Home Exterior Color Contest Finalist Hopes Third Time's The Charm!

This Tennessee homeowner is hoping that "the third time's the charm!" This is the third year in a row that they have been selected as a finalist in the Shake It Up Color Contest. I wasn't surprised to see this house pop up again in the entries. I'm not sure what caught the attention of the other judges but in addition to the fact that this home has great potential this clever homeowner came up with a fun way of tell us why the home was deserving of a remodel. There were so many great entries this year but this homeowner’s creativity pushed him to the top.



Marquis Cayce Qualls is singing out to say, "Back to let you know we can really shake it up!"

The roof, The roof, The roof,
is so old we don't...
want just any roof...
we want a DAVINCI!

Our house in the middle of the street
Our house has a crowd
There's something happening
it's usually quite loud!
Mom is so house-proud! But
She and the guest come in through the
Bathroom window
we really need a

A mess is not allowed
Our house, in the middle of our street
Sometimes something tells us
That you've got to get away from it

I remember way back when
We were all so house proud
We Wished everything was

We had such a very good time,
Such a fine time, Such a happy time,
And I remember how we'd play
Simply waste the day away!
Never Improving Just

We really like it, Just needs a little work
BUT something was missing
those special details to make it perfect...

That's the ticket
Shake Shake Shake
Shake Shake Shake
Our House UP

Our house, is our castle and our Home
Our house, that's where we live
Our house, in the middle of our street

C'mon Exterior Color Contest,
DaVinci Roofscapes,
Shake our house up

DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon
DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon
DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon


You can see the two previous entries for this home here:  "HELP!" and “LOVVE SHAKE!”

Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

In past years I added paint color to shake up this charming home. This year I wanted to go neutral with the siding and trim colors and let the roof be the color star. I selected a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in AberdeenThis multi-color roof is a blend of subtle warm tones that blend beautifully with the red/brown brick.

The gray color from one of the tiles in the roof was carried into the peak beneath both gables using Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf 1600. For the trim I chose a lighter tint of similar color Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170

The front door and wrought iron were removed and replaced with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft American Style Collection fiberglass entry door stained in cedar with a doorlite and sidelites in the Aborwatch decorative glass style.

The shutters were removed and Fypon urethane timber square pot shelves were placed beneath the front windows to add an architectural detail what may have been used originally on this style home. Urethane Timber Stained Brackets above the door and near the dormer window added another architectural accent to this home.

The columns on the front and side porch were a detail I wanted to highlight so I gave them a new look with Fypon's popular Column Wraps. I also replaced the privacy lattice on the side porch with a stained grid work that complimented the other elements of this home.

Last I recommend sprucing up the landscaping and adding pavers for a walkway and edging the area in front of the home.

There are many colors schemes that would update the look of your home. I find this one especially pleasing and hope you (and the voters) do, too. 

See the finalist in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest

Vote for your favorite makeover now!


Home Exterior Makeover Contest Finalist Gets New Colors, Roof, Door and More

Every year the entrants in the Shake It Up Color Contest do their best to grab the judges attention with their story about why their home is deserving of recommendations for a colorful makeover and the cash prize that goes along with it. This year the Tucker family rhymed their way into one of the top finalist spots. You can read their makeover-worthy words and see the rendering of the new look I put together to transform their Cape Cod home below.

Home Exterior Makeover For Color Contest Finalist - Tucker


Here is what the Tucker's told us about why their Cape Cod home is desperately in need of a makeover:

There once was a home with no curb appeal. It's location? Too embarrassing to reveal!

The owners were eager to "shake up" the facade and give new color to their basic cape cod.

They would love a DaVinci roof and a front porch. But who could help them carry this torch?

"Let's enter the color contest," the wife said with great glee. "We could win! Just wait and see!"

So they took the photo and filled out the form. They wrote in a way that was out of the norm.

With their entry submitted, they couldn't help but dream. The possibilities made them both beam!

"Imagine a front porch with Fypon columns and rail. You may have to get me after getting the mail!.

And our dark double doors are quite a sight. Envision a Therma-Tru door to make it more light!"

