BREAKING NEWS: DaVinci Roofscapes Introduces 50th Color!

Make sure your 2015 plans include introducing yourself to DaVinci Roofscapes' 50th color --- Smokey Gray.

Already the leader in color options in the polymer roofing industry, DaVinci enhances its position by introducing the company's newest color, Smokey Gray.

"This deep, rich blackish gray is reminiscent of real slate," says Ray Rosewall, CEO and president of DaVinci Roofscapes. "The color reminds some people of a dark, stormy night or of charcoal. The distinct Smokey Gray color will be available as a standard color option in the DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Slate product lines, along with the Bellaforté Slate line."

Smokey Gray will be the 50th color offered by DaVinci in their luxury roof offerings, and the darkest gray available from the company. Slate Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray and Dark Weathered Gray are also available from DaVinci.

"Subtle tone differences are so important in roof color offerings," says Rosewall. "While we have an industry-leading reputation for color at DaVinci, we will continue to respond to marketplace requests for new colors. This demand is what brought us to the launch of the dark gray pavement tone of Smokey Gray."

Why is gray so popular? See Don't Hide Your Gray! for tips on lightweight roofing tiles that boast gray.


Legacy Home Investments

We are planning to possibly do a charcoal gray shake siding slightly darker than in the pictures below. And we would like to have a similar contrasting roof like in these pictures below. The autumn variblend seams to be very orange and doesn't have the weathered look at all. Obviously, this product doesn't weather much, so what would you recommend. Probably a little darker and grayer than the autumn blend, since that seems too orange in pictures.

Andrew Fleischman
Philadelphia, PA
Product: Bellaforté Shake











Dear Mr. Fleischman,

The Autumn blend is one of my favorites but I agree that it would not be quite right for the look you are going for. I think that Tahoe will give you the warm, aged look you are after and will work very nicely with dark gray on the siding.

You could also look at Mountain as a possibility but you do not want to have the roof and siding be the same value (lightness/darkness). Having some contrast between the two will give you a nicer look. This color may be too close in value to the siding color. If you prefer Mountain over Tahoe just make sure to look at your siding and roof colors side-by-side from a distance and make sure that you can clearly see the contrast between the two colors.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert 


Color Trends: How To Use The Hottest Colors For 2015 On Your Home Exterior


Color Trends: How To Use 2015 Hottest Colors On Your Home Exterior


Ringing in the new year gets most of us thinking about the changes we want to make. For many that means working out more, eating better, finding a new job or spending more time on a hobby. For others making improvements to their home tops the list. For those of you that have resolved to freshen up or completely renovate your home exterior, I'm sharing five companies choices for the 2015 Color of the Year to inspire you to come up with your own perfect colors this year.

In 1990 Pantone, the global color matching company, announced their first color of the year and since then many other companies have followed suit. The color of the year represents the hue that the color gurus at each company feel will influence design over the next 12 months. Here is a look at the color of the year as predicted by these five companies -- Benjamin Moore, PPG Pittsburg Paints, Sherwin-Williams, Akzo Nobel, and Pantone. 


How to use Marsala on your home exterior


Complex and full-bodied, Marsala can provide a rich tone for an exterior or unifying element for interior spaces. This deep reddish brown has been used on home exteriors throughout history and is reminiscent of aging red barns that dot the countryside. I'm showing the closest match to this color and its coordinating colors above using Behr paints

It is a perfect match for the many shades of gray that are on trend right now but also goes well with shades of brown. With its burnished undertones, Marsala pairs fabulously with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.


How to use the hottest colors on your home exterior


Coral Reef is Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2015. It is an uplifting, vivacious hue with floral notes is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red that can be used to liven up any home. While it would be too bold as a main color on most homes it does make the perfect accent color. This energizing color stands beautifully alongside, white, black and warm neutrals or other lush flower-garden hues. For vintage quality that’s hard to beat, Coral Reef and aged matte brass make a perfect pair.

