1 house, 4 ways: exterior

05 Nov 2014

It’s coming up for house painting season so to help you settle on a colour scheme, here are some ideas from our Habitat Plus booklet ‘1 look, 4 ways: exterior colour schemes’.

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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. In this case, the front door of this house sits right beside a deck that’s used for outdoor living. Colour can help either define or integrate these types of areas, enhancing the appeal of both beyond measure.

Top tip 

Stain your deck with Resene Woodsman Decking Stain to protect the timber from the weather and keep it looking good for longer. See the Resene Exterior Woodcare colour collection for options, available from Resene ColorShops and resellers, or order online from the Resene website, www.resene.com/ordercharts.

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. Along with its handsome outdoor fireplace and its sunburst motif, it can be transformed simply, quickly and relatively inexpensively – just as often as the desire for change comes over you!

Did you know… that if you don’t like the more industrial look of block walls or want to replicate the stucco look, you can add subtle texture with Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect? It’s also ideal to help hide less-than-perfect surfaces and comes in two grades – Standard and Superfine – which are both available in a wide range of colours from the Resene Total Colour System. 

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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The grainy, organic depth of Resene Caraway is perfect for the weatherboards in this cool, contemporary scheme and it’s repeated again on the painted deck for a pleasing sense of integration. Punchy Resene Black White makes the trim on the windows, doors and pergola stand out, while the complex grey green neutral of Resene Mondo on the front door adds depth and a welcome contrast. 

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Four shades of grey make up this stand-out scheme with its stylish, stormy overtones. Reserved and restrained, Resene Silver Chalice stars on the weatherboards and pergola. Its depth is offset by the use of crisp Resene Black White on the window and door trim while the deep ebony-toned charcoal of Resene Shark makes a classic style statement on the door itself. The armour-grey tones of Resene Double Stack are airily effective on the decking.

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The aptly named Resene Triple Wheatfield – an oats and barley blend – is used on the weatherboards, and is perfectly partnered with soft and luminous Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta on the trims and pergola, while the smoky grey of Resene Norwester packs a punch on the front door. The deck is finished with rich grey-brown Resene Iroko from the Resene Woodsman exterior stains range. 

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This is a new take on the current trend towards darker weatherboards on character homes, using the wintry grey slate blue of Resene Balderdash as a true statement piece. Resene Alabaster gives the trims and pergola a contrasting delicate crispness while Resene Pohutukawa pops from the front door. The dusty warmth of Resene Stonewashed anchors the scheme on the painted deck. 

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Luminous and cheering in the late summer sunlight, this home has been painted with Resene Half Thorndon Cream, a rich, full shade that catches and reflects light from dawn until dusk. The windows, sills and door are in Resene Alabaster, a perfect, silky white, and the outdoor fireplace blends neatly into the overall scheme with its Deco-inspired sun burst motif and rounded shoulders. It’s also painted with Resene Half Thorndon Cream.

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If you like the idea of decor that’s cool and slightly mysterious, you’ll love Resene Sea Fog, which adorns these walls, hugging the clear-cut shape of this home and highlighting its best features. Resene Half Friar Grey, a solid and versatile colour, is perfect for the trims and fireplace while Resene Quarter Ironsand on the window sills and roof enhances this classic and timeless colour scheme.

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Going smoky and serious, this scheme uses the strong bold blue-grey shade of  Resene Mako for the main body of this home. Softened by the amiable zinc grey Resene Regent Grey for the fireplace, it creates a scheme that’s very on-trend with the current popularity of blue-grey tones both inside and out the house. At either extreme of the strength spectrum, Resene Mystic, which is a pale esoteric grey, is used on the windows and door with the deep charcoal Resene Foundry on the capping board of the roof. 

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Giving this area a burnt desert-inspired twist of spicy terracottas, Resene Kalgoorie Sands is a light sienna brown used for this home. Reminiscent of Mediterranean or Mexican environs but also inspired by the red-gold colours of Australia, it’s joined by the warm caramel tones of Resene Toffee for the fireplace. Resene Blank Canvas is a chalky calm cream for the windows and door. All you need now are generous servings of tapas and tequilas for a fun night alfresco. 

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Resene Alabaster

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Resene Balderdash

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Resene Half Friar Grey

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Resene Norwester

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