There are homes where the windows are a perfect addition to the home design and there are all other homes. Most houses aren't so lucky as to have perfectly aesthetic windows, the windows go wherever there was room on the exterior walls, and wherever the original builders thought looked nice from the outside. If your windows are not perfectly balanced in design inside each room, have no fear. Your interior design isn't doomed and there are ways to significantly enhance the look and feel of your interior windows with a single simple material: polyurethane molding.
A polyurethane molding is a nearly-indestructible lightweight non-rotting, non-fading type of molding that usually fits in the corner-space where the wall meets the ceiling. They add texture, style, and mild functionality to a room. And in a surprising number of circumstances, the right use of molding can perfectly balance a room by enhancing, accenting, and offsetting the windows. Let's dive into the possibilities.
Accent Your Window Treatment Plan
If you have a fancy window treatment plan involving curtains, valances, or shades, then molding can serve a special purpose. Some people use wide molding as a way to hide their curtain rods, while others use the molding along the top of the wall to successfully accent the style of the window treatments themselves. The style of molding can subtly complement the texture and design of your window treatments, pulling the whole room design together quite literally from floor to ceiling.
Make Your Window Frames Pop
If your window frames are clean narrow corners made of drywall, you're not alone. Most window frames are nothing special, but you might want them to be. Rather than worrying about installing whole new windows or frames, you can add the beautiful accent of a textured molding shaped expertly around the interior of each window. For a room design that is high in elegance and texture, a molding window frame is a wonderful way to show off your windows without changing their structure in any way.
Molding Along Window Horizontal Lines
Another interesting way to enhance your windows with molding are mid-level molding, often seen used as "chair rails" or about a foot below the top of a wall. These can add subtle texture and detail to a room, drawing the eye with the use of lines without demanding a guest's attention. If you'd like to draw attention to your windows or make your windows flow more naturally with the room design, a molding line along the top level of your windows can do just that. For a double-impact, create a second molding line along the bottom level of the windows as well.
Extend the Lines of a Shapely Window
Not all windows are perfectly rectangular and some have truly beautiful lines that accent a room wonderfully. If you love the lines of a bay window, an octagonal window, or another dynamically shapely design, extend those lines with the clever use of molding. Extend the mid-lines of a bay window or draw attention to your geometric window by drawing those lines across the wall in textured polyurethane.
Create Window-Impressions to Balance a Room's Design
Finally, you can also use molding to create false impressions of windows on a windowless wall. Perhaps you have one unbalanced window in a room and you'd like to balance it with a design element, then draw the horizontal top and bottom lines across the wall in molding and define a matching window in vertical molding where it creates symmetry.
If you want to continue a lovely window design around the room on interior walls, a similar trick can be used. Or you can create perfectly window-matching impressions in the wall that would be perfect for a mirror or artwork with the help of cleverly placed polyurethane molding.