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When your canvas is literally as big as a house, you want to ensure you get the paint colours right. It can be a daunting task deciding on a scheme for the exterior, especially given the cost of materials and labour, but don't dispair Boland Painters and Restorers has some expert advice.

Creating a scheme for the outside of your home is often harder than doing the same job on the inside. For a start, there's a lot of cladding, acres of roof, and fiddly bits to trip you up. Then you're up against our strong light quality which means colours can look very different than they do on the paint charts when you're sitting indoors.
choosing a paint colour schemeOften the style of your home will dictate the colours you use: heritage tones for a villa, soft gelato shades for an Art Deco stucco cottage or brooding black for a contemporary masterpiece. There are a surprising number of exterior features to consider when compiling a colour scheme. There's obviously the largest component – the main cladding material, which in itself can be split into various zones.

Then there are the windows (again, these can become the site for various colours, especially with older homes). The roof is a large surface area and often overlooked as having an important impact on the scheme. Always keep in mind, the steeper the pitch of the roof, the more of it will be visible.

For inspiration

  • Check out similar styles of houses in your neighbourhood and the colours they are painted in.
  • Keep a scrapbook of ideas you love, so you get a feel for your own style.

Always test your colour with a testpot, as colours change depending on what they are painted onto and the quality of the light. Colours usually look much lighter outdoors. Seems like a no-brainer, perhaps, but many people don't think to do it. If you're looking for a colour that's truly rich, you need to see how it will look like in the sun, which will wash it out. Many of Boland Painters and Restorers clients think a colour is far too dark, and then they see it outside and realize it's perfect.

Colours also change if you put them beside other colours: a grey roof makes green walls look fresher, and a high-gloss finish (rather than a low-sheen finish) renders a colour brighter. Contrasts make a colour scheme more interesting, but make sure you only highlight details if they deserve the focus. A bright red front door, yes, but maybe not an old wendy house.

It's also important to compare your colour-shade selection(s) to your outdoor brickwork. Often, there will be a colour you don't realize is there. Fact: many a red-brick home will indeed look red from a distance, but up close you can discern shades of green or yellow or brown in the brick. This is a plus: additional colour(s) can help you choose a more interesting colour, and also, one that better reflects the true shade of your house.

Boland Painters and Restorers Top Tip
A tried-and-true method for developing a colour scheme centres on three or four colours – one for the main body of the house, another for the trims and another for the roof. The fourth is an accent colour to create a striking front
door. Fences can then be painted in either the main or trim colour.

Peace of Mind

Boland Painters has been in the business of painting residential homes and commercial properties since 2006. As such we know how easily small detail if overlooked can amount to quite a substantial sum at the end of your project. For this very reason we will put aside the time needed to comprehend your needs and the requirements of your project. Providing you with a detailed quotation, leaving no surprises when you receive our final invoice.

This quotation will also serve as a blue print for the team assigned to your painting, building or electrical project ensuring your project is completed to specification. If you would like a quotation or make use of our color consultation service, one of our experienced site managers will personally visit your property. If during your project any problem arises, we are here to listen and find a solution. Professional Painters, Builders and Electrical Contractors, Boland Painters is your restoration expert.

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    Q. We have been dreaming of re-doing our kitchen for years now. After much debate we decided to take the plunge and go for it. Now we are wondering what we should do first, paint the walls or tile the floor?

    A. Well this question caused quite some debate in the Boland Painters, Builders and Electrical Contractor's office, but in the end we all agreed that tiling first is the best option. Allow the tile cement and grout to dry completely then cover the floor with heavy duty plastic taping the edges to the tiles with masking tape. And then start painting the walls. After all it is easier to cover a floor that it is to cover all the walls.

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testimonial author Louise Brodie

"Boland Painters were truly a delight to work with in the process of finishing our home's interior and exterior paint work in the Hex River Valley. The level of customer service was excellent and their attention to detail and final finishes was superb. Their painters were skilled, polite and presentable and always kept the working area clean. Cindy and Dewalt were great. Congratulations Edwin and team on a job well done! We will not hesitate to highly recommend Boland Painters to anyone."

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