Soft neutral hues for a classic look

Neutral Hues

The majority of people love neutral colours when it comes to the exterior of their house.  A classic, timeless look that works with the bright Australian sun, working with the streetscape rather than dominating it.  A neutral colour is one that doesn’t contain too much of one colour therefore making it easy to teem with other hues.  All colours however have an underlying hue.  Some may contain more red, yellow or green so you need to ensure that a colour that appears very neutral appeals to you in daylight.  Neutrals for exteriors need to be much greyer and darker than you would imagine.  Once the sun shines on these colours, the grey washes out and the colour shines through so if the colour is not grey enough, your house could end up looking like a fruit salad!

Dulux Neutrals

A good tip is to paint a large piece of board with your chosen colour.  Use two coats and then move the board around the exterior of the house and view it at different times of the day and from different aspects. The colour will appear quite different on the south aspect of the house compared to the north which gets more sun.  A colour during the daytime will also appear different in the late afternoon light.

Grey Hues

Subtle grey hues for exteriors

Subtle Grey Hues for an exterior in a bush setting

Greys are perfect to use on the exterior of a house.  They are sophisticated and sleek.  Greys order tramadol mexico work well with natural silver windows and silver colorbond trim and are perfect to use in the Australian light.  Dark greys work best on rendered walls and look great when placed next to natural stone.  As with neutral browns, all grey hues have an underlying colour.  This house is painted with subtle green hues that work well in a suburb that is home to many native gum trees.

Grey may seem an uninspired choice but when used with other natural elements, particularly richly coloured timber, it offers a very understated look which is timeless and elegant.

Remember to view grey samples outside.  Only in natural daylight will you see the underlying colour.  Also bear in mind that the larger the colour sample, the lighter it will appear. A colour that looks very dark on a small paint chip will look much lighter when outside and on the exterior of a house.

Dulux Greys

Remember that even the neutral greys have an underlying colour  This is often a blue or a green and some greys will appear warm and others cool.  Ensure you select the right one to go with your roof colour.

Neutrals for Weatherboards

Weatherboard houses are popular in Australia and these lining boards lend themselves to colour.  Greys with a definite underlying colour work well on these houses as the weatherboard creates natural shadow and therefore breaks up the colour.

    • MD Interior Design May 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I found your blog today on the net. I am also an Interior Designer and Colour Consultant, I’m also colour obsessed!….so it was lovely to find another blogger who actually writes about colour!
      I have really injoyed visiting here today and I especially enjoyed reading about the greys for exterior colours.
      Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

      • Lauren November 8, 2015 at 7:25 am Reply

        Hi Samantha, I can’t wait to get your advice, as choosing an exterior colour is doing my head in! We have a pole house with lower and upper level, we are situated on the south coast nsw. We have a Woodland grey roof and have used aniseed as a trim ( similar to monument, I think?). Unfortunately we have primrose cream aluminium window frames. ???? the house is cedar which is painted creamy yellow. I have sampled dune and mud pack . I am looking for a warm grey brown to compliment the house. We are also considering putting on timber frames around the windows to help distract from primrose windows, will possibly paint in a creamy white. Can you suggest a colour for the house? We have pebble grey inside and love it. Mud pack is in the same tonings but much deeper. The front of the house faces South. Thanks in advance and warm regards. Lauren and chris

        • Samantha Bacon November 10, 2015 at 11:02 pm Reply

          Hi Lauren and Chris It sounds like you have a really good idea about the house already. I agree that Pebble Grey is lovely inside and it makes sense to continue this outside but in a deeper tone. Although facing south you won’t get a lot of direct sunlight to wash out the grey, if you paint the timber frames a nice light colour this will really lift the Mud Pack and also hide the dreaded Primrose windows! You really are on track but do double check with a sample pot on a large board facing south before you commit. Cheers Samantha

          • Fiona April 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm Reply

            Hi Samantha, I am absolutely in awe of your insights around colour. Thank you for sharing it with us. We have a small two story home, more of a townhouse size, but freestanding on its own small block. It has a rather simple boxy shape and we want to render and paint the brick exterior. Hoping you can give us some pointers…a place to start. The Colourbond window frames are Paperbark and the roof tiles are some sort of darkish grey. The gutters and down pipes are Manor Red but thought those could be painted. I love crisp white window frames and warm stone coloured walls, however we have to work with the existing window frames. I didn’t want the colours to be too dark as the house is small and trying to keep it looking as large as possible. For this reason thought the garage door should just be painted to blend with overall scheme. We are having a fence with rendered pillars, with sandstone caps installed and wondered if I could get the white I was hoping for in the timber sections (vertical) between the pillars. As the house has only a tiny front garden, the fence will very much look like part of the overall structure. Many thanks for any wisdom you can offer. Also wondering what colour to paint front door and fascias. Thank you.

            • Samantha Bacon April 4, 2016 at 1:45 am

              Hi Fiona Thanks for your note. You are right on the money with a lighter colour keeping your house looking larger and carrying the wall colour through to the garage doors. Paperbark is a great exterior window colour as it isn’t too yellow and it can be partnered well with white so using white on the fence palings will work well. For the render I would get something to blend in with the sandstone – perhaps look at the veins in the stone and pull out one of the darker hues for the render. Paperbark is great on the fascias but if you wanted to lose some of this you could continue the grey of your gutters and roof on the fascia and even your front door. Remember though that warranties can be voided for front doors if a dark colour is used for a door that gets a lot of sun so if this is the case you could use this to link the white from the fencing. Hope this makes sense! Good luck! Samantha

            • Fiona January 13, 2018 at 5:45 am

              Hi Samantha,

              Wondering if you are still providing your wonderful insights around colours? I was in touch with you in 2016 (Fiona April 4, 2016 at 1:45 am) re our house colours but the whole project got put on hold until recently. We now have our fence up and the timber is painted Hog Bristle half with the pale sandstone on top of each rendered pillar. We plan to repaint the guttering to Woodland Grey and the roof is grey, fascias and eves in Hog Bristle half/quarter. We are still looking for a colour for the rendered front pillars and the house itself. We thought our window frames were Paperbark like our garage door, however whether due to age or some other reason, the frames are actually a little darker. I’ve been given the colour reading from a test that Bunnings paint people did using a little hand held thing… they read the colour of the windowframes as being (and hopefully this makes sense to you):
              EE OY 55N 0.25 G OY 7N
              M OY 14N 0.5

              It’s double dutch to me but I was hoping, in light of this slightly different colour, you might be able to direct me to suitable colours for our render? I have looked at Gnu Tan but there is very little contrast with the windowframes. Stonecrop came up as being too dark and chocolatey. I looked at Barnfloor but, while it looks quite good with paperbark, it just looked wrong with the windowframes having more yellowish tones. The front of the house faces south.
              Thank you,

    • Anna August 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm Reply

      Thank you for your blog. I have so enjoyed reading it. I am desperate to know what I am doing is correct for our build. Hoping you are able to answer
      Roof is Barramundi colour tiles
      Main render is Grey Pebble Quarter as the main render?
      Portico is Deep Walnut 150%.?
      Window frames Are silver
      Garage door is monument
      Would really appreciate advice on the renders just the grey looks so pale and the walnut looks so dark?
      Thank you in advance for your help

      • Samantha Bacon August 3, 2015 at 5:30 am Reply

        Hi Anna Thanks for getting in touch. Dulux Grey Pebble Quarter strength is almost white and in fact outside, particularly in sunlight, this will appear absolute white. I think you need to consider a render that has a lot more depth if you don’t want such a contrast with your portico. It really depends on the look that you want to achieve. If you want a light render, try full strength Grey Pebble or even Heifer which is a tone darker again. these will look dark in the paint shop but once you get them on a large expanse outside they will be very light and will still give you a light and airy look to the house. If you don’t want such a contrast you may lighten the portico to just Deep Walnut full strength rather than 150%. I find it best to paint a large sheet of card and place it against the wall on different aspects – for example north or west facing can cope with a much darker render. I hope this is helpful! Regards

      • Anna September 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm Reply

        Hi Samantha
        I also wrote to you on August 3rd and just wondered about another aspect re the colour for our home.
        We have decided to go for Grey Pebble full strength render, Barramundi Roof tile,Deep Walnut Portico Render 150% (which appears nothing like it sounds as it sounds like Brown but isn’t!!) Silver window frames, we are also having a graphite paver for the driveway, my question is the garage door colour, can you please give me a suggestion?
        Many thanks

    • Judith August 24, 2015 at 3:27 am Reply

      Hi Samantha.
      Found your blog today in my desperate search for an external render colour for my home. Not sure whether you are able to offer any advice?

      Our home has a Woodland Grey Colorbond Roof, fascia in Dulux White Dune Half, and eaves and a small clad “extension” painted in Dulux Paperbark. We have Cedar windows, and the render has Ashlar block markings in it. I am after a stone like colour to make our home look a bit like a grand country farmhouse. Have tried Dulux Gentle Touch and Raw Encounter 3/4 strenght but both are showing way to yellow. Dulux Grand Piano is a nice colour, but too grey for the Paperbark and the cedar windows. Have also looked at Taubmans Toasted Almond, which seemed to have a bit of a purple undertone, but maybe because I was comparing it to the yellows. I am looking at Hog Bristle or Taubmans Ecru Stone, but not sure whether I should be looking darker. Any suggestions would be extremely helpful!
      Many thanks, Judith

      • Samantha Bacon August 24, 2015 at 3:40 am Reply

        Hi Judith thanks for getting in touch. Paperbark is almost identical to a Dulux colour called Self Destruct which is in the same family as Hog Bristle but 2 tones darker. it’s difficult to tell exactly but you might like to try either Dulux Gnu Tan or Stonecrop which are 1 and 2 tones darker than Self Destruct and therefore Paperbark. You will have more of a contrast with Stonecrop so it really depends on how you want it to relate to the extension. These are both lovely warm stone colours that have a yellow base without throwing too much yellow. Please ensure you just get a small sample pot and paint a large piece of card with two coats and move it around the house and next to the extension to double check you like it! Good luck Samantha

    • Pip August 24, 2015 at 4:06 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, I want to paint the exterior bricks of our house. The finish I would like to achieve is a soft, matt look with brick profile still showing (slightly like a bag rendered look). Can you suggest what product to use. Colour wise I am looking at something like deluxe calf skin, paving stone, or stony creek. Pip

      • Samantha Bacon August 25, 2015 at 1:35 am Reply

        Hi Pip I think you should take a look at Taubmans Moroka bag and paint system which should give you this look. The paint store should have examples of the finish for you to see to ensure it is matt enough for you. It has a good reputation. Taubmans also has their Armawall product which is similar and you should check this out too. Calf Skin is a nice neutral to use but is warmer and less grey than Paving stone or Stony Creek. It is best to paint a large piece of card with two coats of the colour to see if it is right for your house. Hope this helps! Samantha

    • Jacqui August 25, 2015 at 12:59 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Wow, what a minefield exterior colours are! We’re looking to start painting our rendered walls outside but have become stuck as after having painted the gutters and fascia colorbond woodland grey, we’ve learnt that it throws off quite a bit of green, not what we were expecting. We get a lot of natural sunlight around our house. We first considered Colorbond dune to match which looks great in the brochures but shows up quite grey we thought on the sample patches we painted, in the shade particularly. Colorbond Sandbank is one option we thought but I’ve also been considering Dulux Linseed, could you please provide your thoughts on this? the roof is off white. Many thanks, Jacqui.

      • Samantha Bacon August 25, 2015 at 1:40 am Reply

        Hi Jacqui Yes it is a minefield as it is not something that you do very often and sunlight changes everything! What happens is that you like a colour inside but then when the sun hits it outside it washes out all the grey and you see the underlying colour which is what has happened with the Woodland Grey so you are seeing the base colour which is green. I happen to really like Woodland Grey though as I have found it goes with everything and it is one of the colours that has been around the longest – it used to be called Slate Grey. Colorbond Dune has a warm pinkish undertone and particularly when used in paint, as the colour fades you get a distinct pink undertone so I would avoid that. My advice would be to go with your choice of Dulux Linseed. With your white roof, this will go really well and it does have a very slight green undertone but is one of my go to colours when people say they want a natural stone look – it is very neutral. Perhaps just try a sample first though to check you like it! Good luck Samantha

    • Rachael September 1, 2015 at 3:20 am Reply

      Hi, we are painting exterior of house which is rendered on the side (currently pink brown scheme) it is a box sort of Georgian style house with big white sash windows but not a huge house. I’m looking for a warm neural that is also bright if that makes sense…I think a grey will be a bit to dull and we have brown roof tiles that we aren’t changing. I want a bright white on windows and maybe black/dark grey on trims/pillars and door so just looking for ideas for walls…I’ve looked at dulux white duck but maybe too yellow! Any ideas appreciated.

      • Samantha Bacon September 3, 2015 at 4:11 am Reply

        Hi Rachael You could try Tapestry Beige or Time Capsule from Dulux for a warm neutral that has enough grey to contend with the sunlight but not so much that it will appear dull. It’s difficult to say for sure so you should look at these first in the paint store and if they appeal then get a sample pot to try out first. Limed White is a nice soft warm white to go with these for the trim. Good Luck!

        • Rachael September 3, 2015 at 4:29 am Reply

          Hi Samantha, Thank you so much for your reply…its funny I came across tapestry beige a few times so I will try a sample pot and limed white….I have tried beige royal (too pink) and light rice which I liked but something not quite right for us….Do you think Domino Dulux or Klavier is too dark agaist tapestry beige??We have a double door which we wanted in a contrasting colour but it might be too harsh. Thanks again, Rachael

          • Samantha Bacon September 6, 2015 at 4:19 am Reply

            Hi Rachael Limed White should work as it is in the same grouping as Tapestry Beige and for your front door, it really depends on the contrast that you want. An off black front door is very smart but consider whether you have any other elements this colour – for example balustrades, fencing or even pots. This can help tie the contrast colour into the overall scheme. Remember that Domino and Klavier both have undertones of blue. If you want more of a neutral go for a paint to match Colorbond Monument. Good luck Samantha

            • Rachael October 6, 2015 at 1:40 am

              Hi Samantha,

              Thank you again for your advice, it is much appreciated! Your blog is great, glad I came across it in my search.


    • Renee September 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha – love your blog – just wanting to know what colour we should get our roof done – tiled roof – we are thinking of Stonectop for the render once the roof is done – please help ???? thanking you

      • Samantha Bacon September 3, 2015 at 4:05 am Reply

        Hi Renee Thanks for your note and I’m glad you enjoy the blog. I really like charcoal blue with Stonecrop or if you wanted something more neutral than Charcoal which always throws a little blue then you could opt for a paint to match Colorbond Monument which is a lovely dark neutral grey. Either way I like the grey contrast with the warm yellow based Stonecrop rather than introducing more brown. Hope this helps! Thanks Samantha

        • Renee De Beer September 9, 2015 at 8:19 am Reply

          Samantha any possibly in sending you a photo of our house – very unsure about colour as we also have a colourbond fence in Jasper -and a light cream colour – we could repay the posts if necessary – keen on Stonecrop render and love the look of a photo on your blog page love all colours and roof colour / you kind help will be appreciated ????

          • Samantha Bacon September 9, 2015 at 10:49 am Reply

            Hi Renee Stonecrop is a good choice to go with Jasper and cream as it has a yellow base. The house that you like is similar in tone to Stonecrop but is a touch greyer – the colour is Dulux Shipwreck. The colours will look different depending upon the aspect and amount of light etc so I would recommend getting a sample pot of Stonecrop and Shipwreck to see which one you prefer. The roof is just a classic charcoal grey which you can’t go wrong with. I hope this helps – good luck! Samantha

    • Linda September 4, 2015 at 10:50 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      What would be the best white for walls and the ceiling for a kitchen with dulux linseed cupboards and dark grey floor.
      Thank you

      • Samantha Bacon September 6, 2015 at 4:16 am Reply

        Hi Linda Dulux Beige Royal either in full, half or quarter strength will go with Linseed. I suggest you get some samples to see if you like it. My general rule is full strength on the walls, half on the internal doors and trim and quarter on the ceiling. Hope this helps with your decision making – good luck Samantha

    • Diana September 5, 2015 at 9:46 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      We saw a Dulux consultant today who recommended woodland grey roof, bogart lower level and linseed upper level.
      I went into the meeting wanting a grey base and I am concerned this will look very brown/green.
      It is such a big decision and such a short meeting with tiny colour cards! I am struggling!
      Would really value your opinion.

