Replacement windows are an excellent investment—they lower your energy bills, make cleaning a breeze, and reduce the noise level in your home.
However, replacement windows serve more than just a functional purpose. They also present a fantastic opportunity to update your old, outdated windows with fresh, modern designs and vibrant, attractive paint colors.
If you feel overwhelmed at the prospect of choosing a suitable window style and color combination to boost your home’s curb appeal—we can help.
At Kelly Window & Door, we’ve walked hundreds of North Carolina homeowners through the window selection process. Here are some of the most valuable tips we’ve learned along the way!
1. Match Your Current Color Palette
Your home’s current color palette is a great place to start when choosing a shade for your window frames—especially if you already love your siding or paint color.
Since your window frames should enhance the color of your home, the shade you choose should fall within the same color palette as your home.
Thankfully, your existing color palette is simple to determine. It falls within one of two categories—warm colors or cool colors.
Warm Color Palette
A warm color palette includes shades of red, orange, yellow, brown, and tan. Typically, warm colors are popular with traditional home styles.
The Earthtone and Tan shades from Sunrise® Windows look great with warm home exteriors.
Cool Color Palette
A cool color palette includes shades of green, blue, purple, and gray. Typically, cool colors are popular with modern home styles.
The Mystic Gray and Painter’s White shades from Sunrise Windows complement cool homes beautifully.
2. Use Color to Enhance or Disguise
Do you want your new replacement windows to pop? Or do you want them to blend seamlessly into your home’s exterior? This decision will impact the color of your window frames.
If you’d like to make your windows stand out, choose a bold, vibrant color. If you’d like your windows to blend in, choose a color that’s similar to your siding.
Or, you may opt for a combination of both. In this case, you’d likely want to choose contrasting colors for windows with unique architectural features and matching colors for smaller windows with simple styles.
3. Draw Inspiration from Your Surroundings
Perhaps your siding contractor told you to consider your surroundings when choosing the best paint color for your home. Well, the same goes for windows, too!
If your home is located in a neighborhood, consider using your neighbors’ home colors as inspiration. Or, if you’re located in a rural area surrounded by lush foliage, consider using the greenery as inspiration for your color palette.
You can also use the houses in your neighborhood to choose a window style too. Perhaps the homes in your area all have double-hung windows. It’s usually best to complement or stick with the window styles in your community—this will make it easier to sell your home down the road.
4. Consider Neutral Colors
There’s a reason neutral colors are popular among homeowners—they’re attractive and comforting. And they’re almost always a good decision when it comes to choosing a window shade.
Neutral colors used to refer exclusively to beige and tan, but now, cool neutrals are rising in popularity. Use a calm grey tone, like Mystic Grey from Sunrise Windows, or even a classic black for a trendy, inviting look.
However, this doesn’t mean you have to stick exclusively to a neutral color palette. If you already have neutral siding, consider a bold color for your window frames that suits your home’s exterior.
5. Design for Where You Live
Considering the climate you live in before installing window frames is a wise decision.
For instance, if you live in a dusty environment or along a dirt road, you may want to choose a taupe or tan-colored window frame to disguise dirt. Steer clear of white or black frames—they show dust and grime most quickly.
Or, if you live in a hot environment, choose a light-colored window frame to save on energy bills. Dark colors absorb heat more quickly than light colors, so white or tan window frames will keep your home cooler for longer.
6. Complement Your Home’s Architecture
Once you’ve nailed down a color, you’ll want to consider the perfect window style for your home. The best way to do this is to stick with your home’s current architecture.
For instance, if you have a Modern home, you may opt for the clean lines that casement or picture windows offer. Or, for a Farmhouse, you may choose to install popular double-hung windows.
Check out this helpful blog for more information on how to update your home with double-hung windows.
Window Styles by Sunrise Windows
Sunrise Windows has over a dozen of window styles to create the perfect look for your home, including:
- Single Sliding
- Bay and Bow
- Geometric Shapes
- Projected Frame
Read this blog post to learn more about which window style is best for your home!
Achieve the Perfect Style and Color for Your Replacement Windows with Expert Help
If you still need some extra help choosing the perfect window style and color for your home, we’re happy to walk you through the process.
Our team at Kelly Window and Door has helped hundreds of homeowners across North Carolina add curb appeal to their homes with beautiful, reliable replacement windows from Sunrise Windows.Check out the beautiful homes in our photo gallery for more color and style inspiration for your upcoming window replacement.