Exterior Color Schemes: Autumn Roof Reccommendations

A classically tailored roof brings a well-styled feel to the entire home. From the coast to the farm, the versatile nature of the Autumn shade is clearly an alluring benefit.

Autumn is one of my favorite times of years and DaVinci's Autumn cedar shake alternative is also one of my favorite color blends. It works well with many colors and the variations of hues of Autumn blend perfectly with the natural environment.

When creating an exterior color palette, I follow my FRESH steps to choose each color. I have selected five fabulous exterior color palettes for homes that look great with DaVinci Shake in the color Autumn. Use one of these color schemes exactly as show or let one or more of them inspire you to create an color palette of your own.

Colonial Revival Tan

A rich warm gold, paired with Autumn roof can only bring back the spicy scent of fall and pumpkin spice. The trim and accent color follow along with rich red and an off-white trim.

 

Egyptian Pyramid

A home deep in the forest is barely visible when a monochromatic mix of brown hues coat the exterior. If one color was called upon to wake up the brown, it would be fresh blue. Nature is our guide and a blue door would be the perfect compliment for an outdoor setting.

 

Navajo White

A muted white paint color coats the home exterior while the white trim liven up the smaller details of the home. The brown and deep teal blue are a different, but welcome color option that stay in line with the Autumnal tones.

 

Sourdough

For all non-risk takers the main exterior color Sourdough is the safest option when it comes to pairing with Autumn roof tile. The trim and accents get a bit more daring using dark green, brown and red.

 

Wedgewood Gray

Autumn roof tile can go bold with a soft blue reminiscent of a coastal home. The main color is blue paired with a dark blue trim and complimentary color orange produce an unexpected design masterpiece. The orange also ties the roof tile back into the main color nicely.

 

Do more than just dream, visualize. See what your home would look like with a DaVinci Shake roof in Autumn or one of 49 nature-inspired colors using the Top Down Color™ Visualizer.

See more expertly-chosen color schemes:

  • Exterior color schemes that are tall on style featuring Mountain shake.
  • Steal the show with an exterior color schemes for a home with European slate.
  • See exterior color schemes befitting one of the top colors for a roof - Slate Gray.

 

**The paint colors used in this article are from Behr, Benjamin Moore, PPG Paints, and Sherwin-Williams. To find out more about any color shown, search online using the color name and number.

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5 Homeowner Resources for National Curb Appeal Month

To commemorate National Curb Appeal Month in August, DaVinci Roofscapes has compiled a list of five top curb appeal resources for you.

"Summertime is the perfect point in the year to make improvements to your home exterior," says Michael Cobb, vice president of sales and marketing at DaVinci Roofscapes. "The first step is to carefully look at your home from the 'top down' to see what can be done to enhance its appearance and overall value."

Cobb reminds homeowners that the roof can sometimes offer as much as 40 percent of the visibility on a home exterior. "Take a fast look at your home and you'll most likely see that the roof plays the largest part of your curb appeal view," says Cobb. "If your roof is in poor shape --- if it's missing tiles or has curling shingles --- that makes a negative impact on the overall curb appeal of your home.

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"A new roof, with colors that complement your entire home exterior, can make a positive impact on your home's curb appeal and value. Just imagine a new, low-maintenance composite slate roof on your home with a blend of different shades of gray that sets off the rest of your home. It's a stunning way to add more color and style to a home."

 If it's time to consider a new roof for your home, Cobb and our experts at DaVinci Roofscapes recommend these five free resources to get educated on re-roofing options that can increase the curb appeal of your house:

  • Upgrade Your Roofing from This Old House - easy-to-understand online tutorial of the structure of the roof, options for roofing tiles and environmental considerations. 
  • Top Down ColorTM Visualizer - online tool allows you to upload pictures of your home exterior or use images of 10 supplied home styles. Tool lets you quickly make and see changes to roofing materials and colors, along with adjustments to the home's siding, accessories, doors and windows trim. 
  • FRESH Home Exteriors Color Guide - online guidebook featuring "5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home." Learn the importance of fixed features, regional colors, the environment, style of the home and "have-to-use" colors when considering the overall curb appeal of your home. 
  • FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior - online booklet shows step-by-step process for selecting the best exterior color combinations for your home. Tips on adding coordinated color selections for a variety of home styles, including Colonial, Ranch, Bungalow, Victorian, Spanish Mission, European and New American. 
  • Tips for Selecting Roofing Products from Allen Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford - overview and tips on selecting roofing materials includes review of features and benefits of composite roofing. 

 

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Exterior Color Schemes: European Roof Reccomendations

A roof is typically not a focal point of a home, but with DaVinci European roof tiles, it may steal the show. European slate style roof offers multiple shades of colors rooted in black and gray, accented with deep reddish-purple tones. These make choosing a main exterior color simple.

But even when you are starting with a gorgeous roof it is still a big decision to choose the exact color scheme for your home exterior. Have no fear. I'm here to help you. Rather than start with hundreds of potential colors and unlimited color combinations. I've put together five of my favorite combinations based on the many hundreds of homeowners I have helped by using my "top down" approach for selecting exterior colors.

