When you are renovating your home, you don’t want to settle for less than the best – a makeover that lifts your home from drab all the way up to fab! After all, if you are spending the time and the effort to make your home look the best it can be – you shouldn’t settle for any less than your absolute best!
The problem is that many of us forget the exterior of our homes when we renovate and just focus on the inside – but revamping the outside of your property can instantly increase the appeal and value of your home. So here are a few tips that will help you select the right exterior colour for your home.
Architecture and Style
Make sure that you match the outside colour of your home to its architecture and style. For example, if you have a brick home, select colours that complement the brickwork, or if you don’t like the brickwork then select a colour that camouflages it well. Homes with a timber exterior can be enhanced by a neutral colour palette, accenting window trims with a colour that is two shades either lighter or darker.
If you have a home that lends itself to French provincial then select colours that will enhance that look rather than detract or confuse the eye. Traditional, older homes can be updated with a blended palette rather than bright colours that detract from the architecture.
How many colours?
Keep in mind that simplicity is the key and select just two colours and no more than three for the exterior of your home. Select the colours two shades apart – so you can either use the darker colour to make your home’s features recede into the background or the lighter colour to highlight them.
If your home is made of brick you may only want to paint the window trims and the guttering – and leave the brick work as a feature of the home.
Don’t accent the guttering!
The gutters should be the same colour as the external trims, the brickwork or timber cladding as you don’t want to accentuate the gutters but rather blend them into the exterior of your home. You want a colour that blends in well with the brickwork or external wall colours to help hide the guttering rather than making it stand out – the guttering isn’t the best feature of your home!
Keep it simple and elegant
If you use too many colours, your home will look too busy and will not be very appealing. The idea is to keep the exterior of your house simple and elegant because that will give your home a feeling of welcome and sophistication.
Check out the neighbourhood
If you are struggling for ideas, take a walk around your neighbourhood and notice the architecture of the houses and the colour palettes that have been used. Even though you don’t want to copy other people’s house colours you can find some really clever colour combinations that can inspire your own design.
It is also a good practice to make your house blend in with or be fairly similar to the palettes used by your neighbours. The last thing you want is for your house to be an eyesore in the neighborhood – and some building regulations even require that you design your home within certain parameters to promote consistency.
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