Design Trend: Black Window Trim

I am obsessed with black window trim!  I have imagined how much cooler my living room would look with just a little bit of a pop from black window trim.

But is it a trend that will see itself out the door (wink) or will it make the grade?

Five reasons black windows are on trend:

  1. Black windows eliminate the need for window treatments.
  2. Dark window frames create a modern look.
  3. Black window frames create high contrast.
  4. Black windows provide the perfect frame for your view.
  5. Black window frames are timeless.

Design experts agree that black is, well the new black!  While staying on top of the latest trends isn’t always easy, black window frames for exteriors and interiors is a surprisingly versatile option.

The first concern is that black windows tend to have a modern feel but if incorporated into the right elements, black windows can be stunning and add to the aesthetics.  Black can pair well with industrial, traditional and everyday domestic interiors.  “Black window frames are becoming more popular because they are what we call a ‘forgiving color,’ ” says architect Dominic Bagnato.  “You can apply them to a building and just about every other color used adjacent to them can be sympathetic.… They are like a classic black suit.  Everything looks great in black and you can style what goes with it accordingly.”

The key is finding your inspiration and then incorporating that into the existing interior in a classic fashion.  If you have existing white trim you can still have your bold black if you desire.  If done correctly, you can mix the two window trim colors and the overall look will be quite elegant.

“Painting your window trim black may feel a little out of your comfort zone at first”, says EmilyClark “but it’s an easy way to go bold with a color you might never dare to put on your walls.  Black trim works especially well with white or very light walls, creating a strong contrast for a modern look. For the ultimate contrast, opt for high gloss black on the trim and a more subtle finish on the walls”.

I’m won over!  I love this look!  It will definitely be something I incorporate when we make our updates to our home.  From steel casement windows to painted wooden frames, I hope these spaces might inspire you to take the leap and give it a shot as well.

Madi’s room reveal

It was a busy week but we have completed Madi’s room.

I know that Madi and I were both excited to tackle this update and with the help of her dad and brother we made short work of it!  I recently had a small surgery so a lot of the “heavy lifting and work” fell to Chad (her dad).  I was amazed at how quickly it all came together.  We went shopping (which is like torture with this girl) and Madi got to pick out everything that went in her room!

I was so excited for the finished product!  I love creating!  That is something that we all get from our mother, she had one of the most creative minds I know.

The question though, does Madi love it?  I believe that she does but I think that I am always a bit thunderstruck by the moodiness of a 12 year old girl.  My mother always said I was a “boy mom” and for good reason.  I’m constantly flabbergasted at how to interact with this preteen girl (Madi is my niece by the way).  At her best, she is mature and delightful and at her worst, moody and brooding (which is also sort of an Anderson thing).  I keep asking her if she loves it and her answer is a shrug of the shoulders and a “yeah” which is more like a “mm-yeah”.  She really hasn’t left her room since we have completed it (except to go to school) so I am going to take that as ‘2 thumb’s up’!

Here are the results!  I also am adding in a few before so you can get the affect of the after!

Her room did need an update, it was very “little girl” and a “hodge podge” of items.

She chose her paint color, a trendy shade of grey.  I was ecstatic because I love all shades of grey, what a versatile color choice!

Her closet is the biggest transformation.  It was just an ordinary closet with one shelf and a clothing bar.  We removed that and Chad installed a closet system (DIY=savings), go dad!  The storage in her closet now has quadrupled with the new closet system.

I painted an old desk (purchased from a boutique in town) and bench.  I wanted a little bit of old, antique mixed in.  We also repainted the shelf above her desk (perfect for her nail polish display), a find from Hobby Lobby (I love that place too much).  The sweet bedside lamps were a find at Target.  Yes, I also love Target!  Her “M” got a second life as well.

She got a bigger dresser (a girl of 12 needs a lot of storage). And most importantly, a big girl bed!  We found the bed ensemble at Target, we snagged a great deal!  It is a soft cream, fur comforter and shams with 2 throw pillows!  We also got the curtains at Target (my iron blew up, so ignore the wrinkles).

And then last, her boho tapestry!  We were going to wallpaper the wall her bed sat against but finding wallpaper we could agree on was another obstacle, so we went with the tapestry and then the fairy lights to accent it!

Overall, a success!

Happy updating!