Decorating with Dark Windows & Doors: Moody Colors are the New Light & Airy
According to Sherwin Williams’ Director of Color Marketing, black is the new white, and it’s more complex than you might think.
One hundred years ago, black windows were de rigueur. Now they’re back and looking better than ever.
May 30, 2022
They’re the little black dress and the classic tuxedo. They frame and define like eyeliner yet disappear in their monochromatic neutrality. And they effortlessly enhance both modern and vintage interiors with their industrial-inspired roots. They’re black windows – a look first seen in steel framing over 100 years ago. And they’re experiencing a robust resurgence today in all manner of interior design.
Black Windows Are a Bold Neutral Choice
Contrary to their bold presence, black-trimmed windows naturally take a back seat to the outside view making them a wonderful choice for many applications. According to Barbara Bradlee, owner of Bradlee Design, black windows “punctuate the view and add depth and dimension to a room’s interior design.” She added that “black is a neutral. It is bold but both current and classic.”
Despite their chameleon-like reputation, black windows make a strong and “confident” statement, Bradlee said. “Black draws in a person’s eye and provides a signal that this window is a design element that is meant to be noticed. It instills a sense of clean, simple, confident, and strong design.”
Interior Design to Complement Black Windows
Black windows pair well with exposed brick, neutral furnishings, and natural woods. And while white, taupe, or grey walls are a natural complement to black, Bradlee also suggests that a myriad of other colors such as rust, green, aqua, blue, and gold also be considered along with bold patterns and prints in textiles and wallpaper.
However, the beauty of black windows can be what isn’t needed to make them stand out. Some designers suggest black windows look best uncovered, saving associated costs that come with purchasing window treatments. But this could be impractical for some homeowners. In that case, simple roller shades in white or natural bamboo can complement the minimalistic character of this style window.
Black Window Exteriors
Looking outward and adding black windows to a home’s exterior would most likely give its curb appeal a boost. “I love painted brick and black windows,” Wadden said. “People who are tired of Tudor-style brick homes are taking a risk and painting white or really light body colors and then putting in black windows, and it looks awesome. It’s almost like a French chateau or plantation-style home from the South. And the key to that look is a dark window.”
Inside or out, modern or traditional, the smart styling of black windows is a crisp design option certain to elevate any home. Wadden said it best. “Black is back and it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere.”