They went on and on until late in the night. They desperately wanted their home to be bright.

For now, however, they must patiently wait and hope that their entry gets judged as "great"

Their poem made me smile and must have captured the attention of the other judges too because when the votes were tallied the Tucker's home was chosen as one of the finalist to receive makeover recommendations and a chance at winning the Grand Prize.

Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

One of the things that most detracts from this home's overall appearance is the roof. It is too light in color and the look of the surface is inconsistent making it difficult to notice any of the other details about this house. Replacing the roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate in Slate Gray would make an immediate and very noticeable improvement.

Black is a popular color choice for a brick home however in some cases it can look more like a dark void than an inviting entrance. This is especially true when the door doesn't have glass and is in a recessed entrance. To give make the entrance more welcoming I chose a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Double Doors with 2/3 Lite 1 Panel with Longford glass.

Then choose a paint color that complements the brick color. This will help the front door to stand out. If the front door is often in shadow as it would be under a porch, overhang, or in a recessed entrance go slightly brighter with your color. I chose Sherwin-Williams SW 6941 Nifty Turquoise as a cheerful update for the entryway.

The shutters were replaced with Fypon Double Raised Panel Shutters. Instead of matching the shutters to the door color I like a color that is darker than the door color but still in the same color family. Sherwin-Williams SW 0064 Blue Peacock would be a nice choice to frame the windows and set off the turquoise on the door.

The Tucker's have been dreaming of adding a porch to the front. To help them make that dream a reality a small gabled roof and Fypon Balustrade System  create a strong focal feature on the front of this previously unassuming exterior. The products used to create this look were

  • Fypon Square Plain Columns -  10-1/2X10-1/2X108 SMOOTH
  • 5” Baluster Top & Bottom Rail with BALUSTER PANELSQUARE 28X28X1-1/4 on sides
  • BAL2x28SQ can be used to fill space if needed one the side of each panel square 

Last, replacing the existing walkway with a curved design and more landscaping softens the approach and moves the eye towards the entrance.

To the Tuckers:

Color has been added from the roof all the way down,

With the hope of creating a smile where there once was a frown.

This is the beautiful vision I have for your Michigan home

As I think you can see, I am better at design than writing a poem.

See the finalist in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest

Vote for your favorite makeover now!


Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And A Home Exterior Makeover!

The dreams this Hampton, VA resident had for her home had to be put on hold until she completed college. With diploma now in hand we offer her "Congratulations" both on the big accomplishment of completing college AND on being chosen a finalist in the 2015 Shake It Up Color Contest.


Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And Home Exterior Makeover!


Here is what Ms. Delgato told us about her home and the vision she has for a rustic yet chic look befitting a professional woman.

Throughout college I always said I was going to get chickens and renovate the house after graduation. I’m proud to say that I am graduating and ready to do both! Since I already have a pot belly pig, I want to “shake up” my home by going with an urban farm/rustic chic theme. The exterior will be painted barn red with white trim. The old paint would be removed from the porch to allow the wood to show with a stain matching the doors for protection. As you can see the porch door blew off during a storm so I would like to put something more durable up. Therma-Tru’s ⅔ lite 1 panel plank with clear glass would be a sturdy alternative that would go great with the theme. Therma-Tru’s 2 panel plank soft arch front door would be the perfect compliment to that for our front door. I would also use Fypon’s quick rail  in white to replace the broken/paint chipped porch railing I have now. To top it off DaVinci Roofscapes makes roofs with a rustic flair. The Multi-Width Shake in Brownstone would add the perfect finishing touch.


Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

To shake up this adorable home start from the top down. Replace the existing roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in TahoeThe warm brown is a perfect color choice and the shake profile fits with the vision you have for a rustic look. Not only is it a great fit for your home now but with its 50-year guarantee it will last you through to retirement.

Barn red is another excellent idea. I recommend Benjamin Moore Cottage Red PM-15 as the color to paint your siding. It is a deep, rich red that has historic appeal. Set the red off with Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967

I would not stain the porch or paint in a contrasting color. Doing so would break up the front of your home and make it look smaller and disjointed. Using a single color on the siding will give your home more curb appeal and increase the perceived value. You can always accent the property by using stained wood on the chicken coop or storage sheds.

