"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.

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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.

Krista
Denver, CO
Product: Staggered shakes

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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.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

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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 

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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  

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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.

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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

 

Looking for more lakeside success stories with composite roofing? Then check out DaVinci Polymer Shake Roof Blends in with Lakefront Home 

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20 Sure Fire Ways To Create Curb Appeal

August is the perfect month to enjoy your outdoor living spaces. It is also National Curb Appeal month so while you are outside it would be a great time to be thinking about your fall home improvement projects.

To help your home make a great first impression I put together Curb Appeal ROI and My Top 10-Tips For Creating "Top Down" Curb Appeal. These two tip sheets are designed to make sure your home grabs the right kind of attention and that you know how to get a good return on your investment of time and money. 

Curb Appeal Tips and Tricks

Click This Link To Download Both PDFs Now

This information is also available as an infographic for you to view and share.

Top 10 Tips For Creating "Top Down" Curb Appeal

  1. The roof plays a major role in creating curb appeal because it can be up to 30 percent of what you see as you approach a home. Blend the color of your roofing material with other elements of the home exterior to create an overall cohesive look.
     
  2. Window frames can either blend in or standout; it all depends on the color you choose. Selecting a green, chocolate or bronze painted frame can add a powerful punch to your home's curb appeal.
     
  3. Add color to trim and decorative millwork to call attention to architectural details and enhance the design appeal of your home.
     
  4. Update the color of your shutters for big curb appeal results. Rather than black, try inky blue, chocolate brown or deep forest green. Consider soft gray or taupe to replace white.
     
  5. From classic and conservative to punchy and playful, the color of your front door tells the world something about the people who live inside. Think about what the color of your front door say about you.
     
  6. The front door offers you the most flexibility in color choices and is a great place to add a "pop of color" to a home's overall neutral color scheme. Think out- of- the- box and consider a pumpkin orange, nautical blue or harvest gold color for your front door.
     
  7. Draw attention to the front porch by adding bold hues. A colorfully-painted ceiling or new outdoor furniture can update your porch. Pillows and cushions in a mix of colors and prints create a welcoming tone.
     
  8. Replace rotting or peeling wood porch rails, columns or porch posts with low-maintenance polyurethane or PVC pieces for a clean, attractive look.
     
  9. Garage doors are a prominent feature of many homes, taking up 30 percent of the front view of the house. Replacing old garage doors with fashionable new doors can instantly increase your home’s curb appeal.
     
  10. The colors of your home's exterior and landscaping should complement each other. Choose colors for your plants with the same eye for design you use when selecting accessories for your interior.
     

    10 More Tips For Creating Curb Appeal

  11. Broken, loose, discolored or damaged shingles give a negative impression about the overall condition of your home. Repair your roof or replace with a colorful polymer slate or shake roof with a 50-year warranty.
     
  12. Windows with energy-efficient glass packages and low-maintenance vinyl frames keep a home comfortable and help save on energy bills.
     
  13. Replacing a standard window with a bay or bow window can add character to a home's exterior and make the interior feel larger.
     
  14. Cover any wear and tear with a fresh coat of paint. Power wash the entire exterior and repair any areas that are outdated, rotted, or rusted before applying paint. Investing sweat equity can dramatically increase your curb appeal.
     
  15. You don't need to go wild with color to get noticed. A home with neutral siding can make a statement with color on the front door, shutters or trim.
     
  16. An easy-care stained or painted fiberglass door creates a focal point for the front of your home. Surround the door with decorative trim -- such as pilasters and a crosshead -- to make a powerful statement.
     
  17. Add window boxes, accent pots or hanging baskets filled with colorful flowers and plants to draw the eye and make people smile.
     
  18. Downplay garage doors by painting to match the main color of the home and adding complementary trim elements, like a trellis over the opening.
     
  19. Surround your home with colorful shrubbery and plants with landscape lighting. Invest in hiring a professional to help plan your landscaping for the maximum impact.
     
  20. Bushes and plants surrounding the base of your home add color, soften the transition between the lawn and house, and hide the foundation.  Fill in any bare spots and tame any overgrown areas.

Your next step is to go outside and use this information to focus on ways you can add more value and design appeal to your home's exterior. 

