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I want to spend a good chunk of the summer focused on updating the exterior of our Wisconsin cabin. I’ve got big plans, and at the top of the list is a new paint job. Since the day we looked at it, we talked about eventually painting it black. I like the grey-green color that the board and batten is stained now, but it has already faded in the two summers we have been here. It needed to be freshened up, and for us it was the perfect opportunity to take it to a darker place.

There is something so striking about seeing a dark cabin next to a back drop of lush green trees and evergreens. It’s so simple and basic, but also sophisticated and kinda epic, I wanted that for our cabin but with a green twist. Green has become such a theme for us at the cabin, it’s become the common thread that pulls the whole place together. I really wanted to continue with the repetition of green hues, and find a deep black with a green undertone – or should I say, find a dark green that is nearly black.

Have I mentioned that WestWisco house painters are rare and elusive, and usually have their calendars pushed out an entire year? I had no idea. If you want to pick up a trade in the north woods, you’ll be in high demand if you’re a painter. After reaching out to multiple painters in the area and being rejected over and over, we were able to find a really capable painter and we are on his calendar for early June!! He was very knowledgeable and thorough, and I’m feeling like the cabin will be in good hands. He is going to be using Benjamin Moore Aura exterior paint, but before he even touches a paint can, he’s going to sand, caulk and repair some of the mildew-y areas on the siding. Then he will prime and paint two coats of the BM Aura. Super stoked about the entire vibe we are getting from this company.

I’m considering a few different paint colors. See below.

The Contenders

Paint the Cabin Dark Green | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Paint the Cabin Dark Green | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Paint the Cabin Dark Green | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Black Forest Green
So, I really like this but I am concerned that it will read as green first and black second, and I want a color that reads as green, but then also black. Does that make sense? I do like it, and have not fully counted it out yet. Please weigh in.

Black Deep River
This color is super pretty, and I would totally consider it iiiiiffffffff I didn’t want something that was more black. Not dark enough.

Black Knight
This is the color that I am leaning towards but I do have some concerns. I worry that it will read more blue than green as it does have some cooler undertones to it. What do you think?

I am also planning on sanding and staining the multi-level deck. I am already thinking I might be kinda crazy but it’s going to be a really big job, but I already started sanding and am feeling pretty committed to the process at this point. No matter what color I choose for the cabin, I know that I want a solid stain grey with a red undertone to it to compliment the dark green siding and tie-in the reddish roof shingles – which I am in no rush to change.

We’ll also be adding a new patio set to the deck which will really start to make it feel like a cohesive outdoor/indoor space in the summertime.

Paint the Cabin Dark Green | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Paint the Cabin Dark Green | Deuce Cities Henhouse
Check out my mock up and compare our current and future cabin. What do you think? I think an update could be good for this old place.

*Update 05.02.19

Wow. Team! You really came out with some good comments, so much so that I felt like I needed to round out this post. Choosing exterior paint colors is always tricky, isn’t it? I’m lucky that I don’t have to worry about any trim with this cabin, or then you’d really be in for a long post.

I feel like I know exactly what I want, but choosing the color is so tricky because paint changes, and it costs a crap ton of money to paint a building. It’s not one of those things that you can just re-do, so yeah, I tend to overthink it.

What I want is a black or nearly black color that looks green in the sunlight, and like a dark muted black or nearly black in the shade. Imagine sitting out by the fire and looking at the cabin, and all of a sudden the cabin you thought was black is really green because you just happened to catch in the right light at the right time of day – that’s what I want. I want it to be a chameleon, but I don’t want it change into a super saturated gem-y kelly green in the sunlight. I want the green undertones to lean to to the cooler side, but I don’t want them to be too teal – I kinda just want them to skirt the line between warm and cool. Is that possible? I dunno. For reference, the majority of the day our cabin is in the shade because it’s in the woods and it’s on the west side of the lake. We get sun in the morning when the sun rises and mid day when it’s nearly directly overhead.

Welcome to my crazy obsessive brain.

Inspiration

Paint the Cabin Dark Green | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Paint the Cabin Dark Green | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Paint the Cabin Dark Green | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Top : From Dwell | A house painted Black Forest Green
Middle : From The Fresh Exchange | A House Painted Black with Green Undertones
Bottom : From Country Living | A House Painted a Muted Grey Black with Warm Green Undertones

I hope that these photos help to illustrate how each of these paint colors might look on the house. The top is actually Black Forest Green, it’s so pretty and it’s definitely green but it can also read as black. The middle is probably my favorite of the three, it’s black but yet also green. It’s black first though, and then green as an afterthought, which is exactly what I was wanting. The bottom is still a beautiful color, but I think I just want to be a little bit bolder at the cabin.

In the Shade vs. In the Sun

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I could pick a color so easily if it wasn’t for the difference between the sun and shade. In the shade I’m split between the Black Forest Green and the Black Knight, the Black Forest Green is perfectly both black and green and The Black Knight is black, but is it too black? In the sun I worry about the Black Forest Green being too intense and too saturated, and is the Black Knight green enough?

Approximating Color

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Here’s my photoshopped version of each color on the cabin. You can get a sense of both highlight and shadow in each image. So very confused, but at least I’m narrowing it down to just a few options, right?

