Trim and Accents: How to Make Your Home Pop

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Decorative trim and accents like molding, cornices and columns are stellar design elements that complete the overall aesthetic of your exterior and let your home stand out amongst your neighbors. When homeowners thoughtfully update their existing trim or select and install more contemporary trim options, you can experience a range of visual and performance benefits:

  • Accentuates Existing Architecture: Every home is built according to specific aesthetic principles, and the right trim design can help highlight specific architectural elements and inspirations.
  • Provides an Extra Layer of Home Protection: Well-maintained trim helps seal leaks around windows and doors, preventing air transference between your indoor and outdoor spaces. This improves energy efficiency and can lower utility costs.
  • Improves Exterior Curb Appeal: Clean, polished-looking trim completes the overall look of your home’s exterior, which creates superior curb appeal that improves the value of your home.

With the variety of exterior trim materials and styles available today, you can select a beautiful option that enhances the existing character of your home, suits your specific needs and fits within your budget.

Dressing Your Home With Fresh Trim — Which Trim Is Best for Your Home?

Trim is often overlooked by homeowners, but it’s an essential finishing touch in the overall design of your home. Finding the right trim for your home will depend on your specific needs. Consider your home’s design scheme as well as different material options, installation and material costs, and long-term maintenance expectations.

Here are some of the most popular trim construction materials homeowners can choose from:

  • Wood: Wood is the most traditional choice for exterior trim and molding because of its gorgeous natural aesthetic and welcoming charm. While wood’s organic look is appealing for many home designs, it requires regular maintenance and repainting to avoid warping, cracking and rot.
  • Laminated Veneer Lumber: This option is crafted from several layers of engineered wood products that are bound together to create different trim lengths and thicknesses. Laminated veneer trim is more durable than its solid wood counterpart, but will require regular maintenance to prevent damage and keep its pristine appearance.
  • Polymer: Created by placing polypropylene resin into formed molds, polymer trims are easy to install and can be repainted to suit your evolving design tastes. However, this material is sometimes more costly than other materials and isn’t suitable for homes located in areas with severe seasonal changes. In temperature fluctuations, polymer is known to expand and contract.
  • Cellular PVC: Like polymer, cellular PVC is a synthetic material that is molded into specific styles and sizes. It can often be more expensive to install than wood alternatives and is a better trim option for homes in mild climates to prevent damage and warping.
  • Fiber Cement: Fiber cement trim is the perfect solution for homeowners who desire flexible design options and long-lasting, durable materials. Fiber cement can be purchased in a smooth finish or wood grain texture and customized with several color and stain options to suit any design finish. These trims last for many years with minimal upkeep and are pest-, rot- and moisture-resistant.

Design Varieties for Every Aesthetic

From these different material choices, you’ll then be able to decide which design schemes best showcase your home’s unique beauty and architectural inspiration. With careful consideration, trim can pull together every element of your exterior, from the roof to the windows to the front door.

Consider the following styles for your home:

  • Wide Trim: For a sophisticated, classic and functional aesthetic, consider a wider width trim that’s ideal for Craftsman houses, cottages or traditional homes.
  • Narrow Trim: With its unadorned charm and sleeker design, trims with a narrow width are great features for ranch and mid-century modern homes.
  • Dentil Molding: Dentil molding has a repeated block pattern design, giving it a stately, grand style that inspires awe when looking at colonial-era and other traditional houses.
  • Gingerbread Accents: When you need a bit of romance in your day-to-day, explore trim with a gingerbread design. The delicate flourishes are wonderful accents to Victorian homes and small cottages.

What Color Should Exterior Trim Be Painted?

Choosing the main color for your home is often easy, but painting the trim can be more complicated and even overwhelming for homeowners. However, there are a variety of different color combinations to suit your tastes.

When considering trim paint colors, it’s best to simplify color schemes into basic principles:

  • High or Low Contrast: Trim can add a subtle charm to your home’s exterior or make a distinct statement, depending on the look you hope to achieve. For a more subdued elegance, choose a trim color that’s within the same family as your base paint or consider opposing hues for a more dramatic appeal.
  • Monochromatic Touches: A monochromatic design palette is any two colors that are the same hue, like a dark gray and light gray. When done correctly, monochromatic trim can add subtle definition. For added variety, consider choosing a matte finish for the majority of your home and then add distinction to your monochromatic scheme with a trim in a gloss finish.
  • Neutral or Bold Hues: Both neutral and bright trim coloring can add visual interest to your exterior. Neutral or lighter colors are great for introducing a second color to your design without overwhelming the space, while bright reds or blues can complement the base without being too loud.

Average Cost to Update Your Trim

New trim for your home is a budget-friendly addition that will greatly improve the overall look and feel of your architecture.

The cost for exterior trim largely depends on the material and design options you select, but the average cost for an unadorned wood trim ranges between 5 and 12 dollars per foot. Wood trim with intricate detail, like dentil molding, can reach up to 30 dollars per foot. Depending on the quality of the materials, alternative trim solutions like polymer, cellular PVC and fiber cement can cost between 3 and 10 dollars per foot.

Spruce Up Your Home With Exterior Trim From Sunshine Contracting

Don’t let your home blend into the background of your neighborhood — instead, revamp the exterior of your home with new trim from Sunshine Contracting! We’re a family-owned and operated company with over 25 years of experience improving homes throughout Virginia, including Fairfax, Arlington and Stafford Counties.

Our team of factory-trained and certified installation professionals have the experience necessary to work closely with local homeowners, providing guidance on which exterior trim designs and materials work best for your unique needs, expectations and budget. We proudly install only the finest trim products available today, and for our customers’ peace of mind, we even offer 10-year labor and workmanship guarantees.

Request a free installation estimate or schedule an in-home consultation today by calling 703-935-4663 or by filling out our online contact form.

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