Grey weatherboard house colours


I get asked about my house colours all the time. Every week I think! So I thought I’d put a post together for those who are interested 🙂


The weatherboard has been painted SHALE GREY. I used Taubmans Endure (we painted the whole outside of the house ourselves). We asked Taubmans to tint the paint in full strength SHALE GREY. It doesn’t matter what brand you use, as long as it’s tinted ‘Colorbond Shale Grey’. I knew this paint colour would be good. I’d used it as a feature wall inside our previous home so I was confident the grey was the right grey. Not blue, not brown, not purple (you know how some throw the wrong tinge?). I also knew shale grey would be the right grey because it originated from Colorbond (used for a roofing) and I had seen this colour on houses in our area.

My roof colour is SURFMIST. It’s light (but not white). It’s a pale grey. I matched the gutters and fascia to this. So there was no hard thinking here. Sometimes people get so confused with roof/gutter/fascia. For me it’s easy – all the same. Now, the swatches I’ve put on the image above are small, so they may look darker, but outside over a large area, they do look lighter as you can see from the photos of my house.

The window frames, shutters, posts and fretwork are WHITE. No tint in that bucket of white. Nothing. Don’t get confused with whites. You don’t have to tint everything. This leads me to INSIDE my house. The walls are all WHITE. No tint. Just a wash and wear brand on the walls (with no tint added) will do, and the SAME white went straight on to the ceiling. My entire house has the same white paint from the bottom of the walls up and over the ceilings. It was Taubmans Easy Coat Walls. Now, if you did need to put a tint in your white (some painters will request something because they say the paint covers better), I would ask them to put a “shot” of black in that white tin. Like an incy bit just to keep the white balanced. But I don’t normally do that. I just like the whiteness which comes straight out of the tin. My internal doors, skirting and architraves are all GLOSS WHITE (again no tint).



So you can see that I picked THREE colours out the front – shale grey, surfmist and white. You can also see that the house looks darker in the shade and quite light in the sun.

The reason I know all of these colours work well is because this is the 3rd house we’ve built and we’ve renovated two houses as well (I’ve made some doozies along the way too!).

♥ KC.



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    Sally Parker

    November 11, 2014

    Hi Katrina, we also built a house about 8 years ago & painted the entire interior white with no tint – ceiling, walls, skirting & architraves. We were often asked what colour it was & it matched the plain white aluminium window frames perfectly. The painters thought we were very strange but I would definitely do it again!

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      November 13, 2014

      Love the colour selection, very elegant. What colour did you select for your garage door?

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        Monica Lombardi

        March 4, 2016

        Love the colours so the gutters and fascia are also surf mist ?
        Garage door colour is ?

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      July 22, 2016

      Hi there did the walls get dirty at all. I am about to paint my house and three small children. Do you think it would mark less if it had a touch of tiny? I do love the idea of none.

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      August 29, 2016

      Hi Katrina
      I love your house. I was just wondering what colour the garage door is?

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        August 30, 2016

        Just white 🙂

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    November 12, 2014

    i love your house. I just can’t wait until we are in the position that we can build – instead of being stuck where we are!

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    Design Chic

    November 13, 2014

    Your house is amazing and I love the colors!!

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    Gina at Style Curator

    November 13, 2014

    Such a beautiful home! It’s no wonder you get asked what paint colours you use every week!

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    Sonic Master

    November 19, 2014

    I am planning to repaint my condo ad I think this one will do. I am excited to see the output of my plans. This is what I also got wen I asked the guys of what kind of color to use.

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    Caitlin Morris

    December 8, 2014

    Hi Katrina!

    Is your Garage Door white to match the trimming, or is it the same colour as your roof?

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      January 15, 2015

      *BUMP* I would like to know this too!

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        January 15, 2015

        It’s just white 🙂

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    Symphony Suites Yishun

    December 17, 2014

    Kat, the colour (grey) perfectly and naturally jives with the green grass around. Quite a touch of nature plus creativity on your part.

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    January 31, 2015

    Love the colour of your house Katrina, thank you for sharing.

    Could you please tell me about the weatherboards you used, profile, brand etc?

    Thank you x

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      February 22, 2015

      Bump I would love to know what profile weatherboards you have used too!

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    Gabs Howlett

    June 20, 2015

    Hi Katrina,

    Can you show or publish pics of your interior re the painting? I see you said it was all white including trims, but trims were gloss. Do you have carpet in any rooms? Would love to see the interior paint against the flooring.
    Thanks I enjoy your blog.

