Bad News for Cupid

Oh no! Cupid has an important job to do, but he's been thwarted by homes with impact-resistant DaVinci Roofscapes polymer shake and slate tiles overhead.

"Time is tight and I'm trying to shoot my love messages to people in homes, but the DaVinci roofs are really getting in my way," says Cupid. "I'm using all my strength, but my arrows are simply bouncing off the DaVinci roofs."

Cupid has discovered what many homeowners have already learned --- DaVinci synthetic slate and imitation shake roofing tiles are Class 4 rated for impact resistance, plus they have a Class A fire rating, so even flaming arrows won't damage them.

"Synthetic roof tiles are durable in all kinds of situations," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Our roofs normally have to stand up to hail, high winds, snow and other weather conditions that Mother Nature throws at them. So, unfortunately for Cupid, he's going to have to find another way to deliver his heartfelt messages."

The good news for Cupid is that he can see DaVinci roofs in shades of his favorite color --- red --- during his romantic travels.(See Red, Red Roof)

Designer RoofIn Stamford, Conn. the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat has a custom terracotta color blend of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate on its roof to accent the restful setting of the Mediterranean-style complex and gardens. (See Terracotta-Hued Roof Added to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat).

And, in Greenwood, Penn. homeowner Ellen Greenwood recently had a custom adobe red composite slate roof put on her 1867 white farmhouse to complement a nearby classic red metal roof on a stone barn.

Gillespie Contracting helped Greenwood get the red roof of her dreams. "The owner had a very specific shade of red in mind for her roof and I had confidence DaVinci could deliver," says Bill Gillespie, president of Gillespie Contracting. "The final choice on product selection came down to DaVinci and another faux slate. Mrs. Greenwood compared both products side by side and felt the DaVinci simulated slate roofing was more durable and sturdier than the other option."

Durable, colorful and arrow puncture-proof. A winning combination sure to impress even Cupid.


100 Year Old Dutch Colonial


We are going to replace our roof in the next year. Our home is a 100 year old Dutch Colonial style. Huge roof on our 2.5 story home. What recommendations do you have for the color blends for shingle roof.

If you need additional pictures I can send some more.


Omaha, NE

Product: Shingles




Dear Ms. Knowles,

Among the things I consider when making recommendations the style of the home is a key factor. You can sometimes deviate from what has been used in the past but for a Dutch Colonial sticking with a historic look is the best decision.

The DaVinci Single-Width Shake is my preference because it will have a more uniform look. The Multi-Width Shake would also work but keep in mind the staggered placement may be too much texture for the traditional look.

I also recommend going with a color that is similar to natural cedar and has slight color variations rather than a distinct pattern. Tahoe-VariBlend or Autumn-VariBlend both fit that criteria. It looks like either would go nicely with the brick on your home, too.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Fake Cedar Shake


Best Red For A Home Exterior

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and red can be seen just about everywhere. While you're surrounded by this vibrant hue I thought it would be a good time to ask you to think about the color red. What comes to mind?

This hue has more personal associations than any other color, but there are two that are most common. Red calls to mind love, romance, and passion: the hearts of Valentine's Day or the sexy woman in a red dress. Yet red also is associated with fast cars, aggressive behavior, and even rage, made explicit in the expression "seeing red".

So how is it that the same color has come to represent two powerful emotions that seem so very different? It’s because red is inherently exciting. It stimulates energy and increases your blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. Love and rage both produce similar physical reactions. Love can make your heart beat a little faster and your palms sweat. Anger also raises your blood pressure and increases your heart rate, but for a different reason.

Love, anger, and the color red all produce changes in our body that are very similar and signal that you need to respond. This makes red an attention-getter at an emotional level in addition to it being a bright, eye-grabbing color. 

Red can be a great color for your exterior. It works especially well as an accent color. Put red on areas of your home where you want to draw attention like the front door or shutters. It can also be a great main color but take the time to find the right red

With a variety of shades from traditional barn red to vivid watermelon, you have a wide range to choose from. Here a few of my favorite reds for your home exterior.

