How to Choose the Right Siding Color for Your Home

Coloured siding boards

Don’t panic, but you’ve got a fairly big decision to make. The color of siding you put on the side of your home is going to be there for a while, which is why many people put themselves through the wringer trying to make a decision on color. Fortunately, we’re here to make the process a little easier with the following tips.

Stay with the current color or start over?

If you’re completely sold on the color of your current siding, don’t fix something that’s not broken. However, if it’s time for a change, start by analyzing a few things first. You should know that your roof color and the color of your siding should be compatible. There is more about that below.

You also need to consider your trim colors. If you’ve narrowed down your siding color choices, start playing around with ideas on the trim. This can often help you make the bigger decision about what hue to go with on the siding.

Let the architecture guide you

One of the most important things to consider is that the architecture of your home can lead you in the right direction. For example, if you live in a Colonial style home, the go-to color is white. There is something about the starkness of the color that perfectly fits this style of architecture, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw some modern accents, in a subtle way, of course, that break up the monotony and let you personalize your home.

A low country home begs to be light and breezy, which calls for hues that are in the blue family. But keep the accents neutral.

Tuscan style homes are often characterized by stone elements, sometimes on large portions of the home. Fortunately, the tone of the stone will help guide you to the right color of surrounding siding.

Craftsman style homes definitely benefit with a color palette in the earthy range. From olive greens to deep reds and various shades of brown, they all fit this style quite nicely.

Size matters

Dark colors on a large home tend to be a bit overpowering, if not altogether gloomy. The dark color swatch in your hand at the store might be intriguing, but on a large scale, it’s just not a good fit. Smaller homes, on the other hand, can be a perfect match for darker hues.

If you have a large house with large stretches of unbroken surfaces, other than windows, using lighter colors will de-emphasize these areas. However, if you have areas that you want to pop, such as dormers, going with a darker hue on these areas is going to do the trick.

Take a cue from the roof

If you have a dark roof, you might be inclined to go with a lighter siding color, and you should follow that instinct. If you have a roof with contrasting hues of dark and light grey, choose a neutral siding color. And if your home has shutters, go with a bolder color on them, such as a reddish brown, which will really bring all the elements together.

A brown roof fits well with a number of colors, from an off white to a rust color. Light earth tones also fit nicely, such as olive or heather. Thinking about a light walnut tone? That will work under a brown roof, as well.

What are your neighbors doing?

One of the only reasons you need to consider what your neighbors have chosen in their siding color is if you think you might be selling the home before the siding needs to be replaced, which could be 20 or more years. Nobody wants to buy a home that sticks out like a sore thumb, which means it would be of value to you to stay consistent with the “Jones’s.”

If your home has an architecture that’s unique to your immediate neighborhood, look at those in surrounding areas and stay true to their palette. Also, even though you don’t want to be an eyesore, that doesn’t mean you have to be boring. You can still make it your own with accents that don’t challenge tradition or mismatch with your architecture.

Choose a contractor with quality material

At VIS Exterior, we specialize in assisting our clients so they’re perfectly happy with the results. We use on the best quality materials and there are nearly limitless options in colors. Contact us today and let’s talk about your siding project.