As we move further down this path of renovating our house, we know one of the largest ticket items we have before us is new windows. It’s one of those things that’s kind of painful to spend money on (though not as painful as a new heating system or electrical, both of which we also need…I mean at least you can SEE windows) but so necessary. Our windows are original and depressingly drafty. On a cold day (like today) you need to put on a fleece to sit on our family room window seat – there’s a legitimate flow of freezing cold air that you can feel.
Recently I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the idea of black window sashes and white trim. Black iron windows have long been popular in more modern homes and I love the contrast they can give a space. Our house is very not modern. It was built in 1914 right when Victorian architecture was making way for the Craftsman style. Our home has a bit of a mish-mash of both styles – the stained glass and intricate woodwork of a Victorian but with the cleaner, squarer lines of a Craftsman. And of course, the shingled exterior.
This is certainly not the first post ever written on black windows but most that I’ve seen have focused on the interior view of the window. I have my fair share saved in my “Someday Renovation” Pinterest folder. Here is a favorite shot by my friend Jessica Delaney.
But before I even get to the whole “can I do interior black windows”, I’ve been trying to decide if black windows could work with the exterior of our home. Here are some traditional style homes that seem to be pulling off the look quite splendidly.
I think for me, the key to this looking good is black window sashes but white trim. Like this…
And not this (which is the reverse of what I’d want)…
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that black windows are only negligibly more expensive than white windows. So friends, the question is – what do you think of my house with black windows and white trim?
And since black exterior windows means black interior windows as well (unless you REALLY want spend all your money getting them custom painted 2 different colors), what are your thoughts on the black window sash? Here are 2 different kitchens with similar breakfast nook/banquette set ups.
Obviously things like the window treatments and the wood floor stain are giving these spaces vastly different feels but if you can erase those from your mind for a moment – what do you think the black window sash is doing for the space?