These 20 tips will get you started. Then here are a few other articles to give you great ideas for creating curb appeal--

Color From The Top Down Gave This Home $5,000 In More Curb Appeal

How To Give Your Home Personality

Your Home Is Telling You What Exterior Colors To Use. Are You Listening?

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Curb Appeal Starts with a DaVinci Tile Roof

Happy National Curb Appeal Month! That's right ... August is the official month to evaluate and improve the curb appeal of your home.

How do you start this process? At the top --- on the roof! National color expert Kate Smith recommends using the "top down" method for evaluating your home exterior.

"The roof plays a major role in creating curb appeal because it can be up to 30 percent of what you see as you approach a home," says Smith, president of Sensational Color. "Homeowners should make a conscious effort to blend the color of their roofing material with other elements of the home exterior to create an overall cohesive look."

Smith, who has authored the free online FRESH Home Exterior Colors and FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior guides, spends a good deal of her time advising homeowners, remodelers and builders on selecting the perfect colors for the exterior of the home.

"For curb appeal it's all about creating 'top down' color by working from the roof down through the different elements of the exterior such as siding, windows, trim and doors," says Smith. "For example, a colonial style home with a warm Autumn Blend composite shake roof could be ideally matched with a home exterior in a neutral stone color. Then, for adding 'pops of color' for curb appeal, chocolate brown frames could be added on the vinyl windows, shutters and trim around the home. A stand-out color like pine green or marine blue could be added to the entry door to add personality to the exterior.

"However, it's important to remember that it all starts on the roof. When you're working 'top down' to create a luxury roof with unlimited color options from a company like DaVinci Roofscapes, you have an open palette for designing the perfect home exterior."

Need more polymer roofing color tips? See Adding Color to the Exterior of the Home.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Celebrates National Curb Appeal Month

Can your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? Absolutely. That's why DaVinci Roofscapes is celebrating National Curb Appeal Month in August!

"The roof plays a major role in creating curb appeal because it can be up to 30 percent of what you see as you approach a home," says Kate Smith, president of Sensational Color. "Homeowners should make a conscious effort to blend the color of their synthetic roofing material with other elements of the home exterior to create an overall cohesive look."

How important is curb appeal to homeowners? More than three-quarters of U.S. homeowners (78 percent) report that their home’s curb appeal is either “extremely” or “very” important to them.

According to the 2011 DaVinci Roofscapes’ Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study conducted online by Harris Interactive©, 61 percent of homeowners say that when house hunting or designing their home, the most attention-grabbing exterior feature was the style of the home, followed by how the house looked on the property (43 percent).

And, when it comes to adding curb appeal to a home, color counts. Fifty-nine percent of homeowners place a lot of emphasis on the role that color plays when they think about replacing major exterior home features. Color availability is so important to homeowners that a majority of them (54 percent) are influenced to buy a specific brand of product based on the color options available from that brand.

“This study shows us clearly that color influences homeowners’ buying patterns and decision processes when it comes to exterior home features,” says Smith. “People want their home to be appealing from the street and they’re looking for colorful key products --- such as the roof, door, trim, siding and windows --- that will help them create the impression they wish to convey on their home.” (For more tips, see The Most Important Factor In Creating Curb Appeal)

National Curb Appeal Month has been launched by Fypon starting in August of 2014 and you can start adding to YOUR curb appeal by downloading the FREE COLOR GUIDES from Sensational Color and DaVinci Roofscapes!

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Roof Quilts... Or Just Beautiful Slate Roofs?

A recent trip to Europe resulted in more pictures of roofing patterns and colors than of historical landmarks.

Everywhere one turns in Germany, Switzerland, France and other countries, you see unique slate roofs with a variety of colors and patterns. These vivid building toppers enhance the character and charm of old city structures.

 

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we specialize in color on the roof. With 49 standard colors to choose from (and an unlimited number of custom colors we can create!) our polymer roofing products are ideal for creating a roof quilt or special pattern.

One location in the United States that has creatively used DaVinci imitation slate tiles to re-create a one-of-a-kind designer roof is the chapel at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Ohio. (see The Chapel At Dayton Veterans' Administration Medical Center).