Best red for a home exterior


Benjamin Moore's Cottage Red PM-15 was the color I recommended when last year's Shake It Up color contest winner wanted to take her cute cottage from faded pink to barn red. Just look at the difference this color made in adding charm and presence to this home and I think you can see why Cottage Red is on the list of best red for a home exterior. If you need stain rather than paint Sherwin-Williams SW 3020 Cape Cod Red
Exterior Solid Stain
 or Cabot O.V.T. Solid Color Stain Barn Red are also among what I consider the best reds.

For a front door or shutters I often use a more vivid red. The best red for home exterior doors are Farrow & Ball Rectory Red 217, Benjamin-Moore Caliente AF-290 or Moroccan Red 1309Pittsburgh Paints Ruby Lips 434-7, and Sherwin-Williams Poinsettia SW6594, Lusty Red SW6863 or Heartthrob SW 6866.

If you are looking for a red that will work well with the color of your composite slate or shake roofing here is a general rule of thumb to follow. If you're shake or slate roof shingles are neutral gray you can use either just about any tone of red. Select one that compliments the other colors on your home.

If your slate or shake roofing material is warm brown, terra cotta red, or even a very warm gray use a red that is slightly more orange than burgundy or pink. If you slate or shake roofing is cool gray, bluish or green then a cooler red will probably be a better choice.


Home Exterior Color Trends For 2016: Natural Green

Color Trends 2016 Paradise Found

An appreciation of our natural environment along with being more conscious of the long term impact everyday actions will have in the future continue to influence trends. Some ways this is manifesting include homeowners:

  • choosing quality over quantity and looking for products that are produced responsibly
  • doing research to find the best long-term products for their home to reduce the need for replacement
  • putting more thought into how their decisions impact the bigger picture in the future
  • being drawn to nature-inspired colors

A color that has been trending for many years and continues in this year's palette is green. Unlike the greens of past years, which were more warm or leaned towards yellow-green, this year's color is a cooler grayed green with blue undertones.


This is a beautiful color that blends so well with that landscape that it was called "The Paint Color That Can Make Ugly Stuff "Disappear" by House Beautiful in an article about how in Disney World this color is "used on utility structures, back doors, and other less-magical sights that Disney doesn't want guests to notice.

When using a green like DaVinci Evergreen (shown above) or Weathered Green polymer roof tiles this color will anchor the home and give it a sense of place in the natural environment. 

I'm not the only one that is a big fan of this color for 2016. PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS® brands named Paradise Found – a serious, aloe green – as its 2016 Color of the Year they said that, "The green is inspired by consumers’ search for security, protection, privacy and resilience in an uncertain world." As consumers look to embrace future-forward lifestyles and designs, color experts from PPG Industries, anticipate Paradise Found will play a prominent role in home decor trends and styles, giving homeowners a silent guard and a sturdy, reassuring color for those wary of growing threats to global, national and cyber security."

Paradise Found (PPG1135-5) is reminiscent natural environments and reflects our society’s increasing focus on the development of personal strength, safety and security.

They chose a familiar shade of green that feels solid and protective. “An edgy-yet-comforting green like Paradise Found hints at nature while still touching on neutrality,” said Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager, PPG Architectural Coatings, U.S. and Canada. “The 2016 Color of the Year provides the sense of strength, energy and comforting familiarity that consumers need to feel confident embracing newness and change.”

Green might not be your first thought when searching for a new color for your home exterior but it is worth considering a comforting, well-balanced green to give your home style and the sense of comfort and security.

You might also enjoy my previous post on 2016 Color Trends: Wondering What Color Trends You'll Be Seeing in 2016? Here's A Sneak Peek!


Home Exterior Color Trends For 2016: White Feels Right

This year I'm talking about a color that doesn't often come up in a conversation about color trends -- White!

Yes, white. This non-color is getting attention this year because it just feels right to many people for many reasons. White is clean and uncluttered. It is a color we associate with a fresh start or new beginnings. It the proverbial blank canvas. White gives us a place to rest our eyes and space to clear our minds. Who doesn't find those qualities attractive after another way-too-busy day?

When it comes to home design white and off-white are timeless. They are traditional, modern and every style in between because there are myriad ways to use white especially on a home exterior.

White makes the most of interesting architectural details, it helps the details stand apart from the main color. Even with a white-on-white scheme the shadows created when light hits white define trim, dental molding, window frames, cornices and other architectural elements.

