How To Choose Colorbond Fence Colour

Colorbond fences are some of the sturdiest and most aesthetically pleasing fences on the market today. Built with standards-compliant steel and distributed via reputable fencing services, these fences can be used anywhere in Australia, no matter how severe the weather changes. With proper installation and care, they can last a lifetime.

Putting the “color” in Colorbond involves pre-painting or painting the panels during production. It can save you the trouble of painting the panels yourself, but you must choose your hue wisely. While repainting is possible, contrary to popular belief, it requires thorough prep work best left to a professional. It also risks voiding the ten-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Here’s a comprehensive guide on the Colorbond fence colour chart and choosing the best one to avoid regretting it later.

Fencing colours

Colorbond’s colour line consists of 22 classic and 6 matte finishes. However, only 15 classic hues are available for homes. These are the following:

  • Basalt
  • Domain
  • Bluegum
  • Evening Haze
  • Dune
  • Monument
  • Ironstone
  • Paperbark
  • Pale Eucalypt
  • Shale Grey
  • Riversand
  • Wilderness
  • Surfmist
  • Woodland Grey
  • Wollemi

The manufacturer offers brochures and swatches free of charge for reference. That said, as the swatches might not be accurately shown when viewed on device screens, it pays to look at an actual product before deciding on the colour. A professional Colorbond fences Gold Coast company can help.

Harness colour psychology

If you were to ask your fence expert what the best Colorbond fence colour is, the answer would almost always be: “It depends.” The plethora of available hues is evidence that no one hue rules them all. Making this all-important decision starts with looking around the house and noting the colours that stand out, especially in the landscape.

The next step is a quick online search about colour psychology. According to Joshua Newton, Associate Dean for Research at Deakin University’s Faculty of Business and Law, colour psychology is essentially the experience humans associate with hues. It’s either deeply rooted in their psyche or has been common knowledge for centuries.

For example, a small yard can benefit from light-coloured Colorbond fencing colours such as Surfmist by making it appear larger. To make the same yard appear more contemporary, elect for darker shades such as Monument. In fact, some fencing experts recommend these colours as they sit on the opposite ends of the Colorbond spectrum.

Colour psychology also extends to deciding whether to make the fence a standout feature in the property or a mere background addition. Bold colours can help improve the fence’s allure, while neutral or light ones can help prevent it from drawing too much attention to itself. Whatever you choose, it’s important to mind the existing colour palette, lest you risk creating a chaotic mess.

While an accepted principle in home improvement, keep in mind that colour psychology isn’t an exact science. Everyone will have their own experiences looking at colours, so it’s important to be considerate of such things. This is true regarding dividing fences, where state law requires you and your neighbour to agree on a specific design.

Think about the plants

Experts estimate that around nine out of ten Australians maintain a garden in their homes. In this case, you don’t want your plants to disappear in a fence’s backdrop. That’s like wearing a green top while reporting the weather on a green backdrop.

Landscaping professionals agree that the best way to make plants stand out is contrast—that is, getting a dark-hued Colorbond fence backdrop. Monument is a favourite hue among Colorbond fence providers because it’s on the darker end of the spectrum, contrasting the greens in front of it. Other viable colours include Basalt and Ironstone.

That doesn’t mean your options are limited to dark tones. Some feature two-colour Colorbond fence designs, though the manufacturer says it can’t paint one side a different colour from the other. However, it’s possible to mix and match colours to contrast the panels against the posts, rails, and the rest of the system.


Despite some restrictions, the sky’s the limit when choosing the ideal Colorbond fence colour. It boils down to examining the actual colour in person, taking colour psychology into account, and minding the landscape. When done right, there’s no need to fret about choosing the wrong hue.

If you’re still confused, Pride Fencescapes will be more than happy to help.