How to Choose the Right Render Colour for Your Home

By Jamie Orr
Date 15/04/2021
how to choose the right render colour for your home

A coat of render can transform your property’s appearance for the better, adding a uniform finish to exterior walls over brickwork, pebbledash or other materials. With that in mind, it’s crucial to choose the right render colour for your home.

The good news is – unlike various other materials – render is available in a wide range of colours, from white and neutrals to more bold, vibrant shades. In this post, we’ll discuss how to choose the right render colour for your home, looking at some of your options in more depth, as well as outlining the candidates for best coloured render.

Sticking with conventions

The first option when it comes to coloured render is to go with something traditional. Neutral colours have been the conventional render choice for several decades. Thankfully, that still leaves a number of options open.

Corksol’s Colour Range includes a crisp white finish with Snow, a cream hue with Vanilla or a light hint of grey with Stone. Alternatively, you can go a bit darker with the light brown Camel shade, or Sand for a timeless, neutral beige.

Staying on trend

If you’re keen to keep your property looking modern and up to date, it’s well worth considering the colours that are on trend at the moment. One of the best render colours in this respect is grey, with Ultimate Gray named as one of Pantone’s colours of the year for 2021.

Also fitting in with the conventional neutral look described above, grey has become incredibly popular in recent years. It provides a simplistic, cool backdrop that allows people to add their own splashes of colour in other areas.

When it comes to render, you can choose from light greys like Ash and Mist or darker tones such as Slate and Charcoal.

What about your surroundings?

Another factor when you’re choosing the right render colour is what’s around your home. Firstly, take a look at your neighbours’ homes. Are they uniform and similar? Or is there a bit more freedom when it comes to your colour palette? Above all else, do you want to fit in with them or stand out?

Then consider the existing fixtures and features on your own home. Timber fences, block paved driveways and coloured front doors and garage doors can all be used to inspire your render colour choice.

You might choose to contrast a grey driveway with a vibrant colour like Spice, or complement your fencing with a dark brown such as Cocoa. If your home is surrounded by greenery like grass, trees and shrubs, you can complement them with a subtle Olive, or create contrast with a lilac shade such as Lavender or Heather.

Don’t forget your personal preference

While convention and trends can provide a bit of direction for your render colour choice, it’s important to remember your personal preference. If you’ve always dreamt of a sky blue or yellow home, then re-rendering is the perfect way to make it happen.

Sky and Ochre are a great match for the ideas above, but if you’ve got your heart set on something different, Corksol’s full range of 30 colours can always provide a match.




What’s the best coloured render?

As well as the colour of your render, it’s worth considering the quality of the render itself. For one, because the colour could fade on poor-quality renders. That somewhat defeats the point of choosing your perfect colour, because it won’t look the same in a couple of years!

But it’s also important because colour isn’t the only thing on offer. As well as providing the right look, the best coloured renders can add insulation and protection to your walls. Here are some of the different types available…

Monocouche coloured render

Monocouche render is applied in a single layer (which is what the name translates to from French). By mixing a colour pigment through the mixture, it can be made into a coloured render in a choice of colours.

It’s breathable and water-resistant to eliminate any damp issues. The main problem, however, is that it’s not crack resistant, so the appearance of your chosen colour might be impaired by cracks due to the movement of the property or expansion and contraction of building materials.

Acrylic render colours

Acrylic coloured render is resin-based to provide water resistance and durability. It’s also flexible to resist cracking, unlike monocouche. The downside is that it’s not breathable, which makes it unsuitable for buildings with permeable walls. With the walls allowing moisture through but the render trapping it, condensation and damp issues can develop.

Silicone-based coloured render

With silicone coloured render, silicone is added to traditional cement-based render to provide water resistance and flexibility without compromising on breathability. As such, it’s one of the best coloured render options – though it does have some clear downsides.

Firstly, silicone-based coloured render can take longer to apply, which increases the overall cost because contractors will need multiple visits. It’s also far from eco-friendly because it’s non-biodegradable and requires oil burning for production.

SprayCork coloured render

We firmly believe that our cork-based coloured render range is the best product available for houses throughout the UK. It benefits from the natural properties of cork, making it flexible, water-resistant and breathable. Even better, it will insulate your walls both thermally and acoustically.

With a choice of 30 colours, you’re sure to find something that suits your home. Most importantly, it won’t fade and comes with a guarantee of 25 years.

If you want to talk about your ideas in more depth, our team is always on hand to help. Contact us today to find out more about our Colour Range.

Render colour FAQs

Is coloured render more expensive?

Coloured render is typically more expensive than a standard render system. However, that depends on the specific render you choose. With our network of approved applicators, it’s quick and easy to find out with a quote from a local contractor.

Can you paint render?

You can paint render, though it’s a labour-intensive process and the results are rarely great. Paint on render is high-maintenance and far from long-lasting as it will inevitably flake and need repainting.

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