The time of light shades, if it does not go away, is forced to step aside - saturated, deep, dark colors are paving the way. This applies to both interiors and exteriors. Dark (and even black) walls are no longer considered gloomy, hopelessly narrowing the space and used only in certain cases, in the right context. Moreover, houses made of dark bricks have also begun to be built more often - and this has its advantages.
Advantages and disadvantages
Western designers decided to sweep the light color of the façade off the long-held pedestal, and they did it. Following them, fashion came to Russian design, or rather, the process of displacement of former leaders is taking place right now.
What are the advantages of a dark brick house:
- looks stylish, modern, elegant;
the building will be more laconic, without the feeling of a certain "blur";
- such a house is definitely eye-catching;
- dark color is a priori less easily soiled;
- dark brick has an increased heat capacity, and therefore it accumulates and transfers heat, which means that it will be warmer in such a house in winter;
- this exterior looks more noble;
- in general, such a building looks advantageous, non-trivial, dark houses definitely have their own charm.
Disadvantages of a dark brick house:
inside such a building (especially in a black house) it can be hot in the summer;
- the house becomes dusty faster;
- scratches and chips in some cases will also be more noticeable.
Visually, such a house can be associated with a chocolate bar - a good characteristic, pleasant and not particularly quoted.
Black brick is rarely used, fearing its gloom and ambiguity, and, indeed, such a radical color requires a design approach, consonance with the site and vegetation on it. But you don't have to be radical, dark brick is presented in different shades.
The most interesting thing is the choice of shade. And it is worth starting not with advantageous colors, but with techniques that should not be used in choosing a coloristic solution. What the experts advise against:
- using 4 or 5 colors in the decoration of a house is a clear overkill, with so many colors and not every designer can cope;
- bright, interfering shades of bricks are also unacceptable - you will quickly get tired of this color audacity;
- the facade and the roof should be solved in the same temperature range - either cold colors or warm, there are no other options, otherwise, dissonance cannot be avoided;
- copying the decoration of a neighboring house, even if it is built of chic brown or chocolate brick, is also not the best idea - why does he need a twin brother;
- if you want to highlight small details, for example, to focus on door handles, pipes or cornices, you need to use one shade - white window frames, white handle, white cornice, the same pipe, for example;
to accentuate a dark brick house, white, black and gray are optimal, but bright colors will make a children's designer out of the house - at least there are many chances for this.
How not to do it, it is said, and now about how to choose a color, and what to decide with the seams. One of the most popular (and deservedly so) shades is the color of chocolate. Dark truffle or lighter milky - any color variation becomes one of the most preferred in the line of dark shades.
Houses do not look gloomy at all, they will not cause states of oppression against the background, for example, of November haze or a gray rainy sky. On the contrary, chocolate shades look surprisingly cheerful.
The same can be said about variations of green, dark emerald, monstera leaf color and others. These are very calm, vibrant colors that look good against the background of a not very sparse landscape. The dark blue shades, and the blue, diluted with gray, are also pleasing - stylish, restrained, but definitely not ascetic.
As for the seams, if you want to emphasize the brick pattern, the seams are made light. If you do not want to focus on this, the tone is lighter than the color of the brick. Both options are pretty in their own way, it's only a matter of the owner's preferences.
A dark brick house, one-story or two-story, must first of all embody some style. Style leads the architect, builder, designer, does not allow one to go astray, subordinates the building to general principles, which ultimately results in a convincing and harmonious building.
Let us now analyze the projects in which style are successfully obtained from dark bricks
Classical. A simple way of laying is a dark brick with light seams. In such buildings, roofs are usually gable. The building does not imply complex accents, the house is not flashy, not impudent, but calm, ready to become the personification of the concept of "timeless".
Scandinavian. Designers for the idea of such a house suggest using decorative finishing bricks that imitate natural stone. The house is functional, without architectural frills
English style. The masonry is more complex, as is the color combination. You can make a transition from deep dark to light shades - this will provide an illusion and play of color. The roof is usually tiled, and the brick is chosen for maroon cladding
Japanese. An interesting option using a brick that imitates a rough stone. Brown and sandy shades can be successfully combined. The roof will be complex, with two tiers
In short, dark brick does not narrow down the choice of style for building a house. And each of the styles in its own way reveals the possibilities of rich dark shades.
Based on successful examples of ready-made buildings, it is easier to choose what may soon become your own home. You need to take into account your own request criteria, landscape, and price characteristics.
Let's take a look at 10 cute dark brick houses
- In this case, chocolate shades alternate - lighter and darker create a sense of dynamics, and this is a powerful inoculation against the gloomy atmosphere of the house. On the contrary, it looks lively, elegant, and white accents only emphasize this. The upstairs terrace is stunningly appropriate and fills the space above the garage.
Graphite color and a very laconic home, which also did not go without white accents. Restrained, but not devoid of its zest, quite modern, and only the semblance of simplicity is in it
Dark brick combined with stone is a wonderful tandem. The house is like from an old English or maybe a Scandinavian fairy tale. The compositional solution of the windows accompanies the successful combination of finishing materials - an ideal haven for those who want to create a family estate in a beautiful corner
Geometry and symmetry are two associations that are born with this house. Again, strokes of white emphasize the main dark. One-story, but probably with an attic floor, it will be a cozy home for people who like this kind of soft laconicism
An example of a combination of colors in brickwork - gray with wine creates all the same beneficial dynamics, and white seams emphasize it. White window frames also look great. The house does not seem gloomy at all, it has quite cheerful shades, modern and “tasty”
A complex roof, as many as three floors (even if one is defective) - the house clearly attracts attention.The architect did not philosophize and took white for emphasis. And he made the right decision
And another cool home with a mix of dark brick shades. And also the masonry is decorative in some places, which looks charming - to take the same pigtail at the place of the change of floors
Dark, combined with contour white, is almost a win-win solution. As in this house, smartly designed, not needing to celebrate all the highlights. Against the background of deep brown, the white color looks elegant, solemn, which makes the whole building "dignified". And garden furniture only plays along with this color ensemble
It uses a combination of a dark base and a light top. This is really a good trick, which in some cases visually creates the illusion of a large building. It's also a good way to balance a light area and a dark house - using a light brick canvas on top makes the structure very organic
Chocolate variations continue, and the active use of white does not allow us to say that the house is gloomy. There is a lot of white, but not enough to hide the solidity of brown and its decisive exterior "tone"
Dark colors are suitable for people who like concreteness, who are somewhat conservative, and who like some privacy. Even on a psychological level, dark houses seem to wrap their tenants more, separate them from the hustle and bustle of life outside the house, from noise and excessive brightness, hassle and active light.