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Choosing the right colour for your new windows

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Agata Gniady - Tęgi

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Are you wondering what window colour will work best in your home? Should you go for white, black or grey windows? Or maybe you should let your imagination run wild and choose coloured uPVC windows or the aluminium ones? Making such a decision is not easy because the colour you choose will likely last for a very long time. The reason is simple: the purchase of windows is a large investment and you will not be willing for the change of colour too often. And the truth is that windows largely affect the appearance of the building’s facade and the style of its interior. When choosing specific window colours for a house, it is worth taking into account not only your own taste, but also the general principles used by architects and interior designers. Do you want to avoid wrong decisions? Read our article!

How to match the window frame colour with the facade 

The most important rule when selecting the best colour for windows and doors is to match it to the style of the building’s facade and interior design. We have already described the process of choosing the right door colour in this blog article. When it comes to the best colour for aluminium windows or uPVC windows, the rules look more or less the same. The colour of window frames should not clash with the colour of the external wall finishes, i.e. plaster, brick or stone, or roof finishes, including roof tiles, sheet metal or slate. It is also important for the windows to be consistent with other elements of the joinery, i.e. external doors, terrace sliding doors, window shutters and garage doors.

If you are building a new house or carrying out a major renovation of the entire building, an architect should help you choose the best window colour when creating the project. When choosing black uPVC windows or black aluminium windows, pay special attention to how the immediate surroundings affect the appearance of the building. If you live in a very dusty area (e.g. next to a busy road, close to fields), there is a risk that dark window frames will be dusty most of the time. In such a case, it would be better to choose modern white uPVC windows that also look cool but require less frequent cleaning and maintenance. 

How to choose the best window colour for the house interior

When choosing a specific window colour for the interiors, it is worth making sure that it matches the other home design elements, e.g. floors, interior doors, window sills or permanent wall decorations made of stone or brick. The style in which you want to arrange the room is also crucial. While white or black uPVC window frames work well with most design styles, yellows, oranges, and browns are clearly more traditional colours. Modern styles, on the other hand, use cooler tones such as green, blue and grey window frames.

You must also take into account the fact that the colour of the windows will influence your subsequent interior design decisions. If you decide on e.g. extremely fashionable black aluminium windows or anthracite grey aluminium windows, it will certainly be necessary to use these colours even in small decorative elements, such as pillows on the sofa or a coffee table. What is more, such windows are characterised by a modern and minimalist style and are usually difficult to dress with traditional curtains and blinds. In such a case, let beautiful bare windows be the focus and keep things simple with blinds or shutters only. The latter can be closed only in the evenings and therefore, they will neither hide window frames nor block out natural light.

What window colours match the classic style

Are you building a house in a traditional style, also known as a classic style? Then the building facade will surely be made of brick or stone and covered with plaster in warm colours. Additionally, it is not difficult to guess that the roof will be covered with tiles in matching shades taken from the earth-tone colour palette. For classic style houses, white uPVC colours or wood effect uPVC windows will be the best choice. Such neutral colours will easily match any tones and shades used on the outside of the building. When it comes to the house interior, such coloured uPVC windows will not dominate the entire arrangement and will be an ideal background for various types of furniture, accessories or top colour schemes used in house design. 

Interestingly, it is worth mentioning that black uPVC windows or anthracite uPVC windows, associated mainly with modern construction, will also work well in classic buildings with light walls and a dark roof. For a more classic effect, they can be additionally decorated with glued-on muntin bars or inside-glazing muntin bars . Such decorative elements can be selected from a wide range of veneers according to the uPVC window profile colours or painted to any RAL palette colour.

What is the best window colour for the modern house style

In the construction industry, modern style is manifested, among others, by: plain facades without unnecessary decorations, the use of cool colour schemes combined with wood or brick, as well as simple building shapes and large-format windows.

In modern houses, large black aluminium windows or grey windows are most often used. They are generally characterised by modern ultra-thin profiles and impressive glazing surfaces, resulting in maximum illumination of the rooms. Such windows offer a sleek, minimalist and steel-like look, both on the outside and inside of the building. When arranging the interior in a modern style, remember that the windows will be an important element of the decoration and it will be necessary to display (and not cover!) them and match them to the colour of the furniture. Naturally, if black window frames seem to be too much for you, you can always opt for anthracite uPVC windows or anthracite aluminium windows. Frankly speaking, anthracite grey has been regarded as the best colour for aluminium windows recently. It provides a sleek and contemporary look and is able to complement various architectural styles. What is more, it does not show dirt and stains easily, which makes it a low-maintenance colour option for building finishes.

 

How to choose the window frame colours at Fenbro

Our customers can check and compare the colours of the window frames in two ways: either by going to the “Colours” module available on our website (in each product description) or by getting familiar with the colour guide set brought by our fitters when they arrive for their first visit. However, during such a visit, our fitter will only confirm the products measurements and will help you to estimate the final installation price and availability. And although they may show you all the available window frame colours, you have to contact our Sales Team afterwards anyway to confirm your order. Remember that none of the arrangements regarding the best colour for windows and doors should be done with Fenbro fitters – it’s the Fenbro Sales Team that is in charge of your order and all its details (including the colour choice and possible change of colour). 

Generally, it’s good to realise that window colour is a very important factor when reducing the price of windows. For example, in the case of uPVC colours, you can choose between wood-like and traditional colour veneers. The white colour (which can come in various shades, depending on the manufacturer) is always free. However, when you decide on the coloured veneer on one side, you have to add approximately 10% to the final price of the window. If you decide on the veneer on both window sides, you’ve got to count approximately 20% more. There is an additional charge for colour in wooden windows, too. However, in aluminium windows, the colour has no impact on the final price.

Keep also in mind that after you have paid for the order, it is no longer possible to make any changes in the product specification: you cannot change product types, sizes or colours. That’s why always think twice and make well thought out decisions regarding your coloured windows and doors. 

 

Let Fenbro help you with choosing your window colour

When choosing window colours, take into account your home’s architecture and your own style. Also remember to consider your home’s property value and curb appeal. By choosing the right RAL colours for aluminium windows or uPVC colours that fit your house facade design perfectly, you may increase the value of your home and make it more marketable when you decide to sell it. At Fenbro, we are not afraid of installing even the most coloured windows and doors – you can check the results of our realisation projects HERE.  Just use the filters there and choose the window colour you’re interested in to see how it looks on a real house! 

Still not convinced about the best window colour for your house? Contact our Sales Specialists who have the expertise and tools to get you the right windows and install them properly. And the last but not least pro tip: whatever window colour you decide on with our Sales Team, always remember to get your wife’s approval in the first place! At Fenbro, over 80 percent of window purchases and purchase influence are made by women. #happywifehapppylife – isn’t it right?

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