      • Samantha Bacon September 6, 2015 at 4:14 am Reply

        Hi Diana I think the scheme you have will look great. I would recommend you get a sample pot of Bogart – it is a grey but certainly will look brown as it has a yellow base. If you want a more definite grey then you might like to look at something like Dulux Teahouse for the base and Milton Moon for the top. This is is the other extreme though so may be too grey for you – it really depends on whether you want a warmer neutral grey which Bogart and Linseed will give you or a steelier definite grey. Good luck Samantha

    • Renee September 9, 2015 at 8:22 am Reply

      Love photo of house colours above xx

    • Sheree September 11, 2015 at 3:38 am Reply

      Thanks for some really helpful advice. We are looking to paint the weatherboard exterior of our country farm cottage. Our windows are white aluminium and the roof is zinc. We are thinking about using Dulux White Duck, Hog Bristle or Beige Royal. Is there one of these (or others) that you would recommend? We are just a little concerned that these colours may be too light and appear a little washed out. Also we wondering what colour we should use for the fascia/eves – white to match the windows or something else to highlight? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks

      • Samantha Bacon September 20, 2015 at 6:59 am Reply

        Hi Sheree, these colours are lovely but will all appear just white outside. White Duck has a very slight green base, Beige Royal less so but still towards green and Hog Bristle has a yellow base. Depending on how much green or yellow you want to see in the white will depend which way you go. Perhaps just one or two tones darker will be better for you. Your local paint store will be able to look at the Dulux Atlas and advise you once you know where you need to be on the green/yellow scale. Hope this helps – remember always look at colours outside, you will be surprised how different they look! Samantha

    • Gen September 12, 2015 at 6:27 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      I loved reading your blog. We are anticipating giving our 1990’s terracotta coloured roof and light orange brick house a “face-lift” and I was hoping if you can clarify some colour choices for us, please?
      We hope to have our tiled roof resprayed to a charcoal colour and render the bricks with the Dulux colours Flooded Gum or Stepney. As our windows are of a Colonial/French style with the window trims, I was unsure to paint them Vivid White or a similar colour to the roof being charcoal. I really love the American style houses white/grey colour schemes, but not too sure if it will compliment our simple single-story house. Our internal window frames/trims are all white. Would the charcoal trims be a more modern look, or make the house appear dark? We also have two single garage doors & are not sure what colour to paint those either….perhaps charcoal?
      I would love to hear your ideas.
      Thanks, Gen

      • Samantha Bacon September 13, 2015 at 11:19 pm Reply

        Hi Gen If this was my house I would paint the trim Vivid White. I too love the American look and this combination would achieve that. When I was reading your post I was concerned that everything was a little grey and when I came to your question re the windows this made sense. Perhaps if you want to continue with some charcoal to match the roof you could use this on the garage doors which would look really smart against the lighter grey walls. Hope this helps. Samantha

    • Paula September 13, 2015 at 12:16 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha
      I’m just about to start painting exterior of our weatherboard home. So far we have picked a dulux warm neutral as the main colour with antique white for windows. We are undecided what colour combination to use on our picket fence. I was thinking warm neutral on the pickets but would like a darker colour for the post. Have you any suggestions??

      Thank you


      • Samantha Bacon September 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm Reply

        Hi Paula Warm Neutral with Antique White will look great and if you want to introduce a darker accent I would suggest Dulux Rich Biscuit or Deep Bamboo for a darker finish – I would recommend that you get sample pots to see which one offers you the look that you want. They are in the same colour family as Warm Neutral. You might consider also using this colour for your front door to tie it into the house? Good luck! Samantha

    • Christie September 15, 2015 at 4:46 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      i have just stumbled across your blog in the search of the right render colour for our front facade. We have Austral hawthorn bricks with off white mortar and 5 x timber windows, front door and triple garage doors. Our roof is colourbond monument same as gutter with paperbark fascia. It currently feels too dark, we want to do bluestone paving to the front porch and steps. And wanting a render colour to bring the whole front together. I am worried paperbark is to yellow??? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, we will also be putting in small rendered retaining walls as part of our landscaping so these will be the same as the render colour we choose for the house. I’ve even been tempted to paint the timber windows a colour to lighten the facade but cant convince hubby…! look forward to your response. so confused

      thanks Christie

      • Samantha Bacon September 15, 2015 at 8:06 am Reply

        Hi Christie I love the look of your house and feel that if you render any parts of it, particularly with a light colour like Paperbark you will spoil the look and feel of it. The look is a dark one but it looks fab with the good quality windows, bricks and garage. I would use your landscaping to brighten up the house – choose plants with lots of white and light pots and pebbles etc. It will look a bit drab until you get the landscaping and garden finished but it really is the landscaping and plantings that will pull it all together. I would even use a dark grey for the rendered walls in the garden as I really feel the light render will grate against the house. I’m not sure this is the answer you want but honestly – I love your house. Good luck Samantha

    • Wallace September 16, 2015 at 1:53 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      We are in the process in selecting a colour for the exterior of our house.
      The picture of the house on this page we like.
      Could you please email me the colours of this house.

      Thank you, Wallace

    • Chantelle September 19, 2015 at 7:31 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, I am loving reading your colour advice and am really hoping you could help me please. Our renovstion will see us with a first floor addition in Scyon stria cladding and the existing bricks to be rendered. We are thinking of rendering in Dulux Stepney (which should suit the bush backdrop) and having a colorbond Basalt roof (flat skillion). A feature render at the entrance could match the basalt colour but my question is regarding the colour of the cladding and garage doors. We are thinking of doing both in a light colour perhaps colorbond shale grey. The windows will be black aluminium. Do you think shale grey works with stepney and basalt or do you suggest something else please? Selecting colours is so difficult.

      • Samantha Bacon September 20, 2015 at 6:40 am Reply

        Hi Chantelle it sounds as though you are on the right track – I love the combination of Basalt and Stepney. As you want a light colour for your garage I think that shale Grey would work and you could also use this for the weatherboards however with this combination you may also like to try a fresher white and consider Surfmist for the lining boards and garage – this would look very fresh against the Stepney but the silvery grey would look good too – it really depends on the look and feel you want for the house. You are definitely on the right track though. I would recommend you get a large board and paint this with the colour you are undecided about and see how it looks with the Basalt/Stepney. Good luck! Samantha

        • Chantelle September 21, 2015 at 10:36 am Reply

          Thank you so much for your response Samantha. I appreciate it.

    • Tracey McConachy September 21, 2015 at 10:50 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, so love your blog :))) So need some advice, this is just so confusing. I have a dark red brick home with two rectangle windows each side of the front door. The windows are aluminium custom cream and there is rendered framing around each window against the brick work in an off white neutral colour which we want to leave as is. We also have a verandah across the front of the house which faces west. The roof is colourbond shale grey and the gutters are windspray. I am wanting to paint the picket fence, verandah timber & posts, door surround timber in all one colour, was considering dulux hogs bristle. I would love a dark front door in maybe a dark colour or a blue which will go ok with roof and gutters. Would love any suggestions and thanks again for a great blog.

      • Samantha Bacon September 23, 2015 at 3:29 am Reply

        Hi Tracey So glad you have found the blog interesting. Regarding your house, if you have an off white neutral around the windows, I think you should colour match this for the picket fence, verandah timber and posts etc so that you are not introducing another white. Dulux Hog Bristle will look bright white outside and is a nice white but I think it is better to keep it all the same. As Colorbond Windspray has a green/blue base you can certainly have a dark blue door – have a look at Charcoal from the Dulux powdercoat range – it looks really dark but when the sun is out the door as a lovely dark blue and the beauty of using a powdercoat colour is that you can always add a screen if you need to. Good luck Samantha

    • Anne September 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm Reply

      I salute your considered responses. Also you are tactful but honest. I hope you can help me too. I am in a quandary about a render colour to go with a Windspray roof and gutter, shale grey fascia. There is a timber deck out front that hasn’t been stained yet, and bluestone paving with sandstone retaining walls will probably be involved in the landscaping. So far only the roofing colour is fixed. I have read from you about going darker in tone . . But which colour? Saudi sand, champignons, or stonecrop, shipwreck? The house is lower than the street so the roof is dominant. Thanking you

      • Samantha Bacon September 23, 2015 at 3:42 am Reply

        Hi Anne As your roof is quite dominant and is a silver grey you may prefer to go with a grey for the walls of the house. Something like Dulux Dawson Falls which is a mid tone green/brown grey would work better than the brown neutrals of Stonecrop etc. Introduce dark charcoal blue in pots or in your front door to give it all a lift. Ask the paint specialist in the Dulux store to show you this colour to see what you think? They can then advise lighter tones of this if necessary. I don’t think it will be too dark but I’m not sure of the aspect of your house and how much light it gets, particularly if the house is lower than the street. In any case, always buy a sample pot and paint a large piece of board to ensure you like the colour. Hope it works out well for you. Samantha

    • Anne September 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm Reply

      Oops, I forgot to mention that the windows are silver aluminium, probably with whitefish window dressings. Overall the interior has a natural, of the earth feel with timber, stone, warm geys and warm whites.

    • linda heaton September 25, 2015 at 10:52 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      We are painting our 1970 Sydney red brick unit block, it has 8 units. I’m hoping you can help me with colour advice. The red brick will stay, gutters, down pipes and lintels are colourbond Manor Red and will also stay. Windows are aluminium. Eaves, veranda capping, soffits and veranda unders are classic cream. We would like to change the colour of the four garage doors (currently mid blue ugg!)
      Garage doors are centre front of the block and face north. We are thinking mid grey. Painter suggest Windspray. Will it lighten up with open northly aspect. Would like to stay away from the blue greys. Any thoughts about changing the classic cream? something a little more modern but respecting that its a 70’s red bricker. Love your blog, Ta Linda

      • Samantha Bacon September 27, 2015 at 3:05 am Reply

        Hi Linda I wouldn’t go with Windspray for the doors as it has a blue/green undertone and is quite a light silvery grey and won’t go with the bricks. Woodland Grey although dark is a lovely neutral grey with a slight green undertone that will complement the red brick and trim really well. Facing north you will get a lot of light and sun so I think you can afford to go darker – particularly on a block of units. Try it out on a large board next to your red brick to see what you think. Good luck Samantha

    • Anne September 25, 2015 at 11:52 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, feedback from above. We painted two coats of Dawson Falls, Dawson Falls half, and Saudi Sand onto boards and then put them up individually against the house. It turns out only one side of the house gets a lot of sun even with the summer-winter sun shift. On that wall Dawson Falls worked the best because the green came thorough, but on all the other walls it was a deep grey. It felt too cool. Dawson Falls half was too washed out. We are going with the warmer Saudi Sand because it warms the shade and shadows. Again I thank you, I can see where you were coming from and I am glad we tried it.

    • Natalie September 26, 2015 at 4:07 am Reply

      Hi Samantha

      We’re renovating and adding a storey to our home. The render color we’ve chosen for our east facing house is Dulux, Bogart, gutters in monument, high gloss front door in Momument, Sufmist fasicas, roof tiles are similar color to monument too. Our dilemma is the garage door. We don’t want it being a feature, so aren’t wanting surfmist or monument. We would the rather the garage door blend with the house color. Finding the right powdercoated color to suit is proving difficult as Cove & Gully seem to be the closest complimenting colors.
      What would you suggest ?
      Thank SO much !

      • Samantha Bacon September 27, 2015 at 2:45 am Reply

        Hi Natalie Colorbond Gully is definitely the closest match to Dulux Bogart so if you want the garage to disappear, this is the one! I also think the doors would look smart in Monument too if you did want to introduce some contrast. Good luck Samantha

    • Rob September 26, 2015 at 8:50 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, great site! And great interiors book too, I was flicking through it in a friends house recently, which is how I ended up here. I’m hoping you might be able to provide a snippet of advice which might save our marriage! We recently bought a house which in recent years had a paint facelift but unfortunately the colour scheme belonged in the early 80s. Very yellow and brown.Two storey, terracotta tiles and a rough stucco-like render job, which was poorly done and with the yellow paint looks dirty/streaky. When we renovated our previous brick house we used a great colour scheme recommended by an architect friend, which was Monument trims (gutters, fascia, eaves, windows, gable battens, the lot), and Dulux Ashen Grove for the infill fibro bits, it made a dated cottage look sleek and modern. I’m thinking the same for the new place, Monument guttering, fascia and eaves and the carport and pergola framing. We also have an old weatherboard add-on which I’m going to reclad in Scyon Axon and paint Monument as a contrast. The problem is the main wall colour. Ashen Grove is a really nice dark earthy grey which goes great with Monument, but I’m concerned it might be a bit too dark for the whole house. Have also looked at some Colorbond alternatives, Gully and Wallaby, which are both lighter but tinge of green and blue a bit respectively.

      • Samantha Bacon September 27, 2015 at 2:52 am Reply

        Hi Rob Glad you are enjoying the blog and my book – nice to have the feedback. I love using Colorbond Monument as it is a great off black/neutral grey which is hard to find. Trims in this colour always work well and the extension in this will give a sleek contemporary touch. Unfortunately I’m not familiar with Dulux Ashen Grove as I think it may be from their old colour range. It sounds as though your new house is quite a different style and with the stucco finish will be quite a different look. Are the terracotta tiles, terracotta or another colour – many are dark grey etc and this will have a bearing too on your colour scheme. If you could find a current Dulux colour that is similar to Ashen Grove and provide me with more details on the roof, I could give you my opinion. Thanks Samantha

    • Rob September 26, 2015 at 8:56 am Reply

      Now I’m thinking we should maybe play it safe with a more neutral brown that compliments the Monument. A bit like the house at the top of this page. We’re about three weeks away from having to choose and no agreement has been reached. Any help would be gratefully received. A nice colour, not too light, to suit a rough rendered house with predominantly Monument trims. And a window frame colour would help too, have had Surfmist suggested or another grey tinted white. Thank you! PS Apologies for the long winded post!

      • Samantha Bacon September 27, 2015 at 2:54 am Reply

        Hi Rob just seen the additional post! The colour here is Dulux Shipwreck which is a very popular neutral brown. This will work well with Surfmist which is a good powdercoat colour and is in the standard range with a lot of window companies which helps to save money! Slightly grey to work with inside though but a great white for outside.

    • Lisa September 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha, I would love your opinion, I have a weatherboard single story home currently with a Tuscan red color bond roof and smooth cream walls (painted 15 yrs ago)…. I would like to change the color of the entire house..
      For the roof I was thinking woodland grey (still unsure) and walls grey pebble with surfmist trims and fascia, but I’m worried this will be too much grey. Also should the guttering match the roof color? I would love a few different color combinations that work well together. I particularly like the look of grey/beige walls with white trim, but the roof color worries me…. HELP

      • Samantha Bacon September 27, 2015 at 2:58 am Reply

        HI Lisa You can’t go wrong with Woodland Grey roof as it is so neutral and popular. You can make the guttering disappear by painting it the same as the roof or make your trim more dominant by keeping it the same as your fascia and windows which in your case would work – all of this in Surfmist would give the house a nice lift and prevent it from being too grey. Just beware with Grey Pebble as it is not too dissimilar outside to Surfmist. Get a sample pot and paint a large board before you commit – you may find the weatherbaords would look better one tone darker in Heifer and this would give you more of a contrast with your white trim. Good luck!

    • Regine September 26, 2015 at 4:24 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha, I am desperate and cannot work out an exterior colour for the home. I like fresh coastal white look. I have a cape cod home. Roof and gutters are Basalt colorbond. fascia is Colorbond surfmiSt. Window is alluminium White satin dullaroy product. What colour can I paint the wall? I was thinking grave couloir double dulux but afraid it clash with the surfmist. I would like a white look that can blend with that surfmist and White window? Any suggestions? What would you recommend? Thanks for your advice.

    • Rob September 27, 2015 at 4:41 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, thanks for replying! Yep, Ashen Grove was a new colour in the “Heat Reflect” range back in 2011, I think it became defunct when the ACCC took Dulux to court over it, but they obviously still have the recipe on file as you can get it if you ask. You can find the brochure with the colors still online if you google it. It’s a fairly dark brown tinged grey, probably like a double strength mixture of Gully and Wallaby. The sample I painted on the rendered wall gives a slightly purplish tinge though which we never had when it was on FC sheeting. We only ever had it on infills, I’m worried it won’t suit an entire rendered two storey house. My latest trial is triple strength Dune, just waiting for the first coat to dry now. It’s nice, but very safe, not really the statement I was hoping to make. But if you’re gonna pay many thousands to get your house painted the last thing you want to do is take a massive risk and fail! The triple Dune I think will go ok with the Monument trims and fibro addition and the Surfmist windows, I just would have liked something ever so slightly darker and daring! The tiles are dirty orange but thinking of spraying them dark. A temporary solution until we have to replace them anyway. Thanks again!!

    • Sonya Browne September 27, 2015 at 11:03 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha

      I would really appreciate your help please with a colour to use on hardiplank external walls of our house we are renovating. The roof is colorbond jasper & I am trying to find a neutral grey/beige. I was planning to use an antique white or China white on the window frames & eaves. I have looked at taubmans Abstract or colorbond Dune for the walls.

      Thank you so much

      • Samantha Bacon October 5, 2015 at 5:04 am Reply

        Hi Sonya Colorbond Dune has a slightly pink undertone. Taubmans Abstract is better or even one tone darker in Smokehaze to see the difference with the fresh white trim. Be sure to try it out first on a large sheet of card to make certain that you like it! Samantha

    • Kirsty September 29, 2015 at 11:59 am Reply

      Hi Samantha. I’m in the middle of choosing external finishes for our house renovation/extension and came across your blog. It’s very interesting and helpful thank you! I’d love some advice from you if possible.
      Our house is a 2 storey weatherboard house. The front is a fairly traditional style and has painted timber window frames. The back of the house (the extension) is a more contemporary style with a skillion roof and natural anodised aluminium windows. The corrugated roof & guttering will have a galvanised finish. The back of the house will have quite a bit of timber in the mix too (spotted gum decking and recycled hardwood posts). I’m visualising a dark-ish grey paint finish for the weatherboards at the back but I’m concerned this might be too dark for the front of the house so I’m considering a shade or 2 lighter for the front. Do you think Dulux Basalt would look good at the back with the silver windows/roof & timber features, and then perhaps 1/2 strength Basalt for the front? Do you have any suggestions of other greys which might work better and also a suggestion for the trim colour for the front? Perhaps a shade of white but I don’t want them to look to stark. I am also considering the option of using a different cladding material than weatherboard for the extension at the back (eg Weathergroove panelling or Colorbond corrugated) to emphasise the difference between old and new but I’m not sure if it’s better to play it safe and just use a matching weatherboard to the front. My builder needs my decision on this very quickly but I’m finding it very difficult!

