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Black vs White Windows

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In the design community, there is huge trend with black windows. Does this mean white windows are out? Does this mean black windows are just a fad? The answer to both of these questions, in my opinion, is no.

Both black and white windows are great options according to the style of home you are looking to build or redesign.

When choosing a window color and design, both heavily rely on two factors: what style of home you are building and your personal preference.

Black Windows

Although black windows have become very popular just over the past few years, they actually date back to the twentieth century. Black steel windows were originally installed in warehouses and factories. Then they eventually made their way into residential properties.

As we are seeing black windows used more frequently in new construction and older homes now, some think it may just be a trend. I disagree, I actually feel like black windows are classic and considering they date back so far, they have a sense of character and timelessness about them.

Black windows can be used in all different design styles. The one we probably see the most is in modern farmhouse design. When people see a white exterior with black windows, they instantly think “farmhouse”. But they are certainly not limited to modern farmhouses.

Modern homes also commonly have black windows. They are natural fit in these types of houses considering their industrial origin.

Photo Credit: Studio McGee

But as I mentioned, they are not limited to one particular style of house. The house we are currently building is a cottage style home, and we are using black windows inside and out. I think they will create contrast and give the exterior a touch of modern.


If there is one negative to black windows it is that sometimes the grilles can be hard to see in the daylight on the exterior. They blend in with the dark glass if there isn’t something bright reflected in the windows, or if there are no curtains or blinds directly behind the glass.

White Windows

While Henry and I are huge fans of black windows, we also love the classic white window. We seriously debated if we were going to go this route for our new build. We struggled with the choice for several weeks, but in the end black was the winner.

Photo Credit: Grand Tradition Homes

White windows work well when you have lots going on within the exterior design. They allow for a subtle touch while drawing more detail to other architectural features. White windows are simply a very clean, classic design that will go with any style of home.


One reason that we didn’t go with white windows is that we were afraid the color difference would be too noticeable between the white of the window and the shade of white that we are painting the house. With black windows, this is not an issue since it is a drastic contrast.

Both black and white windows are great options depending on your overall look. The price of black windows is significantly more, but both are timeless looks that I feel will always be around.

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  • Reply Janice @sawdustsisters

    Thank you for the info! Love the black! Question , how much more are black windows when compared to white, percentage wise?

    June 21, 2019 at 11:43 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Hey Janice! We have had lots of quotes and it would probably be at least 15-20% more. This is based on quotes we have gotten in the past.

      June 22, 2019 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Chris

    Great looking windows! what brand, series, etc? thanks!

    June 27, 2019 at 9:41 pm
  • Reply Maria Colappano

    Would you recommend mixing both black and white windows (black door systems and white windows) in an open concept space?

    September 5, 2019 at 6:59 pm
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