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Considering black windows? We have answers to five frequently asked questions about these striking windows.
A modern Tudor home makes a high-contrast statement with white painted brick and black-framed windows.

If you’ve noticed black windows while perusing home design inspiration, you might have a few key questions. We’re here to give you the backstory on where black-framed windows go best, let you know how to keep them looking beautiful over time, and even talk about cost.

Are black windows a trend?

If you’re asking yourself this question, the answer is no. While it’s true that they’ve gained popularity in recent years, you can rest assured that choosing black windows will not make your home look dated in a few years. “Sometimes that initial popularity is about ushering in a new standard,” said interior designer Carrie Valentine of Minnesota-based Charest Valentine Interiors.

A new standard is exactly right. Black windows are another tool for creating an up-to-date look, no matter if your home’s style is modern, traditional, or something in-between. While black windows might have been seen as a strictly modern look previously, the rise of transitional architecture, which mixes elements of traditional and modern styles, means there’s more flexibility in how black windows are used. Black windows can work on a farmhouse, a modern home, and many more styles!

A black Colonial home with black windows to match and a modern rowhouse with a black exterior and black windows.
Black windows work as beautifully on the European farmhouse home on the left as they do on the modern rowhouse on the right.

What are the advantages of black interior windows?

Black interiors elevate windows and frame the landscape the way a mat frames a painting. Valentine, who recently built a country farmhouse for her own family, calls her black windows the “art of her home” because of the way they focus attention on a unique view in every room.

Here are a few ideas to get you started making the most of beautiful black windows:

  • Pair black windows with light-colored walls and light-colored trim to create a dramatic contrast that really puts the focus on the landscape outside.
  • Treat black windows like you would furnishings — pair them with décor and show them off — instead of hiding them behind expensive window treatments.
  • Have your black windows installed without any surrounding trim. This is called a drywall return, and it creates a clean, modern look that really lets the window and the view it frames take centerstage.
Black-framed windows above a kitchen sink and above a bathtub.
The window on the left is installed with no surrounding trim, called a drywall return. The window on the right has white painted trim matching the surrounding wall, which really puts the emphasis on the black-framed window.

How do you match black windows with your exterior?

While black windows tend to have a dramatic effect on the interior, on the exterior you can make choices to either draw attention to them or downplay them depending on your desired look. Before we dig in, there’s one thing you need to know: Technically, black is considered a neutral — not a color. This means black-framed windows will go with any exterior color you desire.

Here are two approaches to pairing black windows with an exterior color:

  • Contrast: Pairing black windows with a light-colored exterior, like stucco or white wood siding, will make your windows pop. This turns the windows into focal points.
  • Monochrome: If you want your windows to blend in, choose a dark exterior and trim. This makes a bold statement that turns the attention away from architectural details, like windows, and puts the focus on the entire home.
 A white house with black windows and a stone entryway makes for a striking look, even in a snowstorm.
The black windows on this house really pop against the white exterior (even in a snowstorm).

Are black windows more expensive?

No! Absolutely not. Black is a standard color option whether you choose the most affordable 100 Series product line, the most premium A-Series product line, or an option in between.

Will black windows fade?

More good news here: You don’t have to worry about your black windows fading over time. Windows from the E-Series, A-Series and 100 Series product lines come with fade warranties. These windows are virtually maintenance-free and do not require repainting.

An excellent and affordable black window option is the 100 Series. Made of patented Fibrex® material, these windows are twice as strong as vinyl. And unlike black vinyl windows, which often fare poorly in hot climates (sometimes even melting), Fibrex material performs well in all climates, even when exposed to extreme temperatures.

Want to start exploring your options? Our design tool will let you work through the selection process so you can start envisioning your new black windows. Or keep reading for advice on pairing windows and with a dark exterior.