From front doors and brickwork, to plant pots and garden sheds, exteriors are a wonderful place to inject colour into your home. We’ve gathered our favourite tips and tricks to help you transform your outside space into an inviting pocket of colour which effortlessly reflects your own style.
To start, it’s often worth thinking about the following:
1. The colours you love
2. The aspect of your home and its surrounding area
3. Your own interior scheme
4. The period of your property
As your exteriors are the first thing you and your visitors will see when they arrive, it’s important to pick the colours you love. This is especially true of front doors as these are the perfect place to make a striking statement, setting the scene for what’s inside.
Overall, it’s best to go a shade or two darker than you would within the home as exterior colours are mostly admired in natural daylight. For example, switch Slipper Satin for Off-White, or pick Pigeon over French Gray.
Choosing organic shades such as Lichen and Vert de Terre or heathery purples like Brassica and Calluna will create a subtly cohesive and understated feel in the garden, helping your blooms take centre stage.
For something a little bolder, splash striking hues like Charlotte’s Locks and St Giles Blue throughout your outdoor space. Opt for bright shades for a garden that’s brimming with colour throughout the year.
MAKING AN ENTRANCE
Make an entrance, both front and back, by brushing a statement colour onto your doors. A wonderful way to do this is to paint both the door and frame in one colour for a welcoming doorway that feels higher and wider.
When choosing your hue, classic colours such as black and red are a smart option for the front doors of lofty townhouses and more traditional homes. Try Pitch Black or Incarnadine for an elegant and understated finish.
Other popular door colours include Plummett, Studio Green and Hague Blue in Full Gloss. If you’re hoping for a more relaxed and contemporary feel, consider opting for Blue Gray or Lichen in our Exterior Eggshell.
When painting your front door, remember to first choose a dry and still day, remove any brass fittings, and sand your door right back. Next, carefully brush on one layer of primer and undercoat and two layers of your topcoat.
THINKING ABOUT YOUR SURROUNDINGS
If your home is nestled into a Victorian terrace or cobbled mews, it’s worth being mindful of the style and colour of neighbouring buildings. If the entire street has a white trim it may be wise to follow suit, or embrace the pastel hues of any adjacent homes with a complementary shade.
For rural settings, you may wish for your exteriors to blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Green based tones like Old White or Lime White work well here, along with stony neutrals such as Oxford Stone and String. To create a striking contrast against the landscape, particularly suited to more contemporary or industrial structures, try charcoal greys like Down Pipe and Railings.
COMBINING INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS
Choosing the same colour for the interior and exterior of your home is a lovely way to create a thoughtfully cohesive scheme. To create a sense of flow, try taking your wall colour and using the same hue on a flowerpot or bench within your garden. This will really connect the two together and can often make your rooms feel bigger as they seemingly extend out of the window and into your outdoor space.
Secondly, a strong exterior can set the stage for your interiors. Doorways painted in daringly dark hues such as Hague Blue or Brinjal not only create the ultimate impact, but can also make your rooms feel lighter and brighter as you step in.
THE PERIOD OF YOUR PROPERTY
The architectural period of your property, and the era in which it was built, is especially relevant when painting your exteriors. Elegant Regency homes need only subtle neutrals on their stucco facades and understated colours on their front doors, while Victorian houses carry stronger colours beautifully. For more modern homes, the cooler blue undertones of our Architectural Neutrals add a clean finish and contemporary feel.
OTHER TIPS AND TRICKS
1. If you’re a little less confident with colour, benches and plant pots are a lovely place to start. Try shades like St Giles Blue and Yellowcake for a cheerful, Mediterranean look.
2. Try not to use more than three colours on the exterior walls and woodwork of your home as it may start to look a tad jumbled.
3. For an effortlessly cohesive scheme, paint your front door and neighbouring woodwork such as window boxes and garden gates in the same shade.
4. Pick Full Gloss for a striking finish, or reach for a tin of Exterior Eggshell for a more relaxed feel.
5. The colour of guttering or downpipes should be chosen to complement the lead of a home, just as the colour of a bench under a blossom tree should enhance the shade of the petals.
6. Don’t be afraid to layer colours to add interest to your garden scheme. Using a combination of complementary colours on outdoor furniture is a brilliant way to do just this.
7. Summer houses and potting sheds look particularly charming in Blue Gray or the brighter Vardo, both in Exterior Eggshell
For more ideas, hop over to our Inspiration site and browse through libraries of beautiful front doors, gardens and outdoor spaces painted in Farrow & Ball.