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    Maria Carlile

    June 20, 2015

    That’s the colour I was looking at too, when we’ve finished renovating, I think it looks lovely Kristy Surf

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    Kristy Surf

    June 21, 2015

    I just realized this is your page, I thought I’d shared your post to my page lol!! Anyway at least you know you have some more fans :). Love your work x

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    Anita Lane

    June 21, 2015

    I’ve been very confused looking for the correct shade of white! Thanks for that!

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    July 1, 2015

    I am considering painting my rendered house Surfmist. I am wanting it to look a nice light grey. Do you think Surfmist is too light to paint the whole house ie. will it look white?
    Thank you x

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      July 2, 2015

      Hi Sonja, I think maybe it will be very light an almost white in such a large space. That’s why I chose shale grey. You would always do a half-strength shale grey and see what that looks like?

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    July 15, 2015

    Hi Katrina, I would love to know what colour windows you chose for your beautiful home
    I cannot quite tell from your pics. Are they white like the frames and trim ? Thanks.

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      July 16, 2015

      Hi Val, they are just white 🙂

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        July 23, 2015

        As below…I would also like to know about the garage door .
        I have seen a lot of surfmist for garage doors but I just want white.
        I am not sure if colour bond do white or whether I will have to paint one.

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          July 24, 2015

          Hi Val, it’s just white 🙂

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    July 23, 2015

    Can you advise which company you purchased the White Garage Door from?

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    July 30, 2015

    Hi Katrina,
    Love your color scheme! I am going bonkers trying to figure out the colors for our Qld’er. We have a Dune coloured roof and I was toying with the idea of painting the gutters and top handrail a different colour and the weatherboards in Dune but noticed you said to keep the gutter the same colour. If that is the case any suggestions for the weatherboards. Would surfmist work? We also have ceder windows and doors.
    Thank you in advance:)

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      July 31, 2015

      Surfmist would work. It’d be lovely. But it’s very white when painted in large amounts. Still would be fresh and lovely though!

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        August 2, 2015

        Thank you katrina:) Have just tried painting the top handrail in Dune but its not completely doing it for me. Hubbie likes Monument which picks up color in ground floor brick & ties into the guttering on a side deck (not visible from front) and would rather the dune on the weatherboards….Is it a really big no no to paint the gutters a seperate color to the roof?

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    August 21, 2015

    Hi katrina, we have chosen surfmist roof, gutters (and after your comments) fascia. I really like your colours. We are using a sycon linea weatherboard. i am unsure whether to use the scyon axent trim? What surrounds your windows?

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    Tess O'Brien

    August 26, 2015

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    Raquel Walsh

    August 26, 2015

    Hi Katrina, great colours. Just wondering what product your weather boards are thinking of using weather boards to build but there are so many different products on the market. Cheers, ta Raquel

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    September 11, 2015

    i just love your col choices for your house. Do u think shale grey and white trim would go with a silver tin roof?

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    September 23, 2015

    Hello, love your house colours. I have an existing shale grey roof and I am trying to find a colour for my weatherboards. Have you come across a combination with the shale grey as the roof colour? I would really value your opinion. Thank you in advance!

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    October 11, 2015

    Would love an opinion/suggestion on another roof colour for the shale grey house. We are painting our old weatherboard, ranch style house in shale grey – love the look of your house in pic as it is very similar in style to our house. However we don’t think surf must is quite right for us as we have alot of dust storms up our way so was thinking maybe basalt? I’ve never seen it in person though. Thanking you for your time

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    October 31, 2015

    Hi Katrina,

    I love your house! I was wondering if you think shale grey or flooded gum would look good on a rendered house with a charcoal/basalt coloured roof and white window trim. I love the shale grey colour but am trying to go for as ‘greige’ look. Would shale grey or flooded gum help create that effect? Not too sure what colours to paint the double garage doors either. Would love your advice.


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    November 10, 2015

    Hi Katrina, I’ve seen lots of photos of your house on Pinterest and they’re just beautiful. I was wondering where abouts you got your exterior lights from that are on either side of your front door?
    I’m looking for some lights to go on either side of my garage door and they would be a perfect match.
    Thanks for your colour inspiration too, I hope my first home turns out to be as wonderful as yours.


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      November 10, 2015

      Oh thank you! I bought them from here

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        November 18, 2015

        Hi Katrina, love the exterior of your beautiful house. Not paint related but can I please ask what little trees you have planted across the front. Love the white flowers!

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    November 18, 2015

    I love the exterior colours of your home, well done. Great work too with the painting. It looks very neat and tidy!

