Since it made its debut in the 1950s, vinyl siding has been an attractive, long-lasting, and versatile option
for protecting your home. However, innovations in siding in terms of textures and colors have made it an
even more attractive option for homeowners. When investing in new siding for your home, color is an
important choice that you will literally live with for many years. Examples of considerations to take into
account when it comes to choosing home siding colors include the following.
If you have beautiful evergreen trees or other unique landscaping details in your yard, choosing a color that
will complement these can make your home a standout. If you have very colorful flowers, shrubbery, and
other landscaping details in your front yard, a more neutral color choice may be the preferred option.
The roof color is a major consideration in terms of matching and complementing the home’s overall
appearance. For example, a darker-toned roof often contrasts well with lighter-colored siding. Another
option is to do a shade variation that is just a few shades lighter than the roof for a complementary option.
Because a roof may last as long as 30 years, it’s likely you may change the color of your siding before this
time, making considerations for complementary siding important.
In addition to your roof, keep in mind other opportunities for contrast in your home, such as shutters or
window trimmings. The siding should complement these color palettes as well for a cohesive look.
Sometimes it’s difficult to translate a color on a small swatch or plank into how it will look on a home. As
a general rule, a very dark color can cause a larger home to appear gloomy. On a smaller home, a too-light
color can affect its ability to stand out.
Climate can play an important role in the siding color of choice as darker colors do tend to absorb a greater
amount of heat, which may not be as suitable for those who live in a very warm climate. For those who
live in colder climes where snow is a mainstay of the winter months, very bright colors can reflect harshly
on the eyes. For this reason, those in cooler climates may wish to choose more neutral colors, such as gray,
beige, brown, blue, or green.
Homeowners should take into account not only the architecture of their home, but also the overall look and
feel of the neighborhood they’re living in. Even if you aren’t limited in color choices by any neighborhood
restrictions, resale value often dictates the home is aligned in color palette with the surrounding homes. For
example, Victorian style homes are often decorated in a darker-toned color palette as the architecture is
inspired by the somber colors Queen Victoria often wore. In contrast, a cottage-style home is often
decorated in brighter colors while a craftsman-style home is often in a natural-color palette.
For more information and ideas on selecting the best siding for your home, contact Allied Siding and