Things to consider when choosing exterior paint colours.


Whether you opt for a Hamptons style home or a country cottage look, there are a few things you should take into consideration before you choose the exterior colours for your new or renovated home. We are firm believers of blending your colour choices with the home’s surroundings while also ensuring that your home looks fresh and stunning!

 

Painting the exterior of your home can be a large investment but it is worthwhile if you choose the right colours! We have put tgether a list of factors to consider before choosing the right exterior colour for your home. 

 

Your neighbours and your surroundings

A house that compliments the neighbouring houses is always a winner in terms of design and keeping those friendships with your neighbours! This doesn’t mean you have to paint your house the same colour as your neighbours, however choosing a colour that blends beautifully  is always an advantage for aesthetics and resale. You may also take into account the natural environment around you. Are you living in suburbia, near the ocean or amongst greenery? If you have a bright garden, will loud colours clash or blend well?Choosing a colour that suits your natural or surrounding environment will never disappoint. For seaside houses we recommend whites, creams, light greys, sandy tones and soft blues or navy blues, however, for farm houses we recommend soft whites, warm browns, deep reds, grey greens and subtle creams.

Blue and white beach house

Weathering and Paint Longevity

The climate you live in is a critical factor to consider when choosing a paint for the exterior of your home. If you live in a wet climate, you should choose a very high quality waterproof paint (preferable not white as it will weather easily) and if you live in a hotter climate, then you should reconsider choosing brighter tones. If you can’t afford to repaint every five or so years, then bright colours aren’t the best option as they will fade more quickly when exposed to the sun.

Lit up house

Your roof and deck colours

The colour of your roof is one of, if not the most important factor that you should consider before deciding on the colour of your exterior paint. You may have a tin roof or a tiled roof and it could be black, grey, green, blue, red, beige or cream and the list goes on. Here is a hint: warm paint colours go well with warm roof colours and cool paint colours suit cool roof colours. Another factor to consider is whether you have a deck or not. If so, the exterior paint should also compliment both the deck and the roof colours.

Cream house with wooden deck

The size of your home

Do you think your home looks too small? To create an illusion for your home that is on the smaller scale, you should choose lighter colours such as pastels which will open it up and make it appear larger than it is.

Samll light home

Potential Resale

There are often two reasons people build or renovate their home – to live in for the long term or to re sell. While choosing a colour that you love might suit you, it is very important to select colour schemes that won’t scare away potential buyers. Therefore, if your intention is to sell in the near future while the paint job is still fresh, it would be best to choose a safe natural shade or subtle colour. We insist that you stay away from bold and bright shades of pink, purple, red, yellow, blue, orange or green. A buyer will not want to obtain a significant mortgage for a newly built home to only have to repaint the exterior.

Cream Cottage