…Roof Color

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§ 372 Responses to …Roof Color

  • Kajal Mahindrakar says:

    Hi,

    Our house has a brick front. The brick color is close to red and does not have much color variation. Our’s is a corner house so the side and the back views are quite prominent. We recently painted the sidings to greyish green color and the trims are a lighter grey. We really like the look of the house after being painted. The front door and shutters are black in color.

    We are absolutely confused as to which roof color would suite our house. Initially we were planning to stick to basics and go with charcoal color but as I see the houses around both I and my husband like the newer homes with a monochromatic color scheme.

    We are now inclined towards the barkwood color (brown hue) which might go well with the brick but am not sure how it would look with grey green sidings. We are wondering would the roof just stand out when looked from the side or the back.

    I would appreciate your inputs on the same. Please let us know what would you suggest amongst the following options
    1) barkwood
    2) charcoal
    3) weatherwood

    All these are GAF timberline 30 shingles.

    Thanks,
    Kajal

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Kajal,

      What about “Slate?” That would go with the gray-green (at least on the screen??).

      If that’s too green, I would stick with charcoal since you already have two colors on your house, the red brick and the gray-green. I know there are some really interesting roof colors out there, but they don’t always look so great with the houses they’re on.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mel says:

    My husband and I are building a new home and I am not very color coordinated. These are the colors I have chosen : The house is going to be 3 sides brick and one side vinyl siding, the vinyl siding will be on carport side. We have chosen a brick from Columbus Brick called St. Augustine, vinyl siding is color called Pebblestone Clay and roof is going to be Cedar Shake, Shutters Panels Deep Brown almost color of Hershey bar. It will be a one story house, do you think these color choices will work well together.

  • Vicky56 says:

    I’m having the same issues with a new metal roof. I live in a Victorian home, which is yellow w/ white trim, pollywag green porch floor color. I can’t decide on the roof color. Love the look of crimson red and deep blue, but is that right for this home. It is silver right now. Your help would greatly be appreciated. It suggested I write your email account, but couldn’t find it. Thanks for any input.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Vicky56,

      Personally, I would stick with a dark charcoal for your metal roof in keeping with the Victorian look of your house and put the color on the house itself: windows, front door, and architectural details. You might include both the crimson red and deep blue in small doses on your house, perhaps on the front door (red) and corbels (blue). But I would stick with a dark neutral for the roof color.

      Hope that helps.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lynn B, says:

    Hi,
    I am so happy I found this site however I only have a day or two to make my final decision. We have a home that needs a new roof. It is a white two story; reddish-orange (brick color :) bricks on the front porch area, and black shutters. We had a black roof but now there are no many other really awesome looking colors. I am down to Timberline 30 charcoal (yup, still black) or one of the Elk Grande sablewood shingles (it is a discontinued color). I’m not sure if I could do one of the other colors or would black/grey be our best bet? I want to update the look but not make it too busy. I do have a picture I could email to you quickly of the house. (I tried to copy it into the comment, but it wouldnt let me!).
    Thanks so much!!!

    Lynn

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lynn B,

      You have undoubtedly made your roof decision by now — I know how these things often cannot wait for replies. I too think black/grey is your best choice. There’s nothing like black against white for a crisp clean contrast. And it simply never goes out of style. You already have color with the brick on the porch and you can pick up on those warm tones in your accessories and plantings. But as long as your house is white, I would go with black/charcoal.

      Hope you wanted to hear that!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Lynn B, says:

        Thanks Barbara. I did end up going with the charcoal/black shingles. I think that is best. Doesn’t have the “pop” of some of the newer colors but I didn’t want it to look too busy. So, you did support my decision! Thanks again! LOVE your website! I may very well have some questions in the future. I would like to email pics in the future, but not sure how?

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Lynn B,

        If the blog won’t accept your photo link, you can send it to my email at
        bmeglis@yahoo.com. I’ll be sure to see it there. Thanks!

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Vicky56 says:

    Thanks for your input on my metal roof…unfortunately I picked the Gallery Blue for it. I was going to go slate or the gray but I thought the blue would brighten the house up some. I hope I didn’t ruin the look of it. I am planning to change the outside color when affordable w/ the house. Maybe w/ the color I’d picked you can suggest coloring for the home. Also, trim and door. Thanks again!

    • Vicky56 says:

      I had sent a reply back but did it wrong. I went w/ the gallery blue roof. I hope I didn’t ruin the house. I need input on the house color along w/ the trim. Plan to change it some since I went w/ the blue roof. Wish I had heard from you quicker. I would of chose the slate or gray. But to late now…already have metal in. So any help would be grateful. Thanks!

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Vicky56,

        How about Ben Moore’s Yarmouth Blue (HC-150) for your house with China White trim and a Country Redwood front door. You can use dark blue shutters to go with the roof. Then change out your metal color on the front of the house to be nickel (more contemporary than black) for lights, mailbox, etc.

        Hope this helps.

        -Barbara.
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Natalie says:

    Hi,

    I am redoing my garage so I have to choose a look for my house and property. Whatever i choose for the garage will also happen to the house. The shingles on the house and windows also need to be replaced in the years to come. I have a storey and half from 1939 with white stucco on the lower half of the house and aluminum siding on the upper half. The stucco is a large trowel pattern and has a low maintenance spiccal on it so i do not want to paint the stucco and aluminum siding. I was wondering if a white house and green roof theme is appropriate? I read your suggestions of a charcoal grey roof with a white house. What would i do for accents ie. black shutters, black wood front door(or red?), black casements around the windows?Right now, the roof is light grey and has light grey shutters around the windows. It looks really bland. The house inside has an art deco feel. Do you have any suggestions what to choose to create the same feel on the outside?
    Thanks

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Natalie,

      You have a wonderful opportunity to create a spectacular art deco exterior and keeping the white stucco is the first thing to do. I would also remove the shutters permanently. I’ve enclosed a link to a site that shows art deco color palettes and I suggest having a look at that before picking your roof color and trim shades. You might consider using the darkest shade on one of those palettes for your roof color (green is one of the options) and then using some of the other colors as window trim and door colors. And don’t forget the silver-toned light fixtures and house numbers (think cubism, not colonial). Let me know if you still need help. Have fun!

      http://desktoppub.about.com/od/colorpalettes/l/blcpartdeco.htm

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Beth Henry says:

    I may already be too late, but I hope not. The roofers were supposed to start tomorrow or Wednesday. I have agonized for 10 days over roof color choice. We have a long white (looks even longer because of attached garage)with red brick veneer ranch style house. Right now we have a red shingle roof (that matches the brick) which I have always loved, but is no longer available. Also we realize if we ever have to sells many would not want a red roof. So we have been going back and forth between Elk weathered wood or Charcoal. We actually need to dig out our front hedge so the red brick veneer shows better. There is one area near the door where the brick goes all the way up. My feelings with the charcoal, we would probably need to leave the house white and try and ad black shutters to the two sets of double windows where it would be possible. The middle window is a large bay and has no where for shutters. With the weathered wood, I’m really not sure what paint color would go with both the red brick veneer and the roof. Also we have the white paned vinyl windows. I called the roofer today and told him weathered wood, based on the fact that maybe everyone wouldn’t want a white house and I couldn’t think of another color that the charcoal and red brick would go with. I think it is possible I could call tomorrow with a change if you have any help you could give me. I am raising my granddaughter so money is tight and I am so fearful of making the wrong choice on something so big and important.

  • BARBARA says:

    Ive just started putting hardi plank siding on my house.
    the house is mostle orange yellowish brick and i was wanting to paint the siding a light shade of yellow because I have always wanted a yellow house and wanting to go with a metal roof . What do you think about these choices

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi BARBARA,

      Sounds sunny and cheerful. You might want to temper the warm colors with white/cream for trim and some black accents. I would also pick a dark neutral (charcoal?) for the metal roof color.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

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  • Robert says:

    Barbara, Having a difficult time picking from the selection of IKO Cambridge 30 yr architectural roof shingles. You can see my house in the website link I provided to you. It is in Vermont with mountains/evergreens and is a traditional saltbox colonial style. House is stained cedar with light green trim. Considering Forest Green, Harvard Slate or Weatherwood but I am open to other suggestions. Forest Green seems like it would not fit the real traditional styling of the house overall but the color matches nice. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Bob

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Bob,

      Although I’m working off a computer screen, here are my thoughts on your roof. The green is just too green for your house (that much color works best on a farmhouse style home where the roof can make a major statement). The Harvard Slate has a busy pattern and the Weathered Wood seems a bit off in terms of color. BUT, I do like Driftwood as the different shades in the roof pick up the different shades in your siding. And I also like the more traditional Dual Black which looks spectacular on your house and offers more contrast than the Driftwood brown. Either one would work great. The Driftwood is a softer look similar to what you have now in terms of color value (it just appears a bit browner). The Dual Black is the much more dramatic choice.

      Hope that helps. Great house! Fantastic location!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jame says:

    Barbara
    I just purchased a 25 year old house I love the color scheme and wanted to keep it forever but have already run into a problem. The scheme is loads of white, beautifully weatheredl gory barrel tiles on the roof ( a mellow, mix of brown, red and orange)and mexican saultllo tile flooring throuout,both inside and outside including the patios. .This tile is a rich coppery orange,terracotta red and mocha tan color inside and the same but very faded outside..The accent color is cobalt blue . The blue is used on the railings outside around the back patio and inside the kitchen on the countertop, but only in a thin stripe on the side of the white countertops,This classic colorscheme really suits the house and me. I was going to decorate the inside in a shabby chic type beach house style .I wanted to update with stainless appliances and paint the white stair railing accents inside silver..while leaving the outside railings in back cobalt blue. I wanted to finish the saultillo tile making it richer and shinier with a wet polished look.The roof needs replacing and the tile is not practical here on the coast of florida where we are hurricane prone so the decision has been to replace with firestone unaclad aluminum standing seam metal roof. The colors being considered are sierra tan, sandstone,almond,patina green,champagne mettallic,cityscape and terracotta.I dont reallycare for the terracotta in the metalroofs as there is no variation and texture and it looks overpowering but i am a tad fearful you might say of picking the wrong color. .I am leaning towads the sierra tan right now.Will the cobalt accents still work? what to do?

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jane,

      What a great house! I think you’ve picked the best color for your roof, given the rest of the color scheme and textures. Metallic and the grays won’t work (too cool) and I think the terra cotta and patina green might be overpowering, as you said. I would shoot for a natural earth tone and the almond and sandstone seem a bit light. The sierra tan appears to be a medium tone that will contrast with your white house and will coordinate beautifully with all the mexican tile on the patios.

      If you have to go metal (and it makes functional sense), then the sierra tan is the way to go. And the cobalt accents should be fine. They will pop right off of the natural tones, just like they do now. (There isn’t quite as much contrast as with the terra cotta, but that’s okay.)

      Good luck with the rest of your project.

      And thank you.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Rich says:

    My wife and I are building a new home and we have chosen a dark red brick. The house is a very traditional “georgian” style 2 story. The house will be all brick ground to roof on all 4 sides…no siding other than some dormers. Our concern is window trim, 3 front facing garage doors, soffit / fascia, front porch columns, and roof color coordination. Note the front windows and garage doors all have an 8″ profiled limestone header across the tops with a center keystone. Let me know if a PDF of the front elevation will be helpfull…I will attach and forward seperately.

    We feel the logical “safe” choice is white trim with a darker roof. We see alot of that combination in some older areas. Although I am concerned that there is no contrast between the white and the heavy limestone accents we are utilizing. The window manufacturer offers many exterior colors (aluminum clad) with brickmold options as well. I should mention we are also going with doublehung windows for the added tradtional look.

    Are we putting too much thought into this tradtional looking house and should just go white?

    FYI..Brick is Mese Verde by General Shale.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Rich,

      Since your house does sound very traditional, between the dark red brick and the Georgian style, you cannot go wrong with white. But the question is which white? Have a look at China White (Ben Moore) along with Bone White (also Ben Moore). The China white has a little gray in it which will pick up the limestone color, and perhaps your grout color as well, and give the house an aged look. You don’t want a crisp super white as it’s just too fresh-looking for your traditional home. The Bone White is a calm cream (not too yellow) that again will give the house an aged look but it’s warmer than the China white. You would want to go with an ivory window color if you choose Bone White. Window color can be white for the China trim color.

      As for roof color, traditional dark charcoal will be perfect.

      For your front door and garage door colors, it really depends on the type of doors you plan to install. Natural wood looks great. So does black if you plan on black shutters. If you’re planning to paint the doors, wait until the house is finished and then decide on the color. Or write me back and we’ll pick a color together.

      Hope that helps. I’m not at home at the moment (am only on the internet for a couple more seconds) but will be back online by Sunday night.

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Rich says:

        Hi Barbara,
        I truly appreciated your timely reply and I apolgize for my untimely “thank you”….but, thank you regardless. We took your advice and went with “french vanilla” windows for that “aged look” as you suggested. The french vanilla has just a touch of cream…not a yellow, but a very soft creamy feeling. We are excited to see the contrast against the deep red brick. The windows have arrived and will be installed next week but it will be another 4 weeks before we can see with the brick…will send pics then.

        Our roof shingle install will start in two days…we went with “estate grey” architectural lifetime shingle by Owens Corning, again color per your advice. However I am second guessing the roof color (not too late to change). I can visulaize and I am comfortable with the dark red brick vs the dark grey roof, and the dark red brick vs the vanilla windows, but I am not getting comfortable with trim vs roof (vanilla vs dark grey). Am I missing something? I have thought about changing to a black shingle which would contrast to the vanilla trim.
        Or,
        I have also thought about going a different direction and introducing a medium brown shingle which would give a ceder-type shake look. My thought is that the vanilla trim (windows, gutters, soffit/fascia) may be a more natural mix between the dark red brick and dark brown roof.
        Thoughts again please?

        Thanks – Rich

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Rich,

        Oh I hate it when that happens. I ducked away for a few days in Canada with my son’s ski team and you had an urgent question that needed attention. Undoubtedly your roof is going up as I write this post and I certainly hope you are happy with the result. Yes, the dark brown roof would look spectacular with the cream trim, but you shouldn’t be afraid of the dark gray either. It’s such a classic combination that the roof will not be a major focus of the final facade. The cream and brick will be the focus and that combination will look spectacular. If you haven’t started the roof yet, write back and I’ll take another look. But I feel comfortable with the original decisions. Hope they’re okay with you too!

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Susie Heath says:

    Hello Barbara,
    How excited I was to find your site! I’m trying to decide on a roof color for my home as it’s a multi-colored brick home with multiple shade of orange, orangish-red, and dark brown. The roof is currently brown and I’m now considering Owens Corning teak (which is another brown) or black onyx. What do you think? I’ve attached a photo. The black would offer a nice contrast and pull out the dark brick but the brown roof (I saw your comment on another posting) might make the home appear bigger.

    Also, my trim is cream on the exterior of the home while the interior woodwork is an orange-brown oak. I’d like to get wood blinds to match my oak trim but how would that look from the outside of the home with the cream trim?

    Barbara, I would love to email a photo of the home but can’t seem to copy it to this so I can have your opinion. Is that possible?

    Thank you!
    Susie

  • linda says:

    We are building a country styled house in south east Texas. We will have a silver metel roof. What color brick would compliment the silver roof color?

    Thanks!
    Linda

  • Pam Rayder says:

    Our house has tan siding. We are about to put a new metal roof on it. What color would look good with the siding?

  • Rachel Stroud says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We have a small home in Portland, Oregon (Sellwood neighborhood). We have asbestos siding and a red shingle/composite roof. We are seeking advice on what color to paint our home and the stoop in front of our house. We tend to like lighter, warmer colors. The current paint color which came with the house is an off-whitish/cream color. Could you give us ideas for colors for the house/base and trim? Here’s a link to three photos (you may need to copy and paste):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38776215@N07/

    Other notes, we are getting ready to landscape our front yard and remove the trees that you see in the photos. We are also putting in a fiberglass front door (and are thinking of perhaps a cherry stain). Any thoughts you have about a stain color are appreciated, too. Here is the link to the door. Scroll down the page to see the two pane door (we’re not getting the side windows) http://www.thermatru.com/products/entry/fiberglass-entry-doors/cca/index.aspx#/dso:door-2_panel_3_top_lite-cca230/go:hw/

    Thanks for your help.

    Rachel

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Rachel,

      I love the roof color on your house — how about adding a bit more color to the siding, something like Ben Moore’s AF-315 Jicama. It’s a wonderfully warm cream, richer than what you have now. But with the size of the house and the prominent roof, I would stick with the rich creams. Then switch out the white metal for black. That will add contrast on the front stoop and by the door (don’t forget the house numbers too). As for trim, I would stick with the white you have now. It accents the trim nicely.

      I do like the door idea and either cherry or mahogany stain will look terrific. Whichever you prefer with the roof. They should coordinate.

      With new landscaping, your house will be the jewel of the street.

      One word of caution regarding asbestos siding: Make sure you use a professional painter and be sure they know it’s asbestos. They’ll want to dissolve any peeling paint and not sand or scrape. You don’t want to stir up the asbestos into the air. Just do a little homework first, and you’ll be fine. Great house!!

      And thank you again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Chasity Dodson says:

    Have a friend who is building and is insistant on a red metal roof. This friend wants my opinion on the color of siding to put with the red roof but I’m not fond of the red roof idea so I am not sure what would look good with it. Please help.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Chasity,

      Tell your friend that a red roof becomes quite the focal point. Her choices? White, cream, dark blue, and brown.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Ismail says:

    Hi,

    My contractor messed up my metal roof.

    I need to install a new roof, my house color is mint green, with red & brown stone work in the front. The front double door is dark green. Trim is white.

    The new aluminium roof choices are, brown, wine color(maroon), silver, grey,light & dark green.

    Please help, I may repaint the house to coordinate with the roof. I like the dark green and wine colors.

    How can i a send you a picture.

    Many thanks in advance.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Ismail,

      I couldn’t really see the stonework upclose in the photo you sent me, but I get the general idea of your palette.
      I suggest going with the wine color (maroon) roof as it appears to go very well with your stonework. Then when you get the opportunity, I suggest painting your house a more neutral color to allow the stonework to take center stage as the focal point. Right now the mint green stands out more. Take a look at Mt. Rushmore Rock (AC-39) from Benjamin Moore. It’s kind of a warm medium taupe (a little gray, a little mauve) that again appears to go well with your stone (you can send a close-up of your stonework if it doesn’t). Then I would keep the white trim. Very sharp.

      One more suggestion: Also when you have the opportunity, I would beef up the front two columns by replacing them with larger ones. Your house is very grand, and it can afford to have more stately columns on the front portico.

      Oh, and you can use the wine color on the front door (as long as it is in the stonework).

      Hope that helps.

      And thank you.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • nancy says:

    Hi Barb,

    We have to replace a cedar shakes roof (very old). Our single story cottage style house also has cedar on it that has been painted dark brown, there is cottage red around the windows and front door.

    What color would you recommend for the roof ? We are going to get an architectural shingle due to cost. The house is in Minnesota on a wooded acre with a pond, a rustic setting.

    thanks
    Nancy

  • Lynn Ouellette says:

    I was looking for some colour advise for my roof, front porch, siding and trim on the exterior of my home. It is a 1920’s red brick bungelow. I have photos to send you as well. I did donate but I’m not too sure if I’m doing this correctly and I don’t know how to include a photo link?

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lynn,

      You can include a photo link to a photo site (like Flickr) right here in this Reply Box or attach a photo to an email and send it to bmeglis@yahoo.com. (That mailbox does not fill up as fast as my other email.)

      Thank you for your payment. I look forward to seeing your photos.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lynn,

      I may give you more than you plan to re-do this summer, but here’s everything.

      The gray trim seems a little dull especially on the front porch in the shadows. I suggest that you pick a lighter, brigher trim color, something like either Ben Moore’s Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) or Sail Cloth (Ext). Brightening up the trim especially around the front door will lighten up the whole porch and make it more inviting to enter.

      Although I usually recommend more of a brick red (like Georgian Brick HC-50) than the red you’re using for the end caps, I kind of like how bold yours is — and it’s in the brick.

      For the siding, board and batten is fine — but so is the horizontal siding so no real need to change out if you don’t want to. I’m not sure it will add any great style. But I suggest more of a taupey brown, like Briarwood (Ext) that will go with the brown of the brick. You could also move more toward the taupey tans depending on your new roof color. Huntington Beige (HC-21) might work as well. Working with the brick colors and the grout will make the house unified and tie all the materials together.

      Hope that helps. And thank you again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Nikki says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I am getting a new roof and planning to paint the trim on my 1917 red brick 2-story bungalow style house. The current roof is a dark red, almost the same color as the brick. I am going to with the Timberline 30 and was originally thinking some shade of gray, but I don’t see that color very often on houses with brick this color. I really like the way the gray roofs look, but perhaps some shade of brown would be better?

    I also want to paint the light green trim a different color. I was thinking about some kind of neutral color, but not sure what to look for. The mortar is almost a pinkish color.

    I am sending you photos by email. Looking forward to your advice.

    Cheers,
    Nikki

  • Nikki says:

    Thanks, Barbara. I will look into this combination. Do you think gray for the roof is an option? If so, what trim color would work? Also, one other question I forgot to ask: the gutters are currently white, and they kind of act as a trim around the house. If I get new gutters, should I consider a different color?
    Thanks again for your help.
    Nikki

  • Chad & Cristi says:

    Hi Barbara!

    Cristi and I are getting ready for a new (slate style) concrete tile roof. Our home is reddish-orange brick with brick color variations leaning toward a darker plum. The body is light reddish-brown with light beige trim.

    We have spent a lot time comparing different roofs. We have ruled out red, terra cotta, and brown due to the 30%-40% fade factor – those colors look terrible when they fade. At one point, we considered going with a black and dark-brown blend (some tiles are black, some are dark-brown). However, once those fade, the end up looking gray and light brown. This doesn’t seem like it would complement the darker red brick very well at all.

    Two of the following links are photo swatches consisting of (a) “Black Canyon” (black tile), and (b) “Meadowlark” (a blend comprised of black, plum and tan with an overall undertone of green).

    We feel like the black (which would eventually fade to dark gray) would be safe. Our concern with the black, however, is that it would end up looking drab, and generic.

    The Meadowlark seems more lively and interesting. We keep coming back the way the plum colors in the tile and brick tie in together. The tan seem to tie in to the body and trim. Our biggest concern though is: Where does the undertone of green fit into the picture. Is it somewhat complimentary to the brick color? Would the multitude of colors in the roof end up looking too busy? When it’s finished, will we be able to look at it and say “awesome!” Or, will we stand back and say “what in the world were we thinking?”

    As you can see we really need your professional help. Since, we only get one shot at this, we want to do it right. Please share your thoughts and expert advise on how we can make our home look beautiful!

    Thank you. We sincerely appreciate your help!

    Chad and Cristi

    Here is the link to the tile manufacturer:

    http://www.monierlifetile.com/product/Product-Catalog.aspx?region=Rocky%20Mountain&producttype=Standard%20Weight%20Tile&profile=Saxony%20Slate

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Chad and Cristi,

      I know what you mean about the Meadowlark picking up all the wonderful tones in your brick. But my sense is that the roof with all its great colors will compete with your brick and all its great colors. If you had a stone house or stucco with no brick front (more monochromatic), then the Meadowlark would be stunning. But I think the two surfaces (the roof and siding–brick) would make the house look too busy.

      The Black is less interesting, of course, than the Meadowlark. But, by using a more traditional monochromatic roof color, you allow your brick as well as the stonework in your yard and the rest of your landscaping to be featured. It’s the whole package. The black roof would fade to charcoal which is also a classic look with brick. The black will also pick up your ironwork (the flower urn, the number on the garage, and your RR sign ?? — nice!)

      Yes, the black is safe, but when it comes to roof colors, it’s way better to be safe and absolutely positive that it will look very good (maybe not unusual and “interesting” but good) than to be sorry that we ventured into the unknown. What I’m seeing all over the place now is homeowners, in an attempt to update their homes, choosing architectural roof styles with a lot of color differences and variation and putting them on busy brick homes. They really look less than ideal (in my humble opinion) and would be better off with a more traditional “classic” roof style and color.

      I suggest pulling out the different colors in your brick with your plantings (the deep purples), lawn furniture, and other changeable accessories.

      See what you think of that idea. The black will be quite a shock from your current soft brown, but I think it will look spectacular.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Rick says:

    Hi Barbara,

    This is primarily a roof color question since we are replacing the current roof (Aspen grey) due to hail damage. Sort of a blessing in disguise since we could never justify replcing the roof for cosmetic reasons. Changing house color is also possible.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29013793@N00/4725567052/

    The house color is P&L Appaloosa 2251, shutters P&L Flint 2254(uppers missing in older pics while being painted), trim is white. The Appaloosa is tan/beige with a hint of green, though the picture makes it look almost like Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige. What roof would you recommend if we leave the house the way it is? Certainteed Landmark series are what we are looking at, but open to others.

    We are adding a cupula (see pictures) which was in the original house design, but not included by the first owner. A new garage door is in the future too. Any house color suggestions are welcome, but would like to keep the trim white. There are three color directions we are thinking of going; 1st only changing the shutters???, 2nd a dark beige, white trim, black shutters, 3rd is yellow, white trim, ?? shutters.

    What would be some fail-safe color combos for roofs that are black/grey? And the same for brown roofs. We would really like to get it right this time!

