I am such a sucker for dark exteriors! I think a lot of people love the look but are scared to go that route, and understandably so. It’s a bold statement. Although we will not be brave enough to go completely dark on our new build exterior, we will probably go darker on the trim and siding of the new house.
Dark colors also work very well when contrasted with lighter colors. We will be doing a lighter color brick and darker siding with some wood and copper accents.
It’s important that before you choose your dark exterior paint color keep a few things in mind. If you are painting the entire exterior a darker color, it tends to look slightly darker in larger areas. So you may want to choose just a tad lighter when doing such an expansive area. Another little tip is that we recommend using a flat finish for the exterior. When using a sheen it tends to show more imperfections, especially in direct sunlight.
Sample Before You Paint
Before you invest money in gallons of paint, it’s extremely important that you sample several paint color options first. You can do it the old-fashioned way, which is time-consuming and messy. Or you can use Samplize to order large peel-and-stick paint samples with accurate color representation.
Here are our top contenders for dark exterior paint colors that we absolutely love. Now, choosing one for our exterior is going to be a challenge.
Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore is one of the top contenders for our new house. It is somewhat of a darker gray-brown. It is very warm and is another one I love seeing on the exterior of a home.
Sherwin Williams Black Magic
Black Magic by Sherwin Williams is normally seen on interior doors but also looks magnificent on the exterior. It is a soft black that looks great paired with stained wood.
Benjamin Moore Black Panther
Black Panther by Benjamin Moore is another soft black that looks great when used both on the interior and exterior.
Sherwin Williams Domino
Domino by Sherwin Williams is not pure black. It is a little softer with a touch of brown. I have noticed it is used a lot for exterior front doors and it looks amazing!
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore
I have to say I’m loving Iron Ore, but I also love the homes that Pam Sessions of Hedgewood Homes is designing, and she uses Iron Ore a lot. This is probably one of our favorite top contenders at this time. I would describe it as grayish-black. I love that it isn’t too dark, but at the same time appears to have navy undertones. Although, when using it on the exterior in direct sun it will appear a little lighter and even warm at times. My sister used Iron Ore on their garage this past year during their new build. It turned out amazing! They paired it with stone and wood accents.
Sherwin Williams Caviar
Caviar is another great one by Sherwin Williams. I would say it is more of a warmer soft black with subtle brown undertones. It is for sure an eye-catcher on the exterior.