What Color To Paint A House With An Orange Roof

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Not all roofs are a neutral color, and if your house has an orange roof, you may be wondering what color options there are for the rest of your home. Especially if you’re considering giving your house a makeover with a paint job. If this is the case, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found the best paint colors to go with an orange roof!

Paint colors that will go well with an orange roof are:

  • Yellow
  • White
  • Cream
  • Brown
  • Beige
  • Gray
  • Blue
  • Green

We’ve given you some colors to consider, but keep reading as we elaborate on this. We’ll include image examples of each color suggestion so you can truly get some ideas for what might work for your home. We’ll also answer some other questions you might have about matching colors to an orange roof and whether your trim and doors should match.

An orange rooftops of joined townhouses, What Color To Paint A House With An Orange Roof

Home Colors For An Orange Roof

Orange can be a tricky color to pair with. At least, it’s more complex than choosing a paint color for a home with a black, gray, or brown roof. However, selecting the correct color can offer a stunning visual, making your home visually appealing for the entire neighborhood. 

To determine which colors will pair well with an orange roof, you need to think about which colors pair well with orange in general. The most common shade of orange you’ll see on a roof is terracotta. Terracotta is a warm natural orange, so it might not be surprising that it pairs well with other natural colors. 

Yellow

Solar panels at a house roof in late summer

Yellow is such an inviting color and often evokes feelings of joy and happiness. When you choose a shade of yellow for your house exterior, pale and pastel yellows will work best. Dark or bold yellows can be overpowering and clash with the orange roof. However, it can be done if done correctly. 

Darker Yellow

Luxury Spanish styled two storied house and driveway panorama

A darker, more bold yellow is used here, and the look is pulled off well. This is likely due to the designer’s choice of white trim. The white trim helps separate the bold yellow from the terracotta. 

White

Beautiful modern house

Terracotta roofs are popular on homes in European countries, and you’ll often see them paired with white or off-white exteriors. If you’re trying to achieve a Spanish or Mediterranean look for your home, consider painting the exterior of your house white. It can offer a stunning contrast between the roof and exterior and will look best in warmer desert-like climates. 

Cream

Single family small house

While we’re discussing off-white, let’s talk about the color cream! The color cream isn’t as harsh as white and tones down the house’s overall look for a more cozy and inviting feel. To add to this, the brown trim on this house works so well with the cream and terracotta colors. 

Brown

New terra cotta colored home with green lawn, palm trees, lush tropical foliage

You’re probably thinking, “Brown?! With Orange?!” but brown and orange are relatively similar colors. As we mentioned earlier, most orange roofs are terracotta orange anyway which is described as orangey-brown.

Terracotta comes in various shades, and pairing your terracotta roof with a terracotta exterior can create a uniform and inviting look. To avoid overpowering the look with terracotta, try pairing it with white or pale yellow trim to keep the two colors from clashing. 

Beige

Stucco home exterior against a clear blue sky near sunset

Beige is a color that can go with pretty much any other color, including orange. It allows the roof to take center stage visually but can still create an inviting overall look. Just be sure to choose a beige with a warm undertone to complement the warmth of the orange roof. If the beige is too cool, it can look uninviting and cold. 

Gray

Gray has been a popular color choice for some time now, and if it’s still at the top of your list for paint colors, you’re in luck. As you can see, gray can also work with an orange roof. This home also has a dark gray upper trim showing that multiple shades of gray can work for your home. 

Blue

We’ve given you lots of neutral color ideas so far, but if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, blue is also a great color choice. In the image example, a light blue is used, and it creates a light and airy look for the home, making it look like it belongs in the middle of the countryside.

For a more modern look, a navy blue could also work. Just be sure to choose a light trim such as white to break up the dark colors. 

Green

Remember how we said orange, especially terracotta, goes well with earthy colors? That includes green. The paint color above is somewhere between green and gray, but it offers green undertones at the very least. A sage or an asparagus green would also be an excellent choice for a home with an orange roof. 

Of what materials can an orange roof be?

Traditionally, orange roofs were made of terracotta clay tiles. The clay is baked, and the orange you see is the natural color. It would be too difficult to change the color of it, so it stuck. However, nowadays, an orange roof can also be made from shingles or metal as well.

When you speak to a roofing company, they will supply you with different options for materials and color and help you pick the best choice for your home. 

Metal

You have seen many homes with orange terracotta roofs in our previous examples, but take a look at this orange metal roof. 

What is a good house trim color with an orange roof?

We gave you a couple of suggestions for trim colors in our previous paragraphs, and you can scroll back up to check out the image examples again. However, if you need a more comprehensive list, we’ve got you covered.

Good house trim colors for your home with an orange roof include white, grays, blues, and other neutrals such as beige and yellow. Keep in mind, the color you choose should also go well with your exterior paint color too. 

Do trim and doors need to match in color?

The trim around your windows, garage, and door does not need to match the color of the door itself. Unless the color white is used, you’ll often see homes with a door that’s a different color. Let’s take a look at some examples.

Example 1: Door matching other features of the home

Custom single-level suburban home on a sunny summer day

Here’s an example where the trim and door do not match. Instead, the door is matched with the siding above the windows. Now, don’t start worrying that your door has to match some other color perfectly on your house.

You can paint your door almost any color as long as it pairs well with the other colors in your design and you, the homeowner, like it. 

Example 2: Matching the trim in color

Small blue gray mobile home with a front and side porch with white railing

If you want to play it safe, matching your door to your trim color is the easiest way to go. This is often done with white, as you can see in the image above, but it can also be done with dark trim. Take a look at this black door and trim! It creates a classy modern look. 

Black front door with stone wall

Does house color affect home value?

It’s unlikely that house color will affect the value of your home since appraisals aren’t based too much on paint colors but rather on the structure and functionality of the home. However, it might affect the chances of you selling it. When people sell their home, they often give it a new paint job in neutral colors.

This is because neutral colors often make the home move-in ready. You’re more likely to appeal to a greater number of potential buyers if your house isn’t a unique, distracting color that doesn’t fit in with the neighborhood. 

Studies in the past have shown that repainting your exterior before selling only offers a 55% return on investment, making it one of the least recommended improvements to make to boost your home value. 

For more reading on this topic, take a look at this blog post: What Color House Sells Best?

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, our image examples and suggestions have provided you with a good idea about which paint colors go well with an orange roof. For the less adventurous homeowners, light neutral colors are a solid choice, but if you’re more of a risk-taker, you should consider trying out a blue or green. 

For more reading on home paint colors, check out some of our other blog posts below:

What Color Should You Paint The House Foundation?

Should The Garage Door Be The Same Color As The House?

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