    As a professional painter I much prefer brown or umber tint added to white to give it a little bit of coverage. Normally 5 drops per 15L drum is enough to assist with coverage and does not leave that tell tale blue hue that black tint can leave.


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    November 22, 2015

    Hello Katrina! Your house looks beautiful. We are painting our house shale grey too – do you think a matching shale grey roof would work? We don’t want to go as light as surfmist.. Thank you so much!

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    Pohlmann Brothers

    December 17, 2015

    Yes the house looks amazing, especially the color scheme. The house painting is simply amazing.

    You can also find relevant info here about house painting. house painting brisbane

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    December 22, 2015

    Hi Katrina, I think exteriors are the hardest. We are building a two storey coastal home with a balcony across the front and garages underneath. A little similar to,the GJ Gardner design Hamilton 280.
    Our top storey will be weatherboard, with rendered lower walls.
    If the roof is surf mist, do you think it would look odd if the rendered pillars under the balcony were also surf ist, and the ramaninf bulk of the home shale Gray? And if so if we had plain white windows, and front door should we also carry this to the garage. Your help would be appreciated. Below is a link to a similar exterior.

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    Rita Di Biase

    January 6, 2016

    Hi Katrina,

    Love you colour choice, Our roof is currently Woodland Grey, I am tossing between Shale Grey and Dune for the weather boards and trimmings white do you think the house will look to light with roof being a darker grey?

    Also we have a brick fence with aluminim slats running across between the brick pillars, should the Pillars be painted woodland grey with lighter slat colour or slat colour dark and pillars painted lighter color?


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    February 1, 2016

    I love the exterior colours you have chosen – your house is beautiful. My husband & I recently completed our first build & unfortunately we got our exterior colours all wrong & now don’t know what to do to fix it. We just don’t like the look of our house from the outside. Our roof is ‘IRONSTONE’ colour, we chose to use GB Masonry blocks for the majority of the house & the colour we chose was ‘LIMESTONE’ which was supposed to be like an light bone/off-white but turned out to have massive pigments of beige & yellow in them. Around the garage is rendered & we chose ‘CRISP WHITE’, garage doors are ‘IRONSTONE’ (same as the roof). The front door, timber posts around the verandahs are stained ‘WALNUT’ which is a dark brown & the biggest mistake of all – we chose a dark brown colour called ‘DARK GRANITE’ to paint the downpipes (which are in front of the timber posts) & the render underneath the verandahs. So if you can imagine, when you look at the front of the house – you see a mixture of cool colours (being ironstone grey & crisp white) & then warm colours (being beige/yellow of the blockwork & dark brown). Oh, and we have black window frames and our external verandahs are tiled in a very light sandy sort of colour. We had no help with colour selection, we have spent so much money trying to correct these colour choices (we’ve painted the render twice – the first colour was Surfmist which clashed with the beige block colour, so we re-painted the render to Crisp White). We also had Crisp White underneath the verandahs initially as well, but that didn’t look right either, so we re-painted underneath the dark brown colour thinking that would blend in more with the garden. But it still doesn’t look right. It’s looks very disjointed and unfinished. Our original colour scheme was supposed to be tones of greys & whites – charcoal colour on the roof (the IRONSTONE) and the house itself was to be a mix of off-white/white. But because the block colour wasn’t what we thought it would be – it has thrown the whole colour scheme out and it just looks awful now. We are so disappointed. We haven’t even moved in yet & we are seriously considering selling it & moving on to a ready built house with a colour scheme we like !! I even thought about painting over the blockwork with white, but I am nervous – that would be a lot of expense and a possibility it would make the house look even worse! Any ideas on how to correct these colour choices?? We can’t really change the colour of the blocks, the only thing we can do is re-paint the render (for a 3rd time) and maybe re-stain the timber posts to black (instead of brown) OR paint them white, re-paint the downpipes the same colour, change the front door from dark brown to black & re-paint underneath the verandahs a lighter colour to match the tiles maybe? Any ideas?

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    Rita Di Biase

    February 1, 2016


    Thanks for sharing your exterior colours . I like Shale Gray for the weatherboards and white for trimmings but my roof is colorbond Woodland grey will it still look good as your roof colour is much lighter.


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    Rebecca Bass

    February 24, 2016

    Love love love your house it’s just beautiful! We are building a rendered home with a massive colour-bond shed right beside my house ….. If I use your colour choice . What would you reccomend my colour choice be for my shed which has 3 big roller door facing the road ? Thank you for any advice you can give me x

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      February 24, 2016

      A shale grey as well? Or windspray?

