How To Choose The Right Colour For Your Awning

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The colour of your awning can make or break the aesthetic appeal of your property, so you want to make sure you get it right.  

In this article, we’ll break down how to choose the right awning colour for your home or business to maximise value and aesthetic appeal. Here’s what you need to know:

3 Considerations For Choosing An Awning Colour

When open, awnings contribute substantially to the overall visual appeal of the building. So, you’ll want to take the time to choose the perfect awning colour for your home or business.  

3 key considerations when choosing an awning colour include: 

1. The Building Style

Certain building designs lend themselves to awning colours better than others. For example: 

For Residential Properties

  • A traditional style home would best suit a subtle awning colour like black, grey or navy blue.  
  • Contemporary style homes lend themselves to both bright and subtle awning colours.  
  • For colonial and cottage style homes, striped awnings are a popular choice to enhance their old school charm. 

For Commercial Properties

For businesses, commercial awnings are a valuable way to advertise and entice customers into to your store.  

They can either blend in with the colour of the building or stand out to catch the attention of passing traffic. Solid colours make a bold statement and can include your brand’s signature colour, whereas stripes convey a fun and casual atmosphere.  

2. Your Energy Saving Goals

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If you’re installing an awning to block the sun and keep a space cool, you’ll want to opt for an awning colour in a lighter shade.  

Light colours reflect light and heat at a higher rate, so white, grey or beige coloured awnings will cool your space significantly more than darker alternatives. In fact, light colour awnings often double the cooling effect of a black awning – something to consider if your awning will be facing North or West. 

3. Will Glare Be An Issue?

While light colour awnings are effective for controlling heat, they are more prone to glare and light reflection than darker colours. Dark colours, on the other hand, won’t produce as much glare but will attract more heat.  

So, you’ll need to consider if glare or heat reduction is more important for your outdoor space. Alternatively, neutral colours like grey and beige are a good middle ground between the two. 

The Most Popular Colours For Retractable Awnings

With so many shades available, deciding the right colour for your awning can be a tricky task.  

To help guide your choice, we’ve compiled a list of Helioscreen’s most popular awning colours and why they’re our best sellers. These include: 

  • Mid Grey 
  • Charcoal Grey 
  • Black 
  • Textured Light Grey 
  • Black and White Stripe 

Grey tones remain the popular awning colour trend for a variety of applications. However, at Helioscreen we are starting to see beige colour awnings make a comeback as well. 

Awning Frame Colours, The Often Overlooked Component

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Awning frame colours are often overlooked or forgotten, however they are crucial for tying the whole awning together. Some points to think about when choosing an awning frame colour include: 

  • How will your awning frame colour compliment the external façade and your choice of fabric? 
  • Will you customise your awning’s cassette and arms to match the exact colour of your façade? This allows the awning to blend in seamlessly to the exterior of the building. 

At Helioscreen, we work with you to answer these questions and choose an awning frame colour that best suits your home or business. We have over 120 frame colours to choose from and can even create a custom colour for you.  

Awning Colour Frequently Asked Questions

What Awning Colours Are Less Likely To Fade?

Lighter fabric colours like white, light blues and greens are less likely to fade over time than bright colours like red.  

However, high quality awning fabrics from a reputable supplier will withstand the sun for many years before beginning to fade, regardless of the colour. All Helioscreen fabrics made from long-lasting, UV resistant solution dyed sunacrylic, so you can be sure your awning will remain beautiful and vibrant for many years.

What Awning Colours Best Hide Stains?

Dark fabric colours like black, dark blue and grey are best at hiding stains on your awning. However, any awning colour will eventually look unsightly if not properly maintained, so regular cleaning is key for preserving the longevity and pristine look of your awning fabric. 

Pattern or Solid Colour?

If you want to get the most value out of your awning, we suggest a solid colour or simple stripe pattern.  

A striped awning is a great way to add a pop of colour to your exterior while still reaping the energy saving benefits of a white awning.  

  • For small awnings, narrow stripes are the favourable option, as they ensure the pattern will be completely visible from a distance. 
  • For larger spaces, a wide stripe is preferable as narrow patterns can make the area feel busy.

Choose Australia’s Leading Awning Supplier

Choosing the right colour for your retractable awning is crucial to ensure it compliments the facade of the building. 

To ensure your awning provides a long-lasting shade solution for your home or business, look for one made from a durable fabric from a reputable supplier like Helioscreen.   

Helioscreen is Australia’s leading supplier of awnings for a variety of residential and commercial applications. Contact us today for more information. 

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