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?

source - stockfresh

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!"

Is a custom roofing tile color in your future? See 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project.


Need A Color Recommendation

Could you provide a color recommendation?

Frank Gable
Reading, PA
Product: Single Width Slate



Dear Mr. Gable,

There are a few options for color in the Single-Width DaVinci Slate that would work well on your home. You could stay with a brighter color similar to what you have now by going with Sonora-VariBlend.

While I like the colorful roof a subtler color would be more versatile in opening up many options for main and accent colors for your home over the long life of the roof.

Brownstone-VariBlend is one option I like. The warm tones work well with the existing colors and the surroundings.

Slate Gray-VariBlend would be another option. It works with any color, is a medium tone and has the natural look of a roof that could have been used originally on your style of home.

With the classic look of your home you really can't go wrong with any of the colors available. These are just a couple of choices I like but if you are leaning in another direction I wouldn't hesitate to go with the color that speaks to you.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Slate Alternative


Colorful Roofs of France

Slate Tile RoofIf you travel to France, forget about the tastes, smells and sights ... instead, look up at the colorful tile roofs!

Old ceramic and slate tiles in France are a patchwork of color. From unique turrets with bright and bold zig-zag patterns to the famous kaleidoscope roof on the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune, France is a spectacular site for roof lovers. Even the older well-worn designer roofs with their faded concrete and cement tiles have a charming appeal in France.

If you'd like to incorporate some of that charm and color into your own luxury roof, contact us at DaVinci Roofscapes. We now offer 50 standard colors for our synthetic shake and simulated slate roofing. And, the really good news is that the colors are manufactured throughout each piece, so you don't have to worry about fading over time from the sun's powerful rays.

Need help deciding on the best polymer roofing color combination for your home? Then click HERE to download our free FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home exterior e-book ... or visit our Color Designer tool online to create a unique color blend of composite roofing that's perfect for your home!

Don't see a color you love out of our 50? Then check out 3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project and come up with your very own color of roof tiles for your roof!


Can't Decide on Color - What Do You Recommend?

We are going to have Bellaforté roofing put on but can't decide on color. Can you suggest one? We are thinking about Sabino, but not sure.

John Hardison
Missouri Valley, IA
Product: Bellaforté



Dear Mr. Hardison,

The choice you are leaning towards -- Bellaforté Slate in Canyon-VariBlend (formerly Sabino) -- would work well on your home. The color of the brick in the picture looks like it would blend nicely with the variety of tones in the roof. Since the color is not always true in a photograph when shared online please confirm that this is true by looking at a sample of the roofing tiles alongside the brick color of your home. Stand back towards the front of your property and view the colors together in daylight. 

Gray as you have now could work, too. However, I would suggest a slightly different tone -- Slate Gray as a better match to your brick.

Replacing the roof with Bellaforté Slate will have a big impact on updating the look of your exterior. Replacing the porch supports with clean square columns would also fresh up your home and be a better match for the sturdy more substantial look of your new slate roof.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Polymer Slate


Contest Winner Uses Color to Shake Up Home Exterior

Just look how color and dedication can transform a home!

Shake it Up Contest Winner

Rachel Delgado, winner of the 2015 Shake it Up Exterior Color Contest sponsored by DaVinci Roofscapes (see Virginia Homeowner Wins $2,500 in National DaVinci Roofscapes “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest) has already put her winnings to good use. She invested her $2,500 cash grand prize from the contest to change the exterior of her home.

In her entry, Delgado said she has always dreamed of having her home painted a bright barn red. Now she's made her dream come true!

"It's done (for now)!" says Delgado. "We hope to top it off with a new roof next year, but we've already shaken it up with color. It really came a long way and we couldn't have done it without you! Thank you so much!"

When she's ready to add her new roof, DaVinci will be here to help. Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color and a judge in the contest, suggested that Delgado use a Tahoe blend polymer shake DaVinci roof to complement her chosen barn red exterior.

