How to select roofs, gutters and facias

It can be exciting, or daunting, some of you would say, to select the paint finishes for the exterior of your new home but the practical bits like roofs, gutters and facias are sometimes not given a lot of thought or attention.  Often clients look at me with a blank and worried stare when I mention the facia.  So this post on how to select roofs, gutters and facias may sound a little uninspiring but for those of you who are building, I hope it helps to make some sense of these very important choices.

What colour should my roof be?

Life used to be so simple when we could have either a grey shingle or a traditional terracotta roof.  Now the options are vast and there are many pros and cons for each style and colour.  I have 5 steps below to help you to make the right decision:

  1. Consider the style of your house.  Is it a traditional home in the city or in the leafy suburbs?  If this is the case then you may feel you want to opt for a classic grey shingle style roof or a traditional terracotta one.  This look is solid, timeless and suits the classic style family brick home.  However if you are building a coastal style home you will be more likely to opt for a laid back look and build with a metal Colorbond roof.  Country style homes too suit a metal roof – so typical of the classic Australian country home with its Zincalume roof.  A contemporary home with a skillion style roof also needs a metal roof.
  2. Consider whether you want to see a contrast?  Do you want to see a contrast between your roof and your house?  Would you prefer the roof to just blend into the surroundings or do you want it to become part of the colour scheme and stand out?  A traditional terracotta roof makes a statement and there is many a gorgeous home in Sydney and the surrounds with this style of roof.  It doesn't mean that you have to continue with that colour throughout the scheme – the roof just makes the statement in its own right.  What you do see though is a very definite contrast.
  3. Consider the colour scheme. The prevalence of Colorbond roofs has meant that many of us now have to give a lot of thought to the colour of our roof as in many cases it becomes a definite part of the colour scheme.  It is very challenging just viewing the colour from a small chip and I always recommend that clients go to a roofing supplier to see large samples of the metal in the sunlight.  Remember that grey washes out of the colour in the direct sun and you will see more of the underlying colour beneath.
  4. Consider the desired temperature of your home.  Light coloured roofs will reflect the heat and dark coloured roofs will absorb it.  You generally see darker roofs in areas like Melbourne and lighter roofs up in the heat of Queensland.
  5. Will you be installing banks of solar panels?  If you are planning to invest in a large amount of solar panels then you should probably opt for a slightly darker roof so that these are disguised.  You may have a style of roof with the west or north facing side away from the street in which case you might be able to get away with solar panels and a light roof.  However, a roof on full display from the street with solar panels can detract from the overall look of the house.

How to choose roofs, gutters and fascias


I love the house above. This is a great example of how you can have a traditional terracotta roof which makes a statement and stands out but the house doesn't have to contain that colour.  By adding a black gutter and white facia you create a good break to lead into the rest of the house which has a very contemporary colour treatment.

Choosing a Colorbond Roof

I find that many of the Colorbond roof colours look very similar in situ and it is not until you see the guttering that you can always pick which colour the roof is.  Early in the morning or late in the afternoon, can be easier to see but when the sun is high many all look the same.  Therefore you need to focus on the depth of colour that you want first and foremost.  The appeal of using Colorbond for your roofs, gutters and facias is that you do not have to worry about colour matching.

These are some of my favourite Colorbond roof colours

If clients are looking for a dark roof I often steer them towards Colorbond Monument as this is a very neutral off black with no obvious underlying colour.

Colorbond Woodland Grey is a time honoured classic which has looked good for years. In fact it replaced Colorbond Slate which was a very similar grey and I have been using both for almost 20 years.  It is one of the only Colorbond colours that has always been popular.  Woodland Grey does have a green undertone.  I find this very easy to work with though and a favourite for exterior schemes.  It is certainly one of my favourite roof colours.

Colorbond Ironstone has a blue undertone.  I like it but sometimes I wish it was more of a charcoal blue.  I feel it just needs to be a touch greyer as in some lights the underlying blue can really show through.

A mid tone Colorbond colour is a good idea as it gets neither too hot or too cold.  Dark enough that it won't show the dirt and leaf litter stains as much as the lighter colours, but not too dark that it becomes hot in the summer.

Colorbond Basalt is a lovely neutral mid-tone grey which I like to specify.  It does have a slight blue undertone but I find that it goes with many colour schemes and gives a classic look.  Good for traditional homes where the client wants a slightly lighter colour and great for contemporary homes too.

Colorbond Wallaby is another great mid-tone colour with a gorgeous warm brown grey undertone.  In fact, just like a Wallaby!  A great choice if you prefer the warmer greys and neutrals.

Colorbond Gully is a fabulous neutral if you prefer a colour that leans more towards earthy browns and away from the greys.  Outside it can look like a nothing colour, if that makes sense.  It is simple and goes well with many neutrals.  I actually love this colour matched in a paint finish too for exteriors.  It's not at the height of fashion but will look good for years to come.

Lighter Colorbond roofs are very popular, particularly in coastal locations as you get a light and airy look.  Excellent to use in hotter climates and very popular in Queensland as the light colours reflect the heat.  Do consider though if you have overhanging trees, particularly if they are gum trees.  Leaf litter quickly builds up and stains lighter roofs and they can be difficult to maintain.

