It is said that the interior decoration of a house is what determines the lifestyle and quality of life of the residents. But the outside design and colour reflects the overall appearance of the house and the lifestyle behind the walls. Hence, it is essential to choose a proper set of colours and combination of patterns to beautify and protect the inner life of the residents.
To determine the colour of your home exterior, the first step is to determine a colour that suits your personality, whether you want the house to look elegant with a light executive colour and corporate or you want a dreamlike house with bright beachy hues, alive from a fairy tale. The second major point that determines the appropriate choice of colour is the geographical location of the house. For example, if you are living in an industrial or corporate city, then an official looking exterior design with sober light colours like white, cream, light blue is the colour of choice.
Similarly, tranquil shades of blues and ocean greens go with houses located in the coastal areas. It is always suggestible to select understated light colours with natural elements that go with the natural history of the locality and the neighbourhood. Again, bold striking colour shades such as burgundy red, turquoise blue, grey-scale colours often add a modern contemporary look to the house exterior.
The approach to choosing the appropriate colours should always be a top-down approach. Basically, you should always begin with choosing the colour of the roof. The general colours used for the roof are various shades of dark grey, cedar, black or brown or a blend of these colours. If the roof is tiled in nature, or has an exterior tile look, the colour of choice is brick red or a slate black shade.
The next step is to choose the main body colour of the house, a colour that should go with the roof. As an example, if the roof has a brick tile cast, it is better to choose a colour that is slightly light greyish in nature, instead of bright colours like pink and yellow. If you live in a residential locality, using light colours like sky blue, rose beige, gold beige, white, or light grey are the colours of choice. The basic rule is to go with a colour that goes with the landscape as well as looks like a proper fitting with the roof shade.
The last step is to choose the colour of the windows, shutters or window frames and the front door. Generally, dark colours to window frames such as bronze, chocolate, pine, etc. bring attention to the frames while lighter shades such as tan, cream tend to highlight the window rather than the frame. Colouring all the windows in the same scheme bring the entire stretch of the building into the attention of the viewer.
The colour of the door expresses a lot about the type of person you are. For example, a red door is a bold choice and gives clear cut modern look. Again, a white door shows that you are a corporate and organized person. Apart from these, there is always the classical oak or mahogany wood door with the natural wood colour as classic, timeless choice for the colour of the door to welcome the guests and the residents.
Lastly, addition of trims and designs to the doors based on the look of the house is a common feature these days. Exterior colours should be of a reliable quality, durable and resistant to being faded on exposure to rains, sunlight and storms in general.