Where to start when selecting colours and finishes Harley Anstee FDIA, Nexus Designs
It’s important that the materials you choose suit the character and design of your house.
The starting point
Some people prefer to select their favourite roof colour first, others the walls, which ever you choose first it doesn’t matter, there are no hard and fast rules. It’s important that the materials you choose suit the character and design of your house.
The roof is a major proportion of the exterior of the house and the colour should be carefully selected. COLORBOND® steel has 22 specially selected designer colours split into classic and contemporary colour palettes. COLORBOND® steel has a range of rainwater goods including fascia, gutters and downpipes that can be matched with the roof colour or you may wish to highlight these elements in a contrasting colour.
In selecting wall colours and finishes bricks, render, timber, timber panelling, corrugated iron, cement sheet, stone are just a few of the options available. You may decide on a number of these materials depending on the design of your house. COLORBOND® steel corrugated can look great as a vertical or horizontal cladding or as a feature panel.
Don’t forget the garage door
Select the garage door colour next. This colour should be considered once the roof and wall colours and finishes have been selected. In some house designs the garage door can be a strong element of the façade. The garage door colour may be co-ordinated into the wall colour so that the door is less dominant on the façade, or alternatively you may wish to highlight the door colour and choose the same colour as the roof. Remember COLORBOND® steel offers a range of co-ordinating colours as well as some timbergrains.
Further colour elements to consider
Paint colours, doors, fences, window frames, sheds and water tanks are other important colour considerations. All leading paint companies have the COLORBOND® steel colours in their range and this can be a benefit when trying to co-ordinate colours. Most colours are available as a standard exterior paint colour and as a powdercoat colour.
Window manufacturers also tend to replicate many of the COLORBOND® steel colours. When selecting the window colour don’t forget it should also co-ordinate with the interior finishes as well as the exterior.
Fences, sheds, carports and water tanks are all offered in COLORBOND® steel and can therefore be coordinated with your roof and garage door.
The front door should be a colour that welcomes the visitor to the house and co-ordinates with the external and interior colours. It could be bright, a deep rich colour, or simply black or white; an element of surprise than beckons the visitor inside. Importantly it should say ‘this is the entrance’, welcome.
Location plays a major role when choosing colours for your house. Respect for the natural beauty of the environment can inspire and guide...
The style of your house, the surrounding environment and your personal preferences are extremely important factors in selecting your...
Using the the Australian landscape for colour inspiration.