Exterior Window Trim Ideas

The exteriors of your home can say a variety of different things about the inside. Your window trim is one area where you can really show off a sense of style and beauty. However, what kind of decorative molding and window trim peaks your interest also needs to fit your house's architecture. There are some basic types of trim that you should look for and see which ones can fit with your home's exterior décor. Some of these ideas won't be just for trim but also will focus on increasing your home's curb appeal.

Exterior Moldings


Moldings are often called wall bands, and they are designed to frame and separate sections of your home's walls. Moldings are usually located along the building joint between first and second floor, or you can find them along the section of a wall in what's known as "plain" space. Stucco molding is also used along the bottom of walls for a finished look. You should look for decorative, solid materials with crisp, straight lines.



You can upgrade the curb appeal of your windows and add protection with a window sill. Sills are designed with a slope that runs back to front, forcing away from your window and preventing water from leaking through your windows. Made from fiberglass mesh, inorganic Styrofoam and modified cement, sills also prevent rot and mold due to water and moisture.



If you have really plain windows, you can change their appearance entirely with a good trim design. Window trimming updates the look of any home, increasing its curb appeal and also adding resale value. You should also purchase trim that can withstand the elements, which means you don't really want to pick wood for a trim choice—as it can lead to mold, rot and bug infestation. You can pick different materials for trim that can be attached to stone, brick and stucco.



These are purely for decorative purposes, but they can add a lot of value and curb appeal to the look of your home. They come in a variety of shapes and styles with the versatility to be repainted or cut in different styles. You can add a keystone to both windows and doors. Keystones are placed when you install molding and window trim, but you can also cut from existing moldings to create a place for keystone if done carefully.



Also called crown molding, cornices are placed where soffits and walls intersect. These can aid in hiding unsightly joints between the roof and your home's walls. Stucco cornices can easily create a transition between your wall and soffit , and they can also decorate the top of your exterior wall and add an enchanting reflective light.



While not necessarily considered a trim, columns can do wonders for the curb appeal of a home. Exterior columns are designed to wrap around the unsightly posts and poles at the front of a home, and do not bear any loads. They can be whole or half columns, and they are easily placed around existing posts and pols. Center core size can also be modified. If you are looking for decorative columns, they can be painted and designed to match the rest of your home's siding.



You've likely seen a pilaster before on the side of a home's main entryway. This a decorative wide trim that goes around the front door. It's made from wood, but you can get a better performance from non-wood materials that will not warp or rot. Pilasters basically upgrade the look of your entrance and will add a luxurious touch to any home.



If you have seen multiple bricks, wooden trim or concrete designs that smooth or block out the edges of a home's walls, these are called quoins. They are made to accent the corners of a house, creating a sturdy yet elegant look. Stucco quoins are most popular, as they are not heavy or expensive, and can look well with multiple exterior siding types. You can also find them in different styles, from straight edged to beveled.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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