How to choose a paint colour for your outdoors

If you want to spruce up your home and give it some curb appeal, painting the exterior a new colour can really add value. Whether you’re just looking for a change or preparing to sell, Andrea from Dulux has some advice on how to choose the right colour.

The right paint for the job

When painting the outside of your home, it’s important that you use exterior paint. It’s different from interior paint because it includes UV protection, moisture barriers and features stronger pigments, which prevent the colours from fading. 

cream and black modern house

Consider the surface

There are many different types of exterior surfaces that you can paint, and they all need to be treated differently. Whether you want to paint brick, rendered masonry, corrugated iron, weatherboard, cladding or timber surfaces, check what kind of paint is recommended as well as the best way to apply it. A good spray gun will make painting some of these surfaces really easy.

light coloured house entrance

The three-colour rule

A good rule of thumb when considering colours for your home’s exterior is to limit it to three colours. Try one neutral colour for the main walls, a contrasting colour for accents and a third for the roof trim.

Neutrals and whites

“Warm neutrals and soft whites are versatile enough to use on any style of home,” says Andrea. A good tip is to take a look around your local neighbourhood at the colour schemes of similar houses to see which shade suits your style of house.

Greys

Andrea says that “cool greys and crisp whites are a good choice for modern homes. They are ideal for architectural accents like gutters, downpipes, door and window trims, shutters and brackets around your home.”

Contrasting colours

If your walls are a neutral colour, then you may want to add some contrasting colours to your outdoors to make an impact. For example, you can create a focal point by adding some colour to your front door or even consider painting your roof.

cream cottage house

Add a texture

Using textured paint can add a different look to your home. You could opt for the Tuscan soft washed look on your walls or a subtle rock finish for a modern home. Whichever colour you choose, the textured finish is sure to impress.

decking with outdoor lounge

Start painting

You can check out the full Dulux exterior range available at your local Bunnings.

paint brush

Guides & Projects A–Z of painting terms Painting is the easiest way to transform your home. Knowing the terms associated with painting will help you get the right products and tools to give you professional results.

colour scheme

Guides & Projects Create a colour scheme for your home A new coat of paint can make a huge difference to your home. Colour Expert from Dulux to get some tips on how to choose the colour scheme that’s right for you.

painting a table

Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost anything with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. However, because not everything is made from the same materials, it’s...

interior paint

Preparation How to choose a paint colour for your indoors A new colour on your walls can transform your indoor spaces. However, there are loads of popular colours to choose from. Andrea from Dulux provides some tips on how to get the right colour for you.

paint brushes 02:03

Preparation How to choose paint brushes and rollers In this video, Bron from Bunnings Warehouse describes the different types of paint brushes available.

How to choose white paint

Preparation How to choose white paint With dozens of white shades on the market, here's a few tips on how to choose the white that’s right for you.

Person mixing the paint in a bucket 02:35

How To Paint How to paint Preparation is the key to successfully painting a room. We’ll show you all the things you need to do before you get started.

Person giving the door an undercoat 02:16

How To Paint How to paint a door It’s easy to freshen up your doors with a new coat of paint. We’ll even give you some tips on how to make sure you end up with a great finish.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content