Choosing your roof colours

Let Mother Nature choose your colours

Where you build your home should play a significant role in what colours you choose for it. The beauty of nature can be a great inspiration for internal or external colour schemes so why not explore these themes:

Inspiring as it is Relaxing

Building by the coast opens up a wide palette of colours from azure, teal and turquoise to aquamarine and dune colours. COLORBOND® steel’s colours such as Deep Ocean®, Ironstone® and Surfmist® also suit roofing or walls.

Combine these colours with, for example, whitewashed and weathered timber, stainless steel wire balustrades and wide expanses of glass and you can have a home that not only looks stunning but also blends naturally with its environment. As for COLORBOND® steel, it’s especially designed for severe coastal regions.

Life on the Farm

Country colours tend to be subtle and soothing. They’re primarily based around greys, blues and yellows combined with greens. The beauty of such colours is that they offer a wide selection with darker shades serving as accents and lighter shades being good for walls. Start your search with Pale Eucalypt, Woodland Grey and Wallaby and let your imagination take you from there.

For a traditional homestead look, you can’t go past Manor Red for the roof. If you’re building further inland you might consider a palette more reflective of the local environment such as Jasper®, Paperbark® or Dune®.

From Inland to Inner City

Colours such as greys, slates and whites instantly say city. And while that may seem limiting, by using them as a backdrop and turning to other colours to provide interest you can create a myriad of options. Ranging from Evening Haze®, Basalt® and Monument® to Classic Cream&trade, we have a wide choice that blend beautifully with outer suburbia and inner city.

For the finishing touches think about different textures and gloss levels, especially if your home is composite style. Subtle renders, heavily textured bricks, shiny paint surfaces and grainy timbers are just a few examples. That said, don’t go overboard as this is definitely a case where less is more.

Every home has a style – stick with it

Whatever style you are building you’ll quickly find that some colours suit it and some don’t. A classic style calls for traditional colours such as Cottage Green®, Woodland Grey® and Classic Cream® for roofs when carefully teamed with other traditional colours for friezes, lacework and verandas.

You can also be innovative using our architecturally inspired range that includes Deep Ocean®, Basalt® and Ironstone®. Such roofing colours combined with carefully selected contrasting colours can deliver a dramatic result. Small sample pots of paint can give you the freedom to experiment inexpensively.

Today, composite homes are hugely popular. They also provide a myriad of choices from dramatic statements to subtle tones. You should, however, start by considering the proportions of the building, its materials, textures and the surrounding site as too many colours and finishes can be overbearing.

While it might seem a little confronting at first, giving your home a uniquely personal look can prove to be immensely satisfying, especially if you add a touch of imagination. For instance, imagine you’re building a ranch style home in the country. Why not take a drive to your block and collect samples of bark, foliage, gum leaves soil, rocks and wildflowers then create a palette around them?

A paler shade of one or two colours from your palette for walls, a deeper version for window frames, shutters and veranda posts then a colour inspired by a wildflower for the front door could look sensational.

From the Great Outdoors to the Great Indoors

When you think about your home’s exterior don’t forget about the interior (and vice versa). Getting the balance right between the two can make your home feel more spacious and welcoming. Our colour range of colours gives you the ability to harmonise colours so that the eye flows seamlessly from one area to the next.

It’s simple, really. Say for example, you have a tiled floor in your family room. By using the same tile to extend the room out onto a patio or entertainment area will create an illusion of greater space. Alternatively, extending an exterior colour into the interior with a paler shade will also give a sense of space and unity.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box either. A COLORBOND® steel roof colour in a composite house can be used as a horizontal or vertical panel on an external wall which is then repeated inside. Even a Federation home can be given a dramatic finishing touch with exterior colours repeated inside in more muted touches.

Tying the roof colour to the fencing, sheds, carports or garages can create a real sense of harmony when viewed from within.


Clearly, when selecting colours for a renovation you need to carefully consider the existing structure. For major renovations such as added family rooms, bathrooms and so on you’ll need a builder and maybe even an architect.

As for the colours, you’ll need to decide whether you’ll stick with the existing palette or start from scratch. It’s also worthwhile checking with your council to see if there are any requirements or restrictions for your area.

Finally, if you’re doing no more than reroofing, you’ll find COLORBOND® steel offers many benefits including a broad colour choice.

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