Decorating & Design

January 2, 2015

Amping Up Windows

Adding a little oomph to window frames is an easy and effective way to create the illusion of architectural grandeur. In H&H’s February 2013 issue, design editor Joel Bray created a DIY trompe l’oeil sill that gives strong presence to a plain window using only a stencil, foam core and paint (no trim required). Here’s how he did it:

Step 1: Pick your profile. Search online for a style and profile that suits your windows and the rest of your space. Expand the image to the appropriate size and print it.

Step 2: Make a stencil. Trace the printout of your profile onto a piece of foam core and cut it out carefully using a utility knife.

Step 3: Position & paint. Place your foam core stencil under your window and outline the shape onto the wall with a pencil. Then, paint inside the lines to create your beefed-up window frame.

Author: Jennifer Koper & Emily Evans

Angus Fergusson


Window, The Door Store; chair, Kanterlbergo + Co.; table, throw pillow, Elte; lamp, Design Within Reach; red vase, Hollace Cluny; artwork, Cynthia Findlay Antiques; baseboard, The Home Depot; wall colour, Chappell Green (83), trim colour, French Gray (18), Farrow & Ball.


House & Home February 2013 issue

Stylist: Joel Bray