Style Tips for Black Window Trim

Black window trim is making its way to a neighborhood near you. It’s an incredible look–chic & modern–but depending on the elements chosen, can come off traditional. This is why it’s become so popular, so fast. But, once you’ve made the commitment to black window trim, you’re left with some important decisions. What treatments will look best on my windows? Do I expose the trim or cover it? We have the answers to these questions and many more. Sometimes, it’s best to call in an expert.

Decisions, decisions

-Do you like to coordinate your look by blending colors or do you prefer the bold look of contrast?
-Do you plan to expose the black window trim? If so, how much trim will show?
-Do you have window grids on your black trim windows? (Consider choosing a fabric that complements the grid pattern.)
-Are your windows black on black, or black on white? This will affect the look inside and outside the home.

Look for Inspiration

As you scroll through photos on social media, take note of what styles you’re drawn to. With black trim windows, the sky’s the limit when it comes to window treatments. You can find examples of black window trim completed with anything from roman shades to roller shades, and cellulars to woven treatments. A favorite of ours is using draperies to frame out the window. Each choice will provide the light control, privacy & energy efficiency you need. Discover the look you want.

custom window treatments as dark olive drapery in modern loft apartment dining room
Custom Window Treatments


The Window Grid

Window grids can bring an elevated look to your home. They are an additional layer of interest and dimension. But, you’ll need to decide how much is too much at the window. If you want the grids to show through, you’ll need to choose a light-filtering fabric. If you prefer the grids to be completely covered, a room darkening fabric would work well. We also offer shades that present a seamless look across a large window, one very wide shade instead of multiple shades. If you choose multiples, but still want that seamless appeal, the window shades can be tailored to fit next to one another. In the end, there is no wrong choice, just personal preference. Here are a few examples of coverage. Which look fits your style best?

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Here, a light filtering look exposes the window grids. But, the homeowner can still enjoy a level of privacy and UV protection. They went with a simple sheer roller shade to take advantage of the grid pattern.

gray screen shades in the corner of San Antonio TX living room
Designer Screen Shades

Next, the same window features room darkening fabrics instead of light-filtering. Our clients appreciate increased light control and privacy with continued UV protection. In this case, the grids are visible but only when the window shades are in a raised position.

room darkening roller shades
Designer Roller Shades

Can’t decide? Another popular option, known for its versatility, is the dual shades feature. It offers the ability to close out the light when you need darkness, but then, only soften it when you want light entering–through a light-filtering fabric. This is the best option if you love seeing the grids, but also need room darkening and complete privacy at times.

gray dual shade shadings in neutral living room with chromatic elements
Designer Solar Shades with Duolite®


Specialty Shaped Black Trim Windows

Details matter, and specialty shaped windows with black trim make a statement by adding more character to your home. Did you know that grids can be part of arched windows? Many of our clients choose to leave the top portion of the window bare so light can enter across the ceiling. We love this look too. Here, the layered style of roman shades accented with drapery is an incredible way to complete tall windows. Look how the top of the window exposes the grid detail. A masterpiece at the window.

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

For a minimalist look, the arches can be left completely bare, creating art at the window. The interior lighting that enters across the ceiling is added interest.

round top windows covered with arched window coverings for specialty shaped windows in San Antonio TX
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

For some, a contrasting color that stands out against the black trim is their preference. There are many color ways to choose from.

duette honeycomb on black trim windows in san antonio
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

As for transom windows-depending upon the amount of sun exposure your room receives-they can remain bare or be treated with window coverings.

modern executive office floor to ceiling window shades in soft gray color
Alustra® Architectural Roller Shades

This sunny space shows off the thick black trim of each window with shades mounted inside, even the tricky angled ones can be fit perfectly!

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


Showing Off the Side Trim

Why not use the black window trim as a design statement whether the shades are open or closed? Have an expert evaluate your windows to get a better idea on how to install. Is there enough space for an inside mount? Roman shades are versatile and can be designed to show off the black trim.

black trim window in san antonio show off trim
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Or, they can be fit over the black trim to cover the accent color.

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

These Woven Textures roller shades look built in place. Their style purpose is to showcase the black window trim between the windows.

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Alustra® Woven Textures®

A sleek, low profile offering like roller shades fit this look perfectly.

Elegant dining room in evening light featuring Alustra Woven Texture Roman Shades
Alustra® Woven Textures®


Black Shutters

Our custom wood shutters look stunning in black. We finish the shutters for you, using exclusive paints and finishes for long-lasting durability. This client went with a bold design, and it couldn’t have turned out better!

black framed windows with black shutters and french patio door on ranch style house

Contrast VS Blend

Remember if you have a black trim windows, chances are they are throughout your home. You can create many different looks. In one space, blend window coverings with the black trim and the other, contrast with an opposite color. Here’s an example of both. One styled with white designer banded shades, the other, in charcoal gray. Both resulting in amazing looks.

apartment living room with dual opacity light filtering shades in San Antonio, TX
Designer Banded Shades


East facing windows with layered sheer roller shades in San Antonio TX
Designer Banded Shades


Call an Expert

If you still need some help selecting the window coverings for your black window trim, call in some back up! At Window Fashions of Texas, we have the experience you need when it comes to making the best window covering decisions for your home. Stop in to our San Antonio showroom where you can see all the styles we offer in person or invite us to your home for a FREE design consultation.