You don’t always have to replace your window trim when you install new windows, but popular style options make it worth considering. When you replace windows in your Madison WI home, to make sure new window casings match, including new trim is a valued option.
Interior window trim includes molding pieces that surround window frames – also called casing. Window casing adds the finished look and matches your home décor. If existing trim is in good condition you don’t have to replace it. But, if the existing windows have leaked or been damaged you may have no choice.
If you’re upgrading to a more modern style window, replacing the existing trim isn’t likely to match. And, of course, if the replacement windows are different sizes, you have to change casing, too.
Fortunately, there are about as many window trim styles as there are window styles. There’s a replacement to complement new windows and your lifestyle.
Casing Choices For New Windows
When selecting the right replacement windows, your choices include frame materials, colors and architectural style – both indoors and outdoors. When you’ve determined the best choice to enhance your curb appeal, move on to enhancing the view from the inside.
To match or complement existing interior trim elements your first choice is between wood stains or paint. The style of your home, available natural light and personal taste dictates the choice. There are many options. Next, choose a design style – ranging from modern to historical, classic or craftsman. Pained trim, especially white or off-white colors help make a space look bigger and more open. The white palette works with almost any wall color.
Wooden Frame And Stain Options
Most common window wooden window frames are built from either pine or oak. Pine has a fine grain
and is ideal for painting and staining. Oak is a hard wood with an easily defined grain pattern. It is ideal for staining – many designers resist painting oak preferring to let the grain show. Stains are light, dark or medium tones to match existing woodwork. To show off the wood’s grain and texture, use a natural finish. Wood stains add warmth to a room, too.
Pella windows in both pine and oak are available unfinished so you can match your interior trim exactly. They are also available prefinished – taking the job of painting or staining the window trim out of the process. Prefinished stain colors include:
- Red Mahogany
- Golden Oak
- Early American
- Dark Mahogany
Available on both oak and pine frames.
Painted Window Trim – A Popular Choice
White trim is the most popular designer choice in recent years. Designers consider it to be a “timeless” look. Why? Because it works with almost any room color – especially when contrasting with popular bright, bold hues. White windows add a light, airy feel to any room. However, white doesn’t have to be sterile and stark. Classic bright whites are available, but there are also subtle tones of off-white. White is the most common choice for the popular farmhouse interior design style.
To complement modern and industrial looks, darker trim colors are taking off. Black is a popular choice. Colored trim throughout the room is popular in Victorian styles. Window casings can be customized to match most any décor or interior design theme.
Prefinished paint colors on Pella windows include:
- Bright white
- Linen white
- Primed finished ready for custom paint to match your personal style
Available on both oak and pine frames.
New Windows – Styling from Classic To Modern
Throughout the Madison area are homes from many classic eras. In addition, modern architectural concepts dot the landscape. Fortunately, there are window styles to fit everything from a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home to a historic Victorian. Among the most popular styles interior window trim must match are:
- Ranch style – typically a relaxed atmosphere where simple elegance means windows don’t standout or detract from interior designs. Fairly simple and modern-looking.
- Craftsman styling – simple with a tailored look. Tending to be thicker woodwork and often multi-piece trim using elements like crown molding and chair rails.
- Provincial styles – considered practical and unassuming. Versatile even with intricate designs. Also very popular when used with contemporary country styling.
- Colonial trim – typically includes multi-piece trims and wider baseboards. Also includes crown molding and chair rails.
Within these four basic styles, Pella offers 34 individual variations of its trim options. There are 12 different versions of colonial style – some in pine, some in oak and many in both. Additionally, there are 5 available in craftsman style, 7 in traditional ranch style and 9 in provincial style.
Whatever the design style, interior window trim works best when coordinated with baseboards and architectural pieces.
Wood trim is customizable to be used with most any style, including curved windows.
Window Installation Insures Performance
A selection of high-quality windows makes choosing the right replacements for your home easier. However, even the best windows don’t perform up to par without skilled, professional installation. Pella Windows provides performance, value and advances in window design from frames and hardware to glass. Sims Exteriors and Remodeling is a Certified Installation Contractor for all Pella windows in the Madison area. Representing a select national group, its specialists are trained to install innovative windows and support their extensive warranties.
Contact Sims Exteriors and Remodeling for the latest windows for your new construction or remodeling plan. We’ll share how Pella technology and design innovation provides outstanding new windows for your Madison WI home.