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How To Choose The Right Siding Color For Your Home

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

It comes as a surprise to most that small homes normally look better in darker hues. Whereas large houses usually look better in lighter tones. A bigger home with dark siding will stand out dramatically but not necessarily in a good way! It can easily go from being large and stately to being an overwhelmingly heavy presence in the neighborhood.

When choosing the siding you want, a balanced color palette that will compliment your home goes a long way. The best way to achieve this is including warm and cool tones together. If you decide to go with a main siding color that is a cool neutral, it's best to balance the palette by going with a warm secondary color. If you visit our Supplier's websites, they do offer an assortment of palettes and design tools using their products to show you what colors are designed to work best together.

Royal Building Products Portsmouth Shakes in Oceana and Celect Cellular Composite Siding in Chestnut are a great example of a cool and warm toned palette. Cellular PVC trim is in the color Frost.

By using both warm and cool tones the palette becomes more dynamic. Allowing for you to use the trims as accents to stand out and compliment the design of your house. Looking at the outside of your building, take note of the different components and design elements that make up the front of your home. Using different applications on each component and/or design element can change the whole look of your home. Or you can lean into it's existing design to make everything match. For example, a colonial style can be changed up by adding colors to highlight parts of the home in a new way, or it can be embraced in it's current style by keeping the color palette more simplistic. Our supplier PlyGem has a step-by-step guide on how to choose a palette based on your home's design here:

Mitten Siding by PlyGem offers a stately combination of Vinyl Siding in Satin Grey, Shakes in Richmond Red, and Genstone in Stratford. Finished with Huron Blue (top of picture) and Satin Grey (bottom of picture) PlyGem Trim.

Now, it's a good time to take note of what kind of sunlight and weathering your home will experience over the years to come. This can help you decide if the color you're considering will work for your home in particular. More hours of direct sunlight on one side of your home versus the other may mean your siding will age at slightly different rates. The lighter the color, the less you'll notice any fading on your vinyl siding. Although white will ultimately fade the least, darker colored vinyl siding used to fade much worse than it does today. It's not as much of a concern as it used to be. However, dark browns and dark reds do tend to fade faster and more noticeably. It's something to consider when siding your home and ensuring the longevity of your siding products.

Once you've taken the size, design and weathering of your home into account. Always take into account the feeling a color gives you. At the end of the day, you're the one that will be coming home to this color everyday. If it makes you feel at home, it is the right color! Using the tips you've learned here you can find a palette that works with the color you love. The design tools available today are ready to help you visualize your dreams before we make them a reality.


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