For this reason, Colorbond Windspray is a favourite of mine as it gives you a light, silvery look but just has a bit more depth than the other lighter colours.  In some lights it appears a little blue and in others it appears green.  On the roof it looks predominantly silver grey.

Colorbond Dune is another great classic.  A warm grey, this is an excellent choice to go with a warm earthy colour palette.  It can be slightly pinkish in some lights but you don't usually see this when it is on the roof .  You generally only notice this in the guttering.

Colorbond Shale Grey along with Woodland Grey is another colour that has endured.  It replaced Gull Grey and is just that classic cool neutral silver grey that has been popular in roofing for a very long time.  It can give you the look of the old Zincalume roofs and is an excellent choice for coastal and country houses.

Colorbond Surfmist is a favourite of many.  Clients love it in coastal locations and it certainly does give you a very light and reflective roof.  I have had many comments though from clients who don't like it as a guttering colour.  It does appear a little creamy.  I think in many cases it works well as the depth of colour and grey in it work well in the sunlight.  However for those people who use it for facias in Hamptons styles where they also add a lot of very crisp white trim, they feel it looks dirty in comparison.  In this case I usually specify a timber facia that can be painted.

Assessing the underlying colour in Colorbond

Note that the amount of underlying colour that you see in any of these colours will depend on the time of day, the aspect and degree of the pitch of the roof and how much flashing you see.  Ensure you look at large samples of the metal and ask the supplier for examples of houses which have the colour you are interested in.  This is the best way to see if the colour is right for you.

How to choose roofs, gutters & facias

The house above has a Shale Grey Colorbond roof and gutters with Surfmist facia.  There is also Colorbond walling in Shale Grey with a Monument garage.

How to choose roofs, gutters & facias

This house has a Colorbond Dune roof, gutter, facia and garage.  You can see how you can tell which colour the roof is from the flashing rather than the actual ribbed metal roofing.

How to choose roofs, gutters & facias

This house has a Basalt roof and gutter with a Surfmist facia.  It is interesting to note how light the roof appears in relation to the guttering but in fact they are the same colour.

Choosing a concrete roof

My favourite concrete roof is the flat shingle style as this gives you a streamlined and very classic look.  The dark greys have a look of traditional slate which works well.  Note though that for most types of tile the colour is painted on the top of the roof tile and over time this will fade and chip.  The premium concrete roof tiles have colour all they way through but are generally just in dark charcoal grey and of course will also cost more.  The image below shows Boral's premium Linea Charcoal Grey colour through roof tile.


How to choose roofs, gutters & facias
Image: Boral 

Choosing a Terracotta roof

A terracotta roof is the best quality and it doesn't have to be a terracotta colour!  Although I love the traditional Terracotta coloured roofs, it is actually the terracotta itself which makes the tile amongst the best and they do come in a range of colours.  With long warranties this really is a premium product and is particularly good to use for harsh environments.

Boral has recently used their French terracotta roof tiles on the restoration of the Norah Head Lighthouse.  A project close to my heart as this is close to where I live and an absolutely gorgeous place to visit.  It is a testament to the product that it has been installed in such harsh conditions.

How to choose roofs, gutters & facias
Image: Boral French roof tiles

Choosing Gutters & Facias

There are 3 options for your gutters & facias:

  1. Gutter & Facia the same colour to match the roof
  2. Gutter to match the roof and facia different (often to match the windows or other colours on house)
  3. Gutter and facia the same colour but as a contrast to the roof.

Option 1 will give you a seamless look and is often considered the most contemporary of choices.  This brings the colour of the roof down into the scheme.  The image below shows a house with Colorbond Evening Haze roof, gutter and facia.

How to choose roofs, gutters & facias

In option 2 the gutters disappear into the roof and the facia stands out more.  This can be very effective if you have a white facia and lessens the impact of the roof and gutter.

How to choose roofs, gutters & facias
Image: Bristile Roofing

Finally, option 3 gives you a very dominant trim colour.  For example if the roof is a darker colour but you didn't want to make this a feature of the house you could add a lighter gutter and facia which becomes a wide band of trim around the top of the house.  The image below demonstrates this but if you go back up to the Norah Head homestead restoration project above you will see a good example of this there too.

How to choose roofs, gutters & facias
Image: Bristile roofing

The roof in the image below is surprisingly Colorbond Woodland Grey and this demonstrates how light roofing can appear at different points of the day.  A contrasting Deep Ocean gutter and facia has made a definite colour statement on the trim of the house.

How to choose roofs, gutters and fascias

The options are vast for your choice of roofing and the way that you treat your gutters and facia will have an impact on the overall look of the house.  So when selecting roofs, gutters and facias bear in mind your location, including the year round temperature, the style of your house, the colour scheme and whether or not you want the roof and trim to stand out or to blend into the house.

If you are building or renovating I have a handy comprehensive exterior checklist which you can use to ensure you have everything covered.  You can download it free from my Resource Library. This will get you started with choosing roofs, gutters & facias and the many other products, finishes and colours that you need to select.  Sign up free for it here.

I also offer an online colour consultation service if you are stuck with selecting your colours.  From just one key question that is troubling you, through to a full colour scheme, I will have a package to suit you.  I can also tailor packages for you too.  Find out more here.

