Houses with black interior and exterior windows are becoming more and more popular! Learn more about black windows and other window trends to help you decide the best window options for your home.
When we purchased Little Pax Ranch, I knew that one of my favorite features were the black windows. They have these cool removable interior storm windows, and – let’s face it – they look pretty amazing.
And it’s funny, even though the windows are probably as old as the house (which happens to be the same age as me, so I don’t intend to disclose particulars 😉 ), they have been everybody’s favorite… both when I shared the new kitchen and the living room at the ranch.
Clearly black windows are one window trend that is making a strong comeback.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Milgard Windows and Doors. All opinions are my own.
But, unfortunately, given the age of the windows, I imagine they will need to be replaced at some point, especially since a few of them have to remain shut because they come off their tracks if you try to open them.
That is why I was particularly pleased when Milgard Windows and Doors approached me about partnering on a post regarding current window trends. It’s my perfect excuse to do a little research for myself and for you!
Black vs White Windows
There are obviously many more options when it comes to window frames, but I’m a huge fan of classic black or white windows.
To me, the contrast between window trim color and wall or exterior color is key. So in a light colored house, dark windows are stunning.
While in a home with dark siding, white exterior window trim stands out beautifully.
Of course there are always exceptions, like a dark natural stone home, that allow for a window color that blends in beautifully.
Houses with Black Window Frames
As a huge fan of white houses and light interior paint colors, I love a good black window frame. They are certainly beautiful.
Black exterior windows help contrast lighter exteriors.
While black interior windows help to frame the view.
White windows are wonderfully classic, but they sure can look dirty (you can read about my recent window cleaning saga here). The color black, on the other hand, can help hide dirt on your exterior trim.
And while I certainly can’t claim to see the future, I think that the classic nature of black and white always allows for longevity when it comes to style and investment in your home.
Additionally, if your home and existing windows are older and not very energy efficient, then replacement windows might just be one of the best investments you could make in your home.
Are black framed windows more expensive?
Of course, budget is always a consideration. And I think most people assume that anything that’s not your most basic white will be too expensive. While there is additional cost when you choose a premium color like black, there are still lots of options for black windows at different price points.
Window Frame Material Options
So what materials are available for black window frames? These days, you can achieve the black window look with several different materials, and many frames can be one color on the outside and a different one on the inside… talk about options!
Wood and fiberglass windows are available in black. And wood windows can be painted, of course, which naturally provides more flexibility for future choices.
Aluminum and vinyl windows have “bronze” options that give a similar look (which I think may actually be what we have at the ranch… it’s a little hard to tell for sure because of their age, though). And though painting vinyl frames and aluminum window frames is discouraged, you can get new, energy efficient windows in both of those materials.
Most importantly, you’ve got a variety of options when it comes to style and price point for those dark window frames.
Other Window Trends
Whatever color you choose, there are some amazing options out there these days! You can go the more traditional route of grids or muntins.
Or you can embrace a more modern aesthetic with minimal frames and an expansive pane of glass to maximize views.
And like most things, I believe there’s plenty of room for personal preference and variety. How boring would things be if everything looked the same?
What’s your favorite window option? Are you as smitten by black framed windows as I am? Don’t forget to pin this for later!