    Thanks

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Rick,

      With your current house color, check out both Driftwood and Weathered Wood. Neither is as dark as charcoal/black or even brown, but your house color might look terrific with either of those medium toned roofs. The only way to pick the roof color is to get a sample shingle of each and put it up on the roof a few feet apart. Stand at the edge of the road and look back at the house. You’ll know instantly which shingle looks the best.

      For fail-safe colors, try charcoal black, shadow gray, heather blend (brown), and black walnut (has some cranberry in it). The charcoals should work with either your current color or a darker tan as well as yellow. The browns are best with tan. The black walnut would look great with a yellow house and cranberry front door (black shutters). All with white trim.

      For shutters, I suggest moving them to the upstairs windows and removing the ones on the front door. (kind of a dated look)

      Hope that helps. As long as you go darker with your roof color, it will make a huge difference on your curb appeal.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Rick says:

        Hi Barbara,

        We decided to go with CertainTeed Driftwood and think it looks great. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29013793@N00/ The house is getting painted in a couple of weeks and we’re considering new colors. The current color is P&L Appaloosa 2251, shutters P&L Flint 2254, white trim. We are thinking a similar color scheme but without so much green. Tan with blackish/brown shutters maybe, but not sure.

        Can you recommend any Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore color combinations that would go well with the CertainTeed Driftwood?

        Thanks!

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Rick,

        How about Shaker Beige HC-45 (Ben Moore) with Texas Leather shutters (AC-3). Should look really nice with your roof!

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • barbara flood says:

    I have picked Pacific Blue cedar impressiions naturals shingles for my home which is a splanch and very angular. The roof will be quite prevelent and I need help picking out a color. Al the trim around windows will be white and with a more decorative white trim on top of windows. I have picked a double door which is 3/4 window and is mahogany red wood. I have been given a Tamko or timberline shingles to pick from. Timberliine has a Biscayne blue shingle and tamko has a rustic black. We live in long island on a canal. All the houses are gray or tan. I don;t want that. Please help with roof selection . If you want to offer any changes or different selections nothing has been ordered yet. Thanks Barbara

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Barbara,

      I think the Biscayne blue shingles might be too much blue. I suggest a charcoal gray — the same value of your house color (not as dark as Rustic Black) — so that your house will be the dominant feature and not your roof. I’ll send you a photo of that I’m talking about. It’s the GAF natural shadow in Charcoal.

      If you have to pick between Rustic Black and the Biscayne Blue, I’d go with the black. More dramatic and a nice complement to the blue siding color.

      Thanks again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Sue says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Another question about the color of roof you would recommend for our farmhouse? Half brick/half green siding/color trimwork on railing as well? Thanks once again for your imput. Our present house is an old 1890 brick schoolhouse which was added onto and has white siding and charcoal roofing so this new farmhouse is all a new venture for us. Thanks once again for your great advice! Sue

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I have to make a quick roofing decision (tomorrow AM 8/24)and I’d love to have your input.

    My house has barn red aluminum siding and white shutters. I just bought it last year – photo below is from the real estate listing (I have redone the landscaping in front). The siding is in good shape and it looks like wood from a distance, so I plan to hold on to it for a while, but would like to have options to go in a different color direction if I ever opt to replace it and I want to be able to easily change my shutters/trim and front door paint color.

    I think the white is too much contrast – even though I’ve gotten used to it since living in the house (except the front door). I was thinking of toning the white trim down by using an off white – with some gray/brown rather than yellow/cream in it – and possibly doing the shutters in a dark gray brown. (I am open to suggestions here :-)). Front door could be the trim color. I would paint the garage the color of the siding to make it recede.

    For the roof I was thinking either IKO Dual Black (the safe choice) or Harvard Slate. I don’t want brown on the roof.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/walliscottage/4923975937/

    What do you think?

    Lisa

    • Lisa says:

      Oops – making my decision for tomorrow 8/25.

      Look forward to your thoughts! Thank you.

      Lisa

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I like the Dual Black as well as Charcoal Gray. They’re both darker than the Harvard Slate and they balance the red better. Even if you switch out the red in the future, either of those darker colors will be very versatile.

      As for the trim, yes, you can gray down the white a bit. China White (Ben Moore) will do that as will Edgecomb Gray HC-173. I do like the Gray-Brown shutter idea. Much better than the current white. And yes, paint the garage door the siding color and it will go away. An alternative is the shutter color but it will stand out.

      An alternative for your front door is a dark eggplant like Caponata (AF-160 I think). A little unexpected but fun. Very nice with either roof color as it really brings out their depth of color.

      Hope that helps.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Lisa says:

        Barbara,

        Wow – I so appreciate your advice and the speedy response. I think I’m going to go with Dual Black.

        It’s classic, versatile, and it will fade to charcoal eventually. I like the more cohesive look of it anyway – even if I admire the Harvard Slate on other houses. I LOVE your suggestion of the Caponata for the door – it’s gorgeous.

        I will take a look at the Edgecomb Gray and China White for the trim.

        Thanks again!

        Lisa

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Lisa,

        Just saw this email. You can disregard the blue suggestion if you’re going with Caponata. Looks like you’re all set! Oh, and Caponata’s number is AF-650. Sorry about that…

        -Barbara

  • Clint says:

    Hi, Barbara.

    When I see this house (http://picasaweb.google.com/mariagandy/BrickRoofAndTrim#), I think two things: “blah”, and “bland”. We’re putting a new roof on the house, and we need help choosing a shingle color. We can choose something on our own that will “match” the brick, but we want help choosing a shingle color that will “look great” (something not “blah” or “bland”.)

    We’re also replacing the gutters, and painting the trim. Again, we can choose the colors, and want to choose something that will “look great”, and not simply “match”.

    Finally, we’ve considered shutters for the windows, but the windows touch the bottom of the frieze board, so shutters probably wouldn’t look good, would they?

    Many thanks!

    Clint

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Clint,

      Since you’ve had a brown roof already (one that kind of matched), how about more contrast now? That will jazz up the house a bit. I suggest something like Certainteed’s Charcoal Gray http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/308747# to pick up the different colors in our brick and really make it look great.

      Then you can highlight it with trim of either Navajo White or Bone White (both a creamy white alternative) and if there’s an opportunity for an accent color (on the front door?), how about either Caponata (AF-650) or Chambourd (AF-645), both eggplant colors that will again add depth to your brick and a little bit of the unexpected.

      See what you think!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Clint says:

        Great! THANKS SO MUCH!!!

        OK, I do have three questions:

        1) On the Certainteed link you sent me, I didn’t see “Charcoal Gray”; I only saw “Charcoal Black”. Is that the color you meant? (I just don’t want to screw it up… ;)

        2) I like the Navajo and Bone White colors for the trim. Should I use a similar color for the gutters, or should the gutters match the roof?

        3) What do you think about shutters for the windows? The front door is hidden until you reach a certain point in the driveway (we will paint it one of those two colors you suggested), and the shutters might help contrast the brick. Those front windows are so “squatty”, though, and they run up into the frieze board. If you say “no shutters”, then that’ll settle it for me.

        4) Finally, do you think that some higher (and more complete) hedges in the front will help with the “squatty” windows?

        Thanks so much for your help, Barbara. We really appreciate it.

        -Clint

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Clint,

        Oops, yes, I meant Charcoal Black. The point is to contrast with the trim and pick up some of the darker tones in your brick, adding more depth and getting rid of the “blah” look that you described earlier.

        The gutters should match the trim color. The downspouts can be painted to blend better with the brick color(s?) but it’s not critical for your house.

        I agree about the shutters — might just call attention to the shorter windows. But if you get a chance, you might consider adding some additional window trim to beef up the windows and give them a little more stature. Nothing fancy. Just wood trim that will come off of the fascia board and surround each window. That would be painted trim color.

        And sure, landscaping can camouflage almost anything and a variety of shrubs in various heights will distract the eye from the windows. You can go ahead and get started on those plans right away. I would also (gasp) take out the privet hedge in front of your farmer’s porch. Again, smaller plantings (maybe a flower bed) and a variety of them will give the house a more updated look.

        Hope that helps.
        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Marleen says:

    Hi Barbara. Finding your website is a godsend. I’ve been agonizing over roof, gutter and trim colors for two weeks now and my husband believes I’m crazy. The roofers tear off tomorrow! We have a 1941 brick house with a nice warm orange/red uniform brick color. Please see pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/twinspiration/?donelayout=1

    The house looks fairly small from the street and has a high roof — so it’s more roof than house if that makes sense. The current roof is a dark brown with brick tones which has worked really well. None of the samples I’ve gotten from the roofing company match this at all. I alternate between antique brown colors, weathered wood/natural wood colors or black. The best black of the three samples is a flat black that doesn’t have hints of blue in it. The roofing company tells me that it will be very black once on…. Is this okay? Other black just added ouside includes a new ceder (stained) fence in the front which has two thin bars of wrought iron along the top (fence is a sleek modern style) and we’ve just added a custom made wrought iron gate. The house’s brick morter is a grey color but in the front it’s turned more a tan color in some areas which is lovely and I want to pull out in the color scheme. I don’t like grey a lot and want to emphasize warmer colors if possible. The front door is a warm red with brass kickplate and I plan on keeping this when we paint the trim right after the roof goes on. I also have to pick gutter colors and struggle with that and trim colors too. The windows (vinyl) will most likely need to stay white unless vinyl can suddenly be painted. My thinking is that the gutters should remain white or off white (how much can I vary from the window color here?) as they are the highest point of the house exterior and if we go with a dark roof it might make sense to draw the eye up. There is also a very large trim piece under the gutters which would allow for some great trim color. The painter has also said he can do a “pinstripe” if we chose one as there are additional “grooves” in the current trim if we want to use them. One of the house’s peaks has wood under it so there is a triangle shaped wood area that needs painting too. It has vertical grooves in it that could be called out or not. I’m completely stuck on how to paint the trim/wood. I think keeping things simple is best with focus on the bright door and iron gate, yes? We also have a large (in comparison to the house) garage door which is currently painted white but which has a lot of framing and squares inside it that could be a few colors. Don’t want to pull too much attention away from the gate and entry way however. Paint sample book that I have currently is Sherwin Williams. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Marleen,

      Do you have access to Certainteed’s Heather Blend or Black Walnut? The Heather Blend is very similar to what you have currently (brown tones) and the Black Walnut is black but has warm red tones in it — quite nice with your brick. Yes black will work as will a dark charcoal gray (I know you don’t like gray much but it’s softer and blends more with the brick than the sharper contrast of the black). But both will work. Very traditional for a brick house.

      I do like the white trim with the white windows — less busy actually than trying to add another trim color, but I would definitely paint the garage door to blend more with the brick and let your beautiful gate take center stage. Have a look at Colonial Revival Stone SW 2827 to blend with your grout color and make the garage door less prominent. It’s okay to have the white trim around it.

      See what you think. If your roofer is giving you certain brand choices, let me know and I’ll have a look at what options you have. Oh, forgot to mention. Keep everything simple (in terms of paint). You don’t want the house to get too busy. The gate is just enough — very nice.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lenni Frohman says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Could I have your advice regarding roof and stucco/trim colours? We plan to re-stucco in a year or so (after a few other renovations), but we have to re-shingle NOW, and I realize how unprepared I am for the whole picture.

    I’ll email you a photo of the house. There are a couple elements not visible from the photo. First is the light. We live in a typically sunny place. The trees have foliage for only 5 months of the year, snow on the ground for at least 4 and a half months, and the other months are typically a muted affair. Second is the site. Our house sits quite high on the lot. As a result, most of the year, our house LOOMS large, white and cold. It’s an effect that we really dislike. Third is the neighbourhood. The houses on our street have diverse roof colours: brown, red, green, cedar shakes, as well as grey and black and shades in between. (Really, I think I’m stymied because there are so many options.)

    We’d like to warm up the house’s appearance, more warm ‘n’ friendly rather than cool and elegant. We would like the house to look smaller, which I suppose sounds crazy, but we really dislike how the house appears to rise up. (There’s a slope which runs away from the house at the back.) When we do our basement work next summer, those lovely front shrubs will have to be removed, and their presence really helps to ground the house. I’ve let them grow quite big just because they seemed to bring the house lower. We’re going to miss them.

    Regarding the roof, I think I know this much. I think we’d like the roof to be darker rather than lighter, so that a contrast between roof and stucco would help “bring the house down” a bit. I have been focusing on brown or grey. Also, it occurs to me that we could go red. There’s our reddish brick chimney, and there are many red roofs in our neighbourhood. But I am a little frightened by the boldness of that, especially when I can’t visualize the stucco and trim. While I have a feeling for what we want, I don’t have a vision, and I’m overwhelmed by the possibilities. Even a couple of colour suggestions will help me focus a bit. Thanks very much.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lenni,

      To bring the house down in scale a substantial amount, I suggest a dark charcoal roof — you will achieve maximum contrast and no matter what color you end up painting the stucco, your house will appear shorter. Another trick would be to paint the trim the same dark charcoal. That will put a border around your house/windows and provide another contrast between siding and trim, thereby making your house appear smaller. (Honestly, I don’t think I’ve EVER done this! But I understand what you mean.) You can then paint your stucco a warm inviting color that will attract the right kind of attention especially on those cold wintry days.

      Dark brown will also work for the roof, particularly because of the brick. But I would not hesitate to paint the brick around the door the trim color. Then you’re left with a brick chimney and steps and that’s fine.

      See what you think. Just stay away from all the light-colored and mid-toned roofs that tend to blend in with the house and make it look bigger. You want contrast.

      Regarding the landscaping: never fear. Replacing the overgrown bushes with a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes in the garden will draw the eye TO the garden and away from the height of your gable peak. Not to worry at all about yanking those big shrubs right out of there. Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Karen Benoit says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I am having a difficult time with finding the right roof color. I have a newly painted cape cod home. It is a cream color with a williamsberg blue type shutters, front and back door. The rest of the trim is white. The garage is not attached to the house and there is no blue on it. I am happy with the result and believed it would be no problem finding a charcoal color roof with little variegation. It is a problem now however, because I cannot find the just right color or even close to it. I think black is too severe and a lighter grey would be bland. My roofing contractor thinks I should use GAF/elk, CertainTeed, or Owens Corning. I think Pabco would be fine also. I have looked at many reference houses (Moire black, weathered wood, driftwood, various greys in almost all these brands). I have not seen many ELK/ Gaf colors or Owens Corning colors on homes, other than on their sample boards. Could you advise me with some choices so I could narrow this down. I am not making any progress . Sincerely, Karen Benoit from Portland Oregon

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Karen,

      With a cream house color, you have tons of options (that’s the problem, right?). You can also have quite a bit of variegation on the roof too since you don’t have a lot of other texture on the house (no stonework or brick). So I would not eliminate the higher-end architectural shingles that have more variegation because of the look. That opens up lots of options.

      Have you seen the Owens-Corning HARBOR BLUE roof? It is absolutely gorgeous! Just a thought! There aren’t many around yet but there will be. It just seems to melt into the sky with the different blues in it. Check it out! If you like it, I’ll send you a photo of a house with the roof on it (cedar shakes/white siding).

      Other than that, look at either the grays that have a blue undertone (Certainteed’s Pewter might work for you) or the dark browns (like Owens Corning’s Teak) that will coordinate nicely with the cream siding (blue would be your accent color).

      See what you think.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Heather says:

    Hi,
    Okay so I just realized that I had to pay $20 to receive an answer to my question. I would appreciate any help to the exterior of the home. We just bought it a month ago and now I am regretting my decision. It seems like there is so much to do to change the exterior of the home. Paint, landscaping, lighting and a new door and I don’t really know where to begin. I am sending a picture so you can see the color of siding, roof and the yard. Okay, so I can’t figure out how to attach the picture. I will just send it to your email address.

    Thanks,
    Heather

  • Juliann says:

    Hi Barbara,

    My brick Dutch colonial home was damaged in a hail storm and I will need new shingles, siding, and gutters. We also plan to paint all the trim, the garage door, and the shutters. We are also hoping to purchase new windows and a screen door at the same time (depending on the cost).

    So, basically, the brick is the only element of the house that we will be keeping! I would really appreciate your advice on what colors to choose for shingles, trim, shutter, and siding.

    Here are some photos: http://s734.photobucket.com/albums/ww341/jama_kitchen/exterior/

    The brick is red/pink color – light and dark versions of what I believe is the the same shade – maybe coral or salmon? The grout is gray with a very slight green undertone.

    The roof is currently CertainTeed Burnt Sienna. I am not sure if it goes too well with the brick, though, because it seems to have a purplish tone in some lights. I think I may be better off with a different color and have been thinking about gray. It is tricky trying to pick out colors for a house with a mansard roof, though!

    I really want to minimize the impact of the roof on the house.

    I have not yet picked a roofer so I can probably choose whatever brand of shingles I want; though most roofers I have spoken so far with sell CertainTeed.

    If you have any other ideas on ways we can improve the exterior, please let me know. Now is the time for us to make any changes since so much work needs to be done anyhow.

    Your help is truly appreciated!

    Jama

    PS – I just realized I may be able to give you a better idea of the brick color if I got a Benjamin Moore fan deck and matched the color. If you think this would help, let me know and I will get get fan deck and tell you what color it is closest to.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jama,

      To minimize the impact of the roof on the house, which could potentially cut the house in half visually, I suggest a more medium-toned roof choice like Certainteed’s Heather Blend or Weathered Wood. Either of those will pick out the darker tones in your brick and blend nicely (the Weathered Wood has a slightly green undertone, the Heather Blend is brown) and that effect should double the size of your house and make the mansard roof a little less prominent. See what you think.

      Then I love the cream you have currently on the trim. I would not change that. But you might want something like Texas Leather AC-3 (Ben Moore Color Preview) for your shutters. That’s a great sophisticated color that goes well with your color brick as well as the roof choices.

      But first settle on the roof choice. Then zero in on the other color details. You might want a taupe for the siding color, something that will contrast with the brick but not simply match the creamy tan. But the siding color will come after deciding on the roof.

      I like the painted window trim upstairs but again that might change depending on the roof — the shutter color perhaps? But I like the three dormer windows — much better than just two. So that area looks fine.

      First up? The roof. Hope one of those choices works for you!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mary Ellen says:

    I am planning on putting a new roof on my home in Florida which is a small two bedroom stucco house. The contractor recommended Owens Corning Driftwood or Landmark Weathered Wood. I looked at both and can’t decide. I want the house to take on the appearance of a cottage. I plan to put siding on the house and am leaning towards pale yellow with white windows and shutters. Any suggestions.
    Thanks
    Mary Ellen

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Mary Ellen,

      The two roof options your contractor suggested are very popular and they work with most house colors. The driftwood tends to have more green in it — the weathered wood, more gray/brown. Either would go with your yellow house. But one of the prettiest “cottage” looks I’ve seen in ages is a Harbor Blue (or Atlantic Blue depending on the company) roof with natural (stained) shingles and white trim. The look is stunning and I thought I throw that out there if you wanted a fresh idea for your house. The blue roof is absolutely gorgeous in a sunny/summer-like environment. It’s such a nice alternative to the other more earthy tones. But only if you like blue, of course.

      If you want to stick to your contractor’s suggestion, I would choose Driftwood. It’s a little bit unexpected and a nice coordinating color with the yellow. The weathered wood is fine but it tends to look better with browns/taupes.

      Hope that helps.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Beverly says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I have a 1950’s split-level house that is Old English brick. The brick is from a plantation that was located in Charleston, S.C. I need to put new shingles on the house and repaint it as well. It has had the same gray/silver shingles on it since it was built. I am scared to change it – but would like to update it and make the colors pop. Right now, it seems a little blah. The trim is a tan (with a faint mauve tint) and the shutters are Charleston Green which is almost black but with a black/green hue.
    The brick has a lot of gray tones with taupe and brown and some white. I have considered IKO 30 yr. Cambridge shingles – looking at the weatherwood (brownish gray?) or driftwood (sort of a dark gray). When I started thinking about this, I had thought about a charcoal or black but now I am afraid that is too dark and doesn’t really suit the brick. Help!!! I am emailing a picture since I don’t have a website to use.
    Thank you!!!
    Beverly

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Beverly,

      Take a look at Heatherwood, kind of a gray brown (?), and see if that works with your brick. Then you could use an Edgecomb Gray (HC-173 Ben Moore) or Dove Wing 960 for the trim and Tudor Brown for the shutters/front door. That would really change the look of your house. Nothing wrong with gray, of course, but if you’re looking for an update, see how you like the brown family.

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Beverly says:

    I looked at the Heatherwood and think that might look really good. If I am not bold enough to change the entire color /look of the house, what suggestions would you have staying more in the gray scheme. I did a reply to the email you sent so this might be redundant.
    Thanks for your suggestions!
    Beverly

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Beverly,

      Although I really do love the Heatherwood, you could also use a dark charcoal like Dual Black or perhaps even Charcoal Gray. The Harvard Slate has too much variation in the shingles — I think it would be too busy with your brick. I would look for a dark charcoal with not much variation since you have a variety of tones in your brick. You don’t want the roof to compete for attention.

      Onc color you might consider for an accent is one of my new favorites, Caponata AF 650 (Ben Moore). I love it because it brings out the color in your brick, it is unexpected, and it’s a marvelous rich eggplant. Great for your front door and even shutters if you want to change the Charleston Green. Just a thought.

      Good luck. Hope I’ve helped.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • John Palumbo says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We’re trying to select a roof color for our home in Connecticut. It’s a cape painted with a Cabot solid stain called pepperwood. (repainting is just around the corner) We recently added copper gutters. I’m sending a couple of pictures to your email. The house shows a lot of roof, and the right color and texture could add a lot to its appearance.

    We’ve been looking at Certainteed shingles, mostly in the Landmark and Independence lines. We had tentatively settled on Independence Driftwood, but got a little spooked by an on-line closeup picture that showed a lot of variation in color between tabs and pretty heavy shading. I’ve seen some new roofs that are just too heavily shaded and look busy. The landmark 30 driftwood looks less shaded, but my concern with the whole driftwood thing is…

    The main thing we’re trying to avoid is the monochrome look where the roof and house kind of meld together without any definition, so we are also considering Harbor Grey and Charcoal Black. We’re open to the other lines also, including Hatteras, Centennial and Grand Manor, but aren’t sure if the style fits the house. What do you think?

    Thanks, John

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi John,

      Since the siding of your house has no variation in it at all (no brick or stone), it’s perfectly appropriate to introduce some variation in your roof. Have you considered Weathered Wood? Although it is quite popular, there’s a reason for that. It goes with so many house colors and it offers just enough variation to be interesting without becoming busy. Yes, the colorway of the Weathered Wood is browns/grays/tans (and would include your siding color), I don’t think it’s too matchy-matchy to be boring. It would offer some richness to the house that a strictly monochromatic roof would not. Of course, you can go with gray or black, but I like to reserve those neutrals for houses with either a lot of color in the siding already or a lot of variation (busy brick and stone). Your house is the perfect example of how to combine a quiet siding with a little more oomph in the roof — the result is spectacular.

      See if that helps. I was looking at Landmark Woodscape Premium.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Michelle says:

    Hello,
    Great advice on your site. I don’t have a website for my photo. Can I email one to you? I’m hoping you can help us with roof and siding colors for our home. We have a classic 1970’s split level – yes, the white siding/terra cotta brick basic split level you are probably imagining. It has no curb appeal. We are going to change the siding and the roof. The fascia/soffit/window trim will stay as is (white). We will either paint or replace the shutters. Althought I hate the idea of painting brick, I really don’t like our brick and we are probably going to paint it to minimize the two-toned look. I saw a photo in a magazine of a house like ours and they painted their brick and siding all a warm gray color and it really looked great. So that is the image I have in my head. We are using GAF Timberline 30 year architectural shingles and Alside Prodigy. Those are set. We do not like blue and have a lot of chocolate brown, caramel, ivory and olive colors inside our home. We are considering maple or vintage wicker for the siding. Possibly Tuscan Clay. For the roof, my husband really likes Shakewood (with the maple siding) and we are also looking at Weatherwood and Barkwood. What combinations would you recommend and what would you do with the shutters/brick? Our neighborhood has nicely maintained homes with fairly basic color schemes. Ours is one of the only split levels. I’d like to make it look as updated as possible. Thank you. P.S. I’m going to make the payment on PayPal now. If you don’t get, let me know via email.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Michelle,

      I know you have a split level and would like to minimize the brick part, but as brick goes, yours is nice. I’ve seen worse, that’s for sure. Usually I recommend painting brick when the brick itself is really ugly –busy, multi-colored, or already whitewashed. But your brick doesn’t bother me. The style of the house is dated, we know that, but I’m not sure that painting the whole house one color will get away from that split-level look. You might consider embracing the design and keeping the brick as is. Just a thought.

      Of the siding options, I like the deeper colors like Tuscan Clay with a medium brown roof like Barkwood. Those deeper colors will blend the brick (same value) and make the house look bigger than it does now with the two-toned brick/white combo. There’s just too much contrast.

      Your husband’s choice of Shakewood roof with a lighter siding color (maple looks pink on my screen but I like the Vintage Wicker) will also work, but again, you want to avoid contrast as much as possible. The contrast should come from the trim color (white) which you already have. Matching the siding to the brick in terms of the intensity of the earthy colors will unify the palette.

      Make sure you get large samples of both roof and siding and prop them both up against the brick. Then stand back at the street and see which combination you like better.

      In terms of the shutters, you might continue with the earth palette by painting the shutters something like Fairview Taupe HC-85 (Ben Moore) Tudor Brown.

