Project Peek: Mid-Century Modern Deck House Black Paint selections

Hello! I wanted to share a project peek of my mid-century deck house project – we’re painting the house black! We are currently in the process of making the final black paint decision, but I wanted to share some of my inspiration images and the paint colors we’re currently looking at. First, I just love a black house and think it’s a truly classic color – tho not very widely used. Why do I say classic? Because it works on houses from many architectural eras from the 17th Century Salem Witch House to Scandi styles, in both interiors and exteriors.

When my client purchased this amazing house, I immediately knew that the existing putty colored paint had to go and all I could see was a dark charcoal or black in my minds eye. I pulled together examples of modern structures with gray and black paint colors to show my client what I had in mind:

All black exteriors Dwell
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I love how a black house just fades into its surroundings and also highlights the windows.

black mid century house
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Mid century deck house black paint
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Rejuvenation black and wood house exterior
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I did an initial mockup of the concept of an exterior with black paint for my client’s review:

Linda Merrill Nashoba mockups black house whole

Linda Merrill Nashoba mockups black house door

We’ve narrowed the choices down to Benjamin Moore’s Black Panther and Black Satin.


Linda Merrill Mid-Century Modern black paint choices


I used Black Satin on the interior trim in this project and I really like how it’s a softer black – it has some depth.

What do you think? Is black paint the way to go? I will share the final results once the house is painted!

xoxo Linda

15 thoughts on “Project Peek: Mid-Century Modern Deck House Black Paint selections”

  1. Hello Linda, I have seen some handsome buildings clad in dark patinated bronze, and that is what your client’s house will look like. I wonder if you have even considered painting the trim the same color? I am torn–I like your bi-color mock-up, but I also like that first entirely dark house you show.

  2. Love the black Linda! There is a mid-century house I drive by every day on my way to work…it’s in Duxbury on Tremont St. across from the town hall…the new homeowners have painted it a dark color, a dark brown I believe, and its beautiful.

  3. Yes yes yes! Perfect on this house! I love the satin black with the mahogany trim…it carries over the natural wood from inside to accent the exterior.

  4. Yes, yes, and yes! We’ve used Black Panther in a number of interior projects and I just love it! Showing your clients a conceptual rendering is brilliant as you can truly see just how stunning their home is going to look!


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