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Take the opportunity to re-imagine your facade

31 March 2020
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Grey shades are a solid favourite.

IMAGE CREDIT: DULUX AUSTRALIA.   STYLIST: BREE LEECH.  PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID MITCHENER.

With no guests knocking on the door for the foreseeable future, now is the time to take a paint brush to the front façade of your house.

Fortunately, reviving your home’s look doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg with Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr pointing out that paint can do extraordinary things to a home.

“It’s quick, DIY-friendly and can save you a huge amount on expensive exterior upgrades. Colour is transformative; use it to give a tired façade an instant facelift, highlight your home’s best features or downplay the less desirable ones.”

Start by choosing a palette of three or four colours for a colour scheme. Greys have been on trend for a while but are not the only option. Earthy blue-greys, greens, and greiges are emerging as key neutrals that work well with timber and stone.

Andrea says: “Contrasts are particularly effective on exteriors. Opt for charcoal or a dark neutral for window trims and fencing and contrast it with crisp white walls. Or vice versa; select a deep shade for vertical surfaces and play up the contrast with white detailing. A tonal look is also gaining traction; if you have a contemporary home, consider using different shades of one or two neutrals across walls, fences, the front door and outdoor accessories such as planters.”

That’s not to say you can’t add a burst of bright colour in there.


A pop of colour on a front door adds character.
IMAGE CREDIT: DULUX AUSTRALIA.   STYLIST: BEK SIMON.  PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID MITCHENER.

A focal point, such as a vibrantly coloured door, adds personality.

When choosing an exterior palette, it’s important to factor in your home’s architecture and the colours in your surrounds to create a sense of harmony, says Andrea.

“Consider the colours in your garden as well as the colour on your roof, driveway and decorative features such as tiles.”

And while you’re at it, why not use paint to refresh other outdoor elements, such as bollard lights, planters, benches, the front fence and letterbox for a truly cohesive look.

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