How to Pick an Exterior Paint Colour

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Although the weather is still on the cold and slightly snowy side, we will soon be turning our attention to those outdoor jobs. One sure way to give your house a fresh look after the winter is a lick of paint to the exterior of your home.

Choosing an exterior colour need not be a daunting task. Below we list 5 simple tips to bear in mind before you lift a paintbrush.

Colours not colour

When considering what colour to paint your home, remember that an exterior paint scheme has 3 parts. These are ‘field’ which dominates, ‘accent’ which includes shutters, doors and other small areas and ‘trim’ which includes window sills and door casings. Most people only think about the colour of the walls when picking an exterior shade but it is important to consider how the colours of field, accents and trim will work together. In general 3- 4 colours will be adequate.

Experts recommend that the trim colour contrasts strongly with the field colour. You may choose a light neutral field colour and pair it with a dark contrasting trim colour or vice versa. Accents should add colour or a focal point to your colour scheme but it is important to not go overboard. For example you may choose a bright colour for your hall door but you do not need to repeat this colour elsewhere. The one location will be enough to add a burst of colour to your home.

Johntone's Exterior Colour

Consider your homes architectural style

Your paint colour scheme should always feel appropriate for the style of your home. You may live in a Victorian building, a cottage, by the sea… the list of possibilities of endless. It is important to consider which colour scheme will most suit the style and era of your home. Depending on where you live, sometimes there are restrictions around what modifications you can make to your home which can also govern paint colours so it is best to check these out in advance.

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What are the surroundings?

Before choosing a paint colour scheme for the front of your home, you need to take a scan of the surrounding area to see what existing colours you have to work with. There are certain elements which may not be feasible to change and you will need to make your design worth with. Brickwork, fencing, paving, gravelled areas, even the neighbour’s house! You want your colour scheme to compliment your home and its surroundings so it is worthwhile seeing what you have to incorporate into your design before you begin.

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Tester, tester, tester.

Just like with interior colours, a colour may look very different in store to how it appears at home or on the front of your house. Light and surroundings will impact in how the shade you choose looks once applied. Painting the exterior of your home is a big undertaking so you want to ensure that you select colours that you can live with for a long time. It is always best to purchase a tester and try out your preferred shade so you can make sure you are happy with it.

Choose colours you love!

Your home should be a reflection of you. Perhaps most important is to choose colours that you love and that you will be happy to come home to time after time.


Source: Johnstone's.