If you feel like it, I’d love to know which you guys think is the prettiest! Seriously, you can sway me. Just leave a comment, #1, #2 or #3?

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  • Sarah May 1, 2019

    I love your cabin and I love all the options, including the color it is now, so I’m not much help, haha! I just found your blog recently and wanted to say your work is beautiful and I’m so happy I found you!

    • Scoops May 2, 2019

      Hi Sarah, Thank you! That is really nice of you to stop and say. I’m glad you found the blog too.

  • Monica May 1, 2019

    don’t know how close their stores are to you, but I just wanted to plug Hallman Lindsay paints! they have beautiful colors, really good quality paint (I can vouch for their interior wall paint and exterior paint for our doors at least), and a most excellent company ethos. Made in Wisco <3 http://www.hallmanlindsay.com/

    • Scoops May 2, 2019

      Thanks! I’ll be sure to check it out. My biggest fear about painting the cabin is having it fade. Our house in Minneapolis was painted dark blue and it faded on the south side within the first few years, which was such a bummer. I am ready to pay up for a paint that is fade resistant and durable.

  • Jen May 1, 2019

    I love that black knight and don’t think blue at all when I see it on my tiny phone screen, ha! That color is what I thought you might pick before reading your analysis. Strangely thrilled for you (looking forward to a much smaller job of painting our mini shed this year with some 4-year-old mural help).

    • Scoops May 2, 2019

      Ha! I know, I should have probably titled this post “Painting the cabin Dark Green *ahem* I mean, Black. It’s hard to tell the subtle differences between the colors. Good luck with the shed! I always enjoyed getting my kids to help me when they were little.

  • Geraldine May 2, 2019

    I am totally convinced by your mock up. You go girl! :) Cheers from France!

    • Scoops May 2, 2019

      Geraldine, Thank you! We’ll be visiting France this fall, can’t wait!

      • Geraldine May 2, 2019

        Nice! Do not hesitate to ask for recommandations. I can help with Paris and the South East part of the country (the Alps, Provence, French Riviera…). I would be glad to “send you back the elevator” aka “helping the ones who have help you” (in your case inspiring me about all I can do alone in my house. Setting the goal to DIY some lamps someday. I really like your design style too).

  • JULIE WAGGONER May 2, 2019

    I painted my son’s bedroom in his new house black knight. It is a beautiful color! We love it.

    • Scoops May 2, 2019

      Oooh, this is good to know. When searching I have only found it in interiors. It’s so hard to pick! I think any one of them would be beautiful.

  • Wow! It’s going to look great! Black Forests was my first pick, but I don’t think you’ll go wrong with Black Knight. It’s going to be beautiful!

    • Scoops May 2, 2019

      I truly am torn. This house featured in Dwell is painted black forest green and I love how subtle the green is. My only concern is that it will look glaringly green when the sun hits it. I think that the next time I’m at the cabin I need to throw up some larger swatches. I still have a few weeks to decide.

  • Danielle May 2, 2019

    Black Forest Green looks the most similar to what I pictured from your description of what you wanted!

    • Scoops May 2, 2019

      Thanks, Danielle! I just posted a photo in the previous comment of what black forest green looks like on an exterior and I really do like it. I think I need to do a larger swatch and then maybe post some photos in an IG story in the shade and in the sun and see what THE PEOPLE think.

  • I like all of those options! Do you anticipate needing a new roof at any point? If so, you’d prob change the color, and want a paint to reflect it? So maybe go for a color that looks super good with the redish roof then opt for your ideal color when you replace the roof?
    Not saying you have a bad roof – it looks perfectly beautiful to me.
    I like the nearly black with a tint of green imho.

    • Scoops May 3, 2019

      Hi friend! I think the roof is pretty new and if we were to change it in the future we’d probably go for a black color, because duh, black. Thanks for weighing in!

  • Rhea May 2, 2019

    Our house is Deep River. We’re in St. Paul if you want to see it IRL. I love that it changes color through out the day, green, charcoal, black. I’ve had people knock on our door to tell us they like it.

    • Scoops May 3, 2019

      Oooh, I bet it is so pretty. I think that it’s such a dynamic color, and I bet it looks great on your house. For the cabin we’ve made our decision that we really want to go nearly black, otherwise I would investigate the Deep River color further.

      • Rhea May 3, 2019

        Good for you! Make a decision and just GO WITH IT. Not second guessing is the hardest part (for me, anyhow). Just wanted to mention it because sometimes seeing it in real life helps. Good luck!

  • Caroline May 2, 2019

    Yeah even before reading your thoughts on each colour I thought dark night read more blue than green in the undertones. I would go with Black Forest Green!

    • Scoops May 3, 2019

      I worry about that too. I’m still so torn. Next time we’re back at the cabin we’re going to think long and hard about the paint color. I’ll probably end up having the cabin covered in swatches by the time we’re through.

  • Aileen May 2, 2019

    Don’t know if this is helpful at all, but we painted our sitting room Obsidian Green by Little Greene. They said it’s the blackest green you can get, but that could just be this side of the pond! I wonder if it would be possible to have it mixed from a sample?

