Black Windows

Black Windows

I am currently finding myself in the middle of a torrid love affair with black windows…of course the bigger, the better.

I think they’re so incredible dramatic.
I want some…in the kitchen.
Every interior door in my house is already black so question…should I paint out the kitchen windows so that they look like these pretties…
Mar/Apr 2011

When giving me the yes or no to getting out the old paint brush, please keep in mind that cabinets will be white, island will be grey, hardware is going to be gold and accents will be mostly blush.
Oh and my windows aren’t the fancy paned/double hung/rounded ones like above…they’re more like these…

{photos via my Pinterest board}

So what say you?

Oh and PS, don’t forget to enter my Ravel Giveaway because I know you want one of these pretties to call your own.

I’ll be drawing for the winner on Saturday.


  • Jordana @ White Cabana
    Posted at 06:37h, 14 July Reply

    It’s a pretty striking look. Worst case scenario – you don’t like it and you repaint them white? I say give it a go!

  • ABC Dragoo
    Posted at 06:40h, 14 July Reply

    I have double hung 12 over 12 windows. They’re painted black on the main floor, and to save money I left them white up stairs. I have to admit – the downstairs windows look so amazing that my heart sinks when I get upstairs, look outside, and I am peeking through a grid of white.

    The black acts as a frame – if you have a nice view, the nature outside looks like framed art on the wall.

    Good luck with your decision!
    xo abcd

  • jillian :: cornflake dreams.
    Posted at 06:50h, 14 July Reply

    i love the modern sleek look of black windows too! v chic. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  • Kerry
    Posted at 06:53h, 14 July Reply

    I saw yes! Do it! It will look great and just like Jordana said, if you don’t love it – they can always be repainted. Why not give it a go if you love the black windows so much, right? πŸ™‚ xx

  • Tim
    Posted at 06:53h, 14 July Reply

    Love the black and how it “frames” the view. Not every room can take such striking feature but your new kitchen definitely can! My vote is to go black!

    Can’t wait to see it!

  • Fran
    Posted at 07:13h, 14 July Reply

    I love the look – it’s dramatic and classic. I like the look in a bathroom too! Can’t wait to see your kitchen!

  • Things That Sparkle
    Posted at 07:55h, 14 July Reply

    I am the worst… but I am going to say no. I think its going to be too much. I tend to like the black windows in spaces where they can be more of a focal point, and in your new kitchen there is going to be way too much gorgeous for them to be the focal point. BUT if you do decide to do it, I totally trust your judgement and know it will look completely fab

  • designchic
    Posted at 08:01h, 14 July Reply

    I love how they make a room pop and your new kitchen will be the perfect place to try…it’s a yes from me!!

  • Nette @ This Dusty House
    Posted at 08:08h, 14 July Reply

    These are gorgeous, but not for my house. I think in order to pull this off, you need the space. You need the high ceilings, the wide open rooms. And, you need to keep the rest of the room light. I love the look in all those shots, but in my dinky bungalow? I think they’d just end up looking heavy and dark.

  • Janell @ Isabella and Max
    Posted at 08:16h, 14 July Reply

    I would! My vote is yes. I’ve adored black window casings/panes for a long time now, very chic and dramatic. Will be a must have in the dream house. πŸ™‚ Janell

  • Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~
    Posted at 08:39h, 14 July Reply


    i have a small cape cod home (wait, aren’t they all small? haha) – i DREAM of GRAND windows and ceilings that reach the sky – i think most people apts are bigger then my house – haha – oh but i DO dream BIG and i never give UP – 1 day!

  • Tobe | Because It's Awesome
    Posted at 09:23h, 14 July Reply

    i agree with this decision all the way!

  • paula
    Posted at 09:27h, 14 July Reply

    yes! so gorgeous!!!!

  • Morgan
    Posted at 09:28h, 14 July Reply

    I’ve never given windows much thought but I’m loving these! So beautiful and you’re right… dramatic!

  • The Now
    Posted at 09:37h, 14 July Reply

    I’ve never even THOUGHT about black windows (this is A.. maybe E has!), but these are STUNNING! So much impact… I especially love the horizontal rectangle windows in the kitchen shot. Thanks for opening my eyes, Christine! xoxo

  • Hollis
    Posted at 09:43h, 14 July Reply

    In my professional option as a window treatment specialist my opinion is to … leave them as they currently are if you plan on having drapery or any other type of window treatment. If you are going to leave them bare then absolutely go black baby!

  • Connie @ SogniESorrisi
    Posted at 09:55h, 14 July Reply

    Love the look. We just changed out all our doors from white to dark brown stain (almost black). I’ve been meaning to post about it. Love how they turned out.

