See How The Many Colors of Pumpkins Inspire Exterior Color Schemes

There are so many reasons I love Autumn. The colors of the fall foliage, ripe red apples, Indian corn and of course pumpkins. Seeing a patch filled with bright orange pumpkins is a cheerful sight that I look forward to but in the past few years, a few other colors have elbowed their way into the patch and found their way into my heart.

Brown, white, red and even blue skinned beauties join orange as options for fall decorating. I've been enchanted by the luscious combinations of colors found in the skin and flesh of the many new varieties available. They are so lovely that they have inspired me to think about how I might use these color schemes to help you choose a new look for your exterior.   

Traditional orange pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

The bright orange of a traditional pumpkin doesn't often work for an entire exterior, but it is a warm inviting color for a front door and window frames.

Blue pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

Of all the non-traditional colors for pumpkins, blue seems to be the most unexpected. Take your color cue from the blue skin and rich orange flesh of the Jarrahdale pumpkin. The blue on the front door against the red-orange bricks creates a perfect complementary scheme.

Brown pumpkin inspired color scheme

The Musquee de Provence Pumpkin is a favorite among those with an eye for color. This beautiful heirloom from the South of France is green when immature, and then the skin turns a lovely rich blend of browns when fully ripe. The variations of the browns are much the same as one of my favorite DaVinci Roofscapes standard blends -- Autumn. 

Tan pattern pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

The Galeux D'Eysines is another heirloom pumpkin and its name translates as "embroidered with warts from Eysines”, a small town in southwest France. Its color and texture might inspire an analogous color scheme of warm golden hues with the front door, painted in a rich, spicy orange of Benjamin Moore Etruscan AF-355.

Red pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

It has been said that Cinderella's carriage was fashioned after the Rouge Vif d'Estampes pumpkin and that the roof of her castle was covered in Bellaforté Imitation Slate in the standard blend Sedona.

White pumpkin inspired exterior color scheme

Coming on the scene only a dozen years ago, naturally white pumpkin, once an oddity found only at farmers' markets, are now making their way into more and more homes and becoming an autumn favorite. The combination of white with stem green and bright orange as accent colors is perfect on this home in Austin, TX.

Mother Nature is a true expert when it comes to putting colors together. All you have to do is harvest one of her pumpkin-inspired combinations to add the beauty of Fall to your home year round.


Blue October in Kansas City!

The fountains are flowing with royal blue water in our home town of Kansas City, and World Series fever is running high!

Royal Blue


Next week our Kansas City Royals go to the World Series for the first time in 29 years ... and we have high hopes of beating the San Francisco Giants! After all, we did it this past August when the Royals swept the Giants in a three-game series in Kansas City. Will history repeat itself? We hope so!

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we're unabashedly proud of our hometown baseball team --- and the focus being placed on Kansas City. After all, the Royals are the first team to sweep both their division and AL Championship games. And, now that we have two wild-card teams meeting at the World Series (for only the second time ever!) it's "all fans on deck" to cheer on our team when the first game starts on October 21st!


We're so excited about this amazing sporting achievement, that we're thinking of creating a Royal Blue polymer roofing tile!


After all, we have already offered A Simple Guide to Exterior Color Trends 2014 | Take A New Look At Blue! While we think about that option ... you can check out these fun facts:

- The Royals have previously played in just two World Series ... losing in 1980 to the Philadelphia Phillies, but winning in 1985 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

- The "Royals" name comes from the American Royal ... a livestock and horse show, rodeo and championship barbeque competition held each year in Kansas City since 1899.

- Our city has several other sports teams with distinctive patriarch names ... including the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Monarchs.


Hot Door Colors Meet Their Designer Roof Color Match

When a homeowner adds a DaVinci imitation slate or shake roof often the first thing they do is stand back admiring how great their home looks. Now that the roof looks so great, they often decide other parts of their exterior could also benefit from being spruced up. The front door is often the next area homeowners look to improve. The good news is that all it may take to have your front door live up to the beauty of your roof is to brush on a fresh coat of paint. But what color?

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Roof Match

Deep cranberry warmed up with gold is reminiscent of a luxurious carpet or
velvety rose petals Cranapple adds a touch of tradition to any style home.