      • Samantha Bacon October 5, 2015 at 5:02 am Reply

        Hi Kirsty It sounds as though you are undertaking quite a project and without the substrates decided for the house I think you may need some on-site expertise from a designer. I am sure that in just a couple of hours someone could give you the design clarity that you need. To give you some advice, I would be reticent about using different colours on different aspects of the house – back and front – unless they are different substrates ie render and then weatherboard cladding etc. Also Basalt half strength will start to read more blue and I don’t think will be very pleasing. A Dulux colour consultant will be able to give you the peace of mind and the answers you need. I’m sorry I can’t help you more on the blog but it really does sound like quite a project! Hope this helps. Samantha

    • Elaine September 29, 2015 at 10:35 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      Your advice and blog is impressive. You seem to know your colours very wel. I just need some advice to make sure you making the best choice for my render.

      I have a south facing facade in WA. The style of the house is classic modern. We have a natural travertine feature wall (Sahara Chiaro) that goes all the way from the ground floor up to the second storey roof. My roof is Monier Stirling Soho Night (charcoal) and the gutters and fascia are in Monument. The front door, garage, turret and part of the eaves is in wood. The window frames are in Silver Lustre.

      I am considering texture coating the house in Paperbark, a colour bond colour and doing the boundary fence in Dulux Stonecrop. Will the house look too dark in the paperbark and does paperbark have a pinkish hue?

      The other option was to texture coat the house in Dulux Russian Toffee and the boundary fence in Dulux Self Destruct or even Gnu Tan. Does Russian Toffee have a pinkish hue? I’m not sure if Russian Toffee will be too light.

      I want to make sure the natural travertine feature wall stands out and doesn’t get lost in the house exterior colours. I am using the same travertine for my entire ground floor indoors with the same colour theme of wood and Dulux Grand Piano running through.

      What would you recommend? It is the exterior texture wall colours that I am having trouble deciding as to which combo to go with. Paperbark and Stonecrop or Russian Toffee and Self Destruct / Gnu Tan.

      Would appreciate your help as I have to decide this week.

      Thank you,

      • Samantha Bacon October 5, 2015 at 4:57 am Reply

        Hi Elaine I can tell you that Paperbark, Russian Toffee, Self Destruct and Gnu Tan do not read pink so hopefully that is reassuring. They are all in the same colour grouping and throw yellow – Paperbark is almost the same as Self Destruct but slightly less grey. As your house is south facing you can afford to go lighter but it really depends on the look that you want. Russian Toffee does read just off white outside and will particularly be white on a north or west facing aspect of your home. Generally to see a difference outside you need to leave a large gap between colours – on paper they look quite different but outside they can appear very similar. Select your colour for your house and then ask in the paint shop for the colour that is two tones darker. Good luck! Samantha

    • Rachel September 30, 2015 at 11:58 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      Would appreciate your advice – we are renovating our single story brick home, and rendering the extension only at this point. I have monument windows going in, and wallaby guttering and downpipes. My current bricks are a 1970’s clinker which are red with a steely blue/purple centre. Dulux Linseed 200% has been recommended for the render, but i am a bit unsure if it will be too warm – I tend to prefer cooler, steely tones. what do you think?
      kind regards,

      • Samantha Bacon October 5, 2015 at 4:53 am Reply

        Hi Rachel Dulux Linseed 200% can appear quite green and is in fact a great neutral stone colour – It looks great and I don’t think it will be too warm but not sure how it will go with your brick. I think a large sample of board held up to the brick could help you to decide. Hope this helps Regards Samantha

    • Renee October 1, 2015 at 4:08 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      We have a late 1970’s southeast facing highset dark brick & chamferboard house which currently has a Headland roof (which we will eventually change to a light-mid grey to avoid heat). We must have new guttering before summer storm season and have chosen Colorbond Monument (for fascia as well). I like Evening Haze for downpipes & chamferboards and hope I can tie this all in with right shade of white for eaves (and trims?) on the verandah that runs the full width front of our house. Ranch slider doors opening on to verandah are silver framed upstairs and we have olive bronze down- it really is a bitza! Would you suggest monument for these? I hope I’m on the right track, but I am open to suggestions please!
      Thanks in anticipation,
      Renee (North Brisbane)

      • Samantha Bacon October 5, 2015 at 4:51 am Reply

        Hi Renee Colorbond Monument and Evening Haze are both great colours – you could extend Evening Haze to the trims and a half strength for the eaves possibly? Monument is a smart window colour – a lot of my clients are opting for this this but remember whatever colour you select you have to love it indoors too! Good luck Samantha

    • Sam October 12, 2015 at 6:33 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, im hoping for a bit of your wisdom too! We have a 1950s brick home that we are wanting to re-render and paint. Our roof and gutters are a slate/grey-blue colour. We are doing window trim and accents in lexicon-half and am tossing up between Dulux Colourbond Dune or Dulux Linseed for the render. Any thoughts on the way we should go? I want a nice grey. Nothing too dark or too pale.

      • Samantha Bacon October 28, 2015 at 12:16 am Reply

        Hi Sam It’s difficult to say for sure without seeing you. I don’t feel that Dune will go with the slate grey but the best thing to do is to paint too large samples on card and put them next to the trim to see what you think?

    • Anne October 12, 2015 at 10:09 am Reply


      We have just updated our peach and orange, house and painted the roof windspray, we didnt realise it is so light and assumed it would be like woodland grey. The house colour is called dulux white duck… the house is quite big, the windows and eves are to be lexicon quarter. Today they finished the roof, and one wall of white duck, the house now looks like the white duck is very green/grey and the roof quite similar! We were planning to update the colour scheme to more a beach house feel, but feel we may have picked a house colour too muddy/green… any ideas? we have a lot of balustrading that we originally thought to change from black to lexicon….!!! help!

      • Samantha Bacon October 28, 2015 at 12:14 am Reply

        Hi Anne I am sorry to have not been able to help you before – it sounds like you really need the help of a local colour consultant. I love White Duck but it does have a slight green base. Lexicon Quarter is a very bright cold blue based white and this could be causing the issue as it will be exacerbating the green in the White Duck. Perhaps some local advice would help………Samantha

    • Kathy October 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      We are currently in the middle of an extension and renovations. We have a shale grey roof & gutters,white fascias and windows…I am tossing up between Basalt 1/2 strength and baslt 1/4 strength for the render. I am leaning towards the half strength,although it looks dark on the sample board I have read so much information that the colours lighten a lot when used outside…Please advise

      • Samantha Bacon October 28, 2015 at 12:11 am Reply

        Hi Kathy Colours do get much much lighter outside and if you go too light then it will end up looking like the shale grey gutters. I’m not sure how Basalt is at half and quarter strengths and your final choice will depend upon how much variation you want to see with your roof and white fascias and windows. A darker colour may look smarter – this will also make the house appear smaller. Hope this helps! Samantha

    • Deb Flagg October 24, 2015 at 9:05 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I am very interested in your thoughts about a suitable colour to go with Colourbond Jasper for a rendered home. We are painting two planter boxes and letter box in Jasper to match the facia and guttering. The have stained timber windows and front door. Also and brick column at the front entrance made from Daniel Robertson bricks Hawthorn (either brown or red – not sure which one). We had chosen Dune for the rest of the facade but are concerned that it might be too pink, our other choice is Linseed but also considered Beige Royal. We would really appreciate your thoughts.
      Thanking you

      • Samantha Bacon October 28, 2015 at 12:09 am Reply

        Hi Deb I love Daniel Robertson bricks – you are lucky to have them. The colour of these is really going to depend on which way you go with the façade. Linseed has a green base and is a lovely stone colour but I would say that Dune would go better with Jasper. I think you need to look at a wider range of browns. With a sample of Jasper, visit your local paint store – a good independent one is best to get some decent advice. They will also have local colour consultants who can show you a wider range. Cheers Samantha

    • Jane October 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      Just stumbled across your blog and love it!!! Thank you for all of your insight ???? the paint colour world is a daunting one (especially when it’s a whole house project!) I’m trying to decide on the right grey to dulux acratex our colonial style home exterior and would love to hear your thoughts… We don’t have a front yard fence so as far as colours go it’s just a surfmist colourbond roof and gutters; window arches and sills will be repainted vivid white, and there will be a timber decked porch and timber pillars at the entry. I’ve been looking at Flooded Gum and also liked the look of Milton moon but thought that looked a bit bluey… My main concern is the underlying hues that may come through.. In your experience is flooded gum fairly safe in that regard? Or is there another grey you’d recommend? Thanks so much, Jane (in Perth)

      • Samantha Bacon October 28, 2015 at 12:06 am Reply

        Hi Jane Glad you love the blog – it is daunting painting a house as exterior colour is quite a different proposition to interiors. White goes really well with flooded gum – double check the vivid white though as it will be really bright outside – you may prefer Surfmist? Flooded Gum is a lovely warm grey so if there is any undertone it will read slightly pink but only slightly. I would get samples of vivid white and flooded gum and paint two large boards – as large as possible. View these in sunlight before making your decision and if you are still worried a local colour consultant would set your mind at ease! Good Luck! Samantha

    • Nicole October 26, 2015 at 9:37 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      Your blog is a great read. I love the colours on the picture of the first house on this page. What colours are they?
      I love the brown neutral tones and my rendered house is painted Dulux Light Leather. My gutters and fascia are Dulux Ceylonese with the intention of having our roof painted Ceylonese. However I am having second thoughts as in different lights the Ceylonese looks like Light Leather and there is not enough of a strong contrast between the two. Could you please suggest a roof colour to go with Light Leather. I am prepared to reprint the gutters and fascia a new roof colour. Our windows are white and we have some jarrah timber doors at the front of the house.



      • Samantha Bacon October 28, 2015 at 12:00 am Reply

        Hi Nicole The colours on the house are very close to the ones you are looking at. To get a contrast you must leave a gap of at least two tones between colours and you must view colours outside. Remember that the bulk of the house will cast shadows and a colour will look much darker on one wall than another so unless there is a large gap they will blend into one. I would also recommend a contrast for your roof as it could all end up too brown. It’s difficult to suggest a roof colour without seeing the house so you may need the services of a local colour consultant. Good luck Samantha

    • Marina October 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha, I’ve just noticed your blog on exterior colour schemes…wow, it’s such a difficult decision to make!

      We’re in the process of renovating an existing house and will be rendering the exterior. I bought a few paint pots and tested colours on the front of the house, and we thought Dune would come out as a grey colour (according to the paint pot) but it came out brown instead when we started rendering. We’re not after a brown/creamy render, we prefer a grey look. Difficulty is, having read some of your posts, some greys can have a pink undertone, which we don’t want either.

      We’ve got a monument tiled roof, monument gutters and black windows. The house faces the North, and we are on a steep downward slope, so the front landscaping does hide some of the facade. I’m also not sure how the shadows of the roof or angle of the sunlight etc would affect the render colour.

      Your guidance would be very much appreciated.

      • Samantha Bacon October 27, 2015 at 11:55 pm Reply

        Hi Marina Many of the browns around are considered grey, in fact I tell clients that I have a brown to show them and they say to me – no that’s grey! Problem is we all see colour slightly differently. Clearly what you want is a colour that contains more black. I suggest you visit a paint store as opposed to the big hardware warehouses where you will get some good advice. You need to ask to see their full fan deck or Dulux stores have a large atlas and you will see the difference then between a real grey and brown grey. It’s very difficult to be more specific – you may need a local colour consultant for an hour?

    • Rickie October 31, 2015 at 9:59 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, really love your blog and I’ve learnt so much.

      We’re building a new home and I’m really struggling with choosing exterior colours, and I would really appreciate some help. It’s a double story home and we using Austral black stoned brick with off white pillars
      Roof/Gutters/Fascia – Colourbond monument
      door/windows maybe silver
      Garage Door – similar colour Timberlook slimline
      The top will be rendered using paperbark and the pillars will be basalt or
      Linseed and tea house.

      I’m trying to aim for a neutral look, trying to avoid colors that have to much tinge of green.With the two colour options which combo works best together taking all the other elements into concentration.

      Thanks in advance

      • Samantha Bacon November 10, 2015 at 11:10 pm Reply

        Hi Rickie I’m glad you are enjoying the blog. Building a new home is expensive and you may want to employ a colour consultant to go through the exterior with you. It all sounds good but I’m not sure how the paint colours tie in with the rest of the house. The colours you have chosen are neutral but if you want to avoid a green tinge I would opt for the first combination as both Linseed and Tea House will throw green. Good luck! Samantha

    • Quazi Hassan November 1, 2015 at 3:30 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, We are currently doing a double storied extension of the house. Its a east facing house.

      The house will be fully rendered, the roof will be colorbond and the current timber window will be replaced with an aluminium window.

      The color combination we have selected are: Wallaby for the roof & gutter, Surfmist for the fascia & downpipes, and Dulux Casper white for the rendered wall. Our objective is to provide a cooler appearance.

      Do you think the color setting will give a cooler look?

      Your guidance would be very much appreciated.


      • Samantha Bacon November 10, 2015 at 11:08 pm Reply

        Hi Quazi Dulux Casper is a lovely white for outside – very similar to Surfmist. Just be careful that it isn’t too light. This will give you a very white house, particularly in the morning sun – definitely a cool palette but you may need some contrast somewhere. Paint a large piece of board with Casper White so that you can check that this is what you want. cheers Samantha

    • tim November 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm Reply

      Hi. Our building has a red roof and don’t feel up to the challenge to change it. The current colour scheme has a lot of the traditional colours in it, (brunswick green, indian red etc). I am wishing to get away from that and paint the walls/trim in neutral/lighter colours but can’t decide the best way to do it and still keep red roof. not sure how i can upload a photo of the house for you to see. Love to hear of your adivise

      • Samantha Bacon November 10, 2015 at 11:06 pm Reply

        Hi Tim You will find that you will like your red roof once you get away from the other traditional colours. You can partner this with a neutral stone colour and also paint your gutters and fascia to tie in with the new house colour rather than the roof. Regards Samantha

    • kel November 8, 2015 at 5:12 am Reply

      Hi Samatha I need help please.want to have a charcoal or dark roof thinking domnino and wanting a nice grey as the main house walls which are rendered.I have black windows etc.Then what colour could i do my fence which is also rendered thx

      • Samantha Bacon November 10, 2015 at 11:05 pm Reply

        Hi Kel It is very difficult to suggest an exact colour as there are so many greys and it depends whether you want a blue, green or red based grey and whether you want a light or dark tone. You will need to take into account your garage, windows and trim colours so it sounds like you need some professional advice – there should be good local colour consultants in your area who can probably help you in just one consultation. Good luck Samantha

    • danielle November 9, 2015 at 3:52 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, i have been reading a lot of your advice and services and your expertise and really like your recommendations.
      I am now myself stuck in a bit of a dilemma and really feel like I’m going to burst out crying any minute now!!
      I’m in the middle of major rennos and my first ever, my scheme of the house is French and have made a french facade design. I”ve finally chosen my exterior wall colour to be beige royal in dulux, but my issue now is the garage door, the colour bond range colours are what i can’t decide on, i really want a colour to blend in from the colour bond range but can’t seem to pick one that will match my beige royal walls, as i don’t want the garage to stand out so rather it blend or be less noticeable.

      Would you have any suggestions for me: people recommended surfmist, dune, evening haze, shale grey or paperbark….help help please

      Any suggestions from you would be greatly appreciated as I’m know on the deadline of choosing the colour for the garage by wednesaday.

      Thank you

      • Samantha Bacon November 10, 2015 at 10:59 pm Reply

        Hi Danielle Please don’t cry!! Evening Haze or Paperbark are the closest match to Beige Royal but neither are exactly the same. Evening Haze has a green base and Paperbark has a warmer yellow base so it depends which colour you want to lean towards. Surfmist might be a good option as although it won’t match and may stand out a bit more it is very neutral. It really depends as well on your other trim colours for the house – windows, fascia etc. Perhaps large painted samples on a board next to your wall colour may help you to make a decision. Good luck Samantha

    • Bonnie December 25, 2015 at 6:31 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Need help choosing external colour for a large weatherboard house with colourbond woodland grey roof and fascia, windows are a soft white I don’t know exact colour, I know that the timber surrounds are grand piano maybe quarter strength. house faces west but get full sun in mornings at back as it sits on a hill.
      Dont really have any idea on a colour yet, sometimes I think maybe a neutral colour but also something in a green or blue would also look good. Can you help?

      • Samantha Bacon January 14, 2016 at 11:21 pm Reply

        Hi Bonnie Neutral colours are great for exteriors as you really only want to paint them once every 15 years or so. Why don’t you opt for a green based stone neutral – something like Dulux Linseed would go well with the Grand Piano trim and the woodland grey as it is in the same colour family – but do try it first on a large piece of board and of course it will really will depend on so many other factors. Cheers Samantha

    • Fiona December 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Hi Sam. Merry Xmas. I have enjoyed reading your paint colour suggestions and am wondering if you could help me.. We are in the process of making decisions for our renovations and updating of our roof and render. We were considering updating our roof using Colorbond Ironstone with Timeless grey render and white windows etc We are happy with this selection however we are also contemplating using Colorbond Woodland Grey. What colour paint do you think we could use for our render that might give us a similar feel? We love the contrast between windows and render. Thanks, Fiona

      • Samantha Bacon January 14, 2016 at 11:18 pm Reply

        Hi Fiona you are right – the combination of Ironstone and Timeless grey and white is classic and will look great. Woodland Grey will still work – it really depends on what you do with your gutters and fascias. If they are in woodland grey too you are really bringing that green undertone down into the scheme however if you use a white fascia it breaks up the whole look – hope this makes sense – I really think I would stick with your original scheme – sounds great!