Blue Paisley was announced as PPG Pittsburg Paints 2015 Color of the Year. This vibrant, almost-but-not-quite royal shade of blue plays well with so many colors. It is a great complement to warm wood tones, copper, peachy stone or brownish bricks. It only takes a small amount of Blue Paisley to transform the look of a home making it perfect for a front door, shutters, or outdoor spaces. How to use Guilford Green on your exterior Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore's 2015 Color of the Year is Guilford Green. This is a hue that complements both modern and traditional styles. This is a very timely choice for home interiors and exteriors that connects the home to nature and gives it feelings of vitality, energy and growth. Guilford Green is a very livable color that works well with a variety of colors. I like this warm green as a main color. It works especially well with natural wood tones and with stone or brick with a warm colorcast.  It would also be gorgeous paired with blue, blush or berry.


How to use color of the year copper orange on your home exterior


AkzoNobel, a global colors and coatings company headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Copper Orange. This color was selected by an invited panel of independent design and color experts following in-depth research into emerging worldwide trends. The strong appeal of this color is in its warmth and approachability. It makes an inviting front door or accent color that works with most neutrals. It can also be used as a main color but works best on beach cottages, Victorians or in neighborhoods where brighter colors are the norm.

I never recommend going with a color just because it is on trend but it can be fun to look at what colors are at the forefront of design as inspiration for coming up with your own perfect scheme. Have these color schemes give you any ideas for a new look for your home? If you now have some ideas but want to make sure they are going to be right for you home go here to find a wealth of resources on selecting color for your home.

Source for images for each color: Guilford Green - Blue Paisley - Coral Reef - Copper Orange1 - Copper Orange2 - Marsala


Undecided - Which Color is the Best Match for My Brick?

This is the color brick I will be using on my house. I am undecided which color Multi-Width Slate to use between the following colors:

  • Castle Gray
  • Slate Gray
  • Slate Black
  • European


Sandro Scaramuzzino
Little Neck, NY
Product: Multi-Width Slate




Hello Sandro,

From a color standpoint all four of your choices could work however, because your brick has a distinct pattern I recommend that you select a roof color that has a more even tone.

The variations in color of the European and Castle Gray blends will compete for attention with the brick. Slate Black or Slate Gray would be a better match for your brick.

The choice between Slate Gray or Slate Black will come down to the style of home and your personal preference. I hope narrowing it down to these two choices will help you make your decision.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


DaVinci Roofscapes Heads to Vegas!

The crates have been shipped, the suitcases are packed, and we're on our way to the 2015 International Builders' Show!

Starting January 20th, more than 100,000 building industry professionals will descend on Las Vegas for the 2015 Design & Construction Week containing five different trade shows: the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the International Window Coverings Expo, the Las Vegas Market (home décor & furnishings) and The International Surface Event.

DaVinci Roofscapes will play a major role in IBS with our booth C2136 that introduces our new refined slate profile and Smokey Gray color to industry professionals.

"The edges of our Single-Width Slate 12-inch composite slate tiles now have a more quarried look to them," says Ray Rosewall, CEO and president of DaVinci Roofscapes. "Deeper impressions in the tiles make them appear thicker, even though they're the same weight as previous tiles in this product offering. This is just one example of how we're continually refining our products and making improvements that enhance the overall aesthetical appeal of DaVinci polymer roofing products."

The other star of the DaVinci booth will be the new Smokey Gray color available as a standard color option in the DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Slate product lines, along with the Bellaforté Slate line. The new deep, rich blackish gray color is reminiscent of real slate. It's also the 50th color launched by DaVinci to provide homeowners, roofers and builders with unlimited possibilities when it comes time to add a colorful roof to any home or commercial project.

"Subtle tone differences are so important in roof color offerings," says Rosewall. "While we have an industry-leading reputation for color at DaVinci, we will continue to respond to marketplace requests for new colors. This demand is what brought us to the launch of the dark gray pavement tone of Smokey Gray."


See these new designer roof products first-hand and join the fun in Las Vegas from January 20 - 22. Just make sure to pack your most comfortable walking shoes and circle booth C2136 on your exhibit hall map to see the best new composite roofing products in the industry!


New Home - New Roof. What Color?

