Whether you know it or not, the exterior of your home is an extension of your home’s personality and what it “says” to the neighbourhood. Depending on what exterior amenities, architectural details and colour you choose can help your home shine in its best light. If you have been looking at the exterior of your home and thinking it could use a facelift – adding colour is one of the most affordable and eye-catching ways to make a big impact. From adding curb appeal to your exterior home to creating a statement, finding the right exterior colour can be made easier with these 10 creative tips.
1. Assess your home’s personality
Similar to your favourite wardrobe style your home has a personality. It can be shaped by the neighbourhood, your family lifestyle or the geographic location you live in. Choosing an exterior colour should reflect its personality of being stately – with a refined and subdued colour palette or it can be young and hip with trendy colours that are out of the box. Determine how you want your home to feel and look and let it guide’s its colour personality.
2. Take colour cues from your home’s architecture
The beauty of architectural elements are the ability to use character, details, texture and colours to showcase an era of your home that is unique to your home and neighbourhood. If your home is an old world Tuscan or Mediterranean inspired villa – weathered whites, terra cotta oranges and sun-kissed brown details are ideal for barrel tile roof and trim details.
3. Use nature as backdrop for colour selections
The surroundings of your home can impact your exterior colour selection in a beautiful way! Beach homes, mountain homes and tropically inspired homes have nature to draw inspiration from. Use colours found around your home – beach homes can take cues from the sand, water and sky with beautiful pale shades of white, tan, blues, and pale green and yellows.
4. Recreate an exterior from past vacation memories
For many homeowners drawing colour inspiration from travel can inspire exterior colours that are creative and unique. If your trip to a tropical getaway was fun, why not use these colours at your native home? Many island homes use bright and whimsical colours such as turquoise, peach, sunny yellow, coral, and lavender for their exterior homes. While you may love them in small amounts, remember ultimately your home should still look great amongst neighbouring homes.
5. Use historical character for exterior colour ideas
If you live in a historic Victorian home or in an aged Tudor style home, you know that keeping true to the historical character of your home’s original colours is essential. While your home may be hundreds of years old you may not be able to know off-hand what colours were native to your home and surrounding homes. If your city has a Chamber of Commerce or historical architectural organization you may be able to research exterior colours for your neighbourhood. Also look to paint manufacturers that feature historical colour palettes that are pre-selected. This can take the guesswork out of choosing the right exterior house colours from generations in the past.
6. Let your choice of exterior colour help guide your colour options
Exterior cladding or the material you use on the exterior of your home can take much of the guesswork out of choosing exterior colours. Brick, siding, stucco/plaster and concrete all have unique qualities for each type of material. Choose a material that represents your style and works well with the climate of your home. You will be surprised that brick can come in colours as light as whitish yellow all the way to the darkest of charcoal grey! Find a material you love and then look at the colour options based on the finish you are looking for.
7. Landscape colour can enhance your exterior house colours
Similarly to architectural trim and details the landscaping around your home can enhance your home’s colour selection. Curb appeal is essential and to make a great impression coordinating bright flowers with a more subdued colour palette on your home can be ideal or vice versa. If you have gorgeous vistas and plenty of beautiful foliage decide how you can play up the red brick or hunter green siding on your exterior home. If you’re not sure what colours to choose for landscaping, take pictures of your outdoor home with you to your local nursery and ask a garden expert for advice!
8. Exterior house colours should use architectural details for impact
While you may only think of the field colour or the majority of the exterior walls as the colour of choice, remember the smaller details of the home can be the crowning glory when it comes to colour selection. Window and door trim, roof and eave colours, gutter and downspouts can be painted or gorgeous copper gutters have a beautiful patina as well. Decide if you want a high-contrast to your home’s trim and accent colours or if you prefer a more unified colour approach. Either way, don’t overlook the simplicity yet effectiveness in choosing exterior trim detail colours.
9. Choose exterior colours that are appealing at all times
While you may not realize it, your exterior home is viewed in the daytime but also when the sun is setting and in the evening hours. Therefore, choosing a colour that is camouflaged amongst your surrounding landscaping may not be a wise choice. Many mountain homes that lie amongst evergreen trees try to stay away from all-green exterior colours to make their home stand out amongst the background. Natural wood siding that is stained is common amongst mountain homes to give a rustic yet still defined exterior appearance.
10. Blend in with your neighbours
Your neighbourhood most likely has a colour scheme influence already set in place. Whether you are a new neighbourhood that a developer has created or you have an older home – walk around your neighbourhood and assess existing homes. Look to see if your neighbours have coordinating styles or if they are all custom colours that don’t harmonize. The key to choosing exterior house colours is to be unique in your selections but still blend in beautifully with neighbouring homes.