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1 look 4 ways - exterior colour schemes

Create a superior exterior

Create a superior exterior

Creating a scheme for the outside of your home is often harder than doing the same job on the inside. For a start, there’s a lot of cladding, acres of roof, and fiddly bits to trip you up.... more
Come on in

Come on in

Front doors are an important part of your exterior scheme.They signify the entry, welcome visitors and are often the most cheerful component of your home’s exterior – like a smile on your face... more


Double duty

Double duty

Our love affair with the sun, smaller sections and desire for good access to outdoor living spaces can sometimes lead to a clash of purpose.... more


Reaching skyward

Reaching skyward

Creating tension, in a good way, the forceful forms of this architect-designed home play off against each other. The soaring lighthouse-like shape and tall strip of window on the central block offset the more anchored, sturdy shapes of the lower plaster blocks on either side..... more


Shape shifter

Shape shifter

The strong lines, sculptural layering and heightened sense of drama seen in contemporary residential architecture often doesn’t need the help of a complex colour scheme... more


Layering up

Layering up

Contrary to some popular belief, modern architecture can open the creative floodgates in terms of colour. With the various strong planes created by the plaster exterior of this house... more


Villa versatility

Villa versatility

With their beautiful character fretwork and corbels, villas are a dream when it comes to devising a colour scheme... more


Heritage honoured

Heritage honoured

This heritage cottage fits comfortably within its environment and acts as a gentle backdrop to cheerful garden displays.... more


On a grand scale

On a grand scale

A large house can require a lot of thought when it comes to painting, but it also provides a template on which you can mix and match a number of colours... more


Born again

Born again

It’s a fact of life that many of our older homes have been changed during the years, some split into flats, losing lovely original features in the process... more


Daringly deco

Daringly deco

With its fluid forms, motifs, parapet roofs and bold colours, Art Deco architecture is very distinctive. Today, many people associate Art Deco colours with soft pastel and gelato tones – pink, yellow, sky blue and minty green... more


Transport yourself

Transport yourself

The distinctive architectural styles of the Mediterranean are understandably popular here. We have much in common with that warm, sunny region where fruit ripens in the hot sun... more


At one with the land

At one with the land

With modern architects aware of the need to design new buildings that integrate seamlessly with their surroundings... more


Going vertical

Going vertical

In a land of mostly horizontal weatherboard houses, those finished with vertical boards have a sharp designer look... more


Come on out

Come on out

Long gone are the days when the typical home had simply a front door and a back door. The latter a narrow portal opening straight out onto the path or lawn... more


Taking shelter

Taking shelter

The most popular innovation in recent years to extend the use of our outdoor living spaces is the increasing range of electronic louvred pergolas.... more


Sitting pretty

Sitting pretty

With an increasing emphasis on the concept of outdoor rooms, most of us now have at least one space that qualifies for this description.... more


Veranda romance

Veranda romance

In a rural setting, nothing beats the languor and romance of an old colonial villa surrounded by deep verandas. After a hard day’s work, to be able to sit with a beer or a cuppa and look out over the land... more


Alfresco charm

Alfresco charm

With its clean-cut lines and minimalist decoration, the roughcast finish on an original Art Deco style dwelling is the perfect canvas for showcasing colour.... more


To blend... or not

To blend... or not

Creating a place of either quiet sanctuary or a place for entertaining is as important in a garden as it is inside your house... more


Garden sanctuary

Garden sanctuary

Creating a place of either quiet sanctuary or a place for entertaining is as important in a garden as it is inside your house... more


Know your boundaries

Know your boundaries

The fence that separates your property from the street or other public spaces really sets the scene. Often an extension of the style of the house, it can be built from a vast array of materials ... more


Two-tone magic

Two-tone magic

A handsome mix of panelled vehicle gate, plaster columns and weatherboard panels, this design could herald any style of home modern - traditional or anything in between... more


 
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