External Colour Scheme

We have finally decided on our external colour scheme for the house.
This was not an easy task and one that we were still debating right up until the night before the roof colorbond had to be ordered.

For ages now the house has been (and still is) littered with paint swatches and computer print outs of houses in various colour schemes stuck on the fridge. We finally decided to go with a dark colorbond roof in monument in a trim deck profile as opposed to the usual corrugated profile.

trim deck profile

trim deck profile

colorbond monument

colorbond monument

American colorbond profile

American colorbond profile

That sorted we knew we still wanted white gutters, window surrounds and garage doors. You would think that white would be pretty simple colour to find in gutters and garage doors, WRONG, unfortunately the closest colour to white that colorbond makes is Surfmist which is not white but a very light beige colour. Admittedly it does look white in the sunlight but you would think that with the squillions of dollars a year that colourbond makes they could produce a basic white. The reason for them not doing this is not clear to me, maybe all whites discolour over time, I’m not sure, but again I refer to the squillions they make and wonder why they cant come up with a UV stabilized white. :/ So we had to go with surfmist for the guttering and hopefully the slight difference wont be noticeable. Anyway rant over about surfmist.

Colorbond Surfmist

The second dilemma was the weatherboard colour, after many failed attempts to convince my husband that there is a colour referred to as ‘greige’ which is a warm toned grey we finally decided on Dulux Flooded Gum at 50% strength which we think will look brilliant with the dark roof and white trim around the windows (we hope) below are a couple of pics of schemes that we like.

Dulux Flooded Gum and half strength Flooded Gum

Dulux Flooded Gum and half strength Flooded Gum

Light grey weatherboard

Light grey weatherboard

Greige exterior Colour Scheme

Greige exterior Colour Scheme

Grey weatherboard Hamptons style house

Grey weatherboard Hamptons style house

15 thoughts on “External Colour Scheme

  1. Hello, I have just arrived at flooded gum after 10+ sample pots of greiges.
    Did you also consider tranquil retreat..im still tossing between the two as we will have a dark roof and even possibly trims in Monument. Thanks

    • Hi Romaine,
      Apologies for the late reply. Yes we did consider tranquil retreat but Flooded Gum suited the exterior a bit more on our weatherboards. I do however wish I had used it indoors though as it was a favourite.

  2. Hi,
    I am Jen and last year I was very fortunate to receive some wonderful advice from you with selecting flooded gum for our external render. We will hopefully have this project ready to begin soon but was hoping to receive some more valuable advice from you, please?

    As we will be having our bricks rendered in Flooded gum, spraying our roof tiles charcoal, painting our windows white ( Dulux Lexicon white), and hopefully our double garage doors too… I was wondering if you think our fascia boards should also be painted in the same white, or perhaps in the same colour as our gutters being charcoal? It is a single story house and does not have any special gables.

    I would love some feedback from you.

    Thanks,
    Jen

    • Hi Jen,
      Nice to hear from you! Sounds like you are at an exciting (but nerve racking) stage.
      It all comes down to your personal preference as I wouldn’t want you to take my advice and then hate the outcome. We chose to go with the white fascia as that was the look we wanted and I thought the charcoal fascia might look too heavy. We were happy with the result.
      If you go on a website called houzz.com (the American one not the Australian one) and type in the search charcoal roof you will find a tonne of pics in colour schemes like yours and mine it makes the decision easier if you can see it beforehand.
      Let me know what you go with.
      Madge x

  3. Hi, we’ve had so much trouble deciding what colour to do our exterior but have finally chosen flooded gum. Would you mind telling me which white you have used for your window frames etc. there are so many Whites to choose from. Many thanks, Sarah

  4. Hi,
    Love your colour scheme! The colours are similar to what I would like to use for our house. We are having our roof tiles sprayed to a charcoal colour and hoping to render our bricks with either Flooded Gum or Stepney. Do you think flooded Gum would look good as a render? We also have colonial/french windows. I am not sure to paint the window frames in a shade of white or charcoal. I would love your ideas to assist me with this decision.
    Thanks,
    Jen

    • Hi Jen,

      I think Flooded Gum would make an excellent render colour. We researched so many grey’s and I spent a fortune on sample pots, in the end Flooded Gum half strength was what we went for. It was a toss up between full strength though. This grey seemed to be the only one that didn’t look blue or purple, it was real true grey.
      It sounds like your colour scheme will be beautiful, I really love the look of white against the grey for windows but it is personal choice of what you prefer, I think both would look equally sriking.
      The white trim is a classic American look but if you are still unsure do a lot of googling for grey colour schemes, I found it helped me make a decision when I had something to look at in those colours.

      • Thank you for your response. I appreciate your feedback.
        I love the classic American home with the whites and greys. My house was built in the 1990’s. It has a very simple roof – (no special gables) and double garage doors. If the house was rendered in flooded gum, possibly full strength & had a charcoal roof & white window trims, what colour would you suggest we paint the garage doors?
        Thanks
        Jen

        • Personally I like white garage doors with this scheme, but, this is where we also had major issues. The closest thing to true white in garage doors is colorbond ‘surfmist’ which is not actually white its more light beige and as you will be able to see from our photos of the exterior of our house there is a noticeable difference between the very white trim and the garage doors. If you are getting existing doors sprayed then this wont be a problem but if you are choosing new doors then the choices are limited unless you want to pay an additional amount for spraying ( we were quoted an extra $1500 to do this by the garage door company and even then they wouldn’t guarantee the colour). We decided against the darker doors because we have a triple garage that takes up a lot of the front of the house and we thought the dark may look too heavy.
          I have (and am still contemplating) at some stage getting ours sprayed white to blend in more with the trim.

  5. Just reading your blog as we are building a weatherboard and looking to do a similar colour scheme to your exterior πŸ™‚ we are also thinking monument roof and grey boards …..did you end up going with flooded mud? If so, are you able to post a photo? I’d love to see how it looks!! Thanks πŸ˜‰

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