Mixing painted versus stained windows of various shades!

human_v09October 31, 2012


From an aesthetics point of view does any one have thoughts or opinions of mixing painted versus stained windows in the same house or even staining windows in different rooms with different stains? Have you built, lived or seen a house like this and does it work or did it look too odd?

In terms of mixing painted and stained windows we are wondering if it makes sense to have white painted windows in the bathrooms and the basement and have the rest of the windows stained. The primary reason is to reduce the cost (I have another post here about that). Or just have the living room and dining windows stained and the rest painted.

In terms of mixing different stains we're wondering if it makes sense to match the kitchen windows' stain with the cabinets, which are dark but have the windows in the rest of the house a lighter shade.

Any thoughts and advise or even links to image showing examples of these, would be much appreciated.


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This is very common especially in older homes. Often you will find beautifully stained woodwork in the Lr and Dr, but painted in the Br's and Ba. What you want to avoid IMO, would be to have different colors in the same overall space. If the kitchen is separate from the dr for instance, it would not be crazy to have a different stain color in there.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 1:13PM
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See the link below. We have a mix of stained and painted. Turned our really well. Regarding your other post on costs..... We had an absolutely superior painting crew. I don't know the specific break down but staining was about 20% more than painting, but it took several days longer. The painters masked the entire window and alot of the house. Windows were sprayed once, then a day or so later sprayed again and it was done. For staining, a sealer was wiped on (went surprisingly quick) a day or so later, a coat of stain (once again very quick), a day or so later, another very quick stain coat. A couple of days later, urethane, then a few more days later steel wool. Each coat for the stained windows was really quick. They basically wiped it on with a rag. Since everything was masked, they were sloppy and flew. Hope this helps. See link, if you look in some of the pics, you will see stain on the walls, that's how fast they were moving.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stained and painted windows.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 3:33PM
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Appreciate the info and the link, looking at your project really helps.

That is a beautiful house! Congratulations. You must add a picture if it to the thread after completion, which it may already be.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 10:21PM
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