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Choosing the perfect interior and exterior paint colour scheme for a traditional home can be a tricky business with so many architectural features to consider from gable fretwork, finials, verandah balustrades, picture rails, intricate ceiling roses and high ceilings.  Not to mention the period of your home and the colours that traditionally pertain to its era, whether it be Victorian, Federation or Edwardian.

The character of a classic heritage style home can be authenticated with the application of an exterior and interior colour palette that is true to its period.

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Heritage homesVICTORIAN 1840 – 1900

The traditional Victorian colour palette was dark and consisted of deep tones of red, green and mid-brown such as Indian red, mid-Brunswick green and shades of stone/beige.

The use of imported paints and homemade limewash with just one or two tones were common. Corrugated steel roofs were either left unpainted or painted in dark reds but dark green and grey were later introduced. Natural roofing materials such as slate and shingles were not painted.

Wallpaper was introduced in this period and was very popular. White or coloured whitewash was common for smaller homes. Timber ceilings, architraves and skirtings were varnished. Later in this period, doors, architraves and skirtings were black japanned.

FEDERATION 1900 – 1910

Federation style homes are popular with those timeless asymmetrical designs and character-rich original features. The ornate detailing was a clear sign of the prosperity of the times. These solidly built homes are as much in demand now as they were then for their charm and character and a sense of our history. The timber fretwork on gables, verandahs and windows need regular repainting, and if it’s a

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weatherboard, the task is that much bigger.

Typically featured similar colour choices as those of the Victorian period but with a little more emphasis on softer colours such as reds, grey, dark greens, white and cream. Simple homes retained the three-colour palette with light weatherboards, dark trim and a different dark colour for the window sashes and doors. The other scheme adopted in this period used the same colours but the weatherboards could be a dark colour with the trim in a contract lighter colour. Interior colour schemes were not so vibrant with colours used were more like the soft pinks, soft greens, light and dark grey, blues, yellows and occasionally detailed in gold.

The detailed fretwork that was so popular in this era of early Federation homes was not just used on gables and windows but it also echoed on the front gateway.

Start with the roof colour first before choosing the wall or trims. Roof tile colours, such as terracotta and brown, are easiest to match, while green is the trickiest. Tones of grey and stone work well with the tiled roofs and cream is more traditional but always fresh. Always ensure the tiled roof is high-pressure cleaned before you start painting. If you have a metal roof, it may even need sanding before you paint it.

Most Australians choose a timeless exterior colour scheme, more homeowners are wanting to keep up with colour trends by embracing bold splashes of colour in their exterior schemes without having to repaint their entire house. Painting the front door creates a focal point and gives the home a strong street presence and a bit of personality.

Houses of historical significance might be protected by a heritage classification so check with your local authority (council) if you are not sure about your home. There may be some restrictions on colour choices.

EDWARDIAN 1900 – 1920

Charming combinations of eggshell, cream, greys and mistletoe offset with accents of rustic red, crimson or Brunswick green were customary. Wire fences made of woven wire with posts of timber with a steel gate were usually included. Sunshades supported by timber brackets over windows common on the north and west sides of the home.

Many homeowners with older homes, particularly pre-1940’s are striving to retain the original heritage and their authenticity in colour to reflect their true architectural style.

In the earlier days, the range of colours used was somewhat limited and changes between the period were gradual.

However, in this day and age not everyone wants to stick with the traditional colours when they restore their Queenslander. The good news is that there is a broad range of colour options available now that will give your home a stylish and contemporary theme.

Uncomplicated combinations of soft greys with cream or as an alternative scheme, taupe offset with fresh white will give your home inside and out a comforting appeal and a sense of space.  Highlighting your front door or balcony handrails with a contrast colour will add pop to the overall scheme to achieve that WOW factor and accentuate its architectural features.

For homeowners like you looking to achieve a more striking modern appeal to your home on the outside, don’t discount more robust colours such as Taubman’s Black Forest or Colorbond Monument as a vibrant accent teamed with Dulux Tranquil Retreat and Vivid White as your key colours.

Choosing similar colours for the exterior and interior will ensure the colour scheme will flow and provide continuity and ambiance.  Interior shades can be toned down to suit your space and furnishings but will still bring the outside in and reflect your style and personality.

A simplistic scheme will result in a dramatic statement when high ceilings are donned with eye-catching pendant lighting, timber floors are polished to perfection and your kitchen is streamlined to enhance your culinary skills.  An understated interior colour scheme speaks space, light, and glamour and will showcase your home’s character and delight you for years to come.

Here’s a guide for the colour schemes of NSW Environment & Heritage for older period homes.

If you are wanting to retain or restore that classic Queenslander colour scheme, then why not get an expert on your side and give me a call?

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