Although the color of home siding gets the most attention, the shade of accents, such as trim or window frame exterior, can drastically affect the overall aesthetic of the home. Because of this, colors for window exteriors are designed to complement or neatly contrast with the color of siding. Several options are required for different color siding from vibrant to muted and conservative.
The most common color of siding is also the favorite color for exterior windows. Shades of exterior window range from pure white to darker off-white colors that hide dirt and require a less strenuous cleaning schedule. Manufacturing companies use names such as Becker Window's off-white Ivory and Infinity Window's pure Stone White or off-white Sierra.
Compatible with both light and dark siding color schemes, gray is available from several manufacturers in several shades. Dark grays include Infinity Window's Bronze shade and Pella's Eldridge Gray. Medium grays include Pella's Fossil and Infinity's Pebble Gray. All grays are compatible with white, blue and red siding.
Shades of tan are organic and range from sandy light colors to darker ones that appear as baked clay. Shades include Becker Window's Mocha and Beige to the muted Cashmere from Infinity and the natural wooden color Honeysuckle from Pella.
Darker than tan, brown colors are warm and rich but can also absorb sunlight energy and increase the ambient temperature near the window. Window trim shades for the exterior include Brown from Pella, Chocolate, Commercial and Sable from Becker Windows and Bahama Brown from Infinity Windows. These colors work well with white but can clash poorly with some shades of blue.
Red is an unconventional color for window trim but complements brick exteriors as well as shades of red, white, green, brown and blue. Red ranges from terracotta, like shades such as Becker Windows' Colonial to richer shades, such as Pella's Real Red and Brick Red. Darker and more subdued shades such as Cranberry from Pella or Burgundy from Becker are less intense but blend better with dark color schemes.
Another organic shade, green comes in shades that are lighter than tan or brown and brighten the home exterior. Shades of green include Becker's Terra as well as Pella Windows' Summer Sage and the greenish Poplar White. Darker greens include Deep Olive and Hartford Green from Pella as well as Forest Green from Becker Windows.
A favorite shade of siding, blue exterior windows match blue siding nicely or complement white and gray houses. Shades of blue include Mist and Azure from Becker Windows and Naval and Stormy Blue from Pella.
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