Wood Window Black Interior Finish Sparks Hot Trend

wood window black interior finish

Wood window interior finishes don’t have to be boring or standard. They actually create an opportunity to make a statement. One the biggest trends in window design right now is black interiors. The wood window black interior finish brings refinement to any room. Windows don’t have to be in the background. With this type of finish, they’ll become a focal point.

Why a prefinish is ideal

If you’d like to create this look in your home or projects, it’s vital to get a prefinish. You do not want to paint your windows once installed. Even if they are primed, you’ll never get the polished look of a factory finish. With hand painting, brush marks are inevitable. The factory finish typically has a warranty and is baked on to prevent chipping or fading.

Wood window black interior finish design ideas

Not sure how to incorporate a black interior window finish into your spaces? Here are a few tips:

  • Use a complementary wall paint that either subdues the black (other dark colors like gray or navy) or allows it to stand out even more (lighter colors like whites, yellows or other neutrals).
  • Avoid color combinations that could make the room look unsophisticated (orange, red, pink).
  • Keep windows visible; don’t cover them with window treatments unless needed for privacy.
  • Choose black hardware for your windows for a cohesive look.
  • Black interior casement windows look great against a white shiplap or textured wall.
  • Black interior patio doors are a great accent to a neutral room with white molding.
  • Add transoms over patio doors to fill an entire wall with black trim.

These are just a few design tips for black interior trim windows. Black trim is versatile. It can look great in Contemporary, Craftsman or Farmhouse style homes.

We offer this finish on wood windows and patio doors. It’s now a standard color on Custom Wood and Siteline® windows. Get inspired with our Pinterest board.

Interior Door Design Ideas

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Redefine your spaces with these chic looks

Do you think of your interior doors as purely functional? Are they just something you must have for privacy? What about their design? Could new interior doors give your space a fresh look?

Interior doors are a budget-friendly way to redefine any room. And it’s a relatively easy DIY project. In this post, we’ll share some interior door design ideas you can try.

What’s behind the door influences its design

The average home has 10 interior doors. Depending on what’s behind the door, your interior doors could have different purposes. Bathroom doors are for privacy and typically have a solid core to reduce sound transmission. Interior doors that divide two rooms may be more creative. Consider how the use of barn doors acts as a barrier but also adds convenience and style.

Contemporary ideas

With a few purposeful lines, interior doors can capture a simple, unique look. Add some color to these doors for a more dramatic look. The smallest accents can add just enough style, creating a signature aesthetic.

Another contemporary idea is the use of panels. With multiple-panel configurations, you can also add glass. Clear or translucent glass inserts protect privacy or let light into the space. With multiple panel options, you can use the same door design throughout with different configurations for a consistent look.

Interior doors as art

You can design your own interior doors. A composite wood door is an excellent choice for a design of your own. Create an etched or carved appearance for a look that’s very Old World. Or create specific details designed to be straight or curved, depending on the aesthetic you most desire.

Prefinished woodgrain options

If you love the look of rich wood but don’t want the maintenance or costs, choose a prefinished woodgrain look. Our prefinished woodgrain interior doors use a hand-brushed finishing technique and two-tone process for a striking look. They are also molded doors with no gapping or stile/rail separation.

Change your space with new doors

Now that you’ve considered the possibilities of interior door design, it’s time to get inspired. View our complete line of interior doors including molded and flush.

Lakefront Home Offers Stunning Views with Wood Windows and Patio Doors


This custom-built home sits lakefront on Lake Norman in North Carolina. The residence, belonging to home builder Jeff Ross, is a mix of styles, blending contemporary and traditional. With large wood windows, straight lines, symmetry and a muted palette, this lakefront retreat is timeless yet forward thinking.


Because of the beautiful views from the house of the lake, expansive windows were a must. Jeff wanted to soften the front elevation with all wood products. JELD-WEN recommended our Siteline® casement wood windows and patio doors. Siteline products are made with AuraLast® pine, a surface-to-core treated wood that provides protection against wood rot, water damage and termites. The Siteline windows allow for visual lines to be consistent.

To capture that perfect view from inside the home, JELD-WEN provided several units in direct-set frames. With direct set, the windows could be the size desired and offer the most optimal view.

Jeff explained, “I wanted to bring the lake into the back of the house. What helped make that happen was JELD-WEN product. It helped me create the perfect symmetry that I wanted from the start.”

Interior doors

Jeff chose flush birch interior doors for a contemporary yet traditional vibe. The doors have a thick 1-3/4″ solid core feel and were stain grade to provide some of the softer accents of wood in the interior of the home.

Patio doors

The main entrance door is an IWP® custom patio door. With large windows on either side and a pentagon shaped set of windows above, natural light flows through the entire entrance. Additional patio doors are at the back of the home. This is an area where interior and exterior merge. Siteline sliding patio doors provide the ideal transition from interior to exterior. Jeff requested narrow stiles and rails to portray slim lines.

Explore more of this unique lake house by watching the video, featuring builder and homeowner Jeff Ross.

Introducing DesignGlide™ Soft-Close Barn Door Hardware


Turn any standard-sized door into a barn door

Barn doors aren’t just for the barn. In fact, they have become a great functional and unique element of home design. The challenge many faced was that hardware was complex and only worked with special sized doors. Understanding the need in the home design market, JELD-WEN developed DesignGlide™ barn door hardware. DesignGlide is a unique, soft-close barn door hardware that works with any standard 80” door.

