|The color impact of white vinyl|
- If you use neutral colors, stark white doors and windows stand out and can make the whole color plan look "wrong".
- When the trim color is in high contrast with vinyl doors and windows, it highlights them as separate, conflicting components, instead of a unified whole.
- When doors or windows have a white grille sealed between panes of glass at the factory to create the look of divided lites, there's nothing you can do to change it. Keep this mind when choosing your trim color, and avoid high contrast.
- The door and window frames can't be painted, making the look less harmonious, polished and custom.
The white vinyl doors and windows on this house illustrate these issues.
|Stark white vinyl doesn't coordinate well with neutrals.|
|Grilles and frames can't be painted.|
|The white vinyl components stand out.|
Some Solutions for Vinyl Doors and Windows
- If you're building or replacing windows and doors, don't go on automatic pilot and choose white because you think it "will go with everything". Clearly, it doesn't! Find out what color options you have, then coordinate the color of the vinyl with the permanent elements of your house, like the roof, brick or stone, and with the paint colors you plan to use. Today you have many color options, so shop before your buy. If you want the look of divided lites, make sure the grille will be the same color as the rest of the door or window. Also, be sure to ask about the color of the frame. If they won't all be the same color, keep shopping.
- If your house has white vinyl doors and windows, the most elegant solution is to use a trim paint matched to the vinyl. By doing that, you're camouflaging the fact that the vinyl portion is a separate component, and creating a more custom, unified look.
- If you don't want white trim, choose a low contrast trim color. Avoid deep, rich colors like the red in the house above.
Today's vinyl doors and windows have a lot to recommend them, including relatively low cost, ease of maintenance and durability. Incorporate their color into the overall color plan so that they complement, instead of detract, from the appearance of your house.