Choosing the color for your roof can be a big decision, and nowadays, there are so many more color options besides grey and brown. Thankfully, we’ve scoured the internet and found the most trendy roof shingle colors in 2023 to help you choose the best, most timeless color for your roof.
The benefits of choosing the right shingle color include:
- Boost curb appeal
- Get the most out of your investment
- Longevity of your roof and home
- Timeless aesthetics
How to Choose a Roof Shingle Color
The best way to choose a roof shingle color is to pick one that accents your siding color(s). If you’re looking for more texture or have multiple shades on your home’s exterior, you can get shingles that combine a few colors for a speckled look that can accent many colors at once.
When in doubt, choose a rustic color like brown or gray. These colors will never go out of style, and they can provide excellent texture to your home’s exterior. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something different but still classic, then black will always be timeless.
When you’re choosing your roof color, you may want to consider more than just how it will accent your siding. There are many considerations to make, especially since this is a significant investment in your home. So when choosing your roof shingle color, consider these aspects below as well.
How Does Texture Come Into Play?
Basic siding can pair really well with a standard shingle roof or any other roof material. But if you have cedar shakes, metal, or any other premium siding, you may want to think twice before installing a basic solid-color shingle roof. More premium shingled roofs like architectural and designer shingles from GAF can give much more dimension and give your home a more premium look and curb appeal.
Where Do You Live and What Are Your Neighbors Doing?
Location matters! If you live in a hot climate, a lighter-colored roof will help reflect the UV rays and keep your home cooler in the hot summer months. Meanwhile, coastal cities, particularly in the Pacific Northwest or Upper East coast, will have darker roofs because they fit the aesthetics of the environment. They also hide algae and moisture stains that occur in wetter climates. Looking around at your neighbors’ roofs’ colors and styles can be a good indicator of which way to go for both color and type of roof material.
Do You Want Warm or Cool Colors?
Don’t automatically assume that a dark roof and light siding are going to go together. Helping you avoid mismatched colors is one of the primary reasons we put this guide together. For example, if you have a beige house and slap a bluish-gray roof on it, you might clash because your house is warm and your roof is cool (color-wise). Generally, warmer colors (beige, orange, brown, yellow) and cooler colors (blue, grey, whites) are going to work best together.
Take your landscaping into consideration as well. For example, cooler colors could accent nicely if you always plant bright colored flowers and have hanging plants. While landscaping made up of more naturally occurring plant life like pine trees and bushes, warmer colors will look incredibly nice in juxtaposition.
Which Colors Accent (or distract from) Your Home’s Architecture?
The shape and style of your home and roof should play a big factor in which color shingles you use. For example, if you have a large roof with many peaks and valleys, a black roof is going to take over the look of your home completely. A light grey or textured shingle is going to make those structural elements of your roof pop and accentuate the design and architecture of your home.
Most Popular Roof Shingle Colors in 2023
Home exterior trends are ever-changing, but more often than not, people can choose from a few different colors and know their homes will be in style for years to come. Of course, the colors you choose may also need to consider the style and sizes of your home. For example, a mid-century modern could get away with more color choices like greens, blues, whites. At the same time, a beautiful craftsman home should be a darker color like reds or forest greens and even dark grey.
The most popular colors for shingles we’ve seen this year include:
- Light brown hues—sand, taupe, desert
- Dark brown hues—autumnal brown, tree bark, weathered wood
- Blue hues—denim, navy, sky, blue-green
- Green hues—forest, moss, hunter
- Off white hues—beige, stone, tan, khaki
Some honorable mentions for 2021 include:
- Owens Corning Red Copper (shingle color of the year 2021)
- GAF Timberline® HDZ™ Hunter Green
- GAF Timberline® AH Appalachian Sky
The Best Color Combinations for Shingles and Siding
It’s crucial to match your siding and roofing materials if you want to improve your curb appeal and avoid clashing your roof and siding (and other exterior features). However, picking the proper hues might be a challenge, especially if you want to invest in something that will last for decades. Depending on the color of your siding, there are certain suggested colors for your roof shingles that you can consider. Here are some of our favorites based on the color of your siding.
If your house is beige, tan, or any of the off-white hues we listed above, your best bet is going to be a dark roof. The contrast between light siding and a dark roof is beautiful and timeless. Dark roofs usually have a bold, rich color that can create beautiful texture. If you’re looking for a neutral color, darker brown colors are best since they have richer tones that contrast nicely with lighter colors.
Blue siding continues to be a popular choice amongst homeowners. Both light and dark blue hues have grown to be a choice option for siding. And whether you have a light sky blue home or dark navy blue, you can be pretty safe using a gray, black, or even brown roof. Lighter colors will look gorgeous with either shade of blue, while a light blue house can really pop with a dark gray or black roof.
If your siding is brown, you want to be very careful not to completely wash out your home’s exterior and choose a color that does not accent your brown shades. A dark brown house can work really well with a multi-colored roof with green, brown, and grey hues. It gives texture and accents the brown siding without making it look too monochrome.
Gray siding is one of the most popular colors to use today, and you will often see people pair it with a dark roof. However, with gray being neutral, you can go with any dark color, including dark grays, blues, greens, or even black. If you have a dark gray house and want a unique combination, you can go with a light gray or white shingled roof.
Red siding goes best with a dark-colored roof. When you think of red siding, you may often think of a barn, and a dark gray or brown roof always pairs well with the red. A black roof with red siding is a very modern take on this classic color.
If your house has white siding, you have dozens of options for roof colors. But, solid primary colors are probably your best bet for a nice clean contrast. Depending on the style of your home, you could choose anything from green to blue to red or black. You can create even more contrast with a brightly colored door or shutters to create even more contrast.
Natural Wood Siding (Shakes)
For best results when using a dark roof on a wood siding home, go with a darker brown or black color. This will completely transform your house in a beautiful way and give it cleaner lines. Black is always an incredibly bold choice that can look stunning on cabin-style homes, while browns are best for more modern traditional designs.
Choosing the right color for your roof can boost curb appeal, increase your home’s value, and even make your home more energy-efficient. Plus, you can invest in your home’s longevity by choosing colors that will stand the test of time.
If you are in the market for a new roof, reach out to First American Roofing & Siding. Our seamless process ensures you get the roof you deserve, with products that you can rely on. Get a FREE estimate today!