      See how you like the brick when you look at the samples. If you decide to paint the brick, write me back.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Kathleen says:

    RE: Advice on ROOF, SIDING AND PAINT TRIM COLOUR

    I have a red brick craftsman bungalow and need a new roof. I have ivory/cream siding on the side and back of the house. The soffits, fascia window trim are the ivory too. See website.

    OUR PLAN
    In addition to the new roof we plan to replace the shingles on the front gable with siding and paint the house trim. As you can see from the picture we have one massive roof! It is the house’s most prominent feature.

    I don’t mind continuing with the ivory for the gable but would be willing to introduce a new colour and subsequently have all existing siding painted to match if it would improve overall look of the house.

    I am also painting the window trim and pillars etc. so other than the red brick I actually have a blank slate. A new door is in the works too at some point so more light will flow into the hall.

    MY PREFERENCES
    I really like the darker gray architectural shingles that have a slight visual texture and tone.

    The whole effect can’t be too busy as it is a small house. I just want a lovely, classic, well put together house!

    The web link also has examples of similar homes I like.

    Thank you
    Kathleen

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Kathleen,

      Have you considered a Weathered Wood option for your roof color? It’s a medium brown/gray that seems to go well with everything. Then you could paint your gable a Boston Brick 2092-30 (Ben Moore) with Cameo White trim/fascia/soffits and porch with columns. Since your neighbor has white siding and your windows are either brown (upstairs) or cream (downstairs), it does make sense to keep the cream trim.

      I might deepen up the siding color on the side and back of the house to more of a medium tone, like Shaker Beige HC-45 or Lenox Tan HC-44. Either of those will lessen the contrast between roof and siding and brick and siding and make the house appear more cohesive (and bigger!).

      Hope that helps.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We are remodeling a historical house built in 1921. It is brick with shutters. Currently, the roof needs to be replaced, and in general, we think the house looks dreary. What shingle/shutter combination can we choose to make it look better? We would like architectural shingles, but have no idea what to choose.

    We might end up adding on as well, and would need to coordinate a hardi-plank siding color as well to coordinate with the shutters.

    We want to retain the historical nature of the house, but cheer it up a bit. The house currently has brown shingles and white shutters, but I’m not sure that color is the best choice. I assume the soffits would remain white, but you can let me know if that is not the best choice.

    Additionally, we don’t like the stucco looking textured material at the bottom of the house. Could stone be put there instead? Or do you have other ideas?

    Photos are in the link I sent, but please keep the link private.

    Thanks!
    Lisa

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lisa,

      How about GAF Timberline 30 Slate (just an example of a brand name — your roofer will tell you what kind of roof you need for your area) — your house would look good in a slate-like look which might have come with the house originally. Then for the siding, I would stick with a neutral that comes right out of your brick. Take a look at Oat Straw (Ben Moore’s AF-340). It’s a rich camel.

      As for the foundation material, it can either be plucked off and replaced with a skim coat of concrete or you can go right over the bottom layer (if it’s stable) with stone. I would not use more brick.

      Does that help get you started?

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Lisa says:

        Thanks Barbara! So, would you recommend the shutters being the Oat Straw color as well? And the trim and soffits, etc. remaining white? Our roofer does recommend 30 year architectural shingles, so I will take a look at the ones you recommend.

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Lisa,
        Sure the Oat Straw should work for the shutters as well. Or you can pick another brick color. Anything but white (really looks best on Florida pastels).

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

      • Lisa says:

        Barbara,

        I do really like the GAF Timberline Slate color you recommended. Our roofer can get those, but he works woth Owens Corning and is recommending the Oakridge Pro 30’s. He can also get Tamko Heritage 30 in Virginia Slate, which I like. But, I don’t know if the Owens Corning are as good of quality. Assuming they are, could you take a look at the color choices and let me know what might work. I don’t see one that is just like the GAF Slate color.

        Thanks!
        Lisa

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Lisa,
        How about Oakridge Driftwood? Not exactly a slate alternative but the driftwood might pick up on the browns in your brick — not a historic look but a very pleasant one.

        See what you think.
        Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

      • Lisa says:

        The Driftwood looks nice, but I really liked that GAF slate. If the OC Duration shingles provide a nicer color than the Oakridge colors, we can use those. Or, the Tamko’s are easy to get – the ones I mentioned. Can you provide your first choice color in Owens Corning and Tamko, regardless of historic aspect (although we prefer that). We want the best look using the shingle brands we have been told they prefer to use.

        Please let me know your first choice color with our brick for Tamko, and first choice using Owens Corning (Duration or Oakridge – is the Oakridge color isn’t your favorite of the Owens Corning shingle colors). He can do Duration, it’s just a little more expensive.

        We’ll choose based on what you think will look best with the brick. Thanks so much for your help. I am at a loss when it comes to things like this!!

        Lisa

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Lisa,

        I like the Owens Corning Oakridge Teak for your house. And I like the Tamko Heritage Rustic Slate. What do you think?

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

    • Lisa says:

      Barbara,

      Here we are in Spring, and now the roof is getting replaced. From your recommendations, I had chosen the Tamko Heritage 30 shingles in Rustic Slate. Now that the job is about to start, our contractor is saying that he can’t get them after all, and is giving us two Certainteed Landmark series options. First of all, does the quality of these even compare to Tamko Heritage 30? Secondly, if you still have access to my pictures, could you recommend colors from this set? We are unhappy about the change, but hoping you can help. He is suggesting that either Heather Blend or Burnt Sienna would be fine, but I’m really not sure those would look best with our brick. If you need a new link to photos of our house, I will be glad to provide them. Thank you in advance!

      Lisa

  • C Mitchell says:

    Hi, I am considering a metal roof for my rather traditional house. Can I email you a photo of the house to help with this discussion?

    I would like your help on whether a metal roof would look good with the house and, if so, what color.

    The house is mostly a darker red/black mix brick, textured.

    The gable ends and the area of the house covered by the front and back porches are stained light gray cedar plants, horizontal.

    The trim is a Navajo White Benjamin Moore. Shutters are black.

    I was considering a rusty red color roof.

    The house has regular black shingles on it now, not even architectural shingles.

    Thanks, Cindy

  • Cathy says:

    Hi Barbara

    We are in the process of getting a new roof and thought this was be the best time to explore color options. As you can see from the photo (I emailed separately), our current roof is a weathered wood and we were thinking of going with a dark brown architectural shingle. Our shutters are a dark green and our house has a cream and light tan brick and a light tan siding (sometimes it looks kind of peachy to me). Our trim, garage door and front door are white. We want to update our look without standing out. Most of the houses nearby have various shades of brown and grey roofs. Can you give me suggestions for colors for the roof? I’m not opposed to changing the color of the shutters either.

    Thanks Cathy

  • Cindy R says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I wish I had found your website a month ago. I hope you can help. I have to put a new roof on my house asap and as others have done, I am agonizing over the colour of shingles. I will email you a photo of the house. It is a two storey home with dark brown brick on the front, and peachy-beige vinyl siding on the remaining three sides. The trim is a dark brown, except the front door and vinyl windows, which are a cream or what I call a yellow-beige. (the photo is an earlier photo of the house taken when I was purchasing it – the garage door is now dark brown). I have to live with this combination of colours in the brick, siding and windows – they cannot be changed. The brick has rust in it. The existing shingles are a rusty brown and are not too bad with the siding and brick, but I am finding that no manufacturer of shingles currently offers a similar colour or dark brown shingles (at least in our area). I am looking at Certainteed’s burnt sienna or heather blend as options. I have picked up shingle samples and the Burnt Sienna and Heather Blend seem to go well with the colours in the brick. But I am concerned that Burnt Sienna may be too orange and may bring out too much of the rust in the brick (perhaps I shouldn’t be concerned about that?) and that the Heather Blend may be too light. I also looked at GAF Timberline’s shingles but their Hickory, which seems to be popular in the area, gives a checkerboard effect and is, I think, too busy. (they had a natural shadow line with less colour variation but it has either been discontinued or is not available here). Certainteed’s shingles seem to have less variation in colour and hence may be the best bet.

    And am I crazy to be considering dimensional shingles for my house? I am looking at 40 year shingles as the thought of never having to go through this again is very appealing! A number of houses in the neighbourhood have dimensional shingles and don’t look great – it may be bad colour choices or the shingles are too busy (GAF’s Hickory seems to be popular). I also checked the traditional 3 tab shingles though but they seem to pose similar problems in terms of the colours.

    Can you advise on colours for the roof and type of shingle? Thank you.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Have you seen Owens Corning (Duration) Brownwood and Teak? They do have a 40-year shingle that doesn’t have quite as much definition (the busy effect) as what you’ve been looking at. Plus the browns are darker.

      I’ll keep looking for your photo to double check if those colors will work for you. Send to my email at bmeglis@yahoo.com for the quickest site. My professional site gets bogged down with large files quickly.

      More soon.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Tom says:

    Hi Barbara!

    I am looking to replace the roof on my home. I sent you two photos for your review.

    The house is a very light beige with dark green shutters.

    The product we are looking at is Tamko Heritage 30/50 Laminated Asphalt Shingles.

    Do we go with a Weathered Wood, Aged Wood, Rustic Cedar or Rustic Slate look? Would an Olde English Pewter look be too light and contain too much white and grey for this color siding?

    Many thanks!

    Tom

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Tom,

      The colors I like best for your house are the Rustic Slate and Rustic Black. Either of those will work with your brick steps and your shutters and give you the most contrast against the light beige siding. Some of the other colors seem a bit too light for your light-colored house. I do think the Olde English pewter look is too light for your house and a little too cool gray to go with the creamy siding.

      Hope that helps, Tom.

      Thanks for posting!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • wenona says:

    Hi I am in so need of help.. Love your site and need some expert advise… We are remolding our 1963 home. We are putting a new tin roof on and I have no idea what color to match our outdated yellow tone brick. (I took pictures but do not know where to post them.) We are replacing the gutters and trim.. I would like to also put up some shutters and do not know what color to paint them. I also have a few areas of siding and the garage that will be painted.. Have no idea what color to paint them. Do I match the trim or the roof? I would like you to see the pictures of my home (so you can see the color of the brick) so please email and let me know what to do.. I placed the $20.00 donation through paypal. Thanks so much.. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Wenona

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Wenona,

      Got your photos via email! Thank you.

      I suggest painting the siding a Ben Moore Nugget AC-9 to go with the brick. That will make your house look much bigger as right now the brick kind of cuts the house in half visually. Then for whatever trim you need painted, go with China White too coordinate with your window color and frame out the house nicely. For a metal roof, I suggest Burnished Slate, a brown with a slight green undertone — very nice with your brick!

      Here’s a link:

      http://www.colormetalroofs.com/

      Click on Burnished Slate for a photo.

      The gutters can be either the roof color or white. Either will work. Right now your white gutters look good and with the white fascia underneath, I would lean toward white.

      Hope that helps. Thanks again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Robert says:

    Saw your website. I am fixing up a foreclosure and replacing the roof, but I am terrible with colors. I plan to repaint the siding so I want the roof, siding and trim color to all go togehter. I am thinking about a tan color for the siding. I am emailing a picture of house with a siding color similar to what I am planning on. Something in the tan color with white trim. But I am flexible. I saw one house whos siding and roof color I thought looked O.K. and have attached it. NOt sure what the roof shingle color is. Can you tell?

    On my roof I temporarily laid some shingles to try and see different colors. I want to try and roof tommorrow, so I want to go with a stock color. Both HD and my local roofing supplier carry the GAF Timberline HD shingles. I am thinking about going with the 30 year architectural shingles. Currently it looks to me like the home has 20 year 3 tab Desert Tan shingles. The Home Depot stocks the following:

    1) Charcoal
    2) Hickory
    3) Weathered Wood
    4) Shakewood

    The also carry some 3 tab shingles in the GAF 25 year Sovereign Shingle such as Cypress Tan and Goplden Cedar..

    I would prefer to just go with HD, but the roofing supply company I thnk stocks all the GAF Timberline HD colors.

    I am hoping you can pick both a Roofing Shingle Color, Siding Color and Trim Color that would make the home look its best. I eventually plan to sell the home, so I want something neutral and pleasing to all.

    Thanks in advance,
    Robert

  • bmeglis says:

    Hi Amanda,

    A black roof can look a little severe against the white fascia and trim — loads of contrast. But it does look sharp. The Iron Sand will give you a softer, blended, more coordinated color scheme as it will pull in the grey from the siding. But there should still be adequate contrast against the trim. I vote for the Iron Sand.

    Hope that helps.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • swish5 says:

    3736 Saint Marks
    (have sent photo to your email)

    red-orange brick, white trim, black shutters

    need to pick shingles from CertainTeed XT25
    don’t want it to be too textured (multi shades)

    considering dove grey
    or slate gray (may be too textured)
    or moire black (may be too black)

    Installer thinks slate grey is closest to what i have
    Don’t want it to be stand out too much – too black?

    oh – you can see picks at zillow.com (“make me an offer”)
    really think I should put on new roof before MLS listing

    Thanks

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Swish5,

      Charcoal is ideal for your brick house although I don’t see that as an option for the XT25. I’m not sure you’d like the slate gray as it is quite multi-colored and may be too busy with your brick. I don’t see dove grey but Moire Black is a very nice rich dark charcoal. It certainly would go beautifully with your house (as long as it’s not too hot for your location). If the Moire turns out to be too energy inefficient, then go with a slightly lighter charcoal with little variegation.

      I don’t think your house will stand out too much if the roof is too black since you have black shutters already. But I agree that a busy roof (lots of colors and textures) should be avoided.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Tess says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Need help picking out roof color and type of shingle. My husband prefers a very traditional look. My husband and I were both thinking somewhere along the lines of a deep grey, not sure which ones slate, charcoal, estate, and whatever all those other grey choices are, until the roofer told us…grey roofs should not go on a brown house, then also told us don’t put on a black roof it’s too hot. Now we both are confused, but then I remembered…my color consultant (*poof* angel appears to save the day)

    Choice of shingles Owens Corning, GAF, or CertainTeed, open to styles and colors. Please advise what you would think would look great, and traditional. And also how much color variation or shingle type we should go with.

    Thanks,
    Tess

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Tess,

      I like your black shutters — and your house has lots of brick colors, not just brown. So I like the idea of going as charcoal as you can get and still be able to cool your house down. In New England, we would definitely put an Onyx Black/Charcoal roof on your house. Stunning traditional styling with the crisp white trim! But I know how hot your area can get so black is probably not that practical. If that’s the case, then you can back off to a gray like Georgetown Gray (Certainteed) or Estate Gray (Owens). I really like Tamko’s Rustic Black but again, it’s dark for your southern climate.

      Even though you do have a lot of brown in your brick and less gray, the darker grays go with everything so you don’t have to worry about that. Black shutters are fine — very traditional — but you can soften them slightly to a dark charcoal if you’d like. Matching the roof is very traditional.

      As long as you keep your white trim, the roof change whether it’s charcoal or another lighter gray, will only make your house look more classic. The current brown roof is a little too contemporary for your house.

      Bottom line: goes as dark as you can! And minimize the variegation to a) not conflict with the brick; and b) preserve that aged traditional look.

      Hope that helps.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Joe Flaherty says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I just bought a ranch, that I a sprucing up to rent. It has a new tan roof (see link below) that I have to work with. I need your opinion on the exterior color of the house (body, trim, shutters, door, deck). FYI, the house in located on the Connecticut shoreline and the neighborhood has a very Cape Cod/Nantucket feel to it. Thanks in advance for your advice.

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-Detail/1055-Boston-Post-Rd_Madison_CT_06443_M47654-24965?source=web

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Joe,

      How about Revere Pewter (Ben Moore’s HC-172) for the siding color — certainly a bit of a nod to Nantucket. Then tie the roof in with Jackson Tan HC-46 shutters — we’re blending with the roof because the shutters are asymmetrical (actually they’re not even needed but they’re okay to keep). Then to add color, bring in Philipsburg Blue HC-159 or Van Deusen Blue HC-156 for the front door. Keep the white trim throughout.

      The idea here is to neutralize the house style since it’s a ranch and not a cape, highlight the white trim (very Nantucket), and focus most all the attention on the front door. Make sure it’s nice and semi-gloss shiny! You might also want to remove the shrubs from beside the front steps and replace with a variety of shrubs and perennials — low maintenance of course since you’ll be renting.

      See what you think…

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • pam says:

    Hi Barbara- I hope you can help me! We have a tan ranch in CT (sent you a picture) and we must replace the roof. We prefer black/gray roofs to brown ones, though we do like our tan house with black shutters. However, we are open to re-painting since we are due anyway. The houses on either side are blue, so that is out. There is a grey house and a yellow house across the street.

    When you approach our home you look down on it from the street, making the roof appear prominent. We plan to enhance the front porch with larger columns/arches and some architectural details to draw the eye down. The window to the right will become a french door. All windows will be re-trimmed to brighten them up. We will also be re-landscaping (the winter crushed us!).

    There is a 6 ft cedar fence on either side (not in picture) with an arbor/gate to the left and a large gate with a curved top to the right. We were thinking about a wood door to compliment the fence, but are not sure about how many colors to bring in.

    Our house appears long and flat. We would like to give it more of a cottagy/classic look.

    Any help will be appreciated! We have spent weeks on this decision and must come to a conclusion shortly. Thank you. Pam

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Pam,

      If you like gray, there’s GAF Timberline’s Oyster Gray — a nice soft color much like what you have now. I wouldn’t go with black since the roof is so prominent and the house is so horizontal. I think the black might cut the house in half visually. But here’s another idea:

      How about something like Weathered Wood or Driftwood for the roof color and then either Coastal Fog AC-1 (Ben Moore) or Nantucket Gray HC-111 (a gray-green) for the body color? By keeping the house/roof in the earth-tone natural color palette, the house will blend better with the yard. Then with white trim, the house will not only look bigger but will give you that cottagey feel. The shutters could move toward a striking Boston Brick (2092-30) or a more subdued (traditional) Tudor Brown or Jackson Tan. I know you said you weren’t crazy about brown but have a look at the palette and see if you’re ready for a switch from gray.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Charlotte Meryman says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We are putting a new roof on our house and are debating about color. The architectural style is mixed. The house is a Craftsman-style bungalow with large overhangs and dormers, but not a true Craftsman, especially inside, where it’s got more of a Victorian/farmhouse feel. It is painted all white, trim and body (no shutters), as it the huge adjacent barn. The barn has a silver-coated corrugated metal roof, which will not change. The house has the same corrugated metal on the dormers and dark grey shingle on the rest of the roof (it was a farm). The house has a lovely natural stone foundation and chimney, with a variety of beige, brown, sand, and grey tones.

    In an effort to avoid ice dams, we are thinking of putting a standing-seam metal roof on the whole thing, which means that whatever we pick will be with us for 70 years. Originally we had been thinking of a medium to light grey (maybe a dull pewter tone), but recently I saw a nice weathered bronze (“antique bronze” by Fabral) that I’m thinking might pick up the earthy tones in the stone and give the whole thing a slightly warmer and less stark look. Whatever it is has to go with the barn and perhaps accommodate a paint color change down the line (there are some nice trim details that get lost in the white on white, though it is immensely practical and fits with the barn).

    We would appreciate your thoughts. I will send you some photos either through the site or via email.

    Many thanks.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Charlotte,

      Although the Charcoal Gray will also work, you have a lot of gray on that barn roof (silver actually). So my vote is for the Antique Bronze on the house. It’s much warmer than the Charcoal and it will bring out the vaious tones in your stonework. I’m not a huge fan of metal roof styles because of their “barn-like” look, but I realize their practicality and they’re growing on me. We just put one on our cottage as a matter of fact. The Antique Bronze color is very appealing! And it will allow you to paint the house something other than white whenever you want to do that. No problem!

      You’re all set!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Bahati says:

    Hi Barbara

    I was wondering if you can please help me. My husband and I are buying a house that badly needs some curb appeal. The roof of the house is light charcoal grey color and the walls of the house are a mixture of a dull grey (with white trim around the windows and doors) with light brown brick color.

    If we had to paint the house what would you suggest we do to spruce up the look of the house? I was thinking of painting over the light grey walls of the house with a darker grey and in some black shutters, but I feel like I could do more to make the house pop.

    Here is a photo of the house:

    ExteriorHouseUpdate

    Truly appreciate your thoughts and tips – and thanks for all you do on this site!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Bahati,

      I know you have a light gray roof but the brick is clearly brown and I would focus on that color to round out your palette. Take a look at Ben Moore’s Decatur Buff HC-38 for the siding color with your current white trim and something like Texas Leather AC-3 for the garage door. Then you could either use the same color for the front door or a pop of brick red like Georgian Brick HC-50. Don’t worry about the roof. It’s very neutral. Focus the eye downward on the entry area. You’ll see a huge improvement in the overall curb appeal. If you want to tie in the gray in the roof, replace all lighting with satin nickel. That “gray” will tie the whole look together!!

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Tammy says:

    Hi
    I need help selecting a roof asap. My house is brown and all trim is brown. I would like a little contrast in the roof. Do you think GAF weathered wood will work? Any other thoughts?
    Tks

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Tammy,

      Try Mission Brown (GAF) instead of Weathered Wood. The Weathered roof has kind of a green undertone — okay with your house but I think the softer Mission color is better. It won’t contrast a lot but rather it should make the house look bigger.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Tammy says:

        Thanks! I will get sample boards. Are there any other colors I should check out? I assume the Certainteed Weathered Wood also has a green undertone?

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Tammy,

        You can grab a sample of the Barkwood and Hickory too, but I think the Mission Brown will work the best. Never really know, though, until you hoist the samples up on the roof and stand back at the curb. You’ll know instantly…

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Audra Hart says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I would appreciate your help picking out a new roof for our red brick and white shingled house. The roof is currently black, the trim and shingled areas are white, and the shutters and front door are dark forest green (they read black). We live in CT, so the roof will get quite a beating in the winter. I was hoping to go with a lighter color roof, since I heard the lighter colors will last longer, but we want to do what is best for overall appearance of the house. This will be a need to be a completely new roof, so we want to make sure we get it right. Also, if you don’t mind letting me know your thoughts on the wood on the back deck. The railing is white wood in a chippendale pattern, but the floor of the deck is painted a light gray. I love the white railing, but would like to remove the paint from the deck floor and go with a stained wood instead. I am thinking of going with a darker colored stain, but I am very unsure. I have emailed photos to you separately.
    Many thanks,
    Audra

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Audra,

      Have you seen GAF Slate? It’s a lighter alternative to charcoal and dark brown (also options for your house) and because your brick is multicolored, the slate might just work. Check it out. Otherwise, Barkwood or Charcoal will be my other suggestions.

      And yes, a darker stain on the deck will look terrific. Don’t forget to do the stair treads as well!!

      Thanks for posting!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lori says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We purchased a house last year that needs a new roof and I am stuck on colour choices. The house is a beautiful timberframe that looks like it should be in the mountains, but we’re actually in the city. I’d like to keep the “lodge” feel but also give the house a bit more of an updated look. The siding on the house is a very dark brown board and batten (with grey undertones). The windows, doors, trim and roof are currently green. We are stuck with the green windows (they are vinyl and cannot be painted) but I don’t like the green roof or garage door. Too much green for me!

    I’m looking at Landmark Premium Max Def Driftwood for the roof. Also looked at Weathered Wood but it seemed to have too many sandy beige tones in it. Will the Driftwood work with our green trim? Also, can we get away with a natural wood garage door or should we stick with the green?

    I have emailed photos to you separately.

    Thanks for your help.

    Lori

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lori,

      I do like the Driftwood roof. But I have a couple of other suggestions. Since your window trim does not actually match the windows, I would take advantage of that opportunity to paint the window trim (not all the trim) something more neutral — from your stonework. Look at either Pismo Dunes AC-32 or Valley Forge Tan AC-35 as potential trim colors. You can either paint the garage door that color too or go with a natural wood (a very nice choice!). If you go with natural wood for the garage door, I would match the wood for the front door and paint your window trim a warmer “wood” color to coordinate with the new wood doors.

      A couple of ideas there…

      The green windows are fine but will look even better with different colored window trim. See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Lori Wrenn says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I have a dilemma. I own 1/2 of a twin home. About six months ago, my neighbor rushed out and replaced her roof with a color much lighter than the original, with no input from me. My HOA is now forcing me to match the new, lighter color. Is there anything I can do to make it work? I was thinking maybe changing the shutter and door colors? Also, do you have any suggestions as far as roof colors for me to choose from that would blend well with the new roof? I would rather not go as light, if I can get away with it. Thanks!

  • Lori says:

    I have a follow up question: do you think the Certainteed Landmark would be too busy? I like the look of architectural shingles, but I’m afraid it may be too much going on. I’m leaning towards Resawn Shake.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lori,

      Make sure you get a big sample of the architectural shingles. Your brick doesn’t seem too busy. But check it out first! What color did your neighbor use? It looks a little like Resawn Shake. ??

  • Mara Loveman says:

    I’m so glad I found your site! I need help with some decisions on the exterior of our house. I found your advice to others really great and I hope you can help me as well.

