How to choose the right render colour for your home
Are you building a new home or looking to give your current one a facelift? Choosing a render colour doesn’t need to be a complicated affair - photo courtesy of www.renderplas.co.uk.
While the human language categorises colours into a small set of words, people with standard vision actually have the capability to see millions of distinct colours. Which is why it’s understandable that when it comes to deciding the colour of things like cars, furniture or clothing it might feel quite hard. And even more intricate than that, what about deciding the colour of the outside of your home?
Whether it’s paint, brickwork or render, choosing colours for the exterior of your home can feel like a pretty big commitment. But truth be told, once you’re struck with the right inspiration and you’re armed with enough information it’s actually easier than you think.
So where do you start?
The basic tools architects have at their disposal when creating an attractive facade are colour, form and texture. Their decisions however are mainly based upon inspiration from homeowners. But where do they get their inspiration from? Well in short, everywhere. The colour you choose can be influenced by your surroundings – think neighbouring properties, where your home is located in the country, and also how the property has been designed and shaped. Also think about how you would like your home to look and feel.
It may be that you want your home to feel coastal, have a country feel, or maybe even seem edgy and contemporary. If so, each style will have a particular colour scheme you can use. Perhaps you want certain parts of it to stand out, in that case maybe choose a contrasting colour to help it appear more prominent.
One thing to be wary of when choosing colours is not thinking ahead. Trends come and go. Rendering a house is a big undertaking, and most Weber renders have a potential design life of 25 years, so you’ll want to make sure you pick a colour that stands the test of time.
Don’t be afraid to go with white.
Weber renders have hydrophobic qualities, meaning that they don’t allow water droplets to collect on the building’s exterior. They are also weather resistant, resulting in the render holding its colour much better than other facade solutions.
Some people avoid white because they deem it to be ‘too bright’, but Weber’s cementitious renders offer a less potent and more refined finish due to its texture. However, if brighter and bolder is your taste, Weber’s high performance synthetic coatings are a good way to go. Whether it’s weberplast TF, webersil TF, or webersil P, each of them adds a vigorous finish to a selection of modern base coat renders.
And if white is not to your taste, Weber has a palette of over 100 colours to choose from.
Fancy mixing it up?
There’s no rule to say that you can only use one colour.
For example, if you wanted to highlight a particular part of your home then why not go with a strong contrast colour? Or perhaps you’d like to emphasise the shape of the property and its corners? If so, a slightly lighter shade than the main render colour might work well in this type of situation.
You could also complement the render finish with other materials to complete the look of your home. Using a combination of alternative materials can offer great visual appeal and help contemporary homes look more inviting. You could use metal cladding, timber, or perhaps feature a panel of brickwork or stone. You could even add an ashlar or quoin feature. Whichever you choose, each provides the opportunity to enrich a simple exterior along with your chosen render colour.
Colour it in
Fancy seeing what your home could look like in a variety of colours? The Weber Facade Colour Simulator allows construction professionals and property owners to create an impression of a building in a single colour, or in a combination of colours, all in a matter of minutes.