April 24 Deadline to Enter Color Contest!


This could be your lucky and colorful year. There are just a few days left to enter the 2015 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest that could bring you $2,500 CASH to add color to your home exterior!

Just send a picture of your home exterior to us and tell us ( in 250 words or less) how you'd like to "shake up" your home exterior with color and colorful products. All the details are at www.todayshomeowner.com/color and you have until April 24th to enter.

2014 "Shake it Up" Winner!Think you can't be a winner? That's what Brigette Meehan thought last year --- until she got the call from DaVinci Roofscapes that she had won the grand prize!

"We were surprised, happy and excited, all rolled into one," says Meehan. "We love the rendering that the artist created that adds color and unique products to our home."

Living in a "cookie cutter" house in Elgin, Illinois, Meehan really wanted to add color and stand out in her community. With more than 1,000 homes in the neighborhood, she yearned to include colorful new exterior products and landscaping. Thanks to her grand prize winnings, Meehan was able to achieve her colorful dreams.

Now it's your turn.

Click HERE for more details and to get started. Remember, there will be three finalists selected who will all get professional artist renderings of what their homes can look like with colorful new accents. Then, it's all up to the voting public with online voting running from May 16 to May 30!

PSST -- click here for Tips for Shaking Up Your Home’s Exterior with Color


Going Gray on Top

Looking for a new designer roof color? Take a hint from some of Hollywood's silver foxes --- and go gray on top.

Polymer Slate Roof"Gray is the 'in' color these days for everything from the hair of sexy actors to luxury cars to homes," says Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color. "Women openly sigh over the gorgeous gray locks of George Clooney, Richard Gere and Jon Stewart. And I've seen jaws drop on men when they see pictures of Jamie Lee Curtis, Diane Keaton and Blythe Danner. People are embracing gray on top... and this includes the top of the home."

Smith, a trends color forecaster, recommends homeowners consider adding a bit of sex appeal to the luxury roofs on their homes with DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic shake and imitation slate roofing in colors such as light Chesapeake, Smokey Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray and Slate Gray.


Fake Slate"Grays work so beautifully for the top of the home because they complement nature," says Smith. "A blend of grays on the roof, like those from DaVinci, sets the visual stage for working from the 'top down' to unite the home exterior."

While most homes look great with gray composite roofing, Smith believes that Traditional and New American style homes especially lend themselves to gray tops. (see The Power of Gray)

"The classic aspect of these home designs encourages the use of gray," says Smith. "Sometimes gray looks great as a weathered color, like on composite shake shingles on a cottage style home. Other times the sleekness of a rich, dark gray brings a simple, clean look that's ideal for a contemporary style home."


Torn Between Slate or Shake...

I am debating between Bellaforté Shake or Multi-Width Slate. I am not finding a color in the shake that I think will go well with my house. I love the blues in the European multi-width slate. I just am confused if my house (18th Century Williamsburg Colonial) would look better with a shake or slate look. When I was building my house, I tried very hard to stay true to that time period. I have had my shake roof for 23 years, but think perhaps the blues in the slate will complement the blues in my brick/shutters. Or will it be too busy? The slate seems a little "cleaner" looking. Please help!

Leslie Hickey
Burr Ridge, IL
Product: Not sure - slate or shake?


Dear Ms. Hickey,

I appreciate you wanting to keep the integrity of the style of the home. Either the shake or slate profile would be appropriate in this case. Shake was widely used on the homes in Williamsburg but many of the larger buildings such as the Governor's Palace featured slate.

While any of the DaVinci Roofscapes products will give your home a refreshed look, going with a slate profile will be a more noticeable update, which can be nice when you are replacing your roof. 

Any of the profiles could work on your home but I like the size (slate) and texture (shake) of the Bellaforté product. Either would work very well on your size home.

I can see why you would like the European blend with your shutters however when selecting a roof color, your primary focus needs to be on finding a color that works well with your brick. You may decide to change your shutter color but your brick is a permanent element as is a roof with a lifetime warranty. These two elements must work well together first. Then you can look at how the color of the roof works with other elements.

