Choosing A Colour For Your Exterior: It’s Easier Than You Think
Choosing a colour palette for your home’s exterior doesn’t have to be difficult. Although it’s a big decision to make, it’s also a chance to give your home a refreshing new look that will last for years to come. If you’re struggling to choose a colour for your exterior, check out our top points to consider below!
Take a look at what’s around your home – and take nature into account.
Take a look at what’s going on around your home. What’s there? If it’s stony or close to concrete, you’ll see grey tones. If you’re by the sea, perhaps blue. If it’s surrounded by trees and nature, green will, of course, be a recurring theme. So with all of that taken into account, consider colours that pair well with and enhance the home’s surroundings. You’ll be surprised at how scenic your home could look when it’s colour coordinated with its landscape!
Are there any colours that are already strongly featured on your exterior?
If there’s already a colour that’s already heavily featured on your home’s exterior and you enjoy the way it looks, why fix what isn’t broken? You could simply refresh the colour with a new slick of paint or treatment to make it look good as new again. This could be anything, from the woodwork to paint to stone fittings.
What are your neighbours doing with their homes?
What other people are doing shouldn’t always be compared to your own life, but in the case of your home, it can be helpful. To ensure a classic, timeless look, you should aim to decorate your home exterior in a way that fits in with its surrounding neighbourhood. Keep an eye on the way your neighbours have decorated their homes and use their creations to inspire your own. It’s possible to fit the local scenery but still stand out – just add your own unique twists, such as a bright front door or alternating hardware.
Consider the age and era of your home.
If your home is more modern and contemporary, it may look better when painted in more neutral or monochromatic tones such as white, beige or grey. Older houses, on the other hand, can look fun and refreshed when painted in a bright or pastel colour, giving you the opportunity to get creative.
Consider how the changes you make could affect future sales.
If a move is on the horizon for you, it’s probably not the best time to experiment with any ‘out there’ ideas. Instead, opt for simplicity – people are more likely to purchase a home they won’t have to do as much work on.
Choose a variation of complementary paint shades.
Not only will choosing only one shade seem fairly plain, it will also cause your home to lack the appearance of dimension and depth.Choosing a gradient of tones from the same colour family will add the flattering lines that will ensure your home looks great from every angle, as well as making it seem a little more well thought out and interesting. If you’re unsure of how to add the different shades to your exterior, split them between the walls, woodwork and panelling, and any other parts of the home you’d like to paint. If you’re feeling daring, you could even give your home a unique customised ombre effect!
Remember to test them out on a real wall, rather than relying on paint chips.
Paint chips and cards are excellent for getting an idea of the shades you’d like to use, but not so great when it comes to getting a swatch that’s completely accurate. While they will be a fairly good match, it’s clear to see how they could vary, considering it’s printed on a pure blank canvas and usually viewed in-store under bright fluorescent lighting. Instead, buy a real sample of paint and find an inconspicuous part of your home to test it on. See how it looks at different times of day, in different lighting, and even in different weather conditions to get an idea of how it will actually look when used in your home.
Pick a colour combination that’s classic and safe.
If the design isn’t your forte and you’re unsure of which colours work well together, you can’t go wrong with a safe, classic theme. Shades of cream, taupe, white, grey and even black are often used on home exteriors as their neutral shade that can stand the test of time.
Spruce up your home’s visible brick or woodwork to complete the clean and polished look. You can still add a splash of colour if you choose to – perhaps a rich, jewel-toned front door.
Or experiment and make a statement.
If being creative is a big part of your personality, don’t let the ‘rules’ of home design hold you back. Some rules are meant to be broken, so go ahead and do what you feel reflects the way you live your life. Whatever you choose, the result will be something that suits you and your home and can be enjoyed by you and your family for as long as you want. It doesn’t matter what people think, as long as you’re having fun with it. So while there are certainly some points you’ll need to consider when choosing an exterior colour for your home, it’s far less intimidating than you may have originally thought. Use it as a chance to be creative, inject your home with personality and let it reflect your lifestyle.