Coordinating Exterior Colours of New Zealand Homes

Coordinating Exterior Colours of New Zealand Homes

Choosing a colour scheme for your home exterior is quite a different kettle of fish to choosing interior colours. Interiors have more scope for changes on a room-by-room basis and choices can be influenced by mood and furnishings. Whereas outside, there is a large area to cover, and the pressure to stand out in the right way can be intimidating. For the long term abode, coming home will be a joy when the colours work to your taste. We suggest you take the time - and the right steps - to create a balance between your own sense of style versus lasting good looks and resale appeal.

The Power of Three

Generally, an exterior scheme should have three major contributors: A field colour that dominates; an accent colour that brings shutters, doors, and other smaller parts to life; and the trim colour, used for window and door casings, roof edging, railings and other trim. Once you have chosen an appealing yet contrasting combination of field and trim, make it stand out with an eye-catching accent colour. Some designers will opt for monochromatic schemes featuring only one or two colours, which makes for a modern look, often chosen to complement flat cladding.

Something to keep top of mind here is FLOW. Choosing similar colours (tones of the same colours perhaps) for inside and outside, will help with continuity and flow, bringing the outdoors in and vice versa.


Enlist the Services of a Professional

Sometimes, paying for expertise is worth more than dollars and cents. If you’re lost, try using a professional colour consultant who can advise on the best colours for your home. Colour consultancy includes the use of software to show you what your home will look like before you paint, changing colour options at the click of a mouse. Before you open a paint can, you’ll be able to tweak your preferences for the perfect look.

Architectural Style

A home’s architecture and building materials should play a part in determining suitable colours and can be especially helpful when designing for traditional buildings. 

Some paint manufacturers offer collections of historically accurate colours which can be a good springboard to work from. It’s not necessary to adhere strictly to historical guidelines, but for simplified success, don’t stray too far from them.

Homes with modern architectural features might be best in a monochromatic colour scheme, letting light and shadow do the work while the architecture takes centre stage. Natural materials that weather with age can also enhance the shape and form of architecture.

While a traditional New Zealand villa built in the early 1900s can take just about any colour you throw at it, whites and pastels are often in favour as the field colour. Check the neighbourhood and the internet for inspiration and see what stands out for you. Fascia or fretwork painted in a contrasting colour might be all that’s needed to create a standout look. 

Geography and Setting

Think about your home in relationship to the street and the surrounding landscape. Does it sit back from the road or amongst bush? You might choose a slightly lighter or brighter colour so that it stands out. Conversely, darker hues can be used to make the home recede into its surrounds. Natural materials or those with an industrial edge often look great in their raw state when surrounded by rugged landscapes. Take cues from other homes in the neighbourhood to take advantage of, or detract from geographical aspects. 

When working with fixed elements such as roofing or pathways, look for undertones that might inform your new palette. Are they warm (beige, khaki, brown and rust) or cool (grey, blue and black)? Consider a scheme that will tie these fixed elements together in a harmonious way.

Make a Feature of the Garage Door

A garage often takes up around 30% of a home’s frontage, so why not use that to your advantage? Garador’s standard range of garage door colours offers 18 choices, all pre-painted onto genuine NZ Colorsteel® and fade-resistant for decades. Need even more scope? Our Dulux® powder-coated options give you almost 100 colourways, to match to practically any palette or create an architectural feature in itself. Teamed with Garador’s diverse range of profiles and optional extras like windows and insulation, your garage door will not only be stylish and hard-working, it will be reliable for years to come.

Same but different; Aspen plays up its simple charm into entirely different looks.

At Garador, we know there's no such thing as a typical Kiwi garage. We manufacture your garage door to your specifications for the perfect fit and long-lasting performance. Every door is made with care and precision for increased security and ease of operation, and they’re smart phone compatible for convenience.

Call us on 0800 000 661 for more information about our garage doors and openers, contact us online for a free quote, or find your nearest Garador dealer.

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