In the photos it looks like you brick has a gray colorcast but it may be more brown. It is difficult to see true color in a photograph. It is best for you to look at the roof colors while standing in front of your home to determine the best blend. Here is a link to an article that explains colorcast that will show you what that is all about and show you examples of several different types of brick matched to roof colors:


I also have an ebook available - {FRESH} Home Exterior Colors - that I think you will find helpful. If you haven't already downloaded it from the website you can find it here:


Attached you will see the slate and shake profiles and colors I recommend you consider for your home. 

I hope this information is helpful as you make your decision.

Best regards,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Polymer Slate and Shake


Exterior Home Textures Boost Curb Appeal

Boosting your home’s curb appeal can help it stand out. Whether your goal is to personalize the exterior for your own enjoyment or you have plans to sell and want to improve resale value, there is great worth in this pursuit.

To get started, take a logical top to bottom approach, and keep in mind the importance of texture, which can add personality and style to a home.

Start at the roof ... and realize you don’t need to say goodbye to the authentic look of real slate or cedar shake roofing in order to have a durable designer roof that’s resistant to the elements. Check out polymer slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes, which resist hail, high winds, fire and other nasty conditions.

DaVinci makes it easy to get the right “top” accent for your home. With 50 different color options and the ability to create custom colors, your roof can boast any color you like. (see "Over the Roof” Color Options Available for color selection assistance)

“Color personalizes every aspect of our lifestyles,” says Kate Smith, president and chief color maven of Sensational Color. “It makes complete sense for homeowners wanting to express themselves through the color of their roof.”

Working your way down the home, add different textures of product, such as stone, brick, stucco or concrete to the siding of the house. Accent with smooth, wood grain, stone or sandstone style trims around the windows, doors and porch areas. And, for added texture to the home, consider a woodgrain entryway made of fiberglass that can be either painted or stained.  

For more style tips for your home’s exterior, click HERE to download the free FRESH Home Exterior Colors Guide, authored by Kate Smith.   


Enter Now: 2015 Color Contest

Ready, set, ENTER!

The 2015 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest is now open and accepting entries!

It's easy to enter. Just take a picture of the outside of your home. Then, tell us (in 250 words or less) how you'd like to "shake up" your home exterior with color and colorful products.

National color expert Kate Smith with Sensational Color and Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show co-host Allen Lyle will help judge the contest to determine three finalists. Smith will then work with a professional artist to create renderings and product wish lists of how the three finalists can transform their home’s exteriors by adding color and colorful products manufactured by the contest sponsor and partners.

"Springtime is ideal for shaking up the home exterior with color," says Smith, chief color maven of Sensational Color. "From the top of the roof down to the front door and trim on the home, there are lots of ways to add color to jazz up the house exterior. This contest helps provide insight and inspiration to homeowners to find the colors that work best for their homes."

The contest sponsor, DaVinci Roofscapes, offers composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles in 50 standard colors with the option to custom create any color a homeowner desires. Contest partners Therma-Tru doors and Fypon polyurethane trim products also offer product options that allow homeowners to enhance their home’s exterior in colorful ways.

Don't put it off ... you only have until April 24 to enter for your chance at $2,500 cash to add color to your home!


Busy House - What Do You Recommend for Our Home?

We need a new roof and have a very busy house. We don't know what to do.

Diane Hoffman
Buena, New Jersey
Product: not sure



Dear Ms. Hoffman,

For your home, I recommend going with a blend that has natural color variations rather than multiple colors. Your stone has many beautiful colors and textures. A multi-colored roof would compete with the stone for attention when viewing your entire exterior.

For your outdoor setting and the warm gray/brown colors in your stone I like the shake profile in Mountain blend. I am showing it in Multi-Width but any of the shake profiles would work on your home.

If you prefer slate, gray would be a nice option. I'm showing Smokey Gray but chose the gray that best blends with the gray tone in your stone or is slightly darker.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


DaVinci Roofscapes Launches 2015 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest

Are you ready to shake up the outside of your home with color? If you home exterior is suffering from the blahs, tell us about it --- and you may win $2,500 cash to add color to your home!

On April 1 (no foolin!) we'll be kicking off our 2015 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest. To enter, all you need to do is visit www.todayshomeowner.com/color and submit a photo of your house exterior along with a description of why and how you want to add color to your home.

Sponsored by DaVinci Roofscapes, Fypon and Therma-Tru, our third annual contest gives you the opportunity to get an artist rendering done of your home (if you're one of the three finalists!) that shows how color can enhance your home exterior.

