Window trends for 2019

The 2018 NW Natural Street of Dreams may be over, but the emerging trends from the event are strong nods to trends for 2019. Nothing says contemporary and clean like the simplicity of black and white. One of the biggest window trends to emerge from the 2018 Street of Dreams is the use of black windows. It’s both contemporary and timeless.

photo: RETOPDX interior design: Wendy O’Brien

Black is the new Window

So, how do you take this new black trend in windows? Is it meant to be neutral, or a focal point? “Black is really anything but neutral – it’s the catalyst behind a new wave of home trends that’s inspiring homeowners, builders and designers to think differently about how to use this classic color,” said Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy at Marvin Windows and Doors.

photo: Daniel O’Brien, Valve Interactive interior design: Wendy O’Brien

A New Take on on Old Tradition

The use of black windows is not a new concept. To the contrary, it is centuries old. Wendy O’Brien, Winner of several Street of Dreams Awards, including Best Interior Design for Hearth & Home, touches on the history of black windows;

“The black/bronze framed windows, you’re seeing a lot of now, definitely have a history. Around the turn of the century, iron then steel was used for large glass windows for industrial and commercial spaces. Unfortunately, the crudeness of both materials weren’t alethically pleasing for homes, but with modern materials such as fiberglass and lighter weight materials (that also don’t conduct heat), manufacturers are producing energy efficient products with a clean, refined look suitable for the modern or traditional styles.”

photo: Daniel O’Brien, Valve Interactve.
design: Wendy O’Brien

The Concept behind the Design

Anlon’s Custom Home Operations Manager, Nancy Haskin explained the theory behind using Marvin’s Integrity line of windows; “As the Anlon Custom Home team was designing this house to take advantage of the beautiful golf course view, it was apparent that our choice of gracious sized windows would be important.  By doing so, we are able to have a view of the from all key living areas, but this also adds a lot of light to the home during months that aren’t as sunny.”


photo: Daniel O’Brien, Valve Interactive interior design: Wendy O’Brien


Window Trends for 2019

Whether building a modern style or farm house type home, it is clear that large more modern styled windows are the look for 2019.  If a grid is selected for the windows, the grid pattern tends to be minimal, allowing for simple lines and more light in the homes.