We are building our new house and doing our heads in (okay, probably more so I'M doing my head in!) when it comes to selecting exterior colours. I'm hoping somebody can help straighten my poor brain out...
Our current choices:
The below render shows Shale Grey roof, Woodland Grey gutters & fascia, Woodland Grey windows and Woodland Grey downpipes. (We would actually match the downpipes to the render, so ignore the contrast!)
Render is Dulux Vanilla Quake but shows up much paler/whiter in real life. The tiled feature wall juts out by 600mm, so it's not all a flat facade. The feature tile looks brownish in the elevation but in real life it's definitely a grey with the slightest hint of warmth. It does not tone well with certain greys - e.g. we've tested it with colours like Shale Grey/Solver Castle Grey/Tranquil Retreat/Milton Moon/Flooded Gum. Most of those colours seem to throw blue when placed alongside our tile (aside from Flooded Gum, which isn't bluish).
ROOF - Either Surfmist or Shale Grey, for reasons of thermal efficiency
GUTTERS - Undecided, but either to match roof OR to match windows if contrast is needed
FASCIA - Undecided, but possibly Monument OR to match windows to create a "shadow line" of sorts
DOWNPIPES - To match render)
FEATURE TILE - "Moonstone Grey" in 300x600
WINDOWS - Our only options are: Pearl White, Anodic Grey (i.e. silver), Woodland Grey, Night Sky
GARAGE DOOR - Gliderol Native Range "Golden Oak"
FRONT DOOR - Timber, stain to match garage door as closely as possible
BRICKS - (Only visible down the sides and back of the house) Austral Bricks "Chiffon" with off-white rolled mortar. Pictured below with Woodland Grey (which looks good from the outside, but...see notes below).
Our key thoughts about window colours are below:
- Pearl White: This is our ideal for all elevations except the front, but one concern is dirt visibility/cleaning, as well as the idea that it might "cheapen" the look of the house (that's one bit of feedback I had from someone - open to others' thoughts!) I love how white windows look from inside the house, and how they "disappear" into the walls.
- Woodland Grey: Probably the "best" option, only because it's closest to Monument in colour depth. BUT I loathe the greenish hue. I also have concerns about how it will look from the inside of the house (too heavy? Too green?)
- Anodic Grey: I don't mind this as it's fairly soft, but I don't love how I think it will look from the outside of the house (e.g. on the front elevation - is there enough contrast? Is it too silver against the other grey tones, especially the tile and the brick?) etc
- Night Sky: Probably not a great option because it's quite heavy, might date quickly and may not tone well with our bricks, but worth throwing in the mix just in case.
My key questions are:
- Does our current facade "work" or is there something that would work better?
- Would Anodic Grey or Pearl White windows look okay on the facade alongside our other choices? Or would a different combo of colours work better?
- Is it weird or terrible to use one colour for windows on the front facade (e.g. Woodland Grey) and then another (e.g. Pearl White) on the rest of the house?
The window colour conundrum seems to be the biggest issue we're facing, but similarly the overall front facade scheme may need some tweaking...any and all help much appreciated!