Paint It Black: 5 Traditional Houses with a Dark Appeal

Why are traditional houses so alluring when they’re painted black? Here are five examples; a few featuring a dash of red via an American flag 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 of home at Steal This Look: Danish Modern in Upstate New York.

Above: The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, which inspired the book by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Above: A San Francisco Victorian photographed by black-house-obsessed designer Grant K. Gibson.

Above: A farm shed created by McAlpine Tankersley Architecture.

Above: A black-painted Victorian in San Francisco owned by Claire Bigbie of Envelope A + D. Photo by Grant K. Gibson.

If you gravitate toward darker decor, visit Remodelista‘s Room Gallery of black interiors and exteriors.

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Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

Not for me...

My house is mostly pale grey and had black eaves when I bought it. I had them repainted a lovely deep blue.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Remodista, for Sharing this!

Lamees J.
Lamees J.2 years ago

I like the first house, very cool

Silas Garrett
Silas Garrett2 years ago

I like it. I could never sell my wife on it... but I like it.

Debbie Williamson

Thank you.

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez2 years ago

We're painting our house now--siding: dark wet sand, trim: plum, brick: blonde. Living in the tropics, a black house would not be a good idea. Always think of Hawthorne's book when I think of black houses--that and the Munsters. To each his/her own.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Lin M
Lin M2 years ago

Victorian houses are supposed to be colorful, not black.
How are you going to find a black house in the dark of night?
I just don't care for it myself but each to his own.

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.2 years ago

The House of the Seven Gables is just the coolest place. If you get a chance, do visit. It was a major station on the Underground Railroad in the 18th and early 19th century, and you get to walk into these hidden spaces and imagine what it must have been like for slaves escaping to Canada. And then there's that whole literary thing (read and loved both the novel after which the house is named and 'The Scarlet Letter'), and the fact that the builders were involved in the witch trials. Spooky fun.