You can use one of these schemes exactly or it can be the inspiration for creating your own perfect scheme.

Simple White

White is an age-old color known for its simple nature in home design. Black shutters are the perfect accent to anchor the home. The varied tones in the European roof tiles add interest to a white home without taking away from the classic appeal.

 

Functional Gray

When in doubt, turn to warm gray. This color is a safe, neutral tone that delivers every time. The monochromatic paint on the home allows for excitement using a bold gray and dark red accent color. These tones are repeated in the European roof tiles giveing the home a cohesive look and unending curb appeal.

 

Sausalito

The color yellow embodies happiness and is reminiscent of sunny days. A soft creamy yellow with tan trim sits brightly under a slate roof. The door color is perfectly agreeable with the homes’ main color using a soft gray with lavender undertones.

 

Cameo White

The beauty of the European color is that it adds dimension to a homes exterior no matter what shape or size the roof. The blend of black, grays and red tones allow for similar accent colors. This paint palette combines an off-white color for the main color with gray accents. Add flair with a toned down maroon front door for a twist on a traditional white home.

 

Black
In home design, the color black is making a comeback. Homeowners, once timid to use such a dramatic color, are now braving the tone on all sorts of homes. The minimalistic color is an easy choice when DaVinci European toned tiles line the roof. Several shades of gray and deep reddish-purple shine through the European tile. The deep hue on the homes’ exterior creates an amplified focus on all surrounding architecture.

 

See what your home would look like with a DaVinci roof in Slate Black or one of 49 nature-inspired colors using the Top Down Color™ Visualizer.

 

**The paint colors used in this article are from Behr, Benjamin Moore, PPG Paints, and Sherwin-Williams. To find out more about any color shown, search online using the color name and number.

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Design Flexibility at Your Fingertips with Top Down Color Visualizer

Have you tried out DaVinci's new Top Down ColorTM visualizer yet? 

 

This free online tool makes it easy to see what your home could look like with a new roof, different colored siding or even changes to the trim and doors!

 

"This tool showcases how the vast array of colorful DaVinci synthetic shake and slate roofs work with color schemes and textures," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes. "Whether a person is uploading a picture of his or her own home to see how a new exterior color combination will look, or if they're using one of our pre-loaded home styles, they'll be able to quickly distinguish how color from the 'top down' on a house can add tremendously to a home's curb appeal."

 

According to Kate Smith with Sensational Color, the tool serves as a valuable resource to anyone in the building industry.

 

"Imagine being an architect and having the ability to share color palettes for home exteriors with clients in just a few clicks of the mouse," says Smith. "Or think about how a homeowner can decide on changes to the elements of their home exterior and then be able to share those changes immediately online with their contractor. Whether making one modification to a home exterior or embracing a full remodel, this tool is a lifesaver!"

 

Created by DaVinci Roofscapes to showcase different "top down" color options on home exteriors, the free visualizer can be found at www.davinciroofscapes.com/color/designer. Images can be saved to an online account, posted on Facebook or Pinterest or easily shared in a tweet.

 

"It's actually quite fun to dream a bit using this online tool," says Smith. "If you've ever wondered what your home would look like with a new slate roof, different colored or textured siding, or perhaps a bright new front door, this is the way to do it!

 

"Upgrading the curb appeal of your home can make it more valuable to potential buyers or just more personalized for your own tastes. This tool provides a 'no risk' way of seeing how changes to the front of your home can make your exterior either stand out from or blend in with other homes in your area."

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Exterior Color Schemes: Mountain Roof Recommendations

Home on the range is tall on style with the feature roof color Mountain. A westward journey of color scaling monstrous mountains, creeks, and streams in the wilderness bring an earthy hue to any rooftop.

Homes vary by region but DaVinci’s Mountain color clearly fits the timberline build as well as homes in a wide variety of locations and styles. Choosing an exterior color scheme for your home with this rich grayed brown is easy because it goes well with so, so many colors. What makes it difficult is deciding which color scheme you like best for your home from what seems like an infinite number of color combinations.

When creating an exterior color palette, I use my "top down" approach to help me narrow down the choices. I start by looking at the color of the roof. From there, I follow my FRESH steps to choose each color. To help you find the right color scheme, I have selected five fabulous exterior color palettes for homes with DaVinci Shake in the color Mountain. You can use one of these color schemes exactly or use them to inspire you to create one of your own.

 

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Northwood Brown

The home pictured uses the natural elements of wood and stone. A monochromatic scheme using a medium brown mixed with tan, and light cream keep the focus on these natural textures not distract with bold paint.

 

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Tree Moss

Trouble finding the perfect color? Let nature be your guide and go green. Envision a forest filled with various species of trees some light some dark, but all in a similar color family. This is exactly how light green, a deeper muted green and brown work together. DaVinci Mountain roofing tops it off - literally, with a multi-toned roof tile to compliment these gray greens. Utilizing contrast is still an option by painting or staining a dark brown door color.

