Should You Paint Your House Black? A Trendy Debate

By Yelena Moroz Alpert

Black home exteriors increasingly punctuate hip neighborhoods and green landscapes, but design experts are split when it comes to noir facades.

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In 2015, when he unveiled plans for a 26-residence project in New York’s Catskill Mountains, architect Drew Lang anticipated a handful of clients would select a black-stained facade. By the time the homes were finished in 2019, half the buyers had opted for the nightly shade. “People identify with its distinctiveness,” he said.

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