Windows provide your home protection from the elements as they allow daylight at the same time. Most windows are operable, so you can open them for ventilation. Energy-efficient windows known as insulated glass units or IGUs allow light but prevents heat transfer, so indoor temperatures remain manageable and comfortable.
However, windows are not just important for their practical benefits. They are also a huge part of your home’s appeal. Home exterior remodeling companies offer different types of windows, as well as various window trim colors, to make sure they install windows that match the taste, style and personality of the homeowner, as well as the design of the house.
Here are some tips for successful window trim color selection.
Decide Between Traditional and Modern Styles
Your home’s architecture, as well as your personal preferences, can help you determine whether to go with a traditional look or a more modern style. Traditional-looking windows often have warm trim colors. Shades of yellow, brown, orange and red are popular for traditional window styles. Modern architecture often feels comfortable with cooler tones, including blues, purples, greens, and grays.
If you’re not sure whether you want a traditional color or a modern one, you can choose either black or white, which are timeless classics that are at home with any style of home or windows.
Base Your Choice on Your Home’s Exterior
Wooden trim around the windows, vinyl siding and exposed brick are staples of traditional homes. Modern homes often have stone or stucco exteriors and trim-less windows.
If you have windows that don’t have trim around them, it’s often more practical to make the window color contrast with the facade color. For example, if your home is white, think about installing dark windows. You can do this by choosing black sashes and dark-tinted glass. This is an effective setup for homes in hot areas, where heat transfer is an issue.
As for a traditional home, even if you don’t have window trim, you can still use the sashes for color matching. A light-colored brick facade, for example, will look well with a warm tan on the window sashes.
Avoid Fleeting Trends
It’s good to be trendy sometimes, but if you’re going to live with something and the trend is not likely to last long, it’s better to avoid it. It’s safer to go the classic route than to try to be too modern. Your windows are going to last for years, especially if they are of good quality, so choose a trim color that you can live with all throughout their life span — or yours, for that matter.
If you want to go bold and draw attention to your windows, be careful in choosing which windows will carry that bold color. You can also match them with siding of a neutral color.
Remember that, all things being equal, you are more likely to call siding contractors to replace your siding than call a pro to change your windows again, so — while there’s nothing wrong with bold colors — it’s often more practical to choose at least a slightly subdued trim color.
Don’t Forget About the Market
This is a moot point if you’re installing windows in your forever home, but if you’re not sure, or if you have plans to sell at some point in the future, it’s better to choose popular colors than those that are too trendy, too bold, or simply too different. Classic colored trim is easier for homebuyers to consider.
On the other hand, if it really is your forever home, or if you’d simply be happier with a specific trim color, even if it’s a little against the flow, then go for it. In the end, it’s really your decision that matters the most.