    • Margaret December 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha Can you help me please? I have decided to get the front exterior brick wall of my house rendered. It is an ugly bright orange brick at the moment. We have just had two new white aluminium windows fitted at the front of the house. I have been looking at a lot of colours for the render and have almost decided on Tapestry Beige for the render colour. Can you please recommend a darker colour for the two garage doors on the same wall as the Tapestry Beige render and also a lighter colour for the gutters and the other wooden windows at the side of the house and front door? The colour of the house roof is dark charcoal grey.
      Thank you so much

      • Samantha Bacon January 14, 2016 at 11:14 pm Reply

        Hi Margaret Tapestry Beige is a lovely neutral to go with Charcoal grey and if it was me I would do my gutters in this too and perhaps even for the garage doors and then an off white for the windows and fascia? It sounds like you need some professional advice to pin down the exact colours though and your local Dulux store should be able to assist and show you some darker and lighter tones in the Tapestry Beige family if you don’t like the idea of using more charcoal grey. Good luck! Samantha

    • Annalee January 1, 2016 at 5:45 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      We had to change our garage door and downpipes recently due to some water damage issues. We selected Paperbark to match our existing brick exterior. We have now decided to render the house and we are confused as to what colour to select as we have Woodland grey facia and guttering and the paperbark garage door and downpipes. We don’t want to have to change the garage door if possible as it has just recently been installed. Are you able to recommend any colours? we did like Dulux Mud pack &Time Capsule but not sure if this will clash with the paperbark. Linseed was another thought as it has green undertone as does our woodland grey. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
      Thank you

      • Samantha Bacon January 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm Reply

        HI Annalee you may have already decided on this as I have been taking a holiday! Paperbark and Woodland Grey are both neutral and easy to work with. Linseed is a great exterior colour – perhaps paint a large board with this and put it next to the Paperbark garage door to see what you think?

    • Adele January 3, 2016 at 6:25 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      Love reading your suggestions and want a little help deciding on render and window frame color. I have a west facing double storey house and have chosen Dulux Monument for roof and gutter and was thinking about painting the facias and rendering in wallaby. I have colonial windows and do not want to highlight them. I have bluestone paving and will also have a rendered fence abutting the house. I don’t want the home to look to dark but i also don’t want it to look washed out. Any color suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

      • Samantha Bacon January 14, 2016 at 11:08 pm Reply

        Hi Adele it’s very difficult to suggest a colour without meeting with you and this is where a colour consultant is invaluable. It sounds as though you have a beautiful house with the simple Monument roof and I love bluestone paving – it is my favourite! But there are so many options – perhaps as you like Wallaby for the trims a nice neutral mid grey brown – this would suit the classic look of your house but I really couldn’t say exactly which one. Hopefully this is a start for you!

    • Q January 5, 2016 at 2:40 am Reply

      Samantha, we are about to paint our Federation brick home (unfortunately the brick face was painted by the previous owner – there is good-looking tuck-pointing underneath but alas it will never again see the light of day). The facade is south-facing. I would like it in a light stone grey, with dark grey gutters and fascia, off-white window frames, and a high gloss dark grey door. How does the south-facing orientation affect our choice of paint? Do you have any suggestions for tried and true combinations? We have a brick drive and path so I am keen to avoid the white trims looking yellowed.

      • Samantha Bacon January 14, 2016 at 11:05 pm Reply

        I’m afraid I can’t offer a full colour scheme combination as it really depends on the house, location etc but I would say that a south facing orientation will affect the colour greatly, particularly if you also have shade from trees etc. You can’t get away with as much grey in the colour as you would for a north or west facing aspect as you will not have a lot of direct sun to wash out the grey and reveal the underlying colour and it can look a bit flat. Dulux Stone is a nice neutral grey but it may be too grey so you would need to double check it first and charcoal blue is always a winner as a trim. You could use the same charcoal for the front door of even white like the windows to give the whole place a lift. Your south facing aspect will really impact these decisions though so double check everything on a large piece of board and perhaps call in a local colour expert to help. Hope it goes well! Samantha

        • Q February 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm Reply

          So – you were absolutely right, of course, and I found that once I started painting samples on the front of the house, everything looked much greyer and bluer/cooler than it did on the swatch or on the back of the house.

          I have moved away from grey (for that reason) and into the more greige/beige spectrum. The sequence has gone

          Berger Grey Feather, Dulux Dune, Dulux Limed White
          Dulux Stone, Vanilla Quake, something else (forget what)
          Haymes Solidity, Haymes Refuge, Haymes Minimalist 5
          Dulux Self-Destruct, Wattyl Smooth Horizon
          Wattyl Smooth Horizon half, Dulux Kahlua Milk

          A friend also had a pot of Dulux Linseed – it looked almost identical to Smooth Horizon half.

          The best of those were Self-Destruct (a bit creamier/more yellow than we wanted), Smooth Horizon (beautiful with the bricks but too dark for the whole house given the southerly aspect). Smooth Horizon half I had high hopes for but the half-strength colour just looks a bit washed out overall. I am undecided about Kahlua Milk, having got a sample of it to try and hedge my bets and find a colour “between” Self-Destruct and Smooth Horizon half.

          Any other suggestions? Thinking of Wattyl Thunderbolt fascia and then Magic White or Dulux Natural White for the windowframes.

          • Q February 18, 2016 at 4:37 am Reply

            Actually – on that note I have another question!

            I love the colour of Smooth Horizon. It looks terrific with the bricks and the hue (if that is the right word?) is really lovely. Not grey – a medium stone colour, warm and elegant.

            It has an LRV of 37 – the “darkest” colour we have looked like. Is that, in and of itself, an issue? With the window frames, gables, eaves and lining boards done in a white, could it be that it actually WOULDN’T look too drab? In some ways some of the paler colours look MORE drab because they are less warm/with less “colour” – more greyish.

            Would you advise against using a darker colour like this, generally speaking, or could it actually work?

    • Eric Wu January 11, 2016 at 7:45 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, we are building a new two storey french provincial style home. The designer suggests the exterior render colors are: limed white/beige royal half/buff it half, the roof tile color is charcoal grey. We just wonder whether the colors are too light and we would like to have your advice on the color selection. We would also like to know what are the color combination for photo 13/44 and 40/44 in you website gallery.
      Thank you.
      Eric & Jing

      • Samantha Bacon January 14, 2016 at 10:57 pm Reply

        Hi Eric You are right in thinking that the colours selected will be light – they will appear just off white on the house but this may look really smart which is what your designer had in mind. I suggest you check with the designer about what they think for a colour that is maybe 2-3 tones darker and remember to test the chosen colour on a large piece of board so that you can get a good handle on whether it is dark enough for you. Hope it goes well Samantha

    • kerry January 13, 2016 at 9:31 am Reply

      hi samantha

      i desperatley need advise with colour scheme please …….

      WE ARE cladding the home BUT having a huge dilemma with choosing the correct colour clad to match as our home has a flat roof so u can only see the roof from a distance however you can see the dune above the surf mist
      PLEASE HELP !!!
      the colour HEATHER which is a medium browny colour is one we have our eye on as the house is already a browny colour please help

      • Samantha Bacon January 14, 2016 at 10:55 pm Reply

        Hi Kerry you sound as though you are on the right track. Dune is a lovely warm grey and goes very well with browns and the surfmist will add a nice crisp trim to give it all a lift. Just remember that colours look brighter and lighter on a large expanse and you should double check the colour before committing by painting a large piece of board with two coats and moving it around the house in different lights to check you like it. Good luck Samantha

        • Eric Wu January 20, 2016 at 9:54 am Reply

          Hi Samantha,

          Thank you for your advise. We would also like to know what are the exterior color scheme of the photo 13/44 and 40/44 in you website gallery? what would the colors be when you say 2-3 tones darker than limed white/buff it half/beige royal half?

          Really appreciate your advice!

          Eric & Jing

    • Kate February 5, 2016 at 11:59 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha, I need your help! Am about to start painting my 80s brick house. I decided on Colorbond Shale Grey for the roof, with Surfmist gutters and fascias and verandah posts, window trims and front window shutters in Lexicon quarter strength and the house bricks in Linseed. To give the house a bit of a contrast I was thinking of painting the front door in Domino. My painter is concerned that it will all look bland and the same! What do you think? It is a large house and I live in the country, so was going towards cooler colours. The interior of my house is all antique white USA. Any help or advice would be so appreciated.

      • Samantha Bacon February 14, 2016 at 4:11 am Reply

        Hi Kate Firstly Lexicon Quarter is a very bright white outside – have you tried it? This is bright inside so outside your posts and window trims will really stand out and they will certainly create a contrast to Linseed. Linseed although a lovely stone neutral will get washed out too though and if your house is large you may be better off with a slightly darker version of it. The front door in Domino will look great but make sure that it is in shadow as dark colours make a front door warp in direct sunlight so if it is facing north or west and gets a lot of sun this will void your warranty on the door. I would definitely double check the colours outside if you haven’t already. Hope it goes well Samantha

    • Amy February 6, 2016 at 2:07 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Before My husband and I get a divorce, we desperately need some advice.

      Roof – Woodland Grey
      Timber Front Door
      Sandstone Paving

      I love the colours of the house on this blog, but struggling to find the right combinations.
      Also We are putting new windows in, is there a certain guide we should follow, … as in same colour as the house or a lighter colour?
      Any suggestions would be appreciated

      • Samantha Bacon February 14, 2016 at 4:07 am Reply

        Hi Amy – please don’t get a divorce!! Firstly, what you have chosen so far goes together well and are all classic colours. Window colour depends on whether you want them to stand out or not – are they powdercoated? In which case unless you are getting very expensive ones then what you have outside is the colour you have to work with inside too. Dark windows can look very sophisticated and blend in better with the wall colour but then you have this for inside to. The neutral on this house is Dulux Shipwreck which is a classic warm neutral that will work very well with timber and sandstone but try it out first and remember that any other areas to paint should have a large tonal gap to make a difference. Good luck Samantha

    • Keena Lane February 9, 2016 at 10:16 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      I have been reading all your advice to everyone and wondered if you could help me. I am currently building a new house. The roof and guttering is colourbond basalt and the fascia is surfmist. The bricks are recycled red with a tiny bit of dark patches on the brick. There is some timber cladding at the front of the house around a bay window and in 2 roof cavities around dormas. I have no idea what color to paint the cladding. Can you please suggest some colors. Someone suggested quarry stone by haymes. Thanks

      • Samantha Bacon February 14, 2016 at 4:02 am Reply

        Hi Keena I think it really depends on your window colour – are they surfmist too? If so an off white would work but it really depends on how much you want the timber cladding to stand out. Do you want a fresh look or more muted? You could just use more of the Basalt in the scheme to bring out the dark patches in the brick if you want that effect of course but it will also depend on your front door too? Depending on your window colour, I would probably tie it in with those………

    • Rosemarie February 10, 2016 at 5:52 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      First of all I find your blogs insightful and educational.
      We are building a new single storey home with a north facing rear. We have opted for colorbond gully as our roof color and silver window frames. We have been looking at colors to achieve warm and cosy exterior look but are unable to settle on a final look and to tie everything together. I guess sleepless nights with two young children is taking a toll on us. Here is what we have decided on so far:
      Face Brick: Brikmakers preville(2 Course)
      Roof: Colorbond Gully
      Window Frames: silver
      Gutters and Fascias:
      Garage Door:
      Main Render Color: Taubmans Abstract
      Contrast Render Color: Taubmans Cookie Jar
      Entry Door Color:
      Any suggestion is welcome. Thank you.

      • Samantha Bacon February 14, 2016 at 3:59 am Reply

        Hi Rosemarie I know what those sleepless nights are like! It’s difficult for me to say exactly what you should do but if your windows are silver, you could use Shale Grey for your fascia and if your roof is Gully you could do the gutters in this colour and this makes them disappear into the roof. I’m not familiar with your brick but perhaps a contrast for your garage and front door or even timber? Hope this helps! Samantha

    • Jodie February 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha
      A great site filled with lots of useful advice! You mention above that Colorbond Dune ca throw off a pinkish tinge. We currently have a Dune garage door and want to match some cladding to it. I’m worried it I just go for a paint match, that it may contain the same pinkish tinge. Any recommendations on a Dulux colour close to Dune?

      • Samantha Bacon February 14, 2016 at 3:53 am Reply

        Hi Jodie I’m glad you have found my site useful. You certainly won’t end up with a pink house using Dune, it’s just that it is a really warm grey and is actually a lovely colour for an exterior but it just may in certain lights, read a little pink. The underlying colour doesn’t come out so much when you go a bit darker so you could look at Dulux Mud Pack or Bogart for a similar colour that is in the same family group – it doesn’t hurt to have a little bit of difference to your garage door anyway but do double check the colour first on a large piece of board to ensure you like it! Good luck Samantha

    • Caroline March 6, 2016 at 9:22 am Reply

      Hi Samantha.
      Hopefully you can help me as I’m hopeless at choosing colours.
      We live on an orchard and have recently extended the house as we have 4 young children. We tried to keep the cottage look with weatherboards. The roof is Jasper and window and doors are cedar wood stained medium oak colour.
      I’m unsure of painting the balustrade and weatherboards too light in colour due to too many little dirty fingers etc.
      Can you help me please.

      Kind regards

      • Samantha Bacon March 31, 2016 at 11:48 pm Reply

        Hi Caroline How lovely to live on an orchard! A light colour will certainly give the house a real lift and will ensure you keep the cottage look. A point to remember for balustrades is that you look through dark colours and look at light colours but the cottage look does cry out for an off white and perhaps go a couple of tones darker for the boards. Remember that colours always look so much lighter outside so you can probably afford to choose something a bit darker but still maintain the light cottage feel. Regards Samantha

    • Lauren March 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Great article and great advice. We are looking at the following colours for our home and would love to get your opinion and recommendations.
      – roof, gutters and garage door: Colorbond surfmist
      – main render: Dulux doe
      – feature render: Duluxe Ploughed Earth
      – window frames: silver luste
      – facia & front door: colorbond dune

      Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      • Samantha Bacon March 31, 2016 at 11:45 pm Reply

        Hi Lauren This is looking great but I think the only thing I might change is the front door as I am not sure I would bring any more Dune into this. The door has to be light if it is in the sun as a darker colour will make it warp and void your warranty but I think a nice fresh Surfmist door would look great against these darker colours – it really depends though on the look that you want. Hope you are happy with the end result Samantha

    • Jordan Andrews March 27, 2016 at 10:04 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      Can you please help us? We are currently building and close to getting the front rendering done. We’ve just got the colobond steel roof on and went with Dune for the roof and garage. I am not entirely satisfied with Dune as I did not realise it actually has a creamy beige pink tone to it rather than grey. We are now very worried because we chose Woodland Grey to go on the front feature wall and Army Issue for our main colour. On the colobond website Army Issue was a complimentary colour to Dune but we wanted a dark feature colour so just chose Woodland Grey. After reading some of the comments I realise that this is probably not going to look very good. Are you please able to suggest a dark feature colour that will compliment the Dune and Army Issue with the aim of having a neutral undertone rather that a pinky/brown or green? Arrrrrrggggh colours are so hard to tie altogether.

      • Samantha Bacon March 31, 2016 at 11:42 pm Reply

        Hi Jordan Thanks for your note. Army Issue has a green undertone but is fairly neutral and is a good render colour. If you want to keep things more neutral for the feature colour you could try something like Dulux Mt Eden. This is a really dark colour but is neutral – do check it out though with a large sample next to your other colours to ensure you like it but it will certainly take out the green. Hope it works for you Samantha

    • Tanya March 28, 2016 at 10:59 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      I have a huge dilemma in relation to where to start with colour schemes. It has become all too much. We are starting a house renovation & my dilemma is that we have cream (primrose) fencing,guttering & gates. We are not replacing the gates & fencing as they are unfortunately, virtually new. We are however, changing our roof, gutters & downpipes but I am totally confused with coulour schemes. We will also be rendering our house & will need to choose a colour for that as well. I really need your help searching for something that will match with the primrose fencing & gates. I realise that this colour is old fashioned but I have no choice but to work with it. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

      Please help!

      Tanya 🙁

      • Samantha Bacon March 31, 2016 at 11:39 pm Reply

        Hi Tanya Don’t worry about the Primrose colour – lots of people have to work with this. You can either select a smart neutral stone colour like Dulux Linseed and partner the primrose with these modern tones or go to the warmer grey browns like Colorbond Wallaby. It is difficult to look at the whole scheme for you but hopefully this is a starting point for you. Regards Samantha

    • Verity March 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm Reply

      Hello Samantha
      I’ve just come across your site and blog last night – I’ve spent hours reading it already!
      I need your help choosing a render and roof colour for our reno please. I’ve jumped the gun a bit in a desperate bid to get rid of the Federation green gutters, downpipes, patio and pool fencing that we bought the house with and painted it in Taubmans soft metallic. I feel this is now limiting my options. We live in Perth and our house faces West so gets strong afternoon sun at the front of the house. Our house is also on the down side of the road so the roof is prominent. I’m looking for a classic coastal look and was initially considering Pebble Bay for the render? I don’t want anything too beige, or 100% grey either but prefer a grey undertone – hope this makes sense! As we’ve now painted with the Soft Metallic, would this make a suitable roof colour aswell or could you please suggest an alternative roof colour? Finally we will be painting the fences and looking at Woodland Grey, Monument and Wallaby… Which do you feel ties in best with the other colours?
      I feel I am normally comfortable making these kinds if decisions but this Soft Metallic has really thrown me!
      Thank you in advance!

