Get in to shape – and colour

The retro look of steel windows, doors and screens is very much ‘in’. Crittall says they don’t have to be just rectangular and white…

Interior designers and home decor influencers say retro naturalistic greens, bright colours, sky-blues, purple-blue hues, vibrant yellows, sultry black will make up the colour palette for chic home-owners this year.

The trend is for home-owners to be more adventurous in the shapes of windows and door styles too. As the ‘eyes’ of your home they deserve the attention – adding a deft touch of flair highlights your individuality and gives your home a unique characteristic style – that’s you.


Curves and rounded shapes are back – and authenticity and hand-crafted products are the hip buzz words. So, if you’re considering a new look, a window, external door, internal screen do not have to be the ubiquitous rectangular shape in white or black.

On-trend are steel-framed windows and external doors with arches and sweeping curves. Get inspired – think outside the box

You may want to make a style statement or maximise the view from your property with a sweeping panoramic style window or bring the outside in – the solutions are there. For example, floor to ceiling and ‘wide-view’ window options and Sixties-style picture windows are making a come-back.

Echo the past with gothic and lancet shape windows or heritage style oriel bay and bow windows, ‘bulls-eye’ panes and rondels. Or capture the essence of the 1920s with Art Deco porthole style windows.

Go for bigger round, oval or even diamond shape steel windows for impact.

Internally, consider a dramatic steel screen set with different sized colour glass panes – reds, greens, blues – clear, opaque, or textured panes – squares, rectangles to create a wonderful talking point. Or introduce a brightly coloured glass motif like a flower in to an interior or external porthole window for elegance.

Show your colours

Russell Ager, managing director at Crittall Windows, pioneers of steel frame window manufacture for 160 years, says:

“These days, you can colour-match almost everything in the home – decor, furnishings, appliances – even your window frames – inside and out.

“With the modern take on the ‘retro look’ now very much the vogue, steel windows are enjoying a big resurgence in popularity in homes including luxury minimalist warehouse apartments. Adding that savvy splash of colour will ensure an even bigger wow factor.

“A wide choice of 46 standard – as well as custom-made – colours meets individual needs. There’s also a dual colour option.

For impact, try a bold or a darker colour on the outside and a neutral/white finish on the inside to match/blend-in with the interior décor.

They are available in any RAL or BS colour.

“Crittall’s legacy of shaping and influencing design and heritage of delivering excellence can be seen worldwide. We have our imitators, but the style and quality of authentic Crittall products are never matched. Tailor-made to meet almost any individual requirement – shape or colour – steel windows, doors and Innervision screens are designed and fabricated to last a lifetime.”

The slim ‘timeless’ frames and sight-lines, the graceful elegance offered by steel windows, present a light delicate feel inside and out, giving consistency of design. A welcome sense of airiness and space is created.

While for that minimalist look, there are most attractive grey, white and black options.

Every Crittall window, door and internal screen is made from high grade, recycled steel. Hot dip galvanised, means they are virtually maintenance free. Polyester powder coated, they also have a consistent, even, coating, not requiring redecoration for 25-30 years. An extensive range of classic and luxury hardware is available to complement your look.

A unique blend of precision machining and hand-crafted finishing for every bespoke product ensures style, elegance and value, whether your project is new-build or renovation of an existing property.

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