Colour Palettes for the Exterior of Your Home Made Easy

Tried and trusted premium exterior paints, Dulux Weatherguard™ and Dulux Roofguard™ now offer handy combined colour pallets for home owners to easily select complementary shades for the walls, roofs and trims of their homes. The Dulux experts have put together a selection of trendy roof and wall shades that complement each other to make the task of choosing exterior paint that much easier.
So, if you’re looking to make a change to the exterior of your home, be sure to pay a visit to your nearest Dulux specialist store or leading paint outlet where help is close at hand. Dulux colour expert, Sonica Bucksteg also suggests that you consider the following factors to narrow down your choices when selecting a combination that complements your home and needs:
What is Your Style?
From traditional to bold and daring statements, a choice of colour is a highly subjective one and remains a very personal choice. According to Bucksteg there are three style expressions, which most people relate to, and these are possible to achieve with the standard range of Dulux Weatherguard and Roofguard palettes.
·         Dynamic and Bold
These combinations are characterised by a high contrast between their relative colours, comparative light to dark reflectance value or a combination of both. This type of pallet is an effective way to draw attention or highlight certain architectural elements of a house.

·         Contemporary Earth-Toned
This combination of colours is reminiscent of natural elements such as stone, bark and clay, making it one of the most popular choices due to the trend of blending the exterior of a home with the environment. Examples of these colours include Dulux’s Karooland, Castlewood Canyon, Nightingale Grey, Pheasant Feather and Stoneware.

·         Timeless Classics
These colour combinations have stood the test of time and suit a variety of different architectural styles such as Tuscan, Victorian, colonial and even architectural styles dating as far back as the 18th century. Bucksteg recommends combinations that include Dulux’s Portland and Stoneware, Castille and La Casa, as well as Alcudia and Marbella.

Emphasise or Camouflage?
The light and dark contrast between colours is an effective tool to accentuate attractive aspects of a home and to camouflage unattractive features such as drain pipes etc. In general, light colours reveal more detail because of the effect of shadows. Conversely, dark colours tend to mask detail. If you prefer a dramatic effect and want to showcase specific architectural features of your home, then select colours that have high light to dark contrast between them. This can be achieved by combining Dulux’s Palomino with Pheasant Feather, by way of example.
For a subtler effect combine colours that have lower contrast between them such as Dulux’s Palomino and Nightingale Grey.

Do You Have Fixed Colours?
Most contemporary home designs use a number of different materials, such as cladding, face brick, rocks, pebbles and exposed concrete. Ensure that your exterior palette complements other materials used. Dulux’s Bushveld, for instance, has a muted grey undertone with a hint of green and contrasts well with red face brick.

Colour Restrictions?
Due to the impact colour pallets can have on a property’s perceived value, estates and heritage buildings often have stringent colour rules, designed to preserve the character of monuments or older urban areas. “This also serves to ensure that districts do not become a ‘mish-mash’ of clashing styles.”
“Colour restrictions or guidelines regarding a new modular urban development will vary vastly from a heritage building such as a Cape Dutch 18th century monument,” adds Bucksteg.

Keep It Simple
When selecting more than one colour for your exterior, keep accent trims such as steelwork, facia boards, gutters and window frames one colour and preferably lighter or darker than your broad wall colour.
Consider the Architectural Style or Period of the Property
Select a palette that complements the architectural style or period of your home. Cape-Dutch often use subtle and lighter neutrals such as Dulux’s Stoneware with Brilliant White, while modular homes are more modern and allow for bolder multiple applications of colour.
Test It!
“When selecting your final palette, first apply mock ups of approximately 1m2 of a tinted or ready-mix sample of each colour on the surface you intend to paint, as surface and paint textures will affect the appearance of colours, as well as lighting conditions and reflections.”
“If your sample allows, repeat mock-ups on the east, west, south and north of your exterior, where the broad wall colour joins with a trim colour, such as a window band or parapet. This will give you a good impression of the colour and how it is affected by light from all angles,” says Bucksteg.
An Easy Choice
“From a beach apartment in Clifton to a country estate in the Karoo, the Dulux Weatherguard™ and Roofguard™ palettes make the perfect combination easy to achieve whatever the consumer’s taste and style preference,” concludes Bucksteg.