Black Window Trim: Which Window Treatments Are Best?

Adding “wow” to windows everywhere, black window trim makes a sophisticated statement. After you’ve decided on these dreamy windows, you’ll have to decide on the control. While some windows can function without window coverings, many times you need the benefits of diffused light, reduced glare, UV protection, temperature control, room darkening and privacy. Let’s scroll to see how window treatments can add to the look and function.

What to Consider:

  • What portion of the black window trim would you like to see?
  • Do you blend colors? Or do you prefer a contrasting look?
  • Grids or no grids? (Your specific windows can look different with fabrics in front of grids.)
  • Did you choose black exterior and interior? Or black exterior, white interior? (Think about the looks you’ll see inside & out.)


The Window Grids

These details can add architectural details to your home. They also play into the style and overall finished look. But, when you are making decisions for window treatments, the grids add a layer of consideration, depending on the features and fabrics you choose. Light-filtering fabrics will allow a silhouette of the grids.

beige cellular shades on black window trim in Fort Myers FL
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Roller shades and Solar Shades are a perfect example of how you can see the grids through a light-filtering opacity fabric, or keep them hidden with room darkening.

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Designer Screen Shades


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Designer Roller Shades

Still can’t decide? You don’t have to. The Duolite feature offers dual shades…so you can have both looks at your fingertips. Two shades, one headrail offers you one view-through shade, plus one room darkening shade. They operate independently, so you choose how to customize the look any time.

Designer Roller Shades with Duolite® in a living room that is all neutral colors and a modern vibe
Designer Roller Shades with Duolite®


Arches, Angles & Specialty Shapes

Another way windows add to the individual character of your home is with specialty shapes. Add black window trim to these windows and you’ll have layers of style. When it comes to covering these unique windows, homeowners tend to choose one of three options:

  • Cover the shape with fitted window treatments
  • Leave the top shape portion bare, while covering the standard-shaped bottom portion for control
  • Layer window treatments for levels of control when needed, such as draperies and roman shades
peach color shades french doors framed in black with arched window on top
Applause® Honeycomb Shades


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Duette® Honeycomb Shades


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Applause® Honeycomb Shades


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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with Drapery


What About Transoms?

Transom windows are an ideal way to bring light in across the ceiling without feeling like your home–and life–is on display. Should they be covered? This comes down to function. Each and every home is different, and it can really depend on how much the transom windows are playing into the atmosphere of your home. 

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


But, even if it’s just a narrow window, it can cause the temperature of your home to spike. This could cause you to want full coverage.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades


How Much Trim Do You Like?

Picture windows, casement windows, double hung…you’ll want to decide how much of the trim you want to show. Much like the grids, you can choose to allow a glimpse of the trim through the fabrics, or to cover it completely when the shades are closed. If you have multiple windows connected together with trim pieces in between, that’s another choice you’ll have to make. Should the shades be customized to fit together seamlessly across those windows?

soft fabric window shades on black trim patio doors overlooking outdoor space
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Or would you like the trim detail to show up even when the shades are lowered?

Cream fabric window treatments next to black trim for high contrast detail
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades


room darkening roller shades on floor to ceiling bedroom windows in Fort Myers FL
Designer Roller Shades


designer roller shades on black window trim windows
Designer Roller Shades


This is another situation where dual shades can let you have it both ways, depending on the mood and look you’re trying to create.

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Alustra® Woven Textures®


Contrasting & Blending with Black Window Trim

One design element you might notice is the contrasting or blending that can be done at the window. Some homeowners appreciate the way light-colored window treatments allow the windows to blend into light-colored walls. Others like to make a statement with window coverings that are bold. But, with black window trim, you’re entering into a new look. Will the walls also be dark or designed with bold colors? And, which window treatments make the statement you’re interested in?

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Designer Banded Shades


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Designer Banded Shades


Need Design Help?

Your home is an investment–so the projects you do are serious–but they should also be fun. The At Home Blinds & Decor team has window treatment designers that can help you narrow down your choices, select fabrics that work for the function of your home + make it more beautiful! Let’s work together to create a look you love with the protection and control you need. Stop by our Fort Myers area window treatment store to see samples and displays that you can interact with. Schedule your free in-home consultation so we can come to you with advice, ideas and inspiration! Get in touch with us today.