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Choosing an exterior color scheme calls for careful consideration. After all, it's the first thing visitors, passersby and potential buyers see and sets an expectation for the interior space.

Enter any paint shop and you'll be floored by the overwhelming number of swatches to select. To help narrow your focus, here are our picks for the top 10 outdoor colour schemes:

1. Dulux 2015 colour forecast

Each year, Dulux releases its top colour predicitions for the year ahead. In 2015, the overarching theme is Connection with four sub-schemes: Wildland, Silentshift, Modhaus and Earthwerks. To create the coolest pad on the street, this list is a great starting point.

2. Earthy terrain

One of the Dulux?s top picks is Wildland, which contrasts light and dark colours set against both soft and hard textures inspired by nature. For your outdoor color scheme, Cashmere, Manorburn Double, Blue Ash and Purry Sticks are top picks. It?s best to choose a lighter shade for exterior walls, with a darker accent colour for finer features.

3. Pastel pretties

The Silentshift theme in Dulux's 2015 color prediction takes a slightly softer approach. Focusing on a balance between calm living and the city buzz, this theme incorporates colors such as Madame Mauve, Mud Berry and Voyager all ideal for outdoor spaces. Team with accessories in Baked Clay Vin Cuit or perhaps Pink Marble.

4. 80s play

You may not necessarily want to splash exterior walls with bold and bright Kings Canyon, Mineral Green or Hot Embers in the Modhaus Dulux colour scheme. But these hues will really make your outdoor space pop when incorporated into furniture, accessories, lighting and other features.

5. Bewjewelled

The Earthwerks theme in the Dulux colour list is reminiscent of minerals, jewels and faraway forests. Little Mermaid, Ohai Half, Brown Fox and Havana are perfect picks for an exterior colour scheme, setting an earthy tone.

6. Urban retreat

When choosing an exterior colour scheme, consider how you spend your time in the space. If you have a swimming pool and light coloured paving, continue the trend by using colours that set a summery, serene mood. White, turquoise and greens will get you there.

7. Colourful cooking

An outdoor kitchen is a creative space and works well when its color scheme inspires culinary creations. Opt for stainless steel appliances paired with a pop of red or black and white.

8. Working with white

White works well indoors and out, but steer clear of painting the entire exterior in a wash of white. Instead, use it to on the trim to offset a more daring and dark color scheme.

9. Gray and cream

Dare to be different? Be daring with a deep gray color scheme paired with a cream trim and furnishings. It?s sure to get your property noticed.

10. A little pop

Painting the entire exterior of your home can be an expensive endeavor. And perhaps you don't want to invest in brand new furniture. In that case, why not just paint the front door instead? Choose purple, midnight blue, charcoal or black, or vibrant orange.

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