When it comes time to spruce up the exterior of your Inner West home, you have the important decision of choosing the paint colours you want to use. While you could just use what’s already there, why not give your home a fresh new look by choosing a new set of complementary colours to give your home instant kerb appeal?
Stick to a three-colour palette
Experienced designers will tell you that when choosing paint colours for your home you should always limit the colour palette to three colours and no more. This applies to both the interior and exterior of your home.
With the exterior, it’s fine to just have a two-colour scheme but your exterior will look more balanced if you use three colours.
You also want to match the exterior of your home to similar colours that you have used inside. This means that you’ll establish a consistent flow when you enter the home from the front door.
For example, for the exterior, you want to select one primary colour that you’ll use on the main areas such as the walls. Then, you might select a complementary colour for the trims such as the window frames and the guttering and spouting.
If you want to use a third colour to draw the eye, use this as an accent and sparingly. For example, consider a brighter colour for the front door. This will create a focal point and be a welcome sign for people to come inside.
Choose heritage colours if they suit your home
If you own a heritage property, you can enhance this by using heritage colours for the exterior of your home. To get a better idea of the colour scheme that you might want to use, take a walk around your neighbourhood to see how other heritage homes are presented.
Remember, you want your home to fit into the surrounding streetscape so that it doesn’t look out of place in your street.
You can also check out some of the homes for sale in your area to get an idea of how they’re presented and the colour schemes that they are using. The best part about this type of research is that you can do it at home from your computer and make some notes of colour schemes that you really like.
Get some expert advice
If you’re unsure of what colours would look best on the exterior of your home and which ones will pair well together, visit a local paint specialist to get some expert advice.
Many specialised paint companies will have a colour visualiser that you can use to see how the colours that you particularly like will fit together. Using a tool like this will also give you an idea of how these colours will look on the exterior of your Inner West home.
Get a quick and easy start by checking out the colour visualiser tools online from major paint companies such as the following:
You can have some fun with these by trying different colours to see how they will look when applied to the exterior of your home. Once you’ve found a combination that you like, you’ll know exactly which colours you need to buy to paint the exterior of your home.
If you’re still not sure, speak to a paint specialist or even a designer who will be able to guide you.
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