If you can be sure of one thing with a period property, it’s that at some stage it would have had wooden windows. When our 18th century farmhouse was renovated the builder installed wooden windows. I’m unsure yet if this is something that was done due to local conservation, but it’s something we have inherited when we took the house over.
The original part of our house is built using local pink granite and has a very rustic feel to it. Although I’m not a huge fan of the current red stain on our wooden windows, I do think in general they add a certain charm to that part of the building. Knowing that they are only 10 years old, means that they still have an average 50 years to go and so in the coming year I would like to re-stain them (another plus for wooden windows). I’m undecided on whether to opt for a more chocolate brown, dark grey or white (Oh…how I dream of white sash windows).
In the meantime however, I feel that we’ve done quite a good job at fitting them in with our industrial decor style. This works really well in our bedroom, where the stain actually goes with the decor.
The key with wooden windows is making them a feature. Incorporate them into the room and decor. On the whole, wooden sash windows are great for adapting to suit most styles.
I prefer my window dressings to be as open as they can be. Maximum light and admiration for the craft of the wooden window. Upstairs, we have installed roman blinds throughout, that fold neatly up and allow the outside in.
I wrote previously about our options for window dressings now that the downstairs renovation has been finished, but I know now that I have narrowed it down to shutters or wooden venetian blinds. I feel that this will better suit our industrial style.
What styling tips would you give to make the most of wooden windows? Let me know in the comments below, or on twitter using #windowsforlife and mention @woodwindowall.
Collaborative post with Wood Window Alliance.