If you are building a new home, you will definitely have a painted element on the exterior of your home. Whether its render, cladding or simply the front door. You need to make sure the colours of all the different materials marry together by choosing a particular colour palette for your home and continuing it from the outside in. Senior Write Georgia Madden from Houzz Australia asked three paint experts about the exterior colours we’ll be seeing a lot of in 2021. Here’s what they said.
1. Calming Pastels
The grey trend that has dominated exteriors and interiors over the past few years is making way for eye-catching colour – both pastels and saturated brights, says Rachel Lacy, chief coloursmith at Taubmans Australia and PPG Paints New Zealand. “Greys are being replaced with soft greens, whites and some bolder colours such as oranges, deep greens and blues. “The pastel palette draws its inspiration from Australian native flora, such as the greens and soft pinks in our native eucalypts. It’s calming and restful,” says Lacy. The pastel palette works beautifully on weatherboard and rendered facades, and coastal, Hamptons and Queenslander-style homes; and it pairs beautifully with pale grey or white stone, she says. “The trend for pale green on coastal homes is becoming increasingly popular,” says Lacy. Use soft green Taubmans Daybreak on exterior walls and frame this tone with a complementary darker green such as Taubmans Grey Moss on windows and front fencing. Create an inviting entry with earthy pink Taubmans Unbidden on the front door and Taubmans Soft White on fascia and gutters.
2. Rich Clay Tones
Earthy clay tones paired with pops of brown-black create a striking, modern-meets-rustic look on your exterior, says Lacy. “This palette is particularly well-suited to modern, Victorian, Edwardian and Californian bungalow-style homes,” she says. “It works best on homes with unpainted traditional red or orange brick, or plain timber, as the warm tones across the palette bring these elements together. It also suits steel and painted brick surfaces.” “This palette is particularly well-suited to modern, Victorian, Edwardian and Californian bungalow-style homes,” she says. “It works best on homes with unpainted traditional red or orange brick, or plain timber, as the warm tones across the palette bring these elements together. It also suits steel and painted brick surfaces.”
3. Beige-Based Tones
“Natural and earth-based colours are popular for exteriors in 2021 – in particular warm, beige-based tones and shades of greige, grey and stone,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager. “If your existing materials are warmer in tone, select a warm palette with greige, warm white and grey for your base colours. Then accentuate certain features, such as your front door or fretwork, with pops of cooler colours,” says Lucena-Orr. For a modern architecturally designed home with a rendered facade, try a cool palette of beige-based tones. This could include Dulux Lexicon Quarter on your walls, fascia, window frames and rendered front fence; Dulux Guild Grey on your front door and side fencing; and Dulux Accord on any smaller features you wish to highlight. Pair with Colorbond Ironstone on your roof and gutters, says Lucena-Orr. “Both warm and cool beige-based palettes will suit most architectural settings,” says Lucena-Orr. “The most important decision is whether you want to create a particular look. For example, if you want a very modern-looking exterior, cooler colours may give you a more contemporary look, which might be as simple as choosing a cooler white or greige. However, this also depends on the other elements on and around your facade, which will need to be factored into your colour choices. Some older homes or more traditional homes, for example, might have rich-toned brickwork that will look better with warmer tones,” she says. For a traditional Hamptons-style weatherboard home, try a warm beige-based palette such as Dulux Snowy Mountains Half on trims, fascia, window frames and timber features; Dulux Malay Grey to the front door and front fence; Dulux Dieskau to weatherboards and downpipes; and Colorbond Dune to your roof and guttering.
4. Rich, Warm Greys
Characterful greys are still making their mark on exteriors in 2021, say Wattyl colour experts – from deep green-greys such as Wattyl Dundee and weathered timber hues like Wattyl Botany Grey to soft, silvery greys including Wattyl Dewkist. “Together these colours create a sense of solidity and security that feels welcoming and reassuring,” says Christina Storer, Wattyl’s brand marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand. “It’s a versatile look that suits many homes, from modern, rendered homes to classic weatherboards,” says Storer. Facades that incorporate rendered concrete, weatherboard or steel will particularly suit this palette.
5. Gently Gradated Blues
Our love of blues for coastal homes shows no sign of abating. But this year will see blues with a mellow grey undertone coming through, says Storer. These colours work best on weatherboard homes, Queenslanders and Californian bungalows. And they sit beautifully alongside timber, sandstone and glass. For a softly gradated aesthetic, apply a steely blue such as Wattyl Phantom Grey across the bigger surfaces of your exterior; a mid-tone blue-grey such as Wattyl Greystoke as the secondary colour for smaller areas; and on trims, guttering and front fencing opt for a contrasting colour, such as Wattyl Strauss White.
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