Red brick homes are a staple design in British architecture. From the 1880s through to the early 1900s red brick houses sprung back into popularity inspired by English and Dutch Renaissance design. These particular red brick houses were often complemented with white timber windows, doors, and extravagant porches. As time has gone on, however, homeowners have experimented with pairing different coloured windows against their redbrick homes. Read on to find out what colours go with red brick homes, as well as our other window colour ideas.
So, what colour windows go with red brick homes in the UK?
As a general rule, light coloured frames suit stone or buff coloured houses, grey or dark colours can stand out against red brick, and dark colours and metallics often work well in modern, contemporary properties. This is just a guideline of course, and it’s worth exploring all possible colour options to find one that not only gives your home kerb appeal but appeals to your own personal taste as well.
Warm and welcoming wooden windows against red brick
Rustic, earthy, and warming, wooden textures instil a cosy and homely feel to the outside of your house. Rosewood & Golden Oak wood effect uPVC, aluminium, or authentic timber windows look great installed in red brick homes as they are warmer tones of wood that complement the warmth of red bricks.
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Contemporary grey toned windows against red brick homes
Another choice that works particularly well against red brick houses is the use of medium to dark grey toned windows. Colours such as Anthracite Grey or Slate Grey are darker than red bricks which really makes the red tones in the brickwork ‘pop’ and look their best.
Incorporating grey tones into interior design has gone from strength to strength over the last decade, as homeowners embrace the ‘less is more’ attitude with more neutral, versatile tones of grey.
Soft and brightening cream coloured windows on red brick homes
A soft shade of cream or beige can also look very at home amongst red brickwork, particularly if the red is more muted and not overtly red. White windows can sometimes look good, although can equally be too stark against certain shades of red brick. It’s worth taking a look at some colour samples and decide what would work against your particular shade of red brick.
More window colour ideas for any style of home
Certain window colours look better on traditional homes, and others suit contemporary architecture. Traditional style buildings tend to lean towards warmer tones such as browns, in particular, warm toned wood effect or authentic timber. Modern style homes tend to lean more towards cooler tones such as blue, white, and grey.
Chartwell green: this particular shade of green is a great colour choice for your windows if you are looking for something that is not too bold but you’d still like to add a pop of colour. Chartwell Green would suit a large variety of homes but looks particularly good used on older, heritage style properties like cottages or lighter stone buildings.
Light blue: if you are considering light grey windows, but want something a little different to the norm, you could consider a light blue hue with grey undertones. RAL 5014 (Pigeon blue) for example, is a subtle blue tone with grey hues that would complement many contemporary building facades.
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Points to consider when choosing a window colour for your home
When deciding on the colour you are going to choose, consider the following:
- Darker colours can sometimes give the illusion that the window frame disappears into the glass, resulting in a smooth, flat appearance.
- Lighter shades can highlight the window unit, creating a beautiful contrast.
- Vice versa to the above point, a dark window frame on a lighter coloured home creates contrast and character, creating an eye catching architectural feature.
- A high gloss finish can make a frame appear darker and more distinct, adding beautiful shine.
- A matt finish can make the frame appear lighter and more subtle and works particularly well with pastel shades, or even grey tones.
- A strong colour for a window frame often works best when balanced by a calm facade, ensuring that the property won’t look overly colourful which can sometimes affect the value of a home.
What window material can I have for my red brick home?
As well as deciding on the right colour windows for your home, it’s also worth knowing what materials are available. Here at Wolverhampton Glass, our customers have the choice of either aluminium, uPVC, or timber windows. The choice of material will depend on your own wants and needs, and each material has its own bountiful list of benefits.
It is worth noting, however, that for homeowners that want all of the luxurious charm and beauty of timber, but with the low maintenance characteristics of uPVC or aluminium, we offer a timber effect finish that mimics natural woodgrain. One of our friendly experts would be happy to talk you through which material will best suit your home.
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