I'm trying to decide between Slate Black and Slate Gray and wanted to get your expert opinion on what will look better. I believe our HOA will only allow different variations of Gray, but I think I could make a case for Black. I have to decide in the next day or two since I'm purchasing this home and need to replace the roof ASAP. So if there is any way you could respond soon, it would be most appreciated!

Amber Manry
Henrico, VA
Product: Bellaforté Slate


Hello Ms. Manry,

I think that either the Slate Gray or Slate Black would be great choices for your new home. If you want a darker gray rather than going all the way to black take a look at the newest color being introduced to the DaVinci line - Smokey Gray. It is between Slate Gray and Slate Black and might be just the solution you need to get a dark look while meeting the HOA requirements.

Congratulations on you new home.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Kick Off Your Year with a New DaVinci Roof

63,000+ people will huddle in the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1st waiting for the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX. Those lucky football fans will have front row seats to sports history while most of America watches the mega show on televisions in their homes.

If you're one of those gathered at home with family and friends to cheer on your favorite team, take a moment to think about the roof over the player's heads --- and your own roof. In Phoenix, the stadium roof is made of two translucent "Bird-Air" fabric retractable panels (each weighing about 550 tons!) and the entire roof takes about 15 minutes to open.

What type of roof do you have over your home?

Cedar Shake Roof


If your roof isn't living up to your high standards ... or if it has started to leak, curl or break apart ... now may be the time to kick off the year with a new designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Made in the U.S.A. of dependable composite roofing materials, our Class A Fire Rated roofs are available in both imitation slate and synthetic cedar shake. Constructed of lightweight roofing materials, DaVinci roofs resist hail and impact damage, severe weather, fire and insects. And, so you can show your team spirit, we even have 50 standard colors available for our synthetic roofing material!

Choosing an eco friendly roof from DaVinci is a winning experience. From our easy-to-use online Color Designer tool to our free FRESH Home Exteriors guidebook, we're here to support your game-winning moves in selecting the luxury roof that is perfect for you and your home.



How To Use Pantone's Color Of The Year 2015 Marsala On Your Home Exterior

Every year, top executives and color experts at Pantone, a leader in the color industry, choose a color of the year that they have seen designers and product development professionals from around the globe planning for their future products and designs. Their choice is announced with grand fanfare beginning with a release in the Wall Street Journal. What this means for you is that you are going to be seeing this color everywhere. With so much attention on this color I wanted to give you some ideas for how Marsala could be used on your home exterior! 

Marsala Color of the Year Pantone

Pantone describes the color as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said the color would enrich the mind, body and soul.

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.


Pantone Color of the Year Marsala for Home Exterior


Homeowners in Seattle, WA chose a color similar to Marsala for their Queen Anne style home. Notice how they carried the color onto the trim and chose a brighter color for their front door. Nicely done!


Pantone Color of the Year for Home Exterior Marsala

source: Country Living

Awning Red is the color that Lonny chose as a match for Marsala but I like the slightly more toned down Red Brick for an exterior. It is a wonderful color and I like it with any gray roof but the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in European blend might be the best match for this color of the year. Since this rich tone is often used with neutrals bringing a bit of the color into the roof adds another dimension to the exterior design.

I rarely think that white is the best choice for a front door and when I talk to homeowners who have white front doors it isn't because they thought it was the best choice either. They just couldn't decide on an accent color. Don't go that route. Go with color to create a focal point at your entrance.

Here are some ideas for accent colors that you can pair with colors like Marsala. These are five colors from my Hot New Door Colors For 2015 but there are many other colors that would be perfect for the front door, too so don't be shy. Go with the color that speaks to you.

Accent colors to go with Pantone Color of the year 2015 Marsala

Marsala also makes a great accent color on the home exterior. Marsala would make a beautiful front door color with gray siding. It could be the color for shutters with stained front door.

Is your home ready for the warm earthiness of Marsala? Whether as your main color just a pop of this deep reddish brown as an accent don't forget to top it off with the perfect roof color.


Meet Us at Booth 2136!

If you're headed to Las Vegas in a few weeks for the 2015 International Builders' Show, we invite you to meet us in booth 2136 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center!

