Façades should be weatherproof, beautiful, yet robust and timeless, but also reflect the individuality of the residents by incorporating trendy elements. We asked an expert why colour concepts for the façade should be designed for the long term.
The choice of façade render and paint determines the weatherability, maintenance and last but not least the living comfort of the residents over many years. In general, façades have a minimum lifespan of about 30 years. Accordingly, the colour concept for the façade should be planned for as long as possible. Again, the weather, which is currently becoming more extreme, also needs to be taken into account.
Wilfried Spanring, head of the Baumit colour design team and "Mr. Baumit Life", explains current colour trends as follows: "It is important to choose colours with pigments that are extremely light and weather resistant. So today, those colours that have many earth pigments, such as umber or mud, are in high demand. Bright, pure colours easily get dirty. The previously popular grey-red combination is no longer so popular, especially as reds easily fade. Similarly, neither is blue. Grey, on the other hand, tends to stain easily. However, muddy earthy colours are much warmer and more inviting overall." That is the colour professionals opinion. Let's look at the more long-term colour trends.
In general, one can say that the colour trends of today will not go out of fashion tomorrow either; in the case of façade colours, heart and mind reign supreme, and the trend towards earthy tones has something for both of them. Beauty and durability for many years. Contact us to find out more about our range of colours and the best solution for your project.
Texture trend: Rust
Surfaces that look as if they've been around for decades and tell of a supposedly worn past fit in perfectly with the "industrial" trend of today. Frontages that already look weathered can win the test of time. Long live the Patina! Photo to the above: the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, features a rust-effect base.
Texture trend: Metallic
You don’t have to be a heavy metal fan to love Metallic. Glimmer and glitter - yes please, but it must be sleek and tasteful. Surfaces come alive, whether it be metallic lips, handbags or wallpapers. Even houses can be wrapped in precious metals and skilfully project a different style reflecting the lighting moods throughout different times of the day.
Surface trend: Wood
Wood finishes warm the soul. Baumit CreativTop in a wood effect finish creates maintenance free, natural looking façades.
Surface trend: Concrete
Naked concrete surfaces (or those that look just like it), are increasingly being used in combination with elegant white render on contemporary buildings. Interiors can also benefit from the distinctive combination of wood and concrete finishes.
Colour trend: Earth
Harking back to our childhood days and rolling around in the "mud". The warm homely colour comes in many natural materials, be it leather, fur or wood. Modern architecture loves warm earthy tones. The combinations of options are varied, even silver can be very well combined with the earthy tones.
Colour trend: Mocha
Add a splash of Mocha to a rustic country house or on the terrace of a modern villa. This warm brown "coffee" colour also follows the trend of "back to nature". Jute, wool, leather and dark wood tones harmonise perfectly with mocha in all its nuances.
Colour trend: Taupe
The name of this colour comes from the French word for mole and relates to the colour of its grey-brown coat. A muted clay that is great for combining with solid wood, stone and warm metals like brass or gold. Taupe feels just as much at home in classic old buildings as in modern surroundings. Contemporary cubic architecture is especially suited to taupe tones