Adding accent colors needn’t be done through accessories alone. You can use paint.
‘Painting window frames, reveals and shutters in a strong color not only makes a striking design feature, but accentuates the view and changes the feel of the light entering the room,’ says Melanie Griffiths, Editor of Period Living magazine(opens in new tab) and regular Homes & Gardens’ contributor.
‘Opt for on-trend terracotta to imbue the space with warmth, as in this scheme by Dado Atelier(opens in new tab), or sunny yellow to brighten the space on even the gloomiest of days.’
That’s a very exciting project to take on. Replacement windows can easily transform the look and feel of your home both on the interior and exterior.
Windows protect your home, let in light, and can give you additional ventilation. These are very practical benefits of new windows but if you’re into interior design the whole process should be fun especially choosing the paint or stain finishes for your windows.
If you’re leaning toward paint finishes you’ll want to keep a few things in mind as you choose your colors:
Windows are available in wide spectrum of colors and some manufacturers also offer custom colors. As you choose what colors you like, think about the style of your home’s architecture and your personal style. Choose a palette that will work for you, your home, and your neighborhood. Working within a color palette is a good way of limiting your options and helps you choose colors that will work well together.
Traditional styles lean toward warm colors like reds, yellows, oranges, and browns. Modern styles lean toward cooler tones like greens, blues, purples, and grays.
Black window frames, which are very popular right now, and white window frames work well with most design styles.
Different style homes typically have similar features. Traditional homes may have exposed brick, vinyl siding, or wooden trim around the windows. Homes with stucco or stone facades and without trim (brick mold) around the window tend to have a more modern look. The color of the exterior siding material also impacts the feel of the home.
In the image below you can see a side-by-side comparison of a more traditional style home and a more modern home. The more traditional home on the left has a full brick facade in a light color with tan windows. The home on the right has mixed material facade bringing together a light stucco and light brick with a dark window. The dark window complements the dark roof and door while contrasting nicely with the light color of the home’s siding material.
Remember that the color of your home is typically easier to change than the color of your windows. Neither will be inexpensive projects but you’re more likely to paint the siding of your home than to replace your windows for a new color.
Keeping up with current trends is fun but it may not be the best idea with windows. Remember, whether you’re deciding on a color for the interior or exterior, this color will likely be there for years. If you’ve got wood windows, you’ll need to be able to replicate the color so that you can provide regular maintenance.
I don’t want to discourage you from choosing bold colors but do choose them wisely. Bold colors can be a great way to draw attention to your home so make sure to use them strategically. If bright or bold is your style remember to pair these colors with some neutrals on the surrounding colors or consider choosing a color for the siding and going with something more subtle on your windows.
You can also play with color on your doors, in your planters, and with other accessories around the interior and exterior of your home.
Check out these Andersen Windows and Doors photos for some inspiration. These windows are from their E-Series collection.
In the top photo, you can see how the designer experimented with cool and warm tones. They play up the cool tones with furniture, accent paint on the staircase, a blue plate on the table, and with a cool shade around the dark window frame.
These last few tips will help you as you make your choices and interact with your window retailer. If you’re located in North Texas, we hope that means us! We invite you to learn more about our company, Brennan Enterprises, or explore your window options on our website.
Designer Rafe Churchill gave overlooked moldings a starring role with a coat of bright orange (Farrow & Ball’s Charlotte’s Locks).
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Window details in standout purples (Benjamin Moore’s Crushed Berries and Autumn Purple) bring a traditional patio designed by Crafted Architecture into a modern, whimsical state.
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Yellow has such a sunny, positive vibe that it can liven up any building in seconds when used on windows. In the above image, see how tall, bright yellow windows lend life to an otherwise sober-looking building. Their design, which is a mix of louvre and chequered glass panel, adds to the overall appeal. If sunny yellow is not your thing, you can also opt for a mustard shade.
Even black feels like a colorful choice for window frames when paired with a turquoise ceiling in a Victorian bath captured by Atlantic Archives.
Window frames and shutters can be made of wood, aluminium, wood composite or UPVC. And before you choose a window paint colour design, you must make sure that the type of paint is ideal for the material in question. While a professional can guide you more on this, here are a few basics to keep in mind:
All in all, choosing the right window colour paint is not as challenging as it seems if you keep this guide handy. Zeroing in on the right colour depends on your taste, house style, budget and the area you live in. And you can go for interesting combinations too. And whether you are looking for wooden window colour paint or something for metal, composite or UPVC windows, rest assured that the market has plenty of options available for a long-lasting and beautiful finish.
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