Choosing Exterior Paint Colours

In another case of having too much time to think about it I am now questioning my exterior paint colours. What did I say before, it’s easier on The Block when you have no time to question yourself! I do still love the original colour scheme I chose, but am wondering if it will look more elegant to have a bit of depth in the colour. The trouble is, I keep seeing gorgeous houses with colour schemes that I love, but then I can’t decide which one I love the most! So I need your help….

I definitely want to go with Colorbond Shale Grey on the roof, as I like a lighter roof. I am also set on white trims, windows and veranda pails, and a black door. So it’s really just the cladding I am tossing up about. Here are my favourite three options.

Colorbond Surfmist

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This is the lightest option and the choice I went with first. It looks slightly grey in the swatch but comes out a lot whiter when it’s painted. It is a classic choice for a weatherboard house and will be white and bright. It will feel beachy and fresh and will have a little bit of contrast with the trims but not a lot.


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There are an endless choice of colours in the greige tones, which is not helping my decision making at all. I do really like this shade though and think it looks less beachy and more inner city elegant that the Surfmist. But which shade to choose! Some have more green undertones, some grey and some brown so getting it right is crucial and it’s impossible to know how it will look in the light until it’s on. I also like that this deeper colour has more contrast with the trims. I think this is the front runner at the moment.


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There is a grey and white house with a black door near my house that is so gorgeous it makes me happy every time I look at it. It looks like it belongs in London and is so elegant and sophisticated. However you have to get the right shade of grey or it can look cold and drab. I like a warm grey, heading more towards the greige shade and think I like grey better for render than for weatherboard. Which is why I wonder if greige is my best bet. Can you see why I can’t decide?!

There are just too many beautiful houses to be inspired by, thank you Pinterest. You can check out my Pinterest I love Weatherboards board to see all these photos and many more. I’d love to hear  your opinions! In the meantime I will keep looking at colour swatches and lovely houses and agonizing over it all. I guess there are worse problems to have!

Amity x





  1. Sandy says

    Love all the colours you are considering. However I think white doesn’t date and always looks fabulous.

  2. Carolyn Miller says

    Hi Amity, all those colours look great. We have just had our roof done in colorbond surf mist and we are painting the house in colorbond dune, a classic combination and it’s a refreshing combination for our old lady. All the best with the build, it’s an exciting journey.

    • Amity says

      Thanks Carolyn, Dune is a great colour and I’ve considered it in a half strength. They always look so much lighter outside than inside when you’re choosing them. That’s what makes it so hard! Good luck with your painting too. :)

    • Amity says

      I love Grey Belinda. If I had render rather than weatherboard I’d go grey, it looks so gorgeous with black. Good luck!

  3. Michelle bate says

    Hi Amity, I am struggling with the same issue as we shall be ready to do our weatherboard cladding in a few weeks. I love your second choice. But I love the grey choice as well. We are on 70 acres and so our house is in the country so I am thinking of going the grey with also tones of warm blue in it with white trims .We have an ironstone grey roof which is a dark grey. But I am wondering to go safe and go with your second choice too, although I always think the grey/ blue houses have that wow factor.

      • michelle says

        Thanks Amilty. I have actually looked at that very home lots of times on the strongbuild website when we were looking for builders. It is gorgeous and I have lots of the internal photos saved for inspiration for the inside of our home. There is a house just around the corner from us that just sold in Echunga that is almost the same, well on the outside anyway, The greige does look great. I think that I will take a grey/blue and greige tester pot and put it on the walls and decide on site ..the decision is too hard!

  4. Natlyn says

    I definitely agree that Grey is sophistication, i would think the Griege would date? Personally I think it gives a ‘dated’ look to the house. A warm grey like Dune would look fantastic!

    • Amity says

      I think it’s about getting the right griege Natlyn, otherwise it could be too brown and then it will date. Grey is very sophisticated but I also want it to feel casual so that’s why I’m heading for a warmer tone. If I had a terrace in Paddington it would be grey for sure!

  5. says

    I love the griege tones. We have the same coloured roof and white trims and went with a beautiful greige colour for our render. It looked really dark on the swatch but the best way to test is to narrow it down to your favourite 3 and once your weatherboards are up do some testing as it will look lighter or darker in different light. Another choice which was one of ours that was gorgeous but a little light was Dulux cashmere – this one could suit you too. Other option is to hire a colour consultant – we spend around $250 and it was the best money spent over the whole build as her recommendations were perfect and she came up with colours that I had never heard of!