Next replace your missing door with a Therma-Tru Fiberglass Classic-Craft Canvas Door CCV205. I considered other styles of door when I saw this one with its lines and curved detail I immediately liked how it gave the entire home the feeling that it was grander than its modest size. Paint the door in a medium tone that matches the roof. Benjamin Moore Gargoyle 1546 or a similar color that blends with your roof will be the perfect color. If you want to have a door with 2/3 lite you could use this on the interior door that leads into your home.

Replace your exiting railing and add a matching one on the other side of the door using Fypon Balustrade System - BTR5X96, BAL2X32SQ.

The jalousie windows have a dated look and are not the best choice for the climate in the Tidewater Virginia area. I recommend replacing the windows so that they are all the same. Replace with double hung windows with grids in the upper sash only. The windows create a "band" that carries your eye across the front of the home. The trim around the windows adds a nice architectural element.

Last you could spruce up the landscaping and cover your walk and steps with pavers similar to the ones shown in the rendering.

 I hope these design ideas are ones that will make a recent grad (and her potbelly pig and chickens) proud of their rustic/chic/farm house.

See the finalist in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest

Vote for your favorite makeover now!


Vote Now for 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest Winner!

The judges have spoken! There are three finalists in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest and now it's time for you to vote on the winner!

Online voting at www.todayshomeowner.com/color runs May 16 - 30. Go to the site to see the three submissions and the artist renderings of how the homes would look with colorful additions, such as a designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes, a new entryway from Therma-Tru and polyurethane decorative trim elements from Fypon.

Here's a rundown of the three finalists so you can start to make a decision on who should win!

Finalist #1 - Rachel Delgado in Hampton, Virginia has a 1936 home crying out for color. Her dream is to have a front porch where she and her husband can relax. In her mind, a barn red color on her house exterior would create an urban farm feeling for the gardens and animals at her home (including her pot belly pig!).



Finalist #2 - Phil Tucker in Holland, Michigan has a home just begging for a new roof to replace the patchwork of old shingles overhead. Phil also has a wish list that includes replacing peeling paint on the trim and getting a brighter, more updated front door to welcome friends and family to their house.



Finalist #3 - Marquis Cayce Qualls in Nashville, Tennessee is hoping that "the third time's the charm" as he qualifies for a third year in a row as a finalist in this contest. Marquis is in the same situation as Phil, exclaiming that his 80+ year old home is in desperate need of a new roof.



You can make a difference for one of these homeowners ... go right now to www.todayshomeowner.com/color to vote now!


Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

Like a tempting, over-flowing buffet line at a quality restaurant, DaVinci Roofscapes provides an endless array of designer roof possibilities for homeowners.

First, there are the colors --- oh, the colors! Whether you're looking for a stately, refined gray or an eye-catching violet, we have the color you desire to perfectly complement your home exterior. In fact, we have 50 different colors AND we can combine different shades to create a personal blend of polymer roofing just for you. If you can't find a color that doesn't perfectly meet your desires, just bring us your favorite paint color swatch, jacket or nail polish and we can create a custom roof color to meet your needs!

Designer Roof


Second, the composite roofing choices. DaVinci offers simulated shake roofing and composite slate in our lightweight roofing materials. And, we don't stop there. We have both multi-width and single-width offerings in our plastic roofing materials ... plus good-better-best options for pricing.

Unlimited possibilities at DaVinci Roofscapes is more than just a tagline --- it's our way of life.

For more than 15 years we've proudly created slate roof alternatives and synthetic cedar shake roofing that authentically replicates the real product, but offers so many more advantages. Our sustainable roofing gives you peace-of-mind with our Class A Fire Rating, high wind and severe weather tolerance and lifetime limited warranty.

Need more details? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.



Sunscreen for Your Designer Roof

Have you ever wondered WHY some roofing shingles seem to fade over time? Maybe they don't have enough "sunscreen" to combat Mother Nature's intense rays!

