Covering Black Window Trim: A Style Statement

Homes with black window trim are popping up all over, whether it’s a newly built home or replacement windows, homeowners are loving their new look. But once the choice is made, many clients are left wondering what the best window treatments are to pair with black trim windows. Today, we’ll explore the details of selecting treatments for your black trim windows and uncover all the possibilities. 

A little Consideration

  • Are your windows black on black?  Black on white? This will affect the look of the interior and exterior of your home. 
  • Do you prefer blended colors, or do you like contrast?
  • Do you want the black trim showing? If so, how much?
  • If you have grids on the windows, make sure the fabrics go well with the grid pattern. 

A little Inspiration

There are a number of window treatments that accent black trim windows and provide light control, privacy and energy efficiency. You can view our selection of treatments from roman shades to roller shades, and from woven woods to cellular shades in our showrooms. Our draperies frame black trim windows beautifully too. Why not browse homes like yours on social media to decide which look you like best?

The Grids

Window grids bring a classic look to your home, not to mention visual interest. But you’ll need to decide if you want the grids showing through or whether you’d prefer to hide the grids and reveal them only when the shades are open. Instead of using multiple shades on one large window, some shades come in very wide sizes to give your window a seamless look across.

Floor to ceiling black trim modern windows covered with Applause® Honeycomb Shades. There is a young boy around three who is chasing a French bulldog in front of the set of windows on a sunny day. The windows look out into a seating area in the backyard of the house.
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

This screen shade offers a smart light filtering look. We love the pattern of the grids showing through, while client’s can still enjoy some privacy, light control and UV protection.

living room with designer screen shades in Reno NV
Designer Screen Shades

The same window is featured below. This room features room darkening fabrics rather than light-filtering. This homeowner will enjoy increased light control, UV protection and more privacy. With this choice, the grids are only visible when the window shades are in a raised position.

beige roller shades over black trim windows
Designer Roller Shades

But, if you love the style that grids bring to your space, but also appreciate room darkening and privacy, the dual shades feature is the right choice for you. Our “best of both worlds” offering, allows the grids to show through a light filtering sheer roller shade, but when you need added protection, the secondary shade can drop in behind. This product is one of our most versatile offerings. 


Designer Solar Shades with Duolite®

Black Trim Windows with Specialty Shapes

The more character, the better in today’s homes. Specialty shaped black trim windows can really make a statement. Your arched and angled windows may also have grids. Some client’s choose to keep the top portion of their arched windows bare to let the light in across the ceiling. Here, layered drapery over roman shades completes this tall window incredibly. The grid shows through and adds another level of dimension to elevate the look.  

sleek dining room olive window treatments with custom pattern
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with Drapery

Another choice would be leaving the arches bare, creating art at the window with interior lighting that enters across the ceiling.

living room with Applause® Honeycomb Shades in Incline Village NV
Applause® Honeycomb Shades

In addition, the specialty shaped window can be covered with a color that contrasts with the black trim window.

peach color shades french doors framed in black with arched window on top
Applause® Honeycomb Shades


As for transom windows, they can remain bare or have coverings fit in place. First, identify how much sunshine this side of your home receives before making a decision.This living space below shows off the thick black trim between the windows with the shades mounted inside the frames-even the angled windows are fit to perfection.


Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Did someone say contrast? You can make a statement with a colorful shade, or even a neutral looks great against dark window trim.

Entryway inspiration and shades in foyer + windows with specialty shapes
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Show it Off

Decisions, decisions. You can choose how much black window trim you’d like to incorporate into your design whether the shades are open or closed. The depth of the window or method of installation may play a part in your decision. Pro tip: Roman shades can often be designed to show off black trim.

side view of fabric folds on a modern roman shade
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Or, romans can be sized to cover all of the black trim when closed up.


top down bottom up feature on patio door windows in dining room
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Also, Woven Textures roller shades are positioned to show off the black window trim between the windows. Here, they almost look like they were built in place.

Alustra® Woven Textures® in a modern living room
Alustra® Woven Textures®

The low profile design of roller shades fit into the look perfectly. Sleek and sophisticated. 

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


A Contrast or a Blend?

Take note of what styles you’re drawn to while you scroll through photos. Do you prefer to blend the window coverings with the black trim or contrast the black with a neutral or bold splash of color. Both of the rooms below feature window shades set against black trim, one in white Designer Banded shades and the other charcoal gray. 

open concept living room with dual opacity banded designer shades in Shawnee, KS
Designer Banded Shades


Banded roller shades on floor to ceiling windows in Reno, NV
Designer Banded Shades

When in Doubt, Call an Expert.

Now that you have black trim windows, we can help select the right window coverings to complement them. Our specialist will visit your Reno area home and share our vast selection of products with you. This way, you can see, feel and imagine how they’ll look against your black window trim and your grids. We can also provide and expert option on which features would be best for your home. Will you need UV protection, automation or a low profile offerings? Schedule your FREE design consultation today.