Mid-century modern homes offer a lot of character, but because they are often older homes, they may need updated siding. There are many options homeowners can choose from that will highlight the beauty of their home’s design, but they may not know what the best siding design is for their home.
Many siding options highlight the beautiful designs in mid-century modern homes, and our team at Unlimited Siding knows them all. If you are struggling to decide on a siding design for your home, continue reading to learn more about the siding designs we recommend for mid-century modern homes.
What Is Mid-Century Modern?
Mid-century modern refers to a style that emerged following the end of World War II. This style features functionality, simplicity, and clean lines. When this home aesthetic became common, it acted as an uprising against the more traditional, ornate home styles that had been popular at the time. Many mid-century modern homes feature wood tones, as well as glass, metal, and vinyl materials. These homes also began to feature accent colors in ways that hadn’t previously been used in homes.
This revolution of mid-century modern homes took place in the United States; however, these homes took style inspiration from Brazilian and Scandinavian architecture. While these homes were found nationwide, they were most popular in the Southwestern United States, where homeowners did not experience such cold winters.
While, like many other home styles, these homes fell out of popularity, they have recently begun to increase in popularity again in the 21st century. This rise in popularity is because these homes still offer an incredibly functional layout. While these homes are often older, they offer character that homeowners cannot find in homes that have been built more recently. The exterior features of these homes set them apart from many other modern homes.
1. Contrasting Colors
When choosing siding for your mid-century modern home, you may want to consider whether contrasting colors are a good fit. As we mentioned, mid-century modern houses often featured wood tones. To highlight this original design, you may want to consider mixing wood tones and colored siding. Popular siding colors to match these wood tones can include earthy browns and beiges, as well as black. These contrasting colors can break up the appearance of a home and are especially great for homes with flatter facades.
2. Horizontal And Vertical Lines
If you have a larger home, the exterior can begin to look really bland if it features the same siding the whole way across. However, you create a more visually appealing exterior by breaking up your home’s exterior. There are many ways you can break up the appearance of your home. If you aren’t interested in featuring several colors across your home’s facade, you may consider using vertical and horizontal lines. Vertical lines may accent taller sections of your home, while horizontal lines look great on longer plains.
3. Emphasize Long Lines
Mid-century modern homes were often much longer than they were tall, which added to their functionality. If you are trying to accent the length of your home, you should consider adding long, thin vertical siding panels to your home. By adding these lines to your home, it draws the eye across the facade. It also makes your home appear longer than it is and shorter, which was a popular design appearance among many mid-century houses in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
4. Siding With A Wood Appearance
Wood paneling was especially popular in many mid-century modern homes because it offered a more modern appearance to homes than concrete or stucco home siding. If you are looking to update your home but don’t want to pay for more fragile wood siding, you should consider getting vinyl siding that looks similar to wood, such as the LP Smartside Lap Siding. This siding offers texture to the exterior of your home and adds contrast to any other colors you choose to incorporate into your design.
5. Feature Pops Of Color
As we mentioned above, many mid-century modern homes featured accent colors that hadn’t been popular in homes before. If you want to pay homage to the original design, you may consider choosing a pop of color to highlight your home. Whether you choose to feature an accent wall on your home or feature more neutral siding with pops of color on doors or windows, it is a great way to tie your home’s current appearance to the original mid-century modern design.
Selecting The Perfect Siding For Your Mid-Century Modern Home With Unlimited Siding
No matter what siding options you are considering for your mid-century modern home, our team at Unlimited Siding can help you highlight it perfectly. With many siding options and designs available to our customers, we are confident that we have the best siding options for your unique space. If you are looking for a professional siding company and would like to speak to a member of our team, reach out to us today.