When it comes to designing the exterior of your home, going to the 'dark side' could be the best thing you ever did - as these inspiring homes show...
This humble home in suburban Sydney gets a stunning makeover with it's bold black paint job. We love how only selected trims and accents have been kept white, to really make individual elements pop. Black really looks stunning on traditional buildings.
Absolutely LOVE this lock-and-leave 'boat shed' holiday pad. When the owners arrive to enjoy a break, they just unlock the stacking doors, pull out the timber deck from its clever cavity under the floor, put out their outdoor furniture and they're ready for relaxation... Very cool!
This is the rear of the 'Dove House' by architects Gundry & Ducker. What you're seeing here is a new extension onto an old Victorian terraced house. Black makes a gorgeous modern juxtaposition to original features. (We also love the contrast of the solid white deck space - some of our black outdoor beanbag furniture would look amazing here).
This Scandinavian lake house is to die for. If you're a fan of clean, white and light interior design, keep in mind that a black exterior makes for a stunning contrast between outside and in - making light colours seem even lighter, and black even bolder.
Nothing makes greenery sing quite like black. We adore this ivy-laden outdoor area, with its simple outdoor furniture setting.
How's this for outdoor living? The black pergola really defines this space as an outdoor room.
Even the most simple box-like design looks high-end and dramatic when clad in black. This luxury holiday cottage is nestled in native bush on New Zealand's Great Barrier Island. (Designed by NZ architects Fearon Hay).
Can't you just imagine this sitting on a beachfront section somewhere, just waiting for you to turn up with the family for the summer? We love the giant sliding kitchen window with those bright outdoor chairs.