11 Traditional Houses Gone to the Dark Side
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Why are traditional houses so alluring when they're painted black? Here are 11 we're admiring, many featuring a dash of red via an American flag, painted shutters, or a crimson front door. Above: A house in Rhinebeck, New York, by Tsao McKown; Photography by Richard Powers for Tsao & McKown Architects via Home Life . (See more at Steal This Look: Danish Modern in Upstate New York .) Above: The Forest House features a slate gray exterior; see more at A Family House in Sussex . Above: Derek and Michelle Sanders' barn in Roxbury, CT, is painted black with white-trimmed windows and a cheery red door, via NY Times . Above: The House of the Seven Gables in Salem , which inspired the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Above: Black-painted houses in Amsterdam with bright-painted shutters for contrast; photo via London Michael Flatt . Above: A San Francisco Victorian photographed by black-house-obsessed designer Grant K. Gibson . Above: A house in Germany painted graphite gray using RAL color 7024, made by Brillux. Photo by Mark Seelen for Dwell . Above: A simple wood framed house painted black (window frames included) in New England. Photo via Katy Elliott . Above: A black-painted Victorian in San Francisco owned by Claire Bigbie of Envelope A + D . Photo by Grant K. Gibson . Above: An austere Scandinavian cottage via Bo Bedre . Above: The front porch of architect Peter Pennoyer's Long Barn in the Adirondacks.