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How to Choose the Right Paint Colour for Your House Exterior

June 9, 2016

Often one of the first things people notice about a house is the colour of the paint of its exterior. Consider how many times you have walked or driven down a certain street and noticed one particular house that really sticks out like a sore thumb. Perhaps it has a garish colour scheme, or the trims and guttering have a colour that is a total mismatch from the rest of the house.

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When considering painting your house, it is truly important to be sure to choose the right colour for your home’s exterior. It’s a job that needs to be done right, but thankfully there are ways to ensure the colour you choose is the perfect fit to complement your house’s features and style.

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Look to the Unchanging Elements

The aspects of a home that are either permanent or difficult to change can be a great guide to helping find the right paint colour for its exterior. Things like the driveway, pathways and roofing materials can be handy indicators. These elements will have tones that can help you select a palate of colours that will make the appropriate choice easier.

Heritage Overlays

When choosing a colour for your home exterior, consult with local council bylaws to check if there are any heritage overlays or restrictions that are in place that may limit or perhaps guide your choices. Neighbourhoods that are well-established or considered historic often have strict guidelines as to the range of colours that are allowed to be used.

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Rather than being shocked by a fine or forced to repaint, it is always better to check before undertaking any work. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that your local authorities are very helpful in providing colour schemes and swatches that you may never have considered before.

Building Style and Materials

The design style and materials of your home should ultimately guide your colour choice. A home that is ultra-modern and contemporary with lots of glass and steel would likely need a very different colour scheme than something colonial, regal and elegant. The same applies for brickwork, earthen buildings and those that take their main cues from nature. Also consider where your home is located as a city-based apartment would require a different look and feel than a country home on green pastures or set amongst well-established trees.

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Consult an Expert

Professional house painters in Gold Coast is one of the best people to get great colour scheme advice as they specialise in painting houses for a living. They have a vast amount of knowledge and can often provide photographs of previous jobs to help spark some inspiration. A competent professional will happily point out the features of your house and environment that could be reflected in its exterior as well as highlight elements that would not work like a layperson could easily miss.

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Neighbouring Properties

While it is not necessary to have your tastes completely dictated by your neighbour’s imagination, it is always a good idea to take some design cues from the properties that surround your home and comprise the overall neighbourhood. Real estate values reflect the entire street or neighbourhood and you really don’t want to be the one bringing the street appeal down either aesthetically or financially by using an ill-considered colour scheme.

 

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Having your home transformed with a new colour scheme is an exciting undertaking that can bring great satisfaction. Be sure to choose your colours wisely and your newly painted home will bring you pleasure for many years to come.

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