 

Twenty-seven squares of medium tan synthetic slate roof tile and 67 squares of slate black tiles were used to create a large cross design with a star-studded border on the chapel roof. Once completed, the two sides of the roof (plus the steeples and vestibules) were once again the showpiece of the campus.

When you're ready to create your own custom color for a composite slate or synthetic shake roof, visit our DaVinci Color Studio for ideas and inspiration!

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What Color for Our Mansard Roof?

Hello Kate,

My husband, Ron and I met with Royce last week and said you could maybe help us with picking out the colors that would look best for the mansard roof. We were looking at Brownstone and Castle but one seems too brown and the other too gray.

Thanks for your help,

Kathleen
Sea Girt, NJ
Product: DaVinci Multi-Width Slate tiles

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello Kathleen,

I can see why you might think gray is the best choice. If you are set on that direction, a warm gray or medium weathered gray could be a good choice with your bricks (it leans more warm brown than cool blue).

Brownstone would also work or one or two of the colors from brownstone. Just keep the pattern that is created by multi-colors within a blend minimal so that it doesn't compete with the pattern of the brick.

Single-width slate will give a uniform look like you have now but multi-width will work too and give an entirely new look for the roof.

I think the colors on the siding and trim seems a bit too light and bright for the overall tone of the brick and roof options. Select a neutral that blends with your roof color and is more toned down (grayed). This might just be the lighting in the photo but my advice would be to have your siding color be the value (lightness or darkness) of your brick. That does not mean the same color just that when you stand back the main siding shouldn't seem too much lighter or brighter than the brick. For the trim, a lighter or darker version of the same color will work nicely. Keep the garage doors the color of the siding rather than the trim.

I hope that helps with selecting the right color roofing tiles.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

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Nothing Says Elegance Like an English Garden

Your house has style and grace complete with beautiful turrets. Your yard looks more blah than beauty. Why not infuse a romantic English Garden love into your outdoor space?

A proper English Garden has only a few simple elements that can create a timeless outdoor space where an American iced coffee or a spot of tea would be equally welcome. Creating this look you may wish to start by taking notes from the perfect English Garden topper a Turret covered in DaVinci Roofscapes' slate. Nothing hints back to English days of yore stronger than a turret. Slate grays complement both light and dark tones on the home and create a stunning starting point for your outdoor space.

Elements of English Garden Style- Topiary and Turrets

Elements of an English Garden

Begin your garden with a focus on all that is green. Neatly trimmed hedges or shrubs can give way to creating intimate vignettes in your yard. Curves become elegant or even whimsical with a few added tall topiaries. Square hedges can create ‘rooms’ for beautifully selected furniture. Allow the green to be lush and speak volumes in your space.

Surrounding your perfectly manicured hedges is often raised flower beds. This is where you will want to infuse your pops of soft or bold color. Roses, hydrangeas or other fragrant perennials would be perfect in this space. Color rules for an English garden are generally to keep things in one of two ways:

The first option is to create flower beds that contain one color in various shades of that color family. Various reds to pinks or vibrant purples to light orchids would be perfect in an English garden. Vined or high growing plants are typically used to create visual interest in your garden.

Second, if you are looking for more color variation in your garden you can select bold hues in opposing colors. A hot red rose mixed with a vivid yellow pansy would be stunning. Do not mix in too many selections, just 2 or 3 for interest so your garden appears well thought out, not haphazard.

For added visual interest you may choose to add archways, seating spots or gazebos to your English Garden. Anything that can grow a vine plant would absolutely be lovely and carry through your color scheme with height.

English Garden Design with Rustic Bench

Furniture in the English Garden is always kept stark in white or wood. The garden should be the color-focus here, not the furniture. Stick with clean lines or a few aged rustic wood pieces to keep things authentic. For privacy fences select pieces that will melt into the background like black iron or darker wood.

Textures and accessories in this style should be kept to the minimum. The one exception to this is pottery. You can incorporate whites, pinks and lighter colored planting pots filled with lush greenery to enhance your garden.

Designing an English Garden to go with your Euro-Classical designed home will begin a vast array of options incorporating beautiful colors that become wonderful jumping off points for your outdoor design plan. Focus on the style, décor and combination of hues up top to create beautiful patios and porticos all throughout your outdoor spaces.

