More Exterior House Trim Ideas
To Create Immediate Charm

Use these exterior house trim ideas on your porch to create charm and curb appeal. Amazingly, just a little trim can make your porch the envy of the neighborhood.

Mary and I were pleasantly surprised at all trim ideas we discovered on a recent porch photo trip.



No matter the size of your porch, exterior trim (or gingerbread) can give even the smallest porch or portico a totally new look.

Have fun mixing and matching pieces to create your own design.

Exterior house trim on small front porch and complementary picket fence

The homeowner above used a mix of column brackets, spandrels, and running trim - we love the complementary design in the and porch balustrade (railings) too.

Exterior House Trim Ideas You Can Use

Simple porch column brackets add appeal
Just adding simple column brackets can add immense appeal
Note how it appears to turn the openings between columns into arches

Front porch with running trim and porch column brackets

Nice example of adding turned spandrels and running trim in addition to column brackets. The spandrels between the porch columns match the style of the balustrade below.



As you can see, exterior house trim is not only for Victorian homes but also looks fantastic on almost any porch style.

Here's a graphic depicting the different types of exterior trim ideas you can combine to create a magical porch.

Porch Trim Graphic courtesy of Vintage Woodworks
Exterior house trim details (courtesy of Vintage Woodworks)

Exterior House Trim Ideas for Spandrels

By definition, spandrels are the span of either ball and dowels, turned spindles, or sawn installed directly under the beam and between your porch columns.

  • Ball and Spindle: May contain scrollwork
  • Fretwork: intricate scrollwork
  • Spool: Uses heavier spools
  • Traditional: heavier turned spindles
  • Fan: fan brackets are included in the design
  • Cookie Cutter: solid wood pieces with either holes or other cutouts in repetition
  • Spindle: Much like spindle balustrade designs
  • Ball and Dowel: round balls on dowels
  • Sawn or Cutout: More intricate cuts and designs

You can also combine two spandrels, usually separated by a rail, to create an awesome look

Exterior spandrels and running trim are really easy to install between your porch columns. You can even cut them to fit round or tapered porch columns too. Here are a few examples Mary and I discovered.

Running house trim between porch columns
Wonderful front porch with beautifully designed exterior spandrels
Note the exterior gable trim above the front steps

Close up view of exterior railing trim on front porch
Close-up view of the more ornate exterior
spandrel and column brackets

ornate railing fretwork on lovely front porch
Example of spandrels between porch columns with running trim underneath
Note the simplicity of the spandrels and the ornate column brackets - mix and match to create your own overall design

ornate railing fretwork on lovely front porch
Opt for a design that fits the style of your home
This square pattern is aesthetically pleasing as shown in the photo below.

ornate railing fretwork on lovely front porch
Pay attention to color too as it can have dramatic effects as well.

very ornate fretwork on lovely blue front porch
You can even create a very dramatic effect if so desired

ball and spindel spandrel on porch in San Francisco
Example of ball and spindle spandrel

wooden corner bracket on front porch in Georgia
Heavy wooden corner bracket

scroll design bracket on front porch in Georgia
Scroll designed brackets
For more exterior house trim ideas be sure to see our exterior house trim section.
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