The exterior of your home makes the first impression
The exterior colours of your house affect the entire street unlike interior colours. When it comes to choosing a palette, this might add some pressure to homeowners.
Here are 7 helpful tips to narrow down the colours of the exterior of your house:
- Plan around the elements that are hard to change:
If you are not doing a full renovation then surfaces like roof shingles or tiles, stonework, driveways, and pathways will remain the same, and you can take advantage of this and take them into consideration while picking your exterior colours.
- The structure of your home can be very helpful
Does your home have a noticeable architectural style that’s associated with a traditional colour scheme?
- Think about the kind of surface you are painting:
Concrete materials in greys and blues are better suited to cooler tones while natural materials like wood and clay in brown and terracotta hues are best suited to warmer tones.
- Consider colours for all the exterior elements of your house:
You need to select a colour for the front door, the window frames, the letterbox and get a contrasting trim colour for pergolas, fretwork, eaves, railings, gutters, and fascia.
- For a colourful exterior go complementary:
If two of the paints you’re using are colourful, it would be better for them to be complementary which means the two colours sit opposite from each other on a colour wheel.
- Rely on Colour Wheel Rules:
You can rely on the colour wheel’s segmentation to help you mix colours and create palettes with varying degrees of contrast.
- Test the colours in your palette:
Once you’ve narrowed down your possible exterior home colours to several choices, get colour samples and paint them in strips. View them at different times of the day, in sun and shadow.