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Choosing a Window Trim to Complement Your Home’s Exterior

Exterior window trim is installed around the perimeter of the frame in order to add a hint of design. To make a clean and neat exterior, people usually install their window trims between the window sill and the window heather. The trim will be a little flatter than the sill and header.

Although it's fun to garden and plant tropical plants, all the beauty in the world won't matter if your home itself doesn't also look good. Plus, a beautiful exterior to your home can increase your home's overall value and your curb appeal should you ever decide to sell it. It also just makes it nice to come home to at night — nothing compares to being proud of the home you’ve worked so hard for.

You should take your outdoor decoration into account when you decide on your exterior window trim. For example, a place with gaudy and bright gardens would probably look strange with utilitarian window trims. Meanwhile, a sparse and well-kept yard would wear a utilitarian trim very well. The trim you pick should work to enhance the overall aesthetic of your home.

When you're deciding on your window trim, you'll probably also need to make a decision about your window panes. Dual panes and triple panes are both good options that provide increased security levels. These types of panes have resistance to heat and aren't impacted by harsh weather. Snow, rain, and heavy wind can all do damage to a window, so you'll want to take this into account when you make your decisions. You can also add a grill on top of the pane if you want to divide your window into several sections.

The window itself might be installed in different depths and styles. Available depths include flush, recessed, and pop-up. You'll need to pick the window style based on what's best for your exterior aesthetic. After you've done this, you're ready to think about the window trim.

Types of Window Trim:

Common types of window trim include:

  • Plastic

  • Metal

  • Wood

How do you know which type would be best for your home?

Experts say that wooden trims are the best when considering both quality and function. That said, there are times when you might want to use another type of trim. Craftsman trim is used in many buildings with an older style of architecture. This trim is made out of metal, and different artwork has been embossed on the windowsill and window header. The window's overall moulding will sometimes reflect the design, too.

Because craftsman trim is so expensive, you should only consider it if you have a large budget. The effects from craftsman trim are absolutely breathtaking, so if you do have that kind of budget, it's definitely worth thinking about.

Window Trim Ideas

Not sure where to start when choosing a new window trim? Here are some simple tips to help get you started:

  • If you don't have the budget for a craftsman window, get a wooden window trim and paint it in your ideal colour

  • Make your window trim match your window shutters

  • Match your paint colours to the walls or the door

  • Alternatively, use a bold and different colour for your trim

  • Add window shutters to increase the size of the windows and alter their shape

In addition to adding window trim to your property, you might do other DIY projects to increase your curb appeal. You might want to decorate baskets of flowers or hang planter pots. Ivy can be striking against a wall or window, and small shrubs thrive when placed on windowsills.

How to Choose Your Window Trim

Window trim isn't a one-size-fits-all type of endeavour. Instead, you'll need to consider a number of different factors before you make your decision. This step-by-step process should help you select the perfect trim for your property.

First, you need to have the windows installed if you haven't yet. Windowpanes and grills need to be placed before you can get a sense of the window's aesthetic appeal. Don't worry about the trim or shutters until the window itself has been constructed.

Second, you'll need to consider your budget. As previously mentioned, different materials will cost different amounts of money. Craftsman etched trim is the most expensive. Wood will be your best option if you don't have a large budget. It may be tempting to choose plastic, but be weary; plastic is easily damaged, especially if you live in an area that has dramatic weather patterns.

After that, it's important to decide whether you'll be pairing your window trim with shutters. If you're buying shutters on top of the window trim, naturally you'll need to budget more money.

These are all preliminary concerns. Once all this is complete, you're ready to start making bigger decisions about your window trim. Take a look at the exterior of your house. Make careful notes about the colours of your trim, your siding, and your doors. What does your home say about you? How can you best add to that image?

You'll need to decide on the size and shape of the trim and potential shutters. Whatever you choose should be selected to make a statement. Normal-sized shutters are perfectly reasonable. Some people choose to use wider shutters to make their windows look bigger. It's also common to choose shutters with unusually curving edges, as a way to lend dynamic shape to your space.

After that, you'll need to decide on the colour. The safest choice is to have your trim match the rest of your home's trim. Alternatively, it might match your front door. There are also homeowners who make bolder choices with their window trim to make a statement. Whatever you choose, it should suit the type of look you’re trying to achieve for your home’s exterior.  

This means that neon bright colours should be matched with more neon. Muted colours should be matched with more muted colours; pastels should be matched with pastels. This helps the visual appeal, no matter what the specific colours you've chosen are. When two different types of colours co-exist, sometimes the result can be garish.

For more information how to increase your home’s curb appeal, call Spectrum Realty at 416-736-6500 or contact us here.

Spectrum Realty Services Inc., Brokerage

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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 5/24/2019 8:53:19 AM