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Re-Siding Curb Appeal: Color - Discussing Design & Color Palettes

Posted by Eva Daly

Jun 27, 2014


james hardie 7 gen prod graphic resized 600In this installment of “Re-Siding Curb Appeal” from SEA/Peninsula Siding Company we are doing a follow up or almost a “Part Two”, if you will, of the most recent article on the affects of color.  We are going to address the power of color in design for remodeling and renovating, as well as share with our audience on the latest in color palettes we offer.

For most of us, the first decision we make every day involves color - what are we going to wear? As we shared last week - color impacts how we feel and what we do, and incorporating colors we love into our exterior design plans is easy and inspiring.

describe the imageThink about favorite rooms in your home, your favorite season or even your favorite outfit – are there common threads of color? When you drive around your neighborhood, are there color combinations or features that appeal to you? When you pay attention to what is visually appealing to you, you can start to identify some color palettes and pairings that could be just as appealing on your house.

The key to creating a unique exterior design/siding color scheme for your home siding is to identify the details and then customize them in ways that reflect your taste and personality.  

describe the imageSo, head outside –  check out the bones of your house, its structure, how it sits on the lot, how other houses in your neighborhood look and feel. Walk around your lot at various times during the day to see how your house presents in different light and in different seasons. Take into consideration landscaping and plants - and it’s good to zero in on a few design features common to nearly every type of home and look at them with a new eye. 

Things like gables and dormers; doors and entries; windows and shutters; porches and patios, hipped roofs and eaves; corners and trim and bumpouts and bays; and on the landscape side where trees are or are going to be positioned, fencing, outdoor lighting, outdoor accents like water features or outdoor barbeques.  All of these things can be taken into consideration. Let us share with you a few common questions about choosing fiber cement colors for the home from the James Hardie site  - and they are the following:

How do I know what's the right roof color for my home?

The perfect roof color can best be determined by the other colors you're working with for the siding, trim and any other accents. The roof color, in many cases, should be a natural, neutral shade that allows for flexibility with the other materials and colors on your home. However, today there are many more roof color options — blues, sage greens, deep reds — that are much more interesting and still neutral enough to be used with an assortment of colors.

Collect samples of the siding colors you plan to work with and look at the roofing options you think will work well with them. If you're starting from scratch and like a particular roof shade, tie everything to that color and work backwards. Or, to mix and match siding and roof colors, use the James Hardie Design Center to see how each combination looks on an actual home.

How many colors should I use on my home?

The number of colors used in an exterior color scheme is dependent on the home and how many details there are to highlight. Traditionally, homes had very little architectural interest and therefore, it was common to have a maximum of three colors — body, trim and accent.

Today, new architectural styles are far more interesting and detail-oriented and you should consider a minimum of three colors. Maybe add a second body or trim color. This is where you can really add interest and make your home visually more appealing. The additional body or trim colors don't have to be drastically different from each other and in reality should be close to each other, with a slight change in value. If your home has no natural way to divide colors, don't force it and go for less complex color combinations.

Will a dark body color make my home look smaller?

A house looks smaller as a result of strong contrast in colors or using light and dark colors together. This is not always a bad thing and can actually enhance design. If it bothers you and you like deeper colors, then don't use white trim, but a mid-tone color to make the pop-color brighter. Also consider your environment. In a rural area, a large white house really sticks out. To combat this, use a deeper, more natural landscape color to anchor the house to its surroundings.

Should my garage door be the same color as my front door or trim?

In most cases, no! It only draws attention to this part of your home, which is not usually a design objective. Also, an accent color can throw off the balance of your home, making the garage look larger than it really is. To help it blend in, select colors that are either the same as the body color or a slightly lighter or darker version to provide a little contrast.

Should my trim be a lighter or darker color than the body of my home?

In many cases lighter trim colors are the best choice since the eye is attracted to the lightest color in a combination first and in many architectural styles these are the features you want to emphasize. Keep in mind that not all trim has to be the same color.

If you have horizontal or vertical banding, you may not want it to be the same as your windows. You may also want your soffits and eaves to be a different color than your window trim. Think about how you want the eye to experience your home, working from lightest to darkest. The objective when using this technique is to have one color look like a shadow of the other. This trend is often seen on Victorian architectural styles. View our James Hardie ColorPlus color palette.

Tune in next time when we feature the next natural step on this topic, which is color technology, how James Hardie ColorPlus technology is heads and shoulders above the rest for protecting your home and why you need it!

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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