Thinking About Painting Black? 10 of Our Favorites

Are you thinking about painting your home exterior black? Dark paint is ON TREND for 2019. We are sharing 10 of our favorites… they are rich, warm, inviting, and ready to be discovered! This striking choice is being used on various home styles and asked for by different personality types. Dark paint breathes new life into a dingy home exteriors; that said, it’s worth considering when you’re ready for a home makeover.  

In no particular order, we are sharing with you some of our dark favorites for exterior paint:

 no.1  Black Jack //

Slightly more black than Wrought Iron below, Black Jack is still an off black with a soft edgy feel. This is a bold choice for an exterior, but we are seeing it more and more as clients commit to black. Edgy and cool… uncompromising style.

Black Jack by Benjamin Moore

 no. 2  Onyx //

This rich warm black works well on modern and traditional homes. We’ve seen modern farm houses in Onyx, as well as doors, shutters, and trim. The hue keeps it from feeling stark and harsh. Onyx pulls more of a brown undertone.

Onyx by Benjamin Moore

 no. 3  Soot //

Soot is a beautiful shade because of the dark gray and very subtle blue undertones. Most times we associate blue with cool colors; however, Soot is warm and inviting.

Soot by Benjamin Moore

 no. 4 Witching Hour //

The bold saturation of Witching Hour make it a gorgeous tone for a home exterior or interior. Looking dark charcoal on the chip, Witching Hour has a definite blue undertone and appears like a dark navy, gray in the sunlight. That said, it doesn’t feel cold and still creates the dramatic effect.

Witching Hour by Benjamin Moore

no. 5  Hale Navy //

Hale Navy is one of the most beautiful navy paint colors available for interior or exterior spaces. It’s deeply saturated with a crisp clean vibe. It evokes a timeless feeling of style and confidence. Hale Navy is a top brick&batten contender as one of our favorite go-to colors.

Hale Navy Benjamin Moore

no. 6  Wrought Iron //

Slightly lighter, Wrought Iron is a deep, dark, soft gray. If you aren’t fully committed to black, Wrought Iron is a great choice. It still adds drama and interest but isn’t as deep as other shades. Great for trim, doors, and used often on the popular modern farmhouses. With Wrought Iron, you can’t go wrong.

Wrought Iron paint

no. 7  Iron Mountain //

This seems to be the perfect charcoal gray. Adding white trim and Iron Mountain is virtually unstoppable. It speaks for itself!

Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore

no. 8  Bracken Slate //

With a blue green undertone, Bracken Slate evokes a feeling of happiness and more dynamic a typical black. We see this color often on houses with a Nantucket beach feel. Looking beautiful with white trim and wood accents Bracken Slate is another go-to dark in our color pallet.

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.
Bracken Slate by Benjamin Moore

no. 9  Kendall Charcoal //

One of our favorite and more reliable gray paint colors is Kendall Charcoal. It’s neutral shade mixes well with stone or dark brown. On the warm side, Kendall Charcoal won’t read blue; therefore, you can’t go wrong using it time and time again on just about any house exterior or style.

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

no. 10  Amherst Gray //

Last but not least, another dark shade we are drawn towards is Amherst Gray. It’s a heavy charcoal color that’s deep and rich, without committing black. In the light, it may exude a very slight green undertone, so as an outside choice it blends well with the environment and natural surroundings.

Amherst Gray by Benjamin Moore

Check out some of our brick&batten designs… these clients and friends have gone from light to dark and couldn’t be happier!

Looking for that Nantucket vibe?  Replacing the siding with cedar shake and updating the railing created just the feel.

Before and after of a farmhouse painted a dark gray

This house was gorgeous before but when we’re asked to paint dark, that’s what we do! Black Jack paint by Benjamin Moore did just the trick. Dark colors are a beautiful back drop for silver industrial barn lights and wooden accents.

This client was building and wanted to be sure they got it right the first time!  Adding weight on the bottom of this beauty was accomplished through dark brick paired with coordinating dark paint.

Taking this traditional home to the next level! Shown in Amherst Gray and Iron Mountain, this beauty is a show stopper.  Same house. Two ways.

Love our Atlanta friends! We added Bevolo lights and copper gutters. As a result, it created a dramatic effect with this dark paint color.

Before and after of a brick home painted a dark gray

When the client says go dark, go bold… we can’t resist! This traditional ranch has been beautifully updated with a modern door and wooden accents.

Before and after of a home painted in Witching Hour

Hello, Long Island! It doesn’t get much prettier than this. Witching Hour with white trim brought this beauty to life. Adding pavers, wooden pergola, and industrial style wall sconces, and this design is ready to deliver.

This client wants dark drama with an enclosed interior space; therefore, Iron Mountain creates a beautiful backdrop for the gas lights and new windows.

Before and after of a home painted in a dark gray-blue

This Florida house screams simple changes for a big impact…. in other words, a simple color change and a little window trim. Boom!

How stunning is this modern exterior makeover? The iron door by Dallas Door Designs, new windows, and modern wooden garage are a perfect complement to the dark paint.

Overall, we love the darker colors! Maybe it’s time to rethink your traditional white and go more bold black or something dark. White is gorgeous and timeless, rather dark paint also deserves a spot in beautiful! Dark breathes new life into boring home exteriors, so it’s worth considering when you’re ready to paint. At brick&batten we partner with you to find the perfect color to fit your house style and personal taste. Get started today.