Exterior Window Trim Ideas: Styles for Window Sills and Moulding

Exterior window trims and moldings provide an inexpensive way to add curb appeal to your home. They come in various shapes and styles and can even be painted the colour of your choice to express your home’s unique character. They are easily installed, and they can also be accessorized with shutters, and more, for added appeal.

The following window trim ideas will help you get the most out of your windows and add charm, for a home that is both beautiful and cozy.

Begin with Quality Window Panes

Dual and triple pane windows are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rains and winds, and are also heat-resistant. A good window pane also provides a certain level of noise reduction, and some are also break-resistant for added durability.

Choosing a Window Style

Windows vary in style from recessed, flush, or double-hung, to casement, awning, bay, and pop-up, and more. So simply select a window style that complements your home.

Choosing a Window Trim Design

Exterior window trim encases the entire window frame, which gives the window an instant boost in appearance.

When selecting a trim design, be sure to select one that matches the exterior decor for a harmonious touch.

Some exterior window trim designs include oak trimming, white trimming, Gregorian Rome style trimming, English window trimming, Bay window studio trimming, cottage molding, Modern Wanderlust, and more.

Oak trimming adds a deep accent to your home, for those looking to make a bolder statement, while white trimming provides a classy setting for your house, and they look especially great when it snows.

Gregorian Rome style trimming gives your home a modern but clean accent that is sure to dignify your exterior.

English window trimming provides a minimalist grand home design, especially in white, and it looks especially charming on sleek windows. Studio trimming, on the other hand, provides an extra wide encasing and looks especially elegant when surrounded by brick walls.

Cottage molding delivers a modest feel, while Modern Wanderlust trimming can be used to add a castle-like effect to your home.

These are just a few of the window trim designs available, so be sure to look around until you find a design that expresses the character you want for your house.

Choosing a Window Trim Material

There are various window trim materials to select from, including wood, metal, and plastic. However, wood is said to provide the highest quality and function.

There are also craftsman window trims, such as the ones found on many traditional style buildings, which feature metal trims carved or stamped with designs around the window sills and headers. You can also have designs embossed on the moldings; however, it is usually more expensive.

Choosing a Paint Colour for the Exterior Window Trim

Painting the window moldings and trims help enhance your home’s exterior.

Simply match the window trim or molding paint colour to the exterior wall and door colours. Or, for a dramatic touch, contrast the colours on the exterior windows, doors, and walls.

Combining Window Trims with Shutters

Window shutters combined with window trim enhances the beauty of the landscape as well as your home, and they are available in many shapes and styles. They can also be painted to match the door trim and window trims, for added appeal.

There are 4 main types of window shutters: paneled, board, and batten, louvered, and emergency shutters, which include Bermuda shutters and roll down metal shutters. They are also available in various materials, including wood, faux wood, vinyl, synthetic foam, and medium density fiber.

Paneled Shutters

Paneled shutters are installed on each side of the window, and they do not open and close. Raised panels, which are a popular panel style, resemble kitchen cabinets or doors with a double or single raised panel. They also have a low profile, which makes them compatible with just about any home. Paneled shutters look especially appealing when painted and can help you make a nice exterior statement.

Louvered Shutters

Louvered shutters allow air to pass through via their angled slats. They also have a more refined look than panel shutters, which makes them a great choice for classical style homes, such as Georgian, Victorian, and Cape Cod style homes.

Board and Batten Shutters

Board and batten shutters are made of wood panels, and they are good at keeping out the heat during the summer and the cold out during the winter. These types of shutters are made with 1-3 boards held together with a single cross panel, which can be angled or horizontally placed across the shutters. Because of their ‘Old World’ appeal, they add a rustic appeal to the outside of your home, and they can also be used to provide privacy.

Roll-down and Bermuda Shutters

Roll-down and Bermuda shutters, also known as Bahamas shutters, provide both charm and protection during extreme weather conditions, such as when it is hailing, snowing or raining heavily. They can also be used to block out the sun. Emergency shutters are simply louvered shutters that attach to the top of the windows as opposed to the sides, and they tend to blend best with ranch, cottage, and cape cod homes.

Adding Window Wall Decorations

Window wall decorations, such as hanging planter pots, hanging vines, decorative flower baskets, or small shrubs on the window sills really make your window design pop. Once you have successfully installed the window trim or molding and accessories of your choice, simply complete the look with your favorite window decorations.

In the end, when selecting your window trim ideas, don’t forget to make a budget. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to go all out until you find the look that satisfies you.

For more information on beautifying your exterior windows, please call Canglow Windows & Doors at 587-408-8049 or contact us here.

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