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!


Home Exterior Color Trends: Go For The Gold

A slightly softened gold is emerging as an important color as we move into 2016 and it is a perfect color to use with gray as an accent color or main on a home exterior.

Gold gleams against DaVinci Slate

For the past few years warm gray has been thought of as the "new brown" but it is really more than just a replacement for brown. Besides do we really need to replace brown? I don't think so.

Gray is a timeless color that blends with most exterior home materials. A beautiful neutral color like gray can set the stage for creating a cohesive color scheme for your home exterior. Choose from light, dark or medium gray depending on the style of your home and the look you want. Light gray is an alternative to white or off-white as a choice for trim color against deeper gray or other toned down colors. 

Dulux Paint named Cherished Gold as their 2016 Color of the Year. In announcing this as their top color for next year they had this to say about Cherished Gold,  "Still bright enough to attract attention while also subtly referring to the past and the color of the earth, it also combines well with other tones." 

Gold looks lively with DaVinci Shake

Sherwin-Williams included Different Gold in their color trends forecast for 2016 saying it is a color the connects generations and is soulfully vintage.

Now getting back to brown. Your home will just about reach out and hug you when you mix the characteristics of gold with the warmth of a brown tone DaVinci shake. Who wants to come home to a home that feels like a warm hug? Everyone! That is why this combination remains a favorite and brown will never go out of style. 



Baron Georgian Colonial


We need a new roof and love the look of the DaVinci products! Our Georgian Colonial home is a light beige with green shutters. It sits on the end of a cul-de-sac so you see A LOT of roof as you drive up the road. Can you help us pick a good roof color and style? And we are open to changing our green shutters.

Thank you so much!

Christine Baron
Mahopac, NY
Product: Slate


Dear Ms. Baron,

I recommend the Bellaforté Slate for your home. It fits with the style of home. The size and pattern of the Bellaforté Slate will give your roof dimension without being too busy when you see a large portion of the roof as you approach the cul-de-sac.

To give you an updated look would go with a gray roof. From the photo it looks like the stone on your home has a fair amount of gray. Choose from Slate Gray-VariBlend or Smokey Gray-VariBlend depending on which one looks the best to you against your home. Either will look great so trust your judgment.

Polymer Slate RoofIf you'd like to keep with a brown roof the Brownstone-VariBlend would also be a good choice.

With either your can keep the shutters green or go with a new color. With either of the gray roof colors and light beige siding you can choose from just about any color family for your shutters. Black, green, brick red, even blue could all work. For your style home I'd look for a deep rich color that is slightly toned down, muted or grayed rather than bright, vibrant colors. These are often the types of colors you find in the historic color collections offered by most paint companies.

With the Brownstone roof you could go with a deep rich brown in a tone that blends with the roof, deep warm red, or maybe get a bit bold and try teal. Teal or blue could also be a nice front door color with a Brownstone roof.

I hope that helps you make the roof selection for your lovely home a little bit easier.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert




Which Needs Sunblock -- Maple Trees Or DaVinci Roofs?

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The answer is maple tress. Are you surprised? I was when I read that while studying the fall color changes on trees plant researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered that brilliant red pigments act like sunblock to shade sensitive leaf tissue during the fall when trees reabsorb nutrients from their leaves. The researchers explained, "Trees need to store as many of those nutrients as they can before the leaves drop." Basically the red pigment produced by the leaves performs much the same important function as sunscreen on human skin.

The outer leaves of maple trees are more colorful than shaded leaves inside the canopy and leaves on the north side. The maples and oaks in the cool but sunny Midwestern and New England states turn red, while European species such as the Norway maple do not produce the same brilliant red. The absence of red leaves is the result of the cloudier and warmer weather in these locations during fall. Therefore, these species don't need the protection of these pigments.

Unlike maple leaves the DaVinci Shake and Slate composite roofing have state-of-the-art ultraviolet and color stabilizers to help protect the rooftop color from fading in the sun. The roofing tiles resemble classic traditional slate and shake but require none of the maintenance. Modeled after actual slate and shake, the synthetic roof shingles are backed by a lifetime warranty and resist fire, impact, moisture, curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects!

While you and your maple trees need to take care to block the sun your DaVinci roof needs no special care to keep it looking great.


From the Architect's Corner - Free Online Learning

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

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

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


Happy Friday, Architects! 


Adding Color to Lightweight Roofing Tiles on Colonial-Style Homes

Known for their symmetrical design, Colonial-style homes are a blank canvas waiting for color. That's the viewpoint of Kate Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color.

