Colour Selection Guide
Colour Considerations and Tips
You never get a chance to make a second impression the saying goes. Next to structural shape, colour is the most noticeable element of any home. When it comes to colour selection, it's important to take your time and plan with current and future layouts in mind. Given the results of the staining project will last for years, it's important to step back from the areas to be stained and consider the environmental surroundings, landscape, architecture and the more permanent structural features that may not be changing, such as roofing, walkways and any masonry or natural materials, such as stones or tiling. The doors, siding, trim and other architectural features may be painted, but other surfaces may not. So, once you have an idea of what is and what is not going to be painted, then you have a good starting point for colour selection.
Colour Selection Tips
- Typical colour combination has three colours: one colour for more dominant or larger surface areas, such as siding; one colour for trim or architectural details; and a third colour for accents, such as doors and shutters.
- Look to gardens, furniture or other structural elements, such as paving or accent stonework that will remain once the staining project is complete.
- Consider neighbouring houses or structures. You might find great inspiration from newly built homes or even heritage buildings to create a colour scheme.
- Determine one or two colours that will be the dominant colours - one for the siding and perhaps another for decks.
- Off-whites or deep, rich colours are idea for the use on trim, siding, facia or downspouts to support the overall look of the colour scheme.
- Lighter colours, such as off-whites, tend to visually 'advance' or 'highlight' the surface being painted. If the goal is to draw the eye away from details, they can be painted the dominant colours so they are not as noticeable.
- Lighting has an effect on how colours are perceived. Make sure to select the colours outside in the area where they will be applied.