Unlike interior colours, the exterior colours and roof colour you choose for your home can affect the entire street — and that puts a lot of pressure on homeowners when it comes to choosing a palette. In addition, a number of factors come into play that you don’t have to deal with on the inside of a house: landscaping, the environment (city living or rural), the style of your house, the roof and more.
Here are some easy tips to follow to choose a colour scheme that works both for your style and for your home’s surroundings.
- Plan around the elements that are hardest to change.Unless you’re doing a complete renovation, surfaces such as stonework, pathways and driveways will remain in place. Take these into consideration as you select your exterior and roof colour. Look for undertones between them that might inform your palette. Are they warm (beige, khaki, brown and rust) or cool (grey, blue and black)? Consider colours that will tie these fixed elements together in a harmonious way.
- Consider your home’s architectural style and era. Whether you have a Queen Anne Victorian, a Californian bungalow or a modern/contemporary style house, your exterior and roof colour scheme should feel appropriate to the style. Imagine a classic Queen Anne Victorian house painted burnt orange!
Many paint manufacturers offer collections of historically accurate colours, which can be an excellent springboard for your palette, and you can also consult a professional who specialises in this area. You don’t have to adhere strictly to historical guidelines unless codes for your home and neighbourhood specify otherwise, but for the most pleasing effect, don’t stray too far from them.
- Think about the visual effect you want. Just as the interior colours you select are expressions of your personality, so should the exterior colours be. You can use colour to draw the eye in and call attention to an interesting architectural detail. Look at your home’s relationship to the street and the landscape. Does it sit back from the road or amid a cluster of large, towering trees? You might choose a slightly lighter or brighter colour so that it stands out. On the other hand, a darker hue can make it appear to recede. . If you live in the bush choose complimenting colours and if you live in the city do the same. You want your house to make a statement without being a jarring presence.
- Choose three or more different paint shades.Essentially, an exterior scheme has four major parts: the roof colour, the field colour, which dominates the facade; the accent colour, which brings doors, shutters and other smaller areas to life; and the trim colour, used for window and door casings, roof edging (fascia and eaves), railings and other trimwork. Ideally, the trim colour should contrast strongly with the field colour. If your main hue is dark, consider classic white trim or another pale shade. A light field colour can look stunning with darker trim — like eyeliner for your home, it produces a crisp, dramatic effect. Feel free to go bold with accent colours, but don’t go overboard. A door painted bright red or lemon yellow lends just the right hit of punch. Extending that same shade to the shutters and gables … not so much.
If you’re really stuck for inspiration? Most major paint brands offer preselected colour palettes that take the guesswork out of coordinating an exterior scheme.
- Compliment your exterior with a roof that gleams. To get a great cohesive colour scheme with your roof, there are a few different options. Ideally the roof colour and the gutters will be the same. The fascia and eaves will be the same as the trim colour and the downpipes will be the same colour as the house (field colour). Other alternatives are for the gutters to also be the same colour as the trim colour or to have the roof, gutter, and fascia all the same colour and the downpipes to match in with the house colour. The colour bond visualiser is a great tool to use to experiment with different colour options: http://colorbond.autech.com.au/onlinevisualiser/
Further inspiration and guides for choosing the best colour for your home can be found on the colorbond website: http://colorbond.com/ordering
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