From Dan Harding on April 08, 2008 in Tools and Tips
Trim is an effective, if often overlooked, means of dressing up your home. It is like the bow on a finely wrapped gift which makes that gift stand out from others on the table and is an enticing invitation for whomever is lucky enough to unwrap it. In much the same way, your front door can be the focal point of your home and represent the feel or ambience of your home. Door trim, often referred to as door casing, is a great way to creatively enhance the style and grace of your front entry.
It is important that your trim fit the overall style of your home. You don’t want a very flamboyant trim in an otherwise low-key, subtle decor. Following the eye of the visitor, your door should lead to your trim, which leads to the siding, eaves, roof, and the landscape beyond. And vice versa. Basically you want your home to have a flow. That being said, a little extra something like a well chosen door trim can really set the tone for that person ringing your door bell.
Trim comes in a wide assortment of materials, sizes, and shapes and one easy way to make your front door more prominent is to use a wider trim. Typically, exterior trim is about 4” wide. Often 6” wide trim is used on doors, especially front doors, and you can safely go as much as 8” wide.
The type of trim you’ll want to use is largely dependent on the type of door you have. Doors come in all styles from wood to metal to glass, from a basic, solid style to a more ornate, colonial style and from a standard, 3’ frame to an even larger door with sidelights. Cedar trim is an excellent and popular choice. You can paint or stain it and it works well for the ever-growing number of homeowners and communities who prefer a natural looking home that blends into its surrounding landscape. Be sure to choose a trim that not only compliments but accentuates your chosen front door.
Choosing a paint for your trim is another easy way to breath life into your home. First of all, if you are installing your own trim, make sure you prime it or, should you choose to stain, topcoat the trim before installing it. Choose a paint color that complements the overall color of your home but makes it stand out. If you have, say, brown siding and a natural wood door, don’t select brown trim of a similar hue. A different, well chosen color can draw the eye away from the gutters and into your front door, and your home.