For many years in Scandinavian countries smaller lake and beach cottages have been painted black to trap warmth during long winter months. This functional choice of exterior color is also incredibly beautiful.
Many American's are now embracing the black exterior paint and the payoff is big.
We are especially crazy about bright greenery juxtaposed against the dark walls. This look would be perfect for a small cottage near the beach or up in the woods.
We have been in Love with the Smitten Studio lake house by Sarah Sherman Samuel and are excited to see that she is starting to renovate a mountain A-Frame next.. Can't wait to see what she does to it!
If you are considering this bold but bad-ass move for your home, here are a few paint choices put together buy the amazing Gardenista. She gives you the low down on each color and how it appears in real light on existing homes. Check it out.
Another beautiful option if sky is the limit and money is no object... Does that really happen?
Is to cover your home in charred cedar siding, known as Shou Sugi Ban. This ancient Japanese method of treating wood is pretty fascinating.
"The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil. Although time consuming, the final product is not only gorgeous, with its rich, silvery finish; the charred wood also resists fire, rot, insects, and can last up to 80 years."
However you achieve this look we are not only backing it 100% we are dreaming of the day we get a little black cabin of our own.