For more inspired ideas for you outdoor living spaces see  Outdoor Inspiration From the Top -- The Vineyard Look, Go to Relaxing Sedona for Your Outdoor Spacesand 8 Sure-Fire Ways To Create A Colorful Outdoor Space Part 1 or 8 Sure Fire Ways to Create a Colorful Outdoor Space-Part 2.

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Please HELP with Color and Style...

Color. Home is currently in framing stage. We are using a used / antique brick (see pic), and probably a whitish trim. Need help with style AND Color.

Thank you,

Jeff Bouldin
Fairview, TX
Product: Fancy Shake,Shake or Slate

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr. Bouldin,

Without knowing anything about the style of your home, I can only give you some insight into the color and type of roofing that generally will work well with this style of brick.

The antique brick appears to work with either a gray-based or brown-based roofing tile. It will also work well with either slate or shake style tiles depending on which you prefer on your home.

Of the four options I am showing, I prefer the slate gray. It offers a nice contrast to the bricks, is a classic choice and would go with any style of home. Slate black could also be a good choice but in the strong sunlight of Texas may be too strong a contrast and too dark in general.

A cooler and lighter medium & dark gray would be another choice that is classic but may not work as well as the other choices if all of the other permanent elements on the home lean warm.

The Mountain blend shake would be my choice if you wanted to go brown rather than gray. It goes well with the brick and is more neutral than some of the other brown-based tiles that are more chocolate brown and would not read as well with the brick.

You might find it helpful to download my two FRESH Color For Your Home's Exterior ebooks. The steps given can help you to coordinate all of the elements of your exterior from roof tiles and brick to paint and trim. 

Best of luck in selecting the perfect colors for your new home. I hope this information is helpful in the process.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

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From the Architect's Corner - A Red Luxury Roof

Have a project that has you seeing red (but in a good way)? If you are working on a home or a building that calls for some red roof tiles, whether they be for an accent in a gray or green color blend, or for the entire roof covering, contact us to see what we have available in this distinctive color. We can plug our various shades of red into either our imitation slate or imitation shake product molds. 

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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From the Architect's Corner - Free Online Continuing Education for Architects

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.

 

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Go to Relaxing Sedona for Your Outdoor Spaces

Designing an outdoor space that drips with warmth all year round is simple to achieve when you think Sedona style. Mixing the Arizona laid back feel of soothing sunset oranges and muted reds with the bold yellows and turquoise blues of the Southwest creates a space that is both vibrant and relaxing at the same time.

Sedona Style Outdoor Spaces

Inspired by elements taken directly from nature and infused with pattern and bold color choice – Sedona style is a perfect selection for any outdoor area.

Create a unified look to your entire home, taking a top-to-bottom approach incorporating one of DaVinci Roofscapes' color blends. DaVinci’s unique color collection Sedona, becomes a complementing palette that will finish off your look and enhance the selections you’ve made for your outdoor space.

Bellaforté Slate in Sedona blend mimics natural clay in oranges, reds and browns – a color palette that would transform your entire space into a warm, visually interesting and inviting spot.

Bellaforte Slate in Standard Blend Sedona
Bellaforté Slate in Standard Blend Sedona

What works so beautifully about this design style is the light and airy sense earth tones create. Accented by lush green or colorful gardens it is perfect for creating vignettes or one large, relaxing area.

Some tips for creating a Sedona style that works:

  • Pay attention to the colors of your wood tones in fences, furniture or other areas. Natural elements from stone or earthenware are also welcome additions in this style. It would be perfect to include pots or vases throughout the area.

  • Color pops are easily achieved with a Sedona design plan, when you include additional turquoise or greens for added vibrancy. Take note of the little details, like pillows or plantings for an authentic look and feel. This would be the perfect space for that copper or metal fire pit you’ve been eyeing.  Furniture in rod iron or even black painted woods would help to properly anchor your space.

  • To keep the warmth glowing year-round, think of installing a beautiful fireplace, if space allows. Soft outdoor lighting and adobe red cushions against warm teak woods will make your space feel intimate, inviting and never boring.

