Kerb appeal can make or break a property, which is why your choice of exterior house colours is important. Follow our tips for choosing your exterior paint colours before you go ahead and book house painting services!
- Keep It Classic
A classic colour scheme is by far the safest option to go for, complementing all types of properties. Warm beige and white are beautiful combinations, particularly for older homes. A classic colour scheme is also a sure fire way of making sure your property never goes out of style. If this is too drab for you, take a leaf from these properties by adding bold black roof tiles. Suddenly, the neutral palette is elevated to a luscious level.
- Accent With Contrasting Hues
You might have been told that when choosing your outdoor paint colours, you need to go for complementary colours. Get experimental by using contrasting colours instead, albeit in a restrained manner. In this rustic home, we see orange and blue windows juxtaposed against stark white walls. Bright blues and oranges are typically not paired together, but because they are used sparingly, they help to add a lively touch to the exterior of the home.
If you can’t manage an entire repaint of your home, adding a pop of colour to your windows, shutters or front door is an easy and affordable way of changing your home’s exterior.
- Embrace Primary Colours
We’ve all experimented with primary colours while at school, but few think to apply these colours to their home’s exteriors. While you might think that these colours clash, remember that they’re naturally complementary due to the fact that they are the base of all other colours. To make your house the most distinctive on the block, choose one of these colours as the “hero” colour and use lighter shades of the other two primary colours to support it.
Here we see a muted, mustard yellow used as the backdrop for the bright blue shutters to create a warm and inviting result.
- Add Warmth With Wood
If your home has a rather neutral facade, one way to add colour and texture is by using wood. House painting is often done after the fact, but if you’re able to design your own home, adding wood to the exterior is a fantastic option. In this home, we see wood used alongside brick to keep the property classic and inviting.
- Get Tonal
Another way to add depth to the exterior of your home, without making any bold changes, is to choose colours of similar tones. Choose a hero colour and use darker and lighter shades alongside it to create a truly harmonious facade, as pictured here. An earthy orange door draws the eye, while cinnamon and terracotta colours frame the scene.
- Tap Into Your Material Side
Want to add a hint of difference without actually painting your property? Playing around with the materials of your home’s exterior adds diversity, even if the colour palette you’ve chosen is very neutral. Here, we see varying tones of the bricks and tiles used to create a compelling colour story. In the first image, stark white is used to tie in the other materials and colours, while the second image illustrates the appeal that can be created by using three different materials.
- Follow the Rule of Three
Modern professional painters will typically consider the rule of three when choosing an exterior colour scheme. Just because you’re using white or beige doesn’t mean the whole property has to look dull – add two other colours to the exterior to create an eye-catching facade. Here we see a deep blue paired against white walls, with a brown slanted roof acting as a neutral support colour.
By keeping all the tones mellow, this property successfully blends three colours: classic white used throughout the exterior, a muted greyish-blue as the backdrop, and a rich red door as a point of interest.
If the rule of three is too mainstream for you, you can try doing the complete opposite: opting for a monochrome colour palette. Using slightly different tones of the same colour is the epitome of understated elegance, as illustrated in this vampy greyish-black home, and this refreshingly vanilla property.
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