Related: My Guide to painting eaves

78 thoughts on “How to select roofs, gutters and facias

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    Bron says:

    We have chosen wallaby for a our roof. We have a mid tone greyish cemintel under the gable with cape Jaffa concrete block columns which are a creamy yellow… I am looking at Dulux winter fog render .. can you recommend any other Nuetral grey or Greige colours please?

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Bron You need to find something that works with the Cemintel grey which I understand to be quite cool and the limestone yellow of the blocks. Dulux Winter Fog is a good option or try a little darker with Whakarewarewa Half to balance the columns – both great with Wallaby. Perhaps look at samples of both with the 2 finishes to see which you prefer. Good luck Samantha

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      Jane says:

      Hi Samantha. We have recently painted the tiled roof of our home Wallaby. As we are having a black aluminium fence with Red Robin hedges I was going to incorporate Monument into the guttering or fascia to tie the fence in. WOuld this work? What colours do you recommend for rendered walls and soffit. THe home also has 3 columns on patio and we are having a Dutch gable stand alone carport installed with matching columns. COuld these be a different colour? If so, what colour or would they stay the same colour as walls

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        Samantha Bacon says:

        Hi Jane there are too many areas to address here but I would say that you can certainly introduce some Monument into your trim rather than adding more Wallaby to the scheme and then look for a range of neutrals to use in different strengths that are warm grey browns to choose from. Perhaps a Monument front door could also tie this in and give you some contrast. Good luck Samantha

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    Tina Baulch says:

    Thanks Samantha for the great advice on choosing. A professional helped me to choose Woodland Grey gutters and fascia with a Dune roof. I am now looking to render my walls and am lost as I dont like the colours together. We live in Brisbane so needed a light roof – this is almost silver (I was after an earthy tone). Not sure what to do now. Any advice appreciated (looking at Surfmist for a render colour).

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Tina That’s a shame that you’re not happy with your roof but I am sure it will do the trick in Queensland by reflecting the heat. Woodland Grey is quite a contrast so by going light on your walls you need to consider that there will be a dark band around the top of your house. Colorbond Surfmist is a popular render colour as it is a white with enough grey to stand up to the bright sunlight. It can appear slightly creamy/yellow in some instances? For a touch more depth to balance the Woodland Grey you could look at Dulux Lyttelton. This is a nice neutral grey/white – still very light and with a slight green undertone which could work with the trim and silvery roof. Perhaps try a sample board of this to see what you think? Good luck Samantha

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    Russell Broadrick says:

    Hi Samantha,
    We are considering a Windspray Roof because its not to dark and not too light , but we find it too dark for the fascia and gutters. Do you think Shale Grey would would work well for gutters and fascia?
    We are considering Oyster Linen for the weatherboards.
    Thanks for your advice.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Russell depending on the slant, time of day and aspect of your roof it should just mainly look a silvery colour and you shouldn’t see too much of the undertone. I can often only tell the colour of a metal roof by looking at the gutters and fascia which is where you see the underlying colour. I think you should be able to get away with Shale Grey for your trim. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Kylie Neville says:

    Hi Samantha,
    We have a 30yo brick home, split level. Have just had our tile roof repainted in Basalt. Very happy! Now we are looking to replace our old metal gutters, down pipes, and fascia. They are currently federation colours (green, red, cream). Feeling a bit lost with colour combinations. Our new window trims are all Surfmist. We are considering Basalt gutters and Surfmist fascia, or should we be looking for more contrast with gutter colour? Also worried about downpipe colour standing out on out brick exterior. Grateful for your advice.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Kylie If you are happy with the Basalt roof then I would also use this on the gutters too and the fascia to tie in with your windows makes sense. Generally downpipes in a dark grey are less noticeable on bricks but it will depend on the brick colour – sometimes you can get quite a good match but if your brick is darker I would definitely go dark grey. Good luck Samantha

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    Tim W says:

    Hi Samantha,
    We have a brick house that we are spraying in white. The house is very skinny and long, facing the main street and the roof is very visible from the street. the tiles are concrete and we don’t have any sarking under it on the older part of the house (bedrooms). The house is on the Gold Coast and gets a lot of sun! We have black aluminium windows and a timber front door. I usually like monument or woodland grey for the roof but everyone is scaring me as it could get very hot. Now stuck between basalt and shale grey??? Please help, very confused!!

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Tim I think the advice you are getting for the Queensland sun is absolutely right. Your roofing contractor may have houses to show you where they have painted concrete roofs. These can be problematic because colours you love in Colorbond metal roofing will look very different on a tiled surface. Not to say that they won’t work but they do obviously look different so perhaps seeing examples may help you to decide. If you naturally prefer the darker colours, Basalt may be a good compromise but it is a little blue and in a painted surface and depending on the aspect of the roof, you may see more of this. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Susan says:

    Hi Samantha
    Would appreciate your opinion on colours for a new build.
    We are considering using recycled red bricks with not too much white on the facade & part sides of house, remainder brick will be Austral Industrial in Iron – warm grey. Colorbond roof, gutters & facia in shale grey. Eaves in surfmist. Fill below roof & garage doors in basalt. Windows in monument. The design has a skillion roof with 10% pitch. Front of house faces north, side is north west for solar panels. Climate long cold winter, summer extreme heat often 40+ degree.