 

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Goldtone

Yellow is a color that gives your home for a sunny and fun personality. Golden yellow and brown are perfect partners. Mountain roof tile on top of the gold tone paint gives a upbeat welcoming tone without drawing away from the natural surroundings. Bright yellow would call too much attention and is best reserved for more tropical settings. The brown, almost purple accent color compliments the main color beautifully. On the front door this color rich in brown from a distance will illuminate with purple undertones up close.

 

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Origami White

In home design, white often shows classic and timeless style. Homeowners seem to either love or hate white. For those who love white, its best to go with a contrasting door color. Painting the door darker than the deepest color of the Mountain color on the roof is a great way to add contrast and depth to the home.

 

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Glazed Pear

Many historic properties contain a similar color palette due to naturally occurring colors. A muted color can sometimes be more powerful in framing a property or landscape. The cream exterior color is simple when paired with off-white trim. The pale brown accent can detail windows. Dark brown would cover the door while coordinating tones with the Mountain roof.

See what your home would look like with a DaVinci Shake roof in Mountain or one of 49 nature-inspired colors using the Top Down Color™ Visualizer.

 

 

**The paint colors used in this article are from Behr, Benjamin Moore, PPG Paints, and Sherwin-Williams. To find out more about any color shown, search online using the color name and number.

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Exterior Color Schemes: Slate Gray Roof Recommendations

Choosing a color scheme for your home exterior? If you are feeling both excited and overwhelmed, you are not alone. You may be thrilled about updating the look of your home. At the same time, you may be inundated with the hundreds of colors and an infinite number of color combinations.

I understand. Over the years, with my help, hundreds of homeowners have gone from feeling paralyzed by the number of choices to confidently selecting their colors. Now I want to help you have that same feeling of satisfaction that comes with creating a beautiful home exterior.

When creating an exterior color palette, I always use my "top down" approach, which starts by looking at the color of the roof. From there, I follow my FRESH steps to choose each color. To save you the time, I have selected five fabulous exterior color palettes for each of the top roofing colors. This can shortcut the process and give you an exact color scheme to use or inspire you to create one of your own much more quickly.

The most popular choice for roofing is gray. It is also trending as a top choice of for exterior paint color, too. So for my first post, I will give you my Slate Gray roof recommendations. Look for other colors in my post that follow.

Orange Maple

The boldness of a main exterior color, such as orange, will be tamed by a slate gray roof. Gray acts as a neutral creating unified curb appeal. The gray shutters also help to make a connection between the roof and the color on the house.

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Bone Black

A gray exterior can feel calm and cool. The vibrant yellow front door keeps the look from feeling too sedate. The dark gray accent provides depth while the off-white trim is a healthy contrast to the gray.

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Agreeable Gray

Pale gray and blue become grounded by the Slate Gray tone in roofing. The subtle hint of brown in the main exterior paint color is easily complimented by blue and more pronounced when set next to the Slate Gray roof.

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Smoke Embers

Play up the cool tones of gray with a blue, green or teal accent color. These cool tones give the gray an edgy flare perfect for understated design. Slate Gray roofing is a natural pairing with any blue tones.

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Chelsea Gray

Gray on green is fun to pronounce, but even more fun to paint. The trio of light, medium and dark gray keep the exterior of the home interesting while providing variety at the same time.

 

Do more than just dream, visualize. See what your home would look like with a DaVinci Slate roof in Slate Gray or one of 49 nature-inspired colors using the Top Down Color™ Visualizer.

 

 

**The paint colors used in this article are from Behr, Benjamin Moore, PPG Paints, and Sherwin-Williams. To find out more about any color shown, search online using the color name and number.

 

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New Top Down ColorTM Visualizer from DaVinci Roofscapes®

It's here! DaVinci has just introduced our new Top Down ColorTM visualizer. This handy online tool makes it easy for homeowners, builders, remodelers, contractors and architects to quickly see how the exterior of a home can be changed.

Check out the new tool at www.davinciroofscapes.com/color/designer and enjoy the fun. You'll be able to select products and colors for the home from the roof to the ground!

"Having thousands of colors and a wide variety of product selections at your fingertips with this free online tool provides an exciting view at how a home could look with modifications," says Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color. "This is a 'must use' tool for anyone in the building industry and for all homeowners thinking of making exterior upgrades."

Fast and simple to use, the Top Down Color visualizer starts by offering the option of uploading your own home exterior image or using one of 10 home styles supplied in the gallery of images.

After selecting the desired home exterior there are five options for making changes to the home exterior --- from the roof down to the front door. Steps for the options include:

                        - Step 1: Select a roof style and color from synthetic slate and shake tile options available from DaVinci Roofscapes.

                        - Step 2: Select different exterior options, such as siding, brick, stone or a painted finish to the home.

                        - Step 3: Select a color for the house trim, including brackets, millwork and shutters.

                        - Step 4: Select a color for the front door.

                        - Step 5: Select a color for the trim on the windows.

Thousands of paint color choices from Sherwin-Williams® and Benjamin Moore® are available on the visualizer. The multitude of colors can be found in the categories related to selecting the home exterior, house trim, front door and window trim
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Custom Green Roof Tops Church

It's hard to visit Norman, Oklahoma and miss McFarlin Methodist Church. Taking up a full city block, the expansive structure includes a sanctuary, fellowship hall, classrooms, atrium and gym.

