"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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