Decorating Black Window Trim

There are many things in a home that will make you say, “Wow!” One of them is black window trim. As it is growing in popularity, this chic and modern look makes a statement. However, it leaves some homeowners wondering if it is best to cover the black trim or expose it. We have ideas on the best window treatments for your style and your needs. 

Top Considerations

  • How much of the black window trim would you like to see?
  • Do you like your colors to contrast or do you prefer them to blend?
  • Does your home have window grids? It is important to notice how fabrics look in front of these windows to decide what looks best to you. 
  • Are your windows black on white or black on black? This can impact the way things look inside and outside of your home. 


Inspiration can come from anywhere. One of our recommendations is to look through photos of homes that are similar to yours. It can help you see what would look best. Thankfully, black trim windows look phenomenal with a variety of window treatments. For example, you can’t go wrong with roman shades, cellular shades, woven treatments, or roller shades. If you’re looking to frame the windows, draperies are a great addition. They are energy efficient, and give you added light control and privacy. Let’s take a look at some favorites. 

custom window treatments are dark olive drapery in modern loft apartment dining room
Custom Drapery


Window Grids

One thing that adds visual interest to your home is window grids. They are a timeless look that elevates any space. If you decide to let the grids show through or wish to see them only when the shades are open, there are window shades that offer a seamless look. It is as if it resembles one, giant shade. 

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Are you looking for a treatment that will let the grids show through while maintaining privacy, UV protection, and light control? A light-filtering look would be ideal. 

Designer screen shades on living room windows Westminster, CO
Designer Screen Shades

This window and the one above are the same. However, the light-filtering fabrics have been switched with room-darkening ones. By making this change, you’ll experience a greater amount of privacy, light control, and UV protection. The only difference is that the grids are strictly visible when the window shades are raised and the window is exposed. 

modern roller shades on black trim windows
Designer Roller Shades

Are you looking to close out the light when you want to but then soften it when you want the light to come in? This is through a light-filtering sheer roller shade by choosing dual shades. If you enjoy seeing the window grids but also aspire to have room darkening at times, this is an added benefit of this option! 

living room design with Dual roller shades in Denver area home
Designer Roller Shades with Duolite®

Specialty Shaped Black Trim Windows

Specialty-shaped windows add character to a home. Make them black trim and you’re making a statement. Grids can be a part of arched windows. Some homeowners like to leave a portion of the top of the window without shades so light can shine across the ceiling. Pairing layered draperies and roman shades, like in this photo, adds a stylish touch to those tall windows. It also allows some of the window grid to shine through.

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with Drapery

If you want to create a showpiece of style, consider leaving your arches bare. This will also let the sun shine through on the ceiling. 

neutral living room arched windows for windows with specialty shapes
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Some homeowners like to include some color in their homes. Adding color that contrasts against black trim windows is easy! Opt for a lighter shade and you’re set. 

rounded arched window with cellular honeycomb shade
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

When it comes to transom windows, you can have window coverings in place or leave them bare. This decision depends on how much sunshine this particular area of your home receives. This photo showcases the thick window trim between each window–even those uniquely shaped angled ones with the window shades mounted inside the trim. 

duette vertical honeycomb shades for sliding glass doors Cherry Creek in Denver CO
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Previously, we shared that color is an option if you wish to have some contrast. However, a neutral hue does that as well! Choosing a gray color looks beautiful against a black window trim. 

Highlighting the Side Trim

Did you know that you can choose whether you want black window trim to be a design statement or not? It varies based on the window treatment you select, the depth of your windows, and how the treatments need to be installed. If you want to have your black trim windows on display, a great option is roman shades as they are meant to show it off.

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

If you wish to cover it, you can position the shades to cover all of the black trim when it is closed.

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Woven Textures roller shades can showcase the black window trim between the windows. This makes it look like the shades were built in place!

Alustra® Woven Textures®
Alustra® Woven Textures®

Are you looking for a sleek, low-profile design? Look no further than roller shades. They fit that description perfectly.  

Elegant dining room in evening light featuring Alustra Woven Texture Roman Shades
Alustra® Woven Textures®

To Contrast or Blend?

As you continue to look for inspiration from homes that are similar to yours, you may begin to see a pattern. Perhaps you lean towards window coverings that blend with the black trip. Or do you like to contrast the black hues with a neutral or bold color? These two rooms show off Designer Banded Shades. One in a white hue and the other in a charcoal gray color. Which one do you lean towards?

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Designer Banded Shades
designer banded shades in living room of Denver Co home
Designer Banded Shades

Ready for Assistance?

Black trim windows are only going to continue to grow in popularity. You might find yourself eager to get window coverings that fit your style and the look and feel of your home. Our team has you covered! At Rocky Mountain Shutters & Shades, we are prepared to help you on your journey. Contact us today to schedule a FREE in-home or showroom consultation.