Choosing Window Hardware Finishes in Your Home
By Great Lakes Window
Window hardware is a small part of a room’s overall design and feel, but it can make a large impact. Choosing the finish for your home’s hardware, including window and patio door hardware, might feel like a daunting task, but when done right it can transform a look from blah to beautiful. Think of it as the jewelry that completes an outfit — without it, things look bare.
Selecting Window and Patio Door Hardware Finishes
Great Lakes Window offers a variety of hardware finishes for our windows, so you can find the perfect material for your home. Our standard window hardware includes white, beige, earth tone, and Pontiac gold, or you can upgrade to classic brass, satin nickel, or bronze.
When you order windows and doors, which color hardware should you select? It all comes down to your desired look.
Some homeowners prefer white window hardware, to blend in with white trim. This keeps hardware as a low profile, functional accessory to your window rather than something that is highlighted as part of your design. For a simple look, white or another color that matches the window is ideal.
Other homeowners prefer to draw attention to the hardware, or have it coordinate with existing hardware in the home. Take a look at the room in which you are installing windows, and make note of what hardware finishes are in place. Doorknobs, hinges, curtain rods, drawer pulls, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and light fixtures are all household items with finishes that add to the overall look. If you like a particular finish already, or can’t replace something that draws a lot of attention in the home, consider choosing complimentary window hardware.
The age and style of your home may also impact your choice. An older, traditional home could call for a more traditional finish, such as bronze, while a more modern home could easily suit a neutral white or beige, or a silver tone.
You can always test out color combinations and envision how different hardware options might look, by comparing your paint and furnishing hues with our available hardware colors. We are happy to help you select the best hardware finishes to go with your new Great Lakes Window products.
The Rules for Mixing Hardware Finishes
Not every piece of hardware in your home, or even in a room, need to perfectly match! If you have been worrying about ensuring your window hardware is a perfect replica of existing finishes in the room, or have been trying to find other interior finishes that match your windows, relax. Whether you have selected gold, silver, brass, iron, or another finish for your window hardware, you can fit it in with additional metals and finishes without your room looking too busy.
The key to properly mixing hardware finishes is to pick a main color or material that you want to be the dominant look. By keeping most of your finishes in one similar fashion you create unity overall, which can then be accented with a different finish on pieces you’d like to highlight.
Some people prefer to keep their finishes together with warm or cool tones, such as pairing bronze, copper, and gold, or silver, chrome, and white. This is an easy way to mix hardware without going over the top, especially if you consider the general color scheme of your interior. Warm-hued walls look best with warm finishes like copper, while cool tones look great with silver hues. With neutral walls or furnishings, you can choose your hardware in either tone to warm up or cool down the look of the room as you prefer.
Working with Great Lakes Window
We’re here to help you with all of your window needs, including selecting the best hardware finishes for your home and for your windows and patio doors. Check out our product selections with our extensive downloadable brochures. When you are ready to get started, or if you want more detailed information, find a Great Lakes Window dealer through our website. We’re looking forward to working with you.