How to choose the best exterior colour scheme

23 January, 2020
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Choosing the best exterior colour scheme for your home can really help to maximise street appeal. And it can give you the most amazing feeling when you pull into the driveway each day. 

But selecting the best exterior colour scheme can be quite daunting. There are lots of elements that make up the outside of a home. There could be bricks or timber, guttering, fascias, window frames and roofing.

You need to make sure the colours you choose are sympathetic to the style and size of your home. Is it a new contemporary-style house? Or an older character home? Single or double level?

And you should think about the local environment and streetscape. Your home might be in a semi-rural location surrounded by trees and nature. Or you might be in a built up area of the city in really close proximity to your neighbours.

There are so many variables to consider.


When you choose the best exterior colour scheme for your home there are no hard or fast rules. But in this episode of our home, lifestyle and interior design podcast we have tips on classic colour combinations and the top things you need to know when making colour exterior selections.


The age of your home will certainly have an impact on the colour scheme you use, but contrast is something that works on all eras.

Older homes, like Victorian and Federation styles, tend to have more architectural details – including lacework, fencing and tiling. If you want to play up these details then look to paint them in a contrasting colour to the rest of the home. Dulux Natural White for the main part of the home and Dulux Domino for the trims offers amazing contrast. Read my blog post about the best white paint colours.

Bodkin Cottage via The Country Philes

And contrast works just as well on a more contemporary home, especially if it is two stories.

The darker colour can be used on the lower level, perhaps paint or cladding and gives the home an anchor to the landscape. While the lighter colour can be used on the second floor and the gutters and roofing, drawing the eye up and blending into the sky.

Contemporary home with contrast

If you’ve been doing your research on the best exterior colour schemes, then you’ve probably come across the term ‘greige’. Just as it sounds, this colour somewhere between grey and beige. It’s a very versatile option, that works perfectly as a modern neutral. Dulux Dieskau is one of my favourite ‘greige’ colours. It works really well with white trims and red brick.


Even if you go with neutrals for the majority of your home’s exterior, you can still have a little fun with colour. The easiest way to do this with impact is by painting your front door. Go bright and colourful. Or a playful pastel.

Axiom Desert House

I’ve worked with lots of clients to create an exterior colour scheme that best suits their home. With some clients we are lucky enough to be building from scratch so have full control over the colour scheme. In other projects it may be an older home where we need to complement existing brick work, for example.

I’d love to work with you on the exterior of your home. Have a listen to my podcast for more ideas. And email me to arrange a consultation if you’re ready to get to work on a new exterior colour scheme for your home.

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