Grey vs white windows

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IdrisElbow Mon 31-Aug-20 18:54:46

I'm in the middle of a massive house renovation which includes all new windows and doors. We decided, after a huge amount of back and forth, to go with white windows and white sliding doors, with a brightly coloured front door. The house will be rendered white and has slate effect tiles. I'm planning to 'dress' the exterior of the house with lovely foliage (think grasses and colourful flowers).

But literally EVERY account I look at on Instagram has dark grey windows. Have we made a huge error? Is our lovely newly renovated house just boring? I'm having major window panic now. Has anyone else gone with white instead of grey?

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Risotto4tea Mon 31-Aug-20 18:57:10

I keep seeing houses with Grey windows and doors its the new fashion. Personally I think they will date, out neighbour has brown PVC that now looks quite dated. I had an action recently and went with white otherwise I would have to replace all the others on the main bit of the house which were all in good condition but slightly older

Baxdream Mon 31-Aug-20 18:57:16

No no no you have made the absolute right decision!
We had a similar predicament 3 years ago and went with white windows and chalk hill render. It looks amazing.
Personally I'm so bored of grey. It would put me off a house!

Risotto4tea Mon 31-Aug-20 18:57:53

Extention* not action

JoJoSM2 Mon 31-Aug-20 18:59:42

Unless it’s some modernist house that suits grey windows, go with white. Personally, I think they look awful and are the brown windows of the future.

BluebellsGreenbells Mon 31-Aug-20 19:02:10

I’ve just painted ours black.

There are some companies offering this service and nearly all of them are going for dark colours.

I think white will look old fashioned but grey will soon be outdated!

No help!! Sorry!!

ritzbiscuits Mon 31-Aug-20 19:02:55

Yes totally agree with PP, the grey trend will date, just like the previous brown window trend. 100% right going for white.

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MissConductUS Mon 31-Aug-20 19:04:27

I think white is the far safer choice.

IdrisElbow Mon 31-Aug-20 19:05:27

Baxdream

No no no you have made the absolute right decision!
We had a similar predicament 3 years ago and went with white windows and chalk hill render. It looks amazing.
Personally I'm so bored of grey. It would put me off a house!

That sounds lovely! I have just looked up 'chalk hill' and it looks like a gorgeous colour. Phew feeling a bit calmer about it 😬

It's not that I necessarily dislike the dark grey look, though I think it looks best in ultra slim aluminium frames which our budget definitely doesn't stretch to! @JoJoSM2 I agree about the brown windows thing, that played a big part in our decision.

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IdrisElbow Mon 31-Aug-20 19:07:53

MissConductUS

I think white is the far safer choice.

This is my worry.. have we gone for the safe choice

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HasaDigaEebowai Mon 31-Aug-20 19:07:59

I'm actually about to paint the windows on our guest house a very pale grey (because they are very old and look dingy next to the white render) but in general white is best IMO. We had bifold doors fitted last year and the fitters told us that the black and grey ones apparently have more problems due to heat retention causing warping.

MissConductUS Mon 31-Aug-20 19:10:08

This is my worry.. have we gone for the safe choice

I think it's a safe choice because it's bright and attractive. We had white windows in our last house and dark grey metal framed ones in our current house. The white windows added a lot more to the look of the house.

42daystogo Mon 31-Aug-20 19:17:15

Im jumping on the band wagon here, what colour of windows would you choose for this style of house as im having the same dilemma, lots of whites, light greys, dark greys and black windows in the street.

CherryMaple Mon 31-Aug-20 19:19:20

@42daystogo I would say white.

IdrisElbow Mon 31-Aug-20 19:25:14

@42daystogo beautiful house! What colour are your neighbours' windows? Are they brown or black?

Have you seen the agate grey windows? They are a light greeny/grey colour. I think they are nice but I also think white is lovely, clean and crisp.

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IdrisElbow Mon 31-Aug-20 19:26:33

MissConductUS

*This is my worry.. have we gone for the safe choice*

I think it's a safe choice because it's bright and attractive. We had white windows in our last house and dark grey metal framed ones in our current house. The white windows added a lot more to the look of the house.

Thanks @MissConductUS that's good to know smile

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thetrees Mon 31-Aug-20 19:29:01

Dark grey windows will date very quickly, I think they're quite ugly

@42daystogo a house near me has a putty pink colour that looks absolutely lovely. Otherwise pps suggestion of a slate green is good

Permanentlypuzzled Mon 31-Aug-20 19:44:57

Grey windows look as though they have had the undercoat applied and waiting for topcoat.

Mamette Mon 31-Aug-20 19:52:07

We replaced windows and went for white. I’m too contrary to follow a trend even though I quite like the look of the grey.

LST Mon 31-Aug-20 20:06:48

We've recently moved into a house with light brown windows and doors and thought how lovely they looked. I aren't much for grey but I do like a sage green door

MsLumley Mon 31-Aug-20 20:17:12

This thread is making me feel much better. So many houses in our road have changed their white windows to grey and I was thinking we should do the same. I thought everyone loved them, apparently not! That's just saved me a few grand, thanks lovely mumsnetters!

42daystogo Mon 31-Aug-20 20:51:37

IdrisElbow

*@42daystogo* beautiful house! What colour are your neighbours' windows? Are they brown or black?

Have you seen the agate grey windows? They are a light greeny/grey colour. I think they are nice but I also think white is lovely, clean and crisp.



Next door have black and down the street are dark grey and they do look lovely but i am also worried about them dating. I will look up the greeny/grey colour too thanks

Saz12 Mon 31-Aug-20 20:59:04

White looks crisp and smart, and you can go for colourful front door or trim or whatever. Or grey door etc.
In 10 years time they’ll seem very old fashioned and windows should last longer than that.

Bluesheep8 Tue 01-Sep-20 06:22:02

I like grey windows on old stone houses but not new brick ones.

EmilySpinach Tue 01-Sep-20 06:40:14

Mamette

We replaced windows and went for white. I’m too contrary to follow a trend even though I quite like the look of the grey.

This might be the most honest post I’ve ever seen on property & diy! Thank you grin

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