While there has been some debate as to whether black or white is the hands-down best color to paint your home’s exterior, Diane Keaton has a better idea: Combine the two. Earlier this month, the actor took to her Instagram feed to share a look inside her big book of houses—no, really, she has a binderful of architecture photographs she has taken over the years. And despite most of the pages being shot on colorless film, Keaton still reminds viewers that “there’s nothing like black and white put together.” We agree. Feeling inspired by her declaration, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite ways to make the high-contrast pairing work—starting with a two-tone take on Long Island.

Work Side to Side

Wanting to separate herself from the other ranch-style homes on the block, Nusaiba Ally switched up her exterior by painting the front and back of her house white and the sides black—ensuring all who round her corner lot will do a double take.


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Make Your Trim Pop

By choosing dark-hued siding and crisp windows and doors for her backyard guesthouse, Courtney Adamo lets her ADU stand out rather than blend in with the lush green surroundings. 

Keep It Minimal

For those looking for a simple upgrade, opt for a white door against a black facade like Julie O’Rourke did for her home in Maine. Not only does it welcome guests with a bold entrance, it’s the perfect weekend DIY project.