The exterior elevation is quite literally the “face” of your house. Just as people begin judging someone they first meet based on impression of their face, your home’s exterior is the first thing people will notice when driving along your street. Another key advantage of having the right exterior elevation colour palette is its appeal to prospective buyers which can make or break the deal when deciding to sell your property.
With this in mind, we’ve gathered all the tips on how to choose your own exterior elevation colours to help you make a right decision.
consider your climate when choosing your exterior elevation
Lighter colours such as whites and light neutrals can create a cool, breezy feel, and tend to work well in warmer climates with a lot of sunshine. On the other hand, darker shades and earthy colours can create a warm feel, something that can be especially welcome in more temperate and cool climate. In addition, these colours can be easier to care for in conditions with more rainfall or snow.
tie in with your surroundings when choosing your exterior elevation colours
When thinking about the best colour to fit in, look around your house. What is the colour of your neighbours’ property? Are there many trees or a forest around you? Is there a blue sea with palm trees? Keep in mind that your house will be seen as part of its surroundings, so make sure the colours complement rather than contradict the existing landscape.
test colours in different lights when choosing your exterior elevation colours
Different lighting can make a great deal of difference when looking at paint sample charts. Strong daylight sunshine can make your chosen shade up to four times lighter, so make sure to test your chosen colour on a larger exterior area before painting the entire house.
hide ugliness in plain sight
Various pipes, gas and electricity boxes look best if painted with primary external colour instead of choosing accent tone.
seek elevation inspiration when choosing your exterior elevation colours
With regard to previous tips, it is not necessary to blend in with your surroundings if standing out from the crowd is what you are after. Keep in mind, however, that unique facades and colour combinations can be harder to sell afterwards. (Not impossible, though!)
size up your options when choosing your exterior elevation colours
Lighter colours can give a larger feel and might be a good choice for smaller houses. Darker colours, on the other hand, can help tone down an overly grandiose property. You can’t go wrong with simple neutrals which mixed with rich textures and smooth rendering give a sophisticated look.
add texture to your arsenal when choosing exterior elevation colours
This leads us to the next tip – different textures! Don’t just focus on choosing a colour palette, look for integrating different materials such as wood, brick and stone to complement your chosen colour scheme.
select several paint shades when choosing your exterior elevation colours
A good colour scheme follows the rule of three: the field colour, the accent colour and the trim colour. For best effect, the trim colour should contrast strongly with the field colour. Be careful with accent colours, however, they can look too intense if overdone. Light colours can add a nice accent to a dark field colour, but dark accents should be kept minimal to produce desired effect
think about what visual effect your want to achieve when choosing your exterior elevation colours
Based on your taste and preferences, you could go with lighter colours to stand out, or darker for a muted effect. Neutral colours tend to look most luxurious and expensive if this is the effect you want to go with.
ask the experts for advice when choosing your exterior elevation colours
Before you make a final decision regarding the external elevation colour selection, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion. Our qualified painters are experts in colour selection and can help you make a decision you’ll be happy with in the years to come. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because our friendly staff are always happy to help.
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