Ideas for Black Window Trim

Black window trim is all the rage, especially with newly built homes. The look is fresh and chic, but can be traditional all the same. With any new style comes indecision. Homeowners often need help deciding which window treatments are best for black trim windows. Let’s explore the style options! 

Things to Consider

  • Are your window frames black on black, or black on white? This makes a difference in selection.
  • Do you plan to contrast colors, or choose colors that complement one another?
  • Would you like the black window trim exposed? 
  • Do you have window grids? (Consider choosing a fabric to complement the grid of the windows.)

Looks that Inspire

To help decide, it’s best to view homes like yours and see which window treatment choices they’ve made. Do this by scrolling through social media–it’s a great way to be inspired. You’ll see a variety of looks for black trim windows–everything from roman shades to roller shades, and cellular to woven. Draperies also do a great job framing out the window while providing light control, privacy and energy efficiency solutions. In the end, the choice comes down to personal preference.

Window Grids

Window grids provide a timeless, sophisticated look to any home. We love the visual interest they bring to the interior and exterior of your home.  But when deciding on window treatments, you’ll have to choose the look you want. Would you like the grids to show through the window coverings, or would you rather cover the grids when the shades are closed? Some shades can offer a seamless look by extending across the window–one very large piece rather than multiples. Decisions, decisions.

Floor to ceiling black trim modern windows covered with Applause® Honeycomb Shades. There is a young boy around three who is chasing a French bulldog in front of the set of windows on a sunny day. The windows look out into a seating area in the backyard of the house.
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Sometimes it’s helpful to see the choices in the same space. Below, you’ll see the light filtering look. The grids show through subtly and the shades still provide a level of privacy, UV protection and light control as well.

white screen shades on corner living room windows with black frames in the Woodlands Houston
Designer Screen Shades

Now, check out another look for the same window. This choice features room darkening fabrics instead of light-filtering. The grids are only visible when the shades are raised. This configuration provides increased light control, more privacy and continued UV protection. It all depends on the needs of the client.

low profile modern roller shades in Houston home
Designer Roller Shades

If you want both options available to you always, the dual shades feature is your best choice. You’ll get light filtering capabilities with the sheer roller shade and when you need more privacy or darkness, engage the secondary shade for added support. This way, you can achieve each look, exposing the grids or covering them completely. 

dual roller shades in living room with black window trim
Designer Solar Shades with Duolite®


Black Trim Windows with Specialty Shapes

Black trim windows come in specialty shapes, too–they give your home added character. Consider this tall arched window. Clients may choose to leave the top of the window bare so light can enter in across the ceiling. This layered look uses roman shades and drapery to make a statement, while exposing the light and some of the grid at the top. The look is magnificent! 

sleek dining room olive window treatments with custom pattern
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with Drapery

In addition, and just as brilliant, the arches can be left completely uncovered to show off the full grid of black trim windows. Creating geometric art at the window. 

cellular shades on arched windows with dual shade control Friendswood TX
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

And again here, the specialty window is covered with a contrasting color shade to make the black trim stand out. There are so many possibilities. 

rounded arched window with cellular honeycomb shade
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Now transom windows can be treated using a couple different methods. They can remain bare or have window coverings in place. It will depend on sun exposure and your comfort level.

modern executive office with floor to ceiling windows, covered with Architectural Roller Shades in Houston TX
Alustra® Architectural Shades

This living room shows the black window trim exposed with shades mounted inside the trim. Even the angled windows at the side can be custom fit with shades protecting your room from harsh rays.

boho chic sunroom with glass doors and cellular window shades in The Woodlands, TX
Duette® Honeycomb Shades


Show off the Trim: Yes or No?

Would you like the black window trim to be part of the design–whether the shades are open or closed? This may depend on the depth of your windows, or how the treatments need to be installed. Roman shades are versatile and can be designed to show off the black trim. 

beige fabric roman shades next to bonsai tree
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Or, they can be positioned to cover all of the black elements when closed up.

top down bottom up feature on patio door windows in dining room
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

These Woven Textured roller shades are positioned between the windows, almost like they are built in place. They complement the black window trim exquisitely. 

living area with woven shades corner windows
Alustra® Woven Textures®

The sleek, low profile design of roller shades offer an incredible custom fit, too.

wine room with dining table set inside
Alustra® Woven Textures®


To Contrast or Blend?

What look do you prefer? A contrast? Or a blend? As you review different looks, what are you drawn to? These two rooms are an example of two distinct looks. One is fit with white Designer Banded Shades and the other a charcoal gray. Which is your favorite? 

apartment living room with dual opacity light filtering shades in the Woodlands, TX
Designer Banded Shades


dining room floor to ceiling large window banded roller shades houston tx
Designer Banded Shades


Seek the Help of an Expert.

Now that you have black trim windows, do not fumble with your window treatments. Ask an expert to help you design the perfect look for your home. Window coverings for black trim windows can be tricky, the specialists at Creative Blinds can help. Stop into one of our showrooms and schedule your FREE design consultation. Better yet, we can visit your home and view your project in person.