Originally constructed in 1924, the massive stone church stands out in the community for its landmark green roof. When built, the structure was topped with green Ludowici tile on the roof. After experiencing significant hail damage to the roof over the years, church leaders brought in CMR Construction and Roofing to replace the entire roof. Of key importance was finding a roof that would withstand future severe weather conditions plus replicate the custom green color that had become the church's trademark.

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"We selected DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate tiles based on the company's reputation and the quality of the product," says Jon Georgiandis, facility manager with McFarlin Methodist Church. "We've had the DaVinci composite roof up for several years now and have had no problems at all, despite some truly bad storms."

Showcasing DaVinci's unique color capabilities, our team at DaVinci took several of the original Ludowici tiles and created a custom color blend of light, medium and dark greens especially produced for the church project. Once developed, more than 500 squares of the green blend of synthetic slate tiles were used to reroof the historic church.

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At DaVinci, we specialize in colorful roofs. To see more custom color creations see Colorful Custom Roof Projects - Part I. And, if you like churches, visit Historic Church Chooses Bellaforté Shake Roof and  Praying for a New DaVinci Roof for more stories!

 

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6 Paints to Boost Your Curb Appeal With a Pop of Color

By Kelly Porter, Houzz 

I have a confession to make. I often spend so much time and energy making sure the inside of my home is colorful and stylish that I end up neglecting the exterior. As often as I help clients with their exterior color selections, I should know better. A home's exterior provides that first impression, which shouldn't include sun-faded shutters. So this year I'm giving my home a fresh paint job, and I've collected colorful ideas that I'd like to share with you, just in case the outside of your home could use some TLC, too.

Related: Find More Exterior Home Design Ideas on Houzz

 

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Christine Kelly / Crafted Architecture, original photo on Houzz

Purple is the star in this backyard. If you love purple but are shy about using it in the front of your home, a great idea is to use it somewhere in the back, such as for a porch, a sunroom or a bay window.

Suggested paint picks: Ballad, Mixed Berries and Purple Silhouette, Behr

 

Kenny Craft CNU LEED AP, original photo on Houzz

Yellow-green is a lighthearted color and a fun choice for a home's exterior. This color will add a whimsical touch to the neighborhood.

Suggested paint picks: Corn Husk Green and Grape Leaves, Behr

Related: Discover More Shades of Green to Use Here

 

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Goforth Gill Architects, original photo on Houzz

A red front door is synonymous with hospitality. When choosing a shade of red, look for a vivid hue with a touch of orange for big impact.

Suggested paint pick: Red Hot, Behr

 

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Great Neighborhood Homes, original photo on Houzz

If you want your home to keep a low profile, try a tone-on-tone look. Here, two shades of grayish taupe work together to give this house a modest facade that doesn't stand out.

Suggested paint picks: Galveston Gray and Ozark Shadows, Benjamin Moore

 

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Cummings Architects, original photo on Houzz

As this stately colonial demonstrates, a home with black shutters looks classic and elegant. Black looks especially crisp when paired with a lighter color such as this soft shade of yellow.

Suggested paint picks: Black Satin and Hawthorne Yellow, Benjamin Moore

 

Echelon Custom Homes, original photo on Houzz

Indigo is an unexpected color, but this deep purplish-blue will give your home unmistakable appeal and provide visitors with an easy way to identify where you live.

Suggested paint pick: Lupine, Sherwin-Williams

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Colorful Vineyard Multi-Width Slate Roof Accents Maine Home

When Holly Fanjoy comes up with a "honey do project list" for her husband, she's confident the tasks will get completed. Why? Because Rob Fanjoy used to be a contractor, and he loves to tackle projects at their Maine home.

synthetic slateAfter moving into their house several years ago, a project both Holly and Rob agreed should be added to "the list" was a new roof. The old asphalt shingle roof overhead was failing badly and most likely wouldn't make it through another Maine winter.

Based on his industry knowledge, Rob chose a composite slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes and decided to install it himself.

“I’m a big supporter of man-made products that replicate Mother Nature but offer more long-term benefits than natural products,” says Fanjoy. “When researching our roofing options, we determined that the DaVinci synthetic tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling. And, they’re backed by a long term warranty that we can really depend on.”

Looking for a strong visual interest to accent the home, he and his wife selected the multi-width slate Vineyard blend, a combination of eight roofing colors that include dark and medium tan, light and medium gray, dark stone, light and dark violet, and dark amber.

synthetic slateAccording to Fanjoy, his first installation of synthetic slate tiles went extremely well. “I very much prefer working with these polymer tiles since they’re cleaner to handle and easier on your hands than asphalt shingles," says Fanjoy. "No dirty grit to scrape your knuckles or tar melting and sticking to everything. Cutting and nailing these synthetic tiles was also simple. A sharp utility knife and standard nail gun was all that was needed for this project.

 “Overall, I think from start-to-finish that this job went smoothly. We made the right decision and investment with this polymer roof, plus it gave me the opportunity to expand my installation experience. I’ve already recommended the DaVinci product to my neighbors and others who are considering new roofs.”

