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Asphalt Shingle Color Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Shade for Your Home

April , 2023 | 9 min. read

By Nicole Corson

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Tired of having a roof that blends in with every other house on the block? Ready to add some personality and style to your home? Look no further! 

We're here to help you navigate the world of asphalt shingle color options and find the one that will make your home stand out.

Our family here at  RoofCrafters understands the importance of having a roof that reflects your unique style and personality. We've been helping our clients pick shingle colors for 30 years.  That's why we're excited to help you choose the perfect shade for your home.

In this article, we'll cover 3 ways to choose the perfect color. Whether you're looking for a bold statement or a subtle touch of color, asphalt shingles offer a wide range of options to match any style. We'll provide examples and hopefully, by the end, you'll have a better idea of the style you love best for your home!

Let's get started!


Get Your Preferred Style: 3 Ways to Decide


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Are you ready to add some personality and style to your home? We've got you covered! But first what is your preferred style? 

Here are 3 ways to decide what style you like the best:

  1. Contrast
  2. Blend
  3. Combo Style

Let's dive into the first style - "the contrast."

Is a Bold Contrast Your Style?


Yellow stucco home with GAF sunset brick red shingles

Do you want your roof to make a statement and stand out from the rest of your home? Then a contrasting asphalt shingle might be the way to go. Imagine a bright red roof against a soft yellow siding or a deep black roof against a light grey exterior. The contrast between the roof and the rest of the house creates a stunning visual impact that will turn heads.

Upgraded black architectural shingles on a large light gray home

A contrasting asphalt shingle can also be used to highlight the architectural features of your home. For example, if you have a unique gable or a beautiful window, a contrasting roof can draw attention to these features and accentuate their beauty.

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The contrasting style works especially well if your home has a classic, ranch, or traditional design. The contrast between the roof and the exterior siding can create a timeless look.

Split-level green stucco home with hip shingle roof

Sometimes a little more challenging but mixing colors that live in the same color palette, like shown above. Green, brown, red, and cream will create an amazing contrast of colors. this takes an eye for color!

Seafoam color stucco with cultured stone and a GAF Timberline HDZ shakewood shingle roof

If you're looking to add some character and personality to your home, a contrasting asphalt shingle can do just that. This style is perfect for those who want to make a statement and show off their individuality.  

brick and lap siding home with dark gray roof

Whether you opt for a bright, bold color or a more subdued shade, a contrasting asphalt shingle will help your home stand out. And, with the durability and longevity of asphalt shingles, you can enjoy your eye-catching roof for years to come.

Stucco home with cultured stone and GAF charcoal shingles

Maybe you perfer the classic contrast, light house with a charcoal or dark gray colored shingle. This creates a classy, clean and crisp look from the street. 

Now let's blend some shingles and exterior colors!

Is a Blend Your Color Style?


Blend color scheme, Stucco home GAF weatherwood shingles

If you're looking for a more subtle and cohesive look for your home, a blended color scheme might be the way to go. A shingle roof that blends with your home allows the roof to fade into the background, letting the other elements of your home's exterior take center stage.

Stucco home with GAF barkwood shingles

This style is perfect for homeowners who want their roof to complement their homes, rather than making a bold statement. The shingle color will be close to the exterior color of your home. Doesn't need or have to be exact.

Beautiful stucco with cultured stone accents with gAf shakewood shingles

When choosing an asphalt shingle color for a blending style, it's important to consider the existing colors of your home. Look at the color of your siding, shutters, and trim, and choose an asphalt shingle color that complements those colors.

Dark grey home with a dark grey roof

An asphalt shingle color that's too bold or that contrasts too greatly with the other colors on your home can detract from the overall look of your home. Instead, aim for an asphalt shingle color that is similar in hue to the other exterior colors.

Hip and gable roof with a blended color scheme

Keep in mind, it can be just a few shades lighter or darker. With all the different shades available in asphalt shingles you should be able to find a color that's close.

Stucco home with GAF weather wood shingles

By choosing an asphalt shingle color that blends with your home, you can create a harmonious and cohesive look that is both stylish and timeless. Whether you have a traditional, colonial-style home or a modern home.

Stucco home with cultured stone accent and GAF Shakewood shingles

An asphalt shingle color that blends can add the perfect finishing touch to your exterior design. So if you value subtlety and elegance, the blending style may be the right choice for you. 

Gray stucco home with cultured stone accents and GAF weatherwood shingles, blend color scheme

Having multiple types of exterior materials that blend in with the roof creates a beautiful look from the street. Gray stucco, gray cultured stone with a gray roof. Blended well and the white trim makes it pop!

The contrast and the blend mixed together is the other option, that is, if you have multiple colors to work with...and we call this the combo style!

The Combo - The Best of Both Color Styles


Stucco home with GAF Barkwood shingles

The combo style is the perfect choice for those who have an eye for detail and are looking for a shingle roof that truly stands out. By combining elements of both contrast and blending, a combo style color creates a unique and visually stunning look that complements the overall aesthetic of the home.

White asphalt shingle roof on Split-level blue home

This style requires a careful balance of color selection. The shingle color must harmoniously blend with some of the home's exterior colors and the surrounding environment. Think, accent pieces; garage doors, shutters, the front door, a brick wall, or a cultured stone wall.

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A combo shingle roof can be a true work of art when executed correctly, seamlessly tying together colors and textures to create a unified and eye-catching design. This style is particularly well-suited to homes with various architectural designs, such as a combination of stucco, siding, brick, or cultured stone.

beautiful split-level home with shingles and metal roofing

The perfect color shingle roof can highlight these elements and bring them together in a cohesive manner. A garage door blending with your roof and your exterior color creating contrast is a great combo style.

Contrast yellow stucco, GAF Weatherwood shingles with dark brown garage doors

Considering a combo color style? With careful planning and attention to detail, a combo shingle roof can add real curb appeal to your home and make it stand out in the neighborhood. From dark colors, all the way to the lightest shingle colors. You have options! 

stucco home with brick accents - shingle roof, creating contrast and blending with the bricks - combo color scheme

A roof that blends with the brick accents and contrasts the stucco. An example of the combo style. So why settle for just one color or style if you can have the best of both worlds? Unleash the combo color and let your creativity soar!

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As you can see, you can use the bricks and paint around the windows to blend with your roof color. Then by having a contrasting color from the same palette. Yellow with a hint of brown goes really well with the reddish shingle. It doesn't have to be your style. However, notice that the colors don't clash. That's what we are avoiding when choosing colors. 

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Choosing the Perfect Shingle Color: Next Steps


In conclusion, choosing the right asphalt shingle color for your home is a very personal decision. A decision that can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your property. By understanding the different ways and styles to pick your shingle color, you can make a better-informed selection that will enhance your home and make it look its best.

Whether you prefer contrast, blending, or a combination of both, you now have the tools and understanding of how to pick a shingle color that will suit your style and make your home stand out or blend in! (Or Both!)

At RoofCrafters, we have been helping homeowners choose the perfect asphalt shingle color for over three decades. Our experienced team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and we’re here to help you make the best decision for your home. We take pride in our work and aim to provide our clients with the highest quality products and services.

If you're considering a new asphalt shingle roof. We would be happy to schedule an inspection and help you pick the perfect shingle color for your home.

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Nicole Corson

At RoofCrafters, our mission is to provide job opportunities for others to thrive and grow while making a meaningful impact within our communities.