I’ve never hidden my displeasure about the white storm windows on the front of the house. I really hate the starkness of them next to the limestone ledge and the dark brick colors.
Over two years ago I intended to take care of that with wood storm windows, but that never happened. I seemed to have lost my motivation about everything around that point. Then all of a sudden it was winter and ever since then, other things became a priority.
It doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about them. Oh no. Every time I look at them I just cringe. They’re always there, taunting me. They’re so IN. YOUR. FACE.
I can’t help it. Good or bad, the graphic designer in me is driven by color and aesthetics and I just have a need to fix it. And that’s what I intend to do.
Unfortunately, there’s no way we can afford wood storm windows right now. So I’m going to do what I always do to fix something I can no longer stand to look at: paint them.
There are plenty of how-tos on painting aluminum trim and/or siding, and as long as you do your prep work it should leave a lasting finish.
So, now that that’s decided, my next task is to choose a color.
The inner part of the windows is a no-brainer. I’ll match the color of the attic windows, called Cashmere (from Marvin Windows). The outer part and the mullions between the windows are a more difficult decision. With the variety of colors in the face brick I have several options and I kind of like all of them in different ways. So here goes:
I could do a dullish/mauve-y red that matches the tuckpointing color. I think this is the “safest” color choice.
Or an olive-y green. This is probably the boldest choice and I would say it ties the house to its exterior natural surroundings nicely.
Or an orange-y brown. This color is along the same lines as the roof color and complements the Hardie Plank® siding on our dormer.
Your thoughts, dear readers?