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Choosing a Color for Your Siding

The exterior of your home is the first thing that visitors see. It is what friends, family, and passersby base their first impressions on. It makes sense to focus time and effort into making the exterior really shine.

One of the most important parts of your home’s exterior is the siding. Choosing a color can be stressful, as with modern vinyl there is an abundance of choices. What color do you choose? Below are a few guidelines to aide in the process.

Stand Out

If you really want your home to stand out from the rest on the street, one possible option is to contrast colors. Many modern homes come in shades of gray, cream, brown, and red. If this is the case in your area, a contrast could really show off your home. Shades of green or blue can accomplish this quite effectively, without being too aggressive or jarring. You want to turn heads while not overdoing it, so cool, calm colors are better choices than bright yellows or bold reds, although paler, more pastel versions of these colors can work in certain environments.

Evoke a Feeling

Colors can directly affect how a person feels. Different colors can bring out other feelings. For example, shades of blue tend to lean towards calm feelings, while green is energizing and fresh. Go with a color that conveys the sort of energy or feeling that you wish to put off.

Utilize the Trim

A house’s trim can be a very useful tool when devising the color scheme for your siding. Using the trim carefully can help add some more depth to the home. A trim color that is close in shade to the main siding color can make the home seem larger. A sharp contrast, on the other hand, can make the eye focus on the trim, which can be a useful tool to highlight different aspects of the home.

Choosing a siding color can be hard for some homeowners, but a focus on feeling and contrast can lead to a strong exterior.

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