How to choose the best house and roof color combinations for your project

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Kara Wenman

A beautiful roof and siding color combination will enhance a home’s curb appeal for decades, which is why it’s important to find the right match that complements your home’s unique personality.

Whether you’re completely transforming your home’s exterior with a new roof and siding, re-roofing, or re-siding your home, these ideas will help you find a house and roof color combination that you’ll be happy with for years to come.


Creating a new color palette for your home’s exterior is exciting, but can also feel overwhelming. With so many options for roof and siding color combinations, it helps to get advice from the experts. Our Exterior House Color Visualizer allows you to experiment with house and roof color combinations that have been curated by color experts.

Using the Exterior House Color Visualizer is easy: choose from a variety of color options from James Hardie’s line of ColorPlus® Technology siding and trim and then use the visualizer tool to interactively pair the siding with the most popular roof colors. You can play around with different combinations on various home styles until you find the best fit for your home.

Subtle vs. Dramatic: Striking Exterior Combinations

When choosing house and roof color combinations, consider the balance between subtle and dramatic styles. Embrace the timeless elegance of beige for a soothing and sophisticated charm. Opt for gray for a captivating presence with striking contrasts. Brick exteriors offer warm earthy tones that blend beautifully with various roof colors. Discover the perfect match for your dream home, leaving a lasting impression on all who pass by.

Warm Tones vs. Cool Tones: A World of Colors

Choosing a color palette for your home's exterior? Consider warm and cool tones. Cool colors like blues, greens, and purples evoke calm and serenity, while warm colors like oranges, reds, and yellows bring energy and joy. Stick to the same category for a balanced look - cool with cool and warm with warm. Pair white and gray with cool colors for sophistication and tan or brown with warm colors for earthy charm. For a timeless statement, black pairs elegantly with any combination.

Contemporary vs Classic: Timeless Elegance

Choose between contemporary and classic designs for your home's exterior. Contemporary homes feature dark siding, colored metal roofs, and dynamic materials. Classic designs exude charm with solid-colored siding, asphalt shingle roofs, and a touch of tradition. Explore stunning color combinations that elevate your home's beauty and stand the test of time.


If you are starting a re-side project and plan to keep your home’s existing roofing, there is a good rule of thumb for matching siding color to your home’s roof: pair a warm color with another warm color, or a cool color with another cool color.

For example, if your home has a warm-colored roof in a shade such as brick red or rusty tan, pick siding in a similarly warm shade such as tan, beige or brown. For a roof with shingles in a cool color like black or slate gray, select a cool color of siding such as blue, gray or green.

James Hardie’s ColorPlus® palette can help you find the right siding color to match a roof in both a warm or cool shade. Browse the “Warm” colors tab to find a selection of siding in vibrant, warm hues, or explore the “Cool” colors tab to see hues in soothing, cool shades.


If you are re-roofing your home and looking at how to match roof shingles to your house color, there is one rule to follow: stick with the basics. The most popular colors of roof shingles are shades of black, brown, gray, and red.

These popular shingle colors stem from the materials that builders have been using for centuries: slate, wood, metal, and clay. Today, variations of black, brown, gray, and red roof colors are available in a variety of different roofing materials. Bring samples of roofing home with you and hold them next to your siding to see which classic color complements your home best.

Try experimenting with lighter shades for a brighter look, or darker shades for a more dramatic effect. Keep in mind that darker roof colors can also draw more heat into the home—a bonus or a drawback, depending on your local climate.

Looking for some real-world inspiration? Browse our House Siding Ideas Gallery to see roof and siding color combinations on a variety of different James Hardie home styles.

Kara Wenman

Kara Wenman is a writer specializing in real estate, personal finance, e-commerce, and performance marketing.