COLORBOND® Shale Grey® and Surfmist®

Pale grey + white = very nice! There is nothing jarring about the combination. It's classic, it's conservative, it's easy on the eye. Below are the Colorbond® colours that have been created for our Australian conditions.

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COLORBOND® Surfmist® and Monument®

Two all time favourites are black and white. Together they are classic, bold and striking. You cannot go wrong with b&w shoes, bags, jackets or houses. The two beautiful colours below have been created by Colorbond® and, I think,  are better than black and white!

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Paying for a Colour Consultation

I am not expensive, I listen to the Client and I take a thorough brief. I look at the orientation of your home, I take into consideration the natural light, your neighbour's homes and your neighbourhood. I am thoughtful in my colour specifications ... sometimes my head hurts thinking about it.

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Base Paint

Take note .... Paint manufacturers have different base paints, then there are a range of bases generally 1 to 4 , then each manufacturer will vary the ingredients within their paint. So if you love a colour from 'UNREAL Paints' DO NOT get it made up by 'SUPER Paints'.

See the image below for variance in colour using different base paints .... uugghh. Just one coat of each and you can see the difference.   

 

British Colonial Style

Dwell has always adored the British Colonial style of decorating and when the phone rang with a client needing help to pull this look together in their dream home I jumped at the chance.

There is so much to love about the British Colonial look.  It is relaxed, slightly eccentric and very elegant.  It brings relaxed Island style and formal British style together in a beautiful mix of era and design.

The colour palette is neutral but comes alive with texture, pattern and lots of greenery - think bringing the outdoors in.

Due to it breezy relaxed style British Colonial suits the location we live in here on the South Coast and the Illawarra.

We love the resurgence of bold wallpapers with botanic prints (like The Great Shalimar by Bethany Linz above) and murals as well as beautifully textured grasscloth wallpaper (another blog to follow on this) that provide interest and drama in these homes.

Typically floors are dark, walls are light, window trimmings are either plantation shutters or extra long gauzy sheer curtains.  Ceiling fans prevail and furniture is often vintage or antique, traditional and dark.  Cane and timber soften these interiors as do large rugs - sisal is good, so are antique rugs and animal hides.

Most of all it's the elegant, relaxed calm and breezy feeling these homes have.


Beach Colours

Ahhh summer days are soon ending. This colour palette is inspired by NSW's beautiful far north coast. Colours are from Resene, they have 6000 online colours to chose from .... that's why you need us ;)  

Bold Exterior Colour

Most of us wouldn't dare to be so bold with our exterior colour choices but when done right a home painted in bright colours looks amazing!  Of course you need to consider the style of architecture of your home.  Bright and bold exterior colour looks stunning on ultra modern homes or very traditional houses with lots of trim detail - usually painted white for contrast.

image source bensimon via apartmentdiet.com

image source bensimon via apartmentdiet.com

image via Potted Plant Society on Pinterest

image via Potted Plant Society on Pinterest

The location of your home is also another important consideration, if you live in a very conservative neighbourhood a bright turquoise or orange house may not 'fit in' so well yet in an upcoming, trend-setting bohemian neighbourhood it can look lovely and at ease with it's surroundings.  If you like the idea of bold colour maybe try it in patio walls which can easily be repainted if you don't like it or if you tire of it eventually.  Or plant your garden in colour instead.

image via InsideOut Magazine styled by Heather Nette King photography by Alicia Taylor

image via InsideOut Magazine styled by Heather Nette King photography by Alicia Taylor

image via lonelyplanet.com

image via lonelyplanet.com

image via elho.com

image via elho.com

Which brings us to the neighbours - probably best to take them into consideration too!  While you don't necessarily need to blend in and be boring you can add interesting colour to your letterbox, fence or garden plantings without going overboard and being the sore toe on the block.  Painting your home in an outrageous colour while your neighbours are in shades of grey's, white and charcoal can devalue not only their homes but yours as well, especially in an upmarket suburb.

San Francisco's 'Painted Ladies'

San Francisco's 'Painted Ladies'

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

Mediterranean countries are well known for their use of bright colour as accents (think Grecian blue and white) and in Europe whole towns have been painting the outside of their homes for centuries in the bold pigments found locally (I'm talking about the Islands of Murano and Burano in Venice).  The light, seasons and lifestyle compliment these multicoloured dwellings.

image via Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

image via Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

image via victorianhouses.tumblr.com

image via victorianhouses.tumblr.com

We at Dwell love bright coloured homes and can only imagine the personalities that live within the walls, what a wonderful colourful life they must live!

Choosing the best exterior white paint

Growing up I remember a lot of house exteriors were white or shades of - plain, simple and easy.  As time has gone on it's a little harder to find white house exteriors.  Now that we have so much choice of colour, and we have grown a little braver with our colour choices there just aren't so many white exteriors around any more.  In part it may be because there are so many whites out there now it's become too hard to choose so we have done the hard work for you by choosing our 5 favourite exterior white paint colours!

image via Bethlee Photography

image via Bethlee Photography

White is still a lovely choice for an exterior.  It suits most styles of architecture from classic to ultra modern, country and coastal but we just seem to have forgotten about it.  When paired with contrasting trim and lush greenery it has a clean fresh feel.

Our favourite 5 exterior whites are:

  • Dulux Beige Royal
  • Murobond Badger 50%
  • Colorbond Surfmist
  • Taubmans Pebble Bay 1/4 
  • Murobond Raw Earth 25%

Here are some images to inspire...

image via rsassoc

image via rsassoc

image via elle.es  (even the pig matches the colour scheme)

image via elle.es  (even the pig matches the colour scheme)

image via homeadore.com

image via homeadore.com

image via Ricardo Agraz 

image via Ricardo Agraz 

image via theultralinx.com

image via theultralinx.com

Monday Mood Board - White Exteriors

We think a bold white exterior can compliment a modern home so beautifully. It lets the architecture do the talking and allows light and shade falling across the walls to let the angles, shapes and design features stand out.

Surrounding a white house with the lushness of tropical greens provides a contrast but at the same time softens the look of the home and gives it the kind of appeal that makes you want to discover what is going on inside.