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Exterior Paint Colours

When it comes to choosing a colour for the exterior of your Bulgarian dream home, it’s easy to be struck with chromophobia - the fear of colours! In this day and age even in Bulgaria there are so many to choose from with subtle yet significant differences between one shade and the next. Choosing the wrong colour can turn your house into a public eyesore and devalue your investment.  That’s why it’s crucial that you choose the right shade because everyone whether you want this or not is going to see the results of your handiwork. Should you make a mistake in choosing a colour in an interior room, you can paint over your mistake for relatively little costs, however, the exterior of your home costs far more to rectify especially if the colour you choose is mixed into expensive textured render.


Choosing a Colour Scheme

When choosing an exterior colour for your house, you need to take into consideration the architecture of the house and the surrounding environment in terms of neighbouring houses and the landscape.
If you buy a period house then you should stick with colours original to the era. Revival houses are often very brightly painted in blues and pinks and these colours work very well with this style of house, but would not suit a new build house. Single storey, traditional Bulgarian cottages, which occupy many villages are best painted in soft pastels or pale earth tones to blend with the landscape.
Remember when choosing a colour scheme the best thing to do is walk around the area you live in and see how colour has worked for other people’s houses. You don’t need to copy their style exactly – your house should have its own style and personality and you should aim to set your house apart from the neighbours without it clashing or looking like an identical twin.

Thinking about Colours

Bright yellows and gold tones give the impression of warmth and yellows are very versatile in that they blend well with brick and stone. However, choosing too bright a yellow will make your house stand out somewhat like a banana. It’s far better to choose one of the mid tones of yellow to stay on the safe side. Subtle yellow and gold tones blend in with the Bulgarian countryside, harmonizing with the yellow flowers, corn and sunflowers, which abound in spring and summer,
Many people feel that white is a safe colour to choose for the exterior of their home in Bulgaria, but it is best reserved as a trim colour along with gray especially if your house is painted in a yellow tone. The reason why white is not a good bet is that it grows to look dull over time and is best suited to a hotter Mediterranean climate where it tones with the bright blue of the sky all year round.
Earth tones like shades of ochre, terracotta, cream, beige and coffee are better suited to the Bulgarian landscape fitting in with each season.

The best time to look at the country’s natural colours is during the autumn when the trees have turned into a vast array of colours and the fields are beautiful beige. Any colours taken from the sand, earth, foliage and fields at this time will provide inspiration, but again don't instinctively choose the brightest of these shades unless you want your home to stand out above the rest.
Green presents a wide range of shades, ranging from the vivid lime green found in spring leaves to subtle shades of olive and moss. Earthy greens tone well with natural wood, whereas darker forest green or a shade of pine green is better used as a trim colour. Some of the subtle green tones fit well with the Bulgarian landscape although it is not a colour often used on new builds.
Blues don’t really fit with the Bulgarian surroundings, it is better for countries with hotter climates all year round and mixing shades of blue together can be difficult. If you do decide on painting your house blue then choose one shade only like a grey toned slate blue and team it up white or gray.
Pink tones work in Bulgaria if they are kept to medium tones or salmon and peachy shades. If you choose a darker shade the pink becomes too dramatic.

Points to Consider

Whilst you may think of your house as a blank canvas, it isn’t. You cannot change the colour of the roof tiles or any stonework. You may also be tied to a particular colour of windows if they are solid wood or aluminium.these unchangeable features may however provide a starting point for choosing your colour scheme. Your main colour for the walls of your building should tome with all of these elements. If you are in a position to paint window frames, shutters and doors you need to select a contrasting accent colour. Features which you want to hide should be painted the same colour as the walls of the house.
Another point to bear in mind is that the colour swatches displayed at your local paint shop or builders merchant look a lot different when viewed outside in natural light.  They will also appear much lighter on large surfaces than on the samples. Before committing to buying gallons of colour, buy a small amount to test on your home before you commit as no store will take back paint returns in Bulgaria.