Any Patrick Ahearn Architect enthusiast will note ever-present exterior details that add character and charm our builds and renovations; we often layer elements like stone foundations, shingles, shutters with holdbacks, and copper lanterns and gutters to imbue a home with timeless appeal.
An important item that we often receive questions about is the window box. Whether on a coastal shingle-style property, a suburban home clad in clapboard, or a brick townhouse in Boston’s Back Bay, the window box is an appropriate accent, and a way to introduce color and romance to a property’s facade. For homeowners considering adding window boxes to their own residences, we offer this short primer from our archive, which provides in-depth information about our approach to this whimsical window addition:
While our primer offers information about window box placement and material, it doesn’t touch upon one question we are very often asked: what color should a window box be? Our directive is to use a window box to support your home’s accent color, matching the window box to the shutters for a cohesive and complete look. On our properties, typically that means the window boxes will be Essex Green, Polo Blue, White, or Black. Should your window not feature a shutter, consider making the window box the same color as the window trim; we have had success with this approach specifically on shingle-style homes.