Here are some hues to inspire you. These are from the top 10 hottest door colors for Therma-Tru Doors Five of the colors that I believe will find their ways to many front doors in 2015 are bold and influenced by cross cultural experiences, such as Bronze Tone and Tripoli Sand. Then there are five other colors — like Thyme Green and Amazon Soil — which are more muted hues that invite us to step out of the fast flow of life to relax in our homes. You can learn more about these colors and see a video showing how all these colors look on a front door visit

Hot New Door Colors 2015

Using images from This Old House matched up to DaVinci Roofscapes roof colors you can see how the hot colors work in an exterior scheme. See a few examples and the reasons the combinations work well together.

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Roof Color Match

This monochromatic scheme of the natural siding and DaVinci composite slate would work well with just about any color family. I like the cheerful feeling a color like Tripoli Sands projects. Wright Blue Mist would also be a wonderful choice. Capture the glow of the beaches along the Mediterranean with this stylish shade that brings out the golden colorcast of stone or brick.

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Roof Color Match

A blend of DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in Dark and Medium Chesapeake is a perfect match to the colorcast of the bricks. Thyme Green on the door plays off the greenish cast of the roof color and picks up the warm tones in the brick. A classic, rich green with a touch of brown never goes out of style and pairs well with most exterior home colors and features.

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Color Match

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in Tahoe Blend and the siding get a lively lift with a color like Bronze Tone that brightens up a subdued exterior. Bold but not overpowering, this deep shade of orange is a good choice to add energy to any neutral theme. 

Hot Door Color Meets Its Designer Match

This patchwork blend of bricks needs a strong roof color. Bellaforté Slate Black-VariBlend fills that bill. Painting the front door black could work but using a color like Amazon Soil that incorporates all of the colors in the brick is friendlier and more interesting. A deep, lush shade of mauve, this dramatically dark color gives the front door a velvety richness.

Your roof and front door are two of the key elements on your exterior. By picking the right color for both your home will stand out from the rest and have instant curb appeal.


Afraid of Going Too Dark on the Roof... What Do You Think?

The stucco on my house is a light pink, with a dark green trim. The stone on the front has pink and green highlights in it. I am afraid of going too dark on the roof, and am not sure what collar would look best. What do you think?

Terry Jackson
Fort Collins, CO
Product: Bellaforté Shake


Hi Terry,

I have looked at your images and I agree you won't want to go too dark on your roof.

I understand you like both the DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in either the Tahoe or Mountain blend. Color-wise you are on the right track. Finding a color that blends with your stone will tie to elements together and open up many possibilities for siding and trim if you decide to change your color scheme.

That being said I think the Mountain blend appears to be a bit too dark for the tones in your stone and the home overall. Since you are already voicing a concern about going too dark I don't believe you would be delighted with this color.

I think Tahoe looks like just the right lightness/darkness and the colors in the tiles appear to blend well with the stone. You will want to view the tile samples near the actual stone on the front of your home to confirm that what I am seeing is true in the natural light around your home before you make a final decision to be sure the colors are pleasing. If you like what you see then I think you will be very pleased with this blend on your entire roof.

I hope that helps make your decision a little easier.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert













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.



Historic Oklahoma City Church Gets Fire Brick Red Polymer Roof

Almost two decades after the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the heavily-damaged St. Paul's Cathedral and Parish House near the blast site finally have new, long-lasting polymer roof tiles overhead.

The 1904 Norman-Gothic church structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was badly damaged during the tragic Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The bombing lifted off the roof and splayed the walls outward.

In the rebuilding aftermath, a roof was added that failed during the ensuing years. Now, after extensive research, the church has invested in a composite slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes in an attractive fire brick red color.

Fake Slate       Simulated Slate Roofing


"Our Roof and Restoration Committee did extensive research into roof replacement options and also consulted with our architect, Mass Architects, Inc.," says Mike Murphy, a member of St. Paul's church and a director at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. "The primary reasons we selected the DaVinci Multi-Width Slate product were the low-maintenance factor coupled with the roof's impact- and fire-resistancy features. The 50-year limited warranty available from the manufacturer and the ability to get the roofing tile in the fire brick red color we wanted really sold us on the product.

"The roof put on after the bombing was a hard, composite material. Over time they failed, with an abundance of breaking and leaking. Our research brought us to DaVinci, and we're very pleased with the results. The new roofs have been up since early in 2014 and the bright, attractive red color now serves to highlight our location in the community."

For additional composite roofing stories involving churches, see Religious Structures and DaVinci Slate and Polymer Shake Roof Accents Ukrainian Church


Roof Color- New Construction- French Country

Needing help picking a color- probably between cambridge and milano.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

This is new construction, so we don't have photos- but it will be a French Country style- arches on windows with shutters, stucco with a stone wainscot. The window cladding will be a darker bronze color.

