In the early to mid-1900s, a green roof was not unusual at all. Dark green roofs were common on house styles including bungalows, four squares and cottages. Although they went out of vogue for several decades, many roof manufacturers have reintroduced the once-common green roof option, only this time in an architectural shingle. A green roof is surprisingly versatile and makes for a charming alternative to a neutral-colored one.
A green roof works well with:
Red roofs are often seen in country or farm settings, and are usually a metal standing seam option. Like green asphalt shingles, red asphalt shingles were once a popular choice for early 20th century homes. Terracotta tile roofs are common on southwestern-style homes, usually with a plaster house siding.
A red roof works well with:
Multi-colored roofs are less common, but there are manufacturers that are creating multi-colored shingles that look similar to historic slate. The important thing is to repeat one or two of the colors in the roof somewhere else on the house’s exterior. If there is green in the roof, repeat the green color either the shutters or the front door to make the color scheme cohesive.
Next time, I’ll tell you how to work with stone and brick colors in your overall exterior color scheme.
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