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Color Inspiration From The Top Down

Replacing a roof is often the first step in updating your home's exterior. If so, then the roof will set the direction for many other design decisions. It is worth taking the time to select a style and color that both you and your home will love for a long time.

Know What You Like And What You Don't Like

Look around at other homes to see what builders and homeowners have selected for houses similar to your own. Make note of the style, colors, and materials. Does the overall look of the home appeal to you? Do you love the shake roof with cream trim against dark siding? Perhaps a gray state above a traditional black and white exterior speaks to your sense classic design and timeless design.

The more you can see looks you like on homes that are similar to your own, the easier it becomes to imagine a new look for your own home. It is easy to snap pictures of the color schemes and materials you like and maybe even some you don't to remind you to make sure you don't make the same mistakes.

Start With Your Roof For A Fabulous Exterior Top To Bottom

Innovative roofing materials allow you to add the beauty and dimension of traditional slate or shake and the easy care, long-life and resilience of a beautifully engineered product. You can also find exactly the right color and know that it will stay that color for the life of the roof.

Gray continues to be a favorite for slate and why not. It goes with every scheme. With a variety of shades of gray available you are sure to find the perfect gray for your home. Check out our Best 50 Shades Of Gray Infographic.

For shake, Tahoe, Mountain and Autumn are all favorites. When you have a shake roof tones of warm brown are a natural choice.

Today's architects, designers and even homeowners are posting images of their completed home exteriors online so in addition to scoping out houses in your local area you can find home from just about anywhere. Check out Houzz or This Old House or even our own gallery.

Please keep in mind, however, that some home colors work better in particular regions than the same color does in other areas. For example, bright colors that are a hit in southern Florida might not fare as well in a Philadelphia suburb. 

Last, always keep in mind that while you want your home to have your personal stamp on it you also want it to fit into your neighborhood. I know I've created a great exterior design when the homeowners love the home and it stands out for its great design while still fitting in with the surroundings. 

One sure fire way to create a home exterior that fits in anywhere is to find colors that blend with your natural surroundings. One of nature's neutrals mixed with natural materials like stone and DaVinci Slate or Shake and you begin to forget where your home ends and the natural surroundings begin. Is it any wonder that nature-based colors are by far the most popular for home exteriors?

For help with choosing your exterior colors visit our color studio and try the color tool or download our FRESH Home Exterior Colors Guides.

 

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Custom Roof Color Answers Church's Prayers

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kronborg, Neb. has been through some terrifying weather in its 118-year history. After straight-line winds and large hail struck the church, parsonage and fellowship hall in 2014, the congregation went in search of new siding, windows and roofing.

lightweight roofing tiles"Danish churches like ours are known for our red and white roofs, which tie back to the colors of the Danish flag and the heritage of our church," says Gene Hansen, a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Those colors identify us. We knew we needed to replace the roof with a product that could help protect the church more in the future but still had those special colors."

Congregation members voted to install Bellaforté Shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes in a custom red color on both the church and the Fellowship Hall in 2016.

"The durability and beauty of this roof really spoke to the church members," says Nick Paschke, president of Paschke Brothers Construction. "The composite roofing answers so many challenges for this project. We were removing old wood shingles, metal and other roofing products. As we tackled the steepness of the steeple, the lightweight nature of the polymer roofing really helped us."

This Nebraska church isn't alone in relying on synthetic roofing tiles from DaVinci. See more church stories at Churches Thankful for Roofs Overhead and Impact-Resistant DaVinci Roof Tops Kansas Church.

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Colorful Home Transformation

After spending long winter months indoors, many people feel "pale" when they finally feel the sun's warm summer rays. The Wisconsin home of David and Kirsten Gaskin had a similar feeling.

The home was "pale" in many ways. It had a faded greyish brown cedar shake roof and a pale yellow exterior paint color.

This past year the Gaskins decided to bring some color to their family home. They started by replacing their roof with a Tahoe-VariBlend roof (featuring four tones of brown) in the Bellaforté Shake product line. Then they worked from the "top down" to change out the light yellow siding with a custom blue-gray stain for their cedar panels. The Gaskins chose a rich cocoa color for their front door, porch and steps, with the risers of the steps painted white. (See From Nondescript Neutral To Bold And Beautiful Color)

 

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"We're so happy with the transformation of our home and love driving up to the house every day," says David Gaskin. "We've received many positive (and envious!) comments and inquiries from our neighbors about the roof and our color selections.

"Many people are surprised to find out the roof is not real cedar, since cedar is a requirement of our area. We were able to petition for a waiver in our community, which was approved after our neighbors reviewed samples of the DaVinci product. They agreed with us that it has a natural look. For us, the best part is the maintenance-free aspect of this composite roofing.

"This polymer roof selection was a real winner for us. It looks so authentic, yet it's more durable and has a longer lifespan than real cedar. It perfectly complements the rest of our exterior. Now we have a show home that's the talk of the neighborhood!"

 

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Think About Luxury Homes with DaVinci Roofs

Dream a bit. Think about the "McMansions" you've seen over the years, or the retreat compounds that make you envious. Now, think about the roofs over those luxury homes ... and think DaVinci Roofscapes.