Where should your colorful imagination take you? How about a new color painted on your front door? Or, think about trimming up your home with new shutters and millwork. And, of course, start at the top of the home by adding composite shake or simulated slate roofing to your home!

Don't miss out on this opportunity. Enter the "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest from April 1 - 24 and let's see if we can help you shake up your home!

Need more inspiration? See 2013 DaVinci "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest Winner Shares His Story and Tips for Shaking Up Your Home’s Exterior with Color.


Celebrate Color!


Color is one of the most influential phenomena in our lives and on March 21st all around the world color is being celebrated as part of International Colour Day.

Members of the International Colour Association, which is composed of national associations and members representing more than 30 countries, set March 21st as International Colour Day. The group agreed to the date because it "is the “equinox”. Around the equinox, the night and day are approximately equally long, symbolically relating to the complementary nature of light and darkness, light and shadow expressed in all human cultures." (via Wikipedia)

The logo has equal halves one of rainbow colors and the other black representing the light and darkness, day and night relating to the equinox. The two circles are also symbolic of the form of an eye.

I like the symbolism but I think March 21st is a great date because it is the beginning of Spring. This is the time many of us start putting together our plans for what we will do to improve our home exteriors now that warm weather is on the horizon. So let's celebrate color and the warm weather ahead by thinking about all the color options you have for your home.

We celebrate color everyday

At DaVinci Roofscapes we love color! Our goal is to empower you to select colors that express your personal style and enhance your home's exterior by providing you with color know-how and knowledge. You will find many valuable resources in our Color & Inspiration section that will help you to find your perfect colors. See all of the free color resources available>>

See lots of great color schemes

When you are looking for inspiration it is great to see the colors and combinations others have used. The DaVinci Gallery features dozens of homes in each of the designer roof profiles. Take a look>>

Create you own roof color design

Get creative with the Color Designer and craft your own color blend from a palette of 50 fabulous colors.  Mix and match color combinations in slate and shake profiles. Give it a try now >>

Continue exploring color

I love spreading my passion for color by sharing tips and techniques for choosing color. Here are a few of my favorite blog posts:


Green Roofing Options for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day traditionally boasts all things green. And, at DaVinci Roofscapes we want to celebrate this special day by talking about our green roofs!

We offer four standard colors of polymer roofing products, including Light Green, Medium Green, Dark Green, Green Stone. But, more importantly, we're in the business of providing homeowners with green roofing options.

Sustainable roofing products like our composite shake and imitation slate roofing tiles are environmentally friendly, can be recycled and have a lifetime limited warranty, which helps you save green in your wallet. (see New DaVinci Roof = Cash in Your Wallet)

Many homeowners also find that their homeowner's insurance premiums are reduced when they invest in synthetic slate roofing or composite shake. That's because the Class A Fire Rating of our luxury roof tiles makes it a smart investment.

Here are some more green facts about DaVinci lightweight roofing materials:

- Selecting synthetic DaVinci Shake roof tiles over real cedar shake roofing saves trees.

- When you choose DaVinci Slate roof tiles over natural slate, you're making a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.

- DaVinci eco friendly roof tiles contribute less to landfills and use less of the earth's resources than asphalt roof shingles because they can be recycled.

When it comes to the environment, every little step helps. See Return Those DaVinci Scraps! and Happy Earth Day from DaVinci Roofscapes!


Springing Forward with Your Sustainable Roofing Decision

Warmer weather, sunny days and the return of Daylight Savings Time all mean that Springtime has arrived!

Top Down ColorNow that the snow has melted and your yard is starting to green up, take a good look at your home exterior. Start at the top, with your roof. If this past winter took a toll on your roof, and you've decided it's finally time to replace your worn-out roof, then DaVinci Roofscapes can help.

We have a variety of resources available to download for free on our DaVinci website. Start by downloading the ebooks developed by color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color.

The FRESH Home Exterior Colors guide talks about the FRESH approach to replacing your roof, which begins with identifying the fixed features of your home, regional colors that influence your home's style, your environment and surroundings, the style of your home and your "have to use" colors. Kate provides color palettes, tips and ideas in this booklet that addresses all the visible products on your home exterior.

