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How Window Trends and Colors Shape Exterior Home Design

Oct 14, 2022

A contemporary-style, two-story home with geometrically shaped, black-frame windows, pictured at dusk with interior and exterior lights onSo you pull out of your driveway one morning and notice the neighbor’s dog is loose again, running from house to house. Suddenly, you have a flash of insight: Your neighbors’ homes look different from when you moved into the community. Gone are the standard white window frames and trim. In their place are black window frames and grilles with matching trim that create an eye-pleasing contrast with the lighter siding colors you see on your neighbors’ houses. And the truth hits home: While you were busy tending to your career, kids, and exercise regimen, the exterior home design trends around you were changing. Now your home looks a bit like the grandma on the block.

This truth may surprise you, but it makes sense if you think about it. Just as tastes in clothing, shoes, and furniture change over time, so do exterior home design trends. Why? Perhaps people’s visual preferences are shaped by the events going on around them, and those events are always changing. Or you could just chalk it up to the old adage: “Variety is the spice of life.” 

Choosing the Right Window Trends to Refresh Your Exterior Home Design

Of course, remodeling your home requires a much bigger investment than buying a new pair of shoes. You’ll want to make sure that your exterior home makeover has staying power—that any upgrades you introduce will boost your home’s curb appeal for many years. A home window replacement offers a cost-effective opportunity to inject some pizzazz into your exterior home décor while also reaping practical rewards, such as improved energy efficiency.

If you’re in the Kansas City metro area, the exterior remodeling experts at Johnson County Siding & Window Co. can help you choose the best replacement windows for your home. We offer some of the industry’s most attractive and high-performing windows —from brands like Andersen®, Marvin®, and ProVia®. These are all manufacturers that closely track homeowners’ changing aesthetic preferences even as they introduce innovations that improve weather endurance and energy efficiency.

But having these trendy windows available is only step one. At Johnson County Siding & Window Co., we’ll use our exterior home design expertise to help you select the best windows to flatter your Kansas City home. Some of the factors we’ll help you consider include:

  • Window styles and colors that work best with your home’s architectural features
  • Exterior home design trends in your Kansas City neighborhood, including HOA restrictions, if any
  • How your aesthetic preferences mesh with your desires for privacy and window functionality and upkeep

In the meantime, here are a few of the trending window replacement ideas we’re seeing in the Kansas City metro area:

Dark Window Frames

Local homeowners continue to favor the heightened level of visual interest created by black window frames and casings, as well as other dark colors like bronze and slate gray. This trend began a few years ago and shows no sign of ebbing—in fact, it has caught on in the house siding industry as well. If you’re thinking about stepping over to the “dark side” with your exterior home design, Johnson County Siding & Window Co. is the comprehensive remodeling contractor that can help you achieve the most beautiful transition.

Exceptionally Large Windows

Possibly sparked by the shift toward working and attending school from home, the desire to get back to nature has become a driving force in both exterior and interior home design. As a result, more and more homeowners are opting for floor-to-ceiling windows that flood their homes with natural light while also creating an intriguing “glass house” effect when viewed from the outside.

Specialty Shape Windows

Circular windows have long been a popular choice for attic gables, and arched or round-top windows often grace that awkward space at the staircase landing. But homeowners and design pros alike have recognized the extra character these unusually shaped windows add to a home’s exterior appearance. The result? They’re being used as focal points to replace standard rectangular windows that do little to catch the eye.

Have we piqued your interest? Would you like to explore your window replacement options with an award-winning Kansas City exterior remodeling contractor that has a keen eye for exterior home design? Contact Johnson County Siding & Window Co. today to discuss your project and learn more about how we can help.


If you know you want to get your home exterior project done, but are feeling stress about paying for it all at once, we can help.

Our financing partner, GreenSky, has sensible payment plans that work for homeowners who prefer to pay in installments. You can also ask your JoCo Siding & Window Co. sales representative about the details!

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