Our company has been fortunate to provide polymer slate and shake roofing for town homes to cabins to villas to getaways. Our versatile imitation slate and composite shake roofing products complement all styles of homes, including these luxurious properties:

- French Manor Estate in Camden County, New Jersey ... featuring 16,500-square-feet, the Alton Manor boasts six bedrooms, an in-law suite and a three-story pool house connected through a tunnel to a dedicated Man Cave. The 5,000-square foot entertainment area includes a 42-stool bar, dance floor, professional DJ equipment, gaming area and a 12-seat movie theater. Topping it all is a Bellaforté Slate roof!

- Red Ledges private home in Park City, Utah ... with relaxing waterfalls, fire pits and spacious spaces. Designed with minimal maintenance demands and topped with a DaVinci simulated shake roof. (See Designer Shakes Up Utah Roofs)

- Luxury home in Traverse City, Michigan ... expansive and homey, yet luxurious with lake views and lots of room for family and friends. This home was re-roofed with DaVinci polymer slate tiles and within a few months withstood a freak storm with hail up to four inches in size and 100 mph winds. The roof survived without any problems.

- Historic home in Roanoke, Virginia ... this mountaintop home sits just below the famous illuminated Mill Mountain Star, and has sweeping views of downtown Roanoke. Built in 1929 the homeowners decided to replace a dark, black slate roof with DaVinci Multi-Width Slate in the Vineyard blend of eight different colors to complement the home, the cobblestone driveway and sidewalk. (See Colorful Slate Roof the "Second Star" on Mill Mountain)

For more details on simulated shake roofing or synthetic slate roof tile on luxury homes, see Pass the Popcorn ... and the Roofing Tile Possibilities.

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Custom Assistance for a Custom Color Roof

Homeowner David Edelman did his research back in 2012 and decided to replace his old asphalt shingle roof with synthetic slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes.

polymer roofingBeing in the construction industry and having visited the DaVinci booth during the International Builders' Show, Edelman knew the company was capable of creating custom color blends. And that's exactly what he wanted for his English-style home in Texas.

"The team at DaVinci was great in helping me achieve just the look I wanted," says Edelman. "Katie Theole and I were on the phone at least a dozen times. She would send me different color samples to determine the perfect blend. With her help we got it right."

What was the custom Multi-Width Slate blend that appealed to Edelman? A unique blend of Slate Gray, Dark Tan, Green Stone and Dark Stone.

"This is such a pretty blend that I believe DaVinci should package it!" says Edelman. "Friends and family really like it and I'm happy to recommend the product to others. I'm so pleased with this roof that I'm going to add it to a new covered pavilion I'm building along with a swimming pool."

Being in the construction industry gives Edelman a unique view on his experience with DaVinci. "Sometimes you finish a construction project and go, 'Wow, we spent a bunch of dollars and did not get the results we had hoped for.' That's not the case with my DaVinci roof.

"I drive up every day and think 'Wow, I am so glad we went the extra mile and invested in DaVinci!' Even four years later, I love the way this roof looks and gladly recommend it to others!"

For more colorful details on DaVinci plastic roofing materials, see Colorful Custom Roof Projects - Part I and Colorful DaVinci Roofs Help Businesses Stand Out.

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From the Architect's Corner - a Helpful Tip

A product's sample in the hand is about the best thing you can provide your clients when choosing colors for the exterior of their home. It is important to remember to take your samples outside and put them in the natural light. Be sure to leave them there for a day or two and view them in all different lights and shadows. This will allow you to have a better idea of what the color will look like once the products are installed.

Click here to read more FRESH tips for choosing exterior color from our Color Expert, Kate Smith.

 

Fake Cedar Shake

 

Happy Friday, Architects!

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Say "No" to Cookie Cutter Homes

We're right in the middle of "Cookie Cutter Week." Although we're sure the person who developed this celebration was probably thinking of cutters made to create tasty treats, we think about it in a different way.

Polymer Roofing ProductsYou often hear about houses in a community or development being referred to as a "cookie cutter home" with all the same siding, trim, roof and other external elements. BORING! This trend started during the post-war housing boom in the 1940s when it was fast and easy for builders to create house-after-house the exact same way.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we know it's important to put your personality into your home --- on both the inside and outside. That's why we say "no" to cookie cutter homes!

A few years back, one of our "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest entrants had the winning entry of "Trapped in Cookie Cutter Land." Brigitte Meehan begged for our help in breaking out of the "me too" aspect of living in her Illinois neighborhood where everyone had the same exterior. While she loved her floor plan, she wanted her home stand out.

We obliged Brigitte by recommending a new Multi-Width Slate roof from DaVinci in Brownstone --- a combination of medium and light brown, medium and dark tan and dark stone. That suggestion helped set the stage for other exterior changes! (See Illinois Homeowner Wins $5,000 in National DaVinci Roofscapes “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest)

If you find yourself trapped in your own cookie cutter land, take the leap and make some changes. We always suggest starting at the "top and going down" so that your colors and textures work together and flow. Need some help? Click HERE for a fast link to our free e-books and to ask one-on-one free advice of our color expert, Kate Smith!

