What to consider when selecting your exterior colour scheme


Warmer weather calls for outside activities, and what better time to get started on an exterior paint project? We’ve pulled together our top tips to consider when choosing an exterior colour scheme for your home.

First things first, step outside and take a good look at the existing colour of your home. Right through from the roof tiles and brick colour to the timber features, front door and fence – each element is going to have an influence on your new colour selections, unless of course you are looking to do a complete exterior makeover.

Think about the aspect (north, south, east or west), style of house (traditional, coastal or contemporary) and the natural surroundings (urban, bush or coast). Don’t forget, depending on your location some areas may be restricted to certain colours due to council requirements and heritage listings – be sure to check in with your local council if you are unsure.

Does your home have any specific architectural features to be highlighted, or perhaps something you want to hide or blend in with the surroundings? For example, generally downpipes are not a feature. By painting them the same colour as the substrate, they will appear to be hidden and won’t draw attention to the eye.

Be mindful to view your sample swatches and colour cards outside under sunlight to ensure you are getting an accurate view as to how the colour will appear in an exterior environment. This is an important consideration as the appearance of the colour can change significantly when viewed inside vs outside. Paint colours will appear much lighter in the sunlight, creating a saturated, ‘washed out’ look.

To keep an exterior palette from looking bland and two dimensional, we recommend using three to five colours to create visual interest. Don’t forget, these colours will include the roof, gutters, wood trim, bricks, render, cladding, wood trim, fencing, paving etc.

Book in your personalised colour consolation with our colour expert to help guide you through your next paint project

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