"Two-, three- and four-color schemes are all possibilities for the exterior of a Colonial-style home," says Smith. "The right number and placement of colors depends on your personal preferences."

Designer RoofSmith, the author of the e-book FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior, encourages homeowners to adopt a "top down" color approach to create an attractive and unified home exterior. (see also Curb Appeal Starts with a DaVinci Tile Roof)

"Colonial-style homes typically have a slate roofs or a fake slate roof," says Smith. "Black or gray are generally associated with this home design, but you can find some blends of these colors if you work with a polymer roofing company like DaVinci Roofscapes.

"Because the roof of Colonial homes is usually a dark color, that means some 'brightness' is needed for the siding. Many Colonial-style homes are a stark white with accent colors for the trim, door and shutters. The siding can also be a softer cream color, warm gray or shade or beige."

To highlight different features of the home, Smith recommends using a burst of color on the front door of a Colonial-style home. "While black on a door or trim is a timeless, elegant look, many homeowners prefer to add their 'pop of color' on the door by using red, green or blue," says Smith. "Because the front door is usually a main focal point on the facade of a Colonial-style home, this is your chance to truly express your love of color. You can carry through that door color into your landscaping features quite easily."


Hard to Bungle Cedar Shake Roofing Colors on Bungalow Homes

Relaxed and refined, Bungalow-style homes offer a variety of opportunities to welcome color in many ways. According to Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color, simplicity is the hallmark of Bungalows, but that doesn't mean the colors have to be simple.

Cedar Shake Roofing"Bright colors with contrasting white trim can really add personality to a Bungalow-style home," says Smith. "I've seen fresh color schemes of nocturnal sea complemented by white trim and rich woodgrain doors on these home styles that I love. Because a Bungalow is often a one-story or two-story home with dormer windows, there's lots of ways to play with color."

Smith always recommends working from the "top down" when adding color to a home. And for Bungalows that usually means starting with a cedar shake roof.

"Similar to an Arts and Crafts style home, a Bungalow really looks great with the texture and color of cedar shingles," says Smith. "The color palettes I've seen on composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes mimics nature but offers long-term resistance to fading from the sun. This means the color you select is the one you'll enjoy for many years.

"One of my favorite blends of synthetic roofing material colors for a Bungalow home is the DaVinci Autumn blend which has a combination of five shades of cedar colors. Very natural looking to set the home apart in a neighborhood."

Here's another tip from Smith: Think "FRESH" When Selecting Roof Colors


Color Help in Oklahoma!

Need help on color.

I'm looking to replace my existing cedar shake roof & I'm considering DaVinci Multi-Width Shakes. Photos are attached of my red brick home, with a white stone entry, mahogany entry door & garage doors, copper flashing above a bay window & tan-painted trim.

I'd like advice on good (or bad) colors of DaVinci Multi-Width Shakes, in light of my red brick, etc.

My contractor provided sample of two colors (weathered grey & mountain), so my impression of the other colors are based upon DaVinci's website.

My top choices are Mountain and Autumn. I'm a little concerned that an autumn roof would be too much brown, in light of my brown entry door & my brown garage doors, and because of the slope of my roof, any roof color will be prominent.

I've eliminated the Weathered Gray and New Cedar as too light. I suspect that the Chesapeake color is also too light. Based upon photos on the DaVinci website, the Tahoe color appears to have some purple hue, which offends my eye.

So, I'm somewhat leaning towards Mountain, with Autumn as a second choice.

I welcome your thoughts. Thanks.

Product: Multi-Width Shake



Dear Mr. Cleveland,

I think you have narrowed it down to two good choices and like you I prefer the Mountain blend over the Autumn blend for your home.

I think that the Autumn blend is too close in color, value and pattern to your brickwork. It is better to have more contrast than the Autumn blend will give you with your existing colors.

The Mountain blend will give you contrast and also blend well with the tones in your brick and doors. I think it will also work well with the colors in the stone around your entrance. It would be a good choice for your new roof.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Going Gray, Looking Great!

Gray is beautiful. Whether on the silvery locks of a woman or the unique weathered gray blend on a designer roof, gray is in.

Diana Lewis Jewell, author of the book "Going Gray, Looking Great!" believes that gray is the color that gives women confidence. She also thinks that the "confidence building color" can extend to the home, so we decided to gain her perspective on "going gray" for the home.

Q: How much do you think a personal style can be translated to a home exterior?