What makes DesignGlide so unique?

  • Use with any standard 80” door (the typical size for interior doors)
  • Remove your old door – no other work required
  • Accent rails for top and bottom add extra style
  • No slamming shut ever

This patent-pending system is revolutionizing the barn door market by providing a world of possibilities for design options. With the freedom to choose any door, a barn door can fit any aesthetic. Use a sleek, simple door for a contemporary look. A paneled door in a dark color or stain adds character to a Modern Craftsman home. Or go rustic with reclaimed wood for a traditional farmhouse vibe. With two hardware finishes, you can create a variety of styles.

DesignGlide is DIY friendly

Since no new framing or special doors are needed, DesignGlide can be installed rather easily. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware to create a barn door system.

It’s a four step process:

  1. Install hardware.
  2. Place top and bottom accent rails.
  3. Attach track and backerboard.
  4. Hang your door.

Barn doors are versatile

Where will you use your barn door? Barn doors add depth and interest to any room. How you decide to use yours is up to you. DesignGlide lets you be the designer. Use it as bathroom door where a typical outswing door wont’ fit. Replace traditional bi-fold doors on a laundry room or closet. Divide an office area from a great room. Or use them as a way to cover shelving, entertainment centers or storage.

Learn more about DesignGlide barn door hardware today! 

How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Window


Ever wonder why windows are often located over kitchen sinks? We did, so we did some research. The kitchen sink window had its origins for completely practical reasons: light! Sinks came before electricity so there was the need to see what you were doing.

The size of the first kitchen sink windows were much smaller than what would be installed now. That’s because glass was much more fragile hundreds of years ago. So, the first kitchen sink windows were probably only 24” to 30” wide.

Electricity then became the norm in the 20th century, but a window was still likely to be placed above the sink. The kitchen was also becoming more of a hub of the home. Whereas centuries before, kitchens were not meant for guests or conversation. They were placed far away from dining or living areas. Looking out the kitchen window while preparing food or washing dishes might have provided a pleasant view of a backyard or allowed parents to keep an eye on playing children.

Kitchens have evolved tremendously in the last few decades. Kitchens aim to be warm and inviting. They’ve become a place to do more than just cook and eat. Most modern homes now have open layouts that merge kitchen, dining and family areas. But a window above the kitchen sink is still a design feature that many crave. If that’s you, here are a few tips on how to choose the right one for you.

Select the style first

Kitchen sink windows often are hard to reach to operate, depending on how far your sink juts out. With this challenge, it may be harder to open a single- or double-hung window. Instead, a sliding window that moves left to right may be a better choice.

If you’re more interested in ventilation than view, an awning window is an excellent choice. Awning windows open from the bottom and swing out.

Once you decide on the style, you’ll need to consider material.

Material considerations

The material of your kitchen sink window will probably be the same as all the other windows in your home. If you are replacing just this window, you’ll find options in both vinyl and wood. Vinyl and a treated-wood product like AuraLast® pine provide durability and require minimal maintenance.

Customize for your aesthetic

Vinyl and wood windows both provide many different ways to customize your window. You can use color to make a statement, or a stain to match other wood features. Add grilles for depth or to match your other windows.

Ensure it’s energy efficient, too

You’ll also want to make sure you’re choosing features to help with efficiency. Low-E glass, or low emissivity, is an invisible metallic coating on the glass designed to reflect infrared light, keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Be sure this in an option on the glass for your window.

The kitchen has become the true heart of a home. Enjoy yours with an amazing kitchen sink window.

Add a Kitchen Pantry Barn Door for Style and Functionality


Inspiring ideas for your kitchen pantry

A kitchen pantry barn door will not only add style to your kitchen, it’s also a great space saver. Not every kitchen has the perfect space or layout. So, you have to just make it work. A barn door allows for you to fully close off the area without the need for an in- or outswing, which may be space prohibitive.

Conceal and add interest

Pantries are great storage areas for food, bowls, plates and more. However, you probably don’t want it exposed to the world. That’s why barn doors are such a great fit. They offer you a way to conceal while adding visual interest.

Barn door styles are versatile

If you think barn doors only work in farmhouses, think again. A barn door can look great in any kitchen, even contemporary ones. It’s all about the door you choose. If you do love the Farmhouse look, use a salvaged door or one that has those characteristics. If you prefer a contemporary look, choose a door with simple lines. Simple lines can mean a three-panel or flat door.

Color, glass or accents

Once you have a style then consider colors and accents. Is your kitchen mostly muted tones? Adding a pop of color on a barn door pantry door can liven up any space. If you’d prefer the barn door blend seamlessly then paint it your wall color. Add more function to the doors by using chalk paint, turning it into a message board.

If color isn’t a solution there’s the opportunity to bring in glass. You can use a door with glass panels. Those could be clear or translucent, depending on how much you want visible.

To accent your door, you have the option to add some personality with hardware. From the rails to pulls to handles, there are many options to fit your style.

An easy transformation

One of the biggest challenges related to barn doors has been the requirement to use oversized doors with hardware. That’s not the case with DesignGlide™ barn door hardware. You can use any standard 80” door with DesignGlide. No reframing is required. You’ll also enjoy a soft close every time.

Looking for some inspiration? We recommend taking a look at this collection of ideas on Decoist.