      • Samantha Bacon March 31, 2016 at 11:36 pm Reply

        Hi Verity I’m glad you have enjoyed reading the blog. Taubmans soft metallic is a gret colour and will certainly work with Pebble Bay – as you face West though it will get really washed out so you may be better going with Buff Tone which is a bit deeper. Try them both out to see which one looks the best. Wallaby ties in well with these colours but I think you may need some specialist advice re the roof as this is difficult to judge without seeing it. I hope this helps. Cheers Samantha

    • Sarah March 31, 2016 at 1:28 am Reply

      Hi Samantha. I feel very fortunate to have found your blog site and I’m hoping you can help us with a decision on our window colours. We live in South of Perth in bush area near the beach and have a large two storied house with a common area in the middle and two units at the back which is all under the one roof. From an aerial view it looks like a large capital L. We are renovating soon and removing the tin exterior (in eucolypt). The colour of the house will be hogsbristle (the rendered areas are half hogsbristle as it comes out darker on the render). We are going to be replacing all of the windows which are currently eucolypt. I would really like the windows (aluminium) to be a white for the interior. Would this look ok from the exterior as we have a Surfmist roof (which can’t be changed), woodland grey for the facias and we will be painting all of the supporting beams woodland grey (there are alot of those as we have an undercover veranda going around the property), hogsbristle for the main house colour and then white aluminium windows? Or would it be better to make the windows woodland grey as well? I really wanted to get away from coloured windows so that it is more flexible inside. I hope this garbled message makes sense? Thanks heaps Samantha. Kind regards, Sarah 🙂

      • Samantha Bacon March 31, 2016 at 11:29 pm Reply

        Hi Sarah thanks for your message. Windows are always an issue as you quite often need a different look for inside and outside. These are available but at a price. Woodland Grey is a very smart colour for windows but makes a statement inside and also outside will really highlight each window. I would expect that as you have Surfmist for the roof and gutters you could have this for the windows too but it is quite grey next to Hog Bristle which is a creamy colour. I would recommend that you paint a large piece of card with the wall colour and then take it to the window supplier and hold it up against the various frame colours to see what you prefer – don’t just rely on a small paint chip. White Birch goes well with the Hog Bristle range, but being quite creamy is a little outdated. However with all powdercoat colours, they will date to some extent so you just have to select the one that complements your chosen wall colour. Good luck! Samantha

        • Sarah April 1, 2016 at 1:45 am Reply

          Thank you so much for your advice Samantha. I really really appreciate it. Kind regards Sarah

    • Jacquie March 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha, I have just discovered your blog and find it very informative. We are in a dilemma as to exterior colours for our 80’s rendered house on the Gold Coast. The house is north facing to water with wide gables front and back, at the front door entrance there is a very high cedar colour timber covered pergola to the front door which is also cedar. the tiles are the original brown/grey colour which are not being painted, the guttering is Dulux Surf Mist. We desperately need your advise as to colour combination as the painters are starting to prep the fascia’s today!!!! not much time to decide!! We have thought of Natural White for walls, Basalt (has it blue undertones?) Stepney, Woodland Grey (maybe too dark against the Surfmist gutters and walls of house! Windspray, Malay Grey or Lindseed, Dune is a bit too light I think! If you have any other suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. We also need a suitable feature wall colour for the two side feature walls and retaining wall to the water which all face north, it is a lot to take in and very confusing and try for everything to tone in together, Thank you for any suggestions you can give

      • Samantha Bacon March 31, 2016 at 11:23 pm Reply

        Hi Jacquie great to hear from you and I am glad you have found the blog informative. I think from reading your question that you really need to consider the look that you want for the house as you are currently considering tones from one end of the spectrum to the other – ie Natural White is lighter than Surfmist and will give you a really fresh crisp white render whereas Woodland Grey and even Basalt are much darker tones and will give a completely different feel. So firstly, think about the look you prefer to help you narrow down the colour. A light tone like white will make the house appear larger but will look very smart with the cedar and will highlight this. A darker colour will blend into the cedar and will make this disappear to a certain extent so you need to consider whether you want to highlight or hide this feature. Windspray is not a great render colour as it is sometimes blue and sometimes green and really lends itself to metal – for example it is a great roof colour – but doesn’t translate, I believe to rendered walls. You could use a dark grey like Woodland Grey for your feature wall and retaining wall and then have a light render. Your fascias could be the same as the gutter which keeps things simple – anything else will really stand out and you also need to think about your window colour. A lot to think about I know so perhaps a local colour expert could help you but at the least you should really think about a light house as opposed to a dark one before you even consider the colour! Hope this helps – good luck Samantha

    • Philippa April 2, 2016 at 12:55 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I’m currently painting our 1950s weatherboard house. I’ve chosen a resene paint called Rakaia ( a lovely light warm grey) and I’m doing the front door and chimney stack in resene nocturnal ( very dark grey) around the windows and facia/ eaves is resene Alabaster White.
      When we get around to it I will also be painting our roof a dark grey as well. What I’m confused about is whether I should leave the baseboards ( 2 of them with a board acting as a lip dividing the weatherboard from the base boards) the same colour as the house or paint them in the nocturnal grey.
      I guess I’m worried about the house looking like a licorice. But was told years ago that the base boards are generally in a darker colour. I would greatly appreciate your advice on this.
      Thank you.

      • Samantha Bacon April 4, 2016 at 1:48 am Reply

        Hi Philippa I love Resene Rakaia and think this will look great on your weatherboards and with the base boards there are a couple of options. You don’t necessarily have to paint them darker. This effect does give a nice grounding to the house and also ensures that where dirt may splash up, there is a practical colour and finish however it does create a banding effect on the house which some people really like and others don’t. I think that if you are concerned about this then rather than looking at painting the base boards in the dark grey you could select a colour like Rakaia but just a couple of tones darker so that you achieve an effect that is somewhere in the middle. Good luck! Samantha

    • Lynlee Howes April 5, 2016 at 4:53 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, I need your advice! We have just updated our roof to Colorbond in Woodland Grey. The gutters will be Surfmist. I’m unsure what colour to paint the render. At the moment it is mustard yellow! Yuk….what were the previous owners thinking haha. I was thinking Beige Royal or Dune but a little worried about too much grey. I want warmth and a country feel. Our home is in a rural, bushy area with lots of trees. What do you think?

      • Samantha Bacon April 12, 2016 at 12:07 am Reply

        Hi Lynlee Mustard Yellow was popular at one time – but I agree, not now! Beige Royal will look like off white outside but it is a nice colour and certainly not too grey. I would look for a colour with more depth and more warmth. You also need to consider your window colour – if this is Surfmist too you need to decide whether you want a contrast or a similar tone. Hope you enjoy painting over the mustard yellow! Samantha

    • Susan April 10, 2016 at 11:03 am Reply

      Hi,you are very busy and it is very interesting reading through your comments. I would appreciate your help with the exterior colour scheme for our weatherboard house. It has a surfmist colour bond roof . We are considering shale grey walls. Deep ocean front door. The tiles for the front porch are making it extra tricky. brown tiles tend to look orange but I don’t know if a grey tile will be too much grey. Thanks susan

    • Sheeba Thomas April 10, 2016 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      I came across your site recently. Great site with a lot of information & advice. We are building a new home which has a flat roof. We chose paperbark for our windows, gutter etc ?The render colour is 150 % Dulux Self destruct & 2 columns rendered with Dulux Stonecrop. I’m a bit disappointed. There’s no contrast between these 2 colours. I’m not sure what colour garage door goes with this ? The house is on a wide block & north facing rear.

      Can you please help me.

      Thanks in advance.

      • Samantha Bacon April 12, 2016 at 12:01 am Reply

        Hi Sheeba I’m glad you have enjoyed going through my blog. I often hear about people being disappointed with external colours for the same reason – no contrast. When you view the colours inside or even just next to each other outside in a sample you can see quite a difference but once you put it on to a house exterior with all the bulk and shadows that are involved they often look exactly the same, particularly on a sunny north facing elevation so you really need to leave a large gap. I often hear about people asking for 150% or 200% of colours and this can be misleading as it turns out like the next colour in the tonal chart that Dulux produces and it is far preferable to look at their full range of colours rather than try to adapt the ones they have. If you do this and leave a gap of at least two colours in between you will have a good enough contrast for exteriors. If you want to rectify this I would suggest getting the 2 columns re-painted in Dulux Charlie Horse which is one tone darker than Stonecrop or even try Dulux Jarrah. To bring in more contrast you could paint the front door and garage door a contrasting colour – Charcoal Blue looks great with this range. I hope this helps! Samantha

    • sk April 13, 2016 at 11:13 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I need your help to select good combination of colour selection.

      We are building a new single storey home. We have opted for colorbond Basalt as our roof/gutter color and colorbind dune as our facia/ window frames.
      Here is what we have decided on so far:
      Face Brick: Blackbutt (Austral)
      Mortar: Off white
      Roof: Colorbond Basalt
      Window Frames: Dune Matt ( Bradnams)
      Gutters: Basalt
      Garage Door:Caoba( Dynamic Garage Door)
      Main Internal Color: Taubmans June Fog
      Entry Door Color:Caoba stain finish

      WE are confuse with dune colour for window frame as dune. our second option for window frame is Surfmist …Which colour most suite with above combination & give us better internal & external impression of our new home???

      Any suggestion is welcome. Thank you.

      • Samantha Bacon April 18, 2016 at 12:35 am Reply

        Surfmist windows will give you a crisper finish and can be easier to work with inside – for example Surfmist goes better than Dune with Taubmans June Fog. However Dune will look great outside too – it depends whether you want a crisper, lighter window and fascia or a more muted one. Consider the inside too and this may help you to come to a decision!

        • sk April 20, 2016 at 10:32 am Reply

          Hi Samantha,

          I really appreciated your great help to clear our confusion. Finally,As per your explanation we have decided to go for Surfmist window frame. Considering Colorbond Basalt roof & gutter, Surfmist Fascia & Window frame , Caoba garage door & Caoba Stain finish wooden Entrydoor, which colour of render look better?? Pl. help me . Once again,thanks for your suggestion.

          • sk May 9, 2016 at 10:50 am Reply

            Hi Samantha,
            I am SK here again and request you to please suggest me render colour to match with my previous selection. Thanks for your great help on my previous selection.Awating for your reply., Regards, SK

    • Kristy Smith May 2, 2016 at 6:38 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, I am a complete novice at choosing paint colours and have been in my coastal perth home for 3 yrs now. We have a single story home, surfmist roof, gutters, garage door, window frames and downpipes. I am hoping to do stone on our portico. We have used limestone pavers for the driveway and have a small rendered wall out front which has no colour either! I am going cross-eyed looking at paint colours online. Our front door is monument. I would appreciate any suggestions for a render colour for the house and also the small front wall. We have used lots of greys and browns internally. I hope you have some suggestions for me . Thanks in advance.

      • Samantha Bacon May 9, 2016 at 11:58 pm Reply

        Hi Kristy it is so difficult to just recommend a colour for you. I would suggest that being a coastal home with lots of white you should keep the house light and airy but you will need some depth to the render, particularly to balance the Monument front door. As you have limestone, consider a warm grey that will work with this. Use these pavers as a starting point to narrow down the choices and I would imagine that a mid tone grey brown would work. Hope this helps! Samantha

    • Sally May 3, 2016 at 3:21 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      I have a north-facing 1960’s rendered home, painted in a palette of poo and vomit shades of brown. I am trying to upgrade. The windows are white, and I have chosen monument colourbond gutters, with similar coloured fascia boards. Under the eaves I am painting white, and I am about to go with flooded gum for the rendered external walls. It is just so much money to spend – would be very grateful for your input as to whether these colour schemes work well on rendered walls.



      • Samantha Bacon May 9, 2016 at 11:55 pm Reply

        Hi Kobi Whites and greys certainly go well with Dulux Flooded Gum however I would double check that the strength is correct as on a north facing house this may appear too washed out – it really depends on the overall look that you are after and the white that you are using for your windows as there are some that are really bright and others more muted and grey. Paint a very large piece of board with 2 coats of Dulux Flooded Gum and place this at the front of your house – consider the colour in all lights before taking the plunge as you may need to go a shade darker. Hope it works out well Samantha

    • Rick May 4, 2016 at 1:34 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      Could you please help me, i have just rendered the upstairs in Paperbark, we have primrose windows, and primrose window frames. i was wondering what you’d suggest to do the window frames, fascias and gutters?? (Our roof is a charcoal color)

      • Samantha Bacon May 4, 2016 at 3:29 am Reply

        Hi Rick If you are painting the window frames you could go for a white and something like Hog Bristle which goes well with Paperbark would work and you could use this for your fascia but keep your gutters in Charcoal so that they disappear. It really depends on whether you want to highlight the windows or not. If you want to bring more of the roof colour into the scheme then you would paint the gutters and fascia the same – you could also have dark windows….endless possibilities – just don’t bring in too many colours. Hope this helps Samantha

    • Sally B May 9, 2016 at 3:47 am Reply

      Hi, any suggestions on how to modernise a 1990s house: primrose windows, primrose coloured garage doors x 3, primrose aluminium tubular fencing along front of house between brick columns, terracotta coloured roof and guttering, primrose colour under the guttering, light sandy coloured double storey brick house. Terracotta painted driveway and path to front door. Wanted to bring in greys and a black front door but don’t know how to work it all with the horrid primrose windows and without rendering the whole house. Thanks in advance.

      • Samantha Bacon May 9, 2016 at 11:52 pm Reply

        Hi Sally Oh you really do have a challenge! I have seen many renovations that are successful with Primrose windows as these can be minimised but I would say that to update the look you must change the garage doors and probably the tubular fencing. Garage doors can be painted although of course the finish is never as durable as the original powdercoat. Perhaps start with the garage doors – 3 of them will make quite a difference. It really depends on the overall look of the brick but if you like the idea of greys then perhaps a smart charcoal blue with the sandy colour may work – you will need to test this on a large piece of card to see what you think of this next to the brick. Do this too with the fencing as you look through dark colours and you look at light ones so this will really knock out the primrose. Use this for your front door too or perhaps replace it with a timber door? These are only suggestions which you will really need to consider and if you are thinking of rendering then I think you should employ a colour specialist – the cost is really worth it! Good luck Samantha

    • Anna May 9, 2016 at 6:35 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I was wondering if you could provide me with your advice about the colour of my colourbond roof? I am painting my house (external) Dulux Linseed with Woodland Grey (with Slate Grey base) and China White for features (doors, fascia etc). The front part of my house is very old with purple Welsh slate (with some green moss) and the back part of the house is currently being built as a modern addition. I am trying to decide on the roof colour for the new section and was thinking of going with Windspray but I don’t know whether it has the correct undertone to match the walls etc. I also wanted to try and keep the rood light in colour to reduce heat in the second story.
      Anna Craven

      • Samantha Bacon May 9, 2016 at 11:46 pm Reply

        Hi Anna The slate on your roof sounds beautiful and I think it would be best to try to match this unless you want to make a point of it being quite a separate part of the house. Colorbond Windspray is a cross between blue and green but really on a roof it can just look like silver – depending on the pitch. It isn’t until you see the guttering or fascia of the colorbond that you can really see the underlying colour so you have to think about how this silver will look with the slate and it will also depend on what you are using for your guttering and fascia too. The colour choice really does depend on how much of the roof you will see – will you see it with the original roof and are you matching the guttering etc? Hope this helps! Regards Samantha

    • Tina May 16, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      Ive appreciated reading your feedback with others, could you please assist? We are building at present and colour choices as follows:

      Roof: Surfmist
      Facia & windows: Ironstone
      cladding: Windspray
      Bag & painted brick: undecided, looking at Calf Skin by Dulux or Heifer, or heifer double strength by Dulux, or white pepper by Wattyl

      We want something with a touch of warmth (looked at Augustus by Taubmans but it may be too warm), we dont want a cold feel to the house but to still match the surfmist etc..

      Open to any suggestions especially regarding bag & brick colour and facia & windows colour.

      • Samantha Bacon May 18, 2016 at 2:25 am Reply

        Hi Tina it sounds like a nice scheme so far but it is hard to say for definite without seeing it and the proportions etc. I would just say that the bagged area would look good in a darker colour to ground the house – perhaps try a neutral with more green to tie in with the Windspray. I’m not keen on Windspray with the warm neutrals. Good luck Samantha

    • Berny May 17, 2016 at 11:42 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I am in the process of building…and we soon will be rendering our house. I wanted to know your opinion of the colour Dulux Beige Royal to paint the exterior.
      I’ve been told to go double strength (200%) for the exterior die to the sun hitting it….I have bought a sample pot of 150% and also 200% but I am finding it gets too dark when there is no sun hitting it. and i am not liking it so dark
      Do U think it will be okay if I just stick to full strength 100% for the exterior? Or will it look wishy washy?
      Also….Are the colours ‘Limed White’ & ‘Vanilla Quake’ (in 200%) good for exterior colours??

      Thank you 🙂

      • Samantha Bacon May 18, 2016 at 2:21 am Reply

        Hi Berny It really depends on the look that you want for your house and the other aspects, ie roof, windows, garage etc. At the end of the day if you don’t like the darker strength then you should stick with the 100%. This should just give you an off white house and it sounds like this is what you want to achieve. Remember that when it is on the whole house it will look light and a lighter colour makes the house look larger. Limed White has a slight pink undertone and Vanilla Quake although quite grey I think throws lavender and in 200% would be the same strength as Beige Royal 200%. I love Beige Royal as a neutral – very neutral which is good – you just need to be sure that you will be happy with a light house. good luck Samantha

    • Karen May 21, 2016 at 9:21 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, Wow, great advice and terrific help you are offering people, and I hope you can help me. We are helping our son, update his home that he has just bought…it was built in the 90’s and is very nana looking! It has a manor red roof, red brick and cream aluminium Windows…the Tubular fence is a green as is the colourbond fencing….We painted some bricks in the front Jasper, but I think it is way too dark…We are happy to paint everything! He would like a modern look…Would Dune on the brick and black on the Windows be too much? Thank you so much for any advice!

      • Samantha Bacon May 23, 2016 at 7:23 am Reply

        Hi Karen your son is very lucky to have you helping him! Dune and black look really smart together – just consider the overall look that you want to achieve – are the windows timber with architraves? If so this will look better than painting the aluminium black. Also consider the trim and front door – these could look good in black too or you could opt for a paint match to Colorbond Monument which is just a touch softer than jet black. Dune is certainly a nice warm neutral for the bricks. Good luck!