Black and white is a classic look that is the ultimate in contrast. A white exterior with black slate roof tiles and black shutters is a look that is hard to beat. White trim against any dark main color is dramatic or dark accents against a primarily white home play up the high contrast in another way.

Fake Slate

This year's white with its slightly warm undertones works well with muted medium shades and the diverse mix of materials so popular on a home exterior today. I especially like this warm white with DaVinci Slate Gray (shown above), or Smokey Gray roofing shingles.

My prediction of white as an important color in 2016 was proven correct when both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams selected white as their 2016 Color of the Year. First Benjamin Moore announced Simply White soon followed by the release of Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. Suddenly everyone was talking about white. 

Even though white doesn't often find its way onto the roof of American homes it does show up on nearly every other element of a home exterior. So I wanted to give white its due. Go ahead and stand out more proudly than ever white. This is your year!

You might also enjoy my previous post on 2016 Color Trends: Wondering What Color Trends You'll Be Seeing in 2016? Here's A Sneak Peek!


Help with Color

Need color suggestions...

John Raudabaugh
Boise, ID
Product: Bellaforte Shake


Dear Mr. Raudabaugh,

For your home I recommend colors Autumn or Tahoe. I like that the Autumn blend stands out a bit more but that is just personal taste. Either color would be beautiful on your home.

Both of these blends have a warm brown tone that blends in well with the surrounding landscape as well as the style of your home. I also recommend the Bellaforte profile or the staggered Multi-Width tiles to give your roof texture that adds an element of interest to your home.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Designer Roof Option


Free E-Books Help You Select New Polymer Roofing in 2016

It's a new year, and that may mean you're finally making the decision to invest in a new roof. We can help.

DaVinci Roofscapes has two free e-books available that are packed with tips and insights on selecting new composite roofing that will look great on your home.

Designer RoofOur FRESH Home Exterior Colors guide explains how to choose the right color for your roof based on five factors:

            Fixed Features

            Regional Colors

            Environment and Surroundings

            Style of Your Home

            Historic and Have-to-Use Colors

The companion e-book, FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior provides insights on selecting the right type of roofing product and best color for different styles of homes, including Colonial, Ranch, Bungalow, Victorian, Spanish Mission, European and New American.

Our color expert, Kate Smith with Sensational Color, has authored both these books. She's also available to answer your personal color questions to assist you in selecting the colors that will look best on your designer roof. Just "Ask Kate" and you'll get the one-on-one support you need to confidently add a colorful new luxury roof to your home in 2016!

Need more color help? See "Over the Roof” Options at DaVinci Online Color Studio  and New Videos from DaVinci Roofscapes!


Color Choice? Help!

Can you assist with Color choice?

Pat Hengen
Honey Creek, Iowa
Product: Bellaforté Slate - Castle Gray?


Dear Mr. Hengen,

The Bellaforté Slate is an excellent choice for the style and size of your home.

Gray looks like a nice complement to your stonework on your home. I think you can go with the Castle Gray that you selected but just make sure that from a distance the color of your stone and roof do not appear to look the same or both have a distinct pattern. 

You want these two elements to have the same tones but you do not want them to look identical or very similar from a distance. You still want the two elements to stand on their own while coming together to create a cohesive look.

If you think the stone and Castle Gray are too close you could go with a color that has less pattern and more subtle color variations such as the Slate Gray-VariBlend or Smokey Gray-VariBlend. Either of these would also be a nice choice to top off your home.

I hope that gives you the information you need to make your final decision.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Designer Roor


Wondering What Color Trends You'll Be Seeing in 2016? Here's A Sneak Peek!

Exterior Home Color Trends 2016

As the year draws to a close there is always lots of interest in what is ahead in the new year. The conversation is no different when it comes to color. Everyone from major media outlets to my best friend's teenage daughters are interested in what colors will be hot in 2016.

Color trends are the design industry equivalent of celebrity gossip. Most people don't really need to know what colors are trending, especially when selecting colors for your home exterior, but it is fun to have a little insight into what you will be seeing next year. With that in mind this is the first of a few blog posts I'll be writing to give you the inside skinny on trends.

Rich tones have been on-trend for the past view years and remain relevant for 2016 playing a significant role on the home exterior. The reason deep, mysterious hues are trending is that they are a convergence of a passion for the finer things in life, a respect for history, a curiosity about other cultures, interest in spirituality and a love of colors that are as complex as we are.

