One of the biggest decisions to make when embarking on a strata painting and maintenance project is the colour scheme. While paint is only a small amount of your project’s cost, it’s the most lasting feature, so it’s important to choose the right colours from the start. In a bid to give your owner’s corporation some fun inspiration, we recently spoke to Dulux’s Colour and Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, about the exterior colour trends that we can expect to see in strata complexes in 2020 and beyond.
“A lot of exterior colour trends reflect the building materials that are currently popular, such as brick and Colorbond steel colours,” explained Ms Lucena-Orr. “For example, when we know that greige or stoney brick colours are popular, we’d look at colours that reflect that - so not too cold or yellow, but neutral and stone-like paints.”
“When it’s a full paint with no building material to consider, the world is your oyster,” she continued. “Lighter shades are very popular at the moment for high rise buildings - light to mid-tone greys and mid-tone stone colours - while tans, greiges and sand colours are popular for coastal properties, although be careful not to go too yellow.”
“For big builds, earthy or natural colour schemes are the way to go. They have a timelessness that will last longer and as an added bonus, they’re usually easier for everyone to agree on.”
Popular strata paint colours in 2021
Choosing a colour scheme for your strata building
Ms Lucena-Orr advised strata managers to understand the key features of the building and the look they were trying to achieve before recommending a colour scheme to their committees.
“There are so many different architectural styles, especially in apartment buildings, so you have to decide what key features you want to make pop when choosing exterior colours,” she said.
“If you have a beautiful old building with elaborate metal balustrades and circular corners, you’ll choose a different colour scheme than for a Hamptons-style property with lots of timber.”
The local landscape is also important, whether you’re in an urban or natural environment.
“You want the building to work with the local landscape. So you’d never use a dark charcoal on the Gold Coast, but in an urban setting such as Sydney, that would be a good choice,” explained Ms Lucena-Orr.
“Don’t forget to be mindful of any restrictions that could impact your building as well. Some coastal areas may stipulate what colours you can and can’t use, or a new estate with strata title townhouses could require all the properties to be painted in the same colour scheme,” she added.
Do you have an owner’s committee looking to re-paint a building you manage? Download our free Strata Painting & Maintenance Lookbook for colour scheme ideas, as well as more information on choosing colours and hiring reliable contractors.
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