 

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Dreaming of a Famous Re-Roofing Project

The Taj Mahal. Buckingham Palace. The Empire State Building. Hearst Castle. These famous landmarks all have one thing in common: a roof overhead.

Just for fun, we asked some of our DaVinci Roofscapes team members to "dream a little" and tell us which famous building they would re-roof with our synthetic slate or shake roofing products if they had the chance. Here are some of their responses that may help to transform famous structures in the future! And, by the way ... which famous building would YOU re-roof with our polymer tiles?

"It must be the roof that the Mona Lisa is looking at ... that's why she has that smile!"

Ray Rosewall
President and CEO, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"The AT&T Stadium in Dallas. And I'd do a custom design with the Dallas Star out of contrasting roof tiles because it would look stunning."

Aaron Adams
Central Regional Manager, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"Too many to choose just one building, but I'd definitely pick a historic hotel, like the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec or the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park."

Mike Ward
Northeast Regional Manager, DaVinci Roofscapes

 

"Absolutely The White House. By upgrading to a DaVinci slate roof this famous building would benefit from the technical advances that make it a long-lasting, eco-friendly roof."

Kate Smith
Chief Color Maven, Sensational Color

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Rich Reds Give Home Exteriors a Fall-Friendly Feeling

By Jennifer Ott, Houzz

This week’s featured exterior color is inspired by the rich palette of fall, specifically the crimsons and burgundies found in leaves as they turn. These deep ruby-red hues also call to mind full-bodied red wines that we can dig out and enjoy once again now that the weather is finally turning cooler.

Related: How to Choose the Right Color for Your House

While not as loud as the previously featured bold orange colors, these reds still provide a healthy dose of drama on the exterior of a home, and they’re appropriate for a variety of architectural styles and geographical regions. Read on to see six stunning examples of rich red-hued homes, along with a sampling of paint color palettes to help coordinate siding and accent colors.

 


Lands End Development - Designers & Builders, original photo on Houzz

 

I wouldn’t care how frightful the weather outside was if I had this beautiful lake home to take shelter in. From the dark gray roof to the rich red and warm wood siding, the palette is elegant but with a nice rustic vibe. And despite the variety of materials used on the exterior, it doesn’t feel too busy, because the colors are all within the same warm, dark color family.

 


Houseplans LLC, original photo on Houzz

 

A gorgeous modern home deserves an equally fetching color scheme. As with the previous example, if you’re using two different siding materials, try using color to further differentiate them. It makes for a more interesting facade. Plus it allows you to use a smaller amount of a deep or dark hue that you might be hesitant to use top-to-bottom on the house.

 


Craftsman Exterior, original photo on Houzz

 

Our featured hue works well on just about any style of home. Whereas the previous example featured a modern house, you can see this more traditional home also looks great. The light gold trim is an excellent choice; a pure white trim would have been too jarring with the other colors in this palette.

Related: These Porch Photos Will Motivate You to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

 


Atelier 292 Architect Inc., original photo on Houzz

 

Having grown up in a rural Midwestern town, I fondly tend to associate red exteriors with the ubiquitous barns of my youth. And while the assertions vary widely as to why barns were traditionally painted red — from it being an economical paint color to wanting to mimic more expensive red brick to the dubious claim that red helps guide the cows home — we can likely all agree that red is a great choice for a modern take on a barn- or farmhouse-style home.

 

 
Bau-Fritz GmbH & Co. KG, original photo on Houzz

 

Red is not a wallflower kind of color, especially when used against a backdrop of greens. This is because red and green are opposite each other on the color wheel and therefore provide the most contrast to each other. If your house has an interesting form that you want to play up, paint it the complementary color of the surrounding landscape.

 

 
Moger Mehrhof Architects, original photo on Houzz

 

If you’re loving these rich red hues but are concerned about using them in large amounts on the exterior of your home, think about breaking them up. This is a look best pulled off on contemporary or rustic homes, but even a traditional home could add a red-hued gable or, at the very least, a ruby-red front door.

Related: Try Red in Small Doses With a Crimson Porch Swing

 


Jennifer Ott Design, original photo on Houzz

 

Try These Palettes

If you go with a deep, rich color for your siding, I’d recommend keeping the trim and accent colors very neutral, so as not to compete with the red.

Siding color: Borscht
Trim color: Natural Tan
Front door-accent color: Raisin
All from Sherwin-Williams

 


Jennifer Ott Design, original photo on Houzz

Siding color: Antique Ruby
Trim color: Black Bean
Front door color: Witch Hazel
All from Behr

 

 


Jennifer Ott Design, original photo on Houzz

 

Siding color: Raisin Torte
Trim color: Graystone
Front door color: Midnight Oil
All from Benjamin Moore
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Color Trends: Three Tips For Using This Year's Hottest Hues

Trend forecasters discover trends before they are apparent to most people. These are the people who set the trends into motion when they make their best guess as to which color and design elements the market will want to buy in the future. 

Yes, you read that right. They guess. Trend forecasters are always guessing. They look at mega, macro and micro trends and then couple their findings with their in-depth knowledge of an industry or market.

