What Colour Should I Paint My House Exterior?

  July 6, 2016

Choosing the right exterior paint can do wonders in creating a statement. If you’ve ever passed by a house, say, in your Adelaide neighbourhood and witnessed a blaring orange roof painting and thought to yourself, ‘Wow, they must love colours in there!’ then you’ve associated the colour to the homeowners and judged them by it.

Your choice of colour in many ways, represents your personality as owner. It can also give your home unique kerb appeal or refresh its look. However, with the multitude of shades and hues available out there, it’s easy to get lost and give up.

If you’re having trouble choosing, here are simple tips you can use to narrow down your options.

Notice the Existing (Unchangeable) Elements

Unless you’re doing a full renovation, chances are your driveway, paths, maybe roof shingles or tiles will stay intact. Use these as a clue into the type of shade to go for when exterior painting your home. Check for the undertones and start with what’s already there. Doing this also gives your exterior a unified appearance that’s visually appealing.

Take a Cue from the Architectural Details

This is crucial for period homes looking for an update. Consider the architectural style your home belongs to. Is it a Craftsman bungalow or a Queen Anne Victorian style space? Is it modern or fashioned in a very traditional A-frame style?

All these things can be factored in when deciding on the colour. If you need help, you can always get in touch with professional exterior painters in Adelaide (or in your area) like here in Pridal Services and get an expert’s opinion.

Consider Your Existing Landscape and Neighbourhood

Where your house is located, its backdrop and the neighbourhood you are in, can also influence your decision. Homeowner’s associations might have rules when choosing house paint so it’s best to consult them to make sure.


If there isn’t one, then look at the landscape. Is your home surrounded by large trees or foliage? Is it near the beach or river? What shade did your neighbour paint their exterior? Use ones that complement your surroundings, like if by the beach, use the creamy hue of the sand and add it as an accent or base. Be creative without losing your home’s personality.

Use Two or Three Shades of Your Chosen Hue

Finding the shade of your choice is great, but painting the entire façade in this one colour can result in a flat look.

To combat this, use two or three different paint shades. There’s the field colour, which is the main shade used. There’s the accent for small parts like doors and shutters and finally, there’s the trim which is used for door frames and other ‘trim work’ found in the home. Ideally, this should be in contrast to the field colour to liven up the entire look.

A Final Thought

Once you’ve decided on the right hue, make sure to enlist the help of professional painters when it comes to application. Even if you think you could do the job, a reliable painting contractor comes with experience and the right equipment to do the job flawlessly. They can also provide personal input in terms of the colour choice and what would work best for the type of home and existing materials you have.

Here at Pridal Services, you trusted Adelaide Painters, we have access to all of the equipment and machinery necessary to get your walls painted to perfection. We provide you with colour charts to help you find the right paint colour that complements the interior and exterior of your house.

Whether you have one room or a complete property to paint, our expert house painters will get the job done for you. We also provide services like interior and exterior painting, eco-friendly painting and roof painting in Adelaide and other areas in South Australia.

At Pridal Services, we are Adelaide-based professional painters. We offer high quality painting services for Adelaide homes, commercial sites, heritage properties and more.

We pride ourselves on attention to detail, and will deliver a superior service at a competitive price. Speak to us today for a fast and free quote.