4 classic exterior paint colours you'll never hate
While experimenting with colour can be a great idea on a blank canvas or feature wall, changing your mind about a shade you've just covered your entire home in isn't quite as much fun. Here are four timeless (and regret-free) schemes that work with just about any style of home and its surroundings.
1. The right white. White is extremely versatile, providing a classic backdrop for dark or coloured trims and outdoor furnishings. Go for a warm white – which contains a slightly yellow undertone – for a softer look that doesn't risk appearing clinical, or if a cooler white is preferred, add warmth with colourful pots and flowers. It's also important to consider the finish – a low sheen, or matte, finish is best for larger surfaces like walls, ceilings and weatherboards, while a high gloss option can work stunningly on doors and trims.
2. Neutral ground. From beige and ecru to taupe and tan, there's nothing boring about being neutral. These understated shades, inspired by natural materials such as wood and stone, bring a softness that isn't offered by white or grey. Neutral hues work beautifully with timber, sandstone, leadlight and exterior architectural features.
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3. Shades of grey. Grey is a versatile choice for an exterior and adds immediate sophistication to a home. Perfect for the coast, country or city, grey hues range from warm and soft to cool and modern, with all shades working well to create a seamless look for open plan living. If you opt for a grey that's at the cooler end of the spectrum, your exterior might need a little warming with some colourful flowers or pots –it also works beautifully when contrasted with vibrant shades of pink, yellow and purple.
Photographer: Mark RoperStylist: Michelle Ball
4. The dark side. Before choosing a colour for your exterior, consider your street and surroundings – do you want to blend in or make a statement? If its the latter, then a dark hue such as charcoal or navy might be the one for you. These bold, moody hues look particularly striking when paired with crisp, white trims, creating the perfect Scandi-minimal colour scheme.
Photographer: Brigid ArnottStylist: Vanessa Colyer-Tay