Help with Exterior house color to match roof color

amav31June 5, 2009

My 1970's house is dark choco color and we decided to change the color to a lighter shade.

The roof is light gray and the trim is white.

I have seen that newer homes have matching roofs or coordinating colors to go with the exterior and trim colors.

I used Sherwin williams online color software and when I painted a light grey roofed house with beige or green, it did not look great at all.I am thinking of changing to a cream color and white trim to give it a clean look.

1. Can anyone think of any other colors that would go well with my current roof color.

2. Can you recommend any cream shades that has been tried and tested. I am going with california paints, but i can have it matched to other brands.

3.Pictures of homes with the same color as my roof, would help too.

Here is a picture of my house.

http://photos.gardenweb.com/home/galleries/2009/06/house.html

Thanks in advance.

Amy

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stu2900

What about a midtone gray or a mossy green? I'm not sure I see cream with the gray roof.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 6:05PM
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justgotabme

Did you know there's paint out there to paint shingles? Check with Ho De or Lowes.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 7:45PM
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CaroleOH

I think you need to stick with darker or cooler colors. Beige and green don't go with light gray too well.

I'd try a blue gray color with the white trim, or I think maybe even paint the house white and have dark gray trim with black shutters.

How old is your roof? If it needs to be replaced soon, maybe you can just hold off and repaint once you get a new roof. Just remember to not get a roof in a trendy color - go with a dark brown or a very dark gray - goes with everything.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 8:59AM
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lindybarts

Is this your current house color in this photo? You mentioned a choco color, this looks dark gray to me. Maybe it's my monitor?? In any event, I agree with Carol that a dark blue/gray would be pretty. In the article I linked below they talk about the best colors for a gray roof to be gray, blue, white or yellow. ;c)

Here is a link that might be useful: Roof Color/Exterior color article

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 10:27AM
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susanelewis

I'm glad you are changing the color of your house. The dark color of the siding is harsh against that light colored roof.

I think white or yellow would not be attractive at all (IMHO) but a blue-gray or medium gray would be striking. Gray is a cool color and the cream/browns/yellow are warm and so they would not blend well. Stick to a cool color...

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 9:17PM
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amav31

Thanks everyone..for your ideas. Lindybarts, the link was indeed useful.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 3:48PM
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