We have not yet picked out stucco and stone color.

Brad Jones
Bellaforté Slate


Hello Mr. Jones,

It sounds like your French Country home is going to be just lovely and I do know how many decisions you will be making as you select your materials. Let me give you a few thoughts that might help.

Select materials for the elements of your exterior that will not change often (if ever) that have a common color or what is called colorcast for materials like roofing, stone, brick, etc. I wrote a blog post about colorcast that I think you will find helpful.

As you can start to see the roof and stone will set the tone for the colors on the rest of your home. Dark bronze on your windows could work with either the European VariBlend (formerly called Milano) or Brownstone VariBlend (formerly called Cambridge). What it will come down to is if the stone you prefer is more gray or more brown. Once you find the stone you love selecting the roof will be easier since you'll know what color you are looking for.

From there the other colors will start to fall into place as well. If you haven't already downloaded the free ebooks I think you would find them helpful, too. If gives you an order for selecting your colors that can help you to know what decisions you have to make first in order to create a cohesive exterior.

I hope that helps and that you will share a picture of your finished home. I bet is is going to be just beautiful.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert



Seven Reasons Brown Is The Best Roof Color For Your Home

The color of your roof is important to the overall appearance of your home. Choosing the best color for your lightweight roofing system will help ensure that your home exterior has a look that you will love for many years to come. You will want to choose a color that best suits your home's style and materials as well as work in the climate and environment where you live. Here are seven examples that show when brown is the best color for your roof.

1. Your home is set within a wooded area or mountainous landscape.

Best Roof Color Brown

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2. The stone on your home's exterior is predominately brown or has a brown colorcast.

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Norris Architecture

3. The brick on your home is brown or has a brown colorcast.

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4. Your long-lasting window frames are in a brown tone.

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5. Your home is constructed of reclaimed natural materials since the majority of these have a warm patina.

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6. Brown best complements the colors and materials of you home.

Hendel Homes

David Buergler Architecture

7. Your home is a full or partial log home.

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You may read advice or even dictates that say black or gray is the best color for a roof but as you can see by these examples how a beautiful brown roof can be. 


Going for a "Charleston" Feel...

I have a very traditional southern home. (Trying to give it a Charleston feel). Trying to decide between Single-Width, Bellaforté and Multi-Width. Also, leaning towards a dark gray or black but would love your advice on style and color.

Name: Mary Frazelle
Raleigh, North Carolina
Product: Synthetic Shake


Hello Ms. Frazelle,

You're home is lovely and the black and white scheme is very "Charleston" Any of the tiles you mention could work with the style of your home so go with the profile you like best. 

I prefer the multi-with to add some depth and texture to the roof but that is just a personal preference. With the single width you will have a uniform appearance that can also be nice with the "buttoned up" look of your home. The Bellaforté is going to give my considerably more texture and a slightly more relaxed look so if that is what you are after this would be a good choice.

Also either color will look just fine. I lean toward going a little darker with the Slate Black. It feels more in keeping with some of the grand homes of the south that come to mind but many also had gray. Again both would work so it goes back to personal preference.

This may not be the solid "this is the way to go" advice you were hoping for but the good news is that with the colors and styles you are considering it would be hard to go wrong. Trust your instincts on which style and colors feels right to you. The DaVinci roof will top off your traditional, southern home beautifully and make it feel even more like it could be on a street in Charleston.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert












Top Down Curb Appeal Takes Spotlight!

Lights, camera, ACTION! Once again this year national color expert Kate Smith with Sensational Color stood in front of the cameras to talk about "top down" color on the home. This time Kate tied her message in with National Curb Appeal Month and the need for homeowners to coordinate and maintain their home exteriors.

"Just as design and color harmony are essential for a beautiful home interior, the same is true for the outside of the home," says Smith. "I always recommend starting at the top of the home with the roof and working your way down to create a coordinated look.

"Try to keep in mind that no single exterior element can stand alone. It's a marriage of design, colors and materials that vies the home a cohesive look and maximum curb appeal."

Kate was interviewed by almost two dozen television and radio shows across the country. (Click HERE to see her interview in Roanoke, Virginia!) She shared tips on adding color to the roof with polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes, and then working down the home to the siding, vinyl windows, fiberglass door and decorative polyurethane trim.

