The exterior elevation is literally the “face” of your house. Your home’s front facade is the first thing people see of your house as they drive down the street and, whether you like it or not, people will begin judging your home based on the look of your elevation. The same can be said if and when you decide to sell your property, as you want prospective buyers to fall in love with your home just as much as you did. It’s pretty clear that deciding on the right exterior elevation colours for your new home is kind of a big deal!
When choosing your colours and elevation don’t base your decisions entirely on what you like….. Ocean Blue might be your favourite colour but it could become a costly experience for you in the long run! What’s more important in today’s society is energy efficieny, with the cost of living spiralling out of control this is a paramount decision to be made.
Here’s some great information to help you make some informed decisions when it comes to choosing your own exterior elevation colours.
Wall colours and exterior paintwork
With Perth’s beautiful warm weather, it’s a good idea to be energy-conscious about your home, so light-coloured walls are ideal. A light exterior will help your home stay cooler in summer by reflecting heat.
With dark coloured exterior walls having the tendency to absorb up to 90% of the radiant energy from the sun, a light and bright exterior colour scheme will provide you and your family a more comfortable indoor living experience.
The best colour options to consider for exterior walls are white, light grey, beige or other light-coloured neutrals. Neutral shades have a universal appeal, and it complements many different roof colours and most importantly doesn’t date. In addition, light-coloured exteriors not only give a clean, fresh appearance to a home, it also makes it look bigger and more appealing.
Much like exterior walls, choosing a light to medium coloured roof is ideal for houses in warm climates where air conditioning costs are high all year around.
With the choice of roof playing a major role in how inviting a home looks from the street, it’s equally important to think about how the roof you put on your home plays a big part in saving energy costs.
About a third of the unwanted heat that builds up in your home comes in through the roof so it makes practical and economic sense to reflect the heat with one that is light-coloured. Recent studies have shown that a white, mid-grey, or steel roof can have approximately 30% lower heat gain than a dark roof, as they will absorb less of the sun’s heat.
A mid-grey coloured roof, for example, will reflect a lot of heat but causes less glare than a very light colour. It can also reduce the amount of insulation (and air conditioning) needed to cool the home, therefore giving you some major cost savings.
Obviously when going through the process of selecting colours you don’t want that feel of a clinical so we need to add some colour to the property.
So if you’ve taken in our advise and gone with light colours for roof material and main walls then selecting stronger bold colour shades for your facades eg gutters, downpipes, and feature pillars is very acceptable.
Bolder stronger shades can add character to a house exterior as well as being easily repainted in future to suit changing tastes.
You can also select stronger colours for window frames, shutters that compliments the colour palette of your exterior.
It might also be a good idea to use a colour wheel (which you can obtain from a paint shop or online) to ensure the colours you’ve chosen complement each other, in order to balance visual appeal with energy-efficiency.
The above tips can assist you in making a smart colour choice for the elevation, however it’s important to think about the overall look of your neighbourhood. The right colour palette for the exterior of your home should complement (but not match) other homes on the same street, reflecting the general trends of nearby properties.
If you’re planning to sell your house at a later date, it’s always better to choose visually-appealing colours which complement the architecture and style that typifies the local area.
Also remember that all estates have their own restrictive covenants that you must abide by. These aren’t created to make your life difficult but to simple ensure the estate meets a high level of standard across the board and therefore protecting you as a home owner also.
And finally… remember to utilise the services of professionals if your unsure of what will work or look best. It’s always best to reach out for guidance, then regretting the decision later.