Fake Slate Eco Blend TilesSince May is Ultraviolet (UV) Awareness Month, we wanted to help educate you on how a DaVinci roof can help resist getting damaged by the sun's powerful rays --- without lathering up with sunscreen.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, our composite roofing tiles are manufactured from a proprietary engineered polymer that includes multiple virgin resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment. These UV stabilizers are what helps protect our polymer roof tiles from fading --- even after decades of intense daily sun exposure.

Want even more protection from the sun? Then consider our EcoBlend tiles that actually reflect sunlight and heat away from your home. These composite roofing tiles are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council and have earned the designation as an ENERGY STAR® ualified product. The qualified colors include EcoBlend Weathered Gray (in Medium, Medium Light, Medium Dark, Light and Dark) and EcoBlend Gray (in Dark, Light and Medium). (See  What is EcoBlend? )

This summer, keep the SPF50+ sunscreen for yourself. And, for your roof, consider sustainable roofing from DaVinci with its own built-in sunscreen!


The 5 Things You Must Know Before Starting Your Home Exterior Makeover

When thinking about making improvements to the outside of your home, you must look at the essential elements that create its overall appearance and style. Each product, color and design decision you make must work together. It can be easy to fall in love with the color of a home you see in a magazine but it might not be the right choice for your home. That is when it is especially important to know the five things you need to think about before starting any exterior makeover project.

Above you see a home makeover from the "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest. I thought about each of these 5 things as I planned my recommendations for remodeling this home. I think the results speak for themselves.

1. Some Things Can Change - Some Must Stay The Same

What design elements of your home are permanent "fixed features" and which elements can be easily changed. Most homes today are constructed of multiple materials. These include shake, slate, brick, stone, stucco, concrete, wood, etc. Identify the fixed features on your house  -- roofing,  full or partial stone or brick facades, hardscapes, pathways and retaining walls. The surface of each may look different but most often the materials will have a common color or color cast. If you are going to be adding a new material -- especially one with a permanent color -- identify the common color of the fixed features already existing on the home and chose a color that will work well for your home’s overall color scheme.

2. Color Like Real Estate Is All About Location, Location, Location

Certain colors and materials may work well in one area of the country yet be completely out of place in another location. I can almost guarantee that the exterior look you loved when you lived in the Northeast won't look nearly as nice on your new place in southern Florida.  The light and landscape of the two areas are quite different and therefor the design elements that work in each area are different. Each region of the country has prevalent colors based on the housing styles, available materials, natural surroundings and the quality of light. Determine the colors in your area (often those you see a great deal of on other homes) to stick with regional colors.

3. Do You Want Your Colors To Disguise Or Surprise?

Some people want their home to standout. Others want their choices to be unexpected or unusual. Still other homeowners prefer their home to blend in with the natural environment. Decide what you want for your home. Then consider how to achieve that goal by looking at your setting. Are you near the waterfront, a desert or a mountain? Temper the colors on your home’s exterior to blend in or stand apart from your surroundings or the natural colors around you. The goal I most often go for is "standing out while still fitting in!"

4. You've Got Style & So Does Your Home

You chose clothes that match your personality and style, right? Approach choosing color,and materials for your home in the same way. Always remember to select design elements that support the home’s style and architecture. Determine your home’s style (are you a Ranch? Tudor? Victorian? Art Deco? Greek Revival?) and then do some research online to determine what colors are most often associated with your style of home.

5. There Are Just Some Colors You Have To Use 

If you live in a historic district or in a development governed by a Homeowners Association(HOA), you will need to check for guidelines and/or restrictions on selecting colors and materials your home. You may also be required to have your selections approved before you begin your renovation work.

Those are the 5 things you must know before starting your home exterior makeover. Think about these 5 simple ideas and you will have a fabulous home exterior from the top of your DaVinci lifetime roof all the way down to the walkway that welcomes your guest.

For even more great advice you can download my FREE ebooks in the DaVinci Roofscapes Color Studio.Then make sure to stop back here over the next few weeks as I share the makeovers of the finalist in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest.


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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