house siding options what to know

House Siding Options: What You Need to Know 

House Siding

Choosing the color of your siding can impact how you feel about your home and on the value as well.  New siding can make your home stand out and can bring out your home’s best feature.  Or, if you are building a new home, you can make different design choices.

 

Choosing the best siding will depend on a combination of your trim color, front door, roof, and some other exterior elements.  Take into consideration your home’s style and landscaping as well as the location of your home. Here is some more information on choosing the best siding color for your home:

 

What is the size of your home?  A general rule of thumb is that you should select siding based on how large your home is.  Lighter colors can work in two ways.  They can neutralize features that you want to blend in, but they can also make a small home dwindle into the background.  Dark colors will help to emphasize features and places on your home you want to highlight. But on a large home, they can be overwhelming and overpowering.  If you have a large house in a wide-open area, consider light colors.  For a smaller home, consider darker colors to bring the home more attention.  There are also many medium-tone colors to choose from that will work on any home.

 

What color is your roof?  Your roof is the other most prominent feature on the outside of your home.  Making sure that your roof and siding complement each other is a must. Stay in the same color family when choosing siding to go with your roof, but choose a siding color that is a bit lighter than your roof color.  You don’t want the roof and siding to match too closely, however.  The contrast between the colors is good.  Consider neutral roof tones such as grey or tan that will complement almost any siding color.

 

What is the architecture or style of your home?  Staying consistent with the style of your home is something to consider when picking out siding colors.  Traditionally Colonial homes are a single color.  Then you can add in some personal style with accent colors to the scheme.  Other homes such as bungalows, cottages, or country style may allow more freedom with siding color choice and flexibility.

 

What are the houses like in your neighborhood? Looking at the color scheme of homes you love in your area is an excellent place to start. It is a good idea to consider the siding colors in your neighborhood. Pay particular attention to homes that are a similar style to yours.  You may want to put your style into your home exterior, but you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb in your neighborhood if many have neutrals.  But if your community is more eclectic, then you could consider more colorful options for siding.

 

Choosing a siding color is one of many decisions you will make. Homeowners usually choose a color palette with siding that matches their style and accents just a bit lighter. Remember to consider trim, doors, railings, and shutters. Then add some color with doors and shutters.  Consider your style and the architecture of your home, and then decide on a siding color that will compliment your home and last for many years to come.