The most common reason for replacement windows is due to worn-down, old windows. Having them replaced is a big part of home maintenance.
But no matter your reason for having your windows replaced, replacement windows are an opportunity to create an inviting curb appeal while increasing home value.
It’s important to do your research when selecting replacement windows, looking for options that fit your budget, add energy efficiency, and are durable. But the fun of window replacements comes when you get to choose the color and style. This is the chance to elevate your home’s exterior and add your personality.
As a certified exterior contactor, our Lakeside team has replaced the windows on hundreds of homes and has helped walk homeowners through the window selection process. Here are some of our tips to help you select the perfect shade and style for your new windows.
Work with Your Current Home Colors
It is important to have a curated color palette for your home exterior. Finding colors that work well together gives your home style and luxury. Your window color should enhance that color palette.
Take a look at the current colors of your home before selecting your frame color. If you have surrounding shutters, you will want your frame color to complement those shutters.
However, if you are performing other home maintenance projects like replacing your siding, start by selecting a top-of-the-line siding, such as James Hardie®, and then find the siding color first.
Stick to Your Home’s Current Architecture
The style of your windows should complement the current architecture of your home. Contrasting your window design to the current style of your home can cause the exterior to clash.
If your home is more modern, you should opt for straight lines and less embellishment than if your home falls into a more traditional category.
The frame color should then match the window style you have chosen. If you chose a more modern window frame, opt for a contemporary color like black to really add a modern impact to your overall look. For more traditional windows, utilize colors like cream or grey. Just make sure your color enhances the style rather than contradicts it.
Disguise or Enhance
Color is a powerful tool. Color gives you the ability to hide the objects of your home you don’t want to be seen or to enhance the features that make your home stand out. When selecting a window color, you need to decide if your window frames should be accented or disguised.
For windows you don’t want to be the standout feature, opt for a color similar to that of your siding, if not the same color. For more architectural windows you would like to stand out, opt for a contrasting color to really make your windows pop.
Flow with Your Background
The backdrop of your home can provide great inspiration for window colors or the colors on your home in general. You have likely already taken your surroundings into account when you choose the color for your home’s siding, but considering your location and the colors that will complement that area can help elevate the look of your exterior.
If your home’s backdrop is a large suburban neighborhood, consider the colors of your neighbor’s houses for inspiration. Their color selections could provide a wealth of inspiration for your window frames.
Consider Environmental Problems
If your siding and exterior elements are prone to specific problems due to your environment, you should take these problems into account when selecting a window color.
Areas with heavy amounts of dirt can collect dust on the siding and windows. Choosing a more beige or sand color for your windows will help to mask the dirt in between cleanings. Choosing a dark color in such situations will only emphasize the dust accumulation. If your home is prone to moisture and therefore algae growth, green, blue, or grey hues can help hide algae’s appearance.
But just because you can disguise the appearance of dirt and grime does not mean you should neglect home maintenance. Make sure to periodically clean your windows and remove any mold, mildew, or algae growth from their surfaces.
Beautiful Replacement Windows with a Personalized Experience
If you want to love your new windows and desire an easy replacement process, contact our team at Lakeside Exteriors. Our service department is dedicated to making your home maintenance experience easy and positive, and our construction team installs only the highest quality of product so your replacement ends with a result you can be proud of that will last for years.
See how our team can help give you a customized home design you will love. Schedule a free onsite consultation with our team to get answers to your window challenges.