    • Scoops May 3, 2019

      Hey Aileen, I checked out your green and it’s very pretty. I couldn’t find a retailer here in the US. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I am scared of getting the paint matched for something as big as a house. I would worry that the color hasn’t been tested by the company and because it’s on the exterior might be more prone to fading. Like I said, I have no idea if that’s true or not, but I just don’t want to risk it.

  • Kari May 2, 2019

    They all look great, but when I read what you are wanting in the color, black knight feels like the one that best fits the description!

    • Scoops May 3, 2019

      Thanks, Kari! I’ll be sure to post an update once we make a decision. I am so confused at this point I’m not leaning either way. I just need to see them again, make a choice and then stop thinking about it.

    • Scoops May 3, 2019

      Also, we miss you guys!

  • Becky May 3, 2019

    #3 black knight all the way. Looks best with the roof, actually feels black compared to the rest and doesn’t lean blue to my eyes at all. I can imagine it looking like a perfect hint of dark dark green in a patch of sun. The dark forest green looks like dark green to me and I bet it would really pop in the sun. That dwell pic doesn’t read black at all to me. Don’t get me wrong, gorg color in its own right but I think you’ll be happier with the drama of black knight. Also maybe makes picking a deck stain easier if it’s darker? Can’t wait to see it!

    • Scoops May 3, 2019

      I agree, I do think it looks better with the roof, and I am so glad to hear that you don’t think it leans to blue-ish. The BFN is a very pretty color too. I am eager to get back to the cabin so I can make a decision and put this thing to bed. I’ll make sure to post an update once I figure it out.

  • Lindsey May 3, 2019

    I love Dark Knight, but I totally hear your concerns. A thought–can you mix a small sample (like maybe 50/50) of Dark Knight and Black Forest Green and see where it gets you? Maybe it’ll be the best of both worlds. Or maybe a disaster–I don’t know. But I do know that Grace from Design*Sponge couldn’t decide between two paint colors on a recent makeover and just ended up mixing them together and it was great.
    Good luck in choosing! I know it’ll look great no matter what, but I wish you luck as you search for exactly what you’re envisioning!

  • Alanna May 6, 2019

    We painted our house black forest green a few years ago. I was also hoping for a “black but not quite” kind of color and it’s definitely that, especially in the shade. It actually ended up looking more navy blue in the sun in real life though, not quite as green. It might be because we had it mixed in Sherwin Williams rather than Benjamin Moore and the base altered it slightly. I live in St. Paul, so if you want to do a drive by and see what it looks like with a few years of fading shoot me an email.

  • Wendy May 7, 2019

    Oooh, after reading through, including the update, I definitely like #3 best. It looks fantastic and for some reason I find it very soothing. I also love how it really sets off the windows!

  • Ashley May 7, 2019

    Oooo I really love Black Forest Green… it reads the most green to me, though to be honest, I think all of them would be beautiful! Tell me more about your paint choice, we’re also looking to paint the board and batten on our house a navy blue,(your house was actually my inspiration!) but I’m concerned about fading. I’ve also been warned by friends that a dark color will affect our utilities… but my house is in a pretty shady spot. Did you see a noticable difference? So many worries!!

  • Kelly May 14, 2019

    Black Forest Green ALL THE WAY!! Also, can you do a solid stain instead of a paint? That’s what we have on our boards and cedar shakes and it’s held up really well over the last 7 years. It’s a custom teal color (vaguely like Ben Moore aegan teal) and the color has barely changed.

  • Sally May 18, 2019

    3!

  • contractor directory May 23, 2019

    Hello, thanks for the interesting article. I believe that this color is great for your small home, compared to the old color. Since the house is located in the forest and a similar color fits the environment very well. I have a small summer house in the forest and I plan to make repairs to this house. Therefore, your option on the use of colors will be useful for me. I planned to paint the house purely black, but this color is more pleasant and better suited to houses surrounded by trees. Thanks.

  • Sarah May 28, 2019

    I’m picking between front door colours at the moment for my east-northeast-facing house against white brick, and Black Forest Green-googling is how I found this post. Thanks for the heads up on Black Knight, I hadn’t even considered it! I do think BK looks just like…regular black, at least until you contrast it directly against a true black. My door hardware is matte black and that’s where you’ll really notice that BFG isn’t black, as it’ll be in shadow most of the day. So I’d say if you’re planning to put black sconces and hardware on the house (or roof, perhaps), it’ll give you the contrast to pop the hint of green you’re after if you decide to go for Black Knight. I’d base my decision on big swatches, like you’ve said, as the answer entirely depends on the exposure and light you receive. Good luck!

  • Ally May 29, 2019

    I like #1 as well, but the roof wants #3 :)

  • Lanka Jim June 28, 2019

    I am hunting for something very similar for my dining room – something that somehow will be charcoal, teal, and forest green all at the same time. I’ve been eyeing BM’s Bavarian Forest which I think is too green for what you want (and maybe also for what I want). Eagerly following along here :)

  • Kathy Gardner July 11, 2019

    I love the black forest green for depth of color. Great choices!

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