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Why We Decided Black Windows with White Interior

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The design trend of black windows with white interior is a great option if you want a modern exterior look but still want the window interior panes and frame to be white. Today I am sharing why we decided black windows with white interior was a great solution for the house we recently renovated.

Black Vs. White Windows 

Who would have thought that windows would have so many options! If my grandparents were still alive, they would tell you that when they were kids, they were lucky to even have windows never mind windows with varying color option on the exterior and interior. 

split level house with white board and batten siding black windows and brown front door

The split level house exterior that was recently remodeled got a complete overhaul and replacing the old single pane windows with black windows was one of the first projects that Jim tackled. 

White House Black Windows

I love how a white house looks with black windows

split level house with white board and batten siding black windows and brown front door

Black windows and white house is a classic modern farmhouse style that is here to stay. I personally love the contrast between the black window frame and white exterior siding. We picked white board and batten siding but the black windows would also look great with traditional horizontal white siding as well. 

When we removed the old white windows from this 1970’s split level house and installed the black windows, the change was dramatic! You can see that full window installation here. The new black windows even looked good with the old brown siding. 

Black windows with white interior

Here is the view from the inside of the house with white interior windows. As you can see, the window panes and frame are white.  White windows tend to be more neutral so if you are looking for a more traditional window color and style, white on white is probably best. Black windows lend more of a modern look – modern or modern farmhouse. Black windows are very trendy right now and I think the trend is here to stay. 

Black windows with white interior

The white interior windows coordinate nicely with the vaulted shiplap ceiling and entryway remodel. 

Cons of Black Frame Windows

The only con to black windows on the interior in my opinion, would be not having the option to switch design styles. Black is definitely a classic look but it’s not for everyone. I would say the majority of people prefer white and if you are planning to sell your home soon or down the road, picking black may not be the best choice. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who buy homes with black windows but it’s a certain buyer who will love it. 

Another con to black windows is the price. Black windows are more expensive in fact, these windows (see Jim and crew installing the black windows here for a close up view) were approximately $165 more than the same version in white (both exterior and interior). 

When purchasing black windows, be sure to check the UV rating and make sure the quality is decent as black can fade over time from the sun. 

Black Windows

Black windows will create a bold focal point and enhance curb appeal. While they are popular in modern, farmhouse and some industrial homes, black windows have been used for years and date back to the 19th century mostly used in factories. I personally think you can use black windows in any style home. 

Take a full house tour (interior and exterior) of this split level remodel by click here – split level renovation page.

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  1. Good Morning Jessica Love the black windows. They add so much charm to this rehab.
    The only thing I see which is going out of style very fast is gray floors, however, this is a rehab and I bet it sells the first day.
    The entire home is charming.

  2. Tracy Ledgerwood says:

    Can you switch an outside window frame from white to black without buying a new window?