    First: Thanks to hail damage, I have to choose new roof and I’m having a really hard time deciding on the color. The house is a 1938 Cape Cod- style two-story house with a 1968 addition. It’s a white paneled house with a stone facade on the front side and stone chimney. The house sits on a diamond-shaped lot on a corner, with three sides of the house visible from the street. The current roof is a reddish-brown, monotone, and I liked it when we first bought the house. My first choice was to just replace what is there, but roofer says they don’t make anything identical anymore. The red-red shingles the roofer showed me look too bright for me, so I’m currently leaning towards GAF Hickory, to retain the reddish hue. But I’m wondering if the black constrast in the Hickory will look too busy with the stone front of the house? I think the added dimension could look good on other faces of the house, but not sure about the front. What do you think? I saw that you usually recommend black or grey for white houses, but the warm-toned stones on the front of our house seem to suggest a roof in the brown or red or sand family to me. But maybe I’m wrong about this? Pictures sent by email. (We’ve removed all the brown-red shutters because several were in bad shape when we bought the house, so exterior is plainer than it appears in this photo. We also took out the formal evergreens from the front, and plan to replace w/ more informal/soft landscape).

    Second: The house has a formal front door that no one ever uses. Eventually, I’d like to redo the driveway and front entry path to direct people to the front door instead of the sidedoor, which you access from the driveway (see photos). I’ve thought about painting front door a vibrant, deep red while leaving side door white to help draw people to the front door. But really I think the pathway will need to change before people will use the front door. I’ve attached photos. Any thoughts on the front door or other solution to the sidedoor issue?

    Thanks in advance for your advice. I look forward to your response!

  • debra says:

    Hello!

    My home is a long 50 yeat old ranch style bungalow. The roof line is a very prominent feature.
    The brick colour is “blond” (a light yellow colour).
    The aluminum around the wimdows and evestrough is dark brown.
    I am replacing the roof and would like to know what colour shingles would work best with my current colour scheme?? Grey..cedar…terrocata..brown
    Thank you
    Debra

  • Janice says:

    Hi,

    So happy to find your blog!!! We’re building a house and I need help asap with the exterior colors and roofing. We need to decide our choices in a day or two!:) We’ve decided to go with Hardie Board’s Monterey Taupe as the main body colour and Timberbark Hardie Board shakes as an accent in the “peaks” of the house (they suggested these two colors on the Hardie website). We liked Arctic white as the trim color. We have no shutters on the house. First:
    1. Do all three colors go well together?
    2. What color of roof would go well with this combination? We’ve decided on Certainteed Landmark Plus and are not sure what one to pick…Cobblestone Gray, Weathered Wood…etc.
    3. We’re purchasing Silvermine stone for the bottom exterior. What stonework on the bottom part of the house would go well with this mix? Gray or a mix of gray with some browns? They have a list of all the choices you can pick.

    Your help would be much appreciated! Thank you!!!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Janice,

      Yes all three colors go great together! As for a roof, I like Weathered Wood although it’s light. The tones are very nice with your siding colors.

      As for the stone, I liked “Terra” as it seemed to pick up the taupe tones in the siding and offer some additional contrast with both the black and the golder stones. Not sure I was looking at all the options so to answer your question, a mix of grays and browns will best incorporate the gray/taupe tones of the siding. I would not go all gray with the stone — it’s nice to have a mixture that includes the house color.

      If you feel the house is well-coordinated, then perfect. If you feel that the elements match each other too well, then write me back. You can always introduce more contrast and complementary colors into the palette but personally, I like the colors to all go well with each other and then introduce complementary accents — front door, garden furniture, landscape plantings, and other things you can change and switch in and out. The roof… needs to be perfect.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Janice says:

    Thanks, Barbara! We ordered the Weathered Wood roof today. Having your advice was just what we needed. Thanks again!

  • Gerri says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Thank you for the suggestions. However,the color of the storm windows is brown and not bronze. I regret the error.
    Thanks ,
    Gerri

  • Fiona & Robin says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We are trying to decide on a roof for our house as the cedar shingles are badly needing replaced. We have considered using cedar shingles again, but a thicker shingle that would hopefully last longer than the current ones which have lasted only 20 years in our wet climate in the Pacific North West . Thicker cedar shingles are quite costly so we are also looking at high quality laminate shingles such as Certainteed Landmark TL but are having trouble deciding on the color.

    Our house has quite a red brick(redder than I would like) along the entire front of the house as well as the archway in front of the front door. Some of the brick is less visible due to the various plants at the front of the house. Our house is a tudor style home and so is fairly busy with all of the trim. Our house stucco color is Benjamin Moore HC95 Sag Harbour Gray and our trim color is HC100 Gloucester Sage. Our front door is Benjamine Moore Raphael but we added black to the color to make it darker but is still has dark red tones especially in the sun.

    We have looked at Certainteed Landmark TL in the Old Overton color but wondered if it would be adding another color into the three colors on the house already. We looked at Moire Black but wondered if it might be too harsh. We also looked at Black Walnut and Shanendoah but thought that they might be too red as we would rather downplay the red. We would like a roof color with flexibility as we may change paint color in the future although we don’t plan to make a change just now.

    I am emailing a photo of our house separately.

    Please let us know what colors you think would be suitable on a house like ours. We would also be interested in knowing which of the Certainteed Landmark TL products you think might work well, or work the best.

    Thanks,

    Fiona & Robin

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Fiona and Robin,

      How about Cumberland?? I like that one as it is dark enough to provide some contrast with your trim color (and stucco) and it has a touch of warmth to it without being overpowering. I agree that the Shenandoah is too red (if you want to downplay the brick). And the Moire Black is a bit severe. Weathered Wood is quite light and is probably more of a “match” to your house but I think you need some contrast to highlight the interesting roof angles and architecture. The Old Overton would be my second choice. It’s a bit lighter and quite like the look of your current roof. I think either will work but get big samples before making the final decision.

      Hope that helps!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Clayetta Montee (cmontee) says:

    I need your help in picking a color for my new metal roof. I am about to put on a new 26 gauge metal roof – previously had a white shingle roof. Over the years, the white shingles have turned grey with mildew and stains. The brick on my house is mainly dark red with various of darker colors, a darker red, almost brown and at times, what appears to be a charcoal. The mortar between the bricks is pronounced and of a beige/dark cream/ivory color.

    I had almost settled on the country red roof color (not bright patriot red, nor burgundy) for fear that a white roof would just be too much of a stark contrast. However, the secretary of the roofing company says NOT to put on a red roof on a red house as it looks awful. I am now thinking that one of the white colors would look find – if it didn’t look out of place with the green trees which stand all around the house.

    I have no shade around my home or yard. My house is in the sun from sun up until sun down. I do not want black or charcoal, not even dark brown. I am very interested in putting on a roof color that will reflect the sun’s heat and not absorb it into the attic, but I do not want my roof to be stark or an eyesore to the neighborhood. I have installed a SEER 15 heat pump and A/C unit and then blew R40 insulation into the attic and I do not wish to undo the measures I am taking to keep the house cool by putting on a heat absorbing color. I have just this year hung sun shades of a beige color over the windows that face the west in an attempt to control the heat gain inside the house through the single pane windows (new windows will be a project for another year).

    The window trim is painted in an off white, the gutters, the soffits and fascia are painted the same off white and the door is also an off white.

    I will send photos to your email address including a color chart for this metal roof application. One photo shows the house in the snow – showing the white as it might appear on a roof (not so bright white though) but remember the ground and all the trees are generally all bright green. One photo also shows the house when I bought it 2 years ago – showing the white roof, turned grey – showing what a grey roof would look like, but I don’t think that is the right color for this roof.

    Thank you for your help.

    Clayetta Montee

  • C.A. says:

    We are replacing our siding, roofing and gutters on our 1983 colonial home. I can e-mail pictures of our house. We have brick on the front with a small area of siding near the roof line in the middle. The sides and back of the house are all siding. There is a fireplace on the back side of the house. (I am able to send photos via e-mail.)

    I like the classic colonial look and want to know if the following choices will give us the look we want and coordinate with the house.

    Almond by Mastic (Quest) as the siding?

    Any suggestions for the style of siding? Double Dutch 4 1/2 inch lap, double 5 or double 4? Or any other suggestion you may have. (We definitely do not like the contemporary Charleston Beaded style. Keep in mind that there is that small patch of siding that appears on the front of the house.

    Charcoal by Timberline (30 year) or Moire Black (Landmark by Certainteed) for the roofing? We live in the DC area so it does get hot in the summer. Our contractor said that the color doesn’t matter that the amount of heat felt in the house due to color is negligable unless we go with a really light color close to off white. (Is this true?)

    And, keeping the trim and gutters white and shutters black.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi C.A.

      Thanks for emailing the photos. I do like Almond for your siding color –I think Desert Sand will also work if you want a slightly richer tone. As for the style, the big thing with siding is to avoid seams (obviously, the seams kill the illusion that you have wood siding). In the front, the seams will not be an issue but along the sides and back, they will. I do like the 5″ lap (4″ is okay) but I’m not crazy about the Dutch lap at all. Kind of shouts vinyl to me since wood does not bend like that. So either 5″ or 4″ double long or super long if you can manage it. Just to minimize seam lines.

      As for the roof, you’ve chosen my two “go-to” roof colors from the two roof different roof lines. I like both the Charcoal and the Moire Black. Neither is so dark that heat will be a problem. I’m not a roofing expert, but from what I understand, if the roof is installed correctly, the color should not matter. (Unless you live in Florida, in which case white is your best bet.) I would NOT put a white roof on ANY house like yours in the DC area. You need traditional and Charcoal/Moire Black is the way to go. Either color will work perfectly so you can choose the roof company/pricing/warranty, etc.

      Trim and gutters white. Shutters black. Check!!

      You’re set to go!

      Thanks again.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • nancy desanctis says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I am choosing colors for new vinyl siding for 4 dormers and front/back peak of a small bungalow style home and a detached garage and a shutte for the front window. The base of the house is stucco with an open front porch. Plan to have white trim and new gutters so it will look nice and fresh.

    Do you recommend painting the stucco the same color as the siding?
    The roof is a pebbled multi color medium brown with some black and light speckles.

    Colors I was considering: savannah wicker, desert tan, silver ash or hertigage cream. 6.5 beaded style

    Thought to stay with neutral
    Thanks for any recommendations,
    Nancy.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Yes, if your bungalow is small, I would paint the stucco to match the siding or at least be a shade of the siding color. That will make your house look bigger and less chopped up. Larger houses can have multi-colored palettes, but it’s harder to pull off with a small house.

      I would go as medium as you can with the siding color. Savannah Wicker is fine. But so are Buckskin and Natural Clay. The white trim will stand out even more with the medium tone on the house and you’ll love the effect!

      Hope that helps.

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • nancy desanctis says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Thanks for your recommendations. I don’t have a swatch for Buckskin siding but will check it out.

    Given the recommended palette…what color of door and shutter?
    I was thinking black but also like some tones of red.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Yes black would be good for shutters since there’s some black in your roof. (If the roof is mostly brown, you might consider Ben Moore’s Tudor Brown for the shutters.) Then Cottage Red or Dinner Party (both Ben Moore) might work great for your front door.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Melissa says:

    Hello Color Coach,

    I am in the process of adding 2 gables & new stone steps to my front entry. My home is a ranch style. Currently the roof has 2 feaux dormers attached. I will be replacing my current roof & removing the 2 dormers & adding a large gable in the center of the roof & a small gable over the front door.
    My existing roof is black or dark gray. The brick color is predominantly brown with some cream interspersed throughout.
    I am currently looking at the IKO Cambridge Architectural shingle as a replacement roof. I am torn between 2 colors: Dual Brown & Heatherwood.
    My hesitation with Dual Brown is because I have so much movement in my brick color & do not want to make it worse by having a lot of movement in my roof color.
    I am leaning toward the Heatherwood but concerned it may be too dark & overpower the house totally. Please help.
    I am planning to keep the trim color a lighter taupe/pebbleclay color as seen in the photo.
    My new door will be wood & glass ( wood color Walnut).
    I wil try to send photos through this email. Having some difficulty will also send to your email.

    Thanks,

    Melissa

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Melissa,

      I think the Dual Brown may be too orange but I do like the Heatherwood. It seems to bring out the red tones in your brick. And it contrasts nicely with the siding color. When it comes to architectural shingles and how busy they are, it seems that the darker colors have less “variegation” so I don’t think that will be a problem.

      Another favorite is Driftwood, but it’s not as warm a color as the Heatherwood. I would get samples of each.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Melissa says:

        I will also be adding stone to the entryway. I am currently pondering a engineered stone by Horizon Stone. What is your opinion on the stone color to coordinate with the current brick & new roof color (Heatherwood)? I am thinking about Pinehurst blend in the ledgewood style. I would appreciate your input on this as well.
        Thanks for your reply on the roof color.

      • Melissa Ramsey says:

        What is your opinion on Weatherwood???

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Melissa,

        Nice colors… medium tone… goes with everything. Very popular.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Deidre says:

    Hello Color Coach,
    We have purchased this side split home and it needs a new roof and exterior updating. The red brick will stay. I need some input as to roof color, siding color and trim/garage door/front door color to complete the whole look. Eventually, we will replace the windows (white). I was considering a black metal roof or do you think shingles would be better? Should I paint the front door for some punch? Add shutters above the garage? Not sure how to add a photo so I will send it to your email address.
    Thanks,
    Deidre

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Deidre,

      I like the idea of a black roof on your brick home but whether it’s metal or shingle really depends on a) price and how much you’re willing to spend; and b) the neighborhood — are there other metal-roof houses in your area? My choice would be shingle for your house style and vintage. Look at IKO’s Dual Black for one option. As for siding color, you might go with a shade that coordinates with your brick. How about Ben Moore’s Wheeling Neutral HC-92. Then you could use a gray-green for the garage door/front door — something like Gettysburg Gray HC-107, which would tie in well with your foundation plantings and contrast with the brick.

      White is fine for your trim/windows regardless. Can’t go wrong with white although there are lots of other color options out there if you plan to replace ALL the windows at the same time. In terms of shutters, your windows do not requre them, but black would coordinate well with the roof and dress up the house a bit more.

      See what you think of that palette.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Wayde says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We’re replacing the roof on our Stucco/Stone home and hope to use the opportunity to obtain a bit more curb appeal. The safe bet is sticking close that we we already have which our our contractor would be Timberline Weathered Wood HD. We’re wondering how Timberline HD Charcoal would look (maybe we could paint the front door black?).

    Photos:

    Timberline HD Roof Color Choices:

    http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residential/Products/Shingles/Timberline/Timberline-High-Definition/Timberline-High-Definition-Shingles.aspx

    Thank You!

    Wayde

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Wayde,

      You cannot go wrong with Charcoal — it’s the traditional choice, of course, but the contrast with the house color/stonework will add drama and that’s what you’re looking for. (Your house already has curb appeal but all the colors blend. Not a lot of contrast.)

      As long as you have other black accents (your mailbox) and add new ones (replace the gold urns with black on the front step), then you can paint the door black or not. Picking a warm color from your stonework would still work even with the charcoal roof. But black doors are traditional too. So either way.

      If you decide not to go with Charcoal, just avoid anything too yellow. Look at Barkwood over Weathered Wood as your house is taupe. Although there is a little yellow in the stonework, I would avoid any yellow undertones on the large expanse of roof.

      Hope that helps!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Peter Pelosi says:

    Hi Barbara,

    What color roof do you think we should pick for our house? We need to replace our roof. We are looking at Owens Corning Duration Premium ashalt roof shingles. We narrowed it down to Brownwood, Teak, Driftwood, or Onyx Black (charcoal). Our house has cedar shakes (brown/cedar color) with a forest green color aound the roof line trim. The downspouts are painted brown. We would appreciate your help. If you need us to send you a picture of our house please e-mail me, and I will send it to you.Thanks.

    • bmeglis says:

      Peter,

      I would love to see a photo. You can send it to my email at bmeglis@yahoo.com. When it comes to picking roof colors, pictures are worth a thousand words…

      Thanks.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color coach

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Peter,

      I like the Teak best — has great colors in it. (The Brownwood was a little too much brown, the Driftwood — too gray, and the Onyx — too black). As for the front door, I really love the color the way it is with that wonderful stain. It really lightens up the house and actually may tie in nicely to the Teak roof! I would opt for restaining as is unless the upkeep is just too difficult (or the door is in the sun). Let me know if you REALLY want to paint the door, and I will get you a paint color.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Grace says:

    I posted my question late yesterday but do not see it so I will post again.

    I have emailed you a photo of our house( in winter time because it was the only one I could find in a hurry). The roof which is not visible is gray. The man who is going to replace our roof said the old color is slate. He then showed me a Slate in Timberline. That sample had a greenish tint, but I never saw green when I looked at our roof. I just don’t think it’s the same color.

    Our brick is a fairly light coral pink and the mortar is gray. There are some patches of brown and gray in the brick itself.

    The shutters we have now are painted a sort of slate blue.

    My husband wants to use the Timberline architectural shingle, but I do not care for a chunky look in a shingle. I am completely undecided on the Slate Timberline because I do not want a greenish roof.

    Can you suggest another color that would go with our brick and our cream color trim ( I believe the trim is Casa Blanca by Sherwin Williams but am not sure). We are not going to change the trim because my husband recently repainted. I am very willing to change the shutter color and the roof color.

    Do you think that something like Driftwood in Owens Corning would work, and if so what color shutter might look good with it?

    Or do you think gray looks better with our brick? If we go with gray I think we would continue with the slate blue shutters.

    i do not have an eye for color so I would appreciate your suggestions.

    Grace
    (I changed my email below to match the one on the Paypal account that I used to donate.)

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Grace,

      Have you seen Timberline’s Pewter Gray? It has a blue undertone that would look very nice with your current palette. I do like the grays with your brick/mortar. But if you would like a change, then the Driftwood will work great. You can change your shutters to something like Ben Moore’s Texas Leather AC-3 that will pick up both roof and brick colors. Stay away from the “Slate” colors as they do look green. Very nice, but green.

      You might paint your door Roycroft Copper Red for a warm alternative to the blue.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Grace says:

        I do like the Pewter Gray, but have been told that in our area it is not available in Timberline Natural Shadow. I am reluctant to go with the Timberline HD because I am not sure I like the variegation. Do you know of another brand of shingle that might have a similar color, but without the dimensional effect of the HD?

        Also, I know I said I don’t like a greenish roof, but that preference doesn’t necessarily extend to shutters. If we went with the driftwood, is there some shade of green that might go with it and with our brick? I personally like the colors you suggested, but my husband seemed a bit cool to the copper red door.

  • Jonathan says:

    The small one-story home we just purchased (a foreclosure!) was built in the late 70s when slanted wood was being used on the exterior. Would adding shutters in order to add color and visual interest work on this?

    We need to leave the house cream, with the same white door, but need your advice about trim color, roof color, and landscaping color. I am emailing you a photo.

    We need to tell the roofer what color tomorrow. I think it depends on what color the trim and flowers will be. Help!

    –Jonathan

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      How about Certainteed’s Heather Blend for the roof? Then you could add an accent trim color around the windows (look at either Georgian Brick -Ben Moore HC-50 or the more subtle Alexandria Beige HC-77) and long shutters in Davenport Tan HC-76, a medium cool brown that will complement the roof/siding without chopping up the facade too much. Paint the corner posts the same as the house color to make the house look a little bigger.

      As for the front door, you can go with the Alexandria Beige to accent the door but avoid too much contrast with the white storm door.

      Then pull the brick into the landscape with a big orange pot of white annuals/greens or just greens. Another accent color for a pot is a rich teal color. That will contrast nicely with the brick/roof shades and add a real punch of color to the front.

      Keep the landscape simple but think about adding a couple of tall shrubs in front of the slanted siding to camouflage just a bit. The rest will come together nicely.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Grace says:

    Barbara,

    We are going to get the timberline slate roof that my husband wanted. I sent you a photo last week of our brick which is a coral/pink color. Our trim is a cream/ivory color. Do you have any suggestions about shutter and door color?

    Thanks,
    Grace

    P.S. I hope your 50s party went great.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Grace,

      So sorry for the delay. Yes, the 50s party went great. Some of the company is still here — the rest have returned to Canada.

      Anyway… take a look at Kendall Charcoal HC-166 as a possible shutter color. It’s a gray-green but should look really good with your Slate roof and cream trim. As for the front door, since you don’t have a lot of cream trim around the door, how about Richmond Bisque (a darker version of the trim)? That way, the door will stand out from the surrounding brick/roof colors.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Kim says:

    Hello, I’m struggling with what color to paint my siding with the new roof I just had installed. I’d like to send you a pic, but I don’t see how to do that on this web site. The roof is called pewter gray from Timberline, but it has a bluish-grayish look. I don’t want something boring but also not anything outrageous. Thanks

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Kim,

      On the photo of the back of the house with the four small samples, I like the one in the upper right. I think that’s the sample that you painted on the front of the house too (?). Anyway, I like the darker medium blue as it has enough contrast to make that gorgeous freshly painted white trim pop and go well with the roof color without being too dark. The blue also has just the right amount of gray in it to make the house very tastefully done — blues can be tough if they’re too clear (bright). So you are on your way. The lighter shades of blue are too light — not enough contrast with the trim and a little too ordinary-looking. The medium gray-blue is perfect.

      How’s that!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Donna says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I need some help with a roof shingle color selection. We will be using Certainteed Landmark shingles. I have sent two pics of the outside front of the home via email to you.
    We are thinking of using either Weathered Wood or Cobblestone Gray…but I’m not sure if the gray is too light or even the right color at all.
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Donna

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Donna,

      Either of those colors work but the Cobblestone might be a bit light for your area. The Weathered Wood is okay but it seems to make the brick look a bit muddy as it brings out those green undertones. The roof I really like with your house is Georgetown Gray. Have you considered that one? It’s darker than the Cobblestone, very appropriate for your climate, and spectacular with your gray brick trim around doors and windows. The gray keeps the orange brick looking crisp and does not introduce another color into the mix.

      See what you think. But get large samples before making a final decision. Once you prop them up against the garage, you will be able to make a quick decision. Much easier that way.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Donna says:

        Hi Barbara,
        Thank you for your suggestion as to the Georgetown Gray. I think that color will look super. The roofing guy is coming out next week and will bring a few of the shingles with him. We are also going out tomorrow night to look at another house done by this roofer in the Georgetown Gray. We will be taking your color advice. Also having a look at a nice steel roof too which would be gray also but don’t know yet….very expensive unless we qualify for the neighborhood display home :)
        Thanks again, your help is much appreciated and I will send you a photo once the roof has been done. We will be doing some inside decorating also once we recover from the roof payment…lol… and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to contact you again for your color advice.
        You have been super, and thank you :)
        Donna

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Donna,

        My pleasure. Thank you!

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Hilary and Joe Perettine says:

    Hi Barbara

    We are renovating our home and have narrowed down the colors for the house to the Benjamin Moore Historical Colors.Monroe Bisque, Manchester Tan or Putnam Ivory.

    The home is a cedar lap siding and I have snapped in a front and side shot of the plan below.

    ( we had to send this in a seprate email to you)

    Not sure if you can make it out well from the plan diagram but the stone porch pillars and the garage will be trimmed with a New England Stone veneer and the front door and porch with be mahogany clear finish and the garage doors with either be mahogany or cedar – again clear finish.

    Here is the rub – we cant quite pin down what to do in terms of the texture and color for the roof.

    After much hand ringing and a check to Consumers Reports we seem to have zoned in on the Certain Teed, Landmark Series as being the right price range and potentially right definition but are still not sure on color.

    http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing

    Our preference on style seems to lean toward the LandMark series but not sure about which one is right texture and coloration

    TheReSawn Shale looks perhaps too light and the Weather Wood perhaps looks a little dark?

    We are open to other suggestions on roofing that you may have. (Not sure can afford a real cedar shake roof and it would in any case be out of character with our neighborhood)

    We are spending a good amount on this renovation and have confidence about everything else we are doing but there is quite a bit of roof showing to the street view of our home and we want to get this right.

    Thanks for you help in advance!

    Hilary and Joe Perettine

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Hilary and Joe,

      I suggest either the Weathered Wood or Heather Blend in the architectural (Landmark) series but not the Max Def (maximum definition) series since you have both stonework and textured shakes on the house. I think the Max Def would be a little too busy (in my opinion — although I see it all the time!). Those roof colors will not be too dark for your large house. Resawn Shake is a bit light, however.

      As for house color, you might also consider Lenox Tan HC-44 as it is a richer medium shade that will contrast with light trim and still look terrific against both stonework and your mahogany doors. The medium shades look better on bigger houses. See what you think. The colors you mentioned are all okay though and will contrast with the stonework nicely.

      Have to run but I’ll check back later for a follow-up in case you still have concerns.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Hilary and Joe Perettine says:

        Barbara-

        Thanks for the great feedback!

        We like your idea on the HC-44 as we think it will stand up well to the stonework tones and provide starker contrast to white trim and painted wood. I think we are leaning toward the Weathered Wood as it just seems to have a little more nature neutral / grayish vagueness to the tone whereas the Heather Blend seems to lean toward a brownish tint. But it was a very close call here and we are still no commited. If you had to pick one which would it be?

        We might switch to a Pennsylvania Veneer stone which has a more naturally uniform brownish shade to it vs the New England which is more classically greys and browns. (also about 1/4 the price)

        One question – I really like the LandMark shingles but can’t tell if there is an design difference between the LandMark and the LandMark Premium – not sure if you have any experience there?

        Thanks again.

