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Decor Disputes: White Windows with Wood Trim, Yes or No?

Decor Disputes: White Windows with Wood Trim, Yes or No?
Sweetie Pie and I are in the process of fact-finding window replacements/upgrades. Last week, we had a consultation with a window manufacturer for state of the art, composite replacements with unfinished, real wood laminate interiors. The quote? $30k for 20 windows. One of them is a gigantic 'picture' window that clocked in at $8k alone. Ouch. We're getting  3 more quotes, but I'm not expecting great savings from the other companies. We're also exploring the DIY route, of course, but even those replacements with wood interiors average about $1,000 a window. Of course, one of the biggest adders is the wood interiors that we want. That's because we have an aversion to white composite (or vinyl, which Sweetie Pie REALLY doesn't like) coupled with our wood interior trim. How about you? What do you think? Do white windows and natural wood trim ever work??  

In the picture above, the people swapped out their vinyls for wood. That shot was a 'before'; here is a 'during.' They found their replacements via salvage/Craigslist. They added storm windows to the new/old wood windows and say that the partnership is 'MUCH' warmer and draft-proof than the old vinyl widows. 

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Janet Carter on Nov 15, 2017:

It depends on the house. If you live in a rustic cabin with lots of wood walls and trim, it is a nice touch to add a touch of color to brighten space and add character.


Courtney on Oct 07, 2014:

I can understand your conundrum. I have an old house and before we moved in the previous owners updated most of the windows, but they are a faux wood that matches the trim-- we got very lucky it looks really nice! 

While white inside windows with wood trim would not be my ideal choice especially since they look so thick, what about adding white roman blinds, so it looks more natural then to have the insides of the frame be mostly white?  http://www.bostonapartments.com/pics/222800.JPG blurry but shows the idea.


Stacey on Oct 07, 2014:

IMO, if you have a home with lovingly restored/original wood trim, like the craftsman home in your example photos, you have to already assume that wood windows are where you're headed.  Why bother with anything else?  Having said that, there's nothing wrong with vinyl windows at all; it just depends on what your goal is with your home.

In my previous home, I replaced windows a side of the house at a time to keep costs down while still getting some benefit from new windows.  While it took 4 years for me get them all replaced, it didn't break me financially.


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