Black paint for exterior homes is the latest design trend

Sexy clothes, leather shoes and sunglasses. These are just some of the fashions that black begging. And now this dramatic, yet neutral color is finding its way into the home’s exteriors in sunny Sarasota.

Blacks and darker colors can feel velvety in matte finishes, and work well to mask contrasts, effectively integrating contrasting parts into one piece. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, The Behr Paint Company reported that sales of indoor and outdoor black paint grew nearly 40 percent from 2019 to 2020. At Sherwin Williams in Sarasota, Renee Torres is feeling the trend toward more inky colors, too; In fact, Urbane Bronze, a deep, dark brown, was Sherwin Williams’ color of the year for 2021.

“Since the pandemic, the demand for it has increased,” Torres says. “Greg (a mix of gray and beige), they finally took a back seat.”

Kaiser cites the Scandinavians, longstanding architectural rulers of all things paper and simple, as the source for popularizing these dark colors. In fact, the black exteriors are rammed by the snow-covered boughs of pine trees, and “they’re ahead of us in the directions,” she says.

Black exteriors are also popular in Japan, where wood is preserved by charred cypress planks, a 150-year-old technique known as shu suji pan. And did you see that the Victorian home in San Francisco was featured in Architectural Digest? check it out.

Despite this, some designers find that using shades of black for the exteriors of a home in sunny Sarasota is akin to blasphemy.

“I don’t see it and I don’t think it makes sense. Why would you want the dark? The color of water, sand, sky, green, flowers — the color of water, sand, sky, green, flowers — it doesn’t make sense,” says Pamela Hughes of Hughes Design Associates in Sarasota. “This is a lit environment, so homes should be lit.”

Keffie Lancaster of Lancaster Interior Design in Sarasota points out the famous bright homes of the Greek islands, singing against sunny blue skies and beach scenes. In Kentucky, where skies are gray and temperatures are cooler, she has customers turning dark gray with black accents.

An obvious caveat of being painted black in hotter Florida is the relationship between temperature and color. Dark colors absorb heat. This is probably the reason why searches for “black houses” on Pinterest have skyrocketed in January over the past 12 months. A black house in Sarasota might make you spend more on your electric bill to stave off the extra heat during the scorching summer months.

In Sarasota, Kaiser and Lancaster both agree that you can still have that dark brownie and eat it too, you just have to do it right.

“It’s Florida, so we have to choose where we put the black very carefully,” says Kaiser. “I find that a lot of clients are more open to dark front doors and black window frames, shutters and garage doors, so you can still get that classic vibe.” .

Another thing to keep in mind with the dark, open colors of the elements is that they can look dull and opaque during pollen season, but they can’t be resolved with hoses. Torres also says, don’t skimp on quality. Since darker colors are more sensitive to light and heat, buying a better quality paint pays off by keeping the color from flaking and keeping the finishes truer.

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