The next time you browse through the gorgeous interiors in a Pottery Barn or RH catalog take notice of the windows. They’re big, bold, and more and more often today, black. The black window trend started becoming mainstream on the exterior of the home over a decade ago and has migrated to the interior of the home in recent years. However, the black window aesthetic is certainly not new; it pays homage to the historic windows found in centuries-old factory buildings and its wrought iron feel is rooted in history. In a Modern Farmhouse or Urban Modern home, black windows can provide a bold industrial accent to counterbalance natural wood surfaces and a neutral color palette.
It’s no surprise that this trend has grown in popularity over recent years. Top designers and architects are using black windows on the interior of the home to make a bold statement and accentuate contemporary ideals. There are many advantages to using black windows throughout the interior of the home. Much like how a bold black picture frame enhances the look of a photograph, a black window frame emphasizes and enriches the view through the window. Stark white walls with sleek black windows can evoke the feel of an art gallery – adding drama to the room and making the environment surrounding the home appear to be a work of art. Furthermore, black windows often look best undressed, saving the homeowner the expense of costly window treatments.
Black windows often, but not always, look best without window treatments. Consider using black windows on the first floor where public spaces typically don’t require the extra privacy of curtains or blinds (consider using low profile black roller shades or blinds if necessary). Then use traditional white windows on the second floor where window coverings are necessary for private spaces. However, be certain that all the windows appear consistent when viewing from the exterior.
How to achieve the look
Regardless of what style home you have, pair black windows with stark white walls and make sure that only the window sash is black (the casing and frame should be white like the walls). Black windows should make a bold statement but should not be overpowering in the room. Create consistency throughout the home by complementing black windows with similar black accents such as wrought iron or black metal stair parts, furniture frames, hardware, and lighting fixtures.
Reminder: If you’re planning on painting the interior of your wood windows black, remember to order all the interior hardware with a black or oil rubbed bronze finish.
Contemporary Modern homes demand black casement, awning, and direct set windows with no grills. Windows and patio doors should be expansive, covering entire walls from floor to ceiling if possible.
The Farmhouse Modern look calls for double hung, casement, or awning windows with traditional grill patterns. However, make sure grills are thin, sleek, and low profile, otherwise they will look too bold and overbearing.
At Horner Millwork we are passionate about windows and have the expertise to bring your vision to life. We have many window lines to help you achieve the perfect black window look for any style home, on any budget. Browse the options below and then contact us to start planning your next project.
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Kolbe’s Forgent® Series Windows
Kolbe’s Forgent® Series Windows are constructed of Glastra®, a proprietary hybrid of fiberglass and a UV stable polymer. Forgent’s advanced ladder design adds strength and promotes energy efficiency. Easy to install, Forgent windows feature an integral nailing fin and installation clip grooves. Learn more >
Forgent Series windows and doors are available with all Glastra or pine wood interior. Glastra interior is available in 4 colors including black. Pine interior is available in a wide array of stains and paint finishes including ebony stain or painted black.
Forgent Series windows and doors have a durable and resilient Glastra exterior available in 4 colors including Black.
Kolbe’s Forgent® Windows
United Vinyl Windows
New construction and replacement vinyl windows with LowE and Argon, a heavy duty balance system, integral J-channel, warm-edge Intercept spacers and superior gasket allow for high energy performance and easy installation. Learn more >
United Vinyl Windows are available with a vinyl interior in woodgrain, white, and beige.
United Vinyl Windows are available in a large variety of exterior colors including black.
Trimline Wood Replacement Windows
Perfect for replacement, historic remodels, and new construction, this energy efficient all wood/cPVC window is designed for either a pocket insert, complete tear-out, or with a nailfin. The cPVC Freedom Frame mimics wood, but without the maintenance a wood frame requires. Custom options are available to meet historical requirements. Learn more >
Trimline Wood Windows are available with a primed wood interior ready to be painted black.
Trimline Wood Windows are available in a very large variety of factory finished colors including black.
Atlantech Patio Doors
The Atlantech patio sliders have the look of a french door without hinges. You can therefore arrange the interior and exterior of your home without any obstructions. Optional raise/lower low-e internal blinds are maintenance free and never get dusty. Learn more >
Atlantech Patio Doors are available in a wide array of interior colors including black.
Atlantech Patio Doors are available in a wide array of exterior colors including black.