The siding of your home does a lot of things for you. At a functional level, it’s there to provide your home with protection against the elements. In the same way, the roof keeps water, snow and other environmental hazards out of the home, the siding does the same thing for the walls. Beyond that, however, the siding also plays the single biggest role in determining the look of your home.
That should come as no real surprise considering that the siding, per square foot, is what covers most of your home, and is thus the most visible component of it. But getting the right siding and color for a home may not be as easy a decision as you think. The condition of your siding may make you decide it’s time for new siding to improve the look, or even add more value to your property, but how do you go about doing this?
Probably the most obvious—and for some most difficult—decision you’ll make about picking siding for your home will be the color. Some materials, such as brick, may limit the color choice you have, while others, like vinyl or fiber cement, may give you more color choices than you know what to do with!
The color choice you finally make will be reliant on a number of factors, so don’t count on it being as simple as picking your own personal favorite color and running with that. Material and shape of the siding play a big factor, as well as characteristics of the material, such as whether it is smooth or rough.
The style of your home is going to play some hand in what are good color choices. A classic Victorian home, for example, is going to look better in certain colors than a modernist home that uses metal siding. When picking a color for your home, that color should complement the architectural style, not fight against it.
Specific architectural features of your home may also influence what looks good or not as a color. The type of trim on the home, if any, may need to be taken into consideration. The landscape around your home might play a role as well.
This is a factor that many homeowners often forget, but it can have a big impact on your future resale value. When deciding on a color, look at the entirety of your neighborhood to see what color schemes are most common. If you suddenly go with a bright fuchsia pink shade for your home, this guarantees that the home is going to stand out from the crowd, but not necessarily in the way you’d like.
If other homes in the neighborhood are in a similar style to yours, such as Victorian, or Colonial, for example, you can establish more harmony for your home and the neighborhood by complementing the existing color choices.
Samples & Light
Finally, always try to subject your shortlist of colors to the “reality test.” That is, take your chosen color as a real, physical sample and bring it over to your home to see how it looks. Keep in mind that picking a color from a catalog, in the controlled environment of a retail outlet using LED light fixtures is not the same as seeing this same color under natural sunlight, an overcast, cloudy day, or sunset.
A modern-day solution to seeing what your house might look like with the new color is to take a photo of your home and digitally recolor it in computer paint program. But it’s important to try to get a sense of what the color will actually look like under real-world conditions, rather than retail, indoor conditions.