We are seeing more and more clients choose black and dark gray paint colors for their home’s exterior in 2021, and we are excited about it. New technology in paint and siding allow for darker colors without fading, and more people are opting for bold, moody color palettes. We put together a list of our favorite black exterior paint and dark gray paint colors so you can decide for yourself which option works for your home.
If you need help deciding on which paint color is perfect for your home’s exterior, our designers at brick&batten can help. Our virtual exterior home design service can help you visualize your new curb appeal before you make any expensive commitments.
#1 // Black Knight
Black Knight by Benjamin Moore is a deep, dark black exterior paint color with rich green undertones that we love. At an LRV of 4.76, it’s a bold choice for your home’s exterior. It’s deeply saturated, so we recommend pairing it with natural tones like wood and landscaping to soften it a bit. Too moody for your tastes? Try using Black Knight as an accent for trim or windows.
#2 // Tricorn Black
We love Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams for its depth and beautiful color. It has an LRV of 3, so it’s also quite a dark option. One way to make use of this color is to opt for using it on accents along with darker siding, as with the home above. This home features Tricorn Black on the trim, downspouts, eaves, and gutters.
#3 // Black Magic
Black Magic by Sherwin Williams leans a little warm and also has an LRV of 3. It pairs well with yellows and light browns, so you can consider it as an accent — yellow homes with black shutters are so classic. Or you can liven up a small home by painting the exterior black and softening it with landscaping and natural tones.
#4 // Black Beauty
Black Beauty by Benjamin Moore is a touch more reflective, with a 3.26 LRV. If black is a little too bold for you, adding darker wood accents and metallic finishes gives it a monochromatic look that mutes it (see above). However, if you do want more contrast, you can add white accents to your black exterior paint color like the chimney below for a striking reversal of the norm.
#5 // Greenblack
Our designers love offering Greenblack by Sherwin Williams as an option for clients who are looking for a moody paint color that isn’t too dark. Coming in at a 4 on the LRV scale, this black exterior paint color offers more depth and visual interest than some of the darker blacks we’ve seen so far.
#6 // Deep River
Taking a turn toward dark gray paint colors with a 5.77 LRV is Deep River by Benjamin Moore. Since this color is much more reflective than our previous options, you can start to see undertones shine through: in this instance, a deep forest green. We love the contrasting white porch columns in Seapearl above, but if you want a more earthy feel, go for the natural wood accents on the porch instead.
#7 // Graphite
The quintessential dark gray paint color, Graphite by Benjamin Moore has a 5.66 LRV and a great choice for modern and traditional homes alike. It doesn’t have an obvious undertone, so it pairs well with any existing color palette and accent choices.
#8 // Iron Ore
Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams is a 6 LRV and an option our designers love to offer clients with modern homes in unique situations. Whether you own a waterside home or a rustic mountain lodge, Iron Ore will give your exterior a stormy, moody vibe to emphasize its architectural details.
#9 // Wrought Iron
Wrought Iron is a 6.16 LRV paint color from Benjamin Moore that works well in traditional applications, as well as modern or contemporary. It pairs nicely with white accents for good contrast and a darker black for a more monochromatic look. It’s a super versatile and muted black with gray and blue undertones.
#10 // Raccoon Fur
Another dark gray paint color with a blue undertone (and a fun name), Raccoon Fur from Benjamin Moore has an understated 6.34 LRV. These applications showcase the paint color in both black window trim and white window trim and show how the same color can look different depending on the accent colors and textures.
We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.
#11 // Cheating Heart
Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore is a classic, understated dark gray paint color that is as timeless as it is bold. With an LRV of 6.89, its blue undertones show through with the right lighting and accents. Its depth makes it a good choice for painting textures like brick and stucco.
#12 // Black Fox
Black Fox by Sherwin Williams is where black and brown meet for a unique take on neutral, with an LRV of 7. It’s earned a spot on our top paint color list because it works well in many applications and home styles.
#13 // Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore is one of our more widely used dark gray paint colors. With an LRV of 9.13, it leans into gray with both blue and brown undertones. Iron Mountain is a versatile color that works well with blues, greens, and beige.
#14 // Bracken Slate
Bracken Slate by Benjamin Moore is a lighter gray with mixed white and black pigments for a cool neutral dark gray option for your exterior design. At 12.23 LRV, it’s less bold and stark but can still provide contrast when paired with white or one of the dark black exterior paint color from earlier in this list.
#15 // Kendall Charcoal
Last but not least, our lightest gray on the list is Kendall Charcoal at 13 LRV. Still a dark gray paint color, but with green undertones, Kendall Charcoal works well in traditional settings with a classic color palette. We love pairing both white and darker black accents for a balanced look.
Black and Dark Gray Paint Colors for Exteriors Are Trending in 2021
Our designers are leaning into bold and moody during 2021 by offering designs in these popular black and dark gray paint colors. While we recognize that dark colors are not in everyone’s palette, we hope this list gives you a few options that stand out as winners.
Let our designers at brick&batten help you decide whether to go bold or neutral on your home’s exterior with our virtual design services. We’re ready and waiting to help you create the home of your dreams. Get started today.
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