Having great synergy between a building’s exterior with its surrounding landscape is crucial to the design process. Working with the landscape not only makes buildings look more aesthetically pleasing, but it can also add character to the environments they are in. Color plays a big role in this dynamic, and homeowners can experiment with house paint designs however they fancy.

This article lists examples of classic and contemporary approaches to exterior house paint design, in relation to landscape. 

Read House Paint Ideas Based on the Color Palette of Different Architectural Styles.

Classic Approaches

 

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Among the most common approaches to exterior house paint design is to use neutral colors that mimic nature or natural materials. These shades change depending on the landscapes where the homes are situated in, whether they are in forests, deserts, or by the coast. 

The Rocky Coast

 

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Notice how the colors of these dark wooden buildings synchronize with the shades of the stony shore. The turquoise shades that peek out of the windows are lovely touches that also blend with the dark blue sea. The color palette of this house paint design brings to mind the monochromatic shades of Nordic architecture that are restraint, yet effortlessly cool. 

The Desert

 

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This house paint design is often inspired by the earlier civilisations that made buildings with sun-dried earth. This color palette can range from sandy brown shades to deeper colors with hints of red. These buildings may look “camouflaged” from afar, but they also seem to pay respect to their settings, allowing themselves to become a part of the surrounding environment. 

The Tropical Countryside

 

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Homes with wooden elements – or exteriors painted in warm, woody shades – go well in landscapes with rich foliage. In places like The Philippines and Indonesia, these buildings pay homage to traditional architecture that make use of local wood for homebuilding. This house paint design can transform your home into a luxurious tropical hideaway when situated in a rainforest-like setting. 

Unconventional Approaches

 

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In contrast to the first category, many buildings also break boundaries well with the use of shocking colors. These house painting ideas are incredibly fun and quirky, and can certainly make a statement at your local neighborhood. 

Warm Against Cool 

 

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Some homeowners like playing with bold colors to brighten up their neighborhood, especially when these homes are situated in places with dreary weather. The home above is located in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, where they have a rainy climate with limited sunlight. The warm tones brighten up the landscape and stand out against the chilly setting. 

Childlike Exuberance

 

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Using pastel, child-like shades of pink and yellow is a house paint design often associated with Mexico. The stark contrast between these playful hues with the empty desert creates a sense of humor and lightness amidst the barren landscape. It is quirky and eye-catching, and can incite wonder and joy for those who are children at heart. 

Majestic and Opulent 

 

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One of the best examples for this would be the blue villa of the Majorelle Garden in Morocco. Rich and luxurious shades for home exteriors can bring back old-world glamor without being ostentatious. A minimalist façade and polished landscape balances out striking colors, creating a good blank canvas to experiment with this house paint design. 

 

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House paint designs can work in conjunction with landscapes in two ways: it can either blend well with the environment, or be bold and unconventional. While the former is a more classic approach, the latter can significantly impact your home as well when done smartly – in fact, it may even become a local attraction! 

Boysen carries endless shades and color combinations for you to choose from and play around with. Have fun with these house paint design ideas and take note of what emotions arise when pairing colors to the surrounding environment. 

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Kai Lauridsen
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Kai is a traveler and foodie, who enjoys sharing his experiences through writing and photography. His creativity is also sparked by film, fashion, and music, which all serve as inspiration for his work.

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