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When designing or updating a home, most homeowners put a lot of thought into room layouts, paint colors, and where they’re going to put their brand-new couch. However, when a contractor asks a homeowner for the window casing ideas for their windows, most people stare blankly and can’t come up with anything! Window casings might be the last thing you think about when planning your home improvement project, but they can add quite a bit to the room and shouldn’t be an afterthought.
Choosing the right window casing doesn’t have to be challenging, even if you have no prior experience picking it out! Here at The Moulding Company, our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions about window casings that you may have and help you determine what will look best in your home.
What is the Casing of a Window?
First, you may be wondering what a window casing is. It is the moulding that goes around the frame of your windows both inside and outside the home. Contractors install window casings to keep your home sealed against the elements, pests, and extreme temperatures or add aesthetic appeal. There are several window casing styles that you can put around your window frames to match the aesthetic of your home and give it that extra “pop.”
1. Complete Window Casing
A complete window casing encompasses the entirety of your window by surrounding all four sides with moulding. They can be as simple or complex as you like, making them more decorative or modern. Complete window casings can also be stacked in multiple layers to trim out the window both inside and outside your house to match.
2. Traditional Casing
Choosing a traditional window casing style is probably more up your alley if you’re into a more simplistic but still decorated look. Typically, conventional window casings can be found in older homes and lay flat against both the interior and exterior of the house. You’ll also mostly find them with simple stool and apron designs that complement the traditional style and add a slight flair to the look.
3. Modern Casing
While simple in style, modern window casing styles tend to blend in with the surrounding architecture rather than stand out. With clean lines that often match the color of the window’s material, modern window casings should not distract from the glass or view of the outdoors. You will also not see ornate or complex designs with these stylish window casing looks.
Thanks to modern technologies, there are plenty of different material options for the casing you want. You will find chair rail options made from cherry and oak or trim designed for use around curved windows made from flexible materials. These material options make adding new trim to your window an absolute breeze. Whatever material you choose to use is up to you and will further reflect your personality in the window trim.
4. Low-Profile Casing
More practical than decorative, a low-profile casing is another window casing style that lays flat against your home. If you don’t like the look of trim or want things to look more minimal, low-profile casings will offer excellent protection without distracting from your home’s aesthetics. Your windows will seamlessly blend into your home without any issue.
5. High-Profile Casing
While there are many more simplistic styles to window casings, as we just discussed, there are also more ornate designs. For anyone who loves the more layered or stacked look and enjoys more ornate details, high-profile casings are likely the choice. These window frames can surround your entire window with endless decorative options to bring a more luxurious look to your home.
Window Casing Ideas and How To Choose
Choosing your window casing will depend on your preferred design aesthetic or the decor in the rest of your home. Do you like the look of stained wooden trim, or maybe a specific paint color that makes your rooms pop? Regardless of your preference, The Moulding Company is here to help you with your choices.
Choosing Interior Window Trim
If the exterior of your home looks more traditional than your modern interior, you can always make your window trim choices different inside vs. outside. In most homes, the interior window trim is what people focus on the most when making choices. It’s essential to make sure you choose a style that you love and matches the rest of your home, even if you change furniture or wall colors.
We recommend looking at photos of various window frames and their styles. Try to identify a theme in the styles you like so you get some window casing ideas and a feel for what you might want when you shop. And, as always, feel free to talk to one of our professionals about helping you choose a style.
Choosing Exterior Window Trim
Your exterior window trim is essential for keeping the elements out of your home, and window casing styles look better with specific types of homes. For example, ranch and craftsman-style homes feature simple exterior trim, while Victorian or Tudor-style homes have a more ornate look.
Of course, if you fall in love with a border that you think fits the exterior of your home well, feel free to choose that trim! While your home’s look may influence your choice, it doesn’t have to sway you. In addition, the exterior design of your house may not match what you chose for your interior window casings, so make sure to keep that in mind.
Are You Ready to Upgrade Your Window Casings?
Your contractor has asked you to share some window casing ideas, but you’re unsure where to start and feel anxious about choosing. We understand that moulding and trim are easy to overlook when planning or designing your home, but the process doesn’t have to give you any grief, even if you’re just thinking about it now!
At The Moulding Company, we want to make sure you will have the home of your dreams with windows, doors, and even crown moulding to match. We’ll work with you to ensure you pick the right window frames for your home so that you don’t have to change them down the road. Reach out to us today to ask any questions and see what we can do to help!