It’s a well-known fact that first impressions count, and the same applies when it comes to your home, which is why it’s so important that the exterior of your house creates the right impression. After all, it’s the first thing your neighbours and guests will see.T-Rifik exterior painting tips

Depending on where you live, it is important to choose a colour that suits your landscape and surrounds, as well as your interior décor. For instance, if your home and gardens are reminiscent of an African bush lodge, then it would make sense for your exterior paint colours to be natural, earthy tones that blend into the backdrop. On the other hand, if you live in a housing estate, there’s often an established look and feel that you’ll have to fit in with.

There are a whole host of other factors to consider when choosing the right paint colour for your home – we’ve put together our top 5 to help get you started:

1. Your hard landscaping
The style and colour of your roof, driveway, pathways, doors and window frames will also influence the colour you choose to paint the outside of your house. If you’ve got a cobbled driveway, for example, consider its undertones – is it warm (beige, red or brown) or is it cool (grey or black)? Your paint colour will have to work with whatever elements are already in place.

2. Your home’s architectural style
Whether your home is a Georgian-style spectacular or a more modern, mid-century inspired abode, your exterior paint should feel appropriate. Take your inspiration from historically accurate colours for a look that perfectly complements your home’s architecture.

3. Your personality
Take some time to think about the types of colours you’re naturally drawn to. Are they lighter, brighter colours that stand out and make a statement or do you prefer more muted hues that blend into the background and go with anything? Do you like to keep up with the latest trends or do you prefer the classics? Either way, Plascon’s Colour of the Year “In the Mood” might be just right for you. Soothing, natural hues, they’re both a perfect reflection of the more laidback lifestyle trends that are on the horizon for 2017.

4. Your accent colours
An exterior colour scheme is often made up of more than one colour: your dominant “field” colour and a trim colour. Ideally, your trim should stand out in contrast to your field colour, such as white on grey or vice versa for a crisp, dramatic effect.

5. Your finish
Of course, the colour you choose is not the only thing to consider – the finish plays an important part in the completed look too. Exterior paints with a matt finish tend to hide nicks, marks, and blemishes better, while low sheens are ideal for exterior painting because they are often easier to clean.

Still stuck for inspiration? We’d be more than happy to help you choose a colour scheme that’s just right for you! Give us a shout today to find out more.