Installing new windows in your home can be a significant investment, so it is essential to be well informed on your options before you make a choice. From the material used to the shape and colour of your window frames, there are many decisions to be made. This can make the process of designing the perfect window frames for your house daunting, especially since they are such a prominent feature. We have compiled some tips on selecting window frame colours that suit the aesthetic and architecture of your home and will enhance the beauty of your property.
Finding Window Frame Colours That Suit Your Home
When replacing outdated windows, it’s not easy to decide whether to recreate the original design with higher-quality materials or try something different. The colour of your frames can drastically change the appearance of your home, so the decision should not be made lightly. There are a few things that you should consider before taking the plunge. For example, while you may fall in love with a particular colour or think your property only suits a dark tone, the final look once frames are fitted may surprise you. You will also need to consider whether your desired frame colour and style will work well together.
Luckily for you, our expert team are highly experienced in designing and installing windows in Milton Keynes and can offer some guidance when it comes to figuring out the perfect window frame colour for your home.
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Choosing a colour for your window frames can be overwhelming. With so many possible options, it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are some things to consider to help you narrow down your options:
Your Desired Home Aesthetic
What effect do you want your window frame shade to have on the appearance of your home? Do you want to make a bold statement with rebelliously bright or contrasting window frames, or do you want them to subtly compliment the rest of the exterior? Asking yourself these questions should help you build a better idea of the sort of colour you should go for. You should also consider the style and era of your house and whether your desired colour will take away from its aesthetic. Traditional and redbrick houses tend to suit neutral earth tones, while modern homes may look best with grey-toned shades. Blacks and whites are often a suitable option for either.
Dark or Light?
The big question when it comes to window frame colours is which side of the spectrum to go for. Black and white are perhaps the two most popular window frame colours, but their disparity can make it difficult to know which way to lean. Both options are timeless and can suit almost any house, so you can’t go wrong with these options; it ultimately comes down to personal taste. Darker frame shades can look extremely elegant and make a bold statement, particularly against lightly-coloured houses. Lighter frames can help make a home feel brighter and more open, with a crisp and clean appearance while leaving the focus on the rest of the exterior. If you can’t pick a side, you can always perfect your desired look with grey window frames. These are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s not hard to see why! With an infinite choice of shades between black and white, you can pick something with the perfect balance of drama and subtlety while sticking with a neutral tone that pairs well with any colour.
A good indication of the window frame colours that could suit your property style is the colour choices made for similar homes nearby. If your neighbour has gone for a hideously garish bright red which has people grumbling, you know what to avoid! On the other hand, if white windows are a popular choice in your area, that’s good evidence to support their suitability for your property.
Depending on your location, the weather may affect the window frame’s colour and condition. If you live in a hot area, white colours are preferable as they will reflect light and heat away from your house, keeping it fresh and cool. Meanwhile, darker colours absorb heat, potentially causing your frame to crack. Dark colours are also more prone to fading due to UV rays, making light shades the better option for those living in countries with high UV exposure.
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Your window frames are an investment and something that will likely be part of your home for several decades. These tips should help you avoid making the costly mistake of choosing something you’ll regret.
Don’t Always Follow Trends
Looking at current window frame colour trends is a great way to gather inspiration and develop an idea of what you like and don’t like, especially because it offers a visual representation of how certain window frame colours affect the look of a property. However, it is important not to get caught up in chasing a trend: things rapidly come in and out of fashion, and the colour of the moment this year may become unsightly in the next. Not to mention that while a less-traditional colour choice may perfectly complement one property, it could turn the next into a massive eye-sore! It is essential to ensure that your colour choice is something you’ll stand by beyond its time in the spotlight of the trend cycle. You can digitally edit a photo of your house to test the look of a certain window frame colour and see if it genuinely suits your property before you commit.
A useful guideline to achieve your desired look without causing an eye-sore is to stick to a cool or warm colour palette. This will allow you to choose a less traditional colour for your frames while maintaining a cohesive look. Consider a red brick house: while earthy brown or green frames beautifully complement the muted orange-red bricks, mint or bright green frames create a much more contrasted- some might say garish- look. For some inspiration on complementary colour palettes, visit Colour Hunt.
Don’t Forget The Interior
Taking a look at your home’s interior decor can give you a good idea of the look you may want to achieve with your window frames. It is crucial to consider that the frames will also be visible from the inside, so the colour you choose for them must also work with your home’s interior. However, if you are looking for windows or conservatories in Milton Keynes, our team can fit windows with different frame colours on the interior and exterior, allowing you the best of both worlds with a bright and fresh interior and elegant dark exterior frames to match the rest of the house. Check out this article by This Old House for some coloured interior frame inspiration.
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Here are some commonly asked questions surrounding window frame colour:
Will Grey Windows Suit My House?
Short answer, yes! With the variety of shades of grey available as window frame colours, you can certainly find one to suit your house. We recommend darker greys for a more dramatic look, which can work with dark and light exteriors alike. Lighter greys are perfect for a gentler look that still contrasts white walls.
What Is The Best Window Colour For Stone Houses?
The answer to this question depends on your desired look. White frames work beautifully to brighten the appearance of stone houses, while black frames can elegantly modernise homes built with this traditional material. If you’re after something a little more exciting, muted, earthy tones complement stone beautifully. Consider the colour of your bricks: cooler-toned beige houses look stunning with window frame colours such as sage green or a light grey-blue. Meanwhile, classic red brick houses better suit warmer frame colours, such as beige or even green-beige. For more information on choosing window frame colours for stone houses, visit this article by Maria Killam.
How Are Window Frames Coloured?
Traditionally, window frames have been made of wood which is then stained or painted the desired colour. The results of this are very aesthetically pleasing but, unfortunately, high-maintenance and prone to cracking, rotting and termite infestation. Our team of experts use uPVC window frames, which require no painting and are far more durable than their wooden counterparts, providing you with vibrant colour for several decades! We can customise the colour and finish of our window frames using the process of foiling, with which we can achieve a beautiful wood grain texture, without the maintenance costs of real wood frames.
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The Best Window Frame Designs For Your Home
Whether you have decided on a window frame colour already and are ready to have your new windows installed, or need some advice to make your final decision, our highly experienced team is ready to help. Over the years, we have installed many windows and conservatories and can advise you on the perfect window frames for your home. If you are interested in double glazing in Milton Keynes to go with your new window frames, please feel free to contact our team. If you aren’t ready to replace your wooden window frames but would like to give them a splash of colour, check out our previous article for a guide on painting wooden window frames.