"I want to shake up my home by going with an urban farm/rustic chic theme," says Delgado. "Our first priority was to purchase the red paint color recommended as part of the artist rendering to help transform the home exterior. After that we focused on the new porch. Finally, the wish list will be complete in a few years when we can top off our 'new' home with the recommended DaVinci roof!"

Delgando Porch


The Art of Synthetic Slate Roof Tile Color

Slate Quarry - Natural Slate Inspired Colors for Synthetic Slate Roof Tile
The beauty of slate can be seen at the Dinorwic Slate Quarry. Image from

When I'm not putting my color expertise to work professionally I can often be found sitting at my easel mixing oil colors and dabbing them onto a canvas in hopes of creating a pleasing landscape. My goal is to create a painting that looks as amazing as the scene that inspired me is to want to paint it. Good drawing skills are important but what makes a painting realistic is being able to recreate the colors of each object I see as closely as possible to how they appear in nature.

This is known as local color.  - the online art dictionary - defines local color as:

"The true color of an object or a surface as seen in typical daylight, rather than its color as seen through atmosphere or interpreted by the taste or imagination of the artist. Thus the characteristic local color of a lemon is yellow."

Seeing the local color of an object and all of its nuances takes keen observation but the final result is well worth the effort. Getting the colors right makes the painting not just beautiful but also believable.

When the team wanted to develop realistic colors for the DaVinci Slate line of products they thought like artists. Looking at the local color of natural slate and closely observing how the colors naturally blend one into another inspired the proprietary DaVinci VariBlend® technology. VariBlend creates a continuous variation from tile to tile which results in a beautiful natural blend.

Available in a full spectrum of authentic colors the natural beauty of slate has been brought to life in DaVinci Slate to provide a solution to the cost and expense of natural slate to property owners all over the globe.  The entire range of color has been artfully put together to give you the beauty of natural slate enhancing the realistic appearance of your roof. DaVinci Slate is not only aesthetically beautiful but also durable and therefore not only protects but enhances the value of your home.

Take a look at all of the nature-inspired colors and I'm sure you will find a perfect match for your homes color and style. If you are not sure about the right colors for the roof of your home let us help. At DaVinci Roofscapes, we can answer all your questions. If you would like help in knowing what color would best suit your home, please feel free to get in touch with one of our Project Specialists or Color Consultant to get advice on what would look ideal.


Need Color Assistance for our Home and our Neighborhood Association

Our Neighborhood Association just approved DaVinci for the 17 homes in our development when the roofs are replaced. All homes currently have wood shingle roofs of varying ages. My neighbor and I will be the first to replace our existing roofs. We need help selecting the specific product, installation pattern, and color, which will most closely resemble our existing roofs, and look best on our homes. I've attached 3 pics of my home (front and rear) as well as 2 pics of neighboring homes. Thank you.
Omaha, Nebraska
Product: Multi-Width Shake or Bellaforté Shake




Dear Mr. Hergott,

It is great news that your Homeowner's Association (HOA) has approved DaVinci Roofscapes products for all homes. As one of the first to select your roof type and colors you will be an example for your neighbors to refer to as others in your neighborhood replace their roofs so it is important for us to guide you on making a great selection.

I looked at all of the pictures that you sent of both homes in the development. It looks like the original cedar have changed in color as they have aged to brownish gray and the shakes are not as even as they once were. With the DaVinci product these are two concerns you will not have in the future. The color and look will remain basically the same for the life of the roof.

Since that is the case if you like the look of the aged shakes over how they looked when they were brand new then that is the look you will want to go for. I prefer the aged look for the homes in your neighborhood over the new cedar because it appears to me that the new cedar would not have enough contrast to the color of the bricks. Worry less about matching the existing color per se and more about finding a color that has a similar feel that you can love for many years to come.

My first thought is to go with either a Multi-Width or Bellaforté tile in Weathered Gray. This color has the warm look of aged wood. The Bellaforté has a bolder texture where the Multi-Width can be installed straight or staggered depending on the amount of texture/pattern desired. 

