style · beauty · home

Top 5 Dark Home Exteriors

As we begin to build our home I’m going to share with the items we are selecting. I thought it would be fun to have a series of roundups where you can give me your opinions on which one you like the best. Today’s topic – our exterior. I want to decide on the exterior color, roof color, gutters, rock work etc before I make my way to the inside. We are going to be very much in the woods and are located on the SC/NC state line if that gives you any insight into the terrain. I would love to pretty white house or brick but that just doesn’t go with our rustic setting (in my opinion). Plus can you even imagine the stress of having a white house in the middle of the woods? We would spend every waking Saturday pressure washing the joint.

We already have a stone picked out that is very similar to our patio and fireplace at our old house. You can see what it looks like on this post. We know we want a grey exterior and I am leaning towards a dark grey but I don’t want it to look blue and I definitely don’t want it to have ANY yellows or oranges in it. Essentially I want a rich grey/taupe color that isn’t too cool, isn’t too warm and will look great paired with black windows and a very dark roof. Not too much to ask, huh?

Here are my favorite exteriors so far. If you stumble across something on instagram or pinterest add it to the comments below! And I would love to hear which one is your favorite!

My absolute favorite, this refined farmhouse. We are going to do hardie board on the exterior of our house and will paint it. This looks to be a stain to me but I’m wondering if I can find a color to match it that doesn’t get too yellow-brown.

Then on the flip side I really love this cool grey and black combination from Architectural Digest France. It’s my second favorite / maybe my favorite depending on what day of the week it is.

Architectural Digest Dark Exterior

This dream home is pretty dreamy but I’m worried if the exterior is a little too light for my liking. Dark Exterior Color

This dark Nashville home by Bonadies Architect is to-die-for.

I know this isn’t painted but I really just love this color-scheme and think that I might be able to recreate it with paint.

Grey home exterior


So what do you think? Any favorites? View more of my favorite exteriors on my Pinterest account and don’t forget to follow Cooper at Home on instagram if you want to keep up with our house-building process.

read & Leave a comment





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Jinger says:

    2nd and last are my favorites based on what you’re wanting. I know pictures can be deceiving, but 1 & 3 look yellow to me, and 4 looks blue. I’m sure it’ll look amazing whatever you choose!!

  2. Pam says:

    I love the first and last ones! Perfect dark neutrals that will also weather really well

  3. Treeceigh says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I like the 2nd one. I tried to cover up the beautiful windows and the light coming out of them to see if that’s what got me and I don’t think it was. Also. You can see what the color looks like with lots of trees around it on the 2nd one.
    My only other question is whether the wall surface is changing the way it looks—-all that texture from the boards which you won’t have.
    What a great problem to have!!! You have to figure out what color to put on for that beautiful location!!

  4. Sarah says:

    I love the cool grey and black combination! It’s timeless and beautiful. I feel like sometimes brown can look outdated easily. I also feel like the grey and black would look gorgeous with stone! Thank you for sharing the details of your new home, I love seeing everything.

  5. Julie says:

    I love, LOVE pic #2!! I’ll admit our house was recently renovated with hardieplank that is a similar grey color to picture #3 and it definitely has a light brown undertone half the time. A darker cool grey may be the better way to go for a more modern mountain look! Black accents (and maybe even a black front door?!) would be so pretty!

  6. Mike says:

    What is the color in picture #2? Any idea, we are looking to paint our exterior this exact color.

  7. Mary says:

    Can you share the stain color in the first and last home.