There are many reasons to take on a new remodeling project. Sometimes it’s about repairing damages. Other times, it’s about updating outdated aesthetics. Often though, remodeling is about adding new life and a new look to your home.
There are several exterior projects you can do that will revamp your house’s appearance. However, the quickest way to radically change the look of your house is through rethinking your roof and siding colors.
The colors of the outside of your home can say a lot. Your color choice can portray style, tone, and even moods. For instance, you can take your house from traditional to modern, by merely switching up colors.
Here are some considerations and intelligent color combinations for your roof and siding remodel project.
Matching Versus Contrasting
First, you should consider whether you want to play with an exact match or contrasting colors. Both have distinct visual advantages.
Historically, contrasting colors was the way to go. For one, it was the only option. Limited roofing materials made it extremely difficult to match siding colors exactly. Now, thanks to all the alternatives to asphalt shingles and other classic materials, this isn’t the case anymore.
Vinyl roofing, composite shingles, and even metal roofs all come in a variety of different colors. This makes it easy to find an exact color match to your exterior siding material. Matching colors creates a visually striking exterior. If you want your house to demand attention, matching colors is the way to go.
- Black on black, creates an enchanting, gothic-inspired, and ornate appearance. You can pair it with white trim for an extra pop.
- Grey on grey is another popular matching combination that portrays modernity and regality.
- Brown on brown is growing in popularity, because wood is such a popular home material. Pairing wood siding with a wood roof creates a cozy and whimsical vibe.
However, contrasting color combinations are more common and usually easier on the eyes. It also gives you a more extensive range of material choices. But choosing the correct two colors can be a challenge.
How do you know which color combination is best for your remodel?
Choosing Your Color Combination
As a rule of thumb, choose your colors based on tone. Most colors either fall into a warm or cool category. Warm colors are oranges, yellows, browns, reds, and golds. Cool colors are greens, blues, whites, and purples.
If you’re aiming for a visually appealing color combination that’s easy on the eyes, go with matching tones. Coordinating a cool-toned siding material with a cool-toned roofing material will almost always result in two colors that look terrific together. The result will be a classic and traditional-looking house.
On the other hand, if your goal is impact, choose contrasting colors. Select a cool tone for your siding, and a warm tone for your roof. The more contrast between the two colors, the more dramatic your home will look in the end.
- A classic matching tone example is pairing beige-colored siding with a brown-colored roof. Another common example is pairing red brick with grey roofing.
- A contrasting color combination example is pairing a stark white house with a deep grey roof. Another example would be a red or brown clay tile roof with blue siding.
Ultimately, it comes down to whether you want your house to stand out or blend in. Bold color combinations make a more significant impact. However, it’s important to remember that classic color combinations are a safer bet for boosting property value.
Classic color combinations are more palatable and appreciated by everyone. Therefore it’s more common to see matching tone pairings versus contrasting or exact color combinations. It’s also the same reason all realtors advocate for neutral color combinations.
Consider Exterior Color Combinations for Your Remodel
No matter what color combination you prefer, there’s no denying that revamping your exterior color choices is a great way to give your home a facelift. Mixing and matching colors is a terrific way to boost your home’s appearance.
Also, don’t underthink the effect of trim and accents on your house’s exterior. A daring or complementary trim color can make a dramatic impact. Be sure to play with lots of different options and color combinations, and consider what you want your house to say about you before committing to any colors.
About The Author: Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
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