 

DaVinci Roofscapes Synthetic Slate Inspires Outdoor Spaces

Sedona style is built upon a minimalist approach. Less in more in this genre of design, so select pieces that make a statement – but not too loudly. Going full on southwest with natural stone or stucco walls can be stunning. Be careful not to overdo your ‘theme’ as you don’t want your space to become kitschy – you want subtle hints of this style, not an overpowering feel. Stick to smaller details using chevron pillows or an outdoor rug, rather than full-on pattern and color everywhere.

Colored cushions on your outdoor furniture is a must in this style, as this is your place to infuse brightness and personality. I prefer oranges and reds, but yellow or green could work just as well in this motif. If you decide to use wicker as your texture, stick to dark tones like black or brown. Whites or creams will be too stark for this look.

DaVinci Roofscapes Sedona Inspired Outdoor Spaces

Sedona style, inspired by the fantastic color palette of the Sedona rooftop, will create on outdoor space that calls you in to sit, relax and stay awhile. When done well, this is a timeless style that will remind you of sunsets, warm fireplaces and nature’s best.

For more inspired ideas for you outdoor living spaces see Outdoor Inspiration From the Top -- The Vineyard Look and 8 Sure-Fire Ways To Create A Colorful Outdoor Space Part 1 and Part 2.

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Color Inspiration from Europe

If you're a regular DaVinci Blog reader, then you've seen stories from Kate Smith of Sensational Color offering inspiration and ideas for adding color to your roof. (Hint, if this is the first time you're hearing about this, then check out New Color eBook Now Available! and The Many Colors of DaVinci Roofs.)

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we appreciate Kate's color insights ... but we also recognize that some people may not feel comfortable with the decision to select a colorful roof. If you fall into this category, then check out these roof pictures from Europe, where colorful roofs abound.

Adding color to roofs isn't a new concept! These pictures show that slate roof colors have a long history in Germany, France and even Switzerland.

Fortunately you don't have to move overseas to get your own colorful designer roof. Just visit the DaVinci Color Studio to use our custom color tool and get started with "painting" your new imitation slate roof or synthetic shake roof from DaVinci. And, if you need more of Kate's assistance and colorful thoughts, check out her blog section of Roof Rap!

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Outdoor Inspiration From the Top -- The Vineyard Look

Dreaming of picturesque outdoor spaces and have no idea where to begin? If you are looking for color inspiration as a starting point, look no further than your rooftop. There are some gorgeous roofing materials that offer a seamless look and great color that can be translated into a wonderful cohesive design for your entire outdoor space top to bottom.

DaVinci Roofscapes offer a wide array of color combinations and textures for your home. Here are some tips to pull together DaVinci’s Multi-Width Slate in Vineyard blend as your starting point for your outdoor spaces.

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Synthetic Roofing Vineyard Blend

Vineyard slate blend is a combination of colors reminiscent of beach escapes like one would find on Martha’s Vineyard or out on the Hamptons. Establish this upscale look with a focus on comfort.

Using a soft color palette of creams, tans or buttery, soft yellows you can easily create a Vineyard inspired outdoor space you may never want to leave. Furniture in this motif should be durable with relaxed and weather-friendly materials like wicker or teak. 

Imitation Slate Color Inspiration -- Vineyard Blend

Let a lush garden or clear sky-blue pool become that extra pop of color in your space. For additional splashes of color think about adding classic stripes in blue or red to your seating cushions or sunny yellow as an end table.

Amazing Vineyard-inspired outdoor spaces can also have a bit of fun or whimsy. Consider a beautiful wicker hanging chair in either brown or crisp white. This would be appropriate for kids or adults alike and fit in with your color scheme when you add a coordinating cushion.

Imitation Slate Color Inspiration -- Vineyard Blend

Focusing on your top to bottom Vineyard-inspired look you can add a great stone bed in your color scheme. This look is best achieved with small pebbles in a carved out area of your space. It sets the tone for seating and creates a sort-of natural outdoor ‘rug’. You could translate this look into a pebbled patio if that better suits your taste.

Imitation Slate Color Inspiration -- Vineyard Blend

The Vineyard slate tile roof combined with a palette that complements the look, you can create a timeless, effortless feel that will bring you to the beach days of Summer every time you enter your outdoor space.

For more inspired ideas for you outdoor living spaces see 8 Sure-Fire Ways To Create A Colorful Outdoor Space Part 1 and Part 2.

