Bathroom window trim Victorian or Craftsman style

This morning I opened my email to find this wonderful surprise from Will in Pace, Florida.

Ken and Jennifer,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the site.  The information and inspiration you guys provide to DIY finish carpenters like myself is incredible.  And it’s free!

Attached is a before and after photo of a bathroom window I recently completed in my spec built home.  This is just the beginning as I plan on a room by room molding make over.  Thanks again for your help.

bathroom before molding trim installation

Patterns like this can be found in both Victorian and Craftsman style homes across the U.S. and Canada — especially in Craftsman bungalows and Victorian farmhouses — and Will did a great job designing his window surround to fit either period style.

In case you were wondering, overlap between period styles is the norm, since decorating styles don’t change abruptly.  It’s only from our current perspective that we can look back and declare that this style is pure Victorian, or that style is pure Craftsman, or that is pure Greek Revival style.  Unless your intent is to create a pure representation of a particular period style, then a hybrid between at least two styles is almost unavoidable.

Lets look at why Will’s window surround is so nice:

window trim design elements

  1. Entablature has a cornice.
  2. Properly used bed molding as a supporting element.
  3. Frieze height is in proportion to the rest of the design.  There is a tendency to make this element too tall or too short.
  4. Necking is also in proportion to the rest of the design
  5. Casing is nice and wide.  I can’t tell you how many times I see an entablature that was made correctly, but then the casing below ruins the entire design by being too narrow.

Great job Will.  Can’t wait to see what you do in the rest of the house!