One of my favorite colors that falls in this category is Black Walnut. This color brings together smokey charcoal gray with sensuous dark brown. The result is a color that is smart, solid and stable yet sexy. 

This is a perfect hue for topping off your home. The tones found in DaVinci Shake Mountain are similar to Black Walnut and have the same appeal. 

Black Walnut and Mountain are dramatic when paired with warm neutrals like greige or taupe or more colorful but slightly toned down hues. The strong contrast makes a strong statement when they are paired with Simply White or Alabaster.

Our desire for complex colors and individual expression also has us embracing other multi-dimensional colors that make a statement.

2016 Color Trends Home Exterior


These colors would be too dark or too vibrant to be used as a main color on most home but they are perfect as accent colors.

Other colors that are on-trend that can be used as accent colors to enhance Black Walnut are Different Gold, Blackberry, Galagos, Patriot Blue or Courtyard Green. Other adventurous pairings would include turquoise, chartreuse, or yellow-orange.

That's it for your first sneak peek into the 2016 color trends. Stay tuned for the next scoop on what colors you will be seeing in the new year.


Help with New Slate Roof for Brick Home

Currently have black fake slate; looking for suggestion as a replacement. Open to warmer colors or staying with black.

Mark Reston
Hurst, TX
Product: Bellaforté or Multi-Width Slate


Dear Mr. Reston,

Since you are upgrading your roof I would suggest going with a new color so that you can really see a difference. Black has worked well up until now but there are other colors that would also give your home a great look.

If you stay in the gray family either Slate Gray or Smokey Gray will give you a similar look to what you have now but will be less of a stark contrast to the color of your brick.

If you want to go with a warm tone I recommend selecting one of the colors that is similar and slightly darker than the darkest color in your bricks. From the picture it looks like Mountain would be a good match. I would not choose more than two variations - such as medium and dark as I have shown. With too much variation between the roofing tiles the roof pattern will compete with the brick pattern. A roof that is more solid in color will allow the brick to stand out.

The size and even arrangement of the Bellaforté Slate is a good fit for your home but any of the DaVinci Slate profiles will work well.

I hope that helps you in making your selection.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Designer Roof


Color and Product Help

We are considering Multi-Width Slate in Castle Gray, Brownstone or European. In Multi-Width Shake, options seem to be Weathered Gray or custom colors. Bellaforté Shake: Weather Gray-VariBlend or Tahoe-VariBlend.

Need help. Please see attached pics. What product do you think works best on our home and what color? Big decision.
David Stertzer
Colleyville, Texas
Product: Multi-Width Slate, Multi-Width Shake, Bellaforté Shake


Dear Mr. Stertzer,

My recommendation would be either the Brownstone-VariBlend or Slate Gray-VariBlend. You mentioned you were considering Castle Gray-VariBlend, which could also work but I like the slightly darker color Slate Gray against the body of your home a bit more.

Both Brownstone or Slate Gray will work equally well with your style and color of your home. I like the warmth of tones in the Brownstone with your brick. I have attached an image of another home with this roof so you can see what I mean since it is difficult to see it in the small swatch.

On the other hand the Slate Gray is a classic choice that matches your home stately appearance. You just have to choose which color appeals to you more since you won't go wrong with either choice.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Designer RoofFake Slate Roof


Need Color Confidence

I don't have the confidence that I used to when it comes to choosing a color for our home. I am uncertain at to what would look best. The exterior of the home will remain the same color. In the images I am sending you the sky is overcast and the roof is wet with morning moisture.

Plattsburg, MO
Product: Bellaforté Slate


Dear Mr. Kemper,

Choosing a color for your roof is a big decision and it can be confusing. I understand and am here to help by giving you advice on what to look for and think about as you make your decision.

Since you mention that the main and trim colors on your home will not change you will want to find a color that will work with what is existing. You will also want to choose a color that will work well in the future if you ever do decide to change these colors.

With that in mind, I recommend DaVinci Shake in either Mountain or Tahoe. From how the colors look in your photo I think Mountain would be my choice.

You had mentioned to your contact in the customer care department that you like gray and while Mountain is a deep brown it leans toward dark gray. I think you may find that this color will work better with your current colors than gray but still give you the look you like.

