decorative, theatrical trim that inspires instant grandeur, and . this room has been transformed from featureless to fabulous in one fell swoop. The window top evolves through tiers of expanding moldings, creating a theatrical shelf that draws the eye upward. The molding descends in the skirting of the base apron, providing a small ledge to frame the lower lip of the window. Compare the before and after images here – the addition of the elaborate moldings lifts the bright, airy room, providing a perfectly proportioned portal to the outside world. Painted white against the sandy caramel of the walls, these trims add the inimitable WOW factor to an otherwise rather vanilla room.
The term “over-stated” here is one of advocacy rather than of criticism, for this fantastic space shows no restraint from a molded trim or two. The upper pillar-box window could have been a functional non-event, but the Colonial-Revivalist molding which frames this drooping eyelid apron and stool is both eye-catching and decadent. The huge master window is trimmed with equal attention to the ornate; while the skirting stretches from the floor toward the sill, luxuriating in a newborn white that contrasts strikingly with the grey-green of the slate-colored walls. The floorboards are a rather basic affair against the elaborate voluptuousness of the molded trim that envelops this grand space with not the slightest touch of modesty. For a room that sells houses, look to the overlooked, and celebrate it with aplomb.
You’ve got to be dead from the eyes downward to not be seduced by this room-within-a-window. There’s nothing flashy or elaborate about this wonderful window-seat: built for sunbathing when the wind blows you inside; or for relaxing with a book, a brew, and a blanket for when the Fall paints the landscape with its brush of autumnal claret. The asymmetricality of this understated trim brings personality and playfulness; while the plain, painted frame that diametrically opposes the wacky wood-seat echoes the sharp lines of the wide expanses of white which intersect so fluently between walls, ceilings, and floors. The wall cladding above adds a new texture of wood to the mezzanine window, adding another unconventional take on the trim that’s sure to start conversations. Fantastic.
Deep, Hidden Secrets
This windowsill is deep enough to house a seat, but withholds unexpected secrets that add to the security of your precious trinkets. The trim cascades with colonial textures, with inset rectangles molded into the side casing, adding more than a little gravitas to these sumptuously deep sills. The hidden drawer gives these classical-colonialist trims a little modern panache. There’s an interesting contrast between the classical moldings around the window trim and the understated skirting boards: the tall baseboards with subtle molding around the cap provide a nod to the decadence of the windows, while remaining tastefully resolute. Sometimes less is more and, in this case, nothing is clamouring for attention, letting the natural beauty speak for itself.
When Is A Trim Not A Trim?
As a total break from the elaborate, we have this fantastic, ultra-modern glass sheet that serves as a gloriously uninterrupted portal to the green of the outside. When a window makes a statement, you want that comment to hold court, so sometimes it’s braver to go minimal than to go mad with moldings. The simple frame, here, draws no attention toward itself, so the eye is drawn to the animated tableau of nature’s most excellent performance. The desk is wisely placed so that whoever works in this dazzling home office sits with their back to the glass; or risks spending the entire day daydreaming at nature’s splendid show. Simple, but stunning.
Simple, Clean Lines
OK, so this isn’t actually a window, but it is a trim that could easily extend around the frame of any self-respecting aperture. Sometimes there’s nothing more showstopping that simplicity, and this flat, Craftsman frame has not the slightest affectation: the guts of the corner mortice are a proud display of right angles, rather than the customary miter cut. The flat framing of this simplistic trim works perfectly against the grey-purple of the sleek matte of the wall paint. Perhaps it takes some balls to go basic, but if you plan for clean, simple is often all you need. Striking.
So, there you go – window trims that might just get you thinking about how to bring a fine finish to your favorite spaces. We love how elaborate moldings lovingly lift the Downton factor in a grand area designed to wow. While simplicity, when executed with sensitive consideration, can be all you need to save the space from sameyness. What do you think? Let us know by adding some comments, and don’t forget to share with your friends.