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3 exterior paint ideas to brighten your home in 2016

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In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a shift in colour trends when it comes to windows, external doors, and garage doors. Where the fashion was once to use understated shades for the for the exterior of homes, people are branching out and trying a wide variety of different colours, with both bright and dark styles taking front and centre stage.

The new-found popularity of these colours can be explained for a number of reasons. Firstly, now that the economy is no longer in recession and house prices are stable, homeowners are beginning to spend more on their home improvements and are increasingly considering eye-catching hues to boost their kerb appeal.

Secondly, window and door manufacturing technology has progressed to a point where brighter and more unusual colours are easier to apply and more affordable than in the past. These lighter shades are now of a quality which will not fade as easily in strong sunlight, which has been an issue previously.

What’s interesting about the rise in popularity of these colours, is that they’re chosen for a wide variety of property styles, demonstrating that, no matter whether you live in a quaint cottage, a Victorian terrace or a modern contemporary home, there’s a popular shade out there to suit. Let’s take a closer look at some of the colours and styles that have become popular over the last few years — hopefully they will prove to be a great inspiration for your own home improvements.

Chartwell Green

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Chartwell Green has been rising in popularity with homeowners for a number of years now, but it’s only recently that it’s become widely available and affordable right across the UK. Initially, it was a popular colour in the southern parts of the country, but now the trend is moving northwards and it’s clear that this is a colour which is set to become a regular sight in many neighbourhoods.

The colour has roots in the south — its name comes from the Kent family home of Winston Churchill himself. A muted, pastel green was chosen by Churchill for his garden furniture, and since then it’s been known as Chartwell Green, becoming popular with residences in the area, and now beyond.

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Chartwell House – Winston Churchill’s family home

The colour itself, a pale sage green, has huge scope — it suits cottages and contemporary homes alike, and it can look very modern, fashionable, and traditional at the same time. It really is one of the most versatile colours out there with which to decorate the exterior of your home.

Chartwell Green is known as a ‘heritage colour’ as it suits older buildings particularly well. It goes well with timber, brick, sandstone, and even granite. In the warmer months it stands out as a summery, light colour, yet it’s sufficiently muted, with enough grey present, so that it does not look out of place in the winter months either.

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Another benefit of Chartwell Green is that it matches both silver-toned and gold-toned door furniture, so whether you opt for a bronze or silver letter box, hinges or handles, you’ll still have a great looking home exterior.

Anthracite Grey

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The colour Anthracite Grey is currently taking the industry by storm as one of the most popular finishes for garage doors, as well as aluminium windows and front doors. The great thing about Anthracite Grey is that – just like Chartwell Green – it suits a whole range of property styles.

Anthracite Grey is named after a type of hard coal, which has a more grey than black, sooty appearance. The word was first used to describe a type of dark-coloured gemstone which resembled this coal by the Ancient Greeks. These days it’s not just doors and windows which are popular in this colour — home interior furnishings, clothing, and vehicles are all popular in Anthracite Grey.

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Anthracite Grey is a duskier shade, which is closer to gunmetal than silver. It’s dark enough to look cleaner for longer, yet light enough that it doesn’t dominate. This shade is popular with people of differing tastes, and as it’s not as ‘feminine’ a colour as Chartwell Green, it has a more universal appeal.

Unlike the Chartwell Green, Anthracite Grey only tends to work well with silver-toned door furniture. However, as it compliments timber so well, some muted bronze shades can also work.

 

Statement brights

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As colouring technology develops, so do the options available to homeowners. Most doors and windows come with a set of colours to choose from, but you can often request the addition of bespoke finishes.  The extra work means that your products may take longer to manufacture and you may also incur an extra charge, but it gives you the freedom to choose any colour that you want.

You may have seen RAL colours mentioned before in catalogues or online. It is a colour standard that ensures that every shade is standardised with a given RAL number, so that no matter where you are or who you do business with, you can be confident that the exact colour will be provided. This helps with confusion surrounding colour names — for instance, one manufacturer may interpret the shade ‘lemon yellow’ completely differently than another would, leading to you receiving a product that does not match your requirements.

When choosing statement brights, opting for something a bit ‘out there’ can give your home a real wow factor, but it’s important to ensure you’re happy with the colour and that it suits your home before taking any bold steps. If you’re thinking of selling your home in the future, it’s worth remembering that some colours may put off potential buyers However, it can be argued that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the very presence of an unusual shade could potentially create more interest. What’s important is that you like it and that it comes within your budget.

As being able to apply any colour you want to doors, windows, and garage doors is a relatively new option, it is likely that the coming years will see more and more properties being customised with non-standard colour features.

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How to choose the right colour for your home

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Due to their more permanent nature, home improvement trends don’t tend to disappear overnight, often lasting years or even decades. So you can rest easy knowing that whatever suits your particular style of property is something which is going to remain in style for years to come.

What’s most important is that you are happy with the final product, and that it lives up to your expectations – it is your property and your own satisfaction is important. However, it is worth ensuring that whatever colour you opt for matches the general style of your property. Modern homes tend to suit brighter, more adventurous colours more than older more traditional styles, which often look better with darker or neutral shades. There is no one-size-fits-all rule however, so it is vital that you spend some time outside visualising which colours your home will suit. If you are technically minded, or know someone who is, you could even mock up an image of your home with different shades to get a better idea of how it will look.

frontdoorTake a look at some of the homes around you in your neighbourhood, especially if you are just moving into the area. Creating an outlandish colour scheme for your home in an area that is painted in tasteful neutral colours is a sure-fire way to alienate yourself from your neighbours.

Be willing to compromise a little bit; more often than not, there is a shade of paint that will allow you to be different, without causing your house to stick out like a sore thumb. For example, if you want a darker colour scheme, but the houses around you are all light colour, find a paint somewhere in the middle to soften the contrast.

Lastly, it’s always wise to check that there are no restrictions on what you can and cannot do to your home before making any big changes. Some properties will have restrictions in place due to being located in conservation areas, being listed properties, or for other, more localised reasons. Check with your neighbours to find out if they have any experience of this, and always double check with your local planning authority before starting any works.

If you make big changes to your home, and you haven’t got the necessary permissions, you may be subject to a fine and could be asked to reverse the changes at your own cost. Of course, most properties have no restrictions at all, but it’s always safer to check before spending any money.

To discuss the various colour options for any of our products, please call us on 0345 145 0130 or use our Contact Form to get in touch. Many of our products can be customised with any RAL colour for an additional charge, so if you don’t see the exact colour you want, we may still be able to help.