6 Super-Dark Exterior Colors You're Too Scared to Try (But Totally Should)

Join the dark side of design. It'll be fun, we promise. 

Long gone are the days in which a white-columned colonials are revered for being the poshest place in the neighborhood. It’s 2016 and inky exteriors are saturating suburbia, one home at a time.

Front Facade of a Gray Victorian Home With Bay Windows

Front Facade of a Gray Victorian Home With Bay Windows

This noble-looking home is actually painted three shades of dark grey. Bay windows jut out of the victorian-style residence -- and what lucky homeowners: this house has a garage!

Photo by: Todd Davis Architecture

Todd Davis Architecture

Coal-colored craftsmens and moody mid-centuries steal the show, leaving their beigey-brick neighbors to gather dust in their stylish shadow. These moody pigments produce killer curb appeal and exteriors that are sure to break necks. (Figuratively speaking, of course.) 

Want your house to be the house on the block? You know, the one that brings even the heaviest of foots to a halt as they cruise by your house. Mouths agape, fingers pointing in admiration?

Duh, of course you do. Here are 6 delightfully dark homes to give you all of the house inspo, along with just the paint you’ll need to get the job done.

Bold Bungalow

I think we can all agree that this beautiful little bungalow is deserving of a stop and stare. The glossy black exterior resembles patent leather, trimmed with a crisp white trim that highlights the quirky design to perfection.

The brick pavers and stoop balance the ultra-modern contrast in a way that makes the home completely approachable. Five glossy stars for you, Bunga-boo!

Coal-Colored Cape Cod

Cedar shake siding has never looked quite as good as it does now, all dark and dreamy. This coal colored cutie breaks all expectations of what a cape cod is supposed to look like and it does so in the best way possible.

The contrast of the bright white trim against the surly cedar highlights the classic architecture in a fresh way that is sure to be the envy of any resident of Martha’s Vineyard (along with the rest of the world, right?)

Black Beauty in Brooklyn

It’s no easy task to stand out amongst the blur of brick, windows and fire-escapes in the crowded New York boroughs, but this black beauty nestled in Brooklyn manages to get the job done.

Matte black paint frames the townhome’s modern high-gloss windows, inevitably creating high-impact curb appeal. The second story cedar-grey brick works in unison with the moody matte black in a way that marries modern and traditional design elements. Results? The city lives happily ever after, laying claim to a truly spectacular and head-turning home.

Navy + Copper Craftsmen

Who can really resist those dreamy dress-blues? “Not I!” said me… and you, and everyone else staring at this well-dressed navy craftsmen.

This inky dark blue is for more than uniforms and I think this home proves it can be just as tall, dark and handsome as the next place on the block. The deep blue siding is decorated (with the highest design-honors) by a gleaming copper drain and a slew of wow-worthy white trim.

Inky Entrance

Deep, dark and still so inviting. The pitch-black door is impossibly chic, centered within five symmetrical and shining windows. White highlights the sleek lines of the design and the charcoal brick adds texture to the façade.  

The end results? An approachable and alluring abode that we all wish we lived in.

Grey + Gorgeous

This grey craftsmen makes joining the dark side of design look easy (and crazy beautiful, too). Pretty pepper siding goes hand-in-hand with salty white columns to frame the porch. While a dark grey often adds a modern twist to designs, the natural wood door on this home works with the exterior color to produce an earthy and natural design that wows.

Gray and White Craftsman Exterior and Dog

Gray and White Craftsman Exterior and Dog

A dark exterior with crisp white accents calls attention to this home's elegant Craftsman design. Say hello to the golden retriever welcoming committee.

Photo by: Eric Charles

Eric Charles

Pigment choices aside, I think it goes without saying that the real crowning glory of this craftsmen is a certain golden sunbather, basking center stage of the  front walk.  

Dramatic Exterior Before + Afters

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Homely House

Before: Neighbors hated walking past this neglected yard. The steps had an interesting angle, but the path space being shared with the driveway made them awkward to use and created a bad aesthetic.

Bright and Inviting

After: Architect John Gidding realigned the steps with the front door and painted the house a lively yellow that carried over into the plants chosen for the garden. The fireplace was also painted and matching brick details were added throughout the space.

Tucked Away

Before: This house was hidden behind trees and bushes, and the plain color of the house, flat roof and distance from the curb made this home practically invisible.

Getting Noticed

After: Installing a deck fills the large gap between the house and the curb, and having a few potted plants instead of a huge garden bed makes the yard much easier to maintain. The blue-gray house color and bold orange door also help get this house noticed.

Leprechaun House

Before: This house came to be known as the "leprechaun house" in the neighborhood because of its green-on-green paint scheme. The portico was also falling down, and no landscaping had been done to the house since before the homeowners moved in years ago.

Tudor-Style Cottage

After: Architect John Gidding gave the home Tudor style by adding half-timbering details on the facade and cladding the lower part in brick. The portico was torn down and completely rebuilt, and depth was added to the flat yard by terracing sections with landscape timbers.

Lacking Details

Before: This brick house looked like every other house on the block, except more boring. It also wasn’t functional for the family who needed a wheelchair ramp for their son with special needs but hadn't had the time or money to do it themselves.

Beauty and Function

After: A smooth flagstone path created the much-needed wheelchair ramp and leads up to a small courtyard with a custom-built trellis and swing. The trellis design is carried over to the garage doors, helping to set the home apart from the houses around it.

Humdrum Home

Before: The small amount of color provided by the blooming bushes wasn't enough to spice up this bland facade.

Warm Welcome

After: A warmer color and a long flower box on the front window liven up this home front, and removing the tall bush by the steps opened up the porch area.

Unkempt Chaos

Before: This yard was so overgrown, deer often stopped by for a visit. Beautiful old windows were hidden by shaggy bushes and trees, and the fence was beginning to rot.

Zen Living

After: A rock wall with a water feature and a fence built using Japanese joinery methods help give an Asian Zen theme to the space. The former sunroom was also ripped out to create a larger porch area.

Barren Landscape

Before: This house was as dull as dishwater with its unexciting grayish color and depleted front yard.

Extended Eave

After: Extending the eave line from the roof to the landscape creates a unique and interesting architectural element.

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