Getting Started With Siding Replacement – PART II: Choosing the Right Siding Style and Color
As siding greatly affects the exterior appearance and curb appeal of the home, it’s natural that you’d want to choose a nice siding design with a color that perfectly matches your home. If you elect to use fiber cement or vinyl siding, you’re in luck! You’ll certainly have a lot of color and style options to choose from. We’ve also got quite a number of tips to help in you along, so read on!
Choosing a Siding Style
There are three basic siding styles available today: horizontal lap siding, vertical siding, and shake and shingle siding.
- Horizontal lap siding – This is the most widely used siding style because it offers a traditional yet very adaptable look. When you choose this style,, you can further personalize your home’s look by combining different textures and leveraging shadow lines.
- Vertical siding –Vertical siding can lend your home a unique appeal. It can be used as an element to accent certain features of your home, but works just as well when you’re looking to clad the entire home.
- Shake and shingle siding – These profiles are not limited to roofing. Shake and shingle siding can give your exteriors a rugged and timeless appeal.
Here’s a tip: the best way to amplify the look of your home’s exterior with the help of these siding styles is to mix and match textures. For instance, you can have shake or shingle siding on the first floor and horizontal lap siding on the second floor. Then of course, you can play around with siding colors as well.
Choosing Siding Colors
To help make sure that the siding colors you choose will enhance your home’s look, follow these tips:
- Consider your home’s architectural style. Did you know that there are particular color palettes that look good on specific home styles? For instance, a Craftsman home will look best in a rugged, earthy color palette. Think deep reds, rich browns, and dark greens. Meanwhile, a Victorian home allows for more playful color palette, so you can use bolder color combinations.
- Choose a main siding color. Once you decide on your color palette, decide on a primary color for the siding, then on a secondary color to complement it. For example, you may choose a cool neutral main siding color, then match it with a warm secondary color.
- Select trim color. Trims and accents will give your exterior a finished look. While the classic white trim works well with any color palette, you may also go for a bolder hue to give your home a nice pop of color.
In the next post, we’ll give you tips for hiring the right siding contractor. Stay tuned!