Next, download the FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior guide. This booklet discusses the different color combinations for a variety of home styles, such as Colonial, Ranch, Victorian and Spanish Mission. For each style home, Kate provides top-down insights on the colors that work best for the roof, trim, windows and entry door.

After reviewing the ebooks, make your next stop the Color Designer tool at the DaVinci website. Here you can mix-and-match different colors of our composite shake or imitation slate roofing tiles. The palette is limitless as you develop different custom blends for your luxury roof.

Looking for other tips on how to select a roof? Then visit Curb Appeal Starts with a DaVinci Tile Roof and Helping You Choose the Right Color for Your Roof.


50 Shades of DaVinci

We've hit the big 5-0. With the introduction of our newest color, Smokey Gray, DaVinci Roofscapes now offers 50 standard color options for our composite slate and synthetic shake roofing products! (Click HERE to see all 50 of our color options in our new color brochure online)

From light shades of violet to bold terracotta and subtle gray tones, there are now 50 different polymer roofing colors available to add "top down" color on a home. These 50 colors --- combined with a variety of color blends available from DaVinci --- give homeowners unlimited possibilities for customizing their designer roofs.

"In today's world, consumers use color to personalize every aspect of their lifestyles," says Kate Smith, president and chief color maven of Sensational Color. "From the selection of an iPhone case to placemats for a table setting to flowers in a garden, color plays a role in every element of our daily lives.

"Because having color options is so critical to expressing our personalities, it makes complete sense for homeowners to want to express themselves with their own luxury roof color selection. DaVinci makes this possible by offering a multitude of standard colors with subtle shade tones plus the opportunity for homeowners to create their own custom luxury roof color if they desire. That ability to be completely in control of one's color choices empowers people."


At DaVinci, the 50 color options for simulated shake roofing and synthetic slate roofing include:

            - Light New Cedar, Medium Light New Cedar, Medium New Cedar, Medium Dark New Cedar, Dark New Cedar

            - Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta

            - Light Clay, Dark Clay

            - Light Autumn, Medium Light Autumn, Medium Autumn, Dark Autumn

            - Dark Amber

            - Light Brown, Medium Brown

            - Light Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray

            - Medium Tan, Dark Tan

            - Light Green, Medium Green, Dark Green

            - Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake, Dark Chesapeake

            - Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe, Medium Dark Tahoe, Dark Tahoe

            - Light Mountain, Medium Mountain, Dark Mountain

            - Green Stone, Dark Stone

            - Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, Slate Gray, Smokey Gray

            - Slate Black

            - Light Purple, Dark Purple

            - Light Violet, Dark Violet

Want more color insights? See Don't Hide Your Gray! plus Shaking It Up with Color Blends and Timeless Roof Colors.


Castle Gray-VariBlend or Slate Gray-VariBlend?

I wanted to get your opinion to see what you would suggest of color options we should consider for our Tudor style house in Lincoln, NE. We are going to go with the Single-Width or Bellaforté tiles.

Tate Johnson
Lincoln, NE
Product: Castle Gray-VariBlend, Gray Polymer Tiles



You have a lovely home with classic details. I think Castle Gray is a good choice in keeping with the style and period of your home.

Either the DaVinci Single-Width or Bellaforté profile would work. I prefer the larger Bellaforté tiles for your roof because of the scale of your home. I also think the look will be closer to your original look of the roof.

I hope that helps you to make a final decision.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Celebrate National Color Therapy Month

Bellaforte Composite ShakeNational Color Therapy Month is a time to celebrate the healing powers of color. In a month where spring blooms are just beginning to poke through the ground, March’s lively greens, pops of yellows, soft pinks and reds are all reminders that winter is finally giving way to spring. National Color Therapy Month recognizes the power color has to renew, revive, and replenish our energy.

Color Therapy has been around for thousands of years, used as an energy healing method. Whether you have ever visited a color therapist or perhaps never even heard of it, we are all practicing some level of color therapy daily. Subconsciously, we utilize color in our lives to feel a certain way. Throw on a red sweater or paint your front door red and we stimulate our energy to high levels and send that out into the world. Blue has relaxing powers and is often a ‘favorite color’ because of its soothing qualities. Pink is youthful, fun and happy.

