Painting is the most cost-effective way to enhance your home’s curb appeal, especially if you intend to do it yourself. But what colours should you choose? And what products will work best? These questions can be daunting.

But the solution comes down to proper preparation. To help you tackle this job with confidence, here is 7 tips of advice on what to consider before picking up a paintbrush.

  1. Pay attention to permanent features

A great colour scheme on the exterior should always take into consideration the permanent fixtures that are a feature of your home. Think about the roof colour, fascia, brick, stone, powder-coated windows, pavers and any other elements that cannot be painted or updated. In all these elements, you will find subtle undertones and different colours and textures, so it’s important that these features work into the overall colour scheme and look like they have been chosen with purpose.

  1. Don’t get too caught up on trends

Before you get caught up on the latest exterior paint trend that seems like a good idea today, make sure to pause and consider whether you’ll be happy with this look in five, or even 10 years’ time. While dark colours are on-trend now, know that trends may change. Painting an exterior in dark tones could mean having to re-paint every two to five years as darker tones show more wear.

  1. Consider your home’s wider environment

When it comes to your exterior, you need to consider a few elements prior to selecting your colour scheme. One of these is considering the colour schemes of your neighbours (either side). If you are going to be living in the house long-term, it’s a good idea to consider the overall neighbourhood character when selecting the external colour for your home. Whilst there are no legal regulations on colour schemes (unless you build in an estate), it’s more of a general courtesy to consider a complementary colour palette that is in keeping with the streetscape.

  1. Choosing the right product and finish pays off

Minimising maintenance should always be a consideration so you can spend more time enjoying your home rather than working on it. For the longevity of your exterior, use an acrylic paint for outside that is self-priming on most surfaces. Another option is a water-based enamel suitable for both interior and exterior. This is a great option as it’s hard wearing and chip-resistant, making it ideal for a high traffic area.

  1. Test colours before painting the entire exterior

Testing colour samples is a great way to build confidence in your colour selection. Purchase a selection of sample pots in your shortlisted colours and test them out in different areas. Once you have your sample pots, paint a board with the different colours so that you can move the board around to different positions with different lighting.  Make sure you check the colours in daylight and at night, as colours can change at different times of the day

  1. Start with a clean slate

Before commencing a paint job, it pays to be prepared. This includes starting with a clean slate by attending to all the imperfections so that the walls are clean, smooth and free of cracks. Make sure to also spend the time on the prep work so you can start with a great base.  If the existing render or brickwork is damaged or needs to be repaired, spend the time and get this right before starting.

  1. Prepare for the weather

Plan around the weather forecast before starting. Doing this prevent rain cutting a day of painting short and ruining what’s already been applied, but it will also affect how well the paint adheres to the surface. Timber products naturally have a bit of movement, so avoid painting these types of exteriors in wet, cold conditions and in extreme heat. Being mindful of this will give your new paint job the best chance of standing up to changes in the environment.

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