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      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Susan your Shale Grey roof is certainly a good choice for reflecting heat in the extreme summer heat and works well with an industrial style look with Monument windows. It’s difficult to say entirely if the scheme is right but from what you have described it sounds as though you are on the right track. I hope you love your new home Samantha

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        Susan says:

        Hello Samantha, I’m back, we haven’t progressed with our build partly due to the covid uncertainty, in many ways it’s been great having time to think. We are still looking at building with recycled red & Austral Industrial Iron bricks & part feature spotted gum timber cladding. We remain unsure about roof colour& now think shale grey is too pale. My husband isn’t keen on monument because we want the roof & garage doors to match & he doesn’t like monument in the summer heat. Our other roof & facia options are basalt or wind spray. I’m leaning towards basalt & fill under facia in wind spray, shale grey or surfmist. window colours black or monument? A monument roof seems common with recycled red bricks. We would like something a bit different. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated. Susan

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          Samantha Bacon says:

          Hi Susan yes it can be good to have some downtown to reconsider decisions! My feeling would be to go with Basalt for the roof – it’s very difficult to say about all the other elements without looking properly at the scheme but this is a good alternative if you want a mid tone room. Good luck with it all Samantha

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    Marlena Primeau says:

    We have a cottage by the lake with dark brown mainly/black shingle roof. Our window trim and patio doors (6) on the deck have white brick mold. We are going 30″ up from ground before applying Maebec siding. I would like the siding a shade of blue/gray not to light or dark. Banging my head to decide on fascia soffit and gutters. My husband feels white gets dirty too fast. What colour can I consider dark brown/black???

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Marlena My advice is to link the gutters to the roof so they disappear – probably just a smart black and then when you select your blue/gray for the walls I would suggest a slightly lighter version of this colour for the soffits/eaves. Ask the local paint shop what the colour would be if the wall choice got a little lighter. I like to relate the soffits to the walls where possible. Hopefully this should just be a soft grey with a touch of blue which will hide dirt better than white but will also give the cottage a lift. I hope this makes sense! Good luck Samantha

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    Sarah Burton says:

    Hi Samantha, I wish I’d come across your website sooner! We live in a heritage area in a 2 storey (100 yrs old but fusion of styles) white rendered dutch barn looking house ( originally the house was pink!) with terracotta tiles. We are building a small studio in the back garden with weathertex vertical 150 ” boards and are trying to tie both buildings the old (main house) and the new (studio with a soon to install colour bond roof.)
    The outside patio/decking comprises olive (silver) white limestone pavers with spotted gum decking at the back. We also have old sandstone pavers we’ve recycled for the driveway and pathway to the house.
    We had a colour consultant come to the house who suggested:
    1. we change the roof colour to monument grey but we can’t it has to stay as terracotta tiles.
    2. the studio roof be Colorbond Surfmist and weatherboard cladding be Dulux Black Caviar or Western Myal.
    3.the main house be natural white and Colorbond Monument for guttering.

    Subsequent to reading your article I was wondering if:
    1. the Studio roof and guttering be Monument Grey ( although this may be hot for Sydney if we use solar panels it will blend in and also from the street you will notice the greenery more than the roof?; and
    2.the weatherboard be Western Myall or Tranquil Retreat (are these warm dark greys?)
    3. the main house guttering and downpipes be Woodland grey? It would match the olive the white pavers on the patio and wooden deck? And the warmth of the terracotta tiles – or should I go Monument grey or Western Myall?
    Also should we match the window joinery timber work with the gutters colour – such as Woodlawn grey /Western Myall/Monument Grey?
    Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks Samantha.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sarah this sounds an interesting project for you. My feeling is to definitely do the studio roof in a dark colour and Monument makes sense to hide the solar panels. However there could be other mid-tone options but it all depends on what you use for the walls, the main house etc. Dulux Western Myall is a very dark grey while Dulux Tranquil Retreat is a very light one so you are looking at a very wide range in tone. I really couldn’t say for sure as there are a lot of things to consider. I do offer e-consultations if that helps but I can at least definitely say that a dark roof in amongst your garden would be far preferable. Hope this helps! Samantha

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    Rebecca Young says:

    Hi Samantha! Thank you so much for this fabulous blog! We’re renovating a simple single story 1980s house with mission brown bricks and a cottage green roof. We live in a rural setting (Margaret River) with a mediterranean climate. Do you have any external colours tips for renovating this era? I’m currently thinking to paint the roof tiles/gutters windspray, then do shale grey walls and white trims. Do you think there will be enough contrast and it will for this era? We will also be building a patio with natural jarrah posts. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Rebecca you don’t see a lot of difference between Shale Grey and Windspray and remember that roof tiles in Windspray will not look like Colorbond steel in the same colour as the metal glimmers and reflects light whereas the underlying green/blue of the Windspray will really show through in the painted version on roof tiles so I would recommend asking your painter for examples of other roofs that they have painted. The natural Jarrah will be beautiful and it would be nice to bring this into the house too – perhaps the front door? White trims will look good with the Shale Grey – ensure you see a good contrast outside to get the effect – good luck Samantha

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    Moira Younger says:

    Hi Samatha i need help in choosing colours. I have a 2 storey Tudor house we are getting rid of the wooden beams and replacing it with painted rendering in dulux warm neutral S13D3 my roof is charcoal, windows white , what colours should i paint the gutters down pipes and Fascia. Thank you moira .