January 20 - 22 are the key dates to be at this mega trade show to see all the newest items available from manufacturers across the country. DaVinci Roofscapes will be one of those companies launching new products at the show --- our new Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile with an enhanced profile and a new Smokey Gray color!

Available starting January 1st, the new Single-Width Slate 12-inch tile boasts a more authentic quarried look. This new slate alternative tile has a thicker, more realistic profile that accurately replicates genuine slate in an imitation slate tile. Deeper impressions in the slate alternative tiles make them appear thicker, even though they're the same lightweight roofing tiles as previous tiles in this product offering.

And, at DaVinci we just can't get enough of color! Already the leader in color options in the polymer roofing industry, we are enhancing our position in 2015 by introducing our newest color, Smokey Gray.

When you get your first look at our Smokey Gray color, you'll see that this deep, rich blackish gray is reminiscent of real slate shingles. The color reminds some people of a dark, stormy night or of charcoal. The distinct Smokey Gray color will be available as a standard color option starting in January in the DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Slate composite slate product lines, along with the Bellaforté Slate® line of green roofing materials.

In case you're counting, Smokey Gray will be the 50th color offered by DaVinci, and the darkest gray available from us. Other gray options from DaVinci include: Slate Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray, Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake!

Click here to register for a free 3-day pass to the Builders' Show!



From the Architect's Corner: Online Continuing Education

Have you ever wondered what a color expert would tell you if you asked the question, "What order should I go in when selecting exterior colors for my home?"

According to Kate Smith, DaVinci Roofscapes' color expert, the correct order is roof, siding, windows, front door, trim then garage door. Unless the home is brick or stone, the largest fixed feature is probably the roof, so you will want to start there.

Interested in learning more? Are you a professional in need of a continuing education credit? Jump over to AEC Daily's website to take our new course, The FRESH Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors. It is free and available online 24/7.


Happy Friday, Architects! 


What Accent Roof Color Works Above the Entry Porch and Garage?

I am using this slate tile as an accent for the roof above the garage and above the entry porch. I was thinking that the Brownstone VariBlend would match well. Any comments or recommendations?


Pete Daniele
Bellaforté or Single-Width Slate



Hi Mr. Daniele,

An accent roof over the garage doors and entry porch will add another nice element to your exterior design.

You are on the right track with your thinking. Brownstone appears to match the brown tones in your stone work. My only suggestion would be is to make sure it is not too light compared to the main roof. 

The accent roof over the garage is a strong visual horizontal element in your overall design. Currently the strong contrast between the roof against the siding and the stone is one one of the reasons it works so well to balance the design and move the eye across the entire front of your home. If the roof colors blends in too closely with the siding and/or stone color you will lose some of the character that the accent roof adds to your home.

Another thing to look at with the Brownstone would be how it works with the main roof. From the picture your main roof looks gray. If that is the case you will want to avoid going too light or chocolate brown and instead look for a brown-black. That will help to bridge the brown in the stone with the gray in the roof. A color like Dark Tahoe would be one to consider.

I like the Single-Width but either Single- or Multi-Width profile would work. Go with the look you prefer.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert




Help Us Keep the Original Garrison Colonial Character... What Color Polymer Shake?

I own a Garrison Colonial in Westchester County New York. It currently has an asphalt roof that needs replacing. The original design of the house was a Cedar roof with cedar siding going half way down the front and back of the house, while the sides and lower half of the front and back are red brick. My contractor and I have decided to go either with the single-width or multi-width Cedar Shake in an attempt to restore the original look. We are also now debating replacing the original cedar shingle siding with the your product as well. My wife and I were having a hard enough time deciding on a color when it was just the roof, but now that the siding might be replaced as well, we are completely stumped.

Very few of your Gallery pictures included red brick homes, they also tend to only include large homes, which I wish was not the case since your products are very affordable for a house of any size.

We are open to almost anything, although we tend to feel the house should be simple and respect its original look, which I assume was unpainted cedar siding and the cedar roof. The siding is currently varied width, with each shingle of the same length.

We are also planning on bring back the original shutters on the Single windows on the upper stories and the two sides of the house, which were removed because they were in poor condition. Our doors are also about to be replaced, so the choice of roofing and siding color determines these as well.

