Try these shades for a summer lift

Cool hues
Cool hues

Updating the exterior of a house with the right colour scheme not only makes a strong first impression and reflects the homeowner’s personality, but also has the ability to increase street appeal and add value. 

Colours of nature

Colours of nature

With this in mind, Dulux has created three exterior palettes, Bright Spot, Botanical Life and Natural Beauty, which can be mixed and matched to create an eye-catching and timeless colour scheme. 

Bright Spot is made up of pops of brighter hues and a selection of failproof neutrals, which according to Bree Leech, creative consultant and stylist for Dulux is ideal for popular mid-century architecture.

Use bright accessories.

Use bright accessories.

“Experiment with hues to achieve a modern take on architectural colour palettes,” she says. “Use bold hints of colour such as Dulux High Blue or Go Alpha in architectural details such as the front door, pot plants and even letterboxes.”

Providing a more traditional colour scheme, Botanical Life gives a warm and welcoming finish, globally inspired by spicy colour accents, bohemian styling and tropical flare such as Dulux Cinnamon Sand, Coyote and Jungle Cloak. “Outdoor living has become an Australian way of life and botanical features play a greater role in our wellbeing as well as our décor,” says Bree.

Natural Beauty is inspired by tactile elements, creating colours drawn from nature and focussing on neutrals, warm greys and charcoals. 

DULUX TIPS FOR PAINTING YOUR FRONT DOOR

  • Make sure you choose a shade that reflects your personality and gives people a taste of what to expect on the inside.
  • Bright colours can make neutral exteriors such as concrete renders or brown bricks ‘pop’.
  • If you’re painting over existing paint work, for best results and to ensure maximum adhesion, sand your surface thoroughly and dust off before painting.
  • If you’re painting onto a bare surface, over a darker colour or a repaired surface, a coat of primer will seal the surface and provide the ideal base. Apply one coat of primer, sealer and undercoat and leave for two hours.
  • Apply two coats of colour.
RUSTIC: Pair neutrals with wooden elements, stone accessories and natural decorations. Colours pictured are Colorbond Shale Grey and Harold.

RUSTIC: Pair neutrals with wooden elements, stone accessories and natural decorations. Colours pictured are Colorbond Shale Grey and Harold.

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