What Paint Colors Work Best with a Gray Roof?

When people ask my advice about exterior paint colors, they seldom realize how important the roof color is in the overall color scheme. There are specific color schemes that work best with a gray roof, and those may be different than those that work best with a brown roof. Today I hope to help you learn which paint colors work best with a gray roof with a helpful infographic.

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Many of you probably know I’ve been working over the past year developing new exterior color palettes for LP SmartSide. They launched the first 20 exterior color palettes and a total of 35 specific colors in the new 2016 LookBook.

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I’m currently working on an additional 25 color palettes for them and a total of 75 specific color options. When these are complete, that will make a total of 45 on-trend color combinations for new builds or remodels. I recently wrote an article for LP about choosing exterior colors that work best with gray or black roofs, including a dozen of the new color palettes I recommend.

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If you have a gray roof on 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.

Any color you see emerging will play into the overall color palette of the house, so don’t ignore it! Repeat that 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.


Check out this infographic for colors to choose and avoid with a gray roof:

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You can check out the entire article and the new color sets by clicking here or on the image below:

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11 thoughts on “What Paint Colors Work Best with a Gray Roof?

  1. Mariann says:

    Great post, Kristie. Just printed it out so I can study it!! Thank you. What color of Ben Moore or Sherwin Williams would you say is closest to the body color on the house in the first photo?

  2. Rachel says:

    I love the look of a gray roof, but I did not realize there are quite a few options that work well with it. Cooler colors on the exterior of the house has always been a favorite style of mine, so I’m glad to see that’s an option with gray roofs. Thanks for the advice!

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