Here are five key areas of the property to consider for maximum and timeless kerb appeal.
The obvious place to start working your kerbside appeal is the exterior of the house itself.
Grey greens and grey blues remain hugely popular on the exterior of our homes. That’s because they are essential neutrals but with some depth and interest. The subtle green or blue tones means they work well surrounded by leafy foliage, they look great with bright white trim, but they can also take the addition of some bold contrasting colours. Try Resene Loblolly, Resene Tasman or Resene Emerge.
Going black is another trend that’s continuing for house exteriors as it will make most buildings look contemporary and dramatic. Resene Bokara Grey is a popular choice, and check out Resene All Black.
Top tip: For dark exteriors, remember to ask for Resene CoolColour paint or stain. It reflects more of the sun’s UV than standard versions of the colour, protecting the paint, stain and the cladding by minimising heat stress and potential damage.
Other areas to consider are the everyday details like the spouting and guttering – do you want them to blend or be a feature, such as a metallic look. Today’s ranges of spouting are far removed from the white plastic off old – see the Marley website [www.marley.co.nz] for more.
Once you have a colour scheme you’re happy with on your house, any other colour or design feature you add to the rest of the exterior section is about adding complementary or contrasting features.