Windows are the eyes of a home—providing invigorating natural light, strong protection against storms and pests, and dramatic curb appeal. So, when your current windows are looking drab, performing poorly, or making it costly to keep your home comfortable, it’s time for a professional window replacement.
You can get the benefit of new windows in a fetching new style with a trend that is both current and classic: black windows.
Surprised? Don’t be. This design option is attractive and versatile, which is why it is increasingly popular. Here’s why Chicago homeowners are saying yes to black for their window replacements—and why you should consider saying yes too.
Why Choose Black Window Frames?
Blends Well with Many Colors
If you’re concerned with matching your new windows to a unique color palette, don’t be. Black is very forgiving and flexible. It looks lovely when combined with a wide variety of shades, so you won’t have to immediately repaint to create a match.
Creates Bold Contrast
Black frames can blend well if you want them to, but they can also serve to create dramatic effects. Paint your exterior white or a light or pale color, like yellow, and those ebony windows will create stunning curb appeal.
Gets Away from Traditional White
So many homes use white or off-white shades for windows, but if you like to make a statement, then white probably feels a bit too tame. You’ll love the way black windows provide a unique style that stands out in your neighborhood.
Works Well with Interior and Exterior Design
One cool and perhaps unexpected result of opting for ebony frames is that they work not only to create visual appeal from the curb, but also inside. Black windows create a modern feel for your interior, while also giving you a crisp, sleek look on your exterior.
Fits with Any Architecture
For homes that are modernist, contemporary or industrial in design, black windows are an obvious choice as they blend well with that style. But you may be surprised to know that they also look lovely with more traditional styles. Use black windows with white siding for Colonials, for example, and you’ll still achieve a classic appearance.
Maximizes Beautiful Views
If you have gorgeous outdoor landscaping or scenery that you want guests to notice, black window frames are a great tool. They create a visual illusion, blending it seamlessly with what surrounds them. Instead of having your gaze drawn to the frames, it’s drawn outside—toward the beautiful views you want people to enjoy.
Matches Décor and Furniture
It’s easy to think of white as the color that blends with everything else—but black is also a great neutral to consider. It can work well with a variety of existing interior features. If you want to take the design further, consider buying black furnishings and appliances, or creating black accents throughout your home with dark picture frames, ebony fixtures, and black throw blankets or pillows.
All windows gather dust and face the risks of dents and scratches. But light-colored frames tend to be unable to hide those annoying flaws. By comparison, black frames make smudges and marks less noticeable.
How to Maximize Your New Black Windows
To ensure this bold design choice gets the most mileage, follow these design tips:
Match Undertones to Your Existing Color Scheme
Just like every other color comes in a variety of shades, so does black. Purple, bronze, blue, red and other colors may stand out depending on the specific shade of black you choose. Use swatches and samples against your home exterior and interior to see what works best.
Create a Statement Piece
If using black frames is a look you want to use sparingly, then apply it in a location where its eye-catching color will be most effective, such as for a large picture window in a spacious room.
Pay Attention to Details
Black frames look even more streamlined if you opt for locks and handles of the same shade. Or if you’re matching other unique home features, you might see if there are options for your windows’ hardware, such as bronze or stainless steel, that will accent similar interior design features.
Get Guidance from a local Window Replacement Contractor
Experienced window installation teams (like ours!) know the available options inside and out. Rely on them for input on developing the best color palette for your home. They’ll also consider your design preferences in light of other important window features, such as energy efficiency, ease of cleaning, cost-effectiveness, shatterproof glass, and safety.
Looking for more creative ways to add seamless design appeal? Check out these tips for matching windows to your home style.
Get Gorgeous New Windows to Brighten Your Home
The advantages of upgrading your windows make it well worth the investment, and you’ll appreciate the gorgeous style, increased energy efficiency, and lasting protection today’s new windows provide. And it’s even better when the work is performed by experts dedicated to making Chicago homeowners happy.
Our windows team concentrates solely on window replacements, and we work with a variety of high-performing, long-lasting brands and styles, including Pella, Marvin, and Alside. You can rest assured you’ll get the best look and fit for your preferences and your wallet.