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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….