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    Jo Crystal

    February 24, 2016

    Hi Katrina,
    Should we use gloss paint for exterior timber Windows.

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      February 24, 2016

      You’re painting timber?

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    February 27, 2016

    Hi Katrina we are painting a house at the moment which is two storey, half will be render half boards (boards up and render down). We currently have Windows colour in pottery and are trying to work Gregor grey/blue colors for the exterior. Do you have some favorite colors that would work with those colour Windows?

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    March 10, 2016

    Hi Katrina,
    I have recently put a shale grey colourbond roof on and now looking into a colour for my weatherboard. I want white trims and was thinking something darker than shale grey originally, but now starting to think something lighter like surfmist would be nice. Have you seen this done before?

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    Kellie-jo Gustowski

    March 15, 2016

    Wanted to ask who your builder was or do you know who are the best builders for a weather board / Queenslander type / look house in Wagga. Thanks

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    Kellie-jo Gustowski

    March 16, 2016

    Just wanted to ask who built your house or who would you recommend to build (in the Wagga area) a weather board / Queenslander type house

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      March 16, 2016

      Hi Kellie-Jo, I am about to start working with Paul Bourne Homes, so I’d be happy to help you if you are looking to build?

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    April 7, 2016

    Just want to ask what white did you use? There are plenty of white range, e.g. vivid white and natural white.

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      April 8, 2016

      Just white straight from the tin – Taubmans Endure brand.

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    Stephen levett

    April 9, 2016

    I have a weather board house with iron stone roof and guter colour what colour would u suggest for weathboard i am thinking grey tones

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    April 10, 2016

    Hi Katrina. Love your colour scheme! I am trying to choose colours for my weatherboard house. At this stage the windows are Surfmist and I was thinking about also doing the roof/gutters/fascia in surfmist, then perhaps shale grey or tranquil retreat for the weatherboards. I’m not sure if either of these colours will work with the surfmist windows though, or if there really needs to be more contrast? The untinted white looks great with the shale grey on your house, but obviously surfmist wouldn’t achieve the same contrast. I’m aiming for a fresh white look for the front of the house, so I want to go as light as possible without making the surfmist windows look dirty/grey white. Would love you opinion!

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      April 11, 2016

      Actually, I’ve just checked and I can still change my window order from Surfmist to white. However, the only white they offer is called Pearl white gloss and it seems very bright shiny white. That’s why I had thought Surfmist would be better, though now I’m struggling to find a light colour for the weatherboards to go with the Surfmist! Would really appreciate your opinion 🙂

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    April 11, 2016

    Hi Katrina,

    Your house looks perfect and I love your colour. My house is west-facing so it doesn’t get much sunlight, only some at late afternoon, I wonder if the shale grey might look too dark for my house? Do you have any suggestions?

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    April 13, 2016

    Hi Katrina,

    I love your colour pick, your house really looks amazing. I have my house with cement render in white on exterior wall and green on window/door trims, it looks ugly and I want to change to something like yours. So I am thinking of painting the exterior wall in Shale grey, gutter/fascia to surfmist, door/window trims in white, however the roof is dark tile not colourbond, I am concerned how the house will look like after I painted everything except the roof. Also my house is west facing and has a patio installed on the front, so the front wall doesn’t get much sunlight. Will it still look bright?

    Very keen to hear your advice and I would really appreciate it.


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    April 16, 2016

    Hi Katrina,
    I have a little house in Wagga in desperate need of an exterior update – cracked and broken boards, severely peeling paint, the works! I’m thinking it may be a good idea to go weatherboard. Can you recommend anyone in Wagga?
    Thank you!

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    June 1, 2016

    Hi Katrina,

    L O V E your home and the colour scheme is exactly what we are after! Thank you for sharing!
    Our home is on stumps and has a weatherboard skirting. We are thinking to paint this a darker grey? What are your thoughts or suggestions on this with your experience?

    Thank you,

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    June 15, 2016

    Hi Katrina what a beautiful house i was just wondering what colour your fences are did you go with surfmist? do they get very dirty?

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      June 16, 2016

      The fences have to be a council approved colour – we couldn’t chose those. They are a bone colour. I hate them but have been covering them with hedges 🙂

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    June 18, 2016

    Wow Katrina, you are patient as you have answered the SAME questions again and again that you wrote about in your article! Lol. We went on the grey with white trim paint swatch search. I have never picked/painted the exterior of any of our homes. I would not have thought of the shale grey giving the light grey that we are after. But will definitely be buying a sample now, thank you 🙂 and had a giggle over your white-no tint, don’t over think it! Sooo obvious-now….xx p.s. who are you on IG?