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Get Your Colors Approved by Your HOA Quickly & Easily with These Tips

You bought it. You love it. You keep it looking great. So why does someone else get a say in the color of your paint, door, deck or polymer roof? Many of the millions of Americans living in a community governed by homeowners associations (HOA) have found themselves asking that question.

If asked before you’ve painted your home or installed that gorgeous new roof – great question. After the fact, it may just be the beginning of a headache. To keep you from having to reach for a bottle of aspirin here are a few tips for getting your HOA to approve your home improvement project.

Start by digging out the copy of the CC&R's (covenants, conditions and restrictions). You were mostly likely given these at the time you closed on your home. Don’t worry you don’t need to read all of the Rules and Regulations just the ones referring to areas of property restrictions. This should give you an idea of what is acceptable and what isn’t in your community.

Don’t stop there, however, because some things may have changed. Even if you have kept your binder up-to-date with revisions you’ll want to check with your neighborhoods property management company about the current protocol for getting your project approved.

Call or stop by their office and ask them to explain the entire process and how long it will take to get an approval. Find out what forms need to be filled out and where to find them.

Also ask if there are pre-approved colors that must be used or if you are free to make your own selection. Also ask them if there is any guidance they can give you on color selection based on their experience. Their answer may just give you more insight on how to have your plans accepted than any written guidelines. It is well worth your time to ask.

You may think that if you have pre-approved colors that all you have to do is pick one and done. Not so fast. Even if the color is pre-approved it might not be approved for your home if it is identical to your neighbors. Look around and make sure your colors don’t mirror another home close by.

If you are on your own for choosing colors, look for colors that will express your personality or give your home a unique look but don’t deviate too far from what is the norm for your neighborhood. The ideal color scheme stands out while still fitting in. If you keep that idea in mind as you select your color scheme you’ll be well on your way to getting an HOA approval for your plans.

In my experience, it takes anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months to get an approval for your colors and design. Don’t expect to decide to paint one day and be doing it the next when you’re in an HOA. You must allow for the time it takes to get approval.

As I alluded to earlier, asking for approval on a project after you’ve already completed it is often times a headache. On several occasions I have been hired to give my professional opinion to resolve a color dispute. From these experiences I can tell you that it is much easier to gain approval prior to beginning your project.

Keep in mind that the main goal of a HOA is to protect the property values of individual homeowners. By enforcing the rules, the HOA helps maintain the aesthetics of the neighborhood and property values of all the homes in the community.

In a perfect world this is a good thing for everyone. In the real world you may find that your HOA’s architectural review board has little knowledge of design and is only comfortable approving something that is very much like what is there now. If that is the case and you have your heart set on stepping beyond their color comfort zone you are will have to build a convincing case.

Often showing the committee rather than telling them is the best way to go about convincing them that your plan is a good fit for both your home and the neighborhood. Photos, samples, drawings or anything that can help them visualize the end result can be much more convincing than anything you can say.

Here are some related stories that may give you idea for putting together your presentation to the committee:


Getting your colors approved in most cases isn’t difficult. If you just take the time to understand the process and follow the steps, your request will be back to you in no time marked APPROVED!

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Espresso? or Another Blend?

We have a stone and cedar contemporary. We are replacing the current 17 yr. old real cedar shake roof with your Bellaforté product. What do you think would look best - the Espresso or a blend of the light and medium brown (or some other combination?)

Many thanks,
Brad

Brad Toben
Waco, TX
Product: Bellaforté Shake

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Dear Mr. Tobin,

I think you are on the right track for the color and style of roof for your home.

Although it is a bit difficult to see the exact colors in the siding and stone of your home, from what I can tell the Espresso would be good color choice. It seems to blend well with the overall tone of the existing materials.

The other color I would have considered is the Abruzzo blend. It is a different tone and a bit lighter but it appears that is could also work well with your existing colors. Since you are staying all very close in tone it is just a matter of which looks like it blends the best and whether you want a darker or lighter roof.

Either way go with a color that works with your stone. This is a fixed feature that will not change even if the siding color does change. Step back and look at the sample colors and how they blend with the stone. If one clearly looks better with the stone then that would be the color I suggest. If both look equally attractive then choose the one you find most appealing.

I hope that helps you to make your color decision.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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