Colour up­date for a chic façade

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Amanda van Wyn­gaardt • Pho­to­graphs Elza Roux

If the colour of your home doesn’t suit your dé­cor vi­sion, take a leap of faith and paint it a shade

that makes you happy.

The bud­get

“I fell in love with my townhouse the mo­ment I saw it; its dou­ble-vol­ume space, at­tic, spa­cious tree-filled gar­den and lo­ca­tion in the com­plex were all per­fect,” re­calls Home con­trib­u­tor Amanda van Wyn­gaardt. The only as­pect she dis­liked were the bright red walls.

Home­own­ers in this com­plex have to choose from three colour op­tions when it comes to paint­ing the ex­te­rior of their homes and since the body cor­po­rate had re­painted Amanda’s unit just a few months prior to her mov­ing in, she thought long and hard about the cost of chang­ing the colour once again. How­ever, af­ter living with the red for a short while, Amanda woke up one morn­ing to the re­al­i­sa­tion that she didn’t have the pa­tience to wait un­til the com­plex was painted again and de­cided then and there that she’d sim­ply have to do it at her own ex­pense.

The whole project cost her about R7 000 – and added im­mea­sur­able value to her world!

The project

As an in­te­rior designer, Amanda al­ways ad­vises her clients to have a plan be­fore un­der­tak­ing any project. She felt the red was old-fash­ioned and didn’t fit in with her dé­cor dreams.

The first step was to con­sider the other colours spec­i­fied by the body cor­po­rate. Although she was ini­tially un­sure of the char­coal – one of the op­tions avail­able to own­ers – the graphic po­ten­tial of the colour and the way it contrasts with white gar­den fur­ni­ture soon con­vinced her.

In the dé­cor world, grey is re­garded as a so­phis­ti­cated colour. It is also as­so­ci­ated with calm. But be­cause this colour can be static and emo­tion­less, it needs ac­cents that help to cre­ate vis­ual and emo­tional bal­ance.

To achieve this, Amanda chose a bold or­ange for the front door and de­cided to high­light the tim­ber of the garage door – both el­e­ments have added warmth to the oth­er­wise cool aes­thetic.

“Over the past few years, or­ange has risen in the colour hi­er­ar­chy and is now a popular choice. It is as­so­ci­ated with warmth and en­ergy, so it’s ideal as an ac­cent colour for a con­tem­po­rary look,” she says.

Geo­met­ric de­tail

To fin­ish, Amanda added sim­i­lar geo­met­ric de­tail to both doors. First she re­painted the pre­vi­ously turquoise front door in the muted base colour Dusted Moss 2. Once dry, her painter Paul Chipeta ap­plied blue mask­ing tape in a ge­o­met­ri­cal pat­tern and then painted the door with Du­lux Gin­ger Glow 4.

For con­sis­tency, the geo­met­ric de­tail was re­peated on the garage door. First it was sanded, then blue mask­ing tape was ap­plied and fi­nally it was treated with Du­lux Woodgard Tim­bavar­nish in the colour Dark Oak.


Con­trast is im­por­tant in dé­cor – it cre­ates fo­cal points and adds move­ment. Too many sim­i­lar colours in a space are unin­spir­ing and bor­ing to look at.

Amanda van Wyn­gaardt and her son, An­gus (5).


ABOVE An­gus helps Paul Chipeta to ap­ply blue mask­ing tape in a geo­met­ric pat­tern on the sanded garage door.

An­gus and Milou, the Wire Hair Fox Ter­rier.1THE COLOUR PAL­ETTE 1 Du­lux Night Jew­els 2 2 Du­lux Dusted Moss 2 3 Du­lux Gin­ger Glow 42 It was def­i­nitely worth­while re­paint­ing my house. Grey is the per­fect can­vas formy dé­cor style. – Amanda3

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