The Painting Solution: Episode 5


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5 weeks later and we are onto Episode 5! The preparation has been completed and it is now time to get started with the actual painting. Today’s post gives you tips on how to choose the best exterior colours for your building/s so let’s get straight to it.

Selecting the correct colour combination complements a building, creates a good impression and generally increases the property value. Most buildings require three different exterior colours and these colours should complement each other and should be different shades of the same hue.

  1. Main Colour – used on larger areas / boundary walls etc.
  2. Contrasting Colour – used on doors / window frames etc
  3. Accent Colour – used on railings, flower boxes etc.

When selecting a colour palette to use, the following four aspects should be taken into consideration:

  • Architecture and Style of the Building

Older buildings or those inspired by a certain style (e.g. Tuscan, Spanish, Cape Dutch), may require a certain paint technique or may look better in certain colour palettes.

  • Garden Style

The colour of paint that you choose should complement the style of the garden and landscape.

  • Colour of the Roof, Pathways Etc:

Your choice of paint colour should complement the fixed elements of the building.

  • Aesthetic Effect

If the building is set back from the street, you may elect a lighter/brighter colour to ensure that it stands out. On the other hand, if the building is set close to the road, a darker colour may cause the building to appear to recede.

Other aspects to consider:

  • Darker colours tend to fade, whilst lighter tones look newer for longer.
  • Darker colours tend to create the illusion of a building being smaller than it is.

One you have narrowed your search down to a few options and colour combinations, it is always a good idea to paint an area large enough to provide an idea of what the finished product will look like. For more assistance, Plascon Spaces offer an excellent service and if you’re in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, pay them a visit at Design Quarter in Magaliessig or visit their website on