If you prefer a deeper tone on the roof then a second option is Tahoe. Tahoe is darker and more brown in color than the weathered gray. It would give you more contrast between your roof and main color of the home(s) but it would still blend into the surroundings nicely.

In either case you will want to view the actual colors in outside of your home to get a true idea of how they are going to look before making your final decision.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Fake Cedar Shake


Picking A Perfect Color Scheme For Your European Style Home

If you are wondering about the best way to choose colors for your home exterior then I have some great news for you. I've taken my years of experience choosing colors for hundreds of homes and put it into easy to follow steps for you to download for FREE in the DaVinci Roofscapes Color Designer. 

Colonial Home Drawing

In my first ebook FRESH Home Exterior Colors: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home I introduce you to my FRESH approach for picking your colors in five steps.

In the second ebook FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior I provide step-by-step color guidance for seven different home styles. You will see how I use a “top down” approach, giving you insights on adding eye-pleasing color palettes to your home exterior starting with the roof, then working your way down to consider your siding, window frames, front door and trim. As you see how I create these looks you will quickly learn how to do the same for your home.

Here is an example of selecting a color scheme for the European-style home you see above rendered with the suggested colors. Just as you will do for your own home, I considered each part of "FRESH", the homeowner's like and dislikes, their personal style and vision they had for their home. These are the steps I took for this home. You can see examples of the other six styles in FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior.

The existing polymer slate roof is the Brownstone blend, which has a range of light to dark tones of brown. Copper accent roofing over three windows on the home complements the Brownstone blend and starts to bring color down the home’s exterior.

A mix of fixed features such as stone and brick are often found on European-style home. This home has Antique White Old World Ledgestone and Nassau Full Range Brick. Both have a reddish brown colorcast.

When an exterior has several textures and patterns as this home does, the main color usually looks best if it is in the same tones as the fixed features rather than in a contrasting color. Antique White blends with the features rather than competing with them for attention.

Good designs do not give equal importance to every element. Instead the designer focuses attention on one or two features and allows the other elements to provide support. Think of your home exterior in the same way as you choose your colors and materials. Plan your colors so that one or two of the best features stand out.

Use this same philosophy when selecting window or trim colors. Unless you want to highlight the windows or trim look for a color that adds to a cohesive overall look. For this home Chocolate Brown vinyl windows and Barista Brown painted urethane trim were the perfect choices to extend the color of the home throughout the exterior.

Often European-style homes sport a rustic, stained or painted door with prominent hardware. In staying with the natural feel created by the stone, brick and stucco, a door stained Mahogany was a good fit.

Finally step back and ask yourself, "Is Any Other Color Needed?"

Look carefully at your home. Make note of which of the colors you have selected will be applied to each architectural detail of the exterior. Is there an area of the exterior that you haven’t chosen a color for? On a European style home the many textures and tonal variations often complete the look without the addition of accent or other colors. Once you've looked at the entire home and selected the colors for each element following my FRESH approach, congratulate yourself...

Now you see how easy it can be to find the perfect colors for your home exterior. If you haven't already downloaded the download for FREE ebooks in the DaVinci Roofscapes Color Designer go do that right now. Then make sure to stop back here over the next few weeks as I share more of my experience and insights on choosing exterior colors.


Need Help with Color Blends for Our Home

Having a hard time picking a color as they seem to look different on paper than they do on the website. Could you look at our picture of the house and recommend a color or color blend. I am liking the blend of dark mountain, dark tan, but could really appreciate your suggestion for this style of house.

Janet O'Brien
Whittier, CA
Product: DaVinci Slate Single-Width



Dear Ms. O'Brien,

You are on the right track with the color blends you like for your home.

I recommend that you look at DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in Mountain and Tahoe. The Mountain blend is darker and more brown/gray. The Tahoe is slightly lighter and more brown. The Tahoe will be closer to how the roof currently appears to me in your photos.

Either color blend will work well on your home. Look at the colors against your home in the light and determine which you prefer with the main and trim color of your home as well as which you think fits in best with the natural surroundings.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

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