Rethinking your home’s façade could switch it from ordinary to extraordinary
We might all love to live in a million dollar mansion with a Ferrari or two in the driveway, but if your home is a little more modest it’s still possible to make it look a million bucks with clever use of colour.
Your choice of exterior paint colour can dramatically impact your home’s appearance. White or light cream walls are crisp and elegant but they can be a little bland.
Add a sense of luxury with a bold colour in high gloss on the front door. Red is synonymous with power, passion and excitement (ever noticed the distinctive red soles on designer Christian Louboutin shoes?). Or, if you’re not intimidated, try a jet black, elegant aubergine or rich navy door – colours we associate with glamour and exclusivity.
Colour placement counts
It’s not just the colour you choose for your home’s exterior that matters. The way you place colour counts too. It can be used to highlight classic features – or, when done poorly, colour can draw attention to flaws.
Using darker colours on the lower storey of a home for example, can make your home look taller. Or give your home a more balanced look by using lighter tones to offset a dark roof. Bear in mind too, the façade doesn’t have to be a uniform colour. Feature walls in different tones can give your home’s exterior vibrancy, complexity and a sense of sophistication.
For a sneak peak on how your home would look with a new coat of paint, try one of the apps like Paint My Place. Just take a photo of your home and explore different exterior colours without the risk of getting it wrong.
Accessorise your facade
If you’re not game to change the façade, try adding some luxury colour through accessories. Gold, bronze and silver tones in planter pots or door knobs for instance can add elegance but use this sparingly. Overdo metallics and you could end up cheapening the appearance of your property.
Taking a walk around the neighbourhood can also provide some inspiration on what looks you like, particularly for homes of a similar style and era.
Before getting stuck in, remember that preparing the surface prior to painting your home will make or break the job so make sure you paint to last.
Are you planning a paint job for your home? Tell us what colour/s you’re using in the comments below.
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