Design | 17 February 2022

How to Choose Colours & Finishes for Your Exterior

by Carlisle Homes

Make an unforgettable first impression with a beautiful exterior – here’s how.

There are several things to consider when designing the facade of your new home, including colours, finishes and whether you want extras such as solar panels. To help make the process easier, we’ve made a short film covering all the essentials - read on to watch it.

And in the meantime, here is a quick overview of the specific elements you’ll need to choose for your new home exterior and the options available.

Design your home’s exterior façade to make an unforgettable first impression. Featured here: Macan, Newhaven Estate, Tarneit.

Selecting your roof

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when it comes to your home’s facade is your roof. As the largest surface of your home’s exterior, it sets the tone of the rest of your facade. Depending on the style you choose, your roof can play a practical role too, helping to reduce your energy bills and minimise outside noise. Discover how to choose a great-looking roof that performs well too, here.

For your new Carlisle home, you can choose a tiled or metal roof, both of which come in a wide variety of colours and tile profiles. If you’re looking to increase your home’s thermal performance and cut your power bills, you may wish to upgrade to Thermoseal sarking to your roof.

Get to know your roof's ridgeline and the difference between a lapped and A-line ridge. 

Your roof’s ridgeline is located at the peak of your roof. If you specify a concrete tiled roof, a classic lapped ridge is included in the design. For a more contemporary look, some roof profiles can be upgraded to an A-line ridge.  Learn more about making the smart roofing decision for your home here.

You’ll also need to choose the colours of your gutters, fascia and downpipes. There are over 20 colours to choose from, allowing you to create a bold, contrasting look or to have these details blend into your facade by matching them to the colour of your render or brickwork.

As the largest surface of your home’s exterior, the roof sets the tone for the rest of your façade. Featured here: Sanctuary Grand, Smiths Lane Estate, Clyde North.

Choosing Your Main Facade Finishes

This is where you can get creative and really make your home stand out. When you visit our Spectra Showroom, play around with different combinations of colours and textures for your home’s main finishes so you can create the perfect look to suit your style.

If you’ve selected a brick home, there are hundreds of Austral and PGH brick colours and finishes to choose from.

If you’re building a Hebel home, your exterior will be rendered. Generally, there are three sections of render you’ll need to select colour for (top tip from our designers: select contrasting colours for these different sections to create depth and interest!). Learn more about building with Hebel here.

Feature finishes

Looking to add unique flair to your exterior? Add an accent feature such as tiling to your porch pier, PermaTimber cladding or masonry blocks laid in a striking pattern.

External pillar lights

Complete your exterior – and make it easier for guests to navigate their way to your front door at night – by adding pillar lights. Both functional and beautiful, there are over 40 styles to choose from.

Create the perfect façade to suit your style, and explore different finishes to find your personal look. Featured here: Sacramento, Minta Estate, Berwick.

Picking Your Doors and Windows

Your front door, windows and garage door play a crucial part in the finished look of your home. At our Spectra Showroom, there’s no shortage of stunning classic and contemporary styles to choose from.

Garage doors are available in a huge array of profiles, colours and finishes, including popular timber-look and classic Colorbond steel styles.

There’s also a vast choice of front door styles on offer, as well as multiple paint and stain options. In addition to standard-size front doors, you can also specify a generous pivot door to create a grand entrance to your home.

Finish off your front door to perfection with stylish front entry door hardware, available in a variety of lever designs and colours. 

The style of your front windows is designed to complement your chosen facade, but you can customise the look with a variety of different timber stains or aluminium colours.

Your balcony is also designed as part of your chosen facade, but you may have the option to select the colour and finish of your handrail and balustrade to give it that personalised touch.

Your front door, windows and garage door play a crucial part in the finished look of your home. Featured here: Sorrento Grand, Aurora Estate, Wollert.

Upgrade Options

Once you’ve covered the basics, it’s time to consider your upgrade options. Whether you want to add wow factor to your facade, enhance security or boost energy efficiency, the Spectra Showroom has all the upgrade options you need.

Some of our most popular exterior upgrades include:

  • Solar panels to increase your home’s energy rating and save on electricity bills.
  • An A-line ridge to your roof for a contemporary finish
  • Roof sarking to boost your home’s thermal performance.
  • Off-white mortar to your brickwork.
  • Dulux AcraTex Acrashield for an added layer of protection to your render.
  • Smart upgrades like an intercom or alarm system for your family’s peace of mind.
  • Security features including camera packs and barrier doors.
  • Garage enhancements such as weather seals, insulation, security and smartphone controls.

Making a great first impression has never been easier!

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Watch our step-by-step guide to selecting colours and finishes for your facade.

Watch our film on how to choose colours, finishes and details for your exterior here. Looking for design inspo? Visit one of our beautifully designed display homes conveniently located across Melbourne – start your journey here.

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