But photos can be deceiving so look at both colors in the daylight against your main and accent colors. Then trust your own eyes and judgment to choose the one that you find most appealing.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Faux Cedar Shake


Slate Roof Color Originally Found On Your Early American Home

Wondering what color slate was most often found on American homes built from 1785 to the early 1900s? The best way to get to the answer to that question is to first focus in the period style of your home. Then find out what colors were used when it was originally built. You will also want to look at whether the roof was a single color or multi-color blend. Here is what I found to be the most common slate colors by style during this period.

In the earliest style homes in the American - Colonial, Federal and Neoclassical -  slate was not often used because it was not widely available. These homes were roofed originally with wood shingles rather than slate. Occasionally slate would be found on homes of this style if they were built close to where slate was being quarried. The color would vary on what was found locally.

For example in Vermont and New York there are many different colors of slate - greens, greys, black, purples and red. These same quarries also produced slate mottled with two or more colors - green and purple, grey and black for example. In Virginia, the slate is more of a blue black whereas slate produced in Pennsylvania are very dark black. Even within the same area slate quarries could yield different colors and even within a single quarry different colors were extracted. 

Today, homes of Colonial, Federal and Neoclassical styles have replaced their original shake roofs with slate. The most popular choices seem to be gray or black roofs. If you want to be a bit more adventurous while remaining true to the period you could investigate what other slate choices might have been found in the area at the time your home was built.

Gaining popularity a little later in the century, Greek Revival homes also typically originally had wooden shingles in most areas of the country. The exception to this was homes built In the Northeast where slate was quickly gaining popularity. These homes had a variety of color depending on what was being extracted from the nearest quarry, but the most common colors are black, gray, followed by red, blue, purple and green.

About 1840, the Gothic Revival style was gaining popularity and the railway was enabling the slate industry in America to have wider distribution. The quarries started producing more roofing slate to meet growing demand. Slate was considered the material of choice for Gothic Revival homes. Dark single color slate and later multi-color slate patterns that mixed in purple, green, red and blue adorned the Gothic style. 

Second Empire with its characteristic mansard roof was also often clad in slate. For most homes a single darker or variations of lights to darks in a single hue was used. Some buildings and homes also employed various colors in a pattern on the roof.

Victorian homes were built to impress. They used various slate colors and a combinations of roofing styles that included towers and turrets. Like the many colors used to accentuate the trim, multi-color roofs were used for emphasis. Purple, blue and green were popular choices to mix with gray or black to adorn this style home.

The beauty of DaVinci Slate is that you can choose from all of the colors once only available regionally. Each of the 50 colors was inspired by colors naturally quarried throughout history. With is natural appearance even the "boldest" color choices is going to look at home on any early American architectural styles.

If you want to know what colors would be right for a variety of other style homes you can find the answers in the free ebook FRESH Color Schemes For Your Home Exterior.


Red Roofs Popular on Spanish Mission Style Homes

Back in the early 1900s the American movie industry first started glamorizing eclectic Spanish architectural styles. Since that time homeowners across America have gravitated to the Hollywood versions of Spanish Mission style homes.

Designer RoofKnown for their strong Latin influence, older Spanish-style homes were generally built with thick stucco walls and clay tile roofs.

"Toned down and neutral colors reminiscent of sand, wood and clay work well on this style of home," says Kate Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color. "The exception is the roof. These homes boast warm red tile roofs or orangey combinations of faux slate roofs. The terracotta and clay color shades in the Sonora blend of composite roofing colors from DaVinci Roofscapes are the perfect accent colors for a Spanish-style home."

To complement the Spanish-style home exterior, Smith recommends in her free e-book, FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior, to start by first selecting the polymer slate roof color and then working down to select other exterior colors.

"A color scheme of a Sonora roof blend of synthetic slate roof shingles looks great with window frames in a milky off-white and a door in a green tea leaf color," says Smith. "Then the exterior can be a lighter version of the door color in a pale grayish-green. This color combination connects with nature and creates a classic Spanish-style home."


Victorian Homes Beg for Colorful Accents

Like a grown-up dollhouse, Victorian-style homes are created of steep-roofed turrets, grand entry porches with decorative trim, arched windows and ornamental shutters --- and lots of color.

