How to choose exterior paint colours

A new home owner was looking for suggestions on colour schemes to paint the outside of their house (facia, eaves, windows, doors and door frames).

The house is a typical single storey 1950/60s red brick house, sash windows and white cypress floorboards inside. Windows at the back are original and already painted white whereas the front windows look recently installed.

They had a preference for the exterior:
  • Facia: Vivid white
  • Eaves: Vivid white
  • Windows, door frames: Vivid white semi-gloss
  • Front and back door: Some bold dark blue (Mystification?) Black and white looks good with these bricks but veer away from stark colours.

As you have so much warmth in the brick, go for a warm off-white (tiniest touch of yellow-brown-taupe-even pink) and a warm (brown vs grey) charcoal.

Cream was in for ages and is probably coming back, some are more appealing than others. The exterior cream you have is what looks dated.

I think that style house would come up a treat with Monument (dark charcoal) for gutters, fascia and window frames. I think if you have a painter up there to do the fascia then you might as well paint the gutters as well. Then feature colour or monument again for the front door.

Inside Lexicon Quarter will be a nice fresh white if you want it nice and bright. It is very bright so it’s personal opinion if you want it that white.

Most popular exterior colours in 2021

To complement the great things you love about your home, these are some of the most popular colours in the Dulux colour range, available in both gloss and satin finishes.

Dulux colour range

These are some of the most popular colours in the Dulux colour range, available in both gloss and satin finishes.

(duluxroofing.com.au)

Colorbond® colour range

These are some of the most popular colours in the Colorbond® range, available in both gloss and satin finishes.

(duluxroofing.com.au)

How to choose a roof colour

You want to get this right because you will have to look at a new colour for the next decade, so a new roof colour is a big decision.

Your guttering, fascia, your homes exterior, garage door and driveway are things you need to keep in mind when choosing your new roof colour unless you’re painting these as well.

The right roof colour can add to the value and energy efficiency of the home, and even make it look better.

Hire a professional colour consultant

A professional colour consultant is cheap and a terrific investment in enhancing the street and personal appeal of the property in modern colours. They have the software to render the changes and show you the impact. They offer in-home or online consultation.

In-home colour consultation costs from $170 per hour and includes a comprehensive in-home consultation with an experienced Dulux Designer. Online Colour Consultation is $85 per hour and is by phone or video with a qualified Dulux Designer. Take a look at the Colour Design Service on the Dulux website.
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