If it’s time for an overhaul of your home’s exterior, you should be getting excited to choose siding and trim colors. After all, this is a unique opportunity to transform the look and feel of your whole property. It’s also a great chance to make your home stand out from all the rest in your neighborhood. Here are some tips on how to choose the right siding and trim combinations, whether you go with fiber cement or vinyl.
Light vs. Dark
If you want to go with a dark siding color, you may want to stick with a classic white trim or some other pale shade because they offset each other well and produce a dramatic effect. If you’re having a hard time coming up with the siding color, remember that classic colors never get old. Neutral colors add depth to your house, and white trim adds brightness to the siding color you choose. You don’t have to always pick the trendy color of the moment. You can never go wrong with classics.
The trim you choose will depend greatly on the siding you choose. Here are some insights into certain color combos:
- Blue: Darker shades will pair well with white trim, unless you’re choosing a very pale shade of blue. Then you may want to go with a darker trim to offset that, such as a gray.
- Gray: Gray works equally well as a siding color or a trim color. Lighten up your gray siding with a crisp white trim. Neutral grays can complement both warm and cool colors so you really can’t go wrong.
- Colors of nature: Green, brown and beige are all colors that are inspired by nature, and they tend to work well with contrasting trim colors such as yellow.
- Red: This color gives off a rustic feel, great for homes near lakes and farms. Because red is such an intense color, offset it with a crisp white trim. Black can work well in some instances.
Before you settle on siding and trim colors, consider the color combinations of the homes in your immediate vicinity. If all you see are gray houses around you, switch it up and try a more distinctive color. If you have a homeowner’s association that restricts the colors of homes to traditional colors like white, beige, and gray, you won’t have much choice in the matter. But if you are not governed by an HOA, you have much more freedom.
That doesn’t mean you should choose an intense bright yellow or pink for your siding color, as this will make your house stick out, and not in a good way. Bold color choices can greatly lower your resale value in the future, especially in the case of vinyl siding that is permanent and that you can’t paint over.
Specifically, look at the homes that have a similar architectural style to yours. Have a Colonial? Are your neighbors’ Colonials done in traditional shades of gray, cream, and beige? Stick to that color range. More eclectic areas offer a wider range of choices to select from.
Take these tips as a foundation of choosing your siding and trim, then build from there.
- Contemporary homes: neutral, such as gray, beige, and brown.
- Victorian homes: somber colors as an homage to Queen Victoria who was always dressed in black, well after her husband’s death.
- Colonials: single light color such as white, complemented by a traditional door color such as black or red.
- Adobe, Craftsman, and rustic ranches: warm reds and browns.
- Cape Cod styles: blues and grays.
To help you in this decision, ask your siding contractor to show you color wheels and samples so you can better narrow down your choices for trim and siding colors.
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