  • Mary
    Posted at 10:06h, 14 July Reply

    Such pretty pictures!! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted at 10:55h, 14 July Reply

    I adore this look. I wonder if I would ever be brave enough to try it?


  • Melissa @ Veranda Interiors
    Posted at 11:09h, 14 July Reply

    We did this at our new house and I was so neurvous at first but after seeing the result I am so happy we did it!!! xo

  • Lily
    Posted at 11:29h, 14 July Reply

    I LOVE this look. All the rooms are so gorgeous.


  • Allison {Live Love Small}
    Posted at 12:11h, 14 July Reply

    gorgeous windows!

  • Simple Dwellings
    Posted at 12:59h, 14 July Reply

    I say go for it! Gorgeous round up of images! I think it’s so chic and adds an extra touch of glamour to the space. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what you choose.

  • An Urban Cottage
    Posted at 13:33h, 14 July Reply

    Funny how everyone wants you to try it. THEY won’t have to repaint them if it doesn’t work out. I’d rather dig my eyeballs out than have to paint any more mullions than required.

    I’ve always loved this look but I’ve wondered if it would look right if done only in one room. If you need to do the whole house, that’s deal breaker.

    I’ve condsidered it for my kitchen when I get around to doing it (a la Windsor Smith) but it’s scary for sure.

    But, yes, you should definitely do it!

  • Tara @ Haute Lunch
    Posted at 14:14h, 14 July Reply

    Love them! We have floor to ceiling black windows and I adore them! They let in a lot of light and make our small condo seem much bigger!

  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 14:30h, 14 July Reply

    I don’t really think that is a question at all…because I would think you were crazy if you *didn’t* get out that paintbrush! hehehe…okay not really, but the black windows are awfully fabulous and they really do add an edge and some drama to a space!

  • elizabeth@themustardceiling
    Posted at 14:31h, 14 July Reply

    Do it! I think it will look amazing, especially with white cabinets and gray island. If you don’t like it paint them white, but I think you will LOVE them.

  • ashley nicole catherine
    Posted at 14:59h, 14 July Reply

    yes! it is gorrrgeous! i think it’ll look fab with your color scheme too!

  • Rambling Renovators
    Posted at 15:10h, 14 July Reply

    I would say no, unless you’re going to also paint other window frames that are visible from the kitchen (such as the ones in your living room). I love the look but there should be some purpose, some reason.

  • pretty pink tulips
    Posted at 15:32h, 14 July Reply

    I can see why you’re swooning! They are so much more interesting in a space than simple white ones. Love the graphic punch!!!

    I’m crushing now, too!

  • travelkate
    Posted at 16:10h, 14 July Reply

    I just LOVE the drama and interest they add to the space-all of these photos are gorgeous examples! I say go for it-it’s only paint!!

    Posted at 19:50h, 14 July Reply

    Oh yes, please do it! I think it’s stunning! Hope you’re having a great week, sweetie πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • A Pretty Life
    Posted at 19:53h, 14 July Reply

    I really love the black in these photo’s. I agree- if you don’t like them black you can always change them. I say DO IT!
    Have a PRETTY day!

  • Gaby [The Vault Files]
    Posted at 19:58h, 14 July Reply

    DO IT!!I love black framed windows! And if you don’t like just paint it again, but I’m pretty sure you will πŸ™‚

  • Stacey
    Posted at 20:09h, 14 July Reply

    i say go for it! they definitely bring the sexy to a space and of course there’s always that graphic element. love ’em!

    Posted at 20:51h, 14 July Reply

    Very impressive. If you like them so much just go for it!

  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 21:20h, 14 July Reply

    UM …. YES! I DIEEEE over black frames, so pretty! This is on my one-day-must-have list. You gotta do it!
    Nancy xo

  • InteriorGroupie
    Posted at 21:35h, 14 July Reply

    ooooh looks amazing, and love all your inspiration pics. I say go for it if you love it!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 22:18h, 14 July Reply

    I love black doors and window frames. You have a definate yes for my vote!

  • victoria | vmac+cheese
    Posted at 22:49h, 14 July Reply

    Ob. Sessed. Windows like this are absolutely one of my favorite design elements.

  • Kellie Collis
    Posted at 05:20h, 15 July Reply

    Lovely! Windows are like framed artworks. Especially when the windows are framed in black. Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

  • erika @ small shop
    Posted at 11:07h, 15 July Reply

    Love this look with white walls and cabinets – clean, sophisticated, tailored, timeless!

  • rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray
    Posted at 12:53h, 15 July Reply

    Grogeous post! I looove that bedroom with the arched windows and that eating area with the banquette lining the open windows… spectacular!!

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 16:17h, 17 July Reply

    Oh I’m utterly obsessed with big black windows too. PS, super sad I missed out on entering the bracelet giveaway- beautiful.

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