Thank you for your time.

John Knittel
Hastings On Hudson, NY
Product: Single- or Multi-Width Shake





Hello Mr. Knittel,

It sounds like you are making all of the right changes to restore this home to its original beauty. It is going to be a nice improvement.

I recommend staying with the multi-width shake. You can continue with the even lengths or could go with varied lengths if you prefer that look. Either will work on your home and keep the integrity of the original look.

It looks like your bricks have a warm color cast that will work nicely with Weathered Gray or Tahoe. Weathered Gray is lighter and Tahoe darker so it just depends what you have in mind. Both have a look of natural cedar with the gray being more weathered and thus the name.



Using the same shake on both the roof and siding is the best choice and will give you home a very cohesive look from top to bottom. Either of the two colors I am suggesting will blend nicely with the brick. 

When you paint the trim it would be nice to go with an off-white rather than bright white to continue to tie the look together. As for shutters and front door go with whatever color you like best-- there are so many choices that would work great once you have the bricks and roof/siding working together. Muted to dark greens, blues, reds, golds and more. Find a color family you like and then hone in on the exact shade you think works best for your overall look.

I hope this advice helps you to make your color decisions.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Holiday Décor Trends Beneath The Roof

The holidays are a time to welcome family and friends into your home to enjoy traditions and make memories. Make this year special by introducing a new look. You can add some glitz and glam or give a nod to mod for an on-trend holiday home. 2014 is expected to be a season of uniqueness, building upon ‘creating new memories’.

Turn your home into the place to be this holiday season with a DaVinci Slate or Shake roof overhead and one of these four trends to inspire your decor. All interior inspiration and images are from Wayfair.


The Great Gatsby Holiday Glam

Polymer Roofing

Bellaforté Slate Black-VariBlend

Fascination with the roaring 20s will make this year’s holidays chic and glitzy. “Think Great Gatsby!” says Kaemingk, a seasonal décor company which will be infusing a line of 1920s-inspired holiday décor with its new Glamour Time collection. Golds, black and whites, pearls and lots of jazzy-inspired looks will create a vintage look with a glamorous feel.


Style Mash Ups

Imitation Slate

Multi-Width Slate Custom Blend

In building unique holiday décor, many companies are introducing style hybrids of two or more hot trends from years past. At Demcado, an artistry décor company, the Around the Block collection speaks hipster meets lodge. ‘Upcycled’ pieces are turning old tired décor into new whimsical holiday signs and unique decorating statement pieces with plaids, pops of color or fresh sayings that would make anyone smile.


Tranquil Beauty

Fake Slate

DaVinci Multi-Width Slate Weathered Green

A softer, more serene holiday is achieved when you introduce pastels or even white to your décor. Keeping things light and intentionally chosen, this style works best when done in minimal touches throughout your spaces. Infuse one pattern for interest – floral, subtle stripes or the like for a really beautiful, more feminine holiday look.


Personalize Your Holidays

Fake Shake

Single-Width Shake Autumn-VariBlend

On-trend always, personalized holiday items are timeless, classic and become instant family traditions. This year pulling out your family items and infusing them with some new pieces like a family tree skirt or hand embroidered stockings, create memories and décor together.

Selecting a trend for your home is easy when you examine personal style and favorite colors. From hipsters to homebodies built on tradition, there is always a beautiful, colorful way to make new memories under your roof this holiday season.


Help in Colorado... Maybe a Custom Blend for Our Polymer Roof?

We would like assistance choosing our colors using the Bellaforté Slate.

We have a red brick georgian house - the majority of the house is brick. Our trim is white. Our shutters and front door are a very dark green - nearly black. Our roof is not very obvious from the front of our house.

Currently our house has yellow paint but we will be repainting it. We are leaning towards grey.

We have pavers for our front walk/porch and back porch that were just installed. All our landscaping was just completed so in the pictures, things look a bit bare with all new plant.

We like the European Blend but would like suggestions for a custom blend.

Thank you.

