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Black Magic: Architects' 8 Top Paint Picks

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 28, 2013 01:04 AM
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by Meredith Swinehart last modified Sep 27, 2013

You love black houses; we love black houses. Easy to admire but a bold move to make, not just any shade will do. We've asked architect and designer members of our Professional Directory  for their favorite black exterior paints. Here, they've shed some light for when you're ready to go dark. What's your favorite shade of black paint? Photographs of paint swatches by Katie Newburn for Gardenista. Above: Top row, left to right: Farrow & Ball Railings ; Benjamin Moore Midnight Oil ; Benjamin Moore Carbon Copy ; Farrow & Ball Off-Black . Bottom row: Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green ; Benjamin Moore Black Panther ; Farrow & Ball Pitch Black ; and Benjamin Moore French Beret .  Above: SF-based  Butler Armsden Architects  renovated a William Wurster home and had it painted in Benjamin Moore Carbon Copy , a rich black shade with a hint of purple. The architects used a flat finish for the body of the home and a soft gloss sheen for the trim. Above: This home by architect Roberto De Leon  is painted in Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green . The shade is discontinued, but can still be mixed on request. Black Forest Green was also a favorite pick of LA-based  DISC Interiors  (and, after seeing it in person, I myself am obsessed). Photo via  Dwell . Above: Another example of Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green . Williamstown, Mass.-based  Burr & McCallum Architects  painted this farmhouse with trim in  Essex Green . Above: Stylist  Arren Williams  chose Farrow & Ball  Railings  for his own home (pictured here). Railings is not a true black, but functions beautifully in place of one.  TheJenTurner Studio  also used Railings on the exterior trim and front door of her home in Brooklyn. For details, see The Architect Is In: Tips from Jen Turner's Grand DIY . The shade was also recommended by  Charles Mellersh Design Studio  in London. Photograph via  House & Home .  Above: Farrow & Ball's  Off-Black  is a favorite of designer/fabricators MADE LLC in New York. Photograph via Farrow & Ball .  Above: Owner Margaret Grade of Sir and Star restaurant in Marin chose Benjamin Moore  Black Panther  for a dark overhaul of her formerly white building. This shade is in a tie with Pitch Black for the blackest of the shades recommended here. For more, see  A Restaurant That Channels "The Birds," West Marin Style . Photograph by Alexa Hotz. Above: Portland, OR-based  Bright Design Lab  used Benjamin Moore  Midnight Oil  on this home still under construction. The shade is a very dark gray with just a hint of brown. Above: NYC-based  Steven Harris Architects  used Farrow & Ball Pitch Black  for a long exterior storage wall on this beach home in Montauk. Photograph by Scott Frances .  Above: SF-based  Boor Bridges Architecture  used Benjamin Moore  French Beret  on this home in Sonoma (still under construction). Architect Bonnie Bridges describes the shade as "the blackest black with an ever-so-subtle hint of blue." Though black may be an unlikely pick for a home nestled among the trees, "It’s rich enough to be the backdrop to the vast site and amazing views," she says.  Can't decide which color to paint your exterior? See the 10 Easy Pieces posts in our exterior color series: Architects' Top 10 Grays , and White Exterior Paint Picks . What paint color should we profile next? Green? Yellow?






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