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Moira I would just paint the downpipes the same as the wall colour so that they blend in and disappear. You could do your gutters in Charcoal and then your fascia to match your windows – just think about how much trim you want to see around the roof line – all in Charcoal will be less obvious, all in white will be most obvious. Hope this helps. Samantha

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    Hollie says:

    Hi Samantha
    We’re building a coastal style yet contemporary house and would love some feedback. We are thinking about a colourbond roof and gutters in shale grey, with recycled brick garage and a monument garage door. For the facade we’re thinking a basalt (kind of colour weatherboard and facia with black windows. (We alreasdu have the windows) Do you think this will work? It’s so confusing!

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Hollie This sounds good. You just have to be sure that you like the strong contrast between your roof and the rest of the house. Without seeing a photo it all sounds OK but I would just consider your fascia colour – possibly Monument would be better to tie in with the black windows and Monument garage and then have the walls in Basalt so that all your trim is the same. Good luck Samantha

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    Sheila simpson says:

    Hi Samantha

    We have a rammedearth country house with natural timber beams supporting the roof lines. The current roof colour is green which is badly faded as the house is about 24 years old.

    We are renovating the whole house.

    I’m really struggling with a roof colour and thought wallaby may be suitable. The rammed earth walls are very earthy (orangey/rustic) colour.

    Would love to hear your thoughts.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sheila it sounds as though this will be fine but although it will match there may not be much contrast so you need to consider that too or it could look all the same – without seeing it, it is difficult to say for sure. Good luck Samantha

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    Mel says:

    Hi Samantha, we are using recycled bricks with Monument window frames but would like a lighter coloured roof. Dune is a good tone and contrast with the bricks but I’m worried it will get dirty as we live on a bush block – it could stain from Eucalypt leaves, dust and soot.

    I’m considering a mid-tone such as Wallaby with Monument fascia and guttering but am not sure if Wallaby will be too brown.

    I would like a colour that looks similar to a galvanized iron roof but can’t use zinc as we are under a flight path.

    I’m not sure about the blue tones in Basalt with the recycled brick.

    Your thoughts would be welcome, thanks.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Mel If you’re worried about Wallaby being too brown then you could use Monument for the gutters as well as the fascia. You don’t often see the underlying colour of a roof until you see the guttering so if you have all Monument trim and windows I think you will find that the Wallaby should be fine. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Arlene Paraiso says:

    Hi Samantha,

    Good thing i came across your blog. I am building my first house and i’m looking for a basalt colorbond roof . My window color is charcoal and garage door at the back is monument. What is the best color for the gutter/facia and render? Any tips please? Thank you in advance

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Arlene As your windows are charcoal I think I would have Basalt gutters and fascias to match the roof and tie in with the windows. In terms of the render, you have lots of options and need to consider whether you want a light or a dark house. A soft greige could work. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Narelle Tucceri says:

    Hi Samantha, I love your blog! I need some advice on trim colours for a 60’s/70’s style double story terracotta brick, brown tile roof house. We are currently building a deck off it with Monument steel beams and will have Spotted Gum batons on front. We are not painting brick but will paint eaves, gutters and possibly roof or replace with Colorbond. Would really appreciate any advice as that brick is orange 🍊 and house face North so get a lot of sun.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Narelle I really like Monument trims with natural terracotta bricks as it makes them far more contemporary. Glad you are enjoying the blog! Thanks Samantha

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    Julie Gill says:

    Hi Samantha, we have a 1980’s classic cream brick house. The foundation bricks were mission brown but have been painted in monument. The fascia & gutters are monument. We need to paint the tiled roof and are thinking of a medium or light grey colour. We are having trouble choosing between woodland grey, dune, shale grey, windspray or wallaby. We have also looked at dulux colours in pelaco, old eagle, moxa and silver thaw. We are favouring a lighter colour as we have hot summers, can you help please?

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Julie painted tile roofs look quite different to the colorbond roofs as you see much more of the underlying colour on a tile roof. Woodland Grey is dark and has a green undertone, Dune is a lovely light colour but has a warm pink/brown undertone which I don’t think will work with your brick. Shale Grey is pretty neutral but if anything reads a touch green but I would say this is the most neutral option. Windspray is a combination of green/blue. Wallaby is probably the best option with your colour scheme but it isn’t a light tone and could read a little more brown than grey which after getting rid of your mission brown you may not like. The other Dulux colours you are looking at have a purple undertone which won’t be right. I think you should paint a large board with two coats of your choice and place it up on the roof next to the Monument gutters to get a good idea of whether you will like the effect. Good luck! Samantha

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    Emma stewart says:

    HI Samantha,
    I am hoping you can give me some advice on roof/window colours to match our yellow brick 90s south facing house. We suspect the windows are Ironstone, but they are now a faded blue/grey, and we have a non-descript grey/brown roof. We are converting half of our garage into a bedroom and that will be Foamfast to the front exterior. Initially we thought of rendering the whole front exterior Surfmist and refinishing the faded windows in Ironstone. However, we are now wondering if we should instead embrace the yellow brick and highlight its natural ‘beauty’ by painting the roof and windows a darker grey with less blue in it. Maybe Monument or Basalt?? Or do we stick with Ironstone? The SA sunshine really does bleach things!
    Thanks in advance.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Emma I haven’t seen your house but I think you should possibly keep the bricks. Woodland Grey works really well with this colour as it has a slight green undertone and isn’t such a harsh contrast as the blues. Monument could look striking but you will have more of a contrast in tone. Basalt is a lighter roof and less blue than Ironstone – this could be good to reflect the South Australian heat! Good luck Samantha

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    Jeanette Hagedorn says:

    Hello Samantha, I have a newly rendered lowset house on the Gold Coast and now I am having stress overload with outside colours as the painter is already in progress. The roof and gutters and fascias are Colorbond Windspray , the windows are Colorbond Surfmist, and the render is Dulux Spanish Olive. The painter suggests to paint the soffits and underside of the open carport in Spanish Olive but I am not sure about this. I have read your article which says horizontal colours go darker. Could you please suggest a complementary colour for soffits of house and for the underside of the open carport facing the street .

    Also if I may ask for a colour for our massive rendered pool wall. We are on a corner block so the wall fronts 2 streets and is the first thing to be seen as you approach the house. As we enter our street we see roof and wall. Windspray looks wonderful on the roof,almost a silver grey, but we tried a test strip of this on the pool wall and it looks wrong. Should the wall be something a bit darker than but complementary to Spanish Olive.

    If you could suggest colours I would be thrilled. Many thanks.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Jeanette I think that the Dulux Spanish Olive could work on the eaves. Colours do get darker when horizontal but this can work well for the eaves as it makes them less noticeable. Dulux Sepal is a couple of tones darker than Spanish Olive but not as dark as Windspray – you could try a sample of this on the swimming pool wall. Good luck Samantha

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        Jeanette Hagedorn says:

        Many thanks for your response Samantha. The painter had already painted a sample patch of Spanish Olive under the carport and I immediately felt that it was caving in on me so Dulux White on White it is for the eaves and underside of carport.
        I had to make a hurried decision on the pool wall, even before the eaves, so I turned up with a sample pot of each of the next 3 colours on the pallette strip after Dulux Spanish Olive. ..and I now have a huge, but beautiful wall in Dulux Sepal.

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    Emma says:

    Hi Samantha
    I am currently building a second storey on to our 35yr old sandy speckled brick home. Gutters and fascia were cream which i am hoping to remove this cream look and move to a modern look incorporating Greys. The tiles are original, like Jasper colour.
    I have chosen surfmist for new windows.
    I now need to choose the colours for the weatherboard, gutters and fascia and downpipes.
    I like Dune for the gutters, fascia and downpipes, however am now stuck on the weatherboard colour, and if i need to go lighter than Dune or darker. Or do i opt for Dune as the weatherboard colour and surfmist for gutters, fascia and downpipes?
    What’s your thoughts..?
    Id love any suggestions you may have, as i suck ar making choices!

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Emma you will you will need to go quite light on the weatherboard to see a contrast – also consider the colour against the existing brick too. I think this is really important to get a cohesive look so it may be that something closer in tone to Surfmist will work with the Dune trim. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Jeanette Hagedorn says:

    Hi Samantha, my home is a highset 2 level 1986 traditional style house on the Gold Coast. It is a wide frontage house facing west, and has a garage built at a right angle to the house. This garage faces north.
    The roof is a Terracotta tile in Pottery Brown. The old brick walls are newly rendered in Dulux Fitzroy Crossing. The new windows, gutters,and garage door are all Colorbond Monument. The driveway is massive and is a light exposed aggregate. Everything goes extremely well together but I just feel that the overall look is a little same/same.
    The front of the house has about 5 small straight and recessed walls and an under cover entrance to the front door. We are at the end of a cul de sac and as I drive up the street I just have a feeling that on the ground floor one of the smaller front sections or the entrance wall needs to be a different colour. I was thinking autumn colours , but then I could be way off too. Open to all suggestions please.
    What colour pallettes or particular names would you suggest that I play with. A few more sample pots to add to my collection!

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Jeanette I think that an Autumn palette would work well with Dulux Fitzroy Crossing. Sometimes strong colour when just used in a normal paint finish can end up looking garish. I think you should consider looking at Porters Paints which has some gorgeous exterior paints. Either with a stone finish or something like their Lime Wash in the colour Fired Earth. Because this is a mottled and natural finish you can get away with stronger colour. They also make Liquid Iron and Instant Rust paint which would look gorgeous on a large feature pot. This is a good way to bring colour to the house without drastically painting large areas. You could also plant some Magnolia Grandiflora trees to tie in with this scheme. I hope that this has given you some ideas to give your house a lift. Samantha

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    Rachel says:

    Hi Samantha, thanks for your blog – i found it really useful. I have recently added a 2 story extension to my single fronted weatherboard Victorian terrace in Melbourne. The extension has a monument black roof and gutters. The original part of the house has a zincalum roof – I need to update the gutters on the orginal part of the house – would monument work with the zincalum roof. The cladding on the house is a light grey with white trim windows and a black door.
    I would appreciate your thoughts? Many thanks

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Rachel I think I would keep the gutters on the original part of the house the same as the roof – that way each section of roof has gutters that match their roof. Perhaps something like a Shale Grey for the original roof guttering could work. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Sandy Murray says:

    Hi Sam, I have a weatherboard 60s house in Tasmania next to a river. The external walls are freshly painted shale grey with surfmist trim around windows. Am in the process of replacing roof, gutters and fascias. SO now the hard question of what colour/s the new metal roof, fascia and gutters should be. I love the shale grey and surfmist combination. For roof am considering Wallaby, Basalt or Windspray. For gutters and fascia considering shale grey. Does this sound boring, okay or fantastic. Any other thoughts?

