Black Window Design Ideas

Black windows have become increasingly popular in recent years, as homeowners embrace a minimailst aesthetic and modern farmhouse design. Black is one of the most versatile colors in interior design because it’s a neutral shade that provides contrast and creates drama. Equally at home in modern, traditional, and transitional architecture, black makes a great focal point on almost any style home. Today’s homeowners are embracing the sleek, understated curb appeal of black window frames for both new construction and replacement windows. Are black window frames right for you? Read on to learn about the materials and styles available for black windows and doors, and get fresh design ideas for using them in your home.

The popularity of minimalist interior design and farmhouse-style homes made simple color palettes like black and white popular once again. Recent trends feature all-white, modern home designs with black exterior accents. Window manufacturers like Marvin have responded to consumer demand by offering black windows and doors at nearly all price points, making them affordable for almost any project.

Black Window Frame Materials

Originally made of wrought iron, black window frames have existed since ancient times. More recently, black metal windows were made of steel. However, these older metal windows were only suited to warm climates, and they fell out of favor by the mid-twentieth century. After vinyl windows were introduced about 50 years ago, white window frames became the standard on new homes. Black vinyl wasn’t available at the time so the color options were limited. Homeowners who wanted black window frames might order aluminum-clad or wood windows that could be painted.

Black window frames today are available in vinyl, fiberglass, wood, and aluminum. While each material has its pros and cons, it’s important to note that because black absorbs heat, black vinyl windows are more likely to warp in hot temperatures. The most stable material in any climate is maintenance-free fiberglass, which provides superior energy-efficiency, color retention and durability.


Black windows from Marvin are available in every stye of window, from classic double hung windows to casement and awning styles, as well as patio doors. Homeowners can customize window grilles and choose from a wide range of factory finishes, including black.

To learn more about different window styles and materials, check out The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide To Marvin Windows

Marvin’s Signature Ultimate collection offers wood windows with a painted black interior, and optional aluminum-clad black exteriors:

Marvin Signature Ultimate Black Double Hung Window

The Marvin Elevate collection combines durable fiberglass exteriors with a black finish on the interior. This casement window has grilles for a traditional look:

Marvin Elevate Collection Black Casement Window

The same type of casement window has a modern look when horizontal muntins are used:

Marvin Elevate Collection Black Casement Windows

Without any grids, a black casement window offers unobstructed views:

Marvin Signature Ultimate Casement Windows

Designing With Black Windows

While black window frames are currently popular on modern homes, they’re suitable for almost any architectural style. For the best curb appeal, consider the exterior colors and materials used on your home; the right paint colors will make black windows work perfectly with your home’s design. On the inside, use black window frames to create sharp contrast against white paint, or blend into a dark and moody color scheme.

Black Farmhouse Windows

Black window frames are the hallmark of the modern farmhouse look. They create contrast in spaces that are typically decorated in light, neutral shades. Wide grilles provide an open look while channeling traditional cottage style.

Marvin Signature Ultimate Casement Windows

With classic window grilles to add interest, black window frames can eliminate the need for window treatments:

Marvin Signature Ultimate Collection windows and French doors

On the exterior, black windows blend beautifully with light-colored walls as well as rustic wood tones. This modern farmhouse uses black to create continuity across a stylish mix of materials:

Marvin Elevate Windows and Doors in Black

Modern Homes With Black Windows

Since black windows are perfect for framing views, they’re an ideal choice for large window walls. Consider black for mid-century modern style and contemporary homes; the dark shade complements wood and concrete exteriors:

Marvin Signature Ultimate Windows

Black grids against white clapboard create rhythmic geometry on this transitional style home:

Marvin Elevate Black Casement Windows

Inside, black window frames can provide an accent color for modern decor:

Marvin Modern Black Awning and Picture Windows

Black Windows For Dark, Moody Interiors

Black window frames are the perfect solution for dark paint colors. Because factory finishes are more durable than paint, black window frames are a low-maintenance option. Choose black finishes for dark wood and charcoal gray color schemes.

Marvin Elevate Black Awning Windows

Trendy all-black rooms will be made to last with durable black finishes on the windows:

Marvin Ultimate Black Casement Windows and French Doors

Historic Traditional Homes With Black Windows

Many historic homes originally had dark paint colors on the window frames and trim; black replacement windows can either replicate the original window styles, or provide a subtle update. This historic Colonial home uses black windows to create continuity between new and old construction.

Marvin Essential Black Double Hung and Casement Windows

When updating this traditional colonial home, the homeowners chose black replacement windows and finished a bedroom addition with a modern patio door.

Marvin Ultimate Double Hung and Casement Windows

This European-inspired home gets its crisp, clean look from black casement windows and sliding French doors:

Marvin Signature Ultimate Casement Windows and French Doors

This cottage style home gets its charm from a mix of stone, stucco and wood planks on the exterior. The black roof, trim and casement windows have an anchoring effect.

Marvin Elevate Black Casement Windows and Patio Doors

Marvin Windows At Ring’s End

Are you building a home or considering replacement windows? You’ll love Marvin’s extensive selection of designer window options – and their uncompromising quality. Choose among four high-quality collections and a range of price points, each with an industry-leading warranty.

Our window experts make it easy! They’re ready to help you navigate through the choices, set up an installation plan, and deliver your windows safely and efficiently. Visit a Ring’s End showroom, or schedule an in-home appointment with one of our Marvin experts. Get started today!



Today’s farmhouse designs have increased the popularity of black window frames, while modern engineering has made durable black exterior window finishes possible.


No, black windows are a standard color option on most Marvin window products.


Because there are so many options to consider, selecting windows for your home takes time. We recommend scheduling a free consultation to ensure that a member of our team is available to work with you.


Marvin® brand windows, doors, Marvin Awaken™ Skylight and Marvin Skycove® are covered by an industry-leading Limited Warranty that proves they stand solidly behind their products. For detailed warranty information, visit the Marvin website.


All Marvin windows are assessed and rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and are Energy Star certified. The NFRC provides a uniform national rating system for the energy performance of doors and windows. Marvin provides an Energy Data calculator on their site. You can also learn more about Marvin’s collelctions and the best energy efficient windows for your project in our guide, How To Choose The Most Energy Efficient Windows.