Life is brought to this once dark and closed off living space by opening up the living room, dining room and kitchen to each other. A white tongue-and-groove board ceiling brightens the entire space. Neutral furnishings are paired weathered hardwood floors and dark wood tables for a cottage-inspired style.
The tropical house features Craftsman style architecture and a metal roof. To create a cohesive design, many of the exterior materials, including board and batten and tongue and groove wood planking, are used in the interior spaces as well.
Black isn’t only for interiors: It’s a bold, modern choice for exteriors of every style, too. “The black exterior allows this house to blend into its dark, forested surroundings while providing a bold contrast to the colorful foliage and bright interior,” say the architects at GSA Architects. “Painting the vertical tongue and groove siding a dark color helps hide the joints between boards, giving the siding a more homogenous and minimal look. Make sure to use a satin exterior paint to avoid accumulating too much dirt on the siding.”