10 top colour ideas for updating your home's exterior

Updating your exterior colour scheme is something that many people find hard, much harder than the interior.  It’s the first impression people get of you and your home, so it a colour scheme that is pretty important to get right.

It is also one that is very easy to get wrong because of how colours change so much with light and in bright sunlight there is nowhere to hide if you choose the wrong colour.

Here are some tips to help you choose the best colours for your exterior

1. If you are renovating or repainting your home look at existing features around your home such as stone walls, brick colour, roof colour, colours in the landscape and neighbours homes.  Any colours that won’t be changing need to work with all the new colours you decide on.

For inspiration take a look at your surroundings,  do you live in a bush setting, an urban landscape surrounded by cement buildings.  Do you live near the ocean?
These things are great inspiration for selecting colours for your home.  If you have a lovely colourful garden, you might decide a dark exterior will be an excellent backdrop for the colours of your garden and make the colours really pop.

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2.  Don’t introduce too many colours to your exterior.  Less is more when it comes to the outside of your home.  3 or 4 colours are plenty so you could have a wall colour, a roof, gutter and fascia colour, a colour for windows and another colour for your front door .  You can vary the lightness or darkness of colours in other elements, so everything works together.

3. Adding some contrast is a good idea. If you have some architectural features that you want to bring attention to, painting them in a contrasting colour will draw the eye to them.  

A large home can look even larger if it is painted in a light colour.  If your walls are lighter try using a darker shade on some areas like the roof, gutters, fascias, garage or garage door to add contrast and give your home some proportion.  

4. Timeless colour schemes are good if you don’t want to keep updating your colour scheme.  Light grey, dark grey, black and white are good choices that work well for both traditional and contemporary home.

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5. Muted and neutral colours tend to look better on the exterior of your home. Colours seem more intense in bright sunlight so be careful if you are thinking about using more intense colours,  you don’t want your home to stick out like a neon sign! This, of course, is dependent on the style and look you want for your home.  Some homes look fantastic with more vivid colours on their walls.

If you do want your home to stand out and you want to use some brighter hues just be careful of how saturated you go and make sure you test the colour with large samples before you paint the whole house!

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6. A lot of people get stuck with what colour to select for gutters, fascias and windows. Choosing a colour that is complementary but contrasts with the walls is a good idea.  So if you have a light grey/blue on your walls, mid-grey/blue, charcoal grey or dark blue will work well or another mid-dark colour that works with the undertone in your walls. White trims look lovely with this colour scheme and keeps the look really fresh.

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7. Windows are another place where you can use a contrasting colour.  If you have light walls, try a black or dark grey on your windows, and match it with your roof or gutters.  If you prefer a lighter look white windows look great with light greys, stone or beige walls.

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8. Doors, pots and flowers are great ways to add some bright colour if you want to include some and they can be quick and inexpensive to change.  

A brightly coloured door on a home with neutral tones looks fantastic.  It is a way to really stamp your personality on the exterior of your home without it looking too out there.

Pots can be painted bright colours to add colour and contrast.  Group them together with some colourful flowers for maximum impact.

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9. When selecting a colour for your driveway, try to choose a colour from the exterior of your house or as close to it as you can. You can use a lighter or darker version, just make sure that it fits with the rest of the house, so the two areas are tied together.

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10.  Always, always make sure you test any colours you choose before you commit to painting your house. Paint large sample boards and look at them from different aspects around your home as well as at different times of the day.  There is nothing worse than spending a heap of time and money on painting your house, and it doesn’t look the way you wanted it to.

So tell me in the comments if you have any exterior colour dilemmas.

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Until next time,

Happy decorating


10 September 2018

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