New pamphlet designed to aid with exterior color trends, house styles

Every five years most homeowners take the often dreaded step of repainting their homes’ exteriors, a job which often leads to the dreaded question – “do we change the color or repaint it the same color?”

Many times that repainting job is coupled with the larger dilemma of reroofing the house, a task that is daunting in its own right.

To help homeowners tackle both jobs is the DaVinci Roofscapes® and Sensational Color’s free 36-page “FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior,” a downloadable guide online to help homeowners select colors that enhance the exterior features of their homes.

Written by national color expert Kate Smith of “Sensational Color,” the guide explores color options for seven different home styles and makes it easy for people to choose color palettes that complement the exterior of their home.

“Many homeowners are afraid to add color to their home exteriors because they don’t want to make a mistake,” says Smith, a career color trend forecaster.

“When people look at the style of their homes, they can become confused by what colors will enhance their exteriors. This guide takes away those fears and puts the power of color in the hands of the homeowner.”

The guide includes color theme possibilities for Ranch, Colonial, Bungalow, Victorian, Spanish mission, European and New American style home designs.

Smith takes a “top down” approach to providing tips for adding eye-pleasing color palettes to the home exterior. She advises people to start with the roof color, then work their way down the house to consider the siding, window frames, front entry door and trim.

“There are so many wonderful color combinations that are striking on many different styles of homes,” says Smith.

“One of the hottest trends in the marketplace right now is to ‘shake up’ home exteriors with color,” says Smith. “This tutorial provides guidance and tips on understanding the home’s exterior features and playing off of them with color accents. The easy-to-read flow of this guide explores how to evaluate which colors should be used on the main features of a home exterior - including the roof, siding, windows, door and trim.”

The comprehensive and colorful online piece was a collaborative effort of Smith and several building product manufacturers, including DaVinci Roofscapes, Fypon®, Simonton Windows® and Therma-Tru®.

The free color guide is located on each company’s web site (go to to download from the DaVinci Roofscapes website), and at, a website developed by Smith.

Her first ebook in the series, FRESH Home Exterior Colors, is also available for free at

This 30-page step-by-step tutorial provides insights on adding color to the home exterior by using the FRESH approach, which stands for Fixed features, Regional colors, Environment and surroundings, Style of the home, and Have-to-use colors.

“No homeowner should feel locked into blah or standard colors on their home’s exterior,” says Smith. “A shake or slate polymer roof can have an appealing blend of colors, such as browns and autumn tones.

“Low-maintenance vinyl window frames and grids come in pine green, chocolate and even brick red to add pizzazz to the home.

“Homeowners can also create a welcoming front entrance by painting a fiberglass door a striking accent color. Tie that all together with painted urethane trim pieces that add the ‘icing on the cake’ for the home and you can really make a home more appealing with coordinated colors,” said Smith.


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