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5 must know tips for choosing exterior colours

‍Taking your time in choosing the best exterior colours for your home is well worth it.

The outside is the first impression everyone gets of your home and the people who live there.  

‍We all want to make a good impression, right?

Here are my top 5 tips for creating a home that stands out for the right reasons.

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Tips for getting your exterior colour scheme right

‍1.   Start with what you already have.

If you are updating an existing home, then the best place to start is with existing colours that won’t be changing. 

For example, If your roof colour isn’t changing or your window frames, then this should be your starting point. 

All new colours that you will introduce to the scheme should harmonise with these existing colours.

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2. Look at your colour scheme as a whole

I’m sure you have seen many houses where the colour scheme doesn’t feel right. 

When colours don’t go well together, or the proportions of colours are imbalanced, the whole scheme looks off.

Trims are a common area where a colour scheme goes wrong. You often see gutters painted in a random colour that isn’t repeated anywhere else on the house.

‍While it’s fine to choose an accent or contrasting colour on the exterior, the gutters usually aren’t the place to use it.

Always look at colours in combination with each other. You will be able to pick if something doesn’t look or feel right.  

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3. Don't use too many colours

Using too many different colours on the exterior will result in a confused looking colour scheme.

Create a well-balanced and interesting home by varying the lightness and darkness of a particular hue. For example, If you have a dark grey roof, you could choose a light grey for the walls, introduce a white for your trims and a medium grey in paving or to highlight a feature. This will stop your home from looking dull, but all the colours will harmonise.

Use different materials like bricks, timber, metal or stone, to add texture and personality to the look of your home.  

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4. Use low-intensity colours

Colours that are ‘greyed out’ or have low saturation levels tend to look better on home exteriors.

Colours that are found in nature help your home to sit harmoniously into the landscape. Think slates, beige, charcoal, stone and sand.

Of course, if you want your home to stand out, you might want to use some bolder tones. Just be mindful that colours look brighter outside, so you need to be careful with the saturation level.

A bright colour splash can look great on a home where the majority of tones are muted and soft. You could paint your front door a bright hue or a group of pot plants at your front door.

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5. Always check your colour samples outside

This is the most critical step of all and one that is often forgotten.

Colours look much brighter outside than they do inside.  What may appear to be grey on a colour card or interior walls will look very different on your exterior walls.

Sunlight washes out the grey in colours, and the undertone becomes more apparent. What may seem like a lovely warm white inside may turn more orange or pink outside. Make sure you always check the colours you are going to use on the exterior, outside.

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And a bonus tip...........

When you collect samples at the paint shop, choose a couple of samples that are a shade or two darker than the colour you like. As I mentioned before, colours look lighter and brighter outside than they do inside.

Paint large samples of colours on the walls or a board and test it outside before painting the house to be 100% sure you are happy with your chosen hue. You don’t want any unwelcome, not to mention costly mistakes.

Who knew there was so much to choosing the right colours!

What's next?

I hope these tips have given you a better understanding of selecting exterior colours, and you will be confident in choosing the right ones for you. 

If you feel you need more help with choosing the best exterior colours for your home, then check out my range of colour consultations. 

I offer a range of online or in-person consultations to suit most budgets and projects.

‍Until next time,

Happy decorating.

Trudi x

23 July 2020

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