        Joe an Hilary

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Hilary and Joe,

        I like the HC-44 with the Weathered Wood. That’s a nice combo. Weathered Wood is very popular because it goes with just about everything. As far as I know, the difference between Landmark and Landmark Premium (besides price and durability left to you, your budget, and roofer), the Premium is Max Def which means that the color variation is more pronounced (= busier) than the Landmark. But your roofer can advise you. Visually, for me at least, the less busy roof is preferable when there are multiple finishes on the house (rock, shingle, brick, etc) or multiple siding colors. But again, look at the warranty, etc, when making the final decision.

        Having said that, if you go with HC-44, consider a rock that has both browns and grays for maximum interest. A one-colored rock has texture only and if it’s brown, you already have brown covered with the siding color. Just a thought.

        Hope that helps.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Cara Hechinger says:

    Hi, Barbara! We are first roofing & then painting our 1920s era home in Memphis TN. It is a Georgian-style home with reddish-brown brick & a brickish-toned grout that even appears slightly pinkish. (I am going to email you four photos of our home & brick.) Our current roof is monotoned grey & our current trim color is white. We are wanting to really provide a lot more curb appeal for our home by choosing more attractive roof & paint colors. We’ve been looking at roof colors (Estate Grey, Driftwood, Dual Black, Rustic Black, Harvard Slate). The black roofs look too black to me & the Harvard Slate seems too busy. I’ve liked the Estate Grey & the Driftwood so far. We are thinking of painting our trim a non-white color, such as a color similar to the limestone on our house. Can you please offer your suggestions for a look that would give our home its best look possible?

    Thank you so much!
    Cara

  • Donna says:

    Hi again Barbara,
    One question I forgot to ask you. The roof color that you chose for our peach brick house was Certainteed Georgetown Gray which we will be using. The valleys and flashing will be done in prefinished black I am presuming. Since all window trim and door trim is white on the front of the house, should we request white flashing around the garage roof? The garage is attached to the front of the house.
    Thanks again, Donna

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Donna,

      I think I would use white all around instead of black. That will maintain the current look of the house with the white gutters/flashing/trim. Sound reasonable? I would not use different flashing colors for garage and house.

      Hope that clarifies.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Donna says:

    Thanks again Barbara, will be using the white flashing. You have been a great help and it’s wonderful to find someone like you on the internet.
    Have saved you in my favorites for the next time we do need some color advice :)
    – Donna

  • Anne says:

    Please help me. My roofer promised to replace my shingles with a red color.

    Instead, he used a brown colored shingle. It looks awful.

    The roof was already finished when I came home.

    The roofer said that he couldn’t find red so he replaced it with brown. He never tried to contact me about the change in plans.

    What can I do??

  • Steve says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We are in the process of replacing our roof and want to take advantage of the many advances in roofing products today to improve the overall look of the homes exterior. The home is a well designed contemporary colonial that is pretty bland in its color scheme. The vinyl siding is almond and all its trim including windows and doors are white. The present roof color I believe is a “weathered” weathered wood with a predominate brown tone. As stated in some of your blog posts, can this bland exterior justify a more interesting roof? My roofing choices I’m considering are Certainteed Landmarks Max Def Heather Blend, Max Def Weathered Wood, and Max Def Driftwood, and GAF Timberline High Def ultra Barkwood.
    My thoughts were that a dark brown roof does provide contrast with the peaks but many of the Certainteed browns appear to orangish to me (GAF barkwood does not) Also, I’m not sure if dark grays are a warm enough color with my cream siding and that my home already sits between a Black roof neighbor and a Gray roof neighbor…
    The light colored stone in the Max Def Weathered Wood is almost an exact match to the siding color and it has some blue colors may go with my evergreens but it does not have the contrast of a Barkwood and sometimes can appear to be just a light gray roof if looking at a home from a distance (depends on lighting). So the question is which multi-colored Landmark Max Def or Timberline High Def ultra would you choose for the best look? Also, what color choice could I use for the front door as it’s about the only thing that’s paintable or any other suggestions to produce a successful and stunning home exterior make over? I will email some pictures – Thank you for providing a wonderful service! Steve

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Steve,

      Okay, I do like both of the brown options, the Heather Blend and the Barkwood. You cannot go wrong with either one. I think the Weathered Wood is a bit blah with your house color. Now, having said that, I would love for you to consider a smashing roof color that will perk up your vanilla house and create a wonderful stir in the neighborhood. If you’re up to it, here it goes: Atlantic Blue! Have a look. Pair it with a Sherwin Williams Dignified SW 6538 blue front door and you have excaped from the neutral neighborhood.

      It will attract attention. But it’s a fabulous, drop-dead color for a neutral house such as yours. I’ve seen it on white houses and beige, natural cedar-shingled houses. As long as you pull the blue into the palette with door color, flower pots (blue), and maybe some blue deck chairs or lawn furniture, you’re all set.

      Fall-back option: either of the browns. The Max Def will make a huge difference on your house regardless of the color you choose.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Steve says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Thanks for the guidance, after recovering from the initial shock of the Atlantic Blue color and getting a sample from my roofer, I can now see that this would truly be a spectacular transformation. Now I just have to try to get up the nerve to make such a bold statement in the neighborhood! Thanks also for ranking my other choices as a fall-back option with the browns first followed by the grays, weathered woods, etc… If I were to go with a brown ( I like barkwood over heather blend ), could I then paint the front door a coffee bean color or would that be too dark or the wrong shade for the color pallet? What paint code would you suggest? – Steve.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for being a good sport. Hope your neighbors talk you into the blue! But if that doesn’t happen, then the browns are fine. With Barkwood, you could definitely use a rich coffee been color for the door. Picking the front door color from the roof color is a nice way of tying the whole house together. Sometimes we use shutters for that, but not necessarily. Your house color goes with just about anything — sometimes there are too many choices. But I think we’ve narrowed the field down so that any choice now will be a good one.

      All the best,

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Rachel says:

    Hello,
    My husband and I are at a standstill for the color of roof we should place on the home. Because winter is coming and the house is framed, we want to get the roof on. We are going with Niciha sierra premium fiber cement siding (Sequoia color.) Not sure about the roof. We want to keep costs down but need a roof that is 40yr warranty and ice/water shield (we live in the sierras of Reno, Nevada.) Need help with the color. Interested in certainteed? Also, if you have suggestions on the faux rock siding that would go good with the cement siding color and our windows are going to be either Windsor or Pella red exterior, pine interior. Would like to email you pictures of house so I will take it off of the Paypal receipt if that is okay with you.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Taking a look at the Sequoia siding color. Very nice. But with the Brick Red windows (I’m looking at the Windsor brochure), were you planning a contrasting trim color? Because the siding and windows are about the same color. (Am I right here?)

      Anyway, you didn’t mention a trim color but a contrast, something like a dark charcoal, will help distinguish the windows and tie in with the stonework. Speaking of stones, I would bring in some cool shades of charcoal/light gray/tan to go with the Sequoia.

      And for the roof? How about Colonial Slate or Georgetown Gray (both Certainteed Landmark)? I think with such a warm house color that you need a cool roof color — something in the medium-dark-charcoal gray family. I would avoid browns — all of them including the combo colors like Driftwood and Weathered Wood. Use the rock to pull the whole palette together. Pick the roof shade first and then include that color in the palette of stonework. Mix other shades and tones into the rock to make it visually interesting.

      Does that help break the impasse??

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Rachel says:

    I tried to email our 3 architectual drawings that shows the house but it came back your mailbox was full and no service available.

    • bmeglis says:

      Rachel,

      I got your three drawings on my bmeglis@yahoo.com email accouont. Thank you for being persistent. ( I am having trouble with that other account.) You’ll hear from me first thing in the morning.

      More soon.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Dave says:

    Barbara,

    Good morning. We are replacing our roof and siding, and we need to make a decision on the roof color right away. We’re struggling with the decision and would appreciate your feedback. We have a small ranch with a gray roof, brown siding, red door and black shutters. There is brick on the front of the house that is a very light color…almost white with just a little touch of very light brown in it.

    When we bought the house 6 years ago, the aluminum siding was a light blue. We painted the siding brown about three years ago, and with the red door and the shutters, we have really like the coloring overall, though we’re not sure the roof color is optimal. We have found an exact match for the new vinyl siding (Mastic Quest Rugged Canyon) so we plan to keep the siding color (though that isn’t set in stone and would love to hear your ideas).

    For a roof, we will be using GAF Timberline HD shingles. We are leaning towards the browns, but really the very light brick color is throwing us a little bit. We want to make sure everything blends well. We will change the shutter colors if needed.

    I’m not sure the best way to get you a current picture of our house. I will send it via email to the yahoo account you note in your blog. If you need me to send it somewhere else, please let me know, and we can upload lots more pictures if you want to see other angles, close ups, etc. We unfortunately need to make a decision quickly so our contractor can order the materials and get going before we get into worse weather. We are glad we found you before making the decision!

    Talk with you soon.

    David and Sara

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Dave,

      My emailed options still work if you go with Rugged Canyon. Pulling that color over to the shutters would help to pull the two sides of the house (and the two finishes — brick and siding) together and coordinate with the roof as well. Don’t worry about the brick. The grout lines are similar in color to the siding — everything works.

      The front door color is a little too cherry, perhaps. Moving toward a little more rustic red will coordinate better. Look at Dinner Party AF-300 (Ben Moore). That color will work with all three of the roof options.

      See what you think.
      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Cyndi says:

    We have a yellow vinyl siding home with dark green shutters, do you know which color we should choose for our shingle roof?

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Cyndi,

      Dark Charcoal will work great. Very versatile. All the roof lines carry this color. And with your palette already established, you really don’t want to add another color to the roof. Green, of course, would also work but that would lock you into green for that “fifth” wall (the roof) and would dictate the shutter color for the life of the house. This way, with charcoal, you can switch shutters to black at some point for a different, more formal look, or even navy blue.

      Hope that helps. Black is another option but the dark charcoal should be sufficiently neutral to allow for the color on the rest of the house.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Diane Wise says:

    Good evening–

    We have a brick home (built in 1970) with black shutters and white trim. I hope to send you several pictures of the home so you can see the color of the brick. We need a new roof (soon) and are really unsure what color of roof to go with. We are hoping to change the white siding to a tan color in the next year or two–although, we are open to suggestions about that too. I would like to add some sort of shake for some texture (perhaps on the two eaves and in the back of the house–above the porch area?). If we were to go with tan siding (the windows are white)–what color roof with this funky brick color would be best?

    Thanks for your help. I will try to send photos asap. Diane.
    p.s. I think I did the paypal donation correctly!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Diane,

      How about Certainteed Landmark’s Georgetown Gray for the roof with Ben Moore’s Revere Pewter HC-172 for your future siding color? Stonington Gray HC-170 will also work. The lighter roof color brings out the variegation in your brick and is less of a contrast so the house is not chopped in half.

      See what you think of that combo.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • BA says:

    Hi, Like many people writing to you we have a short amount of time to replace our roof before winter. We own a Modern Colonial with a nice facade and roof angles. We’ll be replacing the siding in spring and plan to paint it SW 6193 “Privledge Green”. It’s difficult to go from the look of a cedar shake roof that gave the home a lot of texture to an asphalt roof shingle. Liked the color of Malarkey “Storm Grey” but not the dimension of the roof shingle on homes similar in style to our home. Decided to go with a Ultra HD Timberline roof in Charcoal but a friend recently had this installed (after a waiting for it to arrive) and it definitely looks more black than dark gray. We want to keep and enhance the curb appeal our home once had. Many homes in our neighborhood are neutral in color and are not attractive in winter when we often have snow for at least six months of the year and receive a lot of sunshine. The house facade faces south and receives a lot of this beautiful winter light. Out home also has mature fairly lush and green landscaping for the area. We need to keep the exterior remodel simple with white trim the brighter green paint we’ve chosen (possibly with a little gray added to it and painting the door gray) in spring. Although many people prefer neutral and “earth tone” colors they are not always that lovely with so much snow on the ground. I’d like a dark to medium gray roof color or even a softer gray roof in Ultra HD to keep curl appeal and give our home a classic elegant roof with some dimension. We also looked at Certain teed “Georgetown Gray” but found it had too much green in it. Unfortunately, Timberline Ultra HD charcoal as mentioned looks more black than gray where we live and Pewter Gray or even Cobblestone gray may not be available in our region…we’re also hesitant to order it without seeing a sample in person. Knowing our time is quite short and exterior remodel budget is limited to new siding, roof and light fixtures what would you suggest please for a lovely, harmonious color that will add some texture and dimension to our roof. (There’s also a small chance we might paint the house a gray with a bit of blue in spring)…which might make an almost black roof work better….most importantly on such a big investment we want an elegant roof that will look good with the green paint we’ve most likely chosen in all seasons! Thanks so much!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi BA,

      Have you considered Owens Corning Oakridge Estate Gray? It has a terrific mix of color undertones that include some of your green. Definitely get a large sample from your roofer, however, before making ANY roofing decision. Our computer screens can play tricks on us colorwise. Also look at Certainteed’s Colonial Slate as well as GAF Timberline’s Barkwood. The brown roof colors look very good with dark green homes. You don’t see a lot of that combination, but it’s such a natural pairing. But gray works well too.

      See what you think of those options.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Marie says:

    Hi. We really like your blog and are hoping you can help us with selecting a roof color. Our house is a colonial with cream-colored vinyl siding. We have a red front door which we’d like to keep the same color, and brown shutters. Our house faces the south west, so it gets a lot of sun all day. The current roof used to be reddish brown, but most of the brown has worn away and now it looks very red. We would like to replace the roof with a brown shingle. My husband likes the contrast of a darker brown shingle against the siding, without what he calls “splotchiness”. I think that means less color variation. The problem is, we’ve bought a number of shingles, including ones discussed on the blog, and many of them appear orangey up on our roof. We’ve looked at Certainteed Heather Blend and Burnt Sienna, GAF Barkwood, and Owens Corning Brownwood and Teak. They all appear orangey, although Teak is probably the least orangey. We also looked at GAF Mission Brown, and it was frosty looking. Does anyone make a brown shingle without orange tones? Should we consider a different color other than brown? Thanks so much for your help :)

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Marie,

      It is hard to find a brown that doesn’t have too much orange in it as brown really is a darker version of orange. Have you considered moving to a dark charcoal roof like Owens Corning Onyx Black? A classic look and one that does not get old. Then you could switch out your four shutters for red (or black). Again, a traditional, timeless look to a colonial. Something to consider. And it would give your house a freshness that replacing the brown roof with more brown simply would not do.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      TruDefinition Duration Shingles – Onyx Black

  • Tasha says:

    Hi Barbara,

    What a great resource you are!

    We need to choose roof color ASAP (by tomorrow night/Wed am latest) so hope you receive this in time… :o)

    We live in LA and just bought a very simple Tudor (Revival?) home with yellowish paint and brown trim (yawn), no stonework, brick or half-timbering. We live on a corner amidst modest homes around us (ours is not big but it is one of the only two stories around). We do not plan to paint yet but when we do, we will definitely not go with yellow/brown and add half-timbering to bring back some of the style that has been lost over the years. We also just installed white vinyl windows and have planted bushes around the perimeter of what is a small, barren plot so far.

    So, since we are still undecided on the ultimate color scheme, what color of 3 tab GAF roof do you recommend? We’d like to stay on the lighter shades to minimize the heat issues but would also like to choose a flexible color that will be workable for now with our yellow but will also transition to another scheme…any suggestions? I’d be happy to email a picture since I don’t have a website.

    Thank you!
    Tasha

    • Tasha says:

      I should mention we’re bored by the brown so we are leaning toward the slate color (because of our ideas for the future – maybe a pale grey/blue with white trim, red door) but wonder if that will look awful over the next year or two till we can paint… I sent a pic via email…Thanks!

  • First mistake was a red roof on a no color dark brick front. We are desperate, painters coming tomorrow. What colors should we paint the shutters and front door. Presently they are a dark brick color and invisable from the street.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jeannine,

      Send a photo to my email and I’ll help you out. The payment link is right here on the blog (along the margin). Happy to help.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Colo Coach

  • Joy says:

    Our house is two story western cedar….want a new metal standing seam roof….which of the following colors would compliment western cedar best? We are surrounded mostly by pine and cedar trees with a few hardwoods about. Thanks for your advice!
    Teal Patina
    Hemlock Green
    Hartford Green
    Mansard Brown

  • Rhoda Mountfield says:

    Hi Barbara, need a huge favor. I need help selecting color for our roof shingles: charcoal, slate, weatherwood or barkwood. I’ll attach a link or our house and hope it works. Also, what color should I change the shutters? Right now shutters r burgundy and need help with front door color. If you don’t mind could you rush me an answer on the roof color. Roofer is on me and I promised to answer today but I just found your website!! Thanks. I have done the paypal btw. DO YOU HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN SEND U MY HOUSE PHOTO? My brick is a pink/salmon color with a kinda lighter burgundy. Should shingles be charcoal, slate, or weatherwood?? I don’t have any pictures loaded on the internet unfortunately. Thanks again!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Rhoda,

      I like Charcoal the best for your roof color. It contrasts nicely with the trim and balances the warmth of the pink. I think the Slate might be too green on your roof and the Weathered Wood might be too light.

      As for shutters and door color, look at Ben Moore’s Kendall Charcoal HC-166. It’s a dark gray-green that will again contrast with the pink brick but tie in with the roof as well. I suggest nickel as a metal color — or black — instead of the aged bronze.

      Hope that helps — in time!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Susan Lewandowski says:

    I would like to send you a check or money order instead of using PayPal. If this is possible please let me know which one you prefer and I will send along with photos of my home. I am trying to determine color for the roof. I thank you

  • Leah Martin says:

    Hey Barbara – This is a follow up 2nd payment of $20.00 to address the roof color on my home that I am replacing along with trim colors. I will paint brick if necessary, but hope you can help me with a color plan to update/warm the house for me. (We will be putting in landscaping – just spent $6,000 on waterproofing basement.) I attached the photo to an e-mail.

    Thank you! Leah Martin

  • Diana Domotor says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We could really use your help in choosing a roof color for our home.

    Our house is a two-story colonial in suburban Maryland (photos were sent to your Yahoo email). We are happy with the existing colors of the brick, siding, shutters, door, and trim but would like to change the current red-toned roof that was installed by the builder 20 years ago. Our initial thought was to go with a dark, charcoal grey, but we are having some trouble finding the right shade and are not even sure if that’s a good idea to begin with.

    The front of our house has a southeast exposure and is in bright sunlight most of the day. Looking around at our neighbor’s roofs, it seems that the roof shingles, when installed, appear much lighter in color than when viewed on the builder’s samples. Since we were hoping for a dark-toned roof, this is making our selection that much more difficult. Our roofing contractor will be using Tamko “Heritage” shingles, and our selection is limited to this manufacturer. The link to the available colors is:

    http://www.tamko.com/shinglecolors/heritagemap/heritage-frederick

    Listed below are the colors that we are considering, and our thoughts on each:

    Aged Wood
    Pros: A “warmer” grey, with some brown tones; it may complement the brick.
    Cons: Too light? Color will probably end up looking lighter than the sample. May give the house too much of a “cottage” rather than a “traditional” look.

    Virginia Slate
    Pros: A “cooler” grey with more blue to complement the shutter color, but still some rustic brown tones.
    Cons: Too light? Color will probably end up looking lighter than the sample. Too blue? (We don’t want the roof to mimic highway asphalt)

    Thunderstorm Grey
    Pros: The darkest grey shade available. Nice blend of colors.
    Cons: Very variegated…almost a checkerboard look. Could be too “busy” combined with the variegated brick color.

    Rustic Black
    Pros: Safe color…goes with everything. Very traditional.
    Cons: Too dark? Too “flat” in color? Could make the house look boxy and dark.

    We’ve been thinking this over and over and can’t seem to come to a decision. We would most definitely appreciate any advice you can give. We’re open to any and all suggestions.

    Thank you in advance,
    Diana and Steve Domotor

  • Shelly Orenstein says:

    Hi Barbara–

    What a wonderful service! We live in Ohio, in a Midwestern subdivision. We recently added a cedar deck to the back of our Tudor-style house, which also has some light red-brick trim. The yellow tones in the cedar don’t seem to be working with the taupe panels and trim on the house. Fortunately (or unfortunately), it’s time to paint the house and replace the roof. Any thoughts on colors for both? I’m going to try to send pictures, as soon as I figure out how.

    Many thanks–

    Shelly

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Shelly,

      How about a Weathered Wood roof (Certainteed Landmark or GAF — actually most of the roof lines have a Weathered Wood color)? Then you might go with something like Monroe Bisque panels (HC-26 Ben Moore) with Alexandria Beige HC-77 trim.

      Or a Driftwood roof (Certainteed) with Carrington Beige panels (HC-93) and Jamesboro Gold HC-88 trim.

      See what you think. Get large roof samples to put up against your brick before you order.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Wilai Charpentier says:

    HI Barbara,

    Sent all the info, payment and pictures via email. Am I supposed to post the questions online here? Thanks

    Wilai

  • Aliece Shivers says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I am in the process of replacing a 19 year old roof. My colonial house has a pinkish, coral red brick front, with white siding on three sides, white trim and white shutters. My contractor is going to use Timberland Prestique HD shingles. I want to be certain on my color choice and am considering mission brown or charcoal. I also plan to replace my front door which is white to a fiberglass door with 2 sidelights, and a trilite . I want to get your input on the roof color along with the door style and fiberglass color. I am considering a Polaris or therma tru door with decorative glass. Any assistance you can provide is appreciated. I will also send a photo of my house to you via email.

    Thanks

    Aliece

  • Lily says:

    Oh,I’m Sooooooo happy I found this site! I have to make a quick response by tomorrow noon on my roof color. I can’t make up my mind until now! Please help! I’m trying to pick a color from IKO Cambridge http://www.iko.com/products/residentialus/residential.asp?product_id=577&region_id=1&task=ProductDetailsColours

    I’ll send my house picture to your email @ bmeglis@yahoo.com shortly, please give me some advise on my roofing color, if I can ask more, please give me more advise on my garage door and front door color too! Thanks a lot! It will be really really appreciated if you can get back to me ASAP. -Lily

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Lily,

      I just replied via email. Choose your roof color first and then we can talk about the garage and front doors.

      To be continued…

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Ellen says:

    I am losing sleep over shingle selection. We have driven by houses to look at specific colors, hoisted sampleboards on our roof, used the online virtual house guide and still don’t have the answer. We are using GAF HD Timberline and currently are considering mission brown, weatherwood or barkwood.

    My issues are that barkwood appears heavy, dark, and flat. I like weatherwood but am afraid it is too washed out for my brick and siding and that my gutters will clash. Mission brown is a new regional GAF color that may be too gray and may not have a long shelf life in the GAF inventory.

    Your suggestions regarding roof shingle color choice and also siding paint colors for our next project would be appreciated. For now we are keeping our siding/trim colors. Will our reddish brown gutters and downspouts be a distraction if we don’t change them. Help, please!!

    Here is a link to some pictures of the house:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/81290098@N02/?uploaded=12&magic_cookie=b100ac9ee6ba12f81ff60a05ebf48a3c

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Ellen,

      You’re right about the Weathered Wood. I think it’s too light and will blend in with your house too much. There needs to be some contrast and since your trim color (except for the gutters) is the same as the house color, the roof would melt away.

      Mission Brown has a gray undertone. It looks great with taupes, but your brick is very orange/warm, and I don’t think it’s a good combo.

      That leaves Barkwood, which would have been my first choice anyway. The HD should make the roof less “flat” and I think the color will be fine with the gutters. Actually I like the current palette and I think the Barkwood will be a nice addition.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mary says:

    Hi Barbara; I will try to post pics if I can. We are going to replace our roof and siding. Our current roof color is orangy, with brown brick and tan siding. We are up on a ridge and our neighbors both have yellowish homes. We have 2 out buildings, one is an old barn but the roof is shingled just like the house (to be replaced also).The shop used to be an ugly green and I had it painted to match the house (It was expensive.) Now I would like to change the house colors to a more classy look. The brick does have some burgundy colors scattered throughout. The front door is stained wood but can be painted if needed. The house window trim is very dark brown, as is the garage door. I cannot see anywhere here how to post pics. If you let me know I will send you some.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Mary,

      Unfortunately the blog doesn’t allow us to upload photos. But you can attach a link to a photo album site or simply attach the photos to an email and send them to me at bmeglis@yahoo.com. I will be sure to get them there.

      Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience…

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Gregg says:

    I just paid with paypal, hope it goes through fine. My question: I have a split level house on the lake and am redoing the whole exterior. I have torn down the brick and am replacing the sides of the house with a silver myst brick from aircraft, it is a lightish grey colour. The road side of the house appears as three levels. The garage level will now be a light grey ledge rock from an Ontario quarry, the one side of garage will be the same as will the very back of the house which is the lakeside. The upper level above garage will be cobblestone Hardieboard with white trim work. Then above that will be a skirt/saddle and then above that will be same hardboard on the gable. I will have white soffits and fascia and eaves troughs. Need to pick a colour for the roof asap as my builder suggested I change the roof shingles now. Our product that we are looking at are Timberline shingles. We are thinking of dual black , or charcoal, or maybe pewter grey. I am leaning towards the first two choices myself. Slate colour was suggested as well but I am not too keen on it. I will try to send you pictures if possible of how the ledgerock will end up looking in a couple of years (house in this area). Maybe i can send a bit of a picture of my house as well. Thanks, Gregg

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Gregg,

      Although your stonework is gray, it appears to have a green undertone. That’s why I do like the Slate roof option as well as a color called Canadian Driftwood, a black/brown/gray combination that picks up the warmer tones in your stone and coordinates well with the Cobble Stone siding and white trim.

