Australia’s suburbs are filled with a mix of architectural styles dating back to the 19th century.
Renovating a period home can be tricky, particularly where there are heritage constraints.
The quickest and easiest way to restore or update a classic older home is by painting the exterior.
We asked the experts about the best modern and traditional colour schemes for three styles of Aussie period homes.
Built from affordable materials and designed for a warm, dry climate, this style of house became popular in the early 20th century and represented an increased influence of American culture on Australian society.
The cosy design is characterised by gabled roofs with overhanging eaves and a large verandah with prominent columns supporting the roof.
Front rooms sometimes feature bay windows with stained glass panels.
The architectural style overlapped with traditional Edwardian design and reached its peak of popularity during the 1920s.
Thousands of houses were built in inner-city areas as well as on larger blocks in newer suburbs.
As the Great Depression took hold and construction slowed, the style fell out of favour as quickly as it began.
Traditional colour scheme for Californian bungalows
‘Neutrals and brown tones are the Edwardian colour scheme for timber and brick exteriors,’ says Taubmans ambassador and TV host Shaynna Blaze.
‘Use tessellated pathways as a guide. These colours will enhance the pathway detail to enrich the traditional look of the home.’
Modern colour scheme for Californian bungalows
Shaynna says, ‘Create a modern look by painting the roof in grey and contrast this with white on the trim to make it fresh. The deep charcoal roof is in line with the modern grey palette of now.
‘The accent of a deep teal-like colour on the gable is a modern version of the period green.’
One of the oldest styles of housing in Australia, Victorian terraces emerged in the mid 19th century during the economic boom of the Gold Rush.
They were constructed mainly from locally manufactured brick rather than sandstone and were built for the emerging middle class.
As a result, they are characterised by ornate external embellishments such as iron lacework, rendered walls, and decorative brickwork.
Gates and fences commonly include cast iron spears, and stone or concrete piers.
Victorian terraces are normally single, double or triple storey buildings and usually built in rows of several dwellings.
They are set close to the street and commonly feature timber verandahs and small gardens.
While many examples were demolished during the early 20th century as they were considered slums, existing terraces are now largely heritage listed and highly sought after in gentrified suburbs.