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As promised, more scoop on Black

Let’s look at some residential opportunities for using black.  We’ll focus on windows.

As a dark window sash it’s a no-brainer to achieve the heritage house look.  Having said that, achieving the heritage house look means a dark or almost black window sash with a lighter frame colour.

Let’s look at an example:

Black window sash

Black window sash

So, how about a modern look with a black window?   The entire window and frame would do just fine!

Let’s look at an example:


Isn’t this lovely?  The black is tied together with the fascia and other trim details.

It must, however, not lose contrast with the main body colour on the house.  Note the next picture.  The lack of contrast makes for a visual “wash” of colour and we don’t visually see much at all because there is little contrast.  I certainly like the dark body colour. I certainly like the trim colour.  Just not together.



So, use black and love it, just think contrast and you’ll be just fine.

Black is the New Black

Recently, we have seen the popularity grow of exterior black paint colour being used both residentially and commercially.
One must be careful, however, in its use.
It’s kind of like using black eye-liner make up, a well selected amount frames the eyes and enhances the look, too much is aesthetically displeasing.
In my opinion, it’s best to use it as an accent only, such as fascia boards, or on windows, railings, shutters etc.
Let’s take a look at some examples….


Now, I’m not saying I don’t like this look, it’s quite an attention grabber although it’s quite a “heavy” look.
Perhaps a dark gray stucco colour would have been a better choice than the almost black against the black windows.
It would have made the windows “pop” and offer visual interest as contrast.

Let’s look at a black used a different way, as highlights only.


Used as a highlight, the black windows, rails, and trim give this building a well appointed modern feel.
Easy on the eyes, the crisp look fits into the neighbourhood exceptionally well.

Stay tuned for my next blog post.  More info on the New Black continues….

For Strata Councils

Moxi Design has had several years experience working with strata councils to choose colours.
We understand the process and work closely with strata to customize the project based on your needs.
Straightforward presentations, easy to understand colour palettes and unique colour visualization tools add to the clear understanding of how the proposed colours will appear.
Moxi Design doesn’t simply pick colours and go, we consult with you from start to finish of the project.

For Residential

Correctly choosing and grouping colour is paramount to maximize your home’s architectural elements and period style as well as reflecting your own style.
Moxi Design specializes in colours for your heritage house restoration.

For Painters

Engaging Moxi Design as part of your comprehensive service package to your clients just makes sense.
Moxi Design works as your colour and design “bridge” between you and your client.   We work quickly and closely with your client to get the colour palettes chosen within your timeline ensuring no delays.
We continue this “bridge” by working with you to ensure colours are perfect and placement of colour is confirmed in a timely manner.

For Property Managers

Whether your building is simply needing a lobby facelift or in need of a full exterior paint scheme, Moxi Design will work closely with the owner or strata council and painter to ensure a seamless painting experience from initial consultation through to the final paint application.