A: A sense of personal style gives a woman character, grace and beauty. And, this does translate to a home. A woman's personal touch is always in it, whether on the interior or exterior.

Q: You prefer to refer to gray as "silver" ... so tell us about your thoughts of "a touch of silver" on the roof.

A: I see no reason why the roofing tile on a home can't correspond with the silver in your hair. I love the range of silver shades offered by DaVinci Roofscapes. Gray hair comes in so many shades .. and I see this reflected in the many shades of silver offered by DaVinci for the roof too! As we know, silver hair is sexy, gorgeous and strong ... now I see you can get those same qualities in a designer roof!

Q: What type of attitude does a person have who has accepted and embraced their gray hair?

A: The person who has gray hair has to be open to life ... to change ... and to accepting whatever stage of gray they're in. You know, silvery gray is now a trend among the very young, too. And while they have to bleach out their hair to achieve silver streaks, some folks get it naturally!

Q: Is gray a passing fad?

A: Absolutely not. We have more than 10,000 women subscribers at our site These are returning fans of silver/gray hair ... and I've got to believe that their love of gray translates to other areas in their lives, such as color accents for the home, silver jewelry and yes, even roofs!



What Colorful Exteriors Say About You

What Colorful Exteriors Say About You
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Over the years as I've worked with hundreds of homeowners I have found that people will often pick colors for their home exteriors that reflect something about their own personality. Different "pops of color" can tell passersby a good deal about your personality.

What do the colors of your home's exterior say about you? Here are the personality traits most often associated with these popular colors used as main or accent colors on a home exterior:

Green --- boasts that you have traditional values, are down to earth, well-balanced and nurturing.

Blue --- tells people that you are relaxed, at ease, sincere and even a bit conservative.

Orange --- says that you are friendly, assertive, adventurous and optimistic.

Brown --- shows that you are honest, approachable, sturdy, reliable and wholesome.

Yellow --- reveals that you are cheerful, a leader or organizer, and that you have a modern, open outlook.

Red --- expresses a confident nature where you like to be the center of attention and sometimes exhibit signs of impulsiveness.

Purple --- discloses that you are a "free spirited" person who is comfortable taking risks and dreaming big.


Whatever color you have chosen for your exterior DaVinci Roofscapes has the perfect color for your roof. With 50 nature-inspired colors to choose from you are sure to find a combination that reflects your personality.

Does your home show your true colors? Leave a comment and let me know.


National Curb Appeal Month


We're right in the middle of National Curb Appeal Month, so it's a great time to think about how your home can make a powerful first impression on visitors.

The infographic below shows 10 ways to consider adding curb appeal to your home. Not surprisingly, starting at the top with your roof is the first recommendation! (see "Top Down" Color Message from Kate Smith)


The team at DaVinci Roofscapes recommends looking at your entire home as a "palette" for adding color and highlighting special accents on your house exterior. Starting with a blend of colors in our polymer roofing products is especially easy when you use our Color Designer Tool online to get started.

If you're in the market to sell your home, you might want to know that "great design/curb appeal" was the number one answer builders provided to the question of "what are the most important issues among your buyers with regards to the home exterior?" That means potential buyers of YOUR home could be gazing up at your designer roof all the way down to your landscaping to decide if they wish to step in the door and see your home!


Simulated Slate Roofing Chosen Over Cedar Shakes

Homeowner Jill Bybee was faced with a challenge. Her 14-year old cedar shake roof had to go.

Designer Roof"We knew we wanted and needed a product that would meet our insurance company's standards and would be accepted by our Architectural Review Committee," says Bybee, who lives in St. Albans, Missouri.

Working with Cardinal Contractors, Bybee had DaVinci Roofscapes color samples made and installed on her roof to determine how the color blends would work with her stone and brick Country French home exterior. At the same time, her family decided to switch from cedar roof shingles to an imitation slate roof from DaVinci.

"We liked the appearance of the synthetic slate as it looks very authentic," says Bybee. "The warranty on the product, its maintenance-free qualities and the color selections all impressed us. We like the way our custom blended slate looks on our roof as it enhances our house and the beauty of it with a quiet stateliness and elegance."

Bybee selected four shades of Autumn to create the unique blend for her simulated slate roofing. She has positive things to say about both her new designer roof and the team that installed it.

"Working with Aaron Wallis was a great experience," says Bybee. "I am truly amazed at his professionalism and his dedication to his job, his projects, and his customers. I would highly recommend Aaron to anyone looking for a referral. And, we've heard that one of our neighbors is considering the same color blend for their DaVinci roof!"

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