Fake SlateAccording to our color expert Kate Smith in FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior, the colors historically found on Victorian homes were inspired by nature. "These colors ranged from light browns, tans and greens to darker, muddier colors," says Smith with Sensational Color. "Today's Victorian homes are known for brighter color combinations. Using contrasting colors allows the many decorative elements in a Victorian style home to be visually separated from one another.

"Starting with slate roof tiles, Victorian-style homes tend to break color rules ... yet in doing so they stand out for their whimsy and beauty."

Smith points out that one of the easiest ways to add colorful roof accents is by selecting fake slate shingles, like those offered by DaVinci Roofscapes.

"A custom red and gray blend of composite slate tiles on a home that has siding and trim in brick red, sage green and even accents in refined turquoise may look like trouble on a home --- but for a Victorian-style house they're a perfect fit," says Smith. "The famous 'painted ladies' in San Francisco are a great example on how colorful, attractive and exciting the exteriors of Victorian homes can be for a neighborhood.

"Every little element and decorative detail on a Victorian exterior is an opportunity to add color. With all home styles I always recommend a 'top down' approach. Start at the roof and work your way down adding color. With a Victorian-style home this means you can let your imagination go wild with tasteful colors that combine to create a 'wow factor' on the exterior!"

Can't get enough of Victorian-style homes? Then see this story: Vintage Home Gets Custom-Color Roof


Today Is National Color Day!

DaVinci Roofscapes is all about COLOR. From their color studio to the 50 colors in unlimited combinations they offer and all of the color insights and advice they have allowed me to share as their color expert over the years their appreciation for color shows.

National Color Day is also all about COLOR. October 22nd is a day set aside for celebrating the color-filled world we live in. It is also a day to learn how colors influence our mood, productivity and behavior in our everyday lives. So rather than talk about how to choose color for your roof or other elements of your home exterior I wanted to give you a glimpse into the meanings that colors convey.

The psychology and symbolism of each color has a profound impact on the choices you make consciously, unconsciously and subconsciously. Below is a quick look at some of the most common associations for each color.

Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, happiness and carries the promise of a positive future. Yellow can instill optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts.

Orange sparks more controversy than any other hue and true orange elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” reaction. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy.

Red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red draws attention, and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention.

Pink combines the passion of red with the purity of white. Bright pink has the same high energy as red; softer pinks are associated with romance, sweetness, and a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.

Purple embodies the balance of red’s stimulation and blue’s calm. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well-liked by very creative types.

Blue is the overwhelming “favorite color.” Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed. The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives.

Green is the pervasive color in the natural world and we are so used to seeing it everywhere. The natural greens, from forest to lime, green is tranquil and refreshing. Green is the color of peace and ecology.

Brown says stability, reliability, and approachability. It is the color of our earth and is associated with all things natural or organic.

Gray is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. It is a color that is dignified, conservative, and carries authority.

Black is authoritative and powerful; because black can evoke strong emotions, too much can be overwhelming. Black represents a lack of color but also is associated with prestige, high quality and sophistication.

White projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. Doctors don white coats, brides traditionally wear white gowns, and a white picket fence surrounds a safe and happy home.

I hope you enjoyed this short color break. If you want to learn even more about color psychology, symbolism and meaning I invite you to visit my website Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post about color for your home.

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Make Your Home’s Exterior Pop with Color

Color is a fundamental component of curb appeal and can make your home either stand out from the pack or blend in nicely with its environment. But you’re not alone if you’re unsure how to incorporate color to make your home look its best.

Designer Roof“Many homeowners are afraid to add color to their home exteriors because they don’t want to make a mistake,” says Kate Smith, chief color maven of Sensational Color. “No one should feel locked into blah or standard colors though.”

The roof is the best place to start when considering color for your home. Consider opting for colors that complement the home’s architectural style or give a nod to a particular era in design. (See 50 Shades of DaVinci)

A blend of two to eight colors in composite shake or simulated slate roofing is a great way to shake things up. At DaVinci Roofscapes you can find a variety of colors to choose from. We offer 50 standard colors including diverse hues like dark amber, smokey gray and light violet. Plus we offer ways to customize personalized color blends! Just check out the DaVinci Color Designer Tool


Loyal to Royals!

Blue champagne? Absolutely! That's what we believe should be flowing in our famous Kansas City fountains today after the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros last night in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.

