We have five rules which you think every homeowner should consider when choosing the colour scheme for their home:
- Consider the shades and tones of surrounding houses. Light reflected from a strongly-coloured house can change how your colour choice may look. If you’re living in an area with lots of greenery, know that neutral colours can appear pinker or warmer than on the colour card.
- Wait until your outdoor walls and quoins (masonry blocks at the corner of a wall) are completely dry before painting, as the quoin colour can change the look of the main colour.
- Don’t be afraid of bolder colours, they can appear significantly lighter when used outdoors. Try a tester pot in a shade or two darker than you think you want.
- Pick a contrast colour for doors, sills, plinths and frames that pops against your main colour – if it’s too close, you won’t see any difference, especially on a sunny day. When painting extensions, paint the adjoining wall, as it can often hide any colour variation in the paint.
- Fencing in dark shades can provide a dramatic background to lush greens. For furniture, sheds and summerhouses, colour pops add interest to your garden scheme.
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