The secret to pulling off a dark exterior
The secret to pulling off a dark exterior is selecting the right windows and doors. Whether you’re going for monochrome or contrast, you want to make selections that add up to a cohesive look. We’ll help you get started!
Who wears it well?
Black, the classic neutral, and its range of moody counterparts complement an array of architectural styles — from modern to farmhouse and styles in between. What all these shades have in common is that they’re essentially blank canvases, which is why windows and doors play such a fundamental role.
Selecting your shade
Take your time choosing an exterior color. If true black doesn’t feel like you, there are other ways to achieve this sophisticated aesthetic. For instance, dark navy is still bold but perhaps more comfortable and familiar.
You’ll also want to consider the nuances between these deep shades, particularly how they’ll fade over time.
- Black will take on dust and dirt more easily and eventually age grey.
- Deep navy commonly patinas to a truer blue.
- And some green-grey tones may skew more khaki as years go by.
To keep a monochromatic palette, opt for dark bronze or black window frames and exterior trim. The color continuity enhances the moodiness of the dark exterior. It can also eliminate distraction and let nature shine. And if you also pick black on the interior, your windows will outline your outdoor views and frame them like a piece of art.
Playing with contrast
A dark exterior gives you the opportunity to play with vibrant, contrasting colors. One of the most classic choices is pairing a dark exterior with white trim and white window frames. If you’re feeling more adventurous, windows are the perfect place to experiment with primary colors like red, green, and blue, which all pop off an inky exterior. The beauty of playing with colorful windows is that you can be selective about which ones to highlight, or you can go all in and give every single window a pop-art finish.