      The Dual Black (IKO Cambridge?) as well as the Timberline Charcoal are certainly options — more traditional than the lighter roof options with more color. Either of the charcoal/blacks will work. And if you’re looking for a) traditional styling; and b) contrast, then the dark roof is the way to go. (I don’t see Dual Black under Timberline, but Charcoal will work. The Pewter tends to have a blue undertone and it’s not as good with your stonework.)

      If you are looking for more subtle hues to go with your neutral palette, then either of the mid-tone roof colors I mentioned (Canadian Driftwood or Slate) would look terrific.

      Not sure I helped you narrow it down under this time deadline, but those are my thoughts at the moment.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Robert says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I sent you an email with the house pics, and a donation.

    The house is mixed brick with creme siding and white trim.

    I’m likely going with Certainteed dimensional shingles, and have narrowed it down to Burnt Sienna or Heather Blend. I like these two based on other houses I’ve seen. But I’m actually open to any advice!

    Thank you!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Robert,

      The Burnt Sienna is okay and probably the most predictable choice given the color of your brick and the existing roof color. But since your brick is so warm, you might consider a contrasting roof color, something like Moire Black. Here’s the link:

      http://www.certainteed.com/Products/308747#

      Pewter would work as well. The dark gray is a more traditional look but it would not compete at all with your brick. The only potential problem with the Burnt Sienna is that the color palette is the same as the brick and that means there will be a lot of that brick color and perhaps a pattern fight. Get a large sample and hoist it up on the porch roof, stand back at the curb, and check it out. See what you think.

      The Heather Blend is fine but it looked a little washed out next to the vibrant brick. Again a large sample will tell you one way or the other on that one too.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Denise Parker says:

    Hello Barbara,
    I am emailing a picture to you for help with roof color. I will also be posting about trim color in a separate blog. We will be changing the roof color and all the brown trim as well as the vinyl gable inserts. My tastes are traditional and I would like my house to have nice curb appeal. I will be paying through Paypal.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Denise,

      If you would like to keep the warm coordinating tones, check out Landmark’s Heather Blend. It certainly goes well with your brick, and will make the house look bigger. Then you can have a contrasting trim and vinyl insert to break up the warm tones.

      If you would like to get away from the warm browns, however, take a look at Driftwood. It should bring out some of the cooler tones in your brick.

      In either case, get large samples from your roofer to lay up against the brick. Stand back at the road and take a look. You can send me the photos if you’d like another opinion. Happy to do that.

      Now on to the trim.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • dphthisic@aol.com says:

        HI Barbara, Just got in to view your comments. I am including one more picture that is closer up on the brick. sorry I didn’t include this previously. My husband commented that he likes a solid color roof rather than one with variation. Would it be a mistake to go as dark as Black or Black Walnut? In the meantime, I will get with the roofer to obtain larger samples. Thanks so much! Denise Parker

      • bmeglis says:

        Hi Denise,

        What about Heather Blend without Max Definition. Here’s a link:

        http://www.certainteed.com/Products/308747#

        Black walnut also works but make sure the maroon color in the shingles works okay with your brick (a sample will tell you). Ordinarily black works with almost everything but since there is so much brown in your brick, I don’t like the straight flat black as well as the roof colors with a little more warmth. Straight brown would work (GAF Timberline Barkwood is a good option.)

        Settle on the roof decision and then we can revisit the trim color (no extra charge).

        Hope that helps.
        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • jeff blankenship says:

    Hey Barbara,

    We are getting a new roof put on our 1950’s red brick ranch. This will be one of the last steps in a major remodel in and out. I will email pictures.

    We have a new mahogany front door, red brick veneer, some tan siding trim and some white trim. We have a new front porch with stone columns, and a brown metal roof over the new porch. Currently the shutters are black. We are looking for suggestions color recommendations on the following:

    Roof Color (GAF Timberland HD)
    Shutter Color
    Other trim color suggestions

    Best Regards,
    Jeff & Meghann

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Jeff & Meghann,

      Nice job with the renovation. Here is one idea for your roof/shutters.

      Take a look at GAF Timberline’s Weathered Wood. Here’s a link:

      It’s relatively light but it goes very well with your stonework. It’s also a nice change from the traditional black and dark brown options. Make sure to get a large sample from the roofer and lay it up against the brick and then the stonework to see how the roof will look. Stand back at the street to view. You’ll know instantly if you like it.

      If it appears too light, then look at Barkwood– since you’ve already established the brown over the portico, putting brown shingles on the rest of the roof makes sense.

      For the shutters, consider Fairview Taupe, Ben Moore HC-85. It’s a very sophisticated color that coordinates well with your stonework and will go with either roof color.

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/fairviewtaupe

      If you do go with a brown-based roof, you might consider changing out the number/lighting to bronze. Also be sure to paint the vents on the lower part of the house in the front. (Doesn’t have to be brown — just blend.)

      The panel to the right of the door is a bit of a mystery, but you can always put a large potted plant or a porch chair there if there’s enough room.

      Since the windows are white, I do like the white trim. No need to switch out.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Katrina Lazenby says:

    Dear Barbara,  we have recently updated our Virginia wood mold, red brick house with a new front portico and back decks (and painted the trim) all in a khaki color. Our shutters and front door are Sherwin Williams’ green black, sometimes known as Charleston Green (6parts black and 1 part green).  The roof is currently a sort of colonial gray badly streaked with algae, and we are replacing it with Atlas Pinnacle shingles that have a 20 year warranty against algae growth.  What color would you recommend for our new color scheme?  We are also considering a lime wash/ mortar wash on the brick that will mute the red color—- you can see the first efforts on some of the pictures in the front.  The colors we’re considering are Hearthstone, Weathered, and any darker color of the Pinnacle Atlas shingles, which look a bit different than their other lines.

    This shows the brick and trim color in late afternoon.  The steps and one of the decks is now a chocolate brown, and the patio is a variable sized river rock aggregate.  The whole effect was to go for a more natural, harmonious look:

  • Katrina Lazenby says:

    Adding, I have looked at many photos on roofing sites and don’t know whether people get the shingle names wrong or just make them up, sometimes! I am struck by how much lighter shingles look in place than on the sample board! Because I like the shutter color I am strongly considering the darkest Pinnacle color, Pristine Black. But with so much roof exposure from the front, will that sort of visually pull the house down? All the iron railings in the front and on the back decks are black, which looks good with the khaki trim, I am just worried about the mass of black roofing in the front.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Katrina,

      You are right about the lightness of the medium-toned roof colors like Weathered Wood. Depending on the pitch of the roof, the color can be quite light.

      Since you are lightening the brick, you will want contrast with the roof color. I too like the darkest colors since your shutters are dark. It’s a traditional look. I’m not crazy about dark shutters with a light roof.

      Let me take one more look at the roof colors. But you really cannot go wrong with black. It’s quite striking.

      Back in a few.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi again Katrina,

      Believe it or not, the Woodland Green (if it’s as dark as it looks on screen) would also work with your house. Yes, it would lock in green shutters, but it would be different from black and offer a bit more color to the roof. Just make sure that the sample “value” (how dark the color is) looks the same as the black sample. And also check out photos if you can.

      Those are my best suggestions.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Katrina Lazenby says:

    I did look at some photos of homes with that woodland green roof and it looks much more green en masse….in some instances almost a Kelly green.  
    Our shutters are so dark they really don’t look green at all, more of an “off black,” if that makes any since.  

    We will probably go with the Pristine Black despite the fact that there is very little shadow definition because they are so dark.  I came across some photos of roofs that combine architectural composite shingles with clay ridge and hip tiles, and LOVE this look.  We are going to talk to the roofer to see if this is something he can do.  It seems this is a fairly common practice in Louisiana on higher end homes.  This is a photo of what I would like to duplicate.  The tile colors would be perfect for our brick: 

    http://www.premiersouthla.com/ourwork.html

    You have to scroll down tho the two photos of Atlas Pinnacle Pristine Black and click on either one.  I’d be very  interested in what you think of this look.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Katrina,

      It’s certainly a very polished look with some color detail that will warm up the black shingle color. I pulled up the two photos side-by-side (your house and the roof with the clay ridge tiles/Pristine Black roof shingles, and I agree that the clay tiles look excellent with your brick. I think you have a winning combination.

      I am home on the big screen now — thank you for your patience this past week while I traveled.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Katrina Lazenby says:

    Thank you so much for your help and opinions, Barbara. I did some emailing and calling and found the manufacturer of the tiles, which are not clay, as I thought, but concrete. I showed the picture to our roofer who loved the look, and we are going to order them tomorrow. Surprisingly, the tiles in that photo are a combination of charcoal tiles and light brown tiles put on randomly. This is going to add several thousand dollars to the cost of the roof, but I think the extra definition of the ridge and hip lines are well worth the extra expense. I will email you a photo of the finished product so you can see how it turns out, and thank you again!

  • Julie Miller says:

    Hello! We are building a new home and have selected the color scheme for our siding/shakes, stone, and shutters. I am having trouble selecting a roof color however.

    I am sending you a picture of the exterior elevation of our home. I am also sending a picture of a home in our area that has the same color siding (Portmouth Country Beige), stone (Wisconsin Cream City) and shutters / door (black) that we plan to use.

    We aren’t crazy about the roof color on the home after which our color scheme is patterened — the color is Driftwood. In short, we would like to use something else.

    Could you please provide some advice? I have submitted payment. (Would you please check to be sure I didn’t pay twice?)

    Thanks for your help.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Julie,

      Since you are aiming for a French Provincial look for your house, I suggest a gray instead of the warmer Driftwood as shown on the house photo you sent. Gray is decidedly French and it will coordinate nicely with your stonework and contrast against the shake siding. Not knowing your roofing brand preference or budget, here is my choice:

      It gives the impression of slate so has a very French, high-end look. Here’s a photo I found on Houzz that shows what I’m talking about.

      As for the shutters, I would definitely not use black as that is just too Colonial American. The French love to use color on their shutters and use the shutters and door as an extension of their gardens. So I suggest choosing a shutter and door color from your plans for color in your garden. You don’t have to pick pink, yellow, or orange, but French blue or a gray-lavender would look terrific. If the thought of color on the shutters is too much for your neighborhood, then just choose a medium-toned neutral. Almost anything but black.

      I hope that helps.

      Thanks for posting, Julie.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Julie Miller says:

    Hi Barbara! Wow … I am so impressed with your quick response!

    I will definitely consider gray. I like the idea of a gray roof, but wasn’t sure that a cool color would work with the warmer tan. It sounds like that would be a good choice after all. GAF is readily available in our area. Does the gray you proposed have a blue cast?

    I am telling you that I want a French Provential look, but I don’t really like the idea of using color on the shutters. You are absolutely right about that not really working in our traditional neighborhood.

    Maybe I am not really trying to achieve an authentic French look after all as I do like the black that is on the shutters on the existing house now. Also, I ordered 3/4 glass (European) double doors for our entry in … you guessed it, black. I am guessing we could paint over the black however.

    * Could you please recommend a specific shutter color in gray /blue, as well as recommend a specific neutral that would be an alternative to black.

    * Should we use gray on the roof if we want to stick with the black shutters and door?

    Please let me know if I need to submit another PayPal payment. I have been stewing over this for weeks. I may actually get a good night’s sleep tonight with your help! :)

    Thank you so much!!

    ** Julie

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Julie,

      Gotcha. The gray roof color I recommended should also work with black shutters and door. I can’t be sure about the blue undertone on that particular shingle– you should definitely get large samples of your roof options to check against your siding and stone color samples before ordering. A darker charcoal might work even better. Since the door is black (no need to paint), I do like the idea of black shutters. They will tie together nicely. But since the door can stand on its own (I assume you’ll have black lighting fixtures to coordinate), then the shutters can be a different color. Here are a couple of ideas: Evening Dove 2128-30 Ben Moore — a smokey medium navy; and Texas Leather AC-3 Ben Moore — a medium taupe with a green undertone that would look great against both siding and stone and would tie in the beige.

      Oh and yes, white trim is okay if you want to show off all the architectural detail around the doors and windows and roof lines, but for more of a French Provincial look, you might consider a trim color that’s a shade or two darker than your siding color. The result will be to blend the trim with the house instead of highlighting the perimeter. More European, less American. But either way really… since we’re not trying to be completely true to style.

      See what you think.

      Hope this helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Julie Miller says:

    Thank you. I have one gray shingle sample at my house now — GAF Estate Gray. It goes a little bit green so I will go back for the one you suggested in the morning. I like the look of the GAF Camelot shingles in addition to the Grand Welsh Gray you recommended.

    I like the shutter colors you suggested as alternatives, but still considering black — my husband’s clear favorite.

    Last question … if we stick with black shutters and door, do you think a black or charcoal roof color would be too harsh? The tan on the shake shingles is a soft color … and the stone is pretty creamy.

    Greatly appreciate your help.

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Julie,

      The pitch of the roof is quite steep so the roof is very visible — as you well know. I think a black roof might be a bit harsh even with black shutters and door. Charcoal would be fine.

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jane says:

    I sent a picture of my 1927 Craftsman Bungelo that needs a new roof. My roofer uses Owens Corning. I liked the idea of the archtectural shingles, but my house is busy enough without a lot of variance in the roof. I’m at a loss……….

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Jane,

      Take a look at Teak as a possibility. It’s an Owens Corning color — hopefully it is available as one of the options that your roofer has recommended. It’s warmer than the charcoals (which will also work) and it brings out the warmer tones in your brick.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jane Carter says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We are building a new home in a subdivision with French Country Homes and need advice on our roof color as it will be very prominent. I would consider our home’s style European Cottage…maybe more European Farm house. I will email you a picture of a house that is very similar to ours. The focal point our house will be the stone on the gabled end of our garage which faces the front. We are using a Moss Rock Fieldstone. The stone is a dark brown with a covering of green lichen and moss. The 30 ft. covered front porch will be cement siding (struggling with that color too). It will have a wainscot of Cimarron Brick by Trinity which is a smoky brown with some cream highlights. Our goal was to pick a very neutral brick so the stone could take center stage. The rest of the house will have the Cimarron Brick all the way up except for a couple of end gables, the dormers and the back porch. Our windows (which I fell in love with the color) will be patina green aluminum clad. We will have a large copper cupola as shown and copper chimney cap, both with the green patina. We are looking at Malarkey architectural shingles in either Heather or Natural Wood. I like the green in the Natural Wood, but am afraid the roof will be too busy…especially since there is so much of it. I have been going back and forth between doing the trim and siding in a BM Kennebunkport green HC-123 (matches window color) and a more neutral color like Alexandria beige BM HC-77. If we went with the green trim, we were thinking we would do the columns in natural cedar as well as the shingles on the sides of the dormers, shutters and the inset triangle at the gable peak in front. Our front door will be a Wood Divided lite in a dark stain similar to walnut. The French doors on the front porch are in the green patina. We back up to a creek so it is a natural setting and since I am a gardener by profession, it will extensively landscaped . We are at the top of a slope so we will have extensive retaining walls also in the Moss Rock. When the stone masons do the stone, they will have to work the stone which will reveal edges of unweathered stone that will be a red clay color. I love the green, but I am also afraid of overdoing it. I will email you pictures of the stone and brick also. Thank you!

    Jane

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Jane,

      Very creative color palette and it certainly will set the stage for your magnificent landscape. With that in mind, I suggest using the green sparingly — just the windows and the green-patina on the roof. Just that much green will serve as an accent to the stonework and will draw the eye to the landscape. Using more green will dilute the effect of the windows/roof.

      For the shingles, I suggest Heather as it has more brown and will blend better with the brick. Then for paint color, I like Alexandria Beige, again because it will blend with the stonework and allow the different colors in the Moss Rock Fieldstone to take center stage. Keeping the rest of the house neutral will allow you to feature the greens and other subtle hues in the overall palette. I don’t think you want to feature the trim by painting it green– it will detract from the window color.

      Walnut is perfect for the front door.

      I think that’s it. Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Jane Carter says:

        Thanks Barbara. That really helps. What did you think of the cedar accents or would you paint them a dark color like the Texas Leather?

        Thanks again!

        Jane

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Jane,

        As long as the cedar is not too orange, then it’s okay. But Texas Leather is one of my favorites. Goes with everything! Considering all the brick and stonework, the Texas Leather gets my vote.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Kathryn says:

    Hi, Barbara. After I posted on the “home color” board, you helped me think through putting Hardie’s Heathered Moss alongside my (fairly winey) brick. We went back and forth, finally deciding against it, in part due to the strong contrast between deep colored brick and soft colored heather.

    We still think Woodstock Brown looks a little too dismal due to the shade we usually get, so we have decided to use Hardie’s Evening Blue. I’ve seen it with enough brick (like mine) to think it will work. The brick actually has some browns and blues.

    Now we need a roof. Help? I just made another PayPal payment, since this is clearly a separate consult. I’m sending an updated photo of the addition and one of the brick.

    Now that I’ve backed off the grey-green siding, I think I’m also off the Owens Corning Teak or Certainteed (Landmark Pros series) Driftwood. But I’d be curious whether you disagree. You recommended those browns as a way to pick up browns in the brick and warm up the roof.

    With the depth of color we have, the medium greys — even Landmark Georgetown Grey in “Max Def” — seem perhaps too light, like the roof is going to fly off. The faint colors seem to work only if there is actual stone slate on the roof. That said, the blacks look harsh with the steep pitched gables of our quasi- Cape Cod.

    I know you like Charcoal for roofs. Isn’t that just … black? I’m being directed to the Certainteed Landmark series unless I push back on my GC, and that Charcoal seems very dark. Very, very formal. Is it? I know we could do something formal, but I like something a bit softer (like actual slate). I can’t tell if “Moire Black” is lighter or darker than Charcoal.

    Just for reference: The neighborhood has many slate roofs on Capes and quasi-cottages, so if I choose something with a slate pattern it won’t be out of character. I’m curious whether you think the Certainteed Colonial Slate is dark enough to “anchor” the house, without being so bleak as a sharp black. Also curious if there are other colors I should consider. If there is something much better from Owens Corning, I will fight the fight with the contractor.

    Thanks! Kathryn

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      Check out Certainteed Landmark’s Pewterwood. Here’s a photo. http://www.zimmermanexteriors.com/gallery.php. I think it has a better undertone for your siding and brick than the grays that have a lot of green in them. See what you think. It’s also not so multicolored that it competes with your brick. But it’s not as dark as some of the charcoals.

      Hope it works perfectly for you. Get a sample to try up against your siding and brick before you make any decisions. (I like the Evening Blue with your brick. There’s nice “energy” between the two.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Valerie says:

    Dear Barbara,

    My question is about my porch roof color/material. I bought my house in 2011–pictures from before I posted are on this album. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150181970178302.299781.638023301&type=1&l=e48e2a41a6

    The photos are from before I bought it. The roof is only a few years old and is a brownish orangey color. The siding is beige. The windows are white trim. (I am thinking of adding shutters at some point.). The roof on the porch however was not redone when the rest of the roof was (it’s the original from when the house was built in 85 and covered with moss…I’m in some woods. I think it’s dark grey underneath. It needs to be replaced and I did receive two estimates–the lowest was from one company and it was to match the architectural shingles. The other company gave a higher estimate and it was for rolled rubber roofing (color wasn’t discussed). I was thinking of just getting the matching shingles, however I have always loved metal roofing. The company that gave an estimate can do the metal roofing (we didn’t discuss details) for same cost, although my cheapest option is still just matching shingles with first estimate. In any case, the house sits up on a hill a little bit, and we never really see the porch roof (the driveway from where you would walk around the house is lower so you just don’t have the angle to see the roof very much, you will see from the photo). I mainly get glimpses of the roof when I’m in one of my bedrooms upstairs. So, I have always loved a metal roof but was wondering what you feel will look best since I’m not changing the other parts of the roof. So option 1 is match roof tiles which is the cheapest. Option 2 will be to do a metal roof on porch which will cost twice as much (I’m not going to do rolled rubber roofing) — if I do that option, what do you think and what color would you go with. Plain “tin” color which is neutral? I really don’t like the look of brown metal roofs, and I see dark green ones around but that would be too jarring and different. If I did the metal my inclination would be either traditional tin color, considering a copper color or perhaps bronze, or maybe one of the pale metal light green tints I’ve seen. Please opine! thanks, Valerie

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Valerie,

      Since you don’t really see the roof much, it is hard to justify spending twice as much on a metal option, but I do like the idea of a metal on an “accessory” roof like a porch or dormered window. My favorite metal roof color is Antique Bronze — it’s a sophisticated gray-brown with kind of a green undertone so it doesn’t look just straight cocoa brown. It’s also not as cold as the grays — more suited to outbuildings like barns. The greens all look unnatural to me. The shades of green do not really match anything in nature.

      So aesthetically speaking, not financially, I would opt for the metal roof. You’ll love it.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Catie Briggs says:

    I can’t find your ext. house color suggestion on your site. Can u send me the link?
    Also…of u were to go yellow with a green roof, which shade ?
    Many thanks, Catie

  • jason says:

    hello, i am starting a new home. its all hardi. hardi shakes, with hardi board and battin style siding. also hardi trim. the roof is copper and is posing a problem with picking colors. i want 3 colors, trim, siding and shakes, oh yeah and entry door. any suggestions?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Jason,

      The Photo Gallery on the Hardie web site is a great resource. The wonderful thing about using all Hardie products is that the colors can be grouped quite easily. Check it out. The copper roof should not be an obstacle. It will go with most every available color palette.

      Send me a photo if you need specific help.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Beth says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I just sent the $25 pay pal donation for your help to pick out a ROOF COLOR for my house.
    I will be using architectural shingles and my zip code is 63125. I’m wanting to go darker than the current color that is on my house now.
    My house is all BRICK and the brick colors are mostly RED bricks with mixed TAN and DARK BROWN bricks and the grout is a cement (grayish) color. Trim and Gutters are White/Bright White.

    I’ve attached pictures of my house in a seperate email. Please advise that you received.

    Please Help!

    Thank you,

    Beth

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Beth,

      I have the perfect roof for you. It’s a new color by Owens Corning:

      Peppermill Gray

      It is an Artisan color that has a little gray and a little brown, is darker than your current color yet it does not go too brown like your neighbor’s house.

      See what you think.

      http://www.roofing.owenscorning.com/professional/shingles/oakridge-ar.aspx

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Beth says:

        Hi Barbara thank you for your suggestion but what is your second choice for a roof color?

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Beth, I will take another look in the morning.
        More soon.
        Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Beth,
        Take a look at Owens Corning’s Teak or Brownwood. Since you have some brown and tan bricks mixed in with the red, it does make some sense to go with a dark brown for the roof. But you want to make sure it is different from your neighbor’s. Get big samples. If you want to stay with gray, then move to a darker charcoal.

        Hope that helps.

        Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Beth says:

    Hi Barbara…when uresearched the pepperidge gray is this available in my zip code of 63125?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Yes, Beth. It’s a new Artisan color.

      Hope that works out for you.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Judy says:

    I am trying to decide bewtten GAF Timberlin Arch singles in Petwer Gray and Charcoal . My house is a colonial with a step roof , basic lines , white shutters and trim . I may change the color to more of a blue/teal in the future but the white shutters are here to stay . I need to decide by Friday at the lateset . They start onMonday

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Judy,

      I would love to see a photo — you can email to me at bmeglis@yahoo.com. But in the meantime, the Pewter has a bit of a blue undertone to it and that would look terrific with your blue/teal house color should you decide to change it. And the lighter roof color is less of a contrast with the white shutters. Pewter has my vote but I will double check against your house photo when I see it.

      Thanks, Judy. Hope this helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Loretta says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We will be changing our siding in the next several weeks to Hardieshingles in Monterey Taupe and need help deciding on a roof color.

    Our contractor has given us the Certainteed Landmark Series line to choose from. I have emailed you a picture of our house – it is a garrison colonial whose 1st level siding is mixed red brick. The upper level, sides, and rear of the home are red cedar shakes painted a taupe color which is nearly an exact match to the Hardie Monterey Taupe we have selected. (I like the neutrality of this color). We are most likely going to go with a dark shutter (black, dark gray or a very dark taupe) as opposed to the lighter cream colored shutters that we currently have and the trim will probably be either Hardie Arctic White, Sailcloth, or Cobblestone.

    Our neighborhood has a good mix of roof colors but there is a predominance of a weathered brown or gray. Of the Landmark architectural shingle options, which would coordinate best with the colors we have selected and that would give us the versatility to change accent colors (shutters, door) in the future without clashing?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Loretta

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Loretta,

      Try Driftwood– it’s a medium-toned option with grays/taupes and it would give quite a bit of versatility in terms of accent colors. Charcoal is the other (darker) option. Always neutral. But you may not want to go with the quite overused Weathered Wood. It has a green undertone but it seems to go with lots of house colors. That’s why we see it so much.

      I would avoid the roof colors that have a lot of color in them — like Slate — even though they may go with your current brick. Those roof options do lock you into certain accent colors.

      Try Driftwood and see if you like it. Make sure to get a LARGE sample and put it up against the house color. Any of the trim colors you mentioned should work with that roof. But choose your trim color to coordinate with your window color — you don’t want the windows themselves to pop (unless you have designer windows).

      I like the idea of a darker shutter color. Use a shade out of the roof or a darker version of the house color for an updated look.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Steve says:

    Hi, Barbara!

    Surprise! I need help with a roof shingle color. I already sent the fee via PayPal and sent a link to your Yahoo! account for the photos.

