New siding is exciting! It is a way to completely change the look of your home and amp up your curb appeal. We want to help you make the best choice for your home.
There are a few things you should consider before you choose your perfect siding color.
Style of Your Home
Some home styles commonly stick to one exterior color, while other styles allow for multiple colors.
A few common home styles and color themes:
- Cape Cod – You can have fun with accents like window shutters
- Craftsman – Allows for a lot of natural colors with trim, brick, and stone
- Contemporary – Usually sticks to one or two colors
- Prairie – Sticks to one color, but has lots of windows and organic patterns
- Ranch – Often has one color, with a complimentary trim color
- Cottage – Tends to have brighter exterior colors
Pay attention to the homes in your neighborhood. Are there any colors you like? You may want your home to stand out in the neighborhood, but don’t make it an eyesore! Try to keep your siding color in the ballpark of the other homes. Some neighborhoods have rules about home color, so make sure to check before you change the color of your home.
Testing Your Siding Color
Whatever color you choose, make sure it looks good in every light. You may hate how light the color of your house is when the sun hits it. Take a look at your color swatches throughout the day, for several days.
Complementary Siding Colors
Complementary colors can add some extra pizzazz to your home. Trim, doors, windows and railings are often painted complementary colors.
Color of Your Roof
The color of your roof plays a huge role in your exterior color choice. A more neutral colored roof can match an array of colors, while a darker roof is often softened with a lighter siding color. How much you want your roof to stand out is up to you.
Size of Your Home
Swatches are small and your home is big! A color might look lighter or darker when applied to a home. Keep this in mind when you pick your color. Darker siding colors might be too intense on a larger scale. Lighter siding colors might not be intense enough. If you have the ability to create a bigger paint test area, you should certainly do it. Try them on your home first using Home Designer 2.0!
KWP Engineered Wood Siding LookBook
To get some inspiration for your siding project, check out our 2018 KWP LookBook.