We discussed quite a while ago about what colour we'd choose if we could select a colour scheme for our narrowboat. It was at the time that we were in the UK and looked at nb Pukeko. She needed a new paint job! At one of the marinas we visited they had a board of paint colours on the wall so that got us talking.
I decided to browse and see if there's any such thing as a narrowboat paint chart. Here's one I found - Click! I don't know how accurate these colours are on a computer screen because they one they've called "Best Red" looks orange to me.
Isn't it a good thing people have such different taste or the canals would be nowhere near as colourful. We prefer understated colours with our 3 favourites being a deep blue, a rich burgundy, or a dark green. It seems that blue is a common choice - in various shades. We're glad about that because it increases the chance of us finding a boat with a colour we like. It's unlikely we'll be able to afford a new paint job.
We aren't so keen on light colours for a narrowboat. Every one of our houses has been weatherboard and Mick has been very vocal with his opinion on paint colours - the lighter the better. Admittedly it is better under our harsh Aussie sun to have a light coloured house and roof. Firstly so it doesn't absorb so much heat and also because the paintwork on weatherboards lasts better if it's a light colour.
Here's our picks if we could paint our narrowboat. We like the blue with white coachlines and sign writing or the red :
So what would be your colour choice ?