Black is back, and it’s back in a big way. All over the world we’re seeing the resurgence of black homes, whether they be modern or classic, ornate or minimal. It’s not hard to see why either; the hue is perfect for all climates and conditions, pairs well amongst a natural landscape and best of all never goes out of style. While some homes may transform their dark and moody exterior with a drastically different interior, others stick firmly to the black aesthetic, proving dark tones don’t have to make for a gloomy space. For our latest collections feature, we revisit five favourite black homes that will have you convinced black is indeed best.
A recent standout on est, this Canadian chalet by Appareil Architecture caught our attention with its bold black timber clad frame and soaring interior proportions. Inspired by traditional shapes and its natural surrounds, the Grand Pic chalet takes further design cues from a Nordic aesthetic, inverting the matte black exteriors with Russian plywood interior walls and sleek concrete floors, punctuated by the black-framed windows to let the light in. Both refined and raw, this is the chalet to covet.
Photography by Félix Michaud
Quite literally referred to as ‘The Black House‘, this Flinders home by Canny Architecture offers a very different take on the country estate. Dark hues and moody interiors imbue a style and sophistication not usually associated with traditional Australian farmhouses, while leather, linen, and timber add warmth and balance to the spaces. Just the place to curl up by the fire in winter, or stretch out on the deck during summer.
Photography by Derek Swalwell
Another recent favourite, this inner-city home by Techne exudes modern Melbourne style. While the front of the home blends in to the heritage surroundings, the angular extension takes a bold approach with black metal cladding and a vertical screen of metal blades. Inside, the black hues give way to a more monochrome palette, though steel framing continues to segment areas and rich grey stone characterises the kitchen. We can’t imagine a home more fitting of its locale.
Photography by Ben Hosking
Alain Carle Architecte add to our hunch that the Canadians have a knack for black with this Lac St Victor Estate home in Quebec. The home’s organic aesthetic was inspired by the natural landscape and rural traditions, lending the home its lived-in look and feel. Deep tones of black, grey and brown create a calming and grounding atmosphere, while natural materials such as cedar wood and stone and play well with more industrial elements like steel and cement.
Photography by James Brittain
An oasis of contemporary Scandinavian design, Nord House is a boutique accommodation concept on the Mornington Peninsula. Brought to life beautifully by Poss Samperi (of Orchard Keepers fame), the three bedroom home stylishly sticks to a monochrome sensibility, with timber panelling, tiles and even furnishings adhering to the refined palette. The standout space for us would have to be the kitchen, where a black-on-black look just sings against the wider white surrounds.
Photography and styling by Doswell McLean