Main Media

Choosing the Perfect Window Colour For Your Home

The colour of your window frames helps define your home’s character and style. But how do you choose a shade that will perfectly suit your property’s architecture and surroundings? 

Here are seven considerations to help you choose the best colour for your windows

Jump to a section
Focal point or background feature?
Consider your home’s architecture
Match the surroundings
Should the interior match the exterior?
Will they be your ‘forever’ frames?
RAL: A rainbow of colour choices
Don’t forget the finish

1. Focal point or background feature?

Your windows can either draw the eye or blend in with the exterior of your home. For example, let’s say you live in a Victorian-era home with sliding sash windows. To make the windows a feature, you could choose white frames to contrast against the yellow brick exterior, like this:

White PVC window frames can look plasticky and cheap. However, a white finish for timber windows is a clean, fresh, classic colour choice.

If your windows have lots of glazing bars (the lines that divide up the window panes), choosing white is an excellent way to make them ‘pop’. 

For a more subtle but still stylish look, you could consider a pastel shade. 

Traditional-stone-houses-with-pale-blue-and-green-windows

In the image above, pale green and pastel blue highlight the windows while still retaining the properties’ traditional aesthetic. Muted pastel shades work particularly well for windows in period properties. 

To make windows blend in a bit more, opt for a shade that’s the same as or darker than the exterior walls.

Detached-red-brick-home-with-oak-framed-windows

As in the photo above, timber windows with a golden oak or dark oak stain can add to the warm, earthy feel of exposed brick walls.

Modern-home-with-white-exterior-walls-and-grey-window-frames

If the facade of your home is white or another light shade, dark grey and black frames can create a striking contrast.

2. Consider your home’s architecture

There isn’t a rule book for choosing ‘correct’ window colours for your home’s architecture. However, there are a few historical trends that can guide your decision.

Tudor homes (1485-1603)

  • Tudor (or mock-Tudor) homes tend to have dark oak gables and beams. As such, dark tones (e.g. dark wood, black or dark grey) work well for their windows. 

Georgian homes (1714-1837)

According to the Georgian Group:

  • Early 18th century windows were usually a broken form of white.
  • Later in the Georgian period, window frames surrounded by brick or masonry (as opposed to yellow-brown stucco) were often brown, grey or another dark colour. 

Victorian homes (1837–1901)

According to the Victorian Society:

  • Exposed wood appeared in the late 20th century and didn’t appear in Victorian homes (except, perhaps, in the well-scrubbed top of a kitchen dresser or table).

19th-century-terraced-homes-with-white-sliding-sash-windows
  • Brilliant white wasn’t available until after WWII, so an off-white or cream colour is therefore a more authentic choice for a Victorian or Edwardian home. 

Our sliding sash windows are particularly well-suited to Victorian and Georgian homes because they echo the original window styles. Cream white, buttermilk white and light ivory are popular shades for this style of window.

3. Match the surroundings

As well as giving some thought to your home’s style and colour, it’s also worth considering your neighbours’ homes. If they’re of the same period as your property, what colour are their windows? 

Row-of-Tudor-style-houses-with-complementary-window-colours

Could you choose a complementary shade to enhance the neighbourhood aesthetic, or is it best to match their colour exactly?

 

English-cottage-with-thatched-roof-and-blue-window-frames

If you live in a detached house without any neighbouring properties, you have more freedom when choosing the best colour for your windows. You might like to echo an element in your surroundings, such as garden flowers, an uninterrupted blue sky, or stone walls and paths. 

4. Should the interior match the exterior?

The perfect accent colour for your property's exterior isn't necessarily the best fit for your interior decor. With timber windows, you have the freedom to choose dual colours – different interior and exterior shades.

A bold, bright interior window colour will make your frames stand out, an ideal choice for those looking for colours to match with their interior design schemes. In contrast, a darker colour will ‘frame’ the view through the window and draw the eye to it. 

 

Oak-casement-windows-in-a-living-room-with-wooden-floorboard-and-timber-furniture

The interior window frame colour can also echo an accent colour in your interior design. For example, if your home has wooden furniture and floorboards, timber windows with a stained finish can tie the room together nicely. 

5. Will they be your ‘forever’ frames?

uPVC and, to a lesser extent, aluminium window frames can be challenging to recolour. Therefore, it's generally best to choose a neutral shade that won't get boring or fall out of fashion. 

On the other hand, you can easily sand and repaint timber windows when you fancy a change. So you could enjoy a bolder ‘statement’ colour for the interior now, then switch to a more neutral shade when it comes time to put your house up for sale. 

6. RAL: A rainbow of colour choices

Colour-wheel

You can’t go far wrong with classic white windows. But if you want to flex your creativity, our windows are available in an unlimited number of RAL colours.

So it’s not just a case of choosing grey window frames. You can select olive -grey, squirrel grey, agate grey, graphite grey, khaki grey – the list of variations goes on for every colour you can imagine.

7. Don’t forget the finish

Whatever colour windows you choose, our windows are factory-finished to protect and maintain their appearance for as long as possible. 

Our Hi-Build paint and stains are microporous, which allows moisture to be released while protecting the timber. We guarantee our paint finishes for up to 10 years in a selection of colours.

 

Woman-using-JELD-WEN-custom-window-quote-tool

Ready to experiment? You can compare various window and wall colours using our visual window quote tool

You might find that a reputable window fitter can give you sound advice about colour options. The FENSA website helps you find local registered fitters.