Even our architects can't decide! black or bronze window ext

KiwigemJuly 27, 2014

Hi, all. We are building a rustic contemporary home with a combination of varied width vertical cedar and board and batten. BnB will likely be a dark warm grey. Cedar we are still deciding between clear and lighter grey translucent stain. Roof will be standing seam; either silver or light grey.

We need to decide on our window exterior (Integrity bronze or ebony) and I waffle back and forth constantly. The inside of our windows will be painted an almost-black to look like steel windows. There wont be any SDL's except for one accent window in front and back. Otherwise tall casements with unobstructed glass.

Our architects are even divided on the decision! When I stand on the site and look around, I tend to think that the bronze "belongs" a little more, but I am definitely styling the inside of the house on the contemporary side: soft white walls, black window interiors, white oak oiled floors, grey and black slate flooring, drywall returns. Would it look weird for the windows to be bronze on the outside and black on the inside?

Any opinions?


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Black with gray

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:10AM
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Thanks for contributing so fast, Renovator8! Do you still think black if we decide to leave the cedar to grey over time?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:31AM
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I agree--black.

Good luck with your project.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:21AM
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I think black also. That being said, I am sure either will work beautifully.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:22AM
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Another vote for black.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:35AM
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Bronze windows originated with anodized aluminum storefronts that replaced painted steel. Later it was difficult to prevent black PVC and fiberglass from fading. Apparently that is no longer the case.

If your goal is to emulate steel sash I would avoid an imitative color like dark bronze. Additionally I would want a stronger contrast with gray even red cedar left to gray.

I grew up in St Louis were everything was brown even the baseball team so I might have an aversion to it.

Are you from down under?

This post was edited by Renovator8 on Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 9:40

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:37AM
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@ Renovator8- everyone asks me that, but no, internet handle is just a riff on a childhood nickname that stuck.

I get the brown aversion; I often say that brown is not a color except for tree bark and dirt... but there's a lot of that where we're building, hence the inclination to blend in a little. :-)

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 3:10PM
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I think, since your intention is to make them look like one material,--and an old-style steel window at that- I would go with the black.

A brown outside, black inside would show that it was clearly a clad window of painted wood on the interior and some other material (or more painted wood) on the exterior.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 5:07PM
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The Integrity dark bronze is has some gray in it so it could work too. The thing to avoid in brown is too much yellow. Need I say more?

I thought you might be from down under because of the way you spell gray. But I sometimes spell it the other way too.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:58PM
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We decided to go with the Ebony. Thank you all for your input. The idea that brown outside/ black inside might look a little odd is what put us over the edge. Also we are leaning toward a galvalume roof, and we think the black might look nicer with the silver roof.

I figure I can count on two things:
1.) I will have buyer's remorse no matter what I do
2.) It will look just fine no matter what I do.

Thanks, everyone! This is such a helpful forum.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 10:41AM
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