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Synthetic Slate Roof ShinglesIn honor of a full month devoted to color, I suggest switching things up in your home. Infuse positivity and renewal with greens and splashes of happy yellows. Replace the covers on your outdoor furnishings with an eye-catching color. Think about how you could add fresh color for your home exterior. Working from the top down think about how color on your roof or any of the other elements of your exterior can enhance your home. Begin with the 50 shades of DaVinci. Think about what you want to convey to the world as you select colors to create a cohesive scheme.

Use Color Therapy Month as a time to explore how you can use color to enhance your home and your life. To learn more about the effects of color see A Glimpse Into The Meaning, Symbolism & Psychology of Color.


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How Dark is Too Dark for Our Roof?

I am replacing our shake roof with a DaVinci product. I want to get the color right because this will hopefully be the only roof I will put on this house. I have considered the Mountain Blend, the Weathered Green Blend, Slate Gray-VariBlend and Slate Black-Vari-Blend or a combination of the mountain, gray and possibly green. I noticed that you have added Smokey Gray which I also think would look nice because I felt that black might be too dark but the slate gray not dark enough. I am attaching photos of the house and would appreciate your advice on the best roof color.

Terri Mardis
Rogers, Arkansas
Product: DaVinci Multi-Width Slate


Hello Ms. Mardis,

You have a lovely home and I can see why you are considering each of the colors you mention. Here is what I recommend.

First, decide if you prefer the look of shake or slate. Either one could work very nicely on your home so it becomes a matter of personal taste. Changing to slate will be the bigger change and will add a bit of formality.

As for color, you are correct that black would be too dark. I like the dark gray of Smokey Gray or the dark gray/brown of Mountain depending on whether you chose Multi-Width Slate or Multi-Width Shake.

A blend of colors could work but a more solid color with the look of natural color variations like the ones I'm recommending will keep the focus on your entrance and the interesting details of the front of your home.

I hope those thoughts help you to make your final color selection.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Red, Red Roof

There's something about a red roof. It jumps out at you. It makes a statement. And, it sets your project apart.

Red Slate RoofJust ask Victoria Jackson, president of Classic Restorations in Stamford, Connecticut. Her company installed terracotta red DaVinci Roofscapes composite slate roofing on the Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat. (see Terracotta-Hued Roof Added to Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat in Connecticut)

"We had the DaVinci team create a custom color that involved 33 percent each of dark and medium terracotta with light clay colors to capture just the right blend to complement the retreat,” says Jackson. “We recommended the DaVinci slate tiles based on our past successful work with this company. We believe DaVinci is the best synthetic slate product in the marketplace and we’ve installed the roofing tiles on several homes in our area.”



Custom Color Polymer SlateHomeowners Carol and Ray Knoff understand the "lure of red." When it came time to replace the roof on their 111-year-old Queen Anne style home, they decided to replicate a red to gray roof coloring they had previously seen on a historic home with synthetic slate roofing. (see Vintage Home Gets Custom-Color Roof)

 “All of our investigative work brought us to DaVinci Roofscapes," says Carol Knoff. "The DaVinci team was as excited as we were about the challenge of custom creating the color for our roof. They worked with us to develop a color combination of Midnight Gray and Cottage Red that really ‘pops’ and gives a positive first impression of our home while helping define the roof lines and architectural style.”


Topping off the 1904 St. Paul's Cathedral and Parish House in Oklahoma also had this installation team seeing red.

"Our research brought us to DaVinci, and we're very pleased with the results," says Mike Murphy, a member of St. Paul's Church and a director at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. " The primary reasons we selected the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate product were the low-maintenance factor coupled with the roof's impact- and fire-resistancy features. The warranty from the manufacturer and the ability to get the roofing tile in the fire brick red color we wanted really sold us on the product.

"The new roofs have been up since early in 2014 and the bright, attractive red color now serves to highlight our location in the community."


Color Difficulties... Please Help

I'm having difficulties picking the right colors on my home. There is too much dark red tone.

Marine City, MI
Product: I'm not sure.



You have a lovely home and it will look even nicer with a new roof that complements the existing colors and downplays the reddish tones.

On your style home you have the choice of going with either the slate or shake profile.​

There are two color directions that I recommend. Go with a brown that is darker in color than the brick and more brown/black than brown/red. The DaVinci Mountain blend would be a good fit. If you prefer to keep the trim in the brown family this would be a good choice. When it is time to repaint choose a brown that blends with the tones in your new roof.

