ISSUE 79  |  Made in America

11 Traditional Houses Gone to the Dark Side

July 04, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Why are traditional houses so alluring when they’re painted black? Here are 11 we’re admiring, many featuring a dash of red via an American flag, painted shutters, or a crimson front door.

Above: A house in Rhinebeck, New York, by Tsao McKown; Photography by Richard Powers for Tsao & McKown Architects via Home Life. (See more at Steal This Look: Danish Modern in Upstate New York.)

Above: The Forest House features a slate gray exterior; see more at A Family House in Sussex.

Above: Derek and Michelle Sanders’ barn in Roxbury, CT, is painted black with white-trimmed windows and a cheery red door, via NY Times.

Above: The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, which inspired the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne.


Above: Black-painted houses in Amsterdam with bright-painted shutters for contrast; photo via London Michael Flatt.

Above: A San Francisco Victorian photographed by black-house-obsessed designer Grant K. Gibson.

Above: A house in Germany painted graphite gray using RAL color 7024, made by Brillux. Photo by Mark Seelen for Dwell.

Above: A farm shed by McAlpine Tankersley.

Above: A simple wood framed house painted black (window frames included) in New England. Photo via Katy Elliott.


Above: A black-painted Victorian in San Francisco owned by Claire Bigbie of Envelope A + D. Photo by Grant K. Gibson.


Above: An austere Scandinavian cottage via Bo Bedre.

Above: The front porch of architect Peter Pennoyer’s Long Barn in the Adirondacks.