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Whether you're building a new home, sprucing up an older brick house or thinking of using multiple materials on your properties exterior, then rendering is a great way to modernise your home or investment property. In this blog, we tell you about the on-trend colour schemes and what to look out for when appointing a renderer. 

Contrasting colours schemes are a great way for your property to stand out and accentuate walls and angles. Popular tones are a lighter colour such as Sandy Day (cream) for the walls and downpipes, Antique White USA for the eaves and Leadman (charcoal) for the gutters and trims. Tie it all together by spraying the roof in Monument (also charcoal). 


We find it best to stick with cream colours as bright white can be blinding in the sun. The lighter palette will also help reflect the sun and heat in the warm Australian summer. Don’t be afraid to introduce other materials, like timbers, stone or cladding to complement and soften the render. The trick with mixed materials is to keep it simple and use neutral colours that will compliment or contrast each other. 

Period homes are often a combination of beautifully exposed brickwork with rendered feature walls and trims. The colour palettes are typically creams, greys and whites. If the home is heritage listed it’s important you check with your local council as there will most likely be a set of colours you need to stick within. 

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For those with a European home, think a touch of Tuscany with mustard, tan and dirty reds. 


If you’re lucky enough to own an inner city Victorian terrace, you could comfortably use the light palette described above or be a little bolder with dark greys, blues, and blacks. 

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No matter what style of home you have, it’s always important to ensure your render and materials match the landscape. If you have a pool we suggest gray tones to complement the sparkling blue water. 

There are a couple of different render products on the market and application techniques you can choose from. Get advice from a licensed and experienced tradesman on the best product for your home and an application that suits the style.

Before appointing a licensed tradesman ask for references so you can speak with past customers about their quality and service. Also, request address details of projects they have worked on in your area, you want to inspect recent work and also projects completed over 10 years ago, so you can see how the render has stood the test of time. For older projects, it's inevitable there will be some cracking as overtime buildings move, look for the cracking to be minimal and caused by building movement. It's also important the finish is consistent, if there are dark and light patches this indicates moisture in the render which is a sign the render wasn't applied properly. And lastly, ask your tradesman for a guarantee period of between five and seven years.  

Milk Chocolate was founded seven years ago by Richie Ragel and Michael Cleary, to purchase and project manage cosmetic and structural renovations on residential and commercial property in Australia on behalf of our clients, looking for a home or investment property. To see how we can help you get in touch here

Thanks, Michael 

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