A successful trend forecaster has the ability to weigh current information against what they have learned from years of experience and not only predict future directions for color and design but also give solid justifications for why these are the trend directions. In other words, the best trend forecasters are those who are pretty darn good at guessing correctly.

But you don't need to be a professional forecaster to discover upcoming trends. Rather than forecasting the trends you can find trends ahead of the curve by spotting them as they just begin to hit the market. This is known as trendspotting and is actually what the vast majority of people that talk about trends are doing.

For many years trend forecasting was a big part of my job. Today, I don't spend nearly as much time focused on trends as I once did. These days, I am more of a trend spotter, and with 2017 quickly approaching I am sharing three of my favorite tips so that you can try your hand at trendspotting, too.

Tip #1 Know the difference between a fad and a trend

You Find a FAD
People often refer to fads and trends as if they are one and the same. This is not the case. There is a difference between a fad and a trend.

A fad is a here-today-gone-tomorrow color, design or style. Fads rise fast. They seem to explode onto the scene out of nowhere. They are often mainly popular at first with a particular age group or type of person and then grow from there. Remember Day-Glo colors, anyone?

Fads are fun and create followers. They are relatively short lived and fade from the mainstream within two years or less. Still they are often long remembered after they are gone because so many people shared the experience of the fad even if they didn’t participate in it. 

You track a TREND
A trend comes about as a result of myriad cultural, political, social and economic factors that interact to influence our preferences. Trends respond to human needs and emotions. Trends become trends because they address an unspoken need or desire that many people share at a particular time.

Currently looking to our lineage gives us feelings of strength and stability. Out of this comes the trend of reinventing classic and historical designs rather seeking something completely new. This also signals that the trend of placing importance on neutrals for for both home interiors and exteriors will continue.

People notice trends slowly and are usually unaware of a trend at first. As it becomes more prevalent, it crosses into different groups of people, expands into more geographical areas and types of products, which is how it gains strength, power, and longevity.

Tip #2 Don't jump on or off a trend too quickly

In the past, a typical trend would last centuries or at least decades. Today, a trend generally last for four to seven years.

Many people think that a color trend lasts about a year and that by the following year that color is no longer on trend. That might be what many retailers and manufactures would like you to think because it can boost sales but it isn't exactly true.

Certainly talking about color trends and naming trend colors annually has become an effective marketing tool but trends evolve rather than change completely from year to year. Anything that comes into favor and disappears just as quickly is a fad.

A typical trend curve looks like this. Keep in mind the timeline is usually from four to seven years:

A trend life cycle and the designs it inspires can differ in lengths. For example, you might remember how popular "Tuscan colors" were for home interiors at one time. At about the same time grapes and anything wine related were popular design motifs seen in these colors. Both arose from the influence of our fascination with Italy and specifically, Tuscany. The life cycle of the colors was seven or more years while the motif of grapes or wine peaked after two years and only was around for about four.

As trends change, colors shift warmer or cooler and become more or less intense. For example, recently the grays we favor have become warmer and beige (sometimes called greige.)  Also, darker brownish grays emerged followed by a return of truer brown to the color trends palette.

It doesn't mean that gray has fallen out of trend. What is means is that as things in the world have changed so have our emotions and thus the colors we want to surround ourselves with but it usually isn't a big change. It is a subtle change from year-to-year. In four or more years you will be able to look back and see a more drastic shift in what is now popular versus what once was on trend.

With all of the variety of colors available your style can evolve from one year to the next just as trends do. The great news is that if you are looking at home exterior trends they last far longer than most trends and the DaVinci Roofscapes Slate and Shake colors are timeless.

A key tip is to follow your instincts. Always select an exterior roof, siding or trim colors that you love and look best for your home. That's a true way to always be in style. If however, you just love one of those colors that is very hot right now my last tip will tell you how to keep it from looking passé.

Tip #3 Keep your colors from looking dated by avoid these combinations

Is there a color that you once loved, but today would seem outdated in your home? Some of the answers I get for that question are avocado and gold, gray and mauve as well as chocolate brown and aqua. At one time, these color combinations were all very trendy.

Do you notice anything about those popular responses?

Something they all have in common?

All of the examples are pairs of colors. Rarely does someone reply with a single color.

That is because it usually isn't a particular color that puts a time stamp on your design. It is a combination of colors that were so popular that you began seeing them everywhere. You might have even chosen them for your own scheme.

At one time, a combination of chocolate brown and aqua was so wildly popular that I started calling it "Choc-qua." Today when you see a room in these colors you can pretty accurately guess when it was decorated. 

Brown with a color other than aqua ... or even aqua with another color such as gold or navy blue or green, would be harder to know just by the colors alone. Keeping that in mind, the best way to use a trend color is to come up with your own color scheme rather than using it in the same combinations as everyone else. This is the best way to keep your color from feeling either trendy or outdated.

Using a trend color you love more creatively than other people makes your scheme a true reflection of your taste and style ... and that is always on trend!

Many paint companies have their trend forecast for 2017 online and you might enjoy seeing what is in store:

 

Then follow my three tips and you will be well on your way to using this year's hottest hues in a scheme that sizzles with style all your own.

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