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The finish around a window is known as window cladding. Adding the right cladding to a window will create a finished look that instantly adds charm to any room. Window frames can be made from simple pieces of wood or they can be made from exquisite pieces of crown frame.
Homeowners who want to create a historic or artistic room can opt for custom window frames. These casings can be purchased from joiners who specialize in complex molding and embossing. Homeowners who simply want to cover their windows with the usual wrappers will find that nearly all hardware stores sell stock wrappers that fit almost any type of display case.
Most types of window frames are made of wood, although other materials are becoming quite popular. Enclosures made from bamboo, pressed, wood veneer and extruded plastic can also be purchased. Gypsum casings can also be purchased, although they are much more expensive than any other material and are better suited for historic renovations.
The type of window covering you choose will greatly change the appearance of a room. While standard enclosures are ideal for rooms that do not need additional embellishment, elaborate enclosures are perfect for any room that will benefit from additional design. In fact, it’s not uncommon for an interior designer to base an entire room around unique enclosures.
Traditional casings have four corners that meet perfectly and are usually made from a single piece of wood. Corner block boxes are similar to traditional boxes, but instead of four neatly arranged corners, a large wooden block is placed in each corner. The third standard housing type includes a top and bottom plate that protrude out of the window, creating an upper and lower window sill.
While you don’t need to paint the window siding, adding a glossy coat of white paint to the siding will help them stand out. This technique only works on wooden casings, although the same look can be achieved by purchasing plaster. In addition to enhancing the appearance of a room, window cladding also serves a practical purpose.
When windows and doors are installed, there is often a gap between the new installation and the drywall in the room. This gap is not aesthetically appealing, which is why window frames were originally used. Today, casings have come a long way from their humble beginnings, though they still hide drywall gaps with ease.