2012 Apr 15 - Keeping it Fresh!
Adding colour to the exterior of a home has become a hot trend over the
past few years. "While a fresh coat of paint will give a house an
updated look that is always attractive to buyers and can influence the
perceived value of the property, it is important to choose the right
colour to complement the home and its surroundings," says Adrian
Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.
Although choosing the colour for the home will largely be based on the
homeowner’s personal preference and sense of style, Goslett notes that
one method which homeowners can use to give them a basic guideline on
where to start is by using the acronym of the word FRESH when
considering which colour to use.
F – This stands for features on the exterior of the home that are fixed.
Fixed features are the permanent design elements of the home such as
the foundation stone, brick facades and pathways. Goslett says that very
often there will be a colour that is common to all these elements which
should be identified in order to find a roof tile or paint that will
R – Look at the regional colours in your particular area, which are
based on elements such as the surroundings, styles and building
materials used. Neighbourhood cohesion will make the area more inviting
and aesthetical pleasing to buyers.
E – Consider the environment in which the home is located, as the chosen
colour will need to complement the home's surroundings, whether it be
city, beach or mountainside. Nature as well as the built environment
should be considered to ensure that there is a sense of continuity with
the rest of the houses in the neighbourhood. Take a walk around the
property and take in the various sites, perhaps making note of what is
seen with a camera. This will allow the homeowner to see any common
colour palettes and take note of elements such as the surrounding
landscape, foliage, textures and adjacent buildings. Most neutral
colours will blend with any environment, or alternatively paint the home
in a contrasting white to make it stand out as white will show off the
architectural details of the home.
S – Style of the home. Some colours complement a particular style of
home more than others, depending on the overall look and feel of the
property. There are also certain areas in some parts of the country that
will have a specific building style and colour scheme that best suits
that type of architecture, for example Cape Dutch style housing is
H – Where possible, preserve the intrinsic colours of the area's history. If
the home is situated in an area with a rich history, a coastal area or
rural environment, customary colours of the area should be preserved. In
coastal environments, various blues are used to mimic the colours of
the ocean. Very often the natural habitat of certain geographical areas
surrounding the home will have a large influence of how the home should
look and feel.
Goslett advises homeowners that are unsure of any colour to test several
shades of the colour on section of the home. Allow the painted area to
dry for 24 hours and then view it in the morning, noon and evening, as
the colours will appear to be different tones depending on the time of
day. This will give homeowners the chance to compare the shades to see
which one is best for them.
He concludes by saying that while the home surroundings will give the
homeowner an idea of where to start, each home and homeowner is
different and what works for one may not work for another. Be individual
and let your home be a reflection of your style and personality.
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