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Window colour trends

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In previous years it was a given that new windows would always be replaced with like-for-like, which in most cases meant white uPVC. But in recent years there has been a colour revolution and today there is a myriad of options available from dark anthracite greys, through to beautiful and elegant creams, all the way through to soft greys and greens.

But before you go leaping into a decision, think about these simple steps:

Neighbourly love – while it’s your property you’re improving, think about your street view.  Most streets in the UK are fairly diverse, but if you live in a quintessential chocolate box village, think about the impact your windows will have on the local landscape – and of course consider the future saleability of your property.

Reflect your personal style – new windows shouldn’t mean a compromise in your personal style. The key thing to consider is your windows can be a different colour on the inside to the outside – a soft cream exterior might work to reflect your property style, but white is incredibly versatile as an interior colour and works well with just about any colour scheme, which will inevitably change over time.

Tastes change – remember, your taste will change over time so don’t make a quick decision if you’re planning to change the colour of your windows.  Live with your decision for a week or two, or even better ask your retailer if they can give you an image of what your house might look like with the new windows.  Don’t be afraid to talk to property owners who have created a real statement with their windows and ask for their feedback – would they make the same choice now?

Consider the character of your property – some properties in the UK will be bound by listed building rules that prohibit certain decisions around a property’s exterior appearance – while this is unlikely to be the case in many instances, it’s always wise to consider the age and style of your property before you make your final decision.  There are many properties in the UK that would really benefit from the use of soft cream or green windows to enhance their period features – so don’t be afraid to go down this route.  Likewise, if your mid-50s semi is crying out for a style statement, you might want to consider anthracite grey – against a traditional British brick, the grey is incredibly pleasing on the eye and can deliver an instant wow to any property.

Texture time – if you’re thinking about colour, think about texture too.  Consider combining a woodgrain effect finish with colour to give a really luxurious feel – or go the other way with a super contemporary smooth anthracite grey look.

Getting a handle on your decision – quite literally, your handles and window hardware choices will be the things that let you down if you don’t make the right choice.  Talk to your retailer about the performance of your window hardware – your handles and door hardware needs to last easily as long as your windows, both from a functional point of view and aesthetic perspective.  If you’re choosing a traditional style sash window, enhance this look with elegant handles – similarly if you’re choosing a contemporary window, combine this with striking chrome to complete your look.