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Fresh Color Palettes for a Gray or Black Roof

Last time, we talked about color palettes that work well with a brown roof. Today we'll be sharing exterior house siding color ideas that work well with a gray or black roof, as well as the carefully curated LP® SmartSide® color sets created specifically to complement gray and black roofs.

Gray Gables – plank siding // Ashwood – trim, columns // Creek Bottom – shake siding, windows, window trim, door

If you have chosen a black or gray roof for your home, the gray may be dark, medium or light gray. Gray can have undertones of blue, green or violet. You’ll also find that some grays are slightly browned, like weathered wood.

What colors beyond gray can you determine in the roof samples above? The black and dark gray roof samples in the top row are the most neutral, and therefore will work with the widest array of color palettes. The other samples have one or more of the following colors: blue, green and purple. Whatever color you see emerging will play into the overall color palette of the house, so don’t ignore it. Repeat that undertone color elsewhere on the house for a cohesive look. For example, if your gray roof has green undertones, you could do a shutter color in a similar or darker version of that green.

Gray roofs work well with:

  • Cool stone colors – off-whites, grays, blues, gray-greens, purple.
  • Most brick colors – reds, oranges, yellows.
  • Trim colors that are off-white, dark gray or black (NOT beige).
  • Fresh rather than muted colors.
  • Cool siding colors, like whites, grays, blues and pastel or more vivid colors.

The new color sets for gray and black roofs are below. Some include a stone or brick that coordinates well with the roof and paint colors selected.

Choosing one of these palettes with similar stone or brick colors will result in an updated, cohesive look for your home. In the next blog post, we’ll talk about color palettes that work with less common roof colors.

Note: All photos are for illustrative purposes only. Please refer regularly to lpcorp.com for correct and up-to-date product installation instructions. 

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