UPDATE – July 16, 2012: What a controversial subject this has been! Good thing I don’t mind a little controversy and neighborly discussion. Full disclosure: I own a white house with new white vinyl windows and trim with turquoise shutters. White has its place, and it is an important color in many locations and in many house styles. For example, in Brookside, white can be a very complimentary color in Colonials, Cape Cods, and even many bungalows. My beef with white windows lies particularly with Tudors, so-called “Ginger Bread Cottages”, and dark brick and stone homes. Thanks for reading folks, and feel free to weigh in anytime. -Sarah
I believe that a sense of place, beauty and enjoyment of one’s surroundings is important. Unfortunately, there is a spreading renovation trend in Brookside that is altering the oft-labeled “charm” of this neighborhood: white windows.
COLORED WINDOWS (IMAGINE THAT THIS IS A BRICK HOUSE)
WHITE WINDOWS (IMAGINE THIS IS A BRICK HOUSE)
Most of our homes were never intended to have white trim, windows, casing or windowsills. Brookside is filled with homes that were built with natural features and colors such as stone, brick and stucco. Many of these homes are in the Craftsman or Tudor style, which both have an earthy color palette. This harsh, high-contrast suburban trend of white windows and beige siding is encroaching into our older neighborhoods. It is an expensive world we live in, and I can understand that the cost and convenience of white vinyl windows must be appealing. I can also understand that someone would want to change or freshen up the color of their 80 year-old home; unfortunately, home owners often hire handymen to make these decisions instead of renovation experts or designers. There are also numerous programs and videos online to help you choose an exterior color palette such as this (fun program!), this and this.
And here are a few pretty homes in the Armour Hills subdivision of Brookside with gentle window colors. Aren’t they classy?