These days you don’t have to live in the countryside to enjoy the farmhouse style of architecture and design. This iconic style is surging in popularity in the greater Raleigh-Durham area and across the country. Its prominent stylistic features include black framed windows, black trim, and black accents contrasting with classic white walls. Interior walls may also include shiplap, while board and batten or whitewashed brick often adorn exterior walls.
Black is not a new color in outdoor living design; however, the farmhouse trend has made it more popular than ever. Black railings – a longtime favorite – are now complemented by black-framed porch windows and other black and white design details. Using black has both aesthetic and practical benefits in outdoor living design.
The Versatility of Black
Black is a classic color choice for many reasons. The color has long been associated with elegance and sophistication in modern design. It can be used boldly in contrast with other strong colors, as it does with white in the farmhouse aesthetic. It can also serve as a neutral color, helping to outline or blend more earthy tones, such as those found in wood or stone. Black works well with many different architectural styles in addition to the farmhouse aesthetic, such as traditional, bohemian, or rustic. It is a versatile, timeless choice for any outdoor living design.
Black Enhances Your View
Black is also a desirable color choice because it absorbs light, lending it a useful optical effect. When you look at a view with black porch railings or windows absorbing the light, it is easier for your vision to move beyond those elements. The way it absorbs the light makes the black seem to fade into its background, allowing your visual focus to shift easily from the outdoor living structure to your natural surroundings. Although it might seem like the boldness of black would interfere with your view, it actually enhances it.
If you’re ready to build a deck, porch, or three-season room in the Greater Triangle, call Archadeck today to schedule a design consultation: (919) 446-5585. Our team of expert outdoor living designers looks forward to working with you!