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      June 19, 2016

      Thanks Maxine! I am @katrinas_instagram on Insta 🙂 X

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    August 10, 2016

    I love your house colours. We have an old Queenslander we’re planning to paint (it’s currently white with awful light blue trim) so I’ve been hunting the internet for ideas and I keep coming back to images of your house. The only change I’d make is to have a glossy back front door 🙂 I might buy a sample of the shale grey and paint it on the side of the house just make sure first. Thank you for sharing!

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    August 19, 2016

    Hi Katrina,
    LOVE this house!
    Just a quick question – we’ve got a Woodland Grey colourbond fence down the side and back of our place, and a new carport colourbond roof due to go up, which I had assumed I’d do woodland as well, and eventually do the whole house roof to match – do you think the Sale Grey would still work as the exterior house colour? With the white trims definitely.
    Or should I forget about matching the fence and go for the Surf Mist on the new carport, and then eventually match the existing roof to it. (which is currently cream yuck!)
    This is obviously my first adventure into the land of paint colour! And my first home, so any advice is appreciated!
    Many thanks!

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    August 21, 2016

    love these colours. I would really like to paint my house white, or a very light grey. My problem is we have an old red terracotta roof. Any suggestions? I want white trim. We have a very dark grey/black pergola covering our back deck. My husband wants the gutter and eaves the same colour. Please help!!!

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    Kellie lendich

    August 24, 2016

    Hi katrina loving your desing flare 🙂 I love your exterior colour theme my parter and I are building a monopitch home near the beach with coastal views in the far north of NZ we also have a slice of native bush do you think this colour scheme would work on a monopitch home? Also we have an open plan living design with the Kitchen at the centre of the home with a deck surrounding the front to capture the view with large cavity front doors which open the kicthen front to the deck we are installing laminate wood flooring cant afford realwood struggling to find the right laminate tone recomendations our design is natual timeless durable thanks

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    August 27, 2016

    Im curious if you painted different sheens of white paint on the interior wall, trim and ceiling. Thanks!

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    September 19, 2016

    Your house looks great. What colour is your garage door?

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    September 24, 2016

    Hi Katrina
    Your house looks amazing, i would love to use the same colours as they obviously work, however we are doing a large first floor addition ( the house is 18m wide at the end of a battleaxe block) and i was thinking of a darker colour to try to bring the appearance of the house smaller … Ground floor is rendered brick upstairs weatherboard … Clear anodised windows as we are close to beach, any suggestions would be greatly received.

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    Linda Vitale

    September 30, 2016

    Hi Katrina, we have a dilemma with painting our duplex, we used Sherwin W Online grey but the blue tinge was very extreme, we had mixed the Online to get a darker grey with Berger Paints “Elephant ” and this colour when painted turned out to be a steely blue. We do like the greys without any blue undertones, therefore we are contemplating changing to Colourbond Shale Gray, will this hide the exiting paint colour. Thank you regards

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    October 26, 2016

    Hi Katrina, using the Shale Grey weatherboards would I get the same effect if I used surf mist on garage door, posts and window trims?

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      October 26, 2016

      I think that would be lovely!

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    March 14, 2017

    Hi Katrina,

    We have the same colours however our roof is basalt

    We are building a front picket fence, what colour do you think would look good? Just white?

    Didn’t know you could get white garage roller door so we chose surf mist. Will this look odd with a white picket fence?

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    Allain Gally

    April 18, 2017

    I like how your house is being painted. Each color compliments with each other. The colors aren’t loud, just cool in the eyes. I like the shadow effect when you see it from afar. Although there are variants in these paints because you used three shades but when they are fused in one material, it’s a masterpiece. I love the colors scheme playing from dark to light and vise versa. Kindly visit my site:

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    Peter Hayes

    May 13, 2017

    Have done our home to your exact colours .Big Help.

    Lowset” Colonial look” 2 long verandahs. Q what colour do we paint concrete verandahs,We have red/brown soil that is making verandahs look poor.


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    Andrea Davis

    May 31, 2017

    Our ranch style home is built of concrete blocks that have been painted. Wondering do you think we will get the same effect using Shale Grey?
    We have Gunmetal Grey Colourbond roof. Do you think that Shale Grey and Lexicon White 1/2 will work?

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    Jen Schach

    June 7, 2017

    Hi Katrina
    We have .a surfmist roof and also looking at shale grey and white but we have cedar wood windows. What do you think? Do you think it may be a bit dark and perhaps use surfmist or Dieskau on the ext walls as well?
    Appreciate your help