Create Contrast and Tell A Story With Black Windows & Doors

13 October 2020
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Create Contrast and Tell A Story With Black Windows & Doors

Black has always been a good foundation for any design, and it continues to be a very popular enhancement for residential doors and windows.

Rosie on the House Big Pella WindowsDating back to the twentieth century, black steel windows were originally installed in warehouses and factories. They eventually made their way into residential properties with farmhouses being the most common use. These statement windows can be considered a historical nod to simpler times dating back centuries. Today, black windows continue to be on trend and can be found in homes of many different architectural styles.

"Black windows make a statement and have been doing so for decades. Inspired by history and modernized for present-day design principles, black windows can take your home's exterior or interior style to new heights," said Adam Homer, Business Development Manager at Pella Windows and Doors Mountain West, a Rosie-Certified Partner.

"Casement windows" have become a real estate buzz term that refers to the black metal-framed crank out, gridded windows that often characterize industrial architecture and prewar apartment blocks. With their square geometric black windowpanes, they have become iconic in period buildings and new builds thanks to the popularity of industrial chic design and the widespread repurposing industrial buildings as lofts or office space.

Rosie on the House Windows Letting Light InMany people use black windows to weave a story with their home's design, a way to balance the use of light wood with more industrial leaning design elements. They are versatile in terms of style and material and are an excellent option for nearly any home's color. For homeowners looking to modernize their homes, black windows offer a great way to do so without having to do a major renovation.

Because of their versatility in both window type and material, the cost of black windows can be fitted to the budget of the homeowner. For a more budget-friendly black window option, consider vinyl windows. If you're looking for a wood aesthetic on the inside with black cladding on the outside, select black aluminum-clad wood windows. If low-maintenance windows at mid-budget price point are what you seek, consider black fiberglass windows. Black windows come in every window type from double-hung and awning windows to casement and sliding windows. They can also be fitted to any size and shape window including arches and fans.

"Black windows are a great solution for homeowners because they can match nearly any color and style of home," said Homer. "Some of our favorite are black windows in white houses, brick homes, and gray homes. Black windows can also beautifully accent the traditional southwest stucco home. No matter the color of your home, chances are, there is a black windows option for you."

Black Windows Artfully Accent Interior Designs

Rosie on the House social traditional casement kitchen windows black

Stylistically versatile, double-hung windows can be a solid choice for contemporary or traditional homes. Serving as bold accent points, black windows can underscore the rest of your home's aesthetics. Consider white countertops, cabinets, and walls that contrast against a black island, cabinets, oven hood, and windows to create a sense of dynamism and modern intrigue. Black wood windows easily fit in the modern kitchen.

Because black windows make such a statement, they don't always need shades, blinds, or curtains, which allows you to spend that money for other home improvement projects.

For a small space, single-hung windows present ample potential. Raised from the bottom for ventilation, single-hung windows are generally a selection for classic rooms and homes.

"Black windows not only make bold statements, but they can also boost curb appeal, create contrast and tell a unique story focused around your home," said Homer.

Black Doors

Exterior

Rosie on the House Pella decorative glass black entry doorEnhancing a home's unique style starts at the front door. Make a bold, modern design statement with a black entry door. Black-on-black designs are on the rise, but as the ultimate color contrast, black entry doors, like charcoal and iron ore, tend to pair best with white, beige, light tan, and brick homes. A black entry door can be achieved with a very dark stain on a wood door or paint on a fiberglass or steel entry door.

"A black finish puts fresh focus on the panel and allows its hardware to shine. Install a 3/4 light fiberglass entry door to illuminate the entry space with finesse and function. Framed within a sleek black panel, a decorative glass door artfully invites an abundance of light" said Homer.

Farmhouse and modern elements blend beautifully on this custom fiberglass entry door. A classic four-light grille echoes original doors from generations past. A stunning black finish and streamlined hardware deliver the fresh contemporary edge.

Interior

French doors are a great place to start with a coat of black paint. The color creates contrast around the windowpanes, highlighting the architectural beauty of this style.

If the room doesn't get much light, opt for a high-gloss or semi-gloss paint finish for your black door. The sheen will reflect the light that is in the space, making it seem brighter. A glossy finish pairs well with metallic furnishings and accents.

However, if the room is white or draws a lot of light, a matte finish is a better option. Matte black also provides an earthy ambiance that matches well with wood paneling.

"Black windows and black doors are not a trend that's going out of style anytime soon. This is a design element you can enjoy many years regardless of the architectural style of your home," said Homer.

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