    • Natalie June 25, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Great blog and site! I have been interested to read your comments assisting readers with colour choices and was hoping you may be able to help me if you are able to please. We have a south facing c-1930 Californian bungalow weatherboard home, set away from the road amongst greenery. It is currently painted in 2 shades of green; light main colour on the boards & shingles, and bottle/dark around windows, fascia and on baseboards (?) skirting the stumps. There is cream trim on the inner windows and pillars. There is merbau decking front and back and ‘rustic’ red brick on the front porch and exposed chimney. We have a new zinc roof and guttering. The colour scheme is quite outdated as you would be aware! I really like the greys/American style with white windows but I’m torn between that and a brown based creamy neutral that seems a bit more timeless? I initially thought I liked colorbond dune but after recently sampling and subsequently reading your replies to readers definitely see the pink! I am also stumped for whites! I thought maybe whisper white but I imagine this would be quite stark based on your above advice! I guess my question is: is there 3 colours in a grey/white theme you would recommend that would work together and/or 3 in a creamy/brown neutral?
      I don’t particularly like the dark around the windows, esp. the large bay window but feel that the house lends itself to 3 colours to break it up enough? Would you agree? Ha ha I hope I am making some sense.
      Grateful for any help you may be able to provide,

      • Samantha Bacon June 27, 2016 at 12:57 am Reply

        Hi Natalie
        Thanks for your note. I feel that either the greys or the warm neutrals will give you a classic scheme and as you have a zinc roof and gutter you would probably be better to go the American grey/white look and it seems to me that this is really where your heart is. You’re right about not using a white that is too stark. Dulux Grave Couloir Double from their New Zealand range is a great white to use outside as it has a lot of grey. My clients are always amazed that this colour looks white outside. Then you need to decide whether you like the cool or warm greys. I would suggest the off white for your trim and possibly the front door, darkest tone on the base (skirting, stumps etc) and then a mid tone grey for the walls. It’s difficult to suggest an exact grey without seeing the house but hopefully this points you in the right direction. Good luck – I love Californian bungalows and am sure it will look delightful when painted and you are rid of the bottle green! Samantha

    • Judith cunniffe July 3, 2016 at 11:15 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      How refreshing to find your site.

      I am at my wits end trying to chose the right shade for our extension.

      We live in Perth and have a lovely simple white picket fence.

      Our house has just been texture coated using solver antique white which gives a very elegant soft creamy colour (not a yellow).

      The gutters are surf mist and the roof is river gum colour bond ( a lovely sage green).

      All the posts and verandah and windows are white.

      We have built a studio in the back yard with russet red brick with cream mortar and a very larg sectional door that is antique white.

      The interior of the studio has a very high cathedral ceiling with a loft. The timbers in the ceiling are bartu rafters with Cyprus pine gluelam. The are two steel beams to support the whole structure and are exposed. There is going to be a steel staircase going up to the loft. (We think these will be matt black.

      All the sash Windows and doors are deluxe vivid white.

      I need a colour to bring all of this together and was hoping you might suggest which way to go. I was going to use the solver antique white but I think it is not warm enough, but I am not fond of yellow.

      Hope you can put me out of my misery. Thank you for such a great website.

      Look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards Judith.

      • Samantha Bacon July 4, 2016 at 12:10 am Reply

        Hi Judith your house sounds lovely and I am very envious of the studio – just what I need for my business! Quite a few of my clients recently have liked Dulux White Cloak Half strength – it also comes in a full strength which is a bit darker and richer so it really depends on the amount of light. It goes very well with Vivid White and although in the warm section of their whites it does not throw yellow. It does contain a touch of grey which makes it more contemporary. It’s very difficult to advise an exact colour without being on site but you might like to look at this on the Dulux colour card and perhaps if it appeals, buy a sample pot to test. I like the idea of the steel staircase in matt black Good luck Samantha

    • Laura July 6, 2016 at 10:22 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, I love your blog- thank you so much. It has been a great resource as we are building our new home. I’m just wondering if I could trouble you for some advice as I’m really stumped on exterior colours! We have a modern 2 storey home with a wind spray roof/fascia. We are using some scyon axon cladding in monument on the upper level and possibly the garage door. We are struggling to work out another complimentary colour to use with winds pray and monument. We are picturing something light as we live in Noosa and would like a fresh, coastal look, we would so value any advice you could offer. Thanks so much, Laura

      • Samantha Bacon July 6, 2016 at 11:58 pm Reply

        Hi Laura I’m glad you like the blog. Axon cladding in Monument will look great and will be very striking so I think the secondary colour on the house needs to be light and airy and take a background position. If you want a fresh coastal look, why don’t you consider using a white. Something like Dulux Grave Couloir Double is a very grey white that will cope with the bright Queensland sun so you could try a sample pot of that. Otherwise you could bring some of the Windspray into the scheme which is a blue/green/grey. Dulux Gamelan is a lighter version and you could give that a try. It’s difficult without seeing the house but these are a couple of options to explore further. Good luck! I have another blog now – for lots of decorating tips and if you sign up to my newsletter there is a free e-book on the 5 steps to Great Street Appeal which you may find interesting! Hope it goes well, Samantha

    • Jenny July 8, 2016 at 4:05 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Just after your opinion on colours I’ve selected for my new home.
      Roof – Charcoal Tiles
      Gutter – Moniment
      Bricks – Austral Praline
      Render 1 – Russian Toffee
      Render 2 – Shipwreck (across a balcony)
      Windows – Timber to front and rear in Dark Oak Stain
      Windows – Surfmist to remainkng aluminium
      Fascia, downpipes – Evening Haze


      • Samantha Bacon July 11, 2016 at 12:34 am Reply

        Hi Jenny I’m not familiar with Austral Praline however I know that the other colours you have mentioned all work really well together and there is enough tonal difference between your two render colours. If you are uncertain, get two large samples of the Dulux colours and view them next to a wall of bricks at your local Austral display centre – however, I think it all looks pretty good! Enjoy your new home Samantha

        • Jenny March 9, 2017 at 9:32 am Reply

          Hi Michelle,
          I got some advice from you previously re exterior colours and our house has had its render done – Russian Toffee & Shipwreck. We really don’t like the Shipwreck as it comes across quite yellow at times and really green/briwn at others. A bit confused as to what to do with it/replace it with. Any ideas? I was thinking something a bit lighter but maybe with some grey undertone but no idea which colour. We have dark oak stained timber windows to the facade where bith renders are, brick is Austral Praline light/neutral and are coastal. Thanks in advance.

    • nicky July 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha
      you have some great tips!
      we want to pint out house mostly white with white trim and dark grey shutters. I would like really dark like monument but husband prefers basalt. Is there something in between that is still a true grey rather than blue/brown/green tones? We are using half lexicon for windows and trim and half snow season for the main walls

      • Samantha Bacon July 11, 2016 at 12:36 am Reply

        Hi Nicky You could try Dulux Mt Eden. This is a nice neutral grey that is a bit lighter than Monument. Paint a large sample board to act as a shutter to see what you think. Hope it is a good compromise for you! Samantha

    • Lorraine July 11, 2016 at 8:03 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, thanks for your blog, lots of helpful advice. Hoping you can help with exterior colours. My house is about 14 years old, in a slight heritage style, bay windows, sandstock brick. The roof is a dark grey, gutter is heritage green, windows, garage door, facia in primrose yellow. I would like to change the look to grey and my painter has suggested the following:-
      Gutter – Monument
      Facia, Garage door, downpipes – Evening Haze
      Eaves – Half strength Surfmist

      I really like these colours but I am concerned because at the back of the house there is a lot of primrose yellow, lots of windows, sliding door, window grills and painted sections between windows. I’m not sure how these colours will work with the primrose yellow. I have thought about trying to work with the primrose by choosing Woodland Grey from the Colorbond classic range for the gutter and keeping the primrose yellow elsewhere. What would go with tge primrose?

      Would appreciate any ideas. Thank you.

      • Samantha Bacon July 12, 2016 at 12:28 am Reply

        Hi Lorraine Lovely to hear from you. Yes, Primrose Yellow does cause some headaches but the colour you select to go with it for fascia, downpipes and garage really depends more on your brick colour. Being a classic sandstock, I imagine it has more soft brown, creamy, yellow tones and I think that a Colorbond colour that is more closely related to that and to Primrose Yellow is Paperbark. Saying that, Evening Haze is a nice neutral too but it has a more slightly more green appearance. I would recommend painting a large sheet of board with two coats of each and holding it next to your brick to see which you prefer. If you use Paperbark then eaves would be better in Hog Bristle Half and if you use Evening Haze then the eaves would work in White Duck Half. Good luck! Samantha

    • Michelle Austine July 22, 2016 at 9:05 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, Just found your site, love how you are full of good suggestions for your readers! We have an old weatherboard house (1950’s), unfortunately it is the thin rounded boards (not the nice wider flat ones) and i painted it a few years ago (the whole thing with a 2 inch brush, 3 coats, lots of mindful painting time lol). The boards are Dulux Gnu Tan, The window surrounds are Russian Toffee and the Eaves are Hog Bristle. I think from memory the wooden internals of the windows are a slight shade different but for the life of me i can’t remember the name. Anyway my husband has just built a smallish deck and pergola over the old concrete porch out of treated pine. i now have to decide whether to paint, stain etc. i was thinking maybe a darker shade than Gnu tan for the posts and roof frame of the pergola and a stain on the deck (darkish).I thought that way the pergola etc wouldn’t look like it was stuck on but would blend in a bit What do you think? i would love your advice for colours etc. We have a lot of green garden (ferns, palms) near house. Our front fence is Western Myall, We also have a long low deck of 1.2metres wide (also treated pine) that runs for 11 metres along out new back garage (garage is hardiflex painted Gnu tan with large Paperbark sliding doors) and a Colorbond Surfmist roof. that my husband built in January that we have not painted or stained yet. and our back deck off the house which is large was originally treated with organoil but needs redoing with something. i would love your advice please?

      • Samantha Bacon August 1, 2016 at 2:37 am Reply

        Hi Michelle Thanks for getting in touch and I hope my reply is not too late! There are a couple of ways to go with your back deck. A darker tone of Gnu Tan is Dulux Charlie Horse but I am concerned it may all start to look a bit brown. Dulux Baltica which is a smart dark charcoal blue looks fantastic with the Paperbark/Gnu Tan range of colours so you could use this on the posts or you could introduce more of the Western Myall into your house to link in your front fence. You also need to consider what you are going to do re the treated pine decking. I think this would look good in a dark stain however if you are planning on painting it then Western Myall or Baltica might be a good option for this and then go lighter with the posts and fascia boards – possibly Paperbark to keep the link with your windows and doors. You haven’t said what your fascia boards on your house are painted and it would be a good idea to keep these the same as the fascia on the new deck. I hope this helps and doesn’t confuse you even more! Samantha

        • Michelle Austine August 1, 2016 at 10:34 am Reply

          hi samantha, Thanks for your reply and n you definitely weren’t too late, we have to wait for the treated pine to season before we can paint or stain it. I think the fascia on the house is dulux Russian Toffee by memory and by look. i can’t find my colour card with the colours on it though i know i have it somewhere safe 😉 The window onto front deck is actually just plain aluminium. I think the window surrounds are Russian Toffee too. Yes i was thinking a dark stain on the treated pine deck too, do you have any suggestions as to which stain. The product Intergrain was recommended but i don’t know what stain would be best. Thanks for your help, i appreciate it!

          • Samantha Bacon August 16, 2016 at 11:21 pm Reply

            Hi Michelle Russian Toffee sounds about right – it is just one tone lighter than Paperbark so I think you should stick with this as the trim all around the house. Finding the right stain for treated pine or any timber is tricky as unlike paint, the stains come up differently on different types of timber. Integrain stockists should have samples of treated pine with each of the stains but my advice would be to go darker so that the colour of the treated pine doesn’t come through. Good luck! Samantha

            • Michelle Austine August 17, 2016 at 10:05 am

              Thanks Samantha!

    • Steve Imbesi July 23, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha

      Your blog is amazing. I thought I’d share our story too and get some of your thoughts.

      My wife and I building quite a large home, single story, but split level in a semi-rural area. We have decided to have a surfmist roof and would like a white coloured house as we have timber features that we want to set off, but we are having an awful time deciding on render and window colours. I am thinking of just keeping everything surfmist so nice and uniform to allow the timber features and green garden to apply the contrasts. However, I am worried that the external surfmist render will look a tad yellow in the sunlight, so wonder whether we should be using a different white for the external render, such as Lexicon quarter or white on white?

      Hope to hear from you soon. Keep up the great work!

      • Samantha Bacon August 1, 2016 at 2:28 am Reply

        Hi Steve Glad you are enjoying the blog – I have a new one called Making Your HOME Beautiful which you may find interesting too. I don’t think you need to worry about Colorbond Surfmist appearing yellow as it has enough grey in it to negate this and if anything it has a slight green base although this is very difficult to see. It really does just appear off white outside and if you are having your windows in Surfmist you will not see a different colour. You can opt for Lexicon Quarter or White on White if you want a really crisp finish but this will make your windows appear greyer as these whites are very stark outside. They give a lovely contemporary finish as they have a cool blue base but you will see a difference next to the Surfmist. I hope this helps! Samantha

    • Karen Thorne July 25, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I have a stark white mediterranean home with a bright terracotta roof and black wrought iron balconies. We are thinking of changing the balcony to glass with a trim colour. Could you suggest a colour for the house and gutters, trims and garages as we can’t change the terracotta roof. I was thinking Linseed but maybe pinker tones would go better with the roof. I’m so confused


      • Samantha Bacon August 1, 2016 at 2:20 am Reply

        Hi Karen The overall look really depends on the style that you want the house to look – for example do you want to retain the Mediterranean feel. If not then a stone colour like Dulux Linseed would work to soften the look, possibly with Woodland Grey trims. If you want to disguise the Terracotta roof you will need to use a different gutter and fascia colour to the roof. There are so many options that it is difficult to give you a full scheme but you could start with trying a large piece of card with Dulux Linseed and see how you like it against the Terracotta and a Woodland Grey trim. Good luck Samantha

    • Leanne July 28, 2016 at 6:29 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      Hoping you please help me.
      I have woodland grey roof,
      White doors and windows,
      Going to have a feature wall woodland grey.
      Don’t know to paint main render dune or linseed.
      Or do you suggest another colour

      • Samantha Bacon August 1, 2016 at 2:17 am Reply

        Hi Leanne The answer is you can have either, it just depends on the final look that you want. Both colours go well with Woodland Grey – Dulux Linseed has more of a green base and is a lovely neutral stone like colour and Dune is a warm brown grey which will give you a softer look. Similar tonal levels so it all depends on which you prefer personally. Hope this helps. Regards Samantha

    • Jacqui Herden August 5, 2016 at 1:02 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, hoping you can help me. I have an existing 2 storey house which we are renovating into 2 duplexes. The 2 garages will be at the front of the houses and will be painted in Domino and Monument colorbond garage doors. Hoping Monument is the close to Domino. Top level and sides of houses, top to bottom will be painted in flooded Gum. I am struggling to choose a roof and gutter colorbond colour. Garages and house will be skillion roof. Thinking of using Basalt, not sure if it works with Domino. would love your advise. Thanks Jacqui

      • Samantha Bacon August 16, 2016 at 11:17 pm Reply

        Hi Jacqui The paint companies will actually colour match their paint to Colorbond Monument (and any other colorbond colour) so you can ensure that it is exactly the same rather than using Domino which has a slight blue undertone. Basalt is a great roofing colour that has a blue undertone but is lighter – it is one of the mid range colours and it goes nicely with Flooded Gum which is a nice warm light grey colour. So as long as you don’t want too dark a roof, Basalt I think should work. If you get a sample pot of Basalt and paint a board with it next to a board painted in Flooded Gum (a bit of a process!!) it will give you a really good idea of whether you are going to like the colours together. You may also like to read my new blog which has lots of advice too and a free giveaway on my 5 Steps to Great Street Appeal. Good luck! Samantha

    • Con August 9, 2016 at 3:02 am Reply

      Hi Sam, just re-doing a house and i need to chose a colour for the render and guttering etc, have to match the windows which are colorbond rivergum/willow colour. the roof tiles are mist green too, confused big time, would a light grey render suit?

      • Samantha Bacon August 16, 2016 at 11:12 pm Reply

        Hi Con It’s difficult to give you a definite colour but you probably want to stay away from anything with too much of a green base. I neutral like Dulux Linseed may be the way to go as this is light, relatively grey and very neutral – a soft stone colour. But it really depends on how large the house is and the look that you want. Take a look at Linseed on the colour chart to see what you think and whatever you do, ensure you use a sample first to see if you like it!

    • Debbie August 11, 2016 at 4:55 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, We have a 1929 red brick californian bungalow facing south and are considering replacing the concrete tiled roof and guttering with colorbond, and painting the exterior windows. We like surfmist for the windows and windspray for the roof, do you think this colour scheme is too modern for our old house? Would you use windspray for the guttering as well? And should we introduce another colour for the battens on the gables?