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sandy as your trim is in Surfmist, this is what I think your gutter and fascia should be too. Wallaby is a warm Colorbond colour so it won’t work with your combination but either Basalt or Windspray will. Basalt will give you some definition to the house and I think this would be my choice. Good luck!

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    Lee says:

    Hi Samantha, just came across your blog whilst Googling gutter/fascia colours – happy I found you.
    We live in a 1980s single storey mid brown brick with black glaze home with terracotta tiled roof and manor red colorbond windows, in a bushy suburb of southern Sydney. The gutters need replacing & I’m considering getting the gutter/fascia combo to save painting. Looking at Monument for the gutters, however do you think it may be too dark with the brick? Also, should I choose the same or a complimentary colour for the fascia? Was also looking to paint the front door Dulux Mystification so I thought maybe Monument for the gutter, a complimentary colour for the fascia & the blue front door. Appreciate your thoughts, thanks heaps 🙂

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Lee it’s difficult to say for sure but I would be inclined to go with Monument for both gutter and fascia. I couldn’t say for sure about the front door – I love dark blue doors but without seeing the brick it is hard to say. Perhaps do the gutters and fascia and then reassess the look of the house? Hope this helps Samantha

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    leah says:

    Hi I would like some advice
    choice one Black window and door with shale grey render and monument roof gutter and fascia
    choice two
    black window and door with shale grey render , basalt roof with monument gutter and fascia.
    no idear for garage colour

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Leah I think that I would opt for the Monument roof unless you live in a hotter climate, in which case the Basalt roof would be preferable to reflect the heat. The garage may benefit from being a fresher white, like Surfmist to offset all the black and grey tones. However, the home will be so neutral that even a Basalt door could look good. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Nadia says:

    Hi Samantha, I have a 1980s cream brick house in Perth with a Terrain colour tiled roof, cream window frames and paperbark garage door. We need to replace our gutters and paint the fascia and are very confused what to match with a terrain roof! The old gutters and fascia were painted a peachy colour.
    We are trying to modernise our house and have a surfmist fence and patio. In a few years we would like to paint the window frames black or white and perhaps the garage if needed. What would you suggest please? Would you recommend surfmist gutters to match the other components or possibly monument? Many thanks.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Nadia I like Monument gutters with red roofing but Surfmist would work too. Think about what you will do in the future with your windows and doors. I think if you already have some Surfmist I would be inclined to paint the windows in this too but you could have Monument garage and gutters with this too. Sorry it’s not conclusive but you could go either way – think about the overall look of the house and whether you want a fresher look or a more sophisticated dark grey trim. Good luck Samantha

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    Erin Williamson says:

    Hi Samantha,
    Great blog!
    I’m building a new house. I’m thinking: Endless Dusk for cladding. Colorbond roof in Monument roof. Window frames are Pearl White with trims painted 1/2 Lexicon. What would you suggest for the gutters and fascia … keep it Monument or add another colour? Cheers Erin

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Erin glad you’re enjoying the blog! I think I would keep the gutters in Monument as that way they will disappear into the roof so that the Endless Dusk and crisp white can take centre stage. Hope you love your new home! Samantha

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    Sandy says:

    Hi Samantha, I have a 60s weatherboard house. The outside is newly painted in shale grey with surfmist trim. I am getting a new roof and am think surfmist for fascia however not sure about gutter/roof whether to go with monument, woodland grey or basalt. Also I’m thinking perhaps fascia should also be the same colour as roof and guttering. Am in Tassie so it’s cold down here. What roof colour do you think? and should fascia be the same or surfmist? Kind regards

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    Sandra Murray says:

    Sorry Samantha please disregard and I realise I had already sent a message. Thankyou very much for your response back in May 🙂

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    Briony says:

    Hi Sammantha, I really appreciate reading through these posts and seeing your feedback. We are about to build our first house in rural Victoria and are planning on a light coloured beige brick and a reflective roof to keep our house cool in summer. We are thinking of just using surf mist for the roof, fascia gutters and window, and then going a wooden-look garage door. Just wondering if you think this is too plain and if we should create some more contrasts with the gutter/fascia/roof/garage door. Many thanks in advance.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Briony you will get some great contrast with the timber garage door and it would be good to continue this with some posts/pergola etc. to add another dimension to the house and link the garage. A simple Surfmist roof and trims with a light brick is a lovely airy look and I think just consider where you can add some more timber – possibly the front door? Good luck with your house build. Samantha

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    Marcie says:

