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10 Ways to Pick Exterior Paint Colours for Your Home

2018-02-08 10 Ways to Pick Exterior Paint Colours for Your Home
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‘The interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world’ - Stephen Gardiner

The first impression of your home is made even before people step foot inside its well-decorated interior. This makes choosing the right exterior wall colour as important as choosing the interior wall paint colours, or maybe even more. The easiest way to glam up your home’s exterior is a well-selected and eye-catching exterior wall paint idea. However, making the right home colour selection is a mammoth task, as the surface area to be coloured is expansive.

Here are ten ways to pick the perfect exterior paint colour to make your home stand out and impress:

1. Consider Curb Appeal

Consider Curb Appeal

Although ‘my home, my choice’ may influence your selection of exterior wall paint colours, often homes that don’t fall into the pattern or colour scheme of the neighbourhood, stand out for all the wrong reasons.

You may choose your exterior wall paint colours as per your liking, however, consider that your neighbourhood is a vital aspect of ensuring your home is accentuated in its natural setting. In other words, the neighbourhood is not only a collection of houses, but fixtures, trees, roads, all of this together creates a harmonious painting. Thus, your exterior wall colour ideas must to a level align with the setting of your neighbourhood.

2. Deliberate the Structure as a Whole

Deliberate the Structure as a Whole

Considering your house as a whole is vital for the selection of the right exterior home paint colours. The material of the roof (aluminium, copper, wood, or concrete, etc.), the patio, garden fixtures, and the natural elements around the house must be considered before creating the exterior colour palate. All these fixed aspects that do not change with time can help suggest the correct exterior paint colours that not only suit the outer-walls but also highlight the fixed elements in your home harmoniously.

3. Consider the Climate

Consider the Climate

Yes, even the climate in your city matters for home colour selection. If you live in a city that remains sunny most of the time, it makes sense to pick dark exterior wall paint colours. There are multiple reasons for this. One, because constant exposure to sunlight will fade away the exterior wall colours. Two, you need a dark shade so that the glare created due to a light exterior wall paint doesn’t irritate your eyes. If you live in an area that receives heavy rainfall, also choose dark shades. Water splashes of muddy puddles will make your home’s exterior look dirty. If you live in cold regions, you can use any and all exterior wall paint colours.

4. Draw Inspiration from the Artwork Inside

Draw Inspiration from the Artwork Inside

Extracting colour inspirations from the artwork on display, an heirloom or fine china inside your house is a great inspiration for home colour selection. This helps add a personal touch to the exterior wall colours because what’s inside your house is what you choose for your house. So, if there is an inspiring colour that catches your eye, feel free to include it in the exterior wall paint colour palette.

5. Dig Out Traditional Roots

Dig Out Traditional Roots

Oftentimes, homes have a history, and their structure is a reminder of a rich historical past. Thus, choosing an exterior wall paint colour that identifies with its history can bring out the structural beauty of your home. Contacting structural designers or paint experts to evaluate your home and offer the right history can help find the palette that defines the make and structure perfectly. If your home doesn’t have any history of its own, you can take inspirations from other historical homes for home colour selection.

6. Use Colour Schemes

Use Colour Schemes

When choosing exterior paint colours, choosing a base colour is not enough. To bring out the best results from your exterior wall paint colours. You need to choose an elaborate palate of 2 to 4 colours which include, a base colour, few accent colours and a darker highlight. Some homes can have as many as 10 colours, but that may require the help of a professional designer.

Darker colours are a great means for drawing attention to an architectural detail that one wishes to flaunt, such as an archway or trim. Accents or highlights are useful for making smaller structural aspects stand out more against the base colour or darker highlight, such as window panels, doorways, and more. However, you should never overdo the colours, as adding too many colours to a home that’s designed to have a maximum of 3 or 4 colours can make the home look too loud and unappealing. A great way is to start out small, then add more colours if and when required.

7. Try What Works for Interiors

Try What Works for Interiors

People often think that some home paint colours are only meant for interiors. But this isn’t true. The sky’s the limit when it comes to exterior paint colours for Indian homes. If you too have been thinking the same, try something new; bring the typical home interior colours outside. Reds, yellows, greens, purple, orange, and even black - they all look amazing as exterior wall colours. When paired with the right outdoor elements, like garden area and door colour, these colours will redefine your home’s look.

8. Try a Global Theme

Try a Global Theme

Most of us love making foreign trips, or sometimes, we just have to do it for official purposes. Use these visits as inspirations for home colour selection. Look around you, look at things that appeal to you, and look at the houses there. Make a note of these things, come back, and try those inspirations for your home exterior wall colours. If you haven’t been to other countries, use photographs as your reference. You can try Tuscan, Scandivanian, American, French, Moroccan, or any other global theme for your home exteriors.

9. Go Digital

Go Digital

Lastly, when you can’t decide the best palette for your home exteriors, you know where you can turn to - the Internet! The Nerolac website has some great tips for you. Use Pinterest, Pexels, and Google Images to find some of the stunning exterior paint colours for Indian homes. Don’t forget to take cues from Instagram, Facebook, and other social channels where you can look up for designs using tags and keywords. You are sure going to get super confused, thanks to these channels.

10. Sample Everything

Sample Everything

The selection of paint colours has evolved considerably from the handy colour wheel or colour fan to online virtual colour studios that help you select exterior paint colours by virtually applying, testing and tweaking the same. Such technologically advanced tools are a great way of testing the paint choice before purchasing the samples.

After shortlisting the exterior wall paint colour, you can pick pint-size samples available in paint supply stores and test on your exterior walls. Observing the paint at different times of the day is vital to making the right choice, to note if the paint appears different in the natural setting (lighter or darker) than you had expected.

Exterior home painting is a large task which may be quite expensive to rectify after application. Thus, opting for advice from experts in the exterior home painting can help save time and effort. So get in touch with us today so that we can introduce you to the world of amazing home exterior colours.

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