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Which colours to paint your house exterior to increase its value

WordsMaha Elley


If you’re a homeowner looking to increase property value, you may have heard that house extensions and extensive renovations are what’s needed to do the job. But, what if you’re a homeowner without the budget (and time) to carry out a full-blown extension? 

The good news is that it is possible to add value to your property without too much effort and a small budget. Freshen up your house exterior with masonry and exterior paint and you could increase its value and kerb appeal without breaking the bank.

Wait, what is kerb appeal? 

You may have heard this term bandied about by estate agents. Kerb appeal means the attractiveness of a property and its surroundings when looked at from the street.

Now, we’ve all heard that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to most things, first impressions are important. When it comes to properties, this is especially true. How the outside of your home looks in the 15 seconds when a prospective buyer approaches it for the first time plays a huge role in how they value it. Hence, estate agents stressing the importance of kerb appeal.

The importance of giving your house exterior a fresh lick of paint

Now that we’ve established what kerb appeal is, you may be wondering: how can you improve yours? One of the main ways is by freshening up the exterior. Over time, it’s easy for the exterior of a property to start looking a little tired. The quickest way to give it a facelift is with a tin (or two) of masonry paint. 

You could start by painting your front door, a quick way to inject some vibrant colour into a tired-looking facade. When painting front doors, opting for a bolder colour can give your home some personality and help it stand out from the crowd. 

Check out how to pick the right front door colour and what your front door says about you here. And learn how to paint a front door here.

When painting the rest of the exterior, you may want to keep it a little more muted. But more on that below.

Which colours to paint your house exterior to increase its value

Choosing colours for your house exterior is a big decision. Keep the below in mind when painting the outside of your home:

  • Consider not only the exterior walls (which you can paint using our brickwork paint) but also soffits (such as the undersides of balconies and eaves), window sills and front doors as well. 
  • Plan on selling your home in the near future? Select neutral and ‘non-aggressive’ colours for the primary surfaces of the property exterior. Something too bold or bright may have an adverse effect on property value if it’s not to many buyers’ taste. Grey 03 and White 04 are great neutral colour choices from our exterior paint range.  
  • If your home is on the smaller side, a lighter colour such as light Grey 01 masonry house paint or White 01 will make it appear bigger. 
  • When you’re ready to get started, check out our step-by-step guide on how to paint your house exterior.

Exterior brick wall painted in Grey 03 Exterior paint


Exterior brick wall painted in Lick White 01 Exterior paint


Other things to consider to increase the value of your house exterior 

  • Paint outdoor furniture, fence or gates. Got some leftover exterior paint? Consider freshening up any tired looking outdoor surfaces with a new colour. We’ve got a few handy guides on how to paint a fence and how to paint metal garden furniture right this way.
  • Trim or prune unsightly trees or bushes. A dying shrub is not a good look. If you’ve got unsightly greenery on show, it may also imply to buyers that the interior of your home isn’t well looked after. Luckily, it’s nothing a bit of light snipping and gardening can’t take care of.  
  • Clear up clutter. Obvious, we know. But many people tend to focus their decluttering efforts on just the insides of their home. Get rid of any clutter, rubbish and dirt in the outside areas, as this can be an instant turn off for potential buyers.  
  • Add some pot plants or neat shrubs. Once you’ve done a quick spruce, it’s time to add some more green. Even a few simple planters in your front porch area can have a big impact if they’re nicely arranged. If you've got a balcony, make sure to show it a little TLC - hanging plants and festoon lights are a great way to spruce up this outdoor space, to name a few. Check out 8 budget-friendly balcony decor ideas to get more inspiration. You can also read all about victory gardens and why embracing nature is the big new trend.


Choose the right paint

Choose paint that not only looks good, but is also high quality and built to last. Lick exterior paint is designed to work on a wide range of outside surfaces, be it brick (masonry), front doors, fences, sheds - the list goes on! Our exterior paints have all the pigment-rich vibrancy of our indoor paints, coupled with the added durability and gloss retention required for weathering the great outdoors - for up to 10 years!

Curious to learn more about all things exterior paint? Have a little browse of our other posts, including when you need to use exterior paint and the best masonry and exterior paint colours.

Explore our collection of exterior and masonry paint colours and learn how to paint house.