Window Frame Colours

One of my biggest bug bears is yellow window frames. There must’ve been a time when all aluminium window sales people were pushing the colour Primrose as nearly every residence I attend which has existing aluminium frames are this shade.

Primrose Window Frames

Primrose Window Frames

When you choose aluminium frames there are only a limited number of choices for standard colours without incurring added costs for custom colours. I’m all for keeping costs to a minimum but there is no place for Primrose. The other standard choices are

PN1F1-White-Opal

White Opal Window Frames

or

Pearl White Window Frames

Pearl White Window Frames

Even the White Opal is a bit too yellowy for my liking and I agree the Pearl White might be a bit stark but you can co-ordinate so much more with the Pearl White than with a yellow based white.

Recently I was asked to consult on a timber cottage at Ramsgate which had Primrose Aluminium Window Frames in the front of the house but timber window frames in the rest of the house. The clients wanted a dark colour for the walls and I didn’t want to enhance the yellow. It makes sense to paint the interior of the window frames the same colour as the exterior, and with aluminium windows you don’t have any other choice.

House Beforehand

House Beforehand

Whilst the house was painted a cream colour, the Primrose window frames didn’t stand out so much. But I knew once the exterior was painted a charcoal the yellow would stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately the windows had wide timber architraves that we could paint and try to disguise the Primrose.

House colour

House colour

So, as I always do, I stuck up a range of dark colours for the walls. The colours on the right are options for the front door. The clients chose the top colour (Dulux Charcoal Light) for the walls and opted for a glossy Black front door. So then which colour will lift the darkness of the building but not accentuate the yellow of the window frames. Good ol’ Dulux Chalk USA came to the rescue. It has just enough cream to tone down the Primrose yet “white” enough to lift the dark colour of the walls.

Dulux Chalk USA

Dulux Chalk USA

Then we went whiter still on the eaves, and remaining timber windows using Dulux Whisper White.

Dulux Whisper White

Dulux Whisper White

The clients were thrilled with the end result and the house sold promptly.

After

After

Rear View Before

Rear View Before

Rear View After

Rear View After

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Comments

  1. I have this problem with the primrose / doeskin window and door frames inside and out and timber vaulted cealings (which I am painting white) and timber floors. Looking for a wall colour that will go nicely…I have kitchen cupboards that are similar to Dulux chalk and granite dark stone benches. Please help.

  2. Kaye Rowe says:

    We built our house 19 years ago and almost everyone in our street has Primrose aluminium windows!!!
    We are now about to update our kitchen and I am having trouble choosing colours for the kitchen with those windows constantly interrupting my colour choices.
    Well done with your choices above it looks great!!

  3. Thanks Kaye. Yes those Primrose window frames that were so popular in the 70’s are causing alot of angst these days.

  4. Hi Jen, l also have primrose windows and smooth cream architraves around window frame, however my house is red brick. I’m sick of the yellow color. What do you think l should paint the architraves, l was thinking wattyl tranquil white to tone down the brightness. Pls help.
    Thanks miryana

  5. Yes that colour has cream undertones but is light and white looking so will work beautifully.

  6. Hi Jennifer,
    I just bought a place where the roof and all windows are colourbond Deep Ocean which is a bright blue colour causing havoc with my colour scheme on the inside and out. The frames are currently painted the same deep ocean blue colour (including all skirting frames ?) but painting them white seems to make them stick out. I am thinking of painting the frames the same couloir as the walls, what do you think?

  7. Hi Emma
    Oh dear, Deep Ocean is hard to disguise. Yes a white window frame and skirting will emphasize the window frame. Do you like that colour? Are you likely to use that blue as a decorator colour throughout your home so therefore could tie it in? It will depend on the colour you are painting the walls as to what impact that will have on the window frames. With a bit of luck they are quite thin (usually the case with aluminium windows) so won’t stand out too much. Just change the gloss level on the skirting and window frames to gloss with low sheen on the walls.
    Good luck!

