Wondering what paint goes with a brown roof? If you’re not ready to change your roof but still want a fresh new color scheme for your home, you’re in luck! Tons of our clients come to us with brown roofs that they want to work with. So we decided to compile a few color palettes that work well with a brown roof below.
While perusing the examples of what paint goes with a brown roof in this post, it’s important to keep in mind that ‘brown’ can mean a lot of things. A brown roof can lean a bit reddish, or it may be brown-gray, or nearly black. It can be warm or cool. When we look at a brown roof as a ‘fixed element’ of an exterior design, we factor all of these things in when recommending paint colors. Read on for our thought process and a handful of gorgeous examples.
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Gray tones on a Victorian-style home
This Queen Anne style Victorian home has a reddish-brown roof that takes up substantial visual real estate. To help the façade feel more modern but still honor the home’s historic architecture, we suggested warm neutral paint colors in saturations ranging from bright and light to deep and dark. The columns and trim are rendered in Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray — an important decision for a Victorian home, with all of its trim! Next is a mix of Sherwin Williams’ Mindful Gray (one of our top Sherwin Williams paint colors of the year) on the shingles and Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain on the horizontal siding. These warm gray hues are simultaneously current and timeless. Jet Black by Benjamin Moore provides depth on the windows and doors.
Beige on stucco and stone
The brown roof on this stucco house has lots of warmth, with some almost yellow notes. Plus, the existing stone veneer was also decidedly warm. Our designers suggested a tone-on-tone color palette that embraced this effect. Sherwin Williams’ Beachcomber is a warm beige and the perfect field color to complement the home’s fixed elements. Iron Ore brings in contrast on the windows, garage, gutters, and other accents.
Colorblocking on sprawling ranch
The brown roof on this sprawling mid-century ranch home is quite neutral, with some gray to it. We capitalized on this undertone with a light-and-dark colorblocked color scheme by Sherwin Williams. Repose Gray on the brick hits the light end of the spectrum, while Caviar on the vertical siding and trim offers depth and moodiness. The finished look is appropriate for the home’s era but also feels perfect for 2023.
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You can’t go wrong with white!
We recommended a new warm brown roof for this traditional brick home. A cooler off-white paint color on the brick, siding, trim, and windows — Sherwin Williams’ Eider White — brightens up the curb appeal. Sherwin Williams’ Black Fox is a complex neutral with rich brown undertones that works perfectly on the shutters and front door.
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Cape May Cobblestone on this home’s upper level shake siding plays nicely with both the dark reddish brown roof and the existing main level brick. This Benjamin Moore hue is a warm greige. The red tones in the roof pull out its green undertones, which works well with the lush landscaping. Dark shutters ground the design.
Dark and rustic
This rustic home is full of saturated colors and plenty of texture. Because of its roofline, the roof color is a major factor in the color scheme. Plus, the natural brick is also dark and rather noisy. Our designers recommended Sherwin Williams’ Andiron (one of the best exterior colors of 2023) as a rich, quiet backdrop to these other tones. We think of Andiron as a deep olive green with a strong dose of brown. It’s one of our favorite fallbacks when working with busy palettes that call for something a bit moody.
Earthy, mid-range hues
The warm earth-tone palette on this home is soothing and cohesive. Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams, a warm gray, covers the main level brick. Next, Aegean Olive by Benjamin Moore is gorgeous as a gable accent and on the second level siding. Finally, Sherwin Williams’ Shoji White is one of our favorite off-whites for how well it works on fascia, soffits, and trim in palettes like this.
Warm stone gray with black and wood accents
The warm stone gray of Skyline Steel by Sherwin Williams is a welcome neutral base for this home’s aesthetic, with the bright, warm brown roof and rich wood accents. We suggested Dragon’s Breath by Benjamin Moore on the trim, eaves, and windows. It reads as a near-black here, but it’s actually a deep, dark brown — which is why it was the perfect choice for this palette!
What paint goes with a brown roof?
You may feel like your brown roof is limiting your home’s color scheme, but, as you can see from this post, there are plenty of paint colors that work well with a brown roof! From off-whites to mid-range neutrals to deep and delicious near-black hues, the options are vast. Just be sure to pay attention to undertones for both your roof and your paint colors when making your selections.
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