One of the most common questions that arise during exterior design consultations is the color choice for the window trim and if it should match the color of the sash. However, this requires more than a simple yes-or-no answer since there are a few considerations you should note.

Window Trim: Should It Match or Contrast the Sash? 1

In this article, Windows by Toll, a top-rated provider of replacement doors and windows, shares some tips on selecting the right color for the trim.

Sash and Trim: What’s the Difference?

Before diving into some tips for choosing a window trim color, let’s ensure that the distinction between the sash and the trim is clear. The sash is basically the frame that houses the glass. It moves together with the glass, so it’s part of the operable window. The trim, on the other hand, is also known as the casing. It’s the part that frames out the window opening and adds a decorative touch.

Should Their Colors Match?

Generally, experts suggest using contrasting colors for the sash and the trim to make your home’s curb appeal more interesting. This is also especially recommended for tall or large homes as it helps break up the facade and create a more balanced look.

However, there are a few exceptions to the rule. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when deciding on the color of your window trim:

  1.  If you’re getting replacement windows, you’ll notice that newer models are designed with extra, built-in trim elements. Due to these extra framing pieces, the window is likely to appear clunky and overdesigned when you use a contrasting color for the trim. That is why, for this specific type of window, experts often suggest using the same color as the sash for the outer trim.
  2. You can also opt to paint the outer trim with the same color as the surrounding siding. This will help bring a clean and elegant look to your home’s exterior.

If you’re still in doubt about what color to pick, you can look for some design ideas. This will give you a better idea of what certain colors would look like.

Windows by Toll has several years of experience in windows replacement. With our expertise, we guarantee top-notch results that would give the best bang for your buck. Call us at (203) 200-7808 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote.