Traditionally, most windows are comprised of glass with a white vinyl frame, or they’re encased in trim featured in warm, brown-toned wood. But the latest trend in windows–black windows– is taking the design world by storm!
They’re bold, they’re beautiful and I can’t get enough!
You’re probably used to white windows as the norm, but black windows have been used in classically designed homes throughout Europe and other places for centuries. It’s only recently that you’ll see black windows used for modern and more contemporary spaces.
Curious if black windows are right for your home? Read on for some design tips and plenty of inspo.
If you have a home with light interiors, the use of black windows can be a bold design choice that also adds visual interest and curb appeal.
So, how do you use them in your own home so that they look fabulous without being overbearing? Read on for top tips.
Tips for Using Black Windows in Your Home
Black windows are a hot home trend, but they won’t work for every home. Here are a few helpful guidelines to consider:
- If you have an all-black or dark exterior, you may want to steer clear of black windows.
- Black windows look especially striking against light-colored walls. Use them in rooms where you have shades of white, light gray and other neutrals
- With the popularity of farmhouse and rustic styles, black windows look incredible in a kitchen as a large picture window.
- You can try to create the look yourself with painted black frame windows. Just be sure you choose a quality paint that’s designed to withstand sunlight along with wear and tear.
- Don’t cover your black windows with blinds or curtains. The main purpose of this style is to create a picture frame-like view to the outside, and window treatments will just mask it and cover it up.
- Just like the look from outside? Paint the exterior black and leave the interior as-is!
Keep Your Design in Mind
Before you decide to install black windows or paint your existing window frames black, it’s a good idea to envision the overall design of your home.
For example, if you live in a modern loft, black windows are an excellent choice. They also complement rustic-inspired homes and really stand out when you have a white home punctuated by black windows.
And yes, they work in traditional homes, too! It’s a nice, unexpected pop that adds plenty of curb appeal
How to Choose a Material For Your Windows
Black windows come in a variety of materials including aluminum, vinyl, or wood. You can purchase them black, or even consider painting them yourself.
If new windows are part of your home remodeling plan, it’s essential that you select the right material for black windows. Before you make your purchase, keep this in mind:
- Wood tends to “breathe” with heat and humidity, and black will only attract excess sunlight and hold heat. If you want black windows, wood is not the best choice since it will start to show its age and will get damaged over time.
- Vinyl windows are versatile and energy efficient and you can get them already colored in black so the work is already done for you. They also don’t show scratches very often, making them the perfect choice for colored windows of any shade.
- Aluminum black windows are an excellent option for modern and rustic homes thanks to their thinner composition and sleek, updated aesthetic. You can find aluminum windows in black to give your space a healthy dose of bold visual interest.
- If you’ve got a big budget and love a modern, industrial-style home, consider steel windows.
When it comes to envisioning your perfect home, consider trying black windows to make your space truly stand out among the crowd. Find more inspiration in Hadley Court’s Black Kitchens.
What do you think of the black windows trend? Let us know in the comments below!
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