    • Amity says

      Thanks Louise, you’ve chosen well, your house looks beautiful. I think what’s stressing me is that I have to decide a lot of things before going on tour for 10 weeks, so it’s upping the pressure slightly!

  6. Karen says

    Hi Amity,
    White duck is my choice. Colours always look lighter as you know in the sunlight. White duck is a beautiful shade which will achieve the look you want in my opinion. It will be timeless and classical.

    • Amity says

      They do look a lot lighter in the sun, you’re right Karen. I drove past a house that was White Duck yesterday and it looked lovely.

  7. says

    Hi Amity,
    As a decorator i have seen many shades of these greys, i think you would be very happy with the White Duck is does look nice on a large area, As you said it will be a nice contrast from your white trim.
    It also does tone nicely with Shale Grey.
    Well thats my opinion hope it helps you and doesn’t confuse you more.
    You still have time on your side.

    • Amity says

      Thanks for your comment Paul. I do have time but am going on tour with my show for 10 weeks so I kind of don’t! I would like a slight contrast to the trim, which I don’t think I’ll get with Surfmist so I think I’ll end up with a greige.

  8. cam says

    Hi Amity.
    I love the looks of all of the houses. I personally like the griege best.
    Which of course makes sense. I hate black with a passion.
    So on that note, have you looked into the meanings and ambience of colours. A black front door is very negative to me. However i know that it can portray wealth.
    If you want dark, i would go a very dark grey or even a navy.
    Also i have a friend who lives in the hamptons. I will ask her what the latest trends are iver there.
    I know you will design a lovely home. You have such a tasteful sense of style.

    • Amity says

      Thanks Cam. If a black door conveys wealth then that’s what we need. Because we wont have any money when this house is finished!! :)

  9. Carole says

    Hi Amity Just stick with what you decided.I went through what you are now and i ended up back where i started so go with your gut you will know what is right for you.

  10. Ava-Cherie says

    Hi Amity,
    I personally love the greige tones.
    The white duck is lovely. I love the contrast with the white and think your black door, will go perfectly.
    However I like the sound of a dark navy door as well.
    The greige colours are warm, classic and personally i think they wont date.
    Also i think plants will pop against these colours, especially if you plan on any white flowered plants.
    Im sure whatever you decide, it will look lovely.
    Love reading your blog

  11. Lynette says

    Go with what makes you happy and try not to copy the same in your street. I do like the grey though so maybe a darker grey.

    • Amity says

      Thanks Lynette, I agree matching with the street is important. You want it to stand out but not too much.

  12. Keryn says

    Hi Amity,
    We are painting our exterior Surfmist and using White Duck half strength and Antique White USA on internal walls. All beautiful colours and so easy to live with. What colour will your windows and garage door be?

  13. Sandra White says

    hi Amity, I like the greige, I think it would look perfect with whit trim and black door. love love love your house, and your taste sandy

  14. Sophie says

    Hello, would love some help advice on suitable colours for the exterior of my home. Recently I have had a colorbond roof installed in Woodland Grey. I cant decide on what colours would match. The home currently has Dulux Magnolia and white birch. Its in need of an update soon, and I ma opting to choose a lighter colour to match the roof. Any advice would be much appreciated. TIA

  15. says

    I have a 1980s Contemporary home that I am in some serious need painting. The house was a flip and I don’t like the exterior color of the home as it currently is. My biggest issue in choosing colors is that I have to work with the existing tan/brown roof

  16. charee says

    Hi Amity absolutely love love love your house everything about it is amazing!!! Were just about to build here in NZ and i have a Gable roof and board and batten cladding, wondering if you know what pale colour would look nice on a board and batten house, I’m going Shale grey roof all white trims and Joinery and white gable vents :) really going for a modern farmhouse look with a mix of Hampton’s so a soft pale colour of some sort, hoping you might have some sound advice :::))) thanks heaps

    • Amity says

      Hi Charee, it sounds divine! Choosing colours is just a specific thing that it’s hard to name colours without seeing your place. But I would suggest you get a stack of colour cards that you like (order them in A4 size which makes it easier) and then hod them up in the light where your house is being built at different times of the day. Put them against a Shale Grey card and any other colours you will be featuring. This will help a lot. Good luck with the build! x

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