Updating the exterior of your house with a colour render can work wonders in transforming your property and giving it a brand new lease of life. However choosing a colour for your home’s exterior can feel a little overwhelming.

Rendering the exterior of your home is a commitment and ideally you want to get this right first time. Here’s some of the options you might want to consider before deciding on the final look.

Colour Test

The colour you choose might be influenced by your surroundings, the period of the building itself or to complement the building’s roof, window frames or guttering.

As you would do when deciding on colours for the internal walls of your home, testing a range of colours can help you decide what looks best on the exterior too. Colours can appear differently depending on their surroundings, for example a white rendered external wall overlooking the sea may reflect back with a hint of blue, so it’s wise to test first before committing to a complete colour scheme.

Also bear in mind that whatever colour you choose, when applied to a larger scale exterior surface it will usually look lighter than on a smaller surface. This is down to several factors such as the position of the house, i.e. south facing or reflective effects.

Neutrals or Brights

Do you want to blend in with your property’s surroundings or do you want to make a statement and stand out from the other homes on your road?

Neutral colours on the exterior of a property are far from boring, in fact neutrals can look very neat and elegant and will likely appeal to a wider range of people which might be a consideration if you’re planning on selling your home in the near future.

Don’t be afraid of white either. Render tends to keep its colour much better than a painted sand/cement surface. Although some might be concerned about discolouration over time this isn’t an issue with silicone render as it is hydroponic, so doesn’t allow water or dirt to collect on the surface thus making pure white an ideal colour for this type of render application.

Johnstones render coloursIf you have a love of bright colours that you want to bring to your exterior then you might want to think carefully before you commit. Painting the outside of your home is a big undertaking and an investment. If you’ve opted for a silicone render, for example, then the results will last for at least 20 years. That is a long time to commit to that trendy bright teal or vivid fushia!

If you do want to include a feature colour then perhaps consider locating it on an area of your property that is smaller or more contained and easy to repaint if you get tired of it over time. Front doors are a great way to bring colour to your exterior without committing to the entire façade.

Whatever colour option you do go for our suppliers ‘Johnstones Trade’ offer a range of over 200 colours, so you can rest assured that there is wide variety of choice.

More than one colour

Don’t think that you only have to choose one colour too. Often customers will pick out one storey or detailed areas in a slightly lighter or darker shade. This can look much more contemporary than a single colour choice and give a really effective finish.

Stick to a maximum combination of three colours in a differing levels of lightness or darkness to complement one another.

If you’re still not sure on a colour or prefer a more traditional exterior then Prestige Energy now also offer a brick slip finish – ask one of our team for more information.

And whilst the scaffolding is up, then you might also want to consider insulating the exterior of your property at the same time, making your home more energy efficient and saving you money on your heating bills. Read more about this here.

At Prestige Energy we offer a range of credit options so that giving your home a face-lift is even more affordable. Find out more here.



Luke Ball

Written by Luke Ball

An Experienced Energy Industry professional, with a passion for process improvement, customer service, and quality. Highly skilled in business/product development and strategic thinker. A proven track record for delivering results, developing & implementing strategies.