Your home is a reflection of who you are. The exterior of your home is the first impression that many people will have of you, so it’s important to take your time when choosing the colors for your siding and roof. The color of the exterior of your home is a decision that you most likely have to live with for a long time, so it’s important to make sure it’s a color that you really like.
Your Area Plays a Large Role
The area that you live in plays a large role in what color you choose for your siding. Generally speaking, neutral colors such as gray or brown are the best choice for almost any home. Homes that are in very warm climates however, might want to look into lighter shades in order to keep the house cooler.
Don’t Pick Trendy Colors
Colors that are beyond your basic gray or brown shades can be considered trendy and will probably become a color that you won’t like after a while. Because siding is quite an investment for homeowners, you want to make sure that the siding color you pick is one that you will be able to live with for many years to come. If you have your heart set on a bolder color, save it for accent pieces such as trim or shutters, something that won’t take up a very large area and can be easily changed in the future, should the need arise.
Coordinate the Roof and Siding
It’s true that siding is the typically the first thing that anyone notices about a house, but the roof plays a large role in the look of the exterior as well. If you choose a roof color that completely clashes with your choice of siding, it will stick out like a sore thumb. Choosing a roof color that blends nicely with your siding, will make your roof almost an afterthought, with the main focus on your siding. It’s best to pick your siding color first and then choose a coordinating roof color. As a general rule, colors such as brown or beige do well with a brown roof while cool colors such as those in the gray family do well with a dark gray roof.
The Bigger the Better
If you’ve painted the interior of your home recently, you know that the paint color that actually comes out on your walls can sometimes be vastly different than the color on the tiny little sample they give you. The same is true for siding colors. Looking at a tiny little paint chip of the siding color you think you like is much different than seeing it covering an entire house. Whenever possible ask for a large sample of the siding color you like. Make sure to look at the sample out in the sunlight and put it up against your home on several sides of the home if possible, so you can be sure to get a true feeling of what it is going to look like in all types of sunlight and at different times of the day.