Dark colors for exteriors are back in style and they are increasingly cropping up as a backdrop for gardens and patios. The dark background does something magical to whatever is placed in front of it. The greens of grasses, trees and shrubs look greener and any bit of color you place in the environment pops. It’s interesting that the darker colors – blacks and charcoals in particular – tend to recede in the environment, while the lighter colors come forward. I think this would be a great trick for a fence in a smaller yard. I don’t know if you have any Spring garden projects this year, but it might be interesting to think about painting something in your yard black or charcoal instead of white or cream.
Here are 7 photographs of successful gardens with black and charcoal to inspire you!
We have an ugly, Park Ranger brown gazebo in our backyard that I was going to repaint white, but now I’m wondering if charcoal gray would work? I’ve been looking online, but the gazebos that are pictured are always white or natural wood…maybe there’s a reason there aren’t any charcoal gray or black gazebos out there!
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West and co-hosts the book podcast "The Inside Flap" on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.
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4 thoughts on “The Power of Black in the Garden: 7 outdoor spaces that prove that Black is back”
The Osho Resort in Pune is a stunning example of using black outside- not just in the garden but as the external color of all buildings (internally they are white). See Google images for details: https://goo.gl/AnmSBk
Good idea! I like!
Wow, I really love the black fences that are shown in these pictures. I agree that dark colors can work really well in places that get a lot of light. Not only that, but I bet it’s easier on the eyes to not have light reflected on you.
The light reflection aspect is a great point! I don’t think I thought of that one!