Greenwood Village, CO
Product: Bellaforté Slate





Thank you for sending a variety of images of your home. I can see how many nice improvements you have already made to your home and a DaVinci roof will be perfect to top off your look.

I can see that you enjoy the interplay of pattern and color from the design you selected for the newly installed pavers. I think that works very well with the colors and style of your home. I also think going with gray on the siding will look great with the pavers and brick.

For the roof I recommend you go with subtler variations in color rather than a more distinct pattern such as the European blend. On their own each pattern is beautiful but when added to the same exterior they can start to compete with each other for "visual attention" and then none of them will stand out. Instead think about going with the subtle color variations that is possible with DaVinci's VariBlend technology.

If you are still set on pattern you could get away with it because so little of your roof shows but I would still recommend a pattern that incorporates 2 or 3 grays rather than different colors.

​If you want something a bit different, DaVinci Roofscapes is about to release a new VariBlend.​ It is a color called Smokey Gray that is between Slate Gray and Slate Black. I think this color would be a great choice to give your home a distinctive look.

Take a look ​at these three options ​and think about how less pattern on the roof can make the other patterns make more impact to your overall look. I think you will see how going more solid on your roof can bring your other patterns to life.​


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert



Need Help Finding Alternative to All Black Roof...


I've asked Crystal to come up with some alternatives to an all-black roof.

Thanks - Bob

Bob Gibb
Calgary, Alberta
Product: Multi-Width slate


Hi Bob,

A black roof could certainly work on your home but I can understand why you would prefer something a little different to set your home apart. I would still recommend that you stay in the black/gray range of colors but there are other options.

I think Slate Gray could be a nice choice in Multi-Width Slate. The color would blend nicely with your brick and shake as well as pick up on the black trim around the windows and on your door.

Another gray such as combination of Dark and Medium Gray could also work. I like the warmer/brown gray tones slightly better than the cooler/bluish grays based on the photos. Look at the samples of the colors outside your home to determine which color will look best.

Once you decide on your roof gray, I would suggest changing the blue paint on the stairs and porch to a gray that blends with the roof color to give the exterior a cohesive look. 

You have a lovely home and I hope this helps you to pick the perfect roof color.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

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Your Guide To Lighting Up Your Home Exterior For The Holidays

Christmas lights are popping up all over the Internet as quickly as they are beginning to appear in neighborhoods across the country. If like me, you have yet to put up the first light, here are some tips to get both of us started.

A fantasy holiday color scheme (picture from

More Choices Than White or Bright Colors

With the introduction of LED bulbs your holiday lighting is no longer limited to warm white or bright colored lights. Today there are more color choices and combinations than ever before. Mix up light and dark green. Bring together pastels and brights. Update traditional red and green by adding pink and light green. Even a combination of warm white and cool white with amber or faint blue can create a special winter wonderland look.

Just like when you are picking colors for your exterior, selecting the right colors for your holiday decor starts with considering a few things about your home. Your color scheme can be inspired by your lifestyle, style of your home or even be influenced by your neighborhood.

If you have kids multi-colored lights and plastic reindeer might be what gives them the most delight. White lights or a single soft color can be best if your goal is to highlight your home's architectural details, landscaping or other outside elements. Sometimes neighbors collaborate to turn their entire street or cul-de-sac into an attention getting display. Whatever color scheme you choose, make it your own.

An elegant display in white (picture from

LEDs Light The Way

Once you've got a design in mind, if you will be purchasing new lights -- go with LEDs. The cost of LEDs is more initially but they use less than 15 percent of the electricity of traditional lights. They also don’t break as easily. In the past LEDs had a bluish glow that most people found less appealing than the warm yellowish glow of incandescent lights. However, the color of LED lights has really been perfected and considering net costs are the way to go for outdoor decor.

Landscape Lighting

As you are getting your design direction in mind, don't forget to extend your lighting to your entry, walkways, edges of flower beds and driveway. Focusing lights on the architectural details of your home highlight your home’s beauty and adds to the festive atmosphere. If you are doing quite a bit of lighting I recommend that you consult a lighting professional. They will help you to avoid ending up with a tangle of wires and extension cords that might not stand up well to the weather or could be too much for your electrical system.

