Choosing a Colour for the Outside of Your Property
The house is part of the environment and the colour chosen should complement the surrounding area. While your home can be painted any colour you choose, except in areas of particular natural beauty or historical interest, it is better to decorate in a way that will enhance rather than de- tract from the general appearance of the surrounding houses.
Not only should the house match the locality and blend harmoniously with it, but the colours should also blend with the other textures and colours used in the building, particularly roof tiles and brickwork.
The use of white is necessary to add brightness to any house colour scheme. It may be used liberally, or just to highlight particular features.
When choosing a colour for rendered walls, try to see what effect a large area of the colour will give. A small sample on a colour card may present quite a different appearance over a large area.
Houses in areas that are not always bathed in sunlight can be decorated in such conservative colours as grey, cream and beige. It is possible to branch out and use less-orthodox, darker colours, or warm shades of orange and yellow. In areas that have clear, bright natural light, pastel shades or white look most attractive.
Different areas of a house may be painted in a variety of colours. Usually, all the walls of a house are painted in the same colour but this may not be necessary on a terraced house, where the front may conform with a road scheme, while the back can be painted to complement the garden colours.
Woodwork and pipes can be made to blend in with the background by painting them in the same colour as the rendering. To make a feature of the woodwork, either use white, white framing or a tint of the background colour.
With a light paint scheme, it may be better to paint pipes in a darker colour, as light pipe-work tends to attract dirt, particularly in heavily polluted areas.
An unattractive entrance area, if proportionately wrong for the house, can be disguised by painting the door to match the lower part of the house. A door that has unattractive proportions should be painted in a shade of the surrounding brickwork colour or rendering. Large doors, such as garage doors, might also be painted to blend with the colour used on the lower section of a house.
10. November 2011 by admin
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