"These are all great investment products for the home," says Smith. "Just consider if you add a new luxury roof, you could get back up to 67 percent of the product cost when it comes to selling a home. And, since 78 percent of homeowners surveyed report that a home's curb appeal is either 'extremely' or 'very important' to them, you have the peace-of-mind in knowing that your dollars are being invested in the best manner possible."

Interested adding curb appeal to your home? Then check out The Most Important Factor In Creating Curb Appeal and Curb Appeal Starts with a DaVinci Tile Roof.


Looking for 3-Color Combination for Our Roof

Trying to select an appropriate 3 color combination in Multi-Width Slate for my house. Here are some details to go along with the 2 attached photos. Front door is Cinnamon which is a dark mahogany color. Garage doors will eventually be replaced to match as closely to the front door color. Gutters and downspouts will be replaced with copper half round gutters and round down spouts. Chimney pots will be replaced with either copper or clay. Existing roof is brown. Would like to keep in line with the brown but go darker than what is currently there. Was thinking of Slate Black, Dark Tahoe and Dark Chesapeake with copper snow guards; however, it is hard to tell the colors exactly from the website. Based upon the above information and the pictures of the house do those colors make sense or do you suggest something different? I want to get this absolutely right. Please let me know. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Andrew Crisp
Darien, Illinois
Product: Multi-Width Slate


Hello Mr. Crisp,

The updates you are making to your home sound really great. I think you are on the right track going brown with the your blend for the roof. I also like the idea of a 3-color mix of colors to add interest to the roof surface.

I looked at the three colors you were considering - Slate Black, Dark Tahoe and Dark Chesapeake. This could work but I am concerned that the Slate Black may look "spotty" rather than an integral part of the color blend. It would be best to get some full size tiles and have them laid onto the roof surface so you can see how it will actually look when installed.

An alternate choice would be to replace the Slate Black with Dark Mountain. This is a brown darkened with black. It would be similar but without the high contrast of the black. You can also sample this so you could see both of the blends and decide which on looks best.

I hope that helps you to make a decision about the blend for your new roof.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert












Picking A Perfect Color Scheme For Your Bungalow 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 Studio

Green Roof Systems

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 bungalow 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.

Cedar Roof Shingles

To honor the style of this home, polymer shake roofing tiles in New Cedar were used on the roof. This blend includes a combination of five shades of cedar colors and complements the entire vision of the home.

The homeowners didn’t love the dark color of the bricks on their home. I knew that the high contrast of their existing white trim was making the bricks seem that much darker. I also knew that the perception of a color could be changed by the colors surrounding it, so I worked on finding a color that would make the brick more attractive.

There was only a small area of the siding that was not covered with brick. For those areas I chose Chamois, a warm golden tan paint color that harmonizes with the New Cedar roof and the color of the bricks. Chamois contrasts with the brick to highlight the architectural details of the Bungalow-style and brings out the best of the color tones in the brick.

A second paint color, Forest Night, added to the peaks over the door and window areas, draws the eye upwards. Although the paint covers a small area, the color takes most of the attention away from the color of the brick.

British Brown was my choice as an accent color for the urethane brackets above the door and near the dormer windows as well as the pot shelves under the lower windows. The Chocolate Brown window frames—another color choice that honored the history of this style of home --- inspired my choice of British Brown.

Chamois was used on the rest of the trim including column wraps to carry the color across more of the home and keep the focus on the entry and front porch details.

Rather than paint the front door, I recommended replacing it with a classic- looking fiberglass entry door stained in cedar with a doorlite and sidelites that had decorative glass. This makes the entry a welcoming focal point for the home and stays with the type of door style found on original Craftsman bungalow homes.

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 this bungalow the privacy lattice on the side porch was replaced and stained cedar to match the front door color. Once you've looked at the entire home and selected the colors for each element following my FRESH approach, congratulate yourself...

Designer Roof

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 Studio 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.


Help... Not Sure Which Color Will Work Best on Our Roof

Looking for color and install thoughts, like the color and install style located at Not sure how this look is achieved, not sure what color will work best. Looking for recommendations. Thank you!

Courtney Springer
Kansas City, Missouri
Product: Multi Width Slate

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Hi Mr. Springer,

The multi-color, multi-width style you noted that you said you like could be great on your home from what I can see. As long as the front doesn't have any elements such as stone or brick that would not work with the colors and style.

Consider either Vineyard Blend or Aberdeen Blend. I think Aberdeen fits the surrounding well. Vineyard Blend would be more colorful. Either one would add a lot of personality to your home.

You could choose one of the colors in the roof and then go a bit stronger/brighter for your front door.

I hope that gives you some ideas for your roof.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert












What Color Cedar Roofing??

My brick is called a midland blend, 3 colors in the brick, can't find the right exterior color. Possibly a cedar shake in the upper portion, tri-level.

Gary Featherston
Waterford, Michigan
Product: color


Mr. Featherston,

The color of your bricks are dark brown beneath white with brown grout and the roof should be a tone with the same brown color or colorcast. 

DaVinci Shake in Tahoe blend looks like it would work well. You just want to make sure that Tahoe or one of the other brown-based tiles has a color that blends well with the brown in the bricks. I added a sample to the image of what I think the based color of the bricks to help you see what I mean.

Also I would shy away from brown for the siding. If you try to match the bricks it is always going to be a bit off and end up looking "fleshy" rather than warm and inviting and plain dark brown will look out-of-date. 

Instead I would go for a color that works well with brown. I like green -- either green with yellow undertone or green with blue undertone but blue, blue-green or even a very toned down red could work.

Painting the siding and trim both as you have now will work best. Paint the garage door and surrounding area this same color.

I hope that helps you to make a decision on the colors for your exterior.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

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"Top Down" Color Message from Kate Smith

Coast-to-coast television viewers have seen a great deal of color expert Kate Smith over the past weeks. As part of the launch for National Curb Appeal Month for August, Kate recently conducted satellite media tours nationwide to promote "top down" color on the exterior of the home (see Try "Top Down" Approach to Unify a Home's Exterior).

Designer RoofKate, who serves as a color consultant to DaVinci Roofscapes and other building product companies, was able to explain how adding color to the home exterior starts on the roof, then works its way down the siding, windows, door and trim of the home. She shared several tips for adding curb appeal to the home, including:

Tip #1 - Don't be afraid to add color to the outside of your home. When starting with a designer roof and working your way down, you can create an eye-pleasing color palette that makes your home a true stand-out in the neighborhood.

Tip #2 - If you select a blend of colors for your luxury roof, you can "pull out" certain colors for the window frames, door and shutters. For example, choose a DaVinci Multi-Width Slate blend of Aberdeen, which combines Dark Gray, Light Brown, Dark Purple, Green Stone and Dark Stone. Then you can use green, purple or gray for your trim pieces to pull the color down from the top of the house. You can even add flowering plants and landscaping with these attractive color accents.

Tip #3 - Make investments in products for the home that are colorful and provide great "return on investment." According to the 2014 Cost Versus Value Study from Remodeling magazine, you can recoup 67.6% of the cost of adding a new roof. The numbers go even higher if you add new vinyl siding (78.2%) or energy-efficient vinyl windows (78.7%).

To learn more and see Kate's interview, view her video below:

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Prestigious Red Roofs from DaVinci

Wander around Europe --- or even the New England states --- and you'll see some beautiful red slate roof tiles. But, you won't see many. Why? Because natural red slate is extremely limited and not widely available.

Long valued for its scarcity and prestige, in the United States natural red slate roofing shingles can only be found in Washington County, New York. According to the National Slate Association, "unfading red" is a dense, very hard slate that can be dry and brittle when quarried, making the rare slate very expensive to produce.

Fortunately for homeowners wishing to add a bit of red to a roof (or who wish to create an entire imitation slate roof of one stunning red color!), DaVinci Roofscapes offers a cost-effective alternative with our imitation slate shingles.

Our experts at DaVinci can create a custom color or custom color blend for your designer roof quite easily. Send us a sample of the red you're interested in --- whether it's a tube of red lipstick or a swatch of red fabric --- and we can match the color. That's because we have some of the most advanced color matching capabilities in the industry to help you accent your designer roof with fire engine red highlights or cover the entire roof in a soft mottled wine red blend.

So, if you'd like to capture the prestige of red in your lightweight roofing tiles (or any other unique color), contact us for all your roofing options! And, for more information on custom colors and blends, see Bring a Little Custom to Your Blend and Rainbow of Roofing Colors.


This 1972 Home Needs A Little TLC...

We have a 1972 house that needs a little TLC on the outside. Want to keep the original style but update it. Thinking if going white windows and trim. Need help with Shake and siding colors. Also thinking of rocking by the front door and changing front door out.