    Jennifer

  8. Sarah Wise says:

    Hi Jen,
    We want to paint the interior of our house and have the primrose windows. I want to have white walls but that makes the primrose windows really stand out! What’s the closest white colour you would suggest that will disguise the windows but go with a white gloss kitchen. Thank you in advance!!

  9. Hi Sarah
    I would go with a white that has some yellow in it, like a light cream. Dulux Fair Bianca or Dulux Berkshire White? That will match better with the window frames. If your kitchen is really white then use a bright white for the skirting boards to tie it all together.
    Regards
    Jennifer

  10. Kris Wolstencroft says:

    Hi Jennifer

    I’m hoping you can help. We have painted our exterior window frames in Jasper and I am in need of a colour for the interior trim to complement both the Jasper and interior room colour which is white. My husband wants black internal frames but the rooms are to small and it will not suit the colonial style of the house. Do you have any suggestions.

    Thank you
    Kris

  11. Hi Jennifer
    I am having the same problem with choosing colours to paint my house.
    I don’t have the primrose windows but do have white birch which is still quite yellow. I also have ironstone gutters. I am looking for a really nice cream/latte colour that would work with these colours.
    Thank you
    Lisa

  12. Hi Lisa

    A latte colour sounds perfect but just make sure it has a yellow/cream base so it won’t make your window frames look more yellow than they already are.

    Good luck.

    Jennifer

  13. Hi Jennifer,

    We have recently moved into a late 60’s blonde/pale yellow brick house, which has a lot of character, but has the primrose/yellow colour EVERYWHERE. I’ve painted inside a very light grey/blue colour with white trims and am now moving onto outside. We are stripping back paint on timber panels (which will be oiled up to keep natural state) and I wanted to paint the balustrade and window trims a white colour and the architraves maybe a black/dark grey colour. What do you think about the colour schemes and the blonde bricks? And sugggestions from you would be great. Thanks.

  14. Hi Abbie

    It’s really difficult to do this without seeing the house and colours. Perhaps you could seek the assistance of a local colour consultant. The main trick is to make sure whatever colour you choose has a bit of cream in it so it still works with the Primrose window frames.

    Best of luck

    Jennifer

  15. Bev Bryan says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    We recently renovated our red brick Californian Bungalow. We are now thinking of painting the wooden window frames that are currently in the Primrose colour which we really dislike. We want to make them a more white colour but don’t want it too white. Friends suggested Vivid White – but that looks way too white. We have pebble rendered the top 4 bricks under the newly installed eaves and exposed rafters and will paint the render Dulux Royal Beige. Our gutters are ironstone. Any help with a Dulux white for the window frames/ eaves and rafters would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Bev

  16. Hi Bev

    Congratulations for getting rid of the Primrose colour. It would be best to engage a Colour Consultant who will come with swatches of the colours and see them in your light next to the render colour. I agree Vivid White would be too stark. Best to get some onsite help for a fabulous outcome.

    Regards

    Jennifer

  17. Kerry Wilson says:

    Hi Jennifer

    We are renovating a 1980’s red brick house with primrose Windows.

    I have just renovated the kitchen and installed a bifold door out to our deck. We went with primrose for this door to match all the other windows & doors.

    We now wanting to paint the architraves & skirting boards which are timber.

    The kitchen cabinets are Dulux Natural White. The walls are half strength Hogs Bristle and the ceiling in Berkshire White. We have painted the architrave around the bifold door in a water base semi gloss in Berkshire white & it looks still very white compared to the ceiling.

    Have you any suggestions that won’t make the yellow window stand out so much? Or is it to do with the gloss or number of coats we did (we did 2)?

    Thank you

    Kerrys

  18. Hi Kerry
    I think I’d be changing the ceiling colour to a Ceiling White or try Fair Bianca Half. The yellow in the Berkshire White will make the walls and cabinetry look yellow. 2 coats in gloss is standard for architraves.
    Good luck!
    Jennifer

  19. Hi Jennifer,

    We’re looking at repainting our small 1990’s brick house. Our window trims are paper bark and the wall colour is currently china white. Can you suggest something that’s lighter then that colour that would still suit the window frames.

