I have never seen a house where the outside is painted black.  At least I don’t remember seeing one and I think that I would!   However, after looking at these homes, it seems to me that with the right trim paint and the right architecture, a black house could be striking and very pretty.  What do you think?

This black Italianate was featured on the blog Hooked on Houses.com.  

Designer Roger Hazard's Black Victorian with a Pink Door

It is owned by Roger Hazard, long time host of “Sell This House.”  Here is what it looked like before.

Roger and Chris's Victorian BEFORE

….and after:

Roger Hazard and Chris Stout-Hazard's Black House with Pink Door in New York

The window boxes make it really special.

Black house with hot-pink front door

Trim work and corbels were highlighted with a higher sheen paint.  The hot pink front door just pops!   After looking at this house, I wanted to see some more black homes.

Black Houses - Home Exterior Paint Ideas

There may be some reasons to not paint your house black.  For one, the color absorbs heat and for another black tends to show up all imperfections. Black would fade quickly. But, in my opinion, it surely does look good!

 

Waterfront Estate traditional-exterior

Jodi Foster Design and Planning

Nethermead Residence contemporary-exterior

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I don’t think that painting a house black is for the faint of heart.  I do think that I would like this one better with white trim.  The house has beautiful trim that could be highlighted with white paint.
by Tsao McKown
Derek Sanders Black Barn
Barn in Roxbury, New York.  Via New York Times
House of the Seven Gables Remodelista
The House of Seven Gables which inspired the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Home in Amsterdam photographed by Michael Flatt
Black Painted San Francisco Victorian with American Flag
House in San Francisco by Grant K. Gibson
Then, I got to wondering what black interior rooms would be like?

Hawthorn Home contemporary-home-office

 The carved oak desk pops against the dark walls.

Rocky Ledge LIbrary transitional-living-room

LDa Architecture and Interiors

Vintage Modern Living contemporary-bathroom

 Kerrie L. Kelly Interior Designers and Decorators

Vallejo Street Highrise traditional-home-office

 Design Line Construction, Inc.
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Designed by Jesse MIller
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This is another part of the room just above by Jesse Miller.
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Above is Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of Estee.
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From Cote de Texas blog
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From Cote de Texas blog
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From Cote de Texas blog
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From Cote de Texas blog.
Could you live in a black house or in black rooms inside your house?  After having looked at the houses and the rooms in this post I think that I could if there was plenty of cream trim and/or accessories with bright pops of color.
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