      • Samantha Bacon August 16, 2016 at 11:09 pm Reply

        Hi Debbie I love white trim with red brick bungalows so I think that Surfmist will be fine. Windspray is a nice colour but as a roof it looks very silvery and I think to complement the red brick you may need something darker. Windspray looks darker on a fascia or gutter but on a roof with the sun shining on it, you will find it is very light. But it all depends on the look that you want for the house. To keep it more classic you could opt for something like Woodland Grey and then possibly bring in surfmist for your fascia and guttering – or just for your fascia and keep the gutters the same as the roof. It really depends on the overall look that you want for the end result. I hope this helps! Samantha (PS if you are renovating you may like my new blog –

    • Dianne August 22, 2016 at 12:49 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      Have thoroughly enjoys reading your blog and thought you might be able to offer some advice on fencing colour.
      The house is rendered white (not sure of colour), the roof is white also.
      We have some grey tinted glass enclosing a courtyard on one end.
      The fence will be aluminium slats with a 20mm gap between each slat and runs across the road side of the property.
      I am currently looking at blending a colour (kelp/black) in order to get a colour which isn’t flat black. It will be a strong contrast to the house and wonder if it isn’t too dark.
      I understand that warm undertones are better against foliage.
      I have also looked at Monument and Colourbond Night Sky.
      Your suggestions or advice would be most welcome.
      Thank you

      • Samantha Bacon August 25, 2016 at 6:50 am Reply

        Hi Dianne As your fence is aluminium it will be powdercoated and therefore you need to select from a particular range and all fencing suppliers will have different standard colours. It’s best to stick to a standard one if possible to avoid additional costs. Monument is a great off black and is very neutral without any underlying colour. Night Sky is just too black and will be too heavy against the white house. I believe that Monument, particularly with foliage against it, will be a nice statement. Glad you enjoy reading the blog – I have a new one called and if you sign up to my newsletter I am giving away a free e-book on my 5 steps to great street appeal! Good luck with the fencing. Samantha

    • Sarah August 25, 2016 at 6:38 am Reply

      HI Samantha,

      My partner and I are first home buyers/renovators and are rendering our house – we need to choose a colour that matches the colour bond Roof Wallaby, and our black window frames. Any suggestions??

      • Samantha Bacon August 25, 2016 at 6:46 am Reply

        Hi Sarah a nice colour to tie in with Colorbond Wallaby is Dulux Mud Pack – similar tonings but lighter. I’m not sure how light or dark you want to go but just remember that when the Colorbond is on your roof and particularly when the sun shines on it, it will appear a lot lighter than in your sample. You really only see the true colour of it if you are using it on guttering and fascia boards. Try a sample pot first on a large piece of board to see whether you like the colour at different aspects. If you are renovating your house you might be interested in my new blog – as I have lots of tips and advice there too. Good luck with the project! Samantha

    • LINDA August 30, 2016 at 1:21 am Reply


      • Samantha Bacon September 7, 2016 at 11:37 pm Reply

        Hi Linda I think as you have white birch windows you will need to go for a warm brown grey rather than a true grey. Something like Dulux Paving Stone which has a yellow base but is a very neutral grey might work – not sure how dark you want to go but take a look at this at your local Dulux store to see if it is the kind of colour you had in mind? Cheers Samantha

    • Janice September 1, 2016 at 11:30 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha

      Thanks so much for the interesting advice in your blog. We are about to repaint the rendered walls, eaves and window frames of our house. The roof, fascia and guttering are colorbond woodland grey. The unrendered brickwork on the lower walls is a dark brown (with reddish, purplish tinges) and we have a paved courtyard with sandstone coloured pavers (they have a yellowish tinge). We had planned to repaint the timber window frames in woodland grey and the eaves in white. The walls are currently Clay Pipe but this doesn’t quite go with the sandstone coloured pavers. It is a little too pink. We also have a feature wall in the courtyard currently painted Mayfair Tan but my husband would like to go for something a bit more striking. I would really appreciate your advice on appropriate colours for the walls, and your opinion on keeping the woodland grey windows and white eaves.

      Thanks for your help.


      • Samantha Bacon September 7, 2016 at 11:33 pm Reply

        Hi Janice Great to hear from you and I am pleased that you have found the blog interesting. You are lucky having a Woodland Grey roof and trim as this goes with everything and out of all the Colorbond colours has been the most enduring. It is difficult to say which colour would work well for the render as it sounds like you have bricks with more purple tones and then the sandstone with yellow tones to match. I suggest you try something very neutral like Dulux Camel Train. This has a yellow base but is just a lovely neutral that works well on exteriors and hopefully should keep both the bricks and sandstone happy! Woodland Grey windows will work – you didn’t say what your garage colour is so you probably need to consider this too. Rather than pure white eaves I like to go for a white that is associated to the wall colour – therefore a much lighter version which will appear white but will not be glaringly so. Do try Camel Train on a sample board first to ensure you like it because without seeing the house, this is just an educated guess! Good luck Samantha

    • Ravi September 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      I found your blog quite at last minute where we have to decide on our color for exterior in the next 36 hrs to be precise. Hopefully I can get your view and any suggestions if need be. We have a double storey house, With monument roof colorbond, and decided shale grey for rendered exterior. Will possibly match the garage with a shade closer to our exactly as monument. We also have two pillars at the portico which we plan to make feature of some sort. Any suggestions on that will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.


      • Samantha Bacon September 28, 2016 at 5:52 am Reply

        Hi Ravi Sorry I have missed your deadline but I think the house is on the right track. Thanks Samantha

    • Sarah September 21, 2016 at 5:36 am Reply

      Hi Samantha – I just found your blog on exterior paint colours and am hugely impressed with your knowledge of colour – thank you. I say this with a heavy heart as I am almost at the end of my tether trying to find the right colour for my house. The previous owners decided on a colour scheme of yellow on the rendered walls, beige accents and orange feature wall with a black roof and garage door. Whilst we are happy with the black roof and the black garage door all the rest we are keen to change.

      At this point I have looked at a range of greys which once applied as testers are all presenting as bright blue I have tried Water Worn, Timeless Grey, Salinger and a number of others – all blue. We are in full sun so I am guessing this is the reason. I am now looking at Malay Grey or Woodland grey on the render, keeping the black roof and garage door ….would love any advice you might have on these colour choices and especially accents, I am hoping to add some white in there too to go with white external and internal shutters.

      Any advice greatly appreciated – thank you.

      • Samantha Bacon September 21, 2016 at 11:46 pm Reply

        Hi Sarah you are definitely on the right track with Malay Grey as it doesn’t have the blue undertones of the other greys you were trying and will look good with the black. A white would look good with this – Dulux Caspar White is a nice outdoor white that contains enough grey to prevent it from being too glaringly white in the sun but check on the colour you are having for your white external shutters – if these are colorbond Surfmist then you should probably go with this for your white. Hope this helps! Samantha

    • Bec September 27, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I would love your opinion on the colours we have selected for our home, I am wanting a Hampton’s feel to the facade, unfortunately because of developer requirements we cannot use any federation details fret work or weather boards, we have decided to render the front of the house and do hoobler stone piers in burnt umber for the balcony, the colours we have chosen for the facade are
      roof/gutters colour bond windspray
      fascias/downpipes/garage door/ windows surfmist
      Render Dune
      Bricks Austral praline
      We can only choose colour bond colours for our render, was tossing up between dune, shale grey and evening haze? Worried that dune may throw a pinkish tinge and windspray may throw a blue tinge? I really don’t want a blue and pink house!lol and worried that shale grey may make the house look too stark and concrete looking? I also have surfmist squared edge mouldings around the windows/garage door etc for contrast.
      Any suggestions would be great!

      • Samantha Bacon September 29, 2016 at 2:30 am Reply

        Hi Bec I think that Dune against the Surfmist will look great. Colorbond Dune does have warm undertones but if you are restricted to Colorbond colours for the render – which I think is bizarre btw- this is your best bet. You won’t notice too much of the Windspray as you have a Surfmist fascia and I think with the brick you have chosen this will all tie in well together. Love the idea of the mouldings too – this will bring a nice design element and will give you the Hamptons feel that you are looking for. Hope you love your new home Samantha

    • Gemma September 27, 2016 at 10:55 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, Desperately looking for help on exterior colours and hope you can help!! Our house is a bit of an ugly duckling being a 1950’s yellow brick. We have had the roof re-sprayed in charcoal and replaced our guttters and fascias with Colourbond Ironstone. Our front fence is currently being rebuilt and I need to decide on a colour by this weekend. While ironstone is one choice I am a little worried about the amount of blue it throws. Monument is another option but Is It too dark. Our house faces west and the fence is a rendered pier and picket to a height of 1.9m. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

      Thanks. Gemma

      • Samantha Bacon September 28, 2016 at 5:51 am Reply

        Hi Gemma Dulux Baltica is a charcoal blue which will go with your roof but although blue to a certain degree, does not throw quite as much as Ironstone and it is a bit darker so is very sophisticated for fences, front doors etc. You could grab a sample of this to see what you think? I am worried Monument may be too neutral – I wouldn’t worry about it being too dark though so if you do want to completely knock out the blue you could use this however you have the lovely charcoal blue on the house so I think it makes sense to continue it on the fence. Hope this helps Samantha

    • Fiona Weily September 28, 2016 at 4:50 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, thanks for your blog its really helpful. I am hoping you can suggest an exterior colour scheme for my home. Its an old house approx. 100 years on a farm. The roof is corrugated iron and in very good condition so no need to change it. I really love neutral grey/stone colours but with green undertones and am thinking the trim needs to be darker not lighter as it can get very dusty here. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Also if you have a suggestion for a colour for our front door maybe something that would stand out…doesn’t have to be the same as the exterior wall or trim colour.

      • Samantha Bacon September 28, 2016 at 5:49 am Reply

        Hi Fiona Dulux Stone is a great grey/green neutral and lives up to its name! Or for a touch darker you could try Dulux Sandgrass Green. You could try these and perhaps use Woodland Grey for your trim or something like Dulux Baltica which is a great charcoal blue. You could go mad with your front door colour as this can be quirky and the colour will probably be dictated too by the style so it is hard to say. My new blog has a post specifically on colourful front doors which you might find useful and you can go from there to my Pinterest Board – Colourful Front doors which is packed with inspiration. Please do try these suggested colours as samples first as they are only a guide. Good luck! Samantha

    • Jillian Adendorff October 6, 2016 at 3:27 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      Firstly, what a great blog. Thank you!

      We are battling with the selection of a colour scheme for the exterior of our house and any advise you could provide would be much appreciated.

      Its a simple/boxy red brick bungalow with a rounded front entrance and disproportionaltely small front windows. The roof is manor red with a very prominent roof line from the front. The guttering is cottage/brunswick green and the trim a browny charcoal grey. The front is west facing. Eek!

      We have elected to paint the brick rather than bag/render.

      The roof is in excellent condition so the manor red will stay. We were hoping not to paint the guttering but we can do if necessary.

      I was thinking white duck for the walls (hoping that the grey/grey would not make the guttering stand out as much) with double strength white duck for the concrete trim and antique white USA for the timber window frames.

      What are you thoughts?

      Many thanks,

      • Samantha Bacon October 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm Reply

        Hi Jill This all sounds good but my only comment would be that on a west facing elevation White Duck will be very washed out so it really depends on the final look that you wanted as it may not be as grey as you hope for. Have you painted a very large piece of board with White Duck and looked at it in bright sunlight on the front of your house? If not I would highly recommend that you do before you commit. You may find you want to go a little darker. The white window trim will stand out and make a difference but the overall effect may be too light but it really depends on the look you are hoping to achieve. I would just recommend that you paint the large board first as this is a good way to get an idea about the finished result. Good luck! Samantha

    • Gemma October 8, 2016 at 12:28 am Reply

      Hi Samantha

      A friend of mine recommended your blog as I’ve been in a world of pain choosing a exterior colour for our home and I am so glad she did – your information and advice is fantastic!

      After reading everyone else’s questions and answers i am hoping you can help me also.

      We are looking at painting the exterior render of our home

      – we paid for a consultant come out to see us and was advised to go grey pebble on main render walls, heifer on gutters and facias and grey pebble quarter on window trims.
      But the grey pebble quarter just looks white!! Now I’m stumped ? Do we go on a shade for everything or change the colour schemes completely.

      We’re after a colour that has a grey/stoney/beige tone to it. Our house unfortunately has a orange roof (one day we hope to get it painted grey) and primrose cream window surronds. So colours are tricky!

      I would love love love your help!!

      Thank you


    • Gemma October 10, 2016 at 10:54 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      Please help!!!

      A friend of mine recommended your blog as I’ve been in a world of pain choosing a exterior colour for our home and I am so glad she did – your information and advice is fantastic!
      After reading everyone else’s questions and answers i am hoping you can help me also.
      We are looking at painting the exterior render of our home

      – we paid for a consultant to come out to see us and was advised to go dulux grey pebble on main render walls, heifer on gutters and facias and grey pebble quarter on window render Surronds. And heifer on the portico and roller door.
      But the grey pebble quarter just looks white!! I’m now worried that the colour grey pebble is also going to be too light?!
      I do really like the shade as We’re after a colour that has a grey/stoney/beige/mushroom tone to it.
      What colours would you recommend? Do you agree grey pebble would be too light, /&97@: we do heifer on main render of the noise?

      Just to let you know Our house unfortunately has a concrete tiled orange roof (one day we hope to get it painted grey) and primrose cream window trims . So colours are tricky!

      I would love love your help!! We’re in a world of sample pots at the moment!
      Thank you

      • Samantha Bacon October 12, 2016 at 4:54 am Reply

        Hi Gemma I think you are on the right track with this range of colours but you really need to leave a larger gap between exterior colours. It really depends on the effect that you want but to see a difference outside between the Grey Pebble Quarter window trims and the render you will at least have to go to Dulux Heifer and possibly even Dulux Calf Skin which will still look light on the render. My advice with the Dulux range is to always leave at least two steps in between colours to see much of a difference outside. Always go much darker than you think you need and always view colours outside. For your fascias, portico and roller door you will need to go darker again – perhaps Dulux Bogart or Ricochet if you want the trim to also be a touch greyer. This may work well or the whole house may appear too much the same. As your window trims are light, it might be nice to use this on the front door too to tie it all in together. You will need to get a couple of sample pots and paint up some large board – a bit of an effort but well and truly worth it to ensure that you end up with the overall look that you like. I hope this helps and eases the pain! There is a lot more advice on my new blog – if you are interested in all things decorating! Thanks for getting in touch Samantha

    • Sarah October 11, 2016 at 3:03 am Reply

      Hi Samantha
      I’m completely overwhelmed by all the greys, beiges and greiges that are out at the moment!
      I’ve seen some lovely pics on Pinterest where the walls are beige/stone/bone, the trim is white, and the doors are a duck egg blue, or slightly brighter blue.
      I’ve been looking at Dune and Sandy Beige (too pink/), Grand Piano, Torere (too dark?). It’s a California Bungalow. I want it to look a little bit modern but not inappropriately so. It’s in a rural setting and the house gets very hot inside in summer.
      Then for the whites: Natural White, Vivid White, the list goes on.
      Finding the blue is another challenge. I don’t want it to look too powdery in the strong sunlight.
      Can you help? Thank you 🙂

      • Samantha Bacon October 12, 2016 at 5:02 am Reply

        Hi Sarah I actually think Grand Piano may be too light – you probably need to go Dulux Torere which is a nice brown neutral or something like Dulux Linseed for more of a green base or Dulux Stone if you want a touch more grey is a lovely exterior neutral. Dulux Vivid White is a nice trim colour – very bright but with a touch of warmth. You will need a blue with a fair bit of grey but this will depend on where you face – less important if south facing and under cover. Dulux Classic Calm is a nice Duck Egg Blue with a little more depth but this will be trial and error I’m afraid. My Pinterest page Making your HOME beautiful – has a board called Making and Entrance which has lots of lovely front door inspiration and my new blog has lots of information for exteriors too. I hope this helps – remember to paint a large sample board and view outside – the colours will look so much lighter there. Cheers Samantha

        • Sarah October 12, 2016 at 11:10 pm Reply

          Thank you so much for your reply! I came on today to apologise as somehow my Googling brought me to this question page, and when I posted my question I hadn’t actually seen your fantastic article on choosing exterior whites. What a great and helpful article 🙂 Thanks again.

          • Samantha Bacon October 16, 2016 at 11:06 pm Reply

            Thank you!

    • Kathy Brown October 15, 2016 at 10:35 pm Reply

      What a great site for us helpless and confused homeowners!
      Have a 1950’s double red brick (yuk), tiled roof with all the fungi (which will remain unfortunately) very large country home. Black aluminium windows going in and charcoal coloured cement in large outdoor area.
      I need to choose colourbond roof colour for outdoor area (new roof for outdoor area being cut into present tiled roof)and choose paint colours for eaves, gutters and fascia of entire house and eaves, posts, trusses and beams in new outdoor area.
      I’m thinking SHALE GREY colourbond roofing for new outdoor area roof (match the Fungi); colourbond MONUMENT (almost black) for posts and front decorative beam, colourbond BASALT for gutters and fascia; CREAM for trusses and ceiling in new outdoor area and all eaves.
      A dilemma! Any suggestions. Thanks so much.

      • Samantha Bacon October 16, 2016 at 11:14 pm Reply

        Hi Kathy Glad you like the site. I think you do need to simplify the colour choices. Colorbond Basalt makes sense if you have opted for a charcoal colour in your large outdoor area. Why not consider this for the roof, gutters and fascia. This is a mid choice for the roof – I agree Shale Grey will be too light and just looks like a light silver/tin roof but Woodland Grey may be too dark and with its underlying green is bringing in another colour. A nice light cream will work for the trusses and eaves – just ensure it is not too yellow. Although your windows are black you might also like to consider using Basalt for the posts and decorative beam? This way you have the red brick, charcoal feature and blue/grey trim and roof with a touch of black. Nothing will match exactly to the current roof so you really need to work in with the other colours on the house – just try to keep it simple. Good luck! Samantha

    • Charlene Thompson October 16, 2016 at 6:41 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I love your love of Beige Royal! I need your expert please. We are currently painting our exterior. It has primrose cream window frames so we are limited in colour. We chose Beige Royal for the main render and have painted the façade colour bond ironstone which looks so great! (was all creamy pink before). Would like your advice on a roof colour, garage, gutters and fascia. I was thinking surfmist for the garage, gutters and fascia’s however not sure about the roof. Maybe monument, charcoal (if that colour still exists!), woodland grey, basalt or maybe even shale grey. So undecided! What do you think would look good? Do you think the surfmist will look ok for the garage gutters etc? We have also put up a concrete brick rendered fence which we were going to do beige royal with wooden slats. new double wooden door is being installed as well. Does this all sound ok? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!! thank you so much.