Or you could go gray. European blend slate be a good choice because it has a few brownish tiles placed throughout that would blend with your brick and window frames. A solid gray could also work. In either case you could then change your main and accent colors to light gray/dark gray to update the overall look of your home while still going with a color scheme that would respect its history.

I hope that helps you to make your selection.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


The Best Shades Of Gray Paint For A Home Exterior


The Best 50 Shades Of Gray Paint


When DaVinci Roofscapes customers need answers to their roof color questions or advice to help guide them through the process of choosing a roof color blend to beautifully complement their home I am available to guide them. I have helped hundreds of homeowners to choose the right synthetic shake or imitation slate tiles in all of the 50 colors available. Of all the nature-inspired roof colors, gray is always a favorite because it blends beautifully with virtually all of the most popular home exterior colors.

polymer roof tiles


I know the top six gray roofing colors -- Weathered Gray, Chesapeake, Slate Gray, Castle Gray, European, Smokey Gray -- but also wanted to know the top gray paint colors for a home exterior. So I asked the experts at seven popular paint brands to reveal their favorite gray paint colors. Here is what they shared:



  • Gateway Gray MQ6-22
  • Anonymous 780F-5
  • Porpoise 790E-3
  • Mined Coal PPU18-18


"In the past, the color gray was thought of as cold or flat. The grays of today incorporate a variety of color undertones that lend to their versatility. A gray exterior provides a sleek backdrop for the landscape and hardscape features of a home. Grays add an inviting, balanced feel to exteriors without competing with other design features." -- Erika Woelfel, Director of Color Marketing at Behr Paints

Benjamin Moore

  • Stonington Gray HC-170
  • Thunder AF-685
  • Storm AF-700


"Grays are typically preferred for historic homes. People tend to use gray on the outside of the home because they look at nature and the existing colors. For example, gray can be extracted from the pavers and stonework. We've seen a trend of homeowners using gray so the house blends into the existing landscaping. While gray can be subtle and understated, it makes a statement. Twenty years ago gray was mostly used for industrial spaces. Now it's chic and modern and people are using different gray tones to create a monochromatic look." -- Ellen O'Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director

Full Spectrum Paints

  • Ash
  • Dove
  • Driftwood
  • Putty
  • Smoke
  • Spanish Moss
  • Thundercloud


"What I love best about gray is that there's an endless variety of undertones. It's the perfect neutral for a roof or exterior paint because it's easy to find a shade that marries well with any surroundings. " -- Ellen Kennon, Creator of Full Spectrum Paint


Pittsburgh Paints

Light Gray

  • PPG1001-2 Aria
  • PPG1001-3 Thin Ice
  • PPG1009-1 Tundra Frost
  • PPG1013-1 Raddison

Medium Gray

  • PPG1004-5 Pewter Mug
  • PPG1008-4 Gray By Me
  • PPG1009-4 Gray Stone
  • PPG1013-4 Silver Charm

Dark Gray

  • PPG1001-5 Dover Gray
  • PPG1009-5 Phoenix Fossil
  • PPG1010-7 Zombie
  • PPG1013-6 Gray Flannel


"Gray is arguably the new "It" neutral, having sneaked up on beige and white. Whatever you put against it works and feels melded together.-- Dee Schlotter, Sr. Color Marketing Manager, North America, PPG Architectural Coatings


Pratt & Lambert

  • 28-26 Gig's Grey
  • 28-17 Lava
  • 29-26 Armory
  • 29-19 Monumental
  • 33-10 Zephyr Hills
  • 14-25 Whale
  • 33-30 Gray Moire
  • 32-20 Flint
  • 18-18 Graphite


“Grey is a truly important color for the home exterior. Grey transcends architectural style, regional preferences, historical record, culture, nature, seasonal changes...the list goes on. When I color style grey exteriors, I like to use a variety of cool and warm shades, in combination with bold, exciting colors for door and shutter. If I had to pick, my favorite grey's have a tendency to be warm. In fact, my own 100 year old house is painted Woodwitch 32-22, with Designer White trim & front door Mesa Tan 7-20.” -- Susan Wadden, Color Marketing + Design Manager – Pratt & Lambert


