Contemporary design guide

Characteristics of Contemporary Houses

The Contemporary architectural style blends the best from the past with today's innovations and trends, capturing the essence of modern living. It's a simple and unfussy approach, combining straight lines and natural shapes to craft peaceful and stylish spaces. 

Big windows are a hallmark, letting in abundant light and seamlessly connecting the indoors with the world outside. As with any style of architecture, contemporary design reflects the way we want to live now by creating comfortable homes that resonate with our present-day values and environment. 

Helping define Australia’s Architectural Style

Lysaght products have shaped Australian architecture for over 150 years with its famous corrugated steel sheets playing a major role in the design of our homes. This product, now known as CUSTOM ORB®, has been used on many classic Australian structures, from homesteads and stables, to the outdoor dunny and our iconic water tanks. 

Loved by architects for its versatility, CUSTOM ORB® corrugated cladding complements any contemporary design with its clean lines and classic shape. 

Contemporary Roofing & Walling Profiles

The LYSAGHT® roofing range includes Contemporary-inspired options available in either unpainted or pre-painted COLORBOND® steel finishes to suit every project.


Roofing and Walling


Steel roofing or walling featuring tall slender ribs and broad, flat pans
High performance standing seam steel roofing or walling, capable of curving
Nailstrip-style steel roofing or walling featuring a striking linear aesthetic
Clip-fixed nailstrip-style steel roofing or walling featuring a clean linear appearance
Versatile rib & pan-style steel roofing or walling
Modern, square corrugated steel roofing or walling
Clip fixed steel roofing or walling for supreme watertightness
A subtle fluted profile ideal for applications where near-flat surfaces are required

Walling Only

Complete the Look

Lysaght supplies a large range of traditional style rainwater goods including gutters, downpipes and rainheads specifically suited to Contemporary projects. These products are important details that will either need to blend in or contrast to your roofing or brickwork.



Classic shaped steel gutters adaptable to both modern & older style houses, patios, carports & sheds.
Curved-front steel gutter suitable for contemporary & modern style houses.
Taper-fronted steel gutter suitable for contemporary & modern style houses
Taper-fronted steel gutter suitable for contemporary & modern style houses
Curved-base steel gutters suitable for modern style houses & commercial buildings
Curved-base steel gutters with a flat rear face for modern style houses.


Steel fascia system compatible with an extensive range of LYSAGHT® gutters

Colour the Contemporary Way

A mix of soft grey and beige, ‘greige’ is a versatile neutral colour palette for contemporary architecture. 

COLORBOND® steel's 'greige' colour range including Surfmist®, Dune® and Gully®, delivers calming and sophisticated tones, gently leaning towards nature for inspiration, making it the perfect partner for materials like timber and stone. Accent colours such as terracotta, eucalyptus or olive green and deep charcoal keep this style grounded. 

Go Bold – Stand out and make a statement with Monument®, Dover White™, Basalt® and Surfmist® 

Be Subtle – Blend in with your natural surroundings with Dune®, Shale Grey®, Gully® and Southerly® 

Dover White™
Shale Grey™

The COLORBOND® steel colour swatches shown have been reproduced to represent actual product colours and finish as accurately as possible, but you should check your chosen colour against an actual sample of the product before purchasing, since varying light conditions and technical limitations can affect colour tones and finish when viewed on screen. Availability of colours & finishes varies by region and profile.