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Trending in 2018 - Darker Colors

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A darker look. Dark colors will be desirable for buyers, builders and designers in 2018. The bold black colors of the year from Olympic Paint (Black Magic), Glidden (Deep Onyx) and PPG (Black Flame) point to the luxe appeal of this hue.

One way to add subtle drama to a home’s exterior is to forego tan and beige siding in favor of darker shades. Single-family home communities are offering siding in various shades of dark blue, as well as dark and medium tones of gray, such as natural slate.

After experiencing how popular these darker options are at our single-family communities, we are now designing many of our new suburban rowhome and townhome communities with these exterior shades for a more modern look. We also are seeing buyers wanting to enhance the dark siding on the single-family homes with mixed materials like stone, brick and cedar for a textured look.

A dark exterior may be bold and somewhat daring, but that doesn’t mean it’s sad and dreary. We absolutely love the this trend we’ve been seeing and think you will, too! It’s an added wow factor that’s sure to take your home to the next level.

Generally, the darker a stain is, the more protective it is of the wood that’s beneath It. It blocks out more UV rays, and UV is what deteriorates wood. A deep black stain is about as bulletproof a choice as you can make.

There’s also a side benefit of black houses: architectural slimming. When the house was framed and primed, before it was stained black, it appeared bigger from the street, more of an in-your-face kind of thing than it did once we stained it dark. I like the way landscape plays against a black house, particularly when grasses and leaves are a really bright emerald green.”

Nova Homes of South Florida is building custom homes in Naples, Golden Gate Estates, Marco Island, and Isles of Capri, Florida. Homes are priced from the $200s to $2 million. Online at or call 239.307.6116.


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