Designer Details: Covering Black Window Trim

A home with black window trim looks incredible. It’s chic, it’s modern and it’s quickly becoming a very popular design trend. But once you have black trim, you may find yourself wondering which window treatments complement it best? Let’s explore the many ways to style your black trim windows, and find out which treatments suit you best.

You Might be Wondering.

  • How much of the black window trim you’d like to have showing?
  • If you like to blend colors? Or contrast?
  • What to do if you have window grids. (Note the way fabrics look in front of grid windows to make the right decision.)
  • Are your windows black on black, or black on white? This can affect everything inside and out.

Homes that Inspire.

The best way to find looks that appeal to you is by scrolling though examples. Today, we are bringing you loads of design options. Anything from roman shades to roller shades, and from woven treatments to cellular shades can look incredible. Draperies that frame the window are beautiful too. They also provide light control, privacy and energy efficiency. 

white draperies cover black window trim with grids in Minneapolis

The Grids.

Window grids are a timeless feature that bring visual interest to your home. It’s important to decide if you want the grids to show through the treatments, or whether you prefer to see the grids only when the shades are in the open position. For a seamless look, some window shades can be fit across a set of windows–resembling one wide shade. 

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

If you choose a light filtering option, you’ll see the grids showing through, while enjoying some privacy, light control and UV protection. 

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Designer Screen Shades

Here’s an example of the same window treated in two different ways. Above…a light-filtering solar shade allows the grids to show through. Below…the room darkening fabrics maintain more privacy, increased light control and continued UV protection, but the grids are only visible when the shades are raised. 

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Designer Roller Shades

If you can’t decide, we have the dual shades feature. You can have your window grids and hide them too! This special feature allows you to maintain your privacy and room darkening capabilities with a secondary shade that drops into place. But, when you want the design element of the grids to appear, the sheer roller shade will filter the light for you as well. 

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Designer Solar Shades with Duolite®


Black Trim Windows with Specialty Shapes

Specialty shaped windows with black trim can make a statement. Window grids add to this special look and can be found in arched or angled windows. Many clients opt to leave a portion of the top of the window free from any covering, so light can enter across the ceiling. Here, a layered treatment style is created with drapery + roman shades. This is a great way to style tall windows. Look how well the exposed grid adds interest and dimension.  

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with Drapery

Or, why not keep the arches completely bare, creating designer style with geometric art at the window.

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

And, another beautiful look is when the shaped window is covered with a color that contrasts when set against the black trim.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades

If your home has transom windows, they can be left bare or fitted with coverings. This will depend on how much sunshine your room receives.

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

In the featured photo below, the thick black window trim between each window is exposed. Even the angled windows at the side have shades mounted inside the trim. We have a solution for all your window needs.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades


If you want contrast, a colorful shade will make a statement, or even a neutral-like gray-will stand out against black trim.

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades


Showing Off the Side Trim

After all, YOU can decide if the black window trim should be part of the design statement whether the shades are open or closed. Sometimes, it will depend upon the depth of your windows, or the way the treatments are installed. Roman shades can be custom fit to show the black trim. 

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Or they can also be positioned to cover all of the black elements when closed up, revealing them when the shades are opened. 

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

These custom fit woven textured roller shades are positioned perfectly to showcase the black window trim between the windows. They almost look like they were built in place.

Alustra® Woven Textures® in a modern living room that is filled with neutral tonesliving room with floor to ceiling windows
Alustra® Woven Textures®

Another smart choice is the low profile design of roller shades–they look sleek and fit perfectly in this elegant dining space.

Woven textured shades in dining room
Alustra® Woven Textures®


To Contrast or Blend?

In the end, it’s best to see examples of different looks before you decide. These two rooms showcase style options for black trim windows: a contrast and a blend. One of the windows features white designer banded shades and the other, a charcoal gray. Both styles are stunning, but different looks nonetheless. 

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Designer Banded Shades


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Designer Banded Shades


Need the Experts?

Black trim windows are taking over homes everywhere! Our designers can help create the perfect look for your Minneapolis/St.Paul home. In addition, there’s a huge variety of style options for your windows, whether you’d like to make a statement or keep things traditional. We have the product for you. Visit one of our showrooms or schedule an in-home design consultation.