7 Exterior Window Trim Ideas to Update Your Home

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Changing the color of your home’s exterior can elevate its curb appeal, but experimenting with different window trim ideas can provide the right amount of contrast to refresh your home’s entire design. Window trim might seem like a small detail, but choosing the right color for your trim can take your home to the next level. The before-and-after photos below capture seven of our favorite exterior window trim ideas to update your home and give it a fresh new look.

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#1 // A Subtle Update

If you’re looking to modernize your brick home but don’t want to paint the brick, updating your window trim is a great option. Here, the natural red brick of this home is complemented by trim painted in Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. It’s a warmer option than the stark white in the before photo. Also note that the window grills were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Black. In the before photo, there’s a lot of contrast going on, making the façade feel a bit busy. In the after rendering, the window grills are not competing with the mortar between the bricks.

Before and after of a home painted in Deep River with Pale Oak trim

#2 // Light Trim with Dark Siding

Because our designers took the siding a few shades darker on this home — to Benjamin Moore’s Deep River — and made use of darker accents like black light fixtures and garage doors, they decided to make the trim pop. Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore is a lovely neutral that works perfectly on this home. With an LRV of 69.89, it’s pretty far from pure white, though it looks off-white in this setting.

modern colonial home with forest green siding and caramel-colored window trim

#3 // Natural Tones

Another way to update your home’s window trim is to use natural tones. Our designers were able to experiment with color on this modern colonial home. Painting the window trim in Caramel by Sherwin Williams complements the wood materials used throughout this design and looks great against the siding, which was painted in Sherwin Williams’ Cascades. This home design harnesses the trendy earth tones we can’t get enough of.

traditional exposed brick home with dormer windows

#4 // Accentuate Your Home’s Unique Features

Next, we love homes with unique architectural elements. Our designers reimagined this traditional home to maximize its uniqueness and added a few additional features to boot. Painted with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, the columns, gable, and dormer windows complement the natural brick. The woodwork and black frames on the dormer windows paired with the light gray trim create a multifaceted aesthetic.

updated bungalow with awning over larger front window

#5 // Matching Trim

This endearing bungalow has a Spanish-Mediterranean aura about it that our designers alluded to with sleek updates. The large front window, formerly crowded by white trellises, makes a statement with the thick charcoal window trim. Painting the trim the same color as the awning, porch railing, and gutters gives the home a refreshed, intentional look.


gray home with white trim and white garage door

#6 // Thick White Trim

Choosing a color scheme for your home’s exterior can bring everything together in a focused way. One of the most on-trend options for updating your exterior window trim is to make use of whites or off-whites to help the windows pop. The green-gray color of this home’s updated siding really stands out against the thick white trim surrounding all of the windows.

large monochromatic home with lots of unique windows

#7 // Think Monochromatic

Finally, monochromatic homes are both trendy and timeless, and they’re always eye-catching. This sprawling home has plenty of interesting windows, but the red brick and white window trim felt outdated. Our designers suggested painting the brick, window and roof trim, and concrete base of the home in Seapearl by Benjamin Moore. Painting the windows and upper doors in Sherwin Williams’ Iron Ore adds to the monochromatic aesthetic while bringing in some contrast. We love this look.


When you’re inside your home, you think of your windows as providing natural lighting and a nice breeze when the weather allows it. But outside the home is a different story. Windows make such a huge difference in curb appeal. And if updating all of your windows isn’t in your budget, painting your window trim might be all you need to do to spruce up your home’s look.

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