Denver, CO
Product: Staggered shakes


Dear Krista,

For your home, the DaVinci Single-Width Shake in the Abruzzo blend is most similar to your existing roof. This would still be a good choice. If you go in this color direction and want to keep the brown trim, I would suggest finding a color that is less chocolate and more toned down or grayed to blend with the new roofing color. Going away from the chocolate brown will also update the look of your home.

I would also paint your front door in a contrasting color rather than in a color that matches the trim. If possible also paint the trim around the outside of the windows to match the door rather than contrast with it. As for colors many could work- deep green, dark red or rich teal would all be good choices to draw attention to the entrance and make it the focal point on the front of your home.

An alternate color would be to go with gray tiles. Going with multi-width tiles will also change the look and would work with either gray or brown tiles. Either of these would be a more noticeable change however the brown trim would not work with the gray roof. A medium to dark gray would work or you could go to a light neutral or color that is slightly grayed. Then using the same idea as above choose a color for the entry doors that will welcome people to your home.

I like the shake style although if you wanted to change to slate tiles the same thinking about the colors would apply.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


From the Architects Corner - Customization Doesn't Have to Mean Changing It All

When you are working with 49 individual colors it can become pretty easy to overcomplicate things. Typically, the quest for finding your perfect custom color blend starts on our color designer, or with a set of our synthetic shake or slate color chips. While some have a great eye for color and can easily sort through and put together something that looks amazing, the rest of us are stuck on where to even start. In the context of possible blend customization, I often get asked if somebody can take a standard blend and just tweak it. Recently, an architect and I worked together to take the European Blend (which consists of Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, Light Purple and Dark Purple in multi-width slate) and change it into something that the client wanted, which was essentially European with just a little less purple. By removing just the Light Purple from the blend, it turned out to be exactly the color blend they needed. Not every custom color blend story can be this easy, but often starting with something already created can help you and your clients know what needs to be added or removed. 

Happy Friday Architects!


                 The European Blend                                 The European Blend minus Light Purple 


Top Tips for Creating "Top Down" Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal Infographic: 10 Tips For Creating Curb Appeal and Your Guide To Curb Appeal ROI

This is National Curb Appeal month and a great time to think about how you can give your home more curb appeal! To help you get started I put together this Curb Appeal Infographic packed with tips and information that show you how to make sure your home makes a great first impression and that you get the best return on your investment of time and money.

Tips to Create Great Curb Appeal  

If you'd like to share this infographic, you will find the embed code here.


This Same Valuable Curb Appeal Information Is Also Available In Two Easy-To-Read PDF's

Curb Appeal Tips
Click this link to download both Curb Appeal PDF's

Enjoy the infographic and tips sheets. I'd enjoy hearing from you as to what you found most helpful. Please leave a comment and let me know.

For even more tips about creating curb appeal, visit 20 Sure Fire Ways To Create Curb Appeal, Homeowners and Their Love of Curb Appeal and The Most Important Factor In Creating Curb Appeal.


DaVinci Custom Blend Shake Shingle Roof Created for Lakefront Home

Standing tall on the banks of Lake Milton in Ohio sits the new 6,000-square foot home of Ann Marie and Joe Blumetti. Their dream retirement home is a rustic two-story log and stone structure that includes a lower level guest and entertainment level.

Following a lifelong passion for design, Ann Marie created the blueprints for the hybrid log home herself. When it came time to topping off her creation, she turned to DaVinci Roofscapes for a colorful composite shake roof.

Cedar Shake Roofing


"We first heard about DaVinci Roofscapes while researching (and researching and researching!) designer roof options at a local roofing supplier," says Ann Marie Blumetti. "We chose this cedar shake alternative primarily because we wanted a unique roofing product that is both beautiful and above average in functionality."

What sold Ann Marie on the synthetic shake was her ability to get exactly the roofing colors she desired to complement the stone, log stain and copper accents they had chosen for their home exterior.

"I selected four subtle, earthy colors from the Bellaforté blends of Mountain-VariBlend and Tahoe-VariBlend to create our own custom roof," says Blumetti. "The DaVinci folks welcomed our desire to personalize our luxury roof. Their team members offered us lots of encouragement. We felt they were as excited about the roof as we were!"

Now that the Blumettis have settled in their home and are enjoying their first summer at the lake, they're receiving complements on their home design --- from both land and lake. "It's fun to sit on the deck and watch boaters pointing at our house as they go by," says Joe Blumetti. "We get positive comments on the roof all the time ... from people on the lake and those that drive by in the neighborhood!"

Simulated Shake Roofing


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