I'll be honest — it would never occur to me to paint a house black. That said, I've been mesmerized by this photo of Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage since I saw it last month on Cabin Porn. And apparently, the color has occurred to other homeowners as well — to dramatic and often chic effect.

  1. The yellow trim on Prospect Cottage in England adds the perfect pop of color. Via Cabin Porn.
  2. Black paint highlights the details on this Victorian duplex in San Francisco. Via Freshome.
  3. A 1907 villa with a 1960s addition is updated with a coat of black paint. Via Dwell.
  4. A hot pink door and white trim look chic and unexpected on a Victorian rowhouse in London. Via Apartment Therapy.
  5. A cool, prefab cabin on Lake Superior. Via Dwell.

(Images: 1. Cabin Porn, 2. Freshome via Apartment Therapy, 3. Mark Seelen for Dwell, 4. Kristin Hohenadel for Apartment Therapy, 5. George Heinrich for Dwell .)