Why Windows are an Important Feature in the House?
Windows play a crucial role in deciding the architecture and visual aesthetics of your house. The windows not only provide access to natural light and fresh air but also allow you to enjoy the view of the outside. Windows also act as attractive and decorative features that stand out from the otherwise plain and boring outside walls of the house. Windows thus help to enhance the visual appeal of the house both from the outside and the inside by adding points of architectural interest in the house. The windows are immediately noticeable and become the focal point of any décor.
Hence, it is only natural to give special emphasis to the decorative value of the windows. People usually resort to elegant window treatments to accentuate their windows. This approach has many practical and aesthetic advantages too. Window coverings provide excellent heat insulation, light filtration, and privacy protection besides improving the energy efficiency of your heat control appliances such as the air conditioner and the thermostat. Window treatments do all this while looking absolutely elegant and sophisticated and also enhance the aesthetic appeal of the window frame and the rest of the décor in the house.
However, focusing on the shape of the windows is also a way of accentuating the window frame. Instead of the regular square or rectangular window shapes, you can consider other unique window shapes such as arched windows, asymmetrical windows, etc. These unique window shapes have a decorative value and also make the architecture of your house more interesting. But to get the maximum effect, you need to make the outline or shape of the windows standout. Window trims can be accentuated by using window moldings to give a more structured appeal to the window frame. You can opt for designer window moldings to further enhance the visual appeal of the window frame.
Should Your Blinds Cover the Window Trim?
Blinds are one of the most widely used window treatment solutions across the globe and for good reason. Blinds are easy to install, versatile, available in every price point, and budget range, and also provide you lots of options in terms of material choice, features, design, and color options. These blinds are subtle enough to never out of place in any kind of décor setting, be it your home or your office space. At the same time, these blinds have an elegance and decorative quality to them that accentuate the windows and make them the focal point of any home décor.
But this brings us to another important question that you will have to consider when you get blinds installed on your windows. Should your blinds cover the window trim? This question will arise depending on whether you opt for an inside mount or an outside mount for your blinds. Also, window trim helps make the shape and the decorative molding of the window stand out.
If you have uniquely-shaped windows in your house such as triangular windows, arched windows, asymmetrical windows, or any other unique windows, you would not want to subdue their decorative quality. For that, you will need to ensure that the shape of the window stands out and makes for a bold statement. Thus, hiding the window trim will not be a very good idea. But, what about regular windows? Will hiding the window trim be fine in that case? To get a better perspective about these questions, you need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of both inside and outside mounts.
Inside-mounted blinds are the ones that are installed directly on the window frame while the outside mounted ones are installed on the wall above the window and the blinds hang freely from that spot and cover the windows. Inside mounts are more compact and snugly fit on the window frame. As a result, inside-mounted blinds appear more subtle, tidy, compact, and also make the shape of the window stand out as the window trims are not hidden. The compact look makes the inside-mounted blinds and the window frame itself look more visually appealing and prominent.
However, there is a downside to inside-mounted blinds as well. The issue is pertaining to the coverage that they provide. While inside-mounted blinds provide good coverage, some gaps may remain on the side of the blinds as the blinds don’t cover the window trim. As a result, some external light may bleed inside the house through these gaps. If you are looking to darken the interiors and want better blackout performance, light bleed from the sides of the blinds may create some issues.
But you can overcome this issue by installing window moldings that not only give more strength to the window trims but also make the windows look more structured. These window moldings can help plug any gaps that may exist on the sides of the blinds so that you get excellent coverage with no compromises.
Outside-mounted blinds have an advantage in terms of coverage. Outside-mounted blinds provide better coverage as they cover the entire window frame and thereby, the chances of any gaps existing on the sides become very low. As a result, there is no instance of light bleeding inside the house through the sides of the blinds. You get better blackout and privacy performance.
However, what you gain in terms of privacy is somewhat subdued when we consider the visual appeal of the outside-mounted blinds. They look bulkier in comparison with the inside-mounted blinds and don’t look as compact, elegant, or tidy. Moreover, since these blinds completely cover the window trim, the character and decorative molding of your windows also get hidden behind the outline of the blinds.
So, the question about whether the blinds should cover the window trim comes down to your specific priorities. If visual appeal is more important for you, inside mounts will be better where you don’t have to cover the window trim. If you want better coverage and blackout performance, then outside mounts are advisable. In that case, your blinds will have to cover the window trim. While both the inside and the outside mounts work just fine and look great, they are different in terms of the unique advantages they provide. You can go with the one that better aligns with your preferences and requirements.