    Thanks
    Mel

  20. Hi Jennifer,

    We’re looking at repainting our small 1990’s brick house. Our window trims are paper bark and the wall colour is currently china white. Can you suggest something that’s lighter then that colour that would still suit the window frames.

    Thanks
    Mel

  21. Hi Mel

    Anything lighter than China White on the window frames is going to accentuate the Paperbark. I would opt for using the China White on the architraves as well but use it in a gloss finish so it will look different.

    Jennifer

  22. We had similar issues with our White Birch (cream) frames. Inside we did walls and architraves in half strength Dulux China White, using British Paints formula which has slightly less Ochre Yellow tint than Dulux formula. Perfect. Outside we used Taubmans Pebble Bay which is a yellow based beige. There is enough yellow ochre in both these colours to tone down the creamy frames. Although frames are still darker than paint they look very complimentary to the frames. Paperbark may go well with Grand Piano half or Hogs Bristle Half inside and Tuft or Self Destruct outside. Remember you can also use lower percentages and tweek the colour if you need to adjust the underlying tints. In darker rooms do same colours but reduce to three quarters of half strength. You’ll not notice the slight lightening adjustment from room to room. Look at colours on a large board at different times of the day.

  23. Anne Torrens says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I have been reading the previous posts and thought you may be able to offer some advice for our home. We have ‘birch white’ aluminium windows, and I would love to put in some plantation shutters. What would your suggestions be for the colour of the shutters – stick to white or choose closer to the frame colour?
    Thanks – Anne.

  24. Hi Anne

    I would definitely go for a shutter colour that has a teeny tiny bit of yellow in it to help blend with the White Birch window frames. It doesn’t have to be the exact same colour but something closer rather than a clean white which will only enhance the window frames and make them stand out more.

    Regards

    Jennifer

  25. Hi, we have a two story flat tin roofed house. On the top level we have primrose windows and security doors and a verandah railing that is primrose. The colour of our house is similar to a primrose colour as well which we are wanting to change to a colourbond colour. The downstairs exterior has been done up in a really nice stone and big timber doors. Hard to picture I know. So cause we have so much primrose on the windows and doors and railings up stairs, what colour what look best to do the exterior tin upstairs and guttering etc? Been years and years in the making cause we just don’t want to stuff up with the wrong colour and make the primrose bulge out yellowy. Having to email you a pic if its easier to see. Thanks.

  26. Hi Chrissy
    Unfortunately with Primrose windows you’re best to opt for a colour that has a cream base to disguise the yellow. As you are wanting to change a number of colours and your light is different, it would be well worthwhile hiring a Colour Consultant to meet with you onsite and go over the options. You should be able to find someone locally that can help.
    All the best
    Jennifer

  27. Hi Jennifer,
    we have recently renovated and need to update the exterior, the roof and exterior doors are Monument colored,but the aluminum window frames seem to be cream (yellowed) /white Burch, any suggestions on colors to work with these? Thanks

  28. Hi Gail

    You would need a warm colour for the walls to tie in the window frame colour. It depends on which colour you want for your home. If it’s a grey then look at something like Dulux Flooded Gum.Lots of different substrates need to be considered to complete the look, like gutters, any stone on the house, driveway colours, etc. Best to engage a Colour Consultant who will bring swatches of the colours to you and look at them in your light. I service Metropolitan Sydney and the Central Coast if that’s any help.

    Regards

    Jennnifer

  29. Pauline says:

    We are about to build a house which is “old but new” in the style of a weatherboard miners cottage. As we are in an area prone to bushfire we are using aluminium windows. We have chosen a light colour bond roof (surfmist) and will be painting the weatherboards in a purple/grey tone – mid strength. Initially I thought we’d have monument for the windows with a white timber reveal but now I’m second guessing myself! Would white be better?
    Any thoughts would be great!!
    (Also concerned about the fading factor with blacks)

  30. Hi Pauline

    I think the dark window frames would be great with your colour scheme. Just remmeber with aluminium windows, you will have the same colour inside as out. Will that still work with your interior colour scheme?

    Jennifer

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