October 30, 2019
Inspiring the Modern Farmhouse with Black-Trimmed Windows
by Erin Johnson
Design trends come and go—but one that has endured beyond becoming the “flavor of the month” in recent years is the modern farmhouse. It’s become a timeless style, marrying the clean lines and colors of modern design with just the right blend of rustic chic. While popularized by a certain home remodeling show filmed in Texas, it’s become popular throughout North America.
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Among the accoutrements common in the modern farmhouse—think quartz countertops, mixed metals, and open floorplans—are black windows, used to add a unique distinction to the home’s exterior. A recent trend piece out of Pennsylvania notes that black windows have become popular in industrial/commercial spaces for years, with an uptick in their use in residential spaces. Per Lancaster Online:
Black offers an exceptionally clean contrast with white siding. While some homes reserve the black trim exclusively for the outside, others feature black for the interior window trim, too. The look is best achieved with the lower half of the window showing no grills at all, Martin says.
“Because the style starts with a black and white palette, it’s a very flexible way to decorate,” [Bonnie Martin, interior designer for Garman Builders] says. “For the exterior, flowerpots, or pillows on porch furniture, can provide a pop of color that can easily be changed. The same flexibility is true for the interior as well.”
“I think a black window just makes a statement,” says Bill Martin of Alden Homes. “Black and white are neutral. You can put black and white on any house. I think black is underused.”
Colored window frames aren’t new, but they’ve become increasingly in demand, especially at the higher end of the market where customization is king. Window and door manufacturers need to be delivering products that offer the “wow” factors—all without sacrificing anything in terms of quality, performance and reliability.
When it comes to color, there a few different routes manufacturers can take to deliver. Paint and laminate options have been popular, but both have their downsides. Performing painting and lamination each take additional labor on the plant floor. And depending on the quality of the material, paint and laminate can be susceptible to longevity issues over time, especially in rougher climates.
New advances in co-extruded color technology, however, can solve each of those challenges. Co-extrusion for high-performance vinyl means the color becomes an integral part of the profile, delivering significantly enhanced scratch resistance, long-term durability and the ability to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. Perfect for creating the modern farmhouse in any climate.
October 30, 2019 by Erin Johnson