Colour choice was pretty fast, here. Well, Mr Hammer and I have had a fair few years to ponder these kinds of possibilities, so we sort of already knew what we wanted.
Neutrality is perfect for external house colours. It can be livened up with a pop of colour in the front door, garage doors, the shutters, or any other small bit of trimming. It can even be tied with any theme you’ve got going on with your gardens.
We went with ‘dark and grey’ initially. Our first choice for roofing colour was Colorbond’s Monument.
Dark colours draw heat, however, and such a dark roof colour, it has been advised to us, can make selling a property marginally more difficult, as a hot house in a hot climate means extra power to keep it cool inside, and rooves are not cheap or easy to replace.
So we went with the second darkest, Colorbond’s Basalt.
It may be the way the sun hits the roof, but it just kinda looks like tin. We are not unhappy with it. At this point, you can’t see it from the road, anyway.
For the external walls, we chose Colorbond’s Windspray.
For all trimming, we chose white and Colorbond’s Surfmist (which is pretty much white, like a really light grey).
The posts and railings on the staircase will be Basalt, and the palings Surfmist. The treads will remain natural.
Why the gosh darn heck did we choose a grey from Colorbond’s somewhat limited range of colours, instead of from any other brand’s 51 shades of grey?!
Well, the roof is Colorbond Steel, so we sorta kinda hadta choose a Colorbond colour there. But for the external walls and trim (well, those bits of trim that weren’t a different type of steel product and therefore offering a totally different colour range), we chose Colorbond colours because we wanted all our large external structures (like the house, shed/workshop and water tanks) to be all mitchy-matchy.
All the walls inside will be painted Dulux Flooded Gum, which is a medium grey.
Our selection was met with some dubiousness. ‘Sure . . . half strength?’ No, full strength. ‘It’s . . . quite dark’. Great! That’s what we’re after! Since, we have taken the colour swatch to hold up against the walls, and it’s only slightly darker than the gyprock they’ve used, so it’s not actually as dark as we thought (so hard to choose a colour of an entire wall based on a tiny little cardboard sample).
All the trim will be a nice, crisp white.
In future, there may be feature walls, murals and wainscoting! But for now, we have kept it all simple and neutral.