Decorating Black Window Trim

There is so much to love about black window trim. Not only do they make a statement but they also elevate the look and feel of your home. As they become a more common choice for homeowners today, you may find yourself wondering the best way to decorate them. If you’re curious about the best window treatments and trying to decide if the black trim windows should be covered or uncovered, we’re here to help. 

Top Considerations 

When you’re thinking about the next steps regarding your black trim windows, there are some things that you must consider

  • How much of the windows do you want to showcase or do you want to hide them?
  • Do you lean more towards blending colors in a room or are you preferable to a bigger contrast?
  • Do you have grids on your windows? It is a good thing to notice the way fabrics look in front of your windows that have grids. This will help you as you determine the style you like. 
  • Are your windows highlight a black-on-white or black-on-black look? This impacts the feel and the look of your windows inside and out. 


Finding inspiration is a great step when you’re looking to decorate your black trim windows. We recommend starting by looking up photos of homes that look similar to yours. This is beneficial as you figure out what looks best in your space. There are so many different window treatments that pair nicely with black trim windows. Consider woven treatments, roller shades, cellular shades, or roman shades. If you’re looking for how to frame your windows, layer draperies. They add privacy, light control, and energy efficiency. 

arched black windows with roman shades and side draperies
Custom Drapery

The Grids

Grids present a timeless look while simultaneously creating visual interest in any space. They have the power to stand out or blend in, depending on the window treatments you select. Think about if you would like for them to be predominately closed or open. This will help you narrow down your preferred style of window treatment. Fortunately, some shades can create a seamless look in your home and across your windows. This appears as one giant shade instead of multiple.

cordless shades will clean up the look of the home while adding child safety
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

If you’re torn between allowing natural light to fill the space but also maintaining privacy and UV protection, light filtering may be the best option for you. You can also have the black trim window grid visible. 

white screen shades on corner living room windows with black frames in Milwaukee
Designer Screen Shades

What makes these two pictures different? While it is the same space, the window coverings are swapped from light filtering to room darkening. You’ll experience increased light control, UV protection, and privacy. However, the grids are only visible when the shades are raised, exposing the window and the view outside. 

blackout roller shades on black window trim windows with grids in Waukesha

Dual shades are an amazing option as they close out the light when you need it but soften when you wish to have light enter. This is done through a light-filtering sheer roller shade. As you may love seeing the grids, but need some room darkening, consider these for your space. 

gray dual shade shadings in neutral living room with chromatic elements
Designer Solar Shades with Duolite® 

Specialty Shaped Black Trim Windows 

Specialty-shaped windows add character to your home and make a statement. Take arched windows, for instance. Grids can be a part of these windows and many homeowners wish to leave the top of the window open, allowing light to enter across the ceiling and brighten up the room. Think about layering draperies and roman shades. Not only is this a popular style for tall windows but you can expose a bit of the window grid as well. 

arched black windows with roman shades and side draperies

If you’re looking to create a showpiece, leave your window arches completely bare. This is another option that lets light enter across the ceiling. 

Applause honeycomb shades on arched windows in living room.
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Adding color to your space may be more your style. Duette Honeycomb Shades come in many hues and this shade contrasts nicely against the black trim windows. 

rounded arched window with cellular honeycomb shade
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

You can either cover transom windows or leave them bare. It all depends on your preference.

architectural roller shades on large windows in Milwaukee home office
Alustra® Architectural Roller Shades

Maybe you have a room that receives too much sunshine so you wish to cover it up. Perhaps you don’t have enough and want to leave it free of shades. This option allows the thick window trim to be highlighted between each window as the shades are mounted inside the trim. 

fall style trends
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

As adding contrast may be your style but you prefer neutrals, a statement can still be made. Opting for a gray color will draw attention to the dark window trim.

Open floor plan around front door
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Highlight the Side Trim

We established that you can choose to showcase your grids or keep them hidden. You can do the same with your side trim. This depends on the depth of your windows as well as how you want your window treatments to be installed. Roman shades, for example, can be designed to highlight your black trim windows. 

roman shades over black trim wall of windows in Milwaukee

Moreover, your window coverings can be positioned to hide the trim when they are closed. 

top down bottom up energy efficient window shades
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Woven Textures roller shades are known to highlight the black window trim. It looks as if they were built in place. 

Alustra® Woven Textures® in a sitting area
Alustra® Woven Textures®

If you wish to have a low-profile design that appears sleek and modern, choose roller shades. It achieves this look perfectly!

Dining room table with fabric chairs that has two built-in glass wine cellars on either side.
Alustra® Woven Textures®

Contrast or Blend? 

As you continue to search for inspiration, take note of any patterns you see. Do you tend to favor photos that blend with the window coverings with the black trim or do you like to see it contrast with a bold or neutral color? These two spaces highlight window shades that have black trim. One showcases white Designer Banded shades and the other showcases a charcoal color. 

Designer Banded Shades
designer banded east facing window for balanced light in Milwaukee home
Designer Banded Shades

Let’s Begin 

Black window trim continues to grow in popularity. Let us help you find the perfect window coverings to reflect your style, wants, and needs. As you prepare to put the final touches on your home with window coverings, the Bazaar Home Decorating team is standing by prepared to assist. Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation and let’s get ready.