June 3, 2016 estilodesignadmin

Dark house exteriors: Let me show you why!

Lately I have been reading lots about dark house exteriors and what about them works so well. Of course what I really mean when I say I have been reading lots is more like 80% checking out photos and 20% actually reading 🙂. I have truly become hooked on..this whole idea of dark house exteriors and how they can do wonders for any home. Basically, if the image above isn’t enough to convince you then hopefully this next little blurb will get you there.

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If you like minimalism and prefer a crisp and clean design style then you will already be able to see how dark exteriors do wonders for any architecture. Having the exterior of a home stripped back of all the busyness and painted one bold block colour helps draw the eye to focus on the home as a whole rather than the distraction of a combination of different colours all competing to feature different parts. You have allowed the viewer, the wandering and the watcher to stop and stare at the simple canvas and be amazed.

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Dark exteriors not only work for new and contemporary homes but can look just as cool on older style homes too. On the left this building is clearly a new build, it is very geometrical in shape and because of the design it is striking and stands out all on its own. However, the dark block colour on the exterior helps this structure to be edgy and sharp. Imagine if this was painted a lighter colour? It would have a completely different feel. On the right this is a more traditional and older style home but it still rocks the dark exterior! This home owner has obviously decided to feature out the collection of different shaped windows a lighter colour which actually really works nicely here. The stark contrast between the black and white still makes this a bold statement. Bold strong colours can help small buildings seem larger and give a boost of life to boring and simple homes.

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The two images above caught my eye for a different reason. They are not only clean, bold , sleek and sharp like the rest but the dark exteriors seem to be oozing this strong moody vibe – please stop me if i’m the only one seeing this! 🙂 On the left I feel a sense of warmth in the surrounding trees and natural tones which I think is strengthened by the use of stained wood cladding which always has a warmer feel than say a stucco home. Compared to the building on the right (trying to decide if this might actually be a home?) looks mysterious and intriguing within the more beige and brown shrubs and cloudy grey sky.

Here in New Zealand and at Estilo Design we work with both Dulux and Resene colours when it comes to our clients. Some clients have a brand preference before they come to us others are sold by a particular colour rather than a brand.

Some of Dulux dark colours which would look incredible on exteriors are

 Dulux_Rawene Dulux_Mt Inaccessible

 Dulux_Piha Dulux_Ebony

Rawene, Mt Inaccessible, Piha and Ebony a nice mix of grey, brown, blue and black tones. These are all strong colours which would offer different looks for different styles of homes and their surroundings. Check them out on the Dulux website here

Some dark colours that Resene offer that would also look incredible on exteriors are

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 Resene_Steel_Grey  Resene_Armadillo

Pitch Black, Baltic Sea, Steel Grey and Armadillo are also a nice mix of black, brown, grey and green tones. Which same as the Dulux colours will all make more incredible exterior house colours. Check them out on the Resene website here

Now that you are convinced, because we all know you are 😉 the only thing you need to think about now is that obviously as most of you sceptics would have already figured out – dark colours fade faster. Yes we all remember our favourite pair of black jeans fading away before our eyes at some time in our lives. The reality is if you want your house to look as awesome as some of the examples above then you will have to paint it again sooner than you thought. Dulux don’t recommend painting your house with any colour that has an LRV rating of lower than 40 ( which basically leaves you with a collection of whites) because they won’t guarantee the lifespan of the colour but people do it anyway because they know what they like and they accept what that means. Resene however have developed this ‘CoolColour Technology’ and instead of mixing up my words and typing something wrong this statement is in their exact words plucked from the website: 

‘ The unique formulation and materials of the Resene CoolColour range allows them to absorb light so they look the same but simultaneously reflect a large proportion of the heat falling on them keeping the surfaces significantly cooler than their standard counterparts. In essence, the colours work by reflecting energy in the near and far infra red region of the spectrum even though they absorb strongly in the visible region. The end result being that a Resene CoolColour will look the same as a standard colour but surface heat will build up slower and to a significantly lower level than a ‘not so cool’ traditional colour.’      Check out more info here – http://www.resene.co.nz/comn/whtsnew/cool_colours.htm

Obviously Resene can’t promise that this will reduce all issues related to heat but it will help in reducing the impact on the colours when their up.

Think about it, get inspired to do something exciting with your home’s exterior! You won’t regret having something nice to look at when pulling up outside your house everyday.

Also, don’t forget to let me know if you have any questions or thoughts on this post. I would love to hear what you think. Either leave me a comment below or email me on eily@estilodesign.co.nz 🙂 

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Comments (6)

  1. Maureen

    I have to say I do love the idea of a dark exterior but I believe my painter would be hypoventilating – my front door was a fine example of being too dark and bubbled in places.

    Do love your ideas re bedrooms too


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