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).

Wooden 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.

Wooden Windows

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.

Wooden Windows

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.

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  1. I love the pictures here f the wooden windows. You can really make a feature of your house with wooden windows. I like the sound of both white or dark brown. x
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  2. Barnaby Dickens Reply

    The first thing we did when we moved into our ’20s house was to replace all the plastic windows with timber. It transformed the house.

    • James Wood Reply

      I definitely know what you mean there, its one of my favourite parts on property transformation programmes! The way I like to think of it is changing windows on a house can be like a person changing style of glasses. – you can instantly appear classier!

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  5. I like your tip to make wooden windows a feature. Timber can add a lot to the house, especially if it is incorporated in several places. If you replace your window frames with wood, adding other wooden features in the same room can help bring it together. Thanks for the article.

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