Consider Black Windows and Doors To Punctuate Your Color Palette

I’m giving you a peek inside the new farmhouse I showed you earlier this week.  It’s a new build and about to go on the market, so it’s not furnished at this point. I did a complete interior and exterior paint color and design consultation on this home a couple of months ago, and I got to take a look at the progress just last week.

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The above photo is a “before” of the breakfast room.  The builder was considering wood beams on the ceiling.  I recommended a light gray wall, warm white trim, and almost black on the windows and interior doors.

Here’s the same area after:

black wood beams windows french doors

after 

The wood beams were stained in ebony, and the look is more upscale and contemporary than if a predictable brown stain had been applied. Here is where the kitchen started:

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Didn’t look like much, but wait until you see it now!  Working off the idea of a “white kitchen” and the quartz countertop my client had chosen, this is the result:

white kitchen green island

after

Painting the island in a dramatic, on-trend color gives it personality.  And it’s not as permanent as cabinets painted a dark color  (which is not really permanent, of course), if the new homeowner wants to change the color in 5-10 years.

The light gray walls play nicely with the penny tile backsplash and the grey metal you see on the stove hood, and the black “eyeliner” on the windows is perfection.

penny tile backsplash

 

white stove

The kitchen is open to a great room.  I advised on all things requiring color (floor, ceiling, walls, trim, accents) as well as the design of the bookcases.  Here is where that room started:

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Excuse the boxes and other junk, but I think you’ll like the “after” of the space!  The back of the bookcases are the same color as the kitchen island, which is where this shot was taken from:

ebony ceiling beams

after

gothic interior

after

Here’s a ‘before” shot from the entry of the room, facing the back french doors:

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before

The view out the back of the house are amazing, and I knew that dark window mullions would draw your eye and frame that landscape beautifully.

benjamin moore wrought iron

Painting the interior doors, windows, and specific trim pieces almost black could have made this gothic farmhouse look dark and forboding. By keeping lots of white and a very light wall color in the main areas, the off-black grounds the space and gives it a subtle sophistication it wouldn’t have had were it all painted white.

benjamin moore knoxville gray

moody color in the back of the bookcases

And by using a dramatic color in the back of the bookcases and the kitchen island, this space has a personality it wouldn’t have it we had gone all white and black.

white designer kitchen

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after

All the interior doors are now almost black – not just the french doors.  These aren’t even solid wood doors, but the dark color makes them look so impressive!

black interior doors

I hope you enjoyed these before and afters – I am really proud of this one!  I just did a completely different color palette for a neighboring new build last week, so hopefully you’ll get to see how much COLOR can make a difference in the way a home feels. What’s your favorite thing about this house?

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Anne
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Anne

Where is this house Kristie? It’s beautiful!

Leif
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Leif

I love:
the color and trim work on the island in the kitchen!!!! it’s in the details!
White marble countertops!
Dark doors
Stainless trim on the island?
I know you had zero control over this but I wish the ceiling height was taller!
Love Love Love the house!

Angela
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Angela

Gorgeous! I love the use of black and the color you used for the island and bookcases (it is similar to an accent color you suggested for my dining room, which turned out beautifully). I can’t imagine this home will be on the market for long. Too bad I don’t live in TN 😉

Tanya Dobbs
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Tanya Dobbs

I’ve been dying to do off black on my new windows and french doors that look over my pond and garden.. this blog and the photos give me to courage to do it in spite of all of the negative responses I’ve received from friends when I ask their opinion. Thanks!

Jessica Johnson
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Kristie,
Thank you for your magic touch on another project! Jerry is so pleased with it and I know the future owners will be too!! He always comments,” Kristie… she knows what she is doing!!” We have gotten nothing but wonderful feedback from everyone that has previewed it!! Another winner!! Will be getting photos to list in the next week… check out his facebook page http://www.facebook.com/kolecustomhomebuilders for the upcoming photos on this project and message us there for more info!! Thanks again Kristie!!

ange
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Beautiful!! I love the beams and all of it! I still like my black interior doors, I agree it makes the doors look nicer than they are. At least in my home. The island color is pretty too! You always do such a fabulous job!

Kari
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Kari

Swoon. Love every element.

Beth
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Love it! I just consulted on a similar rebuild with a pool and ocean view. Unfortunately they had already done the fireplace, exterior stone, windows & granite before they brought me in, so we had some work to do to pull everything together. But I admit that I never considered black windows. That may have worked well. I was able to get the kitchen cabinet color changed today so that we won’t have red mahogany wood next to yellow/grey fireplace stone. The good news is that I’m helping on another house and getting in a little sooner.

delia
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delia

Absolutely gorgeous Kristie!

inspirational

Lori
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Lori

Absolutely gorgeous! Love it all!

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Kristie I Love it! I am in the process of redoing my kitchen . Going to do white cabinets , my problem is kitchen has a soffit any tips on what do with it . Besides ripping it out ? Or should I just get rid of it ? THANKS ! Your work is amazing .

Lara
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Just GORGEOUS Kristie!!!

patty
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patty

what is the color????? it is beyond wow!

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Shelly Cato
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Shelly Cato

Do you give out the beyond-black color or the azure–? Thank you!

Kate
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Kate

Could you please tell me the paint color of the kitchen island? Beautiful!