  • Agreeable Gray SW 7029
  • Mindful Gray SW 7016
  • Anew Gray SW 7030
  • Amazing Gray SW 7044
  • Worldly Gray SW 7043
  • Dorian Gray SW 7017
  • Mega Greige SW 7031


Gray for exterior works so well with many of the natural stone colors used on homes today. The warmer side of gray blends well with the natural environment and surrounding landscape in many regions of the country. Anew Gray and Mega Greige are two of the most popular for exterior." -- Jackie Jordon, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams


  • Polished Silver 4008-1B
  • Voyage 4006-1B
  • Urban Sunrise 4004-1B
  • Woodlawn Colonial Gray 6004-1B
  • Oatlands Subtle Taupe 6005-1B


"With an increase in consumer confidence in the housing market, there is a desire to shed the previously popular "beige” from walls and explore a more contemporary aesthetic. To do this, consumers are looking toward the cool side of the spectrum for inspiration and gray is proving to be the perfect transitional hue. Similar to the shift in identity of brown from mud to luxury, the meaning of gray is shifting from industrial to intelligence.

Grays can take on many personalities that vary depending on its undertone, whether it’s violet, blue or green. It is also a strong neutral that can support surrounding colors within a space without losing its true personality." -- Sue Kim, Valspar Color Strategist

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The Power of Gray

Polymer Slate RoofFrom steely gray ties on men to naturally graying hair on women, "going gray" is the newest way for people to express themselves. Identified as a "commanding color" that signifies stability, elegance and dependability, gray is the new power color for 2015.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, 14 shades of gray are offered as options for the company's imitation slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles. The company's newest color, Smokey Gray, is the darkest shade of gray available from the company and reflects a deep, rich blackish gray reminiscent of real slate. The dark charcoal color gray can be combined with softer gray tones on a roof, such as Light Weathered Gray, Medium Light Chesapeake or Slate Gray, to create unique roofing profiles.

 “When you look at a home’s exterior it’s completely acceptable to ‘go gray gracefully’ with different shades of natural stone, flint and granite on the roof,” says color trends forecaster Kate Smith with Sensational Color. “A gray fake slate or composite shake roof offers exceptional versatility to the home exterior because the different grays in the roofing tiles complement almost any color siding or exterior accents.

“A gray luxury roof has a stately, refined look without being dull. And, a blend of grays is a wise choice that will live up well over the years and allow a homeowner to change out the colors of their siding, trim or main entry door. The universality of a multi-hued gray composite slate roof means it will look just as regal in 50 years as it does the day it’s installed.”


DaVinci offers 50 different standard roofing colors, including 14 shades of gray: Smokey Gray, Slate Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Dark 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.

Visit the free DaVinci Color Design Program tool to create your own custom color blend using DaVinci’s 50 standard colors.

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Need Help with Color Blend Selection to Enhance Brick

What is the best color to blend/enhance the red brick and dark brown siding and tannish trim. A darker Autumn-VariBlend? Tahoe-VariBlend seems to be too gray. Other product samples of grayish roof materials do not match well at all.

Name: Stan Ward
Product: Single-Width or Fancy Shake


Dear Mr. Ward,

You are correct in your thinking that a gray or color that leans gray will not be the best choice for a roof for your home. I agree that you will want to find a shake that brings out the brown and red tones of the existing materials.

I recommend either Tahoe or Mountain in either the Fancy Shake or Single-Width Shake. Both of these colors have a warm brown tone. Go outside during the late morning or early afternoon to look at a sample of each color and decide which is more appealing with your brick.

Either profile shake will work well on your home. Personally I like the Fancy Shake slightly better with your other finishes but go with the profile you prefer since either will be lovely and give your home a nice refresh update.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


The Best 50 Shades Of Gray [Infographic]

Gray is always a great color for a roof. It is also a very popular color choice when painting a home. In either case, I often get the question, "Which gray would be best?"

To answer that question I picked my favorite DaVinci Roofscapes gray slate and shake. Then I got the experts at seven popular paint brands to reveal their favorite gray paint colors for a home exterior. Here are our favorite shades of gray…all 50 of them:

Best 50 Shades Of Gray For A Home Exterior Infographic
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Download The Best 50 Shades of Gray For A Home Exterior PDF

The Best 50 Shades Of Gray For A Home Exterior PDF

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Let me know which are your favorite of the best 50 shades of gray by leaving a comment below.

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