    Some details:

    – the house is recycled brick on the front and right sides; white vinyl on the left side and rear
    – the left side faces the dead end of the street
    – the brick is more orange than red; many are black / painted
    – the two skylights in the pictures will be removed and shingled over
    – the roofer is going to use Timberline HD by GAF
    – we are considering Hickory but Charcoal is in the lead, I think

    I included some pictures of the neighbors houses to give a sense of the varied styles in the neighborhood as well as pictures from 45 degrees left and right of center of my house. The early head on pictures were taken yesterday which was slightly overcast, the rest are in today’s full sun in SWPA.

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Steve,

      Looking around your neighborhood, I see lots of brick with brown and lighter-toned roof colors. So although you could do that as well, I like the Charcoal. It will look great with the white, pick up the depth of color in your brick, and separate your house from the other bricks in the neighborhood. A traditional choice, perhaps, but an appropriate one.

      Go for it.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Steve says:

        Thanks, Barbara!

        It is great to get a professional opinion on something you have to see for the next 15 years or so. :)

      • Steve says:

        I have a question about the porch posts. I need to replace at least the R corner one but maybe others. If replacing all, can you make a recommendation on style? For example, I don’t know if round columns would look right.

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Steve,

        Chunky round white columns would definitely dress up the house. You might even consider shutters (black). Square columns are great on Craftsman style homes but yours is definitely not that. The round would also be a break from so many squares (on the garage doors, bricks, windows, etc.) But make sure the white columns are big enough — bigger is better than “dinky”– a sure sign of “cheap.”

        Hope that helps.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • B. Welling Hall says:

    My house has tan siding. Thought I wanted a very light roof (because upstairs gets so hot in the summer), afraid though that it will make the house look huge. Also want to retain resale value. Limited to Sherriff-Goslin Art-Loc colors. Currently choosing between Earthblend, Pewter, and Crystal Gray. Love the light gray, but again will it make house look enormous?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi B. Welling,

      I am not crazy about the Cristal Gray. I think it will make your house look like there is no roof at all. Too light. The Pewter is very traditional and would be on your house 20 years ago. A safe bet, for sure. But what will make the house look updated is the Earthblend — it takes in the house color, contrasts nicely with the cream trim, and holds the most promise for resale. If I were going to put a roof on your house, from scratch, Earthblend is the color I would choose.

      Hope that helps. (Maybe invest in central air? A HUGE selling feature. ;-)

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • B. Welling Hall says:

        Wonderful, although one sentence confuses me. You are saying Earthblend for siding color? Unfortunately not an option :-(

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        No, sorry. Earthblend roof color is perfect for your tan siding color. Hope you like it.

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        I just edited. Hadn’t had my coffee yet. So sorry!

  • Junko "June" Tedder says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Love your blog! I am replacing my shingles due to wear and tear and have to make a decision on the color of new shingles soon. As you can see in the pictures that I have emailed to you, it is a ranch style brick house with green roof, green shutters, and green front door. The brick is sort of light/pale orange-ish, some spots are darker than others, and it almost looks like it was lightly whitewashed a long time ago. The window trim and gutters are white. There are some white vinyl sidings around the front door. I love the color schemes of French houses and décor, muted colors, blue gray, etc., and I would love to paint the brick walls someday, maybe putty or pale gray. However, after spending thousands of dollars on new shingles, I don’t know how soon I can get the brick painted. So, my goal is to find a shingle color that will look great with the existing color of the brick for now (willing to pain the shutters and front door to go with new shingles) and that will also look great when the brick gets painted in the future. CertainTeed, GAF, and Corning are my options. I was going to go with a dark charcoal gray, but there are so many different shades to choose from, and I am so confused. I think Pewter (CertainTeed Landmark or GAF Timberline Natural Shadow) or Slate (CertainTeed Landmark or GAF Timberline Natural Shadow) may look good but not so sure because they look so different in pictures, on sunny days, and cloudy days. I think Timberline HD may be too busy because the brick is multi colored. What paint colors do you recommend for the shingles, shutters, and front door? I would love to hear your ideas.

    Thank you for your help!
    June

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi June,

      I mentioned the Colonial Slate before but it has a green undertone and a bit of a maroon fleck to it so let’s forget that one. The Moire Black is fine for the current red/orange brick, but it will be kind of dark if you paint the brick later to more of a French look.

      I think the Pewter is a good choice that bridges the two house styles quite well. It has a slight blue undertone to it so I suggest changing the shutter/door color to a blue. Look at Ben Moore’s Newburyport Blue HC-155 or Hale Navy HC-154.

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/newburyportblue

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/halenavy

      Then for your new house, consider a light sandy hue — something like
      Shaker Beige HC-45

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/shakerbeige

      or
      Annapolis Gray (exterior)

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/pm14

      with a really fun, French shutter/door color. Something like
      In the Twilight 1434

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/inthetwilight

      That combo will look really good with creamy white trim and your roof and will give you a fresh and French feel to your home.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • June says:

        Thank you! Those are really beautiful color options! I think the Pewter shingles would look great once the brick gets painted. I can picture it in my mind. The Pewter is a lighter gray compared to the Moire Black. Since the brick is a pretty light color too, there may not be much contrast between them. Do you think the Pewter would still work with the brick? When shingles cover a large area like entire roof, would the color tend to look darker or lighter than a small sample piece?

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi June,

        Well, you’re right about the lack of contrast between the current brick color and the Pewter. And when the shingles are on the roof and hit by direct sunlight, they can look quite light. You can see that in your sample photo.

        Since you cannot go wrong with a dark charcoal roof color — no matter if you keep the brick or paint it — then I think you’ll be happiest with the dark Moire. It will look spectacular, but in a traditional way.

        Frankly, I don’t see anything wrong with your current brick color. So it’s okay with me if you leave the house brick. Painting is a “never-going-back” proposition and it really works best on houses that have terrifically ugly brick. Yours is not one of them.

        I think the darker roof and the contrast that it will provide may help you to like your brick more.

        Hope that helps.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Carrie says:

    Hi Barbara,
    We’d love your help with choosing an exterior paint scheme for our home. It is an agrarian ranch style with both brick masonry walls as well as newer hardie board wide plank horizontal siding with a light grey metal roof. It is in a rustic area with oak trees and lots of light. The house is set down from the road and right now I feel like all you notice is this big expanse of grey roof…so I would like to draw the eye away from the roof. A cream/tone color seems too washed out with the roof and I have thought about going really dark for contrast and to draw attention away from roof but dark colors can also make a house appear smaller and with the big roof line and modest size of our set down home I am concerned about whether that might make the roof seem all the more pronounced. The windows are a dark iron mountain color.
    Our style is fresh organic modern and we are planning to use a lot of native plants for our landscaping. I am going to send you several pictures of the exterior via email. I appreciate your help!

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Carrie,

      As you know, your house has a few things going on — the roof overhang throws a shadow down over the siding so we can’t really see it very well, the roof is prominent (we know), and the bump-outs are chopping up the house and making it look smaller than it is.

      So, my suggestion is to choose a warm color that will advance (cool colors recede) and “square up” the house so that the siding doesn’t seem so far under the roof overhang. Then I suggest painting the whole house that color, minus the dark windows, so that the dark window trim is essentially your trim color. The several layers of color around the window are also making the house appear smaller. Monochromatic color schemes are more modern as well.

      Take a look at the Ben Moore yellow-golds, like Dorset Gold HC-8, the lighter Concord Ivory HC-12, and the more mellow Chestertown Buff HC-9.

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/dorsetgold

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/concordivory

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/chestertownbuff

      See if those colors are too warm for your locale. I think a sophisticated yellow-gold will make the roof color look like an accessory color (gray) and take away some of its current prominence — it kind of steals the show at the moment.

      The golds would also go well with your brick out front. THEN, to make the house more modern, replace all lighting and metals with silver (chrome, nickel) in modern styles. I see the pendant by the door. It’s cottagey (which is fine, but not as modern as you might like).

      See what you think of that idea. Hope if works for you, Carrie.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Elizabeth says:

    I need roof help! I have cream painted brick home. Currently has green shutters but I want to replace with custom wood shutters and black hardware and eventually a new wood entry door. Trying to choose between barkwood and weatherwood high definition architectural shingles. Any help appreciated. I am traveling but will email you picture once I get home.

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Weathered Wood is the perfect roof color for you as it will add some depth and texture to the house that “reads” beige from the street. The Barkwood is fine, but it is a little heavy for the house. For shutters/door, you can go with a stain (something like Burnt Hickory — but check actual stain samples against your roof sample if you’re trying to coordinate the browns). But you might also consider a smokey grape for your shutter color to pick up on your landscaping and add a little dash of the unexpected to the front of the house. See Shadow 2117-30 (Ben Moore). And use natural wood for your door since the smokey purple would be too dark for under that farmer’s porch overhang.

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/shadow

      http://www.cabotstain.com/colors-and-finishes/families/Semi-Transparent-Colors.html

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • skwerest@me.com says:

    Dear Barbara,

    I am pleased that I found your service. The roof was due to be replaced and now the gutters in back broke, so I am very quickly trying to get a new roof and gutters for my mom! I kindly need roof suggestions and color suggestions for I am terrified to goof it up, and my mother and I have vastly different tastes. She likes weathered wood and cream houses, I am into simplicity and time limits because I have my own house far away! However, the most important thing is to make mom happy with her roof and color scheme. Who knew it would mean so many more dilemmas and projects!? Currently the house and windows are painted all white. The old brown and grey roof color mix that is 30 years old and does not seem to exist anymore, this grey brown mix was to match the grey brick under the picture window that my mom says looks like cement, but is definitely stone, and the brown awnings, door and shutters. My mom wants me to paint the brick work white and has been asking for me to do that for years, so the brick work color is grey, but could be white.

    We had thought to go with Timberline HD in Charcoal, we are close to Canada so do not worry about a hot house from the dark color. We drove around the neighborhood and found examples of black and white houses, what we loved and what we did not like at all. We thought to possibly take off the shutters, as we dislike shutters painted black, but are stuck on the awnings which are paintable with metal paint. Do we paint the awnings black? White? White with black on the end escalopes edges? Do you have other color suggestions? We do almost all of the work on the house ourselves, so that is why we went with easy white, plus the windows are new and white metal so we would definitely leave the trim white.

    However, I have recently read that a black roof is a no no for a small house! Ugh! My mom’s is a little story and a half! So now we are vacillating between the Timberline HD roof colors Slate, Pewter Gray, weathered wood (my mom loved this on her last house but the last house had cream brick work that made the cream flecks in the shingle pop- her current house would need to be cream to do that I guess) and of course the charcoal that i was set on before i read that black was a no no for small houses. Here is the link for shibpngle colors:

    http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residential/Products/Shingles/Timberline/High_Definition?postal=55116&x=57&y=35#

    We want to get away from the brown in the roof and go to a grey or black and paint the awnings, maybe paint the shutters or remove them.

    Please any suggestion you have, plus your thoughts on our black and white idea on our small house would be appreciated.

    I have sent you the photos. Please let me know if you need better photos! May I kindly request that as soon as you are available after receiving my payment would you respond? I must give an answer as to the roof color on this upcoming Monday in order to have the roof started on Wednesday. I thought I could solve this but am desperately confused and must start painting to finish before I must leave. I just want to make mom happy, and you certainly know more than I do! I am so pleased to have found your service, and by chance when I google roof suggestions!

    Kind regards,
    Melissa

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Melissa,

      Okay, I looked at all the photos and yes I LOVE the Tudor style white brick with the black roof/awning. BUT it really won’t work on your mom’s house because a) there are two other black and white houses in the neighborhood (one directly across the street); and b) the roof of your mom’s house takes up half of the front facade. A black roof would cut the house in half. It’s done (as you can see from the other black and white houses but it’s VERY traditional, predictable, and not where your mom’s house can go.

      Having said that, here is another option:

      Looking at the stonework on the front, I recommend keeping it. Painting it will not help. And you can use the stone for a palette:
      Roof: Weathered wood — it will pick up on the stonework out front and create less of a contrast with the white.

      No shutters.

      Awnings painted something like Ben Moore’s Copley Gray HC-104

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/copleygray

      And a front door that’s light and bright since it’s under the awning and always in the shadows. See Concord Ivory HC-12.

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/concordivory

      See what you mom thinks about that idea. Hope I’ve helped.

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Sue Tang says:

    Dear Barbara,

    Thank you for the wonderful website. I would like your advise on my new roof to be. I have a sage green siding, looks mostly grey to me but other people said they can see green. My house is a very small colonial with dark brown door and blue stone porch. I am considering colors from GAF Timberline’s Pewter grey, charcoal and slate. Which do you suggest? Other colors are welcome too.

    Thank you very much

    Sue

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Sue,

      I would be happy to help you with your roof. Send me an email at bmeglis@yahoo.com and we’ll work from there. If you have a photo of the house, you can attach it to the email.

      Thanks.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • skwerest@me.com says:

    Dear Barbara,

    Wow! I love it! Plus I just have to paint the door and awnings so I can get it done this week for my mom so she does not have an awkward house. It saves me from painting the brick which I was always hesitant to do, plus takes off the dated shutters for a ‘new’ look on an old house. Thank you for steering us away from the black roof for all of the reasons you stated above. I appreciate your invaluable input and know I will ask for your help as I work through the interior of my mom’s house! I will show your suggestions to my mother later today when she returns. She loves yellow but is always afraid to use it. Your Concord Ivory idea is sure to be a hit with her, plus although she is no longer in our childhood home, she again has the weathered wood roof that she so loved on our last house. It is a validation that her gut to always go with weathered wood for the singles was right. I also appreciate your prompt response. I was really in a pinch and you have sorted it all out. additionally, your customer service, dedication and detailed response shows how you looked through my emailed comments and thoughts and photos. we thought we could make the color choices for our house, but after two weeks of vacillating and being so sure than doubting what a lucky find I came across your blog while googling for help. Your service was amazing.

    Thank you!
    Kind regards,
    Melissa
    PS. I will post my mom’s comments when she gets home. I am sure she will love it.

  • skwerest@me.com says:

    Dear Barbara,

    My mom loves it! As does my fashion savvy sister who pointed out that grey and yellow are hot colors now. We think your advice was the best $25 spent ever! I emailed the roofing company and said we are going with weathered wood!

    Kindly, my mom wants to know if the front door should be eggshell, satin or high gloss as she is so thrilled with the Concord Ivory she wants it to be perfect. She had see Concord Ivory at the Benjamin Moore paint store and thought it was beautiful for a room in her house, she is tickled pink to have it on her door. Would you have a suggestion for the sheen of the paint for the front door?

    We will have you pick the colors out for the interior of the house in the coming months. The house interior is the next project to tackle. You are amazing!

    Kind regards,
    Melissa

  • Gary G says:

    Hi Barbara,

    We are about to replace our wood-shake roof with composition shingles, and would like color suggestions. Our house is a modified rancher (typical for this area) with beige-brick wainscotting and lighter sandy/beige paint, with white trim. The walkway is tan-and-gray pavers. I’ve included a link to a few photos of the house.

    We are thinking of using Certainteed Presidential line of shingles, to mimic some of the dimensional look of wood shakes, and these shingles are common in our area for new builds and re-roofing. I had seen a neighbor’s house with “Chestnut” color shingles, on a tan-and-white house. It looked quite nice to me, and I was wondering what you think for our house. It is an unusual color for comp shingles – more typically I see various shades of gray. Another option would be the “Autumn Blend” in this line – this is really dark gray with a bit of brown. Would you suggest any other approach?

    Thank you
    – Gary

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Gary,

      The roof colors you mentioned are fine with the house color –most all of the options are since the house is light and neutral, but with the darker colors, you run the risk of weighting down the roof of the house too much. Since the house is one story and quite horizontal in presentation, you don’t want a heavy dark line going across the top or the house will looks squished. (That’s a technical term…). So with that in mind, I like the Country Gray the best. It’s light and variegated — at least on the screen — and looks the most natural-shake-like to me.

      I suggest getting a large sample so you can prop it up against the house color and make sure there’s enough beige in the roof to make the selection look intentional with your house color. I think it will look sensational.

      If with your neutral house you are craving color, add LARGE colored pots with floral/greenery displays in addition to your landscape color. Large palms in big pots make a big splash.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Gary G says:

        Thank you, Barbara. We had also considered Country Gray, and I have large samples from the roofer in hand for all the choices mentioned…and I can’t say we love any of it. The Country Gray has beige granules, but that color disappears from a distance, and we just see a slightly warmer (and lighter) gray. Though we like the variegated look, the gray-on-gray tone is too “industrial” for my tastes. It doesn’t end up looking natural-shake-like, unfortunately.

        We can certainly consider other manufacturers’ lines; the roofer has suggested Owens-Corning Woodmoor or Woodcrest, or GAF Grand Sequoia or Grand Canyon, or possibly the GAF Timberline (not as “dimensional”, but less pricey), So many options! We could use a few more suggestions.

        Many Thanks
        – Gary

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Okay, Gary. I will take another look. Glad you got the large sample– critical. Back in a little bit.

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Gary,
        I am away from my office so the computer screen is less than optimal, but check out these options:
        GAF Grand Sequoia Mesa Brown

        OR

        GAF Grand Canyon Stonewood
        Owens Corning Oakridge Brownwood

        Your original choices are very similar, Gary. The brown, highly dimensional shingle should work quite well. It will give you as close to a wood-look as you can get with this type of shingle. But again, the large samples are key.

        I will be back at my office by Wednesday (if you can wait). But check out the options above.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mike says:

    Hello Barbara,

    Photos have been sent via email. We’re looking to replace the roof for our home that has predominately red brick in the front with beige siding and brick around the side and back. Most homes in our area seem to have shingles that have brown of some sort in the color but in driving around we do see red brick homes with black/dark grey shingles as well. We want CertainTeed Landmark shingles and have been looking at Heather Blend and Weathered Wood. We’ve been leaning slightly toward Heather Blend but Weathered Wood seems to be a pretty popular color. Just looking for another opinion and to make sure we’re not way off base.

    Thanks very much,

    Mike

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Mike,

      Sorry for the delay.

      Although the Heather Blend is okay with the brick, it actually may go TOO well, making the house too warm and without contrast.

      Check out Driftwood. Or Georgian Gray. See if either of those offers a warm gray alternative to the brown. And see how you like having some contrast with the roof.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • T&S says:

    Dear Barbara,
    Just sent you three images of our new england farmhouse and garage with some additional description of stone, brick, paint color names, etc – very much looking forward to your guidance!

    We are replacing the ancient strip shingles, which are an old colonial slate color mix (includes some red flecks along with the black, greys and green). We are staying with asphalt and think we have narrowed it down to GAF Timberline in either slate or weathered wood. We really are struggling with HD or Natural Shadow, and have looked at sample boards on the roof but cannot get a feel for how it will look when the whole field is covered.

    Do you see a solution in that or would you advise differently altogether in terms of color and definition?

    Thanks! T&S

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi T&S,

      To preserve the overall look of your wonderful farmhouse, my goal is to make the house and the roof look like they belong together. The HD roof style just smacks of updated, contemporary styling so I eliminated it. And you’re right. The slate doesn’t look like real slate and honestly I think the color might be too green. The Weathered Wood is okay, but a bit overdone and again, I think the color might not be right. Too light and not enough contrast.

      My favorite is the Charcoal Natural Shadow. It is soft, traditional, and I think appropriate for the age of your house and the kinds of roof colors they had back then. My second choice would be Pewter but sometimes, depending on the roof line, the pewter can have a blue undertone. You would want gray pewter — like the metal.

      If you do want to stick with the Slate option and you are comfortable with an overall green (not too green) roof color, I would go with the Natural Shadow instead of the HD. I think you’ll be much happier. With your house style, the idea is to make everything look aged — softer, blended, without calling attention to a particular element, like the roof.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Elaine says:

    I need help picking shingles for a house with pinkish brick, trim is like a slate blue, windows and garage doors are cream colour. I am looking at CertainTeed Landmark Shingles, either Pewter which apparently has a lot of blue in it or Driftwood which has a lot of brown in it. I will email you a photo but the brick looks a lot pinker with the sun on it, Of course, a cloudy day today. Any help you could give me?

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Elaine,

      The Pewter blue will only bring out more pink so I suggest the Driftwood. But another suggestion is to paint out the blue trim the same color as your current garage doors. And the same for the front door/sidelights. Once the blue is gone, your house will look less pink. Then you might paint your garage doors something like Ben Moore’s Silver Fox

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/silverfox

      That color too should make the house look less pink.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Elaine says:

        The pewter is a grey with a bluish tinge, still go with the Driftwood brown?

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Elaine,

        It’s the blue I’m concerned about, not so much the gray. You could try a darker gray (either the Charcoal or Moire Black) if you’d like gray. Just not one with a blue undertone. The Driftwood is very forgiving, however, and it seems to go with almost everything. But get LARGE samples, prop them up against your brick, stand back at the street, and have a look. You’ll know instantly which one is best.

        Hope that helps.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

      • Beth Baechle says:

        Hello Barbara,   I had remailed you before asking for help on what color shingle to get for my brick home and you recommended Peppermill Grey. What color vents and chimney Flashings do you recommend?  My choices are black or a silvery grey that is kind of shiny.  I have white gutters and white trim.   Please advise.   Thank you Beth Baechle

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      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Beth,

        Silver grey. That will blend with the white trim best.

        Hope that helps.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Elaine says:

    Hi, charcoal is not available in my area even though I wanted a dark grey, so will go with the driftwood, thanks

  • Bonnie Keeler says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I emailed you photos of the house I am purchasing The house is a traditional 1950s blonde brick ranch in a little resort town in Michigan a few blocks from Lake Michigan.

    To me, the brick looks orange-ish. The realtor went over to take a close-up shot of the brick, and said it’s almost exactly the color of the dogs you see in the backyard photo.

    I will replace the roof this year and am in quandary as to what color would look good. The roofer uses CertainTeed shingles

    http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/residential

    and I can choose any color or style, even the architectural 3-D shingles. The color selection is for zip code 49417.

    I originally was thinking of going with a medium gray roof (the grout is gray) like Colonial Slate, but now I’m thinking something in a brown. Or maybe a gray-brown like Weathered Wood or Driftwood. There are so many brown and gray colors…..some warm, some cool.

    On another post, you mentioned that you don’t like too much color variation on the roof of a brick house. I agree..…it would look too busy.

    The area under the roof needs repainting. I’m game for painting any or all trim, doors, etc. Should I ditch the shutters?

    The detached garage doors are vinyl I believe and I don’t know if they can be painted. Probably can.

    I want the house to look sleek (not chopped up) and classy, if possible. I can’t think of the right adjectives. Maybe simple and understated, but classy. It’s in a beach town, but I can’t go with a beach-y theme because of the brick, but that’s okay.

    I am across the country right now and can’t run over to re-look at exact colors, so I hope the photos give you enough information.

    I will probably also want to re-landscape over time, and want to replace some or most of the grass with native ground cover. And go for native low-maintenance flowers and bushes, etc.

    Thanks so much!

    Bonnie K

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      I like Driftwood for your roof — it will calm the brick a bit. Then for the garage (if you can paint it), consider Ben Moore’s Briarwood, a taupe that again will cool the brick.

      http://www.benjaminmooreonline.com/2596.html

      For the soffit and other trim, look at Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) — the lighter color will brighten up the area under the overhang and coordinate with your grout color. You could paint the garage doors Edgecomb as well.

      As for the shutters, try the Briarwood. I think you might like that — but leave the shutters off the large picture windows. No need. Only on the double-hungs.

      For landscaping, add lots of creams and maybe some dark purple instead of the red. With the orange brick, you have the “heat” covered already. Purples will give you contrast and energy. The whites will calm.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Armand Elizondo says:

    Dear Barbara,

    After a recent West Texas hail storm we will have the opportunity to change out a 30 year old wood shake roof. Due to the cost, we will probably stick with a GAF Timberline 30 year shingle. Here is a link to a picture of the house with a close up of the brick which has an unusual greenish stain on some of the bricks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/91165958@N03/).
    Because it is a mansard roof (very prominent) we are very concerned about making a mistake on the roof color. We have considered black and charcoal, but are afraid that black might be too stark. We are leaning toward the charcoal, but are open to ideas.
    We would appreciate your opinion as we do not want to make a big design mistake. I think every roofing company should hire your services for everyone of their customers. It would be a small cost to them and a huge benefit to the customers. Picking a roof color is a daunting decision! -Armand

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Armand,

      In terms of color, I looked at Weathered Wood — very nice, but probably too busy with your brick. You would also lose some of the Mansard roof look because the roof would blend with the siding. Charcoal is close to your current roof color but colder — it lacks the warmth of the wood. Have you considered Barkwood? It’s dark enough to contrast with your brick, maintain the Mansard roof look, and warm up the house. In that particular roofing line, Barkwood is my first choice.

      See what you think.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Armand Elizondo says:

        Thank you, Barbara. We had not considered Barkwood. I did up a very rough rendition of what the Barkwood might look like. Please take a look and see if this is what you had in mind (http://www.flickr.com/photos/91165958@N03/). I used the Barkwood image on the Timberline site to quickly fill in the roof. Its a bit rough, but should give a rough idea. -Armand

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Armand,

        Your renditions are exactly what I pictured. I still like the Barkwood best. It is warmer than the Charcoal but it offers more contrast than the Weathered Wood (my second choice).

        Hope that helps.

        Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Armand Elizondo says:

    I added Weathered Wood. -Armand

  • Dear Barbara,
    I need help deciding what color to get for roofing shingles. We have a terra cotta color brick ranch house with a low pitch roof.Our roofer uses Certainteed shingles. I saw Colonial Slate max def. on a brick house that I liked but that had more red in the brick. I am open to any suggestions. I will email pictures…thank you in advance.

    Donna Cochrane

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Donna,

      Although gray will definitely work on your house (similar to what you have now), have you seen Certainteed’s Shenandoah?

      http://stpaulroofing.com/Certainteed-Landmark-Impact-Resistant-Shingles.aspx

      It is a mixture of grays and browns with some lighter golds and it would give your house a different look. It too is max def.
      Georgetown Gray is a fall-back choice. I’m not crazy about the Colonial Slate as it has quite a bit of maroon in it — and it will not go with the terra cotta brick as well.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Hi Barb,

        Shenandoah is nice but out of our price range. Do you think Heather Blend is a similar color? I’m not sure if it’s dark enough. I’m still keeping Georgetown Grey in mind. It’s a choice of which would look better…dark brown or grey…thanks..
        Donna

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Donna,

        I like the Georgetown Grey — with nickel metal for lights, etc. Heather Blend is okay, but it’s a bit matchy.

        Hope that helps.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Joan Notghi says:

    Hi Barbara,

    So glad to find your site. I just paid on PayPal. My contractor is wanting an answer on roof color tomorrow and I only have samples of GAF weathered wood and slate. I live in Connecticut.

    My house is yellow with white trim and shutters. I am going for an old farmhouse look. I think I want a roof that’s a warm brownish grey. I’m interested in possibly Weathered Wood, Slate, Mission Brown or Teak. Weathered Wood seems too light and Charcoal seems too dark. I think Barkwood may be too brown. I may change the siding to a cheerier yellow. (I’ll send an example of a house I like and a picture of how my house is now)

    I have some brick but I don’t like it and may paint it white or give it a white-washed weathered look. The house was built in 1982 w/o overhangs on gables and I am going to add those. Was thinking of 10 – 12 inches with returns. Will add white railing and round posts to front porch and possible add medium natural wood door. (the house used to be a fake tudor with brown siding and no shutters). So far I’ve painted it yellow. Some of the trim still needs to be changed to white. The garage doors are yellow now but may change to carriage style white doors with windows along top.

    I plan on keeping clapboard style siding b/c I don’t really want a cottage style house. I’d like it to be simple and cheery and not look like it’s new construction. I’d like it to look like it’s been around for a while. I’m going to change the roofing shape over the box window to be more attractive as well. The roofing will probably show on the tops of the returns (not sure if I’m using the right terminology – – I mean the part of the overhang than turns toward the center) Not sure if that will make it look too modern.

    I live on a cul-de-sac with many types of houses (capes, colonials, raised ranches, contemporaries). The house next to me is a blue dutch colonial and across the street is a modern grey colonial. Kiddy corners is a traditional white colonial.

    I wonder which roof color you recommend, whether I should have it installed on the overhang “returns”, whether I should paint the brick white and if you think a medium natural wood color door would be nice.
    I am also trying to decide whether to have wider plain white trim around windows or have white shutters.

    Thanks so much!! (I’ll email the pictures)

    Joan

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Joan,

      Have you seen the Owens Corning Oakridge Shingles in Peppermill Gray?

      http://lowes.owenscorning.com/homeowner/products/roofing-shingles/oakridge-ar/artisan-colors—peppermill-gray/

      The roof is a mixture of grays and browns and would give you the contrast you’re looking for in the roof but cannot find with the lighter roof colors like Weathered Wood. Charcoal is probably the truest color for an old farmhouse, but it looks a little flat these days with so many other roof options out there. But that would be my second choice.

      As for the overhang and return, great idea. Shingling the return is a good idea as well if there is substantial horizontal area to cover. It will protect it and add much-needed architecture to the side of your house.

      You might consider adding a gable vent for something additional to look at up there (even if you don’t need a real one). Use wide white trim.

      I like the idea of widening the window trim all around and eliminating the white shutters. If you use shutters at all, I think black or very dark green would be ideal.

      I love the solid medium-toned wood door idea and the white carriage-style garage doors. Be sure to switch out the lighting to black wrought-iron and enlarge a bit if you can.

      As for the brick, I think painting it white might call attention to it, especially by the garage doors. Also if the brick is white, the garage doors will get a little lost. I suggest either a) siding over the brick to match the clapboards above (yellow); or b) painting the brick the siding color (yellow). That will blend the brick with the siding above and all you’ll notice will be the striking white doors and the black hardware.

      Great project! Lots to do. But you have excellent taste and plans and I can’t wait to see the after photos!

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Joan Notghi says:

    Thanks so much Barbara! Your help is invaluable. I’m currently looking for a house with the Peppermill Grey roof installed so that I can see it an decide. So glad I asked you about the brick. I didn’t even think of that.

  • Susan says:

    Hi there, we have a 60 year old house (in Australia) and it has a red metal roof. What colour should we paint the exterior of the house to compliment the red roof. The house has not been painting for many years and the colour it is at the moment is cream and dark green trimmings. I want to paint it a modern colour but not sure which way to go. Would be very happy if you could suggests some ideas. I was thinking maybe light grey and dark grey trimmings but the house has safety screens doors that are cream, would this matter?
    Thanking you
    Susan

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Susan,

      How about a taupe (something like Ben Moore’s Briarwood — if you have access to that) with cream trim. The cream will take care of your screen doors and will serve as a nice bridge between the taupe and the red roof. A neutral is a must for the siding as the red roof is quite prominent.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Mike says:

    Do you also pick colors for the house exterior walls ? We have a good roof, just need something to match. Thanks

  • Jen says:

    Hello!

    We recently had a leak in our roof and are in the process of replacing it entirely. Luckily it was due to wind damage, so our insurance has covered the cost. We have the choice of any roof colors within the Timberline HD line. We have somewhat narrowed it down to the following (pending that you do not have other recommendations)–>grey, slate or weathered wood as options.

    The problem that we are running into is that we plan to update the siding within the next year as well (currently a wood siding, that is worn out). The exterior of our home is brick, stucco, wood siding and trim to match. Was hoping that you could recommend how to “tie it all together”….which color of roof would you recommend and what color/type of siding? We live a bit out in the country, and like more of a natural/rustic feel.

    Appreciate your help!!

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Jen,

      Have you considered Barkwood for the roof color? It’s darker than the Weathered Wood but very nice with your brick.

      The Weathered Wood is also fine. I wasn’t crazy about the gray (too blue) or the slate (too green). I like the natural browns with your brick.

      As for the siding color, you might consider something like Fairview Taupe (Ben Moore HC-85). Again it goes well with the brick and contrasts with the warmer brick colors.

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/fairviewtaupe

      But I think a contrasting trim would highlight the interesting architectural features of your house better than a blending trim. (I do like to do the garage door in either the siding color or a couple of shades one way or the other.)
      Here’s a trim suggestion for windows and all other trim: Sail Cloth (Ben Moore PM-21)

      http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/pm21

      See what you think. Hope this helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Diane Lown says:

    We are two of the many people who need to provide their builder with an answer in a few days. We are building a modern farmhouse. Exterior is white board and batten. Roof shingles we would like to use are Landmark Moire Black. We are looking at using a Buechel stone called Fond du lac in Heritage Blend for the chimney chase (http://www.houzz.com/photos/1840461/Fond-du-Lac-Heritage-Blend-details). We can’t decide on a color for the PAC-CLAD metal accent for porch roof and above dormers. We prefer not to do the Matte Black (surface sheen is too dull) and think the Dark Bronze will be too brown next to the black shingles. The roofer does not have a sample of Midnight Bronze for us to compare to the shingles, so he suggested a Firestone color called Extra Dark Bronze. Now we are considering a PAC-CLAD metallic color such as Silver or Zinc. It might provide the modern look we desire. What metal accent color would you suggest? Will the stone we selected work with the Silver or Zinc or is there a better option for the chimney chase? I will email you the PDF of the exterior of our house and submit payment.

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Diane,

      I like the metallic contrast with the roof if you’re going for a modern look. The contrast will certainly make the roof accents stand out against the black shingles. The stone you’re looking at may be a little too beige/gold for the Zinc roof although it does go with the Silver (at least on paper). There are warm grays in the stone and the Silver is warm compared to the cool Zinc.

      You might take a look at this Country Squire stone option that appears to go well with both Silver and the blue undertone in the Zinc.

      http://www.buechelstone.com/shoppingcart/products/Chilton-Country-Squire.html

      This stone has less variegation of color tones within the sample. The more monochromatic stone will make the house look more modern. Traditional homes tend to have a mix of natural stones — more like the Heritage Blend.

      Make SURE you get actual samples of roof, stone and metal and see the ACTUAL colors before making the final decision. Don’t let the contractor push you into making a decision you are unsure about.

      Hope that helps.

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Barbara Meglis says:

    oh good. Thanks for posting, Diane.

    • mrjinvestments@aol.com says:

      Hi Barbara, I need to select colors for the exterior walls of my rental units. The roof will be the same .Here is the property picture. Can you help me with the color for the walls ? Thank you, Mike

  • Barbara Mortenson says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I need help choosing exterior colors for roofing and siding. We are building a new, traditional center-hall colonial with some Federal elements in western Maine. We also have a modest portico in the design, but may leave it out. A portico is welcoming, but we’re concerned it may appear too formal. The house sets in a rural area, facing mostly south, up against some tall pine trees.

    I’m leaning toward painting the house a soft yellow, nothing too pale or bright–similar to the Faded Yellow color that appeared in a California Paints (Andover, MA company) brochure years ago. Possibly dark green for the door. Trim would be white.

    Here’s our dilemma: We have been looking at roof shingle colors in the CertainTeed, GAF and Owens Corning lines for weeks now, and nothing seems right. (My husband is shingling the roof himself.) We have mostly been trying the gray tones, but have been unable to find a nice medium gray that doesn’t look too blue or have too much definition. We don’t like high definition shingles; we’d rather the emphasis be on the house, not the roof. We could go with with either 3-tabs or architectural; the 3-tabs seemed fine, but the color choice is somewhat limited. I don’t want anything too dark or too light. Because of the house style, I don’t mind the shingle having a bit of a weathered look, but we didn’t care for the GAF Weathered Gray at all, and Weathered Wood seems so brownish, although I know it’s popular.

    (Adding to the dilemma is the idea that we may want to have a white house with green shutters, but it may be asking too much to decide on a shingle that would be appropriate for both a yellow and a white house.)

    Could you recommend a specific color scheme for roof, (yellow) siding and front door? Thoughts on leaving the portico in the design? Please help!

    Barbara

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Barbara,

      I can take another look, but the best roof for both yellow and white on a traditional, Federal style home is really a dark charcoal. I like the Certainteed Landmark Moire Black and Charcoal Black and you might notice that the darker colors (especially the black) are less “variegated” in appearance and more uniform in color. The medium-toned roof colors (like Weathered Wood) have a lot of color variation and they look too new for a traditional home in Western Maine.

      If you are trying to make your new house look like it’s been there awhile, then I would suggest reconsidering the darker shades for the roof. Here in New England, dark charcoal and black are prevalent.

      As for house color, white always works. But for yellow, look at Philadelphia Cream (Ben Moore HC-30) as one option. It’s not quite as yellow as many options and might blend better into your wooded environment. Just one thought there. See what you think.

      You might consider black shutters but a green door like Ben Moore’s Caldwell Green HC-124. Traditional but with a twist.

      Hope that helps. If you really do not want charcoal/black for a roof color, then I’ll be happy to spin the roof color wheel again for another option. But I’ve given you my best suggestion up front.

      As for the portico, I think it’s not only architecturally appropriate for the house style — even in rural Maine — but practical for guests who are standing on the front door step in the rain. I’m all for it.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Barbara Mortenson says:

        Barbara, I am so grateful for all of this advice. I feel re-energized about the project now and feel better moving forward.

        Interestingly, Moire Black is the color we’d started out with. It seemed too dark to me, but we will definitely revisit this, as well as the Charcoal Black. Given the softer house color I was aiming for, I was afraid the Moire Black would dominate the house. Initially I was thinking something with the same color value might be more appropriate….is there any validity to that idea?

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi again Barb,

        With regard to a roof color dominating the siding color, that is particularly important to avoid with roof pitches that make the roof quite prominent. We see prominent roof pitch in many modern homes, Capes, gambrels. In those cases, we blend roof color with siding so we don’t cut the house in half visually.

        But on your colonial roof, we won’t see a lot of it anyway so the contrast is perfectly fine, and in my book, encouraged.

        Hope that clarifies.

        Thanks again.

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Barbara Mortenson says:

    Barbara, I just posted a question regarding our new colonial house, but should have added that we have also looked at IKO shingles and have a sample board for that as well. Also, if it helps, the house is surrounded by numerous softwood and hardwood trees. I like the idea of a yellow house and would like your thoughts on that, but if you have an additional thought for a color scheme –possibly one that blends in better–I’m open to it. Thank you so much for any light you can shed on this decision.

    Barb

  • Gretchen Duffin says:

    Hi there,

    Want to first start off by saying I was so pleased to see this when searching the web for ideas, what a fabulous thing you have here! See we have a huge problem on our hands as of a week ago when we got a new roof. We thought it was going to be a grayish color but it turns out to have a real greenish tint to it and the house is taupe! It is frankly disastrous! The roof looks like it belongs on another house. Look forward to hearing back from you with suggestions. We are open to anything at this point. I will email you pictures.

    Thanks.
    Gretchen

  • Gretchen Duffin says:

    You are absolutely fabulous! Such quick turnaround! I am so excited to try the new colors on the house! And I would have never thought to use the colors you suggested, I was looking at all green tinted colors thinking I needed to match the roof. I truly love the verdigris lighting idea! I’ve never seen this type of lighting before, so beautiful. I just have one final question–would you use the Gray Pinstripe for the trim around windows and gutters too? I really love what you have going here, such a great way to help those who are clueless when it comes to this type of stuff. You have set my mind at ease, I no longer have to agonize about this anymore :) Thank you so much for your expertise!!! I will email you pictures of the house when we get it completed. Have a great rest of your week!

  • Barbara Meglis says:

    Hi again Gretchen,

    Along with the Pinstripe (that looks a little on the blue side), check out Amherst Gray HC-167 for your accent. I’m trying to pull a color from the roof. See if either of these two colors works.

    Benjamin Moore amherst gray HC-167

    http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/amherstgray

    Then after you have the perfect shade (let me know if you need another option — I’m working off a computer screen but I think one of these will be perfect), paint the doors and the windows.

    I would paint the gutters the fascia color, which I would keep the same as the house color.

    I did not choose a green for the siding because we want to make your house look bigger and not chopped in half at the waist. I selected a color that is in your stonework.

    Spreading the roof color around as an accent will make the color choice look intentional. And I think you’ll be fine!!

    Not to worry.

    -Barbara
    Your Home & Color Coach

  • Stacy says:

    Hey there,
    I need some advice about a shingle color for my house. (I will send pictures to your email.) My roofer is going to put IKO Cambridge architectural shingles on my craftsman style home http://www.iko.com/products/architectural/cambridge/ due to storm damage. I need help with what color shingles will work best. I currently have a light brown roof with beige siding and white trim. However, the light brown shingles really show algae growth on one side of my home. It becomes very noticeable after a few years, and I end up having to use chemical to remove it. (I included a picture of the dark black streaks on the garage. These streaks were also on the roof of the house but I worked harder to remove them from the house than I did on the garage because it was much more noticeable on the house.) The Cambridge shingles are algae resistant , but I thought a darker color would work better to hide the eventual algae growth. However, I do not want to use a color that is too dark or won’t go with the color scheme of my home. I want something that will blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb. I am going to have to live with this decision for a long time, and I don’t want to make the wrong one.
    After looking at samples, I am thinking that the earth tone cedar is too light for my taste. I am leaning toward driftwood or dual brown but I am open to any suggestions. I think my beige siding pulls more brown than gray so I am worried about the driftwood. My other hesitation about the driftwood is that triangle under the roof on the garage and house (I have no idea what it is called). It’s a brown (that has been bleached out by the sun) that may not look good with the driftwood. Also, worried the algae will be more noticeable on the driftwood in few years. My worry about the dual brown is that it is too dark and will stick out like that sore thumb I mentioned. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, I have a few more questions about the exterior of my home. 1) Do you want your rocking chairs on your front porch to match your siding or your trim? 2) Would you ever put shutters on this house? If so, do you put them only on the front or on the front and sides? 3) If you would put shutters up, what color do you suggest? 4) The front door is beige too. Keep it or paint it? Feel free to share any other suggestions you may have. Any and all feedback is welcomed.

    (Please note that I just divided the ferns on the porch and they will grow much larger throughout the season. I also have large planters that go on either side of the garage but they are not out for the season yet. The tiny pots are just out there getting my lilies some sunshine but they do not belong there on a normal basis.)

    I am so excited to hear what you have to say. I have enjoyed reading your blog.

    Thanks,
    Stacy

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Stacy,

      I do like both Driftwood and Weathered Wood with your stonework and house, BUT to be on the safe side and camouflage any future black streaks from algal growth, I recommend the Dual Brown. It will look wonderful with the house (perhaps a bit darker than optimal) but certainly not too dark. And it should help to hide future staining.

      As for the rocking chairs, they should be trim color OR an accent color to show up against the house. Since your windows show “black,” I suggest white chairs.

      In terms of adding shutters, you already have a lot to look at with the stonework and pillars and I would not recommend adding shutters. Your double windows are big enough — no need to add more width and cover up the siding. And with no shutters on the front, I would not add them to the side either. Your house looks terrific shutter-less.

      Try Ben Moore’s Georgian Brick for your front door. http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/georgianbrick
      It will tie in the brick on the front step and add that welcoming red punch. If that is too warm to add to your already warm color palette, cool it down with Cromwell Gray in a high gloss finish. http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/cromwellgray

      You might consider adding another porch light to the right of the front door. That way, when they’re on at night, the look is symmetrical.

      Everything else looks great!

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Jim Friedberg says:

    Barbara, we need your help on shingle colors for our house. We live in a ranch style home in Denver, Colorado. Our home was built in 1952 and added onto in 1999. It is a red brick house with black shutters and a beige trim. ( I am sending pictures). Our existing roof was damaged by hail and so we are in the market for a new roof. Our roofing company pointed out that the existing color of our shingles (a light gray Tampko shingle from the late 1990s) dated the house. We agree. He suggested GAF Timberline Charcoal. We want a more updated, and yet traditional style, but were concerned if a black shingle would be too severe for our house. We didn’t want the shingle to compete with or overwhelm the pretty red brick. Our roof does not have a high pitch so you don’t see tons of roof on our house, so who knows maybe the Charcoal would be just perfect. Another idea that we think we like is a dark gray from Owens Corning called Estate Gray (darker than what we have but not quite black like the Timberline Charcoal). We are totally open to suggestions. Please help! :)

    Thanks,

    Jim

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Jim,

      Have you considered Timberline’s Barkwood?

      Since you have warm brick with dark red/brown and orange plus a taupe siding color, I think the dark brown would pull the color palette together. Dark charcoal is my second choice as it ties in all your wrought iron metal. Either should work. But I don’t like the lighter grays — they go with the concrete but that’s about it.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Anna says:

    Hello Barbara,

    I’m in a lucky position to be getting new roof and new siding at the same time!!! :)

    I have a dutch colonial (built in 1943) that currently has a green roof, white siding & green shutters. I’d love a new and more modern look but still retain the home’s vintage appeal. I am also having the front stoop reworked to get rid of the metal posts and add back white pillars, and the side porch screen taken down and a more classic white rail built. I just had new replacement windows installed so I am tied to white as the trim color.

    I am completely confused on the roof color. I realize with the roof showing the way it does if I don’t pick the right color it will look horrible!!

    I am wanting a neutral color but something that looks fresh & maybe a bit unique if that makes sense. I love gray houses & I keep leaning toward light gray or a medium cape cod gray for the siding but then what for the roof?? I would be open to other neutral colors for siding though. My roofer wants to use Certainteed Landmark. I live in the midwest (harsh summers) so people are telling me black is not the best choice & I also think it will “cut” my house in half.

    I’d love to hear your ideas on siding, roof color, door color (my daughter wants a plum door, lol)

    I am going to email a picture of my house to you.

    Thanks so much!
    Anna

  • nicole says:

    Hello,
    I bought a house on a lake in upstate NY. I am putting a new roof on the house and detached garage. I am putting certainteed landmark architectural shingles on the roof. The house has light yellow vinyl siding with dark green shutters. Currently there are light brown shingles on it ( I will send pictures). Would you be able to recommend a few colors that you would look good and wear well ( NY winters, a lot of trees). Next I need to replace and paint the doors to freshen up the outside. Thank you!

  • carolhugh says:

    Hello, we are putting a new roof on our house, using Owens-Corning Woodmoor shingles. The contractor thinks we should put a brown roof on. He suggested Autumn Maple, but I think that’s too light. I think a black or gray roof is better. Our brick is dark red with some blue streaks in it. The siding is a grayish brown, kind of like a gray putty.

    What do you suggest? Hopefully, this link will get you to the color options: http://www.owenscorning.com/roofing/browse-shingles/

    Thanks,

    Carol

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Carol,

      I like what you have currently — so the Woodmoor Mesquite works for me. I agree bout the Autumn Maple. It’s too light and too busy for your predominately brick house. The Mesquite has less variegation so it will coordinate better with the brick.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Laura Cromley says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I am in the process of getting a new roof and I have to make a decision today about the color. It’s basically a tan/dark chocolate(in a few bricks) brick house with cream siding. It doesn’t have any black in the brick but its a dark chocolate brown in a few of the bricks, but primarily tans. Would black walnut or rustic black from this website http://www/tamko.com/shinglecolors/Heritagemap/heritage-Ok-AR be
    the right color?

    Please let me know as soon as you can.
    Thanks so much for your help,
    Laura

    • Laura Cromley says:

      Is there anyway you can answer me at this time. They are ready to order the color?
      Thanks so much,
      Laura Cromley

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Laura,

      Not sure if I’m in time (sorry about that). But Black Walnut is a warm black that should coordinate well with your brick color and certainly contrast well with the cream siding.

      Hope that helps!

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Laura Cromley says:

        Hi Barbara,
        Thank you so much for replying. I just sent you pics of the brick.
        I didn’t realize that I needed to do that. Can you please look at
        the pics and confirm that the Black Walnut will indeed be the
        best color now that I’ve sent you the brick colors.
        Thanks so much,
        Laura

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        Hi Laura,

        I apologize for the delay — I don’t know how I missed your photo. Yes to the Black Walnut if you haven’t already installed it. Hope you love it!

        -Barbara
        Your Home & Color Coach

  • Eli says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I’m in the process of replacing my roof and need some advice about the shingle color. I already sent you the pictures to your email. Our roofer is recommending IKO Cambridge architectural shingles but they also use Tamko shingles. Our house has a taupe/brownish brick with grayish/brownish shutters and I’m having hard time deciding on the shingle color. The salesperson recommended IKO Dual Black but I think this color would compete with the brick. Do you think Driftwood could work with the brick or do you recommend any other colors? Also, do you have any recommendations about whether to change the color of the shutters? I know that you’re busy but I need an answer tomorrow if possible.

    Thank you,
    Eli

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Eli,

      I like the Tamko Rustic Black as it has a little warmth to it but there’s adequate contrast between the roof and the brick. In the IKO line, I think the Driftwood might be too similar to the brick in terms of tone. More contrast needed. Either the Dual Brown or Dual Black would work.

      For shutters, check out Vintage Wine (Ben Moore 2116-20).

      Benjamin Moore vintage wine 2116-20

      Hope this helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Joanie K. says:

    My husband and I decided to stain our suburban Massachusetts 1980s, contemporary home the same color it’s been for many years – Cape Cod Gray from Cabot. This solid stain color reads tan, not gray, to me.

    We’ll soon need a new roof and our options are CertainTeed Landmark, GAF Timberline HD, and Tamko Heritage. I do NOT like the “busy-ness” of most of today’s architectural shingles and think they oppose the simple lines of the house. GAF’s Timberline HD Mission Brown is supposed to give a contemporary look (I think), but I don’t even know what color family I should be looking at.

    The front of the house faces north, making the recessed entry dark at certain times of the year. I “missed” with the particular red I chose for the front door, and will look for some other color when I repaint next spring (purple family?). Also, the Cabot Dune Gray window trim will be replaced with Cabot Pepperwood, which I think goes with the Cape Cod Gray wood siding much better.

    Please help with roofing choices given the options mentioned above. Many thanks!!

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Joanie,

      Take a look at Weathered Wood in all three roof lines. Also Driftwood in the Certainteed. And Aged Wood in Tamko. Any of those should work beautifully. Don’t worry about the “busy-ness” of the architectural style. Your house is very well suited for the new contemporary roof. As for a door, consider something more like Brickstone or even Plum Island (in the Cabot line). The only shade of red that really doesn’t work is the candy-apple red (too traditional for your house).

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

      • Joanie K. says:

        Hi Barbara,

        Your advice is invaluable!! Can’t tell you how much time and headache you saved me. I especially like the Tamko Aged Wood you suggested because it looks a bit lighter and cooler than other browns. I can’t wait to see a sample. Thanks for your help!

      • Barbara Meglis says:

        You’re welcome!! Thanks for posting.

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