Giving our windows more "pizzazz"

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This is the front of our home. I was thinking the windows wouldn't look so 'lost' if they had some wider trim around them.
Here's the question: It's vinyl siding. Can you add vinyl trim pieces? If so, how's that done? (I do have a few ideas of my own but wanted to run this 'how to' past some of you pros out there.)
Thanks HT readers.
Please Note: Yes, I know the color choice of the brown pergola/steps looks odd. I explained why we ending up used that color in a response to Sue@CountryDesignHome below. My question is "how" to attach trim to vinyl siding without removing the existing siding & J-frame around the windows.
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  • Sinha Sinha on Apr 10, 2015
    why not use Stained glass decorative window film to give an artsy look to your windows and the light coming into the house, gives you an option to change them by just peeling them off. Available at walmart stores.
    • CK CK on Apr 10, 2015
      @SinhaGiven the age of this house, a stained glass look would be quite out of place. But it would be pretty :-)
  • Heliane Ripley Heliane Ripley on Apr 10, 2015
    You could add one more piece of trim around the already existing trim and then paint it in a contrasting color.
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    • Heliane Ripley Heliane Ripley on Apr 10, 2015
      If you measure very exact the lumber yard would cut the pieces for you
  • Heliane Ripley Heliane Ripley on Apr 10, 2015
    I like your green door. :o)
    • CK CK on Apr 10, 2015
      @Heliane Ripley Thank you. It's a custom mix paint color I did myself.
  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Apr 10, 2015
    Hey Connie- I think it can be done but I don't think you can just add it over the existing siding- it needs to be cut away and then replaced with the trim. How about instead of trim adding a window box to the large window on the right and some kind of architectural detail to the dead space between those top and bottom windows on the left? And, I know you didn't ask, but I think I would paint that trellis in front of your door white. With it being brown, it stands out alone and creates a divide in the overall appearance of the house. So instead of seeing your pretty green door, you see the brown trellis.
    • CK CK on Apr 10, 2015
      @Sue@CountryDesignHome OK..Here's the story concerning the color of the pergola/steps. ;-) We toyed with constructing it out of treated wood and then painting it white. That was my first choice. But since the house has vinyl siding and doesn't require periodic painting, we decided to go with maintenance free materials. Then... We priced out the materials and our two big box stores and found one to be far more expensive than the other. The store we purchased from didn't have white maintenance free materials. Bummer. So.... We decided on the brown color because on the side and back of the house (not visible in this picture) is a cedar privacy fence put up by the former owners. That fence looked out of place color-wise so we figured adding the new deck/pergola in a cedar color would 'connect the two'. Which it does when viewing the house from a larger angle :-) (Still not my first color choice though) Additionally to connect the brown/cedar color to the existing pergola/steps and the cedar fence on the other side of the house, this summer we're adding cedar chips into the flower beds on either side of the step area. Also, not easily visible on the photo, is a brown stone-looking walkway. So.... My plan is to get these elements to work & play together nicely even though it was not originally my first love of colors ;-) IF I had constructed the privacy fence I would have used treated lumber and painted it white. But since a cedar fence was already there we're trying to make everything look like it was intended as you'll eventually see it :-) We've talked about adding a window box to the big window on the right. We may do that. However I've planted Russian sage all along the front of the house and when it gets full grown, that space will be "covered". Sadly our soil here isn't cooperating as nicely as the soil at our former home, and everything I plant takes far longer to mature ;-) But .... Amending the soil is this year's big plan and I"m hoping all my perennials will finally take off :-) This is only our 4th summer so I have to remember what my friend told me "Rome wasn't built in a day." :-)
  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 10, 2015
    I think shutters would give it a more finished look. You could match the door or use a contrasting color.
    • CK CK on Apr 10, 2015
      @Barbara The thing about shutters (or even fake ones) is that they look odd if they couldn't actually cover the window. With our huge windows it would be impossible to mount shutters that big that would make it look "real". Lots of new builds today use fake shutters as "trim" and yes, it's a matter of opinion but in my mind they look a bit weird because if they were real, they would have no purpose. The purpose of shutters was to cover the windows from the elements. Can those skimpy slim shutters do that? ;-) Sorry, no fake shutters on this house.......
  • Loribeth Loribeth on Apr 10, 2015
    The trim around your windows is fine. In fact, it is the perfect proportions for your windows because of how wide they are and how close they are set to the roofline. PLEASE do not add shutters. Your windows are too wide for shutters. There is no way to make the shutters look real on windows that wide, and shutters would only make your windows look wider still, which is not what your house needs. The real reason your windows don't stand out is because of the color of the pergola. There's nothing else to tie the pergola in with the rest of the house, so that's what your eye is immediately drawn to. The easiest fix to make your windows stand out would be to paint the pergola the same color as the trim. If you don't want to do that, then have window boxes made to match the color of the pergola. I included a picture of that option.
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    • CK CK on Apr 12, 2015
      @Loribeth So true :-) I figured out a simple thing to tie the pergola color to the house better. Will posts pics when done :-)
  • Starla Green Starla Green on Apr 13, 2015
    First of all, let me begin by saying that I am using constructive criticism here, because I truly want to help you achieve a nicer result that will help you with resale value if and when you are ready to sell. I would begin with the landscaping. .. remove the flag pole, plant tall shrubs or a flowering tree on each end of the house to give the front some visual balance. Plant a nice flowering vine on the pergola, changing thecolor to that of the front door. Then add shutters to each side of the windows in a xomplementary color to that of the front door. Add substantially sized window boxes, spanning the width of the windows, plant them with colorful flowers interspersed with some taller greenery like small boxwood, trimmed into small cone shapes and also some cascading vines spilling over the edges. These addition can be done in stages as the budget allows, but it will result in good curb appeal that will pay for itself. Hope this helps.
    • CK CK on Apr 13, 2015
      @Starla Green Why would we remove the flag pole???? Are you suggesting a different placement for it or are you saying not to fly Our Country's Flag? The landscaping is in revitalization process. I've planted bushes that'll grow up and frame the house. However, unlike some people who go buy full-grown plants and install them, I prefer to buy little ones and watch them grow to full size. :-) We've only lived here 3 years so it's a bit of a wait for that. Our siding is vinyl...not my choice but that's what was on when we purchased the house. I've talked with several vinyl siding companies and adding things like flower boxes over vinyl can introduce water behind them...thus causing a possibility of mold and damage to what's under the vinyl siding. (Although I do love the idea of window boxes.) I have designed a window box system that can be used 'free standing'. We may build that this summer. However there are perennials bushes planted under the large window on the right side of the pic. They're ones that are still 'babies'. Shutters (even as a decorative element) are not a choice I want. (See my response to Barbara above.) Boxwoods are beautiful but they don't grow in our planting zone 3. You in Spring, TX are planting Zone 9. Most people in our neighborhood have very few plantings around their home. Many people stop by and tell us our house/yard is the prettiest on the block (Go figure! LOL!) It's a work in progress. Not only are we constantly removing the hard clay soil and replacing it with good compost, but we (as mentioned before) purchase small plants and watch them grow. It's a process that's ongoing...and frankly since we haven't got plans of moving in the near future, when we do get ready to sell, it'll all be gorgeously landscaped as the yard in our former home was...but we lived there for 25 years and worked on it every summer :-) There are more elements to the landscaping that aren't visible on this pic because some of them had to be removed to build/install the new deck/steps and pergola.