Exterior colour selections

Nov 27, 2017 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Hi Guys. I’ve been doing a lot of exterior colour selections of late and so I know what a big decision this can be when painting the exterior of your home. Whilst grey remains the colour of choice and black has gained momentum again of late, too often you see homes that look so cold and lacking in character because the selections haven’t been thought through properly and cool grey tones have been applied almost everywhere.

Here’s how to choose the right colours for your home to avoid costly mistakes down the track. And do remember the age and character of your home really should steer a lot of the decision making when it comes to colour.


If you are living in a terrace or your neighbours home is close by this will impact the affect your colour has on application. Don’t feel as though you have to choose the same colours, however what you do opt for should complement the colours in the neighbouring properties.


I always talk about longevity with my clients when it comes to colour. Whilst you don’t want to follow the obvious trends, because if it’s a strong trend now it will date quickly. However updating a façade that hasn’t been painted for 20 years in a fresh contemporary colour scheme will do wonders for your property. Striking the right balance here is important, refer to the styles below, have a clear vision and stick to it.

Features and contrast

Identify what features you want to highlight in your exterior, it could be some beautiful iron fretwork, or columns that frame your front door, or simply an elegant front door and entry. I like to use contrasting colours of those features to make them stand out and create interest, but something that blends well with the rest of your colour scheme. And go crazy on your entry door if you want a hit of colour. I love to use bright yellow, warm oranges, and emerald greens to do this.

Fixed items that aren’t being changed

Lastly consider areas that aren’t being changed up like roof tiles, driveway colour, existing tiles in your landscaping. Everything you bring in must work well around these so never choose your colours in isolation, take them onsite and see how they work with your fixed items.

Here are some colour schemes that might work for you.

Contemporary Monochrome

I’m working on a home right now that will be mostly either charcoal or very light grey. We do this by using the colours in blocks and in this instance I’m using the charcoal to highlight features such as cladding and framing sandstone. Don’t go 50/50 here, favour either your light or dark colour with a 60/40 or 70/30 applicationn.

Light and bright

If you want to keep your exterior lighter then don’t be afraid to add in a least one or two contrasting features. We kept everything light on this home apart from the roof tile and driveway. Dulux Vanilla Quake was the main colour for the home, and then white window frames, gutters, downpipes and fascia’s. This combination also looks great for coastal homes.

Earthy and textural

This is probably one of my favourite styles. Here I go with many variations of the same colour and layer tone on tone, mixed with natural textures such as timber or sandstones this is a timeless look in my book. You can choose more warm grey tones in the taupe spectrum and pair with natural whites, beige, and dark warm greys such as Dulux Mud Pack for contrast.

Traditional Style

I find when selecting for more traditional style homes using a nice mix of dark and light, or even simply black and white can really make those features pop. Mix in a softening colour like a warm grey/brown and you have a winning formula. Just like this home in Paddington below that I specified for.

Don’t be afraid to take a chance here, do plenty of online research and drive around your local area photographing anything that appeals to you this is a great start to build your vision and once you have this everything else will drop into place.

For more information on colour selection feel free to contact me on anoushka@smartspaceinteriors.com.

NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.

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