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Picking colours for our house – your help needed!

by Clare Mansell
Picking colours for our house – your help needed!

Tomorrow I have a meeting with Chichester Harbour Conservancy to discuss the materials we are using to finish our house. In our local area the Harbour Conservancy have a lot of input into planning decisions. They have an extensive policy document which details how building design can minimise its visual impact on the environment and the local council takes a lot of notice of their advice and recommendations.

By consulting with them tomorrow I hope to achieve their approval on the finish before I apply to get it officially approved by the council. We do already have planning permission, but this is a separate stage of approval we have to go through with materials prior to building.

As you can see from the artist’s impressions, the finish of our house will be part render and part weatherboard. We are hoping to be able to finish the roof in something that looks like slate (but not slate itself as it costs a fortune!) and we hope to stick with white UPVC windows (all the windows at the front will be new, but many elsewhere are staying and are already UPVC.) However we do need to make decisions about he render and the weatherboard.

So, this is what we fancy for the weatherboard colour…. It’s called Boothbay Blue and is one of those colours that looks grey or blue depending on the light. It should also meet with approval from the Harbour Conservancy as it blends in to the landscape well.

But what colour for the render? Should it match the weatherboard or contrast with it? I fear a light render won’t meet their approval, but if we match the weatherboard will the whole house look like a battleship? Our front door will be red by the way, that bit fortunately has never been a matter for debate!

All opinions and comments much appreciated!

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19 comments

Fran January 26, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Like the idea of contrast. Why won’t they approve light render? I wondered about white, matching the windows…

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Clare Mansell (Maybush Studio) January 26, 2014 - 3:32 pm

White stands out too much against the landscape. They don’t even really like you to have white window frames, but as I say we have existing ones already…

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Isisjem January 26, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Contrast – go a shade lighter than the woodwork?

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Clare Mansell (Maybush Studio) January 26, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Thank you, makes me feel so much better when a couple of people back up what you’ve been thinking! 🙂

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Catherine January 26, 2014 - 5:24 pm

I think too much of the blue/grey would be overwhelming (although it is fab) I think a stark white would not be right either for the render. A softer grey perhaps?

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Clare Mansell (Maybush Studio) January 26, 2014 - 5:48 pm

That seems to be the consensus, SO useful to get a few people’s opinions. 🙂

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Ruth Procter January 26, 2014 - 5:37 pm

I think a contrast would probably be good, but if you’ve got a nice red front door then I don’t think it’ll look too much like a battleship even if you have to stick to one colour!

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Ruth Procter January 26, 2014 - 5:37 pm

I think a contrast would probably be good, but if you’ve got a nice red front door then I don’t think it’ll look too much like a battleship even if you have to stick to one colour!

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Jo Jo January 26, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Haha! This made me laugh. When we first bought our bungalow it was taramasalata pink! It was the first thing I changed for a dove grey, but the builders then called the house ‘the battleship’ from then on. Love the colours you have chosen. It sounds like a contrast would be good for the render too! Good luck – eek!

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MiniOwner January 26, 2014 - 7:34 pm

I love the grey with a splash of red.
Sue x

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A Wanderful Life January 27, 2014 - 1:40 am

The gray with a red door is a very classic crisp look. We had that on our last house that we built here in an Australian village. As to the render, I’d go with a shade or two paler in the gray. It will give you a slight contrast, but also break up the ‘battleship’ appearance. I took a break from journalism in the 1980s and trained as an interior designer in London, but bless your heart, you’re doing it the harder way a module at a time. Best of luck with that, Clare!

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the running hare January 27, 2014 - 7:41 am

The blue/grey is lovely, but I agree with the others, a softer shade for the render would be best. Do you have to have UPC windows at the front? Wooden windows are so much nicer, better for the environment, last longer( yes UPC does degrade) and are the same sort of price if you have off the peg ones, which you can do if building from scratch.

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Clare Mansell (Maybush Studio) January 27, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Only if you promise to come round and paint them every few years! 😉

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the running hare January 27, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Yes , it’s true you have to paint them, but with modern pre-painted windows from the factory they do not need painted so often. I apologise, I’ve just got a thing about UPC windows- I hate them. But you are going to have to paint the weatherboards and render, so adding the windows in isn’t so much more

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Nancy January 27, 2014 - 11:57 am

I would go with an off white, somewhat creamy colour. Doing the same here and I still drive around the neighbourhood looking for what is the right colour…

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diegoagogo January 27, 2014 - 12:45 pm

For my 2 cents worth, I would definitely go with a softer grey for the render. Combined with the different textures it will break up the “bulk” look of the house & help to blend more seamlessly.
Good luck with the officials!
Lush

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Clare Mansell (Maybush Studio) January 27, 2014 - 7:22 pm

I think you hit the nail on the head, that’s what I’m looking for, a bit of “breaking up” of the surface…

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Would Like To Be a Yummy Mummy January 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm

It’s going yo look gorgeous whatever you decide but a contrast sounds nice. Can’t wait to see a photo of the finished house x

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Clare Mansell (Maybush Studio) January 27, 2014 - 7:23 pm

There might be a few before the finished one!

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