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.