      • Samantha Bacon October 16, 2016 at 11:22 pm Reply

        Hi Charlene For your roof colour you really need to consider the feel of the house – a dark roof will make the house more contained and smaller while a light roof will make the house appear larger. As you have selected Ironstone as a feature colour it makes sense to continue with this colour but if you wanted something slightly lighter then Basalt being a similar colour would work. Surfmist is great for a lighter feature but there won’t be a huge difference between this and Dulux Beige Royal. If you wanted a little bit more of a contrast you might like to consider going one tone darker for the main wall colour and using Dulux Candlebark. I suggest you paint large sample boards of Surmist, Beige Royal and Candlebark to see which combination suits your house. Good luck! Samantha

        • Charlene Thompson April 12, 2017 at 10:49 pm Reply

          Hi Samantha,

          Thanks for your reply in regards to my house back in October. We ended up doing Basalt roof, tuft walls and rogue feature and it looks amazing!

          Now onto my mums house! She recently had her roof sprayed charcoal and her garage paperbark. She has creamy brown bricks and we just need to paint the fascia above the garage and the portico. Would your recommend we just do paperbark to blend in or another colour to contrast?

          thanks so much

    • Karen E October 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha

      I have just spent the last few hours on your websites – thanks for the fantastic advice and tips!

      We are currently renovating our 1950/60’s blonde brick single storey home. We have just sprayed our tiled roof ironstone and have changed the gutters and fascia to ironstone as well – eventually we will change the roof to be a colourbond roof probably staying with Ironstone.

      At the front of the house the windows are white and at the rear they are paper park.

      Would LOVE your opinion on a render colour to compliment ironstone and our two window colours. Like everyone else we are thinking a grey / stone colour but with so many options just don’t know where to start.

      Many thanks

      • Samantha Bacon October 16, 2016 at 11:05 pm Reply

        Hi Karen Glad to hear that you have found the blogs interesting and helpful. It really depends on how dark you want to go with your render but a classic mid tone that goes well with the charcoal blue of your Ironstone is something like Dulux Linseed. This will work with Paperbark and white although will obviously create a different effect as there won’t be so much of a tonal difference at the rear of the house. I like these stone grey colours rather than the true greys to go with something like Paperbark and I think if you stay in this region you will be OK. Remember to test first though on a large piece of card with both sets of windows. Hope you are happy with the end result! Samantha

    • Romaine Crawford November 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha, Im in desperate need of your expertise. i have a westherboard house on stilts atvthe back. My husband insists on dark balastrade so we are going with monument as the pipes run down them. I still would like white windows however. Im now stuck between Tranquil retreat and Flooded Gum (or maybe even half strength flooded gum) Is the Gum too dark to pair with monument and white? Help!

      • Samantha Bacon November 8, 2016 at 11:49 pm Reply

        Hi Romaine great to hear from you. I think dark balustrades work well as you look through dark colours and you look at white colours which can obstruct your view and there is no reason that you have to have all your trim the same. So dark Monument balustrades will work with white windows. You haven’t said which white you want to use and this will have an effect on the weatherboard colour. Tranquil Retreat or Flooded Gum will both work, it just depends on the effect you want to achieve. Dulux Tranquil Retreat is a more neutral grey whereas Dulux Flooded Gum is a softer, warmer grey and of course is darker. If you are using something like Surfmist on your windows then you won’t really see much difference between Tranquil Retreat and Surfmist as they are tonally quite similar. However if you are using something like Dulux Vivid White for your windows then you will see a big variation. So you have to consider the white you are using and place it next to large painted samples of both Tranquil Retreat and Flooded Gum to see whether you have the variation between the two that you want. I hope this helps! Cheers Samantha

    • Minh November 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Your blog is a great and helpful.
      I am under pressure of deciding the external colors for my walls and in desperate need of your experience advice.

      The house is new two storey house, high ceiling, facing south west, elevation corner block, on high site.
      – Roof in Manor Red colorbond
      – Gutter in Night Sky
      – Fascia in Shale Grey
      – Window frame in Silver aluminum

      … I also will have alfresco and balcony’s ceilings lining with timber Mabau.

      I am trying to achieve neutral color walls to go with the above combination colors but because south/west direction facing so the light colors will be washed out. I was thinking of combination of 2 colors main is Surfmist double strength (turn to light creammy) and the 2 entry columns (ground to top) of the porch in Western Mayall also double strength. They looks nice on a piece of paper but I am concerned that under strong sunlight looking from distance the 2 columns in Western Mayall will be too standout.

      I am afraid to go with darker wall colors as might go with the wrong choice so just try to go with safe light color options.

      I am thinking the safe color going well with Manor Red is Classic Cream but this combination is might be out of fashion now (???). Should I go Classic Cream and full strength of Surfmist (to obtain the fresh light tone for the house?).

      Thankyou for your advice.

      • Samantha Bacon November 24, 2016 at 12:48 am Reply

        Hi Minh you have a lot to consider here and you are right that Surfmist double strength and Western Myall are very tonally different. Perhaps consider your entry columns being a little lighter? This is quite a tricky colour combo and you may need the help of a local colour consultant – I would sterr away from Classic Cream as it is a little dated and I think you need something a little more neutral. Samantha

    • Liliana November 21, 2016 at 5:56 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      You are a colour saviour, could you please light my way out of the colour choosing nightmare?

      We have decided to render our house in a coastal area, but have to adhere to the existing colorbond windows and garage door which are green. Also, the garage roof has been painted green.

      We wanted a sunny yellow colour (either BP scented candle or BP sunshine rays), however the renderer is steering us towards darker colours such as Self destruct, paperbark, evening haze (all Dulux).

      Are we making a terrible mistake trying to go yellow-ish?

      Please, what is your opinion?

      Thank you in advance,


      • Samantha Bacon November 24, 2016 at 12:45 am Reply

        Hi Liliana Yellow is one of the hardest colours to work with and to get right. This is the case for interiors, let alone exteriors. Remember that the bright Australian sunshine will make yellow even brighter and it can end up looking like a beacon. If you do want more of a soft yellow look then you might like to go with a creamy off white and I can see where your renderer is coming from with recommending Dulux Self Destruct as it has a warm yellow base and once the sun hits it becomes just a nice creamy off white which is great for exteriors. You need to think about how much sunlight the house gets but I would steer away from a true sunny yellow. You could add a yellow and white stripe awning to give the house a lift but rendering is so expensive that you need to get that exterior colour as simple as possible and them complement it. It really boils down to the look too of your house – is it a large house or a small country cottage – you can get away with slightly brighter colours in this case but in terms of longevity, re-sale etc. I would recommend going with something a little more neutral. I hope this helps Samantha

    • Karin November 22, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply

      Hi Samantha, I am having an old 2-room cottage in a heritage conservation area repaired and rerendered. The most likely choice is Porter’s Paints Lime Wash in Country Road 150%. There will be a new Hebel addition separated from the old part by a breezeway. From the road the new and old part will both be equally visible. The roof is probably going to be Shale Grey Colorbond or another light colour.
      The Council Heritage Advisor has suggested the addition be painted in a contrasting colour or at least a different shade of the colour used on the old cottage. The front windows should be painted to contrast with the render.
      Do you have a suggestion or two for a Dulux render colour that will be more modern and meet this suggestion?
      Your help would be much appreciated!
      Kind Regards

      • Samantha Bacon November 24, 2016 at 12:38 am Reply

        Hi Karin this sounds an intriguing project. I know that Heritage advisors like new additions to be quite different so that it is clear which part of the house is the original. It’s really difficult to say without seeing it though as the look could be spoilt with the wrong colour choice but just thinking out loud I would go for something very neutral and dark – perhaps Dulux Ploughed Earth which is a very dark grey/brown so a warm base to suit Porters Country Road but really quite different. This really is just a suggestion – you could go darker again, greyer or something softer. As the extension is quite different though I feel you shouldn’t match it too closely to the Porters Country Road as this will look so different anyway in a Lime Wash. I hope this helps – I think you will need to experiment with some dark colours on a large board or call in the services or a local colour consultant to ensure you get it right. Good Luck! Samantha

        • Karin November 25, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply

          Hi Samantha, thank you very much for your suggestions. It has given me a way forward and now I can get some sample pots!

    • Christine Jackson November 22, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      Thank you for your incredible wisdom and generosity on this blog.
      We are trying to finalise an exterior colour scheme for our holiday house. The challenge is the age and condition of the external walls. It is an old miners house that was relocated more than 20 years ago. It originally had an asbestos roof which we have replaced with a Colourbond roof in Woodland Grey, and the exterior is the original concrete Stucco render, so lots of imperfections, quite large stone stucco, fine and wider cracks, but certainly not worth replacing, as it is basically the structure of the walls, and it is a simple beach house. It is located away from the beach, 2 sides in dappled shade with native trees.The windows are wooden, and will be patched, repaired, but again not perfect!
      My thinking is that anything too light may highlight the imperfections. We will fill large cracks, and then use Dulux Render Refresh to fill fine cracks.I like the stone look, but in this environment not a really flat grey. My partner does not like too much green undertones,(pity… I do!!). So we are leaning towards Dulux Time Capsule, or Tapestry Beige, with windows in a lighter colour. Given the windows are not really a “feature”, I wondered about a very light version of the same colour, or Hog Bristle.
      I guess this blog has alot of new houses, our problem is a little different!
      Thank you so much.

      • Samantha Bacon November 24, 2016 at 12:31 am Reply

        Hi Christine These colours sound fine – they are nice warm neutrals and will work with Woodland Grey and Hog Bristle. Tapestry Beige when lighter throws a pinkish undertone whereas Hog Bristle is creamier. You haven’t said what your gutters/fascias are and this may point you in the right direction for an off white trim? I think as it is a holiday house I would keep the walls a touch lighter so would favour Tapestry Beige over Time Capsule, particularly as two sides are in dappled shade but you should try out large samples of all colours to get an idea remembering that the final stucco finish will give you a different look because of the finish. The house sounds interesting – I hope you like the end result. Samantha

    • Karen November 23, 2016 at 3:45 am Reply

      Hi Samantha. I love your main photo – would love to know the colours. We are looking at painting our exterior render Dulux light leather but on the sides up top it will be vertical cladding. I am unsure whether to paint this the same colour or lighter. I was looking at tapestry beige but I’ve done a sample and it looks too light – almost white out in the sun. Will light leather look different on cladding compared to render anyway or should I go for something lighter. Is there any colour between tapestry beige and light leather? Thanks

      • Samantha Bacon November 24, 2016 at 12:24 am Reply

        Hi Karen The main house colour on this image is Dulux Shipwreck which is the same tonal level as Light Leather – just not quite as warm so I think you are on the right track with that. In terms of the cladding it really depends on the style of the house and the look you want to achieve. You can just paint it the same if you feel that Tapestry Beige is too light and it will look slightly different due to the shadow lines. There is certainly nothing wrong with painting a house all one colour however sometimes they do benefit from having some tonal variation if they are quite large. One tone lighter is Dulux Time Capsule. I don’t usually recommend this as sometimes there is little point as they are too similar but it will make a little difference and if you found that Dulux Tapestry Beige was too light this may be an option. Consider whether you have other tonal variation, for example, lighter windows, corbelling, fascia, eaves etc and make your decision from there. I hope this helps. Samantha

    • cathie November 28, 2016 at 8:34 am Reply

      Hi Samantha

      Why didn’t I find you sooner I have spent months torturing myself over what colour to paint my ugly big rambling weatherboard. Our house is situated where the beach meets the bush so to speak. I had the old roof painted woodland grey as I wanted to blend in to the surroundings however now now I dont know what to paint the the body of the house. It is currently white which makes it look huge so I was thinking Dune but after painting samples on all sides of the house it is a bit too pink for my liking. I would refer not to go grey/blue hues as most houses in the area are painted that colour to pick up the colours of ocean and yellow isn’t my thing. I intend keeping white window frames and balcony finishing etc but any suggestions about what would compliment the woodland grey roof and gutters and wont make it look like a dark blob would be really really appreciated.

      • Samantha Bacon November 30, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply

        Hi Cathie Great to hear from you – I am sure your house is not ugly and what a position with the best of both worlds. You can’t go wrong with a Woodland Grey Colorbond roof and I think that, as you say, rather than going the blue grey route which is typical in a coastal location, you could look to the bush for inspiration. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the house has to be green, a warm silvery grey like Dulux Flooded Gum could pick up the colours of the bark. If you have Spotted Gums near you then you could consider even selecting a soft grey with a hint of mauve like Dulux Moxa – it really depends on what type of tree that is near you. Of course you can also pick up the greens of the bush. Dulux Sepal is a lovely grey/green that is reminiscent of coastal plants as well as the colours of the bush. All of these will look best with a fresh white trim so white balustrades, front door, window trims etc will really set these colours off. I hope this gives you some inspiration good luck! Samantha

    • Cheryl January 19, 2017 at 8:12 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,

      We have an early 1900’s weatherboard home and were originally going to re-paint it a soft grey with white trim but a few houses are now popping up in our street with the same colour scheme. We are now leaning towards a taupe/grey with white trim. Ideally we’d like the house to have a Hamptons look. A colour that we both don’t mind is Dulux Mudbath with a Natural White trim. We are unsure if this would work and also what colour colorbond roof to go with it. I also don’t mind having a charcoal type colour fascia board. Any suggestions and colour recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

      • Samantha Bacon January 29, 2017 at 5:44 am Reply

        Hi Cheryl Dulux Mudbath is a nice rich brown which should work well with Natural White trim – there will be a big contrast. I wouldn’t describe this as a taupe grey though so I think you should get a sample and paint a large piece of board to make sure it is going to be the effect you want. Your roof colour really depends on the style of the house and how much of it you will see but if you like the idea of a dark fascia you could go with something like colorbond Monument for both. It depends so much on the effect you want too and you need to remember that dark roofs retain heat rather than reflect it. I hope this gives you some ideas Samantha

    • Paula January 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm Reply

      Hi Samantha, We have built a new home and the interior colours are Snowy Mountain half on the walls and Snowy Mountain quarter on the doors and trim, Lexicon quarter on the roof. My dilemma, and it feels like a big one to me, is I can’t decide on two feature walls, one for the living room and lounge room. I liked the Tuscan range but people have made me question this, as they said if you want to repaint the wall it has to be sanded back etc., I have looked at a burgundy for the living room and a green for the lounge but not sure if these will work and I seem to be getting more confused as I go, time is running out as the painter is ready to do them, and I feel I am going to pick something in a hurry out of stress and hate it. I keep going back to the Tuscan range, not sure if this is because I can’t find to right colour or because it will suit…someone also said it was old-fashioned. Please help! Paula

      • Samantha Bacon January 29, 2017 at 5:38 am Reply

        Hi Paula If you are unsure, it is best to leave the feature walls. The most important point is that they must tie in with the rest of your decorating so you need an overall plan which includes artworks, furniture, rugs etc. Without this you shouldn’t even consider a feature colour. Perhaps leave it until you move in and assess what you already have in those rooms. Sometimes coming back to a project when you are less stressed will help you to decide. I hope this helps Samantha

    • Sunitha February 2, 2017 at 1:55 am Reply

      Hi Samantha,
      I really need your help in finalising our interior paint colours. I love the look of deep warm grey walls with crisp white trims. These are the colours we have short listed, Dulux Ghosting 1/2 for walls throughout and Dulux Powered Rock for our kitchen/living/dining and Media. The kitchen/living/dining is an open plan north facing room with a raked ceiling which goes from 2.55m on one side to 3.8m on the other. We have tried a few sample pots and we do like the colours we have chosen, (powered rock does feel a bit too grey sometimes, but I prefer a warm grey which is a bit more grey than a warm grey which feels more beige..)
      My question, we gave our painter our selections yesterday and he strongly suggests the colours are too dark. He has asked me to rethink my colours and get back to him in the next 2 days. I am very confused and it worries me to go against my painter’s advice, as I am sure he is seen a lot of different houses with a lot of different colours on the walls, some good and some bad and I definitely dont want mine to be amongst the bad ones..
      Please Help !!

      • Samantha Bacon February 3, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply

        Hi Sunitha My own house has lots of dark grey and my kitchen is a similar depth of tone to Powered Rock with crisp white trim and shutters. I love it and so do lots of other people. Your painter means well but he is probably used to painting lots of white houses and feels that personally you are making a mistake but you have to do what you want as you are the one living there. Facing north with high ceilings and lots of natural light can cope with these colours, particularly if you offset with lots of white trim and this is a very contemporary and fashionable look. Perhaps get him to paint one room before buying all of the paint and see what you think? Colour is a very personal choice – but I love it and I love darker walls. It all comes down to the look and feel that you want the house and the mood you want to create. Good luck! Samantha

        • Sunitha February 9, 2017 at 2:05 am Reply

          Thank you so much for your advice, the walls will be painted in powered rock very soon, cant wait to see the results !!
          There is one another thing that I need your help with. I am struggling to find a stain colour for our front entry door. Our south facing façade has Surfmist as the main render and feature render in Wallaby with a bit of Austral Blackberry bricks showing too.
          I am looking for a stain colour which is a bit greyish or even blackish, not throwing much brown, red or yellow. Our interior flooring is laminate floating boards in a colour called reclaimed chestnut brown. Door style is Corinthian WINWS 19H. Could you please suggest a stain colour for the same..
          Thanks, Sunitha

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