Choosing an Exterior Finish Color for Windows

by Rachel Lyon, Editorial Director for Direct from the Designers™

You’ve probably considered the colors you want for your façade from the siding to the trim, and maybe the roof, but have you thought about the windows yet? They can be easy to overlook because they’re supposed to be clear and transparent, but don’t forget about the frame and any muntins around divided lites! Your choice of exterior finish affects the home’s vibe, so here are some beautiful color options to consider.

Integrity Wood-Ultrex Double Hung Windows

Punctuated with a noticeable white finish, these Integrity® Wood-Ultrex Double Hung windows stand out even more with the help of thick white trim.

Popular through history, a clean white finish provides a very crisp and bright effect. Because windows appear dark when viewed from outside during the day, white draws your eye to them and greatly accentuates divided lites. If you have a farmhouse or a classical colonial, this exterior finish can do wonders for curb appeal by making your windows pop and show off their finer construction details.

Integrity Wood-Ultrex Double Hung Windows

The brown/gray finish on these Wood-Ultrex Double Hung windows matches the warm earth tones of this Victorian-inspired abode.

Brown is a great option if you have a warmly colored house—perhaps you need something to match an earthy Southwestern scheme? Due to the strong neutral palettes of such homes, other colors can stand out as too bright or bold. Darker brown window finishes seem to complement most exterior designs, but you can explore the spectrum to see what works best in your case.

Integrity Wood-Ultrex Casement Windows

This Euro-style home has Wood-Ultrex Casement windows with a dark finish. The effect is moody and reminiscent of wrought iron—perfect if you like an old-fashioned castle aesthetic!

Choosing a darker frame finish adds a formal touch. Dark tones may be brown or gray, so they can appear like exotic hardwood or aged metal. Don’t worry though—they offer the efficiency and durability of the actual frame material you choose! We love to see dark window frames on European and French Country homes because they up the classic and refined factors.

Integrity Wood-Ultrex Awning Windows

You can make a statement with red! These custom-painted double hung and Wood-Ultrex Awning windows add a pop to this home with rustic natural wood siding.

Have you thought about any colors that really jump out? Homeowners of the past didn’t stick to neutrals, and you don’t have to either. In fact, colorful window frames and muntins can be the defining feature of your façade! Consider red to make a bold statement, blue to add a calming touch, or green for a natural vibe. Don’t forget that your frames should contrast against the rest of the house for the best look!

Integrity Windows

This black finish gives a farm-inspired home a strong modern feel, even with all the traditional divided lites. It’s a fantastic contrast against the barn red, too!

For a striking visual effect, think about black window frames. Most common on modern and contemporary designs, black gets noticed for its intensity. It really defines the opening and lites, making their lines stand out. Black is definitely a color to use in moderation, so it’s quite fitting to let it shine on windows. Consider pairing it with a white exterior to keep a very crisp and clean vibe, or branch out into natural tones and prominent hues to see what you can come up with!

The window frame color you choose will help set the tone of your façade, so don’t be afraid to reach out for expert assistance! The examples shown here are from Integrity® Windows, and they offer a variety of exterior finish colors on their durable Ultrex® fiberglass frames. The finish can also be painted the color of your choice, including dark ones, without voiding the warranty. Find a local dealer to discuss the beautiful possibilities!

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