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Tips for Choosing the Right Exterior Window Trim Color

Choosing a color for the home’s exterior might be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Some homeowners who find it hard to decide on which color to use on their exteriors, particularly window trim, would do well to follow this advice.

1) Window Frames Usually Look Better When Painted With a Color That Blends With the House

First, homeowners should remember that window frames are usually best painted in the same color as the home’s principal body color. While choosing colors that blend well with the principal body color is a good choice, the word “usually” indicates that homeowners can experiment with their colors.

2) Windows Should Either Look Dark or Bright

Second, windows look best when they’re the darkest parts in the exterior color scheme. Painting them with darker colors results in them receding into the facade and adding more beauty to the home.

Conversely, painting window trims white (or off-white) can result in striking contrasts that will make the house look good (if the color scheme is good) or not. The right color scheme will make those energy-efficient windows look even better.

3) Sash Colors Can Be Used Elsewhere

Third, sash colors can also be applied to the front door and the porch steps. This means homeowners shouldn’t have to worry about choosing a different color for each of these elements to make the home look “unique.”

Painting sashes with the same color as the front door will make the house look good. What’s more, storm windows can also be painted using the same color as the sash.

Try It

Before making a final decision about what color to use on the window trim, it will be best to try simulating how it might look by painting large poster boards with the desired color and then attaching the boards to the front door or window. The boards should “cover” these home elements.

Homeowners should let the painted boards stay on the door or window throughout the whole day so they can look at them early in the morning, early in the afternoon and during the evening. By doing this, homeowners will discover how the color looks like at specific times of day, and change their choices accordingly.

Renewal by Andersen® of Springfield hopes that these tips will help you choose the right color for your window trims. If ever you need professional help installing ENERGY STAR® windows, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (417) 268-9301, or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.


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