As a building designer, one of your key missions as a building designer is to help your client find the perfect colour for their exterior home design. While this may seem like a daunting task, it is far from impossible. So let’s explore the possibilities of colour in design.

In choosing a hue for your client’s design, one must consider the house’s style, surrounding landscape and overall design. And, as always, practical concerns come first.

1. Select a reflective colour to alleviate heat absorption.

For a residence that does not benefit from the shade of trees, work with a client to select a house colour that’s reflective in veneer, like ivory. In places bathed by sunlight, lighter colours carry a low heat absorption rate that can cool the inside.

2. Select a colour that personifies your client’s home.

If your client is striving for a sophisticated home style, then choose a colour that evokes an aura of cool elegance. Ebony might be a good choice.

3. Use nature as a muse.

Whether the setting of your client’s home is a mountain or a forest, the house’s natural surroundings should influence its hue and design. A home culled from natural timber, for example, should appear to grow forth from its scenic landscape.

4. Match the colour to the style.

The colour of your client’s residence should reflect its design style and features. For a barn or farmhouse, for example, the robust cadence of red or burgundy just might be the perfect—and out and out classic—selection.

5. Remember that your client’s home should appear as one with the driveway.

A home’s colour scheme should take into consideration the design details of its driveway, roof, detailing, garage, window trim, and other exterior features.

6. Find a colour that coincides with your client’s landscape design

A beautiful landscape of florals and greenery deserves a good home design one that reflects the colours of the flowers surrounding. Once again, nature proves the designer’s friend.

7. Colour can enhance the client’s home value.

You would love to design your client’s forever home; but if they do plan on reselling the home at some point, then a neutral colour might appeal to the broadest range of potential buyers. Beige, grey and ivory might work best in this situation.

As every building designer knows, the colour is the key.

Building Designer: Adrian Sorensen – Bay Beach Barn