Whether you rate the sturdy streamlined look of metal or you prefer the warmer textures of jarrah timber panels, recycled brick or charred timber cladding, there are so many fantastic dark exterior trends to choose from to elevate your home’s appearance.
Contemporary, sleek, bold and stylish, it’s easy to see why dark facade options have become popular in home design during the last decade or so.
At Ecoliv, in line with our environmental goals, we use a variety of cutting-edge and sustainably sourced cladding products.
Cladding your home is a big investment and there is such a huge variety of finishes to choose from to achieve your dream dark exterior, it can be tricky to know where to start.
When choosing cladding for your home we recommend selecting materials that are:
- Durable and fade resistant
- Low maintenance
- Visually appealing
As part of our standard inclusions when building a modular Ecoliv home, you have a choice of two excellent materials for external cladding widely recognised for their lightweight qualities, low environmental impact and sleek finish: Weathertex or Colorbond steel.
To ensure minimal environmental impact Weathertex is manufactured using waste timbers and no artificial glues or binders. While Colorbond steel contains recycled content, is 100% recyclable and its long lifespan helps conserve resources and energy.
We also frequently source external cladding products from Shadowclad, Scyon, Cemintel and Radial sawn timber.
We’ve compiled this list of our favourite dark cladding trends from real-life Ecoliv builds to help inspire and guide your facade choice for your home. Can we convert you to the dark side?
Simple vertical lines draw the eye
Our Heyley project’s dark facade features vertical Colorbond steel cladding.
Minimalist and edgy, the Heyley project showcases the clean lines of Colorbond steel Trimdek cladding in an Ironstone finish. Simply stunning.
Corrugated wow factor
Our French Island project puts a new ultra-modern twist on classic corrugated steel giving the home’s facade loads of visual interest.
An architect-designed take on a modern farmhouse, the French Island build utilises moody dark grey corrugated steel cladding to protect the home on this windswept rugged site.
Vertical lines create a contemporary aesthetic
Our black house in Everton showcases a durable Weathertex facade perfect for longevity in its beachside location.
A combination of Colorbond Trimdek in Night Sky and vertically grooved Weathertex Smooth cladding is the perfect choice for this low-maintenance Everton project designed with retirement living in mind. Sleek, refined and practical, the Coast facade incorporates easy indoor-outdoor living with the addition of an expansive covered deck off the main open plan living area.
Rustic vibes with textured vertical panels
Dark Shadowclad utilised on our Ecological 3 home creates an appealing rustic yet streamlined look.
The Urban facade pictured here includes a 900mm eave overhang and timber shades, this smooth exterior uses vertical Shadowclad natural texture wall panels to great effect and introduces a nice pop of colour with a cylindrical vertical garden on the exterior. Step inside the Ecological 3 build.
Fuss-free charcoal magic
Our serene Callala Beach project makes a modern all grey exterior statement.
Dark grey timber Weathertex panels work a treat to give this Callala beach abode an ultra-modern minimalist vibe.
Natural timber cladding
Warm timber and bold Alutile panelling
Our San Remo project features dark grey Alutile panels and natural silvertop ash timber cladding to create stunning contrast.
The exterior of this contemporary San Remo project combines striking warm silvertop ash cladding and dark grey Alutile, a durable aluminium composite, to bring attention to the home’s interesting structural form and architectural details.
Eye-catching timber, metal and brick combo
Our Cape project cleverly balances lighter colours using radial silvertop ash timber on the facade with dark Colorbond cladding on the balcony and chunky eaves.
Robust and unified exterior cladding combines Colorbond matt metal in Monument, recycled brick and silvertop ash timber battens in our unique Cape project.
Light and dark
Our Kilcunda project features Colorbond Enseam in matt Monument and silvertop ash battens.
Matt monument Colorbond Enseam cladding and breathtaking timber silvertop ash battens work beautifully side by side to bring the monochrome facade of this minimalist barn-like exterior to life. See more of the Kilcunda project.
We hope these dark exterior trends have given you food for thought when it comes to selecting a facade style and material specifications for your new home.
Have questions about which dark facade option is right for your site or building a new sustainable home? Get in touch with Ecoliv’s expert team of home designers. We’d be more than happy to help.