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habitat plus – exteriors

Welcome – When your canvas is literally as big as a house, you want to ensure you get the paint colours right.

Habitat plus 02 - 1 look 4 ways - exterior colour schemes
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It can be a daunting task deciding on a scheme for the exterior, especially given the cost of materials and labour. There are also a surprising number of exterior features to consider when compiling a colour scheme – walls, windows, the roof, the front door, verandas etc.

Which is why we’ve devised this helpful booklet to let you see how different styles of exteriors – from ultra modern to classic heritage – look in various colour schemes. We’ve taken an existing house, then virtually painted it with alternative schemes to show you the difference that paint colours can make. There’s a good mix of contemporary and traditional schemes… as well as some more challenging combinations.

We also step out into the garden to show you how different courtyards and landscaping features look in different colour schemes, using both paint and exterior stains from the Resene Woodsman range.

So before you give up in frustration and just paint everything off-white, turn the page and find the right scheme for your home.

Happy decorating!
The Resene and habitat teams

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Create a superior exterior

Create a superior exterior

Creating a scheme for the outside of your home is often harder than doing the same job on the inside... more

Come on in

Come on in

Front doors are an important part of your exterior scheme... more

Double duty

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... more

Reaching skyward

Reaching skyward

Creating tension, in a good way, the forceful forms of this architect-designed home play off against each other... more

Shape shifter

Shape shifter

The strong lines, sculptural layering and heightened sense of drama seen in contemporary residential architecture often doesn’t need the help of a complex colour scheme... more

Layering up

Layering up

Contrary to some popular belief, modern architecture can open the creative floodgates in terms of colour... more

Villa versatility

Villa versatility

With their beautiful character fretwork and corbels, villas are a dream when it comes to devising a colour scheme... more

Heritage honoured

Heritage honoured

This heritage cottage fits comfortably within its environment and acts as a gentle backdrop to cheerful garden displays... more

On a grand scale

On a grand scale

A large house can require a lot of thought when it comes to painting, but it also provides a template on which you can mix and match a number of colours... more

Born again

Born again

It’s a fact of life that many of our older homes have been changed during the years, some split into flats, losing lovely original features in the process... more

Daringly deco

Daringly deco

With its fluid forms, motifs, parapet roofs and bold colours, Art Deco architecture is very distinctive... more

Transport yourself

Transport yourself

The distinctive architectural styles of the Mediterranean are understandably popular here... more

At one with the land

At one with the land

With modern architects aware of the need to design new buildings that integrate seamlessly with their surroundings... more

Going vertical

Going vertical

In a land of mostly horizontal weatherboard houses, those finished with vertical boards have a sharp designer look... more

Come on out

Come on out

Long gone are the days when the typical home had simply a front door and a back door... more

Taking shelter

Taking shelter

The most popular innovation in recent years to extend the use of our outdoor living spaces is the increasing range of electronic louvred pergolas... more

Sitting pretty

Sitting pretty

With an increasing emphasis on the concept of outdoor rooms, most of us now have at least one space that qualifies for this description... more

Veranda romance

Veranda romance

In a rural setting, nothing beats the languor and romance of an old colonial villa surrounded by deep verandas... more

Alfresco charm

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... more

To blend... or not

To blend... or not

Creating a place of either quiet sanctuary or a place for entertaining is as important in a garden as it is inside your house... more

Garden sanctuary

Garden sanctuary

Creating a place of either quiet sanctuary or a place for entertaining is as important in a garden as it is inside your house... more

Know your boundaries

Know your boundaries

The fence that separates your property from the street or other public spaces really sets the scene... more

Two-tone magic

Two-tone magic

A handsome mix of panelled vehicle gate, plaster columns and weatherboard panels, this design could herald any style of home modern – traditional or anything in between... more

 
 

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