Three Reasons to Paint Your Window Trim Black

White may be the go-to paint color when it comes to interior trim, but opting for black on your windows can provide beautiful definition and change the entire look of a room.

Using Black to Define Your Windows

White is almost always the first color that comes to mind when it's time to choose a paint color for your trim. Your windows, however, can be the perfect place to experiment and go bold with black trim. Need convincing? Here's why you might want to consider whipping out a paint brush and a can of dark paint for a quick update. Black trim instantly defines the windows as a focal point. Where a window might normally get lost in a space, black demands attention and highlights what's often one of its best architectural features. Black also creates an instant "frame" for your view.

Use Paint to Eliminate the Need for Window Treatments

Painting trim black is a beautiful way to give your windows a finished look, eliminating the need for pricey window treatments. This trick works especially well in a room where adding curtains or a shade might be awkward or crowded. Black gives the look of intentional, clean decorating, without feeling too fussy and still letting in plenty of sunlight.

Create High Contrast With Black Trim

Painting your window trim black may feel a little out of your comfort zone at first, 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.


  1. I painted my window trim, bookcase interiors/shelves and surrounded the ceiling with moulding..all painted maroon. The walls, ceiling, custom made mantle all white. With maroon leather furniture it looks like a gorgeous library!

  2. love it i would for sure do it teresadayton

  3. Would it look odd to paint the window casings black and not the part of the window pane--these are enclosed in side the window itself?

    1. you could just experiment w/ black painter's tape, fabric, or construction paper

    2. Black casings or any color for that matter would look great. Just keep in mind dark colors show the dust prolly why most do white. I hate dusting my windows... to many crannies.

    3. Please leave it all white. It will only put emphasis on the track being between the glass and you don't want to do that.

    4. I like just the panes painted black as I think the white contrast in the window casings bring it all out.

    5. NO it wud look fine. The black frame is exactly that. A black frame. If u don’t like it, u can always paint it white again, so go for it.

    6. yes it would look unfinished

  4. I wouldnt mind the new black window trend,but I have the enclosed white panes also,so I believe it wouldnt look right.

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