The colors you select for your siding have a major impact on the curb appeal of your home. This can be very intimidating, because if you don’t like the color of paint, you can just paint over it. Siding, however, isn’t so easily (or cheaply!) redone. There are many different things to take into consideration when you pick siding colors in order to ensure that they work well for your home.
Here’s a basic look into what does and doesn’t work when you pick siding colors to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Do: Check With Your HOA First
Before you get carried away with visions of Icelandic-esque color schemes, check with your Homeowner’s Association. Most HOAs have regulations about the appearance of the homes in the neighborhood. The last thing you want is to have your siding redone only to bring the wrath of the HOA down upon you.
Many HOAs restrict changes to ensure that the homes in the neighborhood all look good together. If you want to stand out, you’ll definitely want to check said regulations first.
Don’t: Forget Your Home’s Architectural Style
Siding colors that look stunning on a small, quirky cottage-type home could look out of place on a very modern home. You’ll want to take the architecture of your home into consideration and do some research into what colors complement it before you pick siding colors.
For example, Cape Cod-style homes look lovely in shades of grey while Colonial-style homes are striking in white.
Do: Decide If You Want To Standout Or Blend In
If your home is surrounded by a bunch of natural greenery, you can either opt to have your home peacefully blend into it, such as with shades of brown. This could allow you to enjoy a sense of more peace and privacy, drawing fewer eyes to your home.
Alternatively, you could decide to have your home stand out and make a statement. Bright colors or pastels can do this wonderfully. If you decide to stand out, you can pick a way that fits your personality. One person might opt for a soft, seafoam green while another might want bright turquoise.
Don’t: Forget To Take Other Exterior Colors Into Account
Contrasting colors can be beautiful and really take a home’s curb appeal to the next level. However, you want to ensure that when you pick siding colors, they contrast with other exterior elements, like your roof, doors, and windows, in a good way.
The existing exterior colors can give you the perfect base to go off of, regardless of whether you want some contrast or color-blocking or whether you would prefer for everything to blend seamlessly together. For instance, if you have a dark grey roof, you can choose to stay in the same color family when you pick your siding, or you could complement it with a snowy white.
Other exterior elements of your home can also influence your siding color choice. For instance, if you have red bricks, warm-tone siding would likely be best. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of trying to pick siding colors that look good with your house as a whole or you have no idea where to begin, a color consultant or a siding company can give you advice.
Do: Think About Maintenance
If you choose a dark or bright color, consider the location of your home and how much maintenance you’re willing to do. While dark or bright colors may make your home pop, these colors can also fade with prolonged exposure to the sun. If you have a lot of trees in the area, then your home will have some protection from the potential of UV fading.
If you don’t want to have to worry about the potential of fading, you can opt for lighter, more neutral colors. These can also show dirt more easily, if you opt for shades of white, so you’ll want to think about if you’re willing to keep up with the amount of cleaning they’ll need to stay beautiful.
Don’t: Make A Rushed Decision
When you pick siding colors, it can be easy to feel like you have to make a decision asap before you have time to really think about it. Take your time! Your siding is a major component of your home’s appearance. The last thing you want is to go, “Um, this one!” and then end up hating how it looks when it’s installed.