    Hi Samantha,
    I think you might be a lifesaver for us right now! We are in the process of selecting colours for a new home and are a bit stuck on colours to match our brick- which is a deep red tone with mottled blackish spots.
    The display homes we have visited using the same brick have quite dark roofing- not sure if it is Monument or Ironstone which we think looks awesome, but we are not sure which one ?? any idea on what would look better with our brick choice?
    We are also thinking Dune for gutter and facia to contrast, and possibly Basalt for the garage door. I think Monument is only available to us for windows (not ironstone), so do you think this could work even with Ironstone for the roof if we go that way? A possibility is that we also use Dune for windows- but i would have preferred a darker trim.
    Kind regards

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Marcie I suspect the roof may be Monument as this is very popular at the moment and would certainly work with the bricks. Ironstone has a definite blue undertone which is quite noticeable in the gutters. It looks great but I think Monument may be a more neutral option and then you can have Monument windows. Dune should work nicely with this. I’m not sure about Basalt too for the garage – without seeing the house it’s difficult to say how this will tie in. Hope this points you in the right direction Samantha

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    Jan Crombie-Brown says:

    Hey, Samantha. So glad I found you! We are renovating our 100 year old timber miners cottage. I’m thinking of a basalt colourbond roof and gutters with white fascia and windows etc. I’m thinking the weatherboards will be painted a little darker than Shale Grey. My husband thinks the gutters and downpipes should be in monument contrast, but I’m not so sure and think it will overpower the house which has a narrow frontage and painted brick verandah. Could you please point me in the right direction? Regards, Jan

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Jan old cottages did tend to have dark gutters and downpipes and your husband may be thinking of this to keep it in a traditional Heritage style. I think though as it has a narrow front that I would paint the downpipes to match the wall colour and keep the gutters to match the roof. But you could get away with just Monument gutters to bring in a little contrast. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Karen McCarthy says:

    Hi Samantha
    We have recently done our tiled roof in the monument colour and we are about to do the gutters and the facias the same colour also. At the moment we have white down pipes and white garage doors, we also have white window frames too which we can’t change. Do you suggest doing the down pipes and the garage doors also in monument to match the roof? or is it best to leave them white too. The house is all brick.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Karen It’s difficult to say without seeing the house but I would say that dark downpipes are always less noticeable than white and then there is no set rule with the garage – it will depend on the colour of the bricks etc and the overall look that you want to achieve. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Vanessa says:

    Hi Samantha thank you for your article, it was really informative. I am building a house at the moment and Shale Grey has been suggested for the roof and gutters and Vivid WHite for the trims. We have aluminium windows in Pearl White and the cladding in Dulux Calico Dress. I woul love to inject some warmth into the colour scheme with a warm cream/grey limestone paver. Builder is telling me that Vivid white has little coverage so would be best to choose another white. Do you think I could use Builder’s White or White on White? Would love your advice. I’m worried that switching to Surfmist might be too creamy but at the same time would like a white that Doesn’t make the shale grey look too cool if that makes sense.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Vanessa your builder is right – Vivid White has practically no pigment and painters hate it because the coverage is poor. Dulux Lexicon Quarter is a lovely crisp white which has a little more pigment and painters I know are happy with this – you will still have a very crisp white trim. Good luck Samantha

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    Sue McPhan says:

    Hi Samantha. So much wonderful information here! I live in a red brick duplex, the garage doors are side by side. The roof is dark brown tiles, the guttering, downpipes and vertical poles are all mission brown. The adjoining owner is about to sell and wishes to update but has left the colour choice up to me. I am looking at Windspray for the garage doors, guttering and fascias. I am unsure if the downpipes and vertical poles should be similar in colour to the bricks or if they should be Windspray (or something else). The adjoining owner prefers a contrast, however, I just don’t know! Appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks Sue.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sue I always like to hide downpipes if possible – it’s hard to say for sure without seeing the brick but you could tie it in with the garage colour. I wouldn’t bring in too many contrasting colours or the look could be too busy. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Kath Fisher says:

    Hi Sam, I hope you may have some fresh ideas for me. We are in the process of updating our 20year old dated facade. Our trims have faded and as our brick has pink undertones we are living in a “pink palace”. Contrasting with modern greys reduces the pink from the bricks considerably. We are looking at monument roof, and want to bring in surfmist and shale grey to get a modern crisp look- but I am clueless as to what to use where??? There are gutters, fascia, windows, pillars, garage door and a large cladding panel. Can you help me make sense of this please?

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    Kath Fisher says:

    Hi I just posted a question about an exterior colour scheme but have since discovered your colour service online consultations . I will contact you via that option- best for both of us I think. Cheers Kath Fisher

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    Kris Jones says:

    Hi Samantha what a wealth of information thank you. I was hoping for some advice please my house is a 80’s cream brick with the classic mission brown windows brownish/orange tiled roof and a cream interior. I am looking to update the colour scheme for the outside being roof gutters eaves and windows however unsure what would match the cream bricks? The interior is Hogs Bristle quarter which I will be keeping the same. I live in Brisbane so is very hot in summer. Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Kris Surfmist would freshen up the house considerably and be a nice foil to the creaminess of the bricks. A cool pale roof would also help with the QLD heat. Hope this helps Samantha

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