This Is Happening: Steel-Framed Windows and Doors
Industrial accents for the home have been a décor trend for some time now, but we’ve noticed a shift away from the typical vintage furniture pieces to a more permanent use of factory-grade materials: steel-framed windows and doors. We’ve seen these durable, modern, effortlessly cool windows and doors popping up in refined and eclectic spaces alike, proof of their immense versatility. Keep scrolling to see our favorite rooms incorporating this trend.
This French-inspired kitchen is brought into the present day with the addition of steel-framed French doors and windows flanking the contemporary fireplace. This skillful mix of old and new, and rustic and industrial gives the space a timeless appeal.
This kitchen is modern and refined, thanks to its clean black-and-white color story. The blackened steel windows maintain the room’s crisp palette while adding geometric lines that create visual interest. The contrast between the white walls and the window’s vertical lines draw the eye up, making the ceiling appear higher.
This tranquil, unadorned cabin perched at the edge of the water could feel a tad Spartan and cold, but it looks positively chic with oversized steel-framed windows. A less adventurous designer may have chosen a classic white for the window frames, but we’re pleasantly surprised by how well the black windows complement the warm brown space. We could sit and stare at the serene view for hours.
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This luxurious living room hits all the right notes with a cool color palette of gray, blue, and white and sumptuous fabrics like velvet and linen. While there is no pink in sight, the décor remains quite feminine. It’s beautifully balanced by the industrial windows that line the room, which also serve to anchor the space and make it feel more intimate.
This home stays true to its historic roots with a traditional shingled exterior, but the full wall of steel-framed doors and windows add a contemporary note that provides a seamless transition into the modern interior. The use of a timeless brick pattern complemented by sleek concrete pavers continues the theme of mixing old with new.
When faced with the restoration of a home as old as this English manse, the urge to maintain the historic integrity of the home can be strong. But these days, we’re all about blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor, bringing in as much natural light as possible, and creating eclectic living spaces. That is exactly what this home achieves. Using floor-to-ceiling windows and doors creates an unbroken transition between indoor and out, allowing light to flood the space. The ancient brick exterior grounds the home in its historic context, but the modern steel-framed windows and doors make the space feel current. Each of these elements gives the home a beautiful sense of timelessness.
With a view like this, a wall of windows is the only thing that makes sense. The room is rather simple and spare, with a clean white palette and modest vintage furniture. But the grid contained in the glass doors adds geometric interest and plays nicely with the antique light fixture.
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This entryway is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen lately. The neutral tones and rustic wood accents are appropriate for the home’s bucolic location in rural Sonoma, California. But the steel-framed doorway prevents the space from feeling too much like a farmhouse by introducing a contemporary, industrial moment. Using metal for the mirror and light fixture creates a sense of cohesion.