Friday March 01, 2019

Why We Love These Black Framed Windows and Patio Doors

by Molly Gilligan

Emily Henderson is a well-known blogger, interior designer and stylist based out of Los Angeles, California. As a Season 5 winner of HGTV’s Design Star and a TargetStyle expert, she has the ability to convert any room into a space that represents the taste and personality of the people that are going to be occupying it.

Recently, Emily worked on a project in Portland, Oregon where she selected Milgard® UltraTM Series fiberglass replacement windows and patio doors.  Fiberglass is known for its extreme strength and minimal up-keep, with great performance in most climates, so, it was a good fit for the Portland area. In this home, the frame color Black Bean was chosen for its contrasting modern look, which was achieved on both the interior and exterior with stunning results.

These were our favorite black framed window and patio door photos from the project and why we loved them! (See if you agree.)

Black Framed Bedroom Windows


The use of black colored window frames in this bedroom show how easily windows can become part of the interior design by tying them in with the furniture. Black window frames can be bold in light-colored rooms, but the addition of the black bed frame, patterned chair and chandelier tied everything together beautifully. The windows became a focal point in the room, so, simple white curtains were the perfect window treatment to blend into the walls during the day and provide privacy at night.

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Black Framed French Patio Doors


The home also featured six sets of swinging patio doors. The contrasting black frames against the white molding resulted in a striking look highlighting the natural elegance of the French patio doors. The addition of the grids on the glass conveyed a classic look and added visual interest without compromising the view.

Elegant but Modern Dining Room

In the dining room, French out-swing patio doors are flanked by two casement windows. The matching grid patterns on both the windows and doors help maintain a cohesive look without appearing too busy. Together, the windows and doors immediately draw your eyes in with their dark, distinct look, but are complemented by the black accents and furnishings placed around the room.

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Spacious Living Room

In the spacious living room, the crisp, black windows frame the outdoor view filled with beautiful greenery. By bringing some plants inside, the feeling of living in nature is carried into the home providing lovely green accents. The simple navy-blue window treatments allow the floor to ceiling windows to act as a focal point. The window seat was a great way to add even more space to the living area.

Getting Inspired

We hope these images inspired you with different ways you can use black window frames as a design element to create a modern look in your home. Need more inspiration? Visit our Photo Gallery or request a free Ultra Series Brochure, available as an instant download.




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retrofit or full frame replacements on the Ultra's?

Could you tell me if these windows are full frame/new construction windows, or retrofit/zbar?

I am looking for photos showing particularly the interior view of Milgard Ultra retrofit/zbar windows (replacing aluminum windows), and preferably with the black bean interior.

Many thanks!

Ultra Series Windows

Hello - this project was retrofit, but, all the windows look the same on the inside no matter if they are retrofit or new construction. Thank you.

What windows were used?

(1) what are the windows in “Spacious Living Room” - the ones flanking the fireplace. Are they by ultra series also? Custom order? I don’t see any like that in your brochures and your authorized dealers around me can’t answer that. (2) Same question for the windows in “Elegant but Modern Dining Room” - the windows on each side of the french doors. Thank you.

Ultra Series Windows and Patio Doors

These are all Ultra Series, fiberglass windows and patio doors with a Black Bean interior and exterior.


I would prefer to use your Tuscany vinyl windows for my new build, but I want black interior and black exterior. It appears from your website that you only do black exterior with a white or tan interior. Is it possible to get black/black in the vinyl?

Tuscany Series vinyl windows

In the Tuscany Series vinyl, you can get a Bronze exterior with a white interior. It is not available in black/black. 


Could you tell me which grids these are?
I’m deciding between craftsman (standard vintage) or the narrow vintage.
Thank you!


These are Standard Vintage SDL grids.

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