Making a roofing decision comes in two components: material and color. Choosing the material is easy, as it’s a decision of functionality. Metal roofs are more expensive, but they last longer. They have a unique texture, and there’s nothing like the sound of rain on a metal roof. So if these factors are appealing to you, your decision is practically made for you.
Metal roofs coordinate particularly well with farmhouse style homes as the angular look of metal roofing, the clean lines they exhibit, and the old-world feel they provide make them exceptional choices for this style of architecture.
But not only are there literally hundreds of colors and shades to choose from, knowing whether the one you like best coordinates with the rest of your home can be a challenge.
Don’t fret about choosing the right color, though, because here are thirteen bits of advice and inspiration to help you choose a metal roof color you’ll love for decades.
1. Matching Red Roof and Shutters
When choosing a statement color for the roofline, it’s important to consider other coordinating factors. One of the easiest ways to tie in the roof to the rest of the facade is to incorporate that color, or a variation thereof, in the shutters.
Because shutters are added on, removable, and versatile, they might even be a good way to test the color itself on the property before committing to using it on something as permanent as a new roof.
2. Copper Metal Roof
A copper metal roof, while pricey, can make your entire home into a statement piece. When first installed, copper glows in a way no other roofing material can, and the bright – yet somehow understated – nature of the metal contrasts foliage and grass beautifully. The best part about copper, however, is the character it develops as it patinas.
3. Natural Tone Metal Roof
While a metal roof is often used to make a big statement, that isn’t always the case. Oftentimes metal roofs are installed in a subdued, natural tone that compliments rather than contrasts its surroundings. Consider a warm, mid-toned brown if you have or will install a large concrete pad at the front of the home, or a cooler brown if you’re using asphalt.
4. Pop of Color with a Green Metal Roof
Instead of coordinating, a metal roof can also contrast its surroundings. When you add a colorful element to an otherwise neutral home, the roof makes an automatic statement. This works particularly well on farmhouses thanks to the authenticity a bright metal roof brings to that style of architecture.
You can draw the color of the roof into the rest of the home in subtle ways, too, like using matching gutters or window panes.
5. Sleek, Low Metal Roofline
One factor many fail to consider in selecting the color of the metal roof is the size of the roofline itself. Many homes have multiple stories and a low pitch on the roof, allowing the walls of the exterior to speak the loudest. But if you live in a ranch style farmhouse with a large, visible roof, consider how big an impact the color will have on the overall look of your facade and choose accordingly.
6. High Contrast Metal Roof
As the saying goes: opposites attract. If high contrast color selections on your home’s exterior is a concept that speaks to you, nothing will do so more than a stark black roof on a bright white house.
You can use elements like black trim, black window panes, and a black front door to tie it all together, or you can use primarily white all over with a simple black roof. Both of these styles will scream “sleek, chic, and fashionable”.
7. Coordinating the Facade with a Metal Roof
If coordination is more your speed than contrast, there are many ways to subtly draw the color of a black roof into an otherwise light-colored facade. Instead of choosing stark white siding, consider rock siding with bits of gray, and incorporate some dark wood stained trim into the home to break up the lighter tones of the siding.
8. Standard Black Metal Roof with Bright Red Siding
Farmhouses are considered a classic home style, but classic doesn’t have to mean boring. If you have wood siding that you anticipate painting every five to ten years, you can select a standard black roof (a color you can never grow sick of) and use your siding to experiment with a bright pop of red. This harkens back to once-common farm life and holds a certain nostalgia.
9. A Festive Red Metal Roof
You need to make sure your metal roof’s color is something you’ll never tire of, and for most people that means it needs to be neutral toned.
But don’t count out a bright red roof if you enjoy a pop of color! It instantly adds a festive touch in most seasons (it’s a basic Christmas hue, it coordinates well with autumnal leaves, and it’s a beautiful backdrop against the green of Summer), so consider a bright red roof if you’re an exceptionally seasonal type.
10. Tonal Beige Facade with a Light Brown Metal Roof
Nothing is more chic than a cohesive tonal look. Displaying several tones of one color on your exterior will not only improve your curb appeal, but it’ll display a certain understated, classic sense of style. If you’re struggling with which metal roofing color to select, consider using a variation of the other colors present on your facade. For example, a dark beige metal roof is timeless on a light beige siding.
11. Coordinating with a Warm Toned Metal Roof
If you do decide on a warm-toned metal roof like copper, a warm rust brown, or another warm toned roof, it’s especially important that the rest of the tones on your facade at least coordinate, if not match. For example, a copper roof will clash with cool blues and grays, but can be stunning with red accents like shutters.
12. Using a Metal Roof for a Split-Toned Facade
If the roofline takes up a large portion of your facade, you can use it to split the house in two. For example, if you have brick under the roofline, you can choose a siding that matches or coordinates with the roof color on gables that fall within the roofline. This can make your home seem taller and enhance the drama of your metal roof.
13. Choosing a Metal Roof Color for the Landscape
Finally, if your home sits on a beautiful lot you’d like to enhance, consider coordinating the color of your roof with the landscape around it. If there’s a large skyline unobstructed by many trees nearby, consider a pale green that sits beautifully against an expansive blue sky. If your home is surrounded by large evergreens, a deep, rich forest green might be a better choice.