Black window frames have grown from a home element restricted to downtown lofts and West Coast contemporaries to the color of choice for most high-end homes throughout the country. The frame design popularity has been propelled by the feature's contemporary look and the nationwide interest in "modern farmhouse" style, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The paper also reports the trend has been aided by mainstream exposure on television.

The look got a boost from urban industrial lofts and the ubiquitous farmhouse style popularized by HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, where black frames stand in sharp contrast to white siding.

“I started seeing the trend around 2015,” said Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy and design for Marvin Windows and Doors in Minnesota.“We had glimpses in fringe architecture in 2014, and it picked up steam in 2015 and hit the mainstream in 2016. This year, it’s not slowing down. Black is big.”

With their strange ability to both add drama and seemingly disappear on the outside, black frames are compatible with almost any architecture.

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