3 Exterior Paint Ideas To Brighten Your Home

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

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.

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.

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.

Solidor Beeston Stable in Chartwell Green
Solidor Anthracite Grey Entrance

Anthracite Grey

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.

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.

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

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.

Bright houses all down one street

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.

How to choose the right colour for your home

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.

example RAL colour chart

Take 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.