Add Lush Greenery

No one wants to see the cords and plugs so take this tip from Southern Living on how to disguise unsightly wires. Keep the cords or extension cords for strings of lights out of sight by winding them around a column or post and cover with Christmas greenery or garland. Add a pretty container of ornamental cabbage or kale at the base.

Let Someone Else Do The Decorating

Companies offer turnkey services that remove the hassle of purchasing, installing, maintaining and storing exterior decorations. They can also give you a unique design or ideas for installing the lighting. During the holiday season, they will service the lighting should anything become damaged or stop working. One of my favorite reasons for hiring someone else to handle you exterior decor is that they take down the display and place the items in their own facilities for the next year.

If you want to have their holiday lighting up and running by the day after Thanksgiving it is best to book early. I don't know about you but I really don't like putting up decorations when it is freezing outside and I have many other holiday chores to attend to. Get on it right now and mark your calendar for next year right so you remember to book your dates for decorating right after Labor Day.

So go get started planning the perfect display for you and your family. The possibilities for holiday lighting are endless. The only limitation is your imagination.

More Inspiration

Light Up Your Home For The Holidays

Rooftop Decorations Santa Is Guaranteed Not To Miss

Why Red & Green Are the Colors of Christmas


Need Color Ideas for My Home

I have 30 sq. house and would be interested in color ideas.

Nathan Buerge
Joplin, MO
Product: Slate


Hello Mr. Buerge,

I have looked at the images of your home and have the following recommendations for the color and style of your roof.

Your home has lovely details and many materials that add to its stately style. You will not want to detract from these by adding a distinct pattern to the roof. Allow eye to move to the pattern in your brick, stone and the timbers by choosing a roofing material with a the natural look of subtle color variations.

It appears in your pictures that your home is trimmed in black or a very deep charcoal gray. This works well with the style of your home as well as the colors in the brick. Keeping the roof in either Slate Black VariBlend or Slate Gray VariBlend is what I would recommend.

For the profile I think the Bellaforté Slate would be the way to go. The larger tiles and uniform pattern fit the style and size of your home very well and I think you will be pleased with the results.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert












See How The Many Colors of Pumpkins Inspire Exterior Color Schemes

There are so many reasons I love Autumn. The colors of the fall foliage, ripe red apples, Indian corn and of course pumpkins. Seeing a patch filled with bright orange pumpkins is a cheerful sight that I look forward to but in the past few years, a few other colors have elbowed their way into the patch and found their way into my heart.

Brown, white, red and even blue skinned beauties join orange as options for fall decorating. I've been enchanted by the luscious combinations of colors found in the skin and flesh of the many new varieties available. They are so lovely that they have inspired me to think about how I might use these color schemes to help you choose a new look for your exterior.   

Traditional orange pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

The bright orange of a traditional pumpkin doesn't often work for an entire exterior, but it is a warm inviting color for a front door and window frames.

Blue pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

Of all the non-traditional colors for pumpkins, blue seems to be the most unexpected. Take your color cue from the blue skin and rich orange flesh of the Jarrahdale pumpkin. The blue on the front door against the red-orange bricks creates a perfect complementary scheme.

Brown pumpkin inspired color scheme

The Musquee de Provence Pumpkin is a favorite among those with an eye for color. This beautiful heirloom from the South of France is green when immature, and then the skin turns a lovely rich blend of browns when fully ripe. The variations of the browns are much the same as one of my favorite DaVinci Roofscapes standard blends -- Autumn. 

Tan pattern pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

The Galeux D'Eysines is another heirloom pumpkin and its name translates as "embroidered with warts from Eysines”, a small town in southwest France. Its color and texture might inspire an analogous color scheme of warm golden hues with the front door, painted in a rich, spicy orange of Benjamin Moore Etruscan AF-355.

Red pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

It has been said that Cinderella's carriage was fashioned after the Rouge Vif d'Estampes pumpkin and that the roof of her castle was covered in Bellaforté Imitation Slate in the standard blend Sedona.

White pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

Coming on the scene only a dozen years ago, naturally white pumpkin, once an oddity found only at farmers' markets, are now making their way into more and more homes and becoming an autumn favorite. The combination of white with stem green and bright orange as accent colors is perfect on this home in Austin, TX.

Mother Nature is a true expert when it comes to putting colors together. All you have to do is harvest one of her pumpkin-inspired combinations to add the beauty of Fall to your home year round.


Blue October in Kansas City!

The fountains are flowing with royal blue water in our home town of Kansas City, and World Series fever is running high!

Royal Blue


Next week our Kansas City Royals go to the World Series for the first time in 29 years ... and we have high hopes of beating the San Francisco Giants! After all, we did it this past August when the Royals swept the Giants in a three-game series in Kansas City. Will history repeat itself? We hope so!

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're unabashedly proud of our hometown baseball team --- and the focus being placed on Kansas City. After all, the Royals are the first team to sweep both their division and AL Championship games. And, now that we have two wild-card teams meeting at the World Series (for only the second time ever!) it's "all fans on deck" to cheer on our team when the first game starts on October 21st!


We're so excited about this amazing sporting achievement, that we're thinking of creating a Royal Blue polymer roofing tile!


After all, we have already offered A Simple Guide to Exterior Color Trends 2014 | Take A New Look At Blue! While we think about that option ... you can check out these fun facts:

- The Royals have previously played in just two World Series ... losing in 1980 to the Philadelphia Phillies, but winning in 1985 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

- The "Royals" name comes from the American Royal ... a livestock and horse show, rodeo and championship barbeque competition held each year in Kansas City since 1899.

- Our city has several other sports teams with distinctive patriarch names ... including the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Monarchs.


Hot Door Colors Meet Their Designer Roof Color Match

When a homeowner adds a DaVinci imitation slate or shake roof often the first thing they do is stand back admiring how great their home looks. Now that the roof looks so great, they often decide other parts of their exterior could also benefit from being spruced up. The front door is often the next area homeowners look to improve. The good news is that all it may take to have your front door live up to the beauty of your roof is to brush on a fresh coat of paint. But what color?

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Roof Match

Deep cranberry warmed up with gold is reminiscent of a luxurious carpet or
velvety rose petals Cranapple adds a touch of tradition to any style home.

Here are some hues to inspire you. These are from the top 10 hottest door colors for Therma-Tru Doors Five of the colors that I believe will find their ways to many front doors in 2015 are bold and influenced by cross cultural experiences, such as Bronze Tone and Tripoli Sand. Then there are five other colors — like Thyme Green and Amazon Soil — which are more muted hues that invite us to step out of the fast flow of life to relax in our homes. You can learn more about these colors and see a video showing how all these colors look on a front door visit

Hot New Door Colors 2015

Using images from This Old House matched up to DaVinci Roofscapes roof colors you can see how the hot colors work in an exterior scheme. See a few examples and the reasons the combinations work well together.

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Roof Color Match

This monochromatic scheme of the natural siding and DaVinci composite slate would work well with just about any color family. I like the cheerful feeling a color like Tripoli Sands projects. Wright Blue Mist would also be a wonderful choice. Capture the glow of the beaches along the Mediterranean with this stylish shade that brings out the golden colorcast of stone or brick.

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Roof Color Match

A blend of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in Dark and Medium Chesapeake is a perfect match to the colorcast of the bricks. Thyme Green on the door plays off the greenish cast of the roof color and picks up the warm tones in the brick. A classic, rich green with a touch of brown never goes out of style and pairs well with most exterior home colors and features.

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Color Match

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in Tahoe Blend and the siding get a lively lift with a color like Bronze Tone that brightens up a subdued exterior. Bold but not overpowering, this deep shade of orange is a good choice to add energy to any neutral theme. 

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Match

This patchwork blend of bricks needs a strong roof color. Bellaforté Slate Black-VariBlend fills that bill. Painting the front door black could work but using a color like Amazon Soil that incorporates all of the colors in the brick is friendlier and more interesting. A deep, lush shade of mauve, this dramatically dark color gives the front door a velvety richness.

Your roof and front door are two of the key elements on your exterior. By picking the right color for both your home will stand out from the rest and have instant curb appeal.