KC RoyalsOur hometown team now advances to the American League Championship Series on Friday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. (Sorry Jays ... we laid claim to the royal blue color first!).

The 7-2 victory last night tasted sweet to loyal Royal fans, including all of us at DaVinci Roofscapes. Since our manufacturing and headquarters location is located in Lenexa, Kansas (just an easy baseball throw away from downtown Kansas City for pitcher Johnny Cueto), we're all solid Royals fans at DaVinci.

When similar excitement reigned over our city last year, we offered to add a new Royal Blue color to our impressive array of polymer shake and composite slate roofing tiles if our team won the World Series. (See Blue October in Kansas City!) We're making the same offer again this year! If our Royals go all the way and win the World Series in 2015 we're ready to add Royal Blue synthetic roofing tiles to our lineup.

Go Royals!


Colorful Ranch-Style Homes

Known for their long and low architectural style, Ranch homes can be sprawling masterpieces just waiting for the right colors to showcase their design. Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color, recommends starting with the roof tiles to add color to these sometimes rectangular-shaped homes.

"The roofing systems really dominate most L-, U- or asymmetrical Ranch-style homes," says Smith. "That means a homeowner has a large palette just waiting for color. Multiple colors combined in a composite slate or synthetic shake roofing blend, like those I've seen from DaVinci Roofscapes, can help set the overall color tone for a Ranch home."

Because many older Ranch homes are made of brick, Smith recommends identifying the colorcast of a brick exterior before deciding on the color for the roof. (See Try "Top Down" Approach to Unify a Home's Exterior for more hints!)

Fake Slate

"If a home has brick siding, that's really a fixed feature to play off of," says Smith. "A classic red brick works well with Black simulated slate roofing, while bricks with brown tones can be accented strongly by Brownstone blend of imitation slate tiles. For bricks that have a more grayish tint, a Slate Gray blend composite shake roof would be ideal. The same considerations should be taken if you have a walkway or pavement in these colors."

Working down from the top of the home, Smith suggests that, since there are usually an abundance of windows in one-level Ranch homes, that trim around the windows and shutters are the opportunity to add color to the exterior. "A mid-tone from the main color, like a deep green or harbor brown, can help windows pop," says Smith. "Generally shutters that are as dark (or darker) than the roof color will also move the eye vertically upward, making a single-story home feel taller."

Smith notes that for many Ranch-style homes the front door does not really stand out. To draw attention to the door, consider adding a contrasting color that fits with the overall color scheme. "This is a great time to paint a door burnt orange or red velvet," says Smith. "That type of subtle bright color will catch the eye."


National Do Something Nice (For Your Home) Day


October 5th is National Do Something Nice Day. It serves as a reminder to us all, as it is easy to get caught up with hectic schedules and fast paced lifestyles, to stop for a moment and do something nice. Most of us are nice everyday so today get a little creative and do something extra nice. You never know what a big impact a small act can have in someone's life. 

But why limit your thinking to just someone when you could also include something as important as your home to be nice to. Doing something nice for your home is also doing something nice for you and your family. These are five nice things you can do:

1. Choose the right roof. Your roof places a major role in the overall appearance of you home. The right roof not only protects your home but also adds to its style. If you need help on selecting the perfect product and color we are here to help you find the right roof for your home.

2. Update the front door. A door of a different color or replacing it with a style can go a long way in improving the look of your home. Match the door to the architectural style of your home. Then give it personality by selecting a color that blends with the overall looks but pops as a focal point for the front of your home.

3. Give you entrance special treatment. Place flowers or furnishing near your entrance so that it says, "welcome" to your guest before they even enter your home.

4. Add lighting or update your light fixture. Again find fixtures that match your home's style. By lightening up your exterior you make your home more inviting and safe plus you accentuate the architecture and give your home more dimension at night.

5. Improve the look of your garage doors. In most cases I recommend painting the garage doors to match the main color of the house rather than the accent color to help them blend in rather than overwhelm the front of a home. Investing in updated doors can do wonders for a home with a garage that is a big part of what you see.

For even more ideas see my 20 Sure Fire Ways To Create Curb Appeal infographic and guide for you to download.

Also grab your free copy of FRESH Home Exterior Colors: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home. It will walk you through how to "Do Something Nice (For Your Home)!" today and everyday!