Basic rules for choosing exterior facade colors

Basic rules for choosing exterior facade colors

Basic rules for choosing exterior facade colors,
Facade colors are closely linked to the identity of a place and help influence the surroundings and residents of the area; They facilitate the protection and correction of color use in urban areas.
During the launch of the new color range, STENI worked in collaboration with Scandinavia’s leading expert in the field of color and architecture, Ken Angelo, Assistant Professor at NTNU,
Department of Architecture and Technology, who has worked in the color field for over 12 years.
A common problem with products on the market today is that the colors available are often too tinted or too weak.
I often remove these colors, but in this project it was nice to create a new color map based on real needs.
Basic rules for choosing exterior facade colors

Identify colors

When you start finding good color combinations, it’s important to identify the main color, accent color, and contrasting color.
In the STENI color gallery you will find an overview of all the colors.

Main color

The color on the largest surfaces of the facade walls determines the conditions for the other colors, and the main color should be selected only from the basic colors in the color swatch.
Basic rules for choosing exterior facade colors

Distinctive color

These are the colors on small wall surfaces, building volumes and facade elements. Accent colors should harmoniously emphasize the tone of the main color.
You can also use two distinct colours. Color 1 can be used on smaller wall surfaces or larger building elements.
While the signature color 2 can be used on small wall surfaces and smaller building elements.

Contrasting color

Contrasting color is what pushes the harmony of the facade a little out of balance. Like accent colors, the contrasting color should emphasize the main color.
But with the help of contrast; They can come from primary colors or accent colors in a color swatch.
Contrasting colors are used in building details such as doors, gates, frames, floor strips, decorative elements, etc.
This color is the one that will create the greatest contrast with the other colors in the interface, whether it is the strength of the color or the lightness of the color. .
It is also the color that will attract people’s attention, activate other colors and create diversity and excitement in the facade.
Basic rules for choosing exterior facade colors


The weighting principle refers to the natural weights of each color and how they are best arranged. It is usual for the heaviest color to be at the bottom and the lightest color at the top, according to the principles of warm and cool colors.
Keep in mind that all colors look different on the interface than they do on screen or small swatches; Colors will appear brighter and more vibrant.
In northern light, colors will move toward blue.