It comes as no surprise that painting a room can be incredibly stressful, but when it comes to choosing exterior siding colors, it's downright intimidating. Several things have to be taken into consideration when tackling this decision including money, curb appeal, and time. Fortunately, there are some easy steps to help you successfully navigate this seemingly impossible task.

1. Understand Your Home's Style 

A home's style does lend some helpful guidance when choosing exterior siding colors. If your home is considered a ranch-style home, colors considered more exuberant like pastels may not be the best fit. On the flip side of that, bold hues might not be a great choice for Victorian homes. Your style home provides some great insight, but so does your neighborhood. Take into consideration whether you live in a historic home or a newer suburb. What themes are you noticing?

2. Take a Drive

When you're trying to narrow down your color possibilities, take a little drive. Drive around your neighborhood and others nearby and take note and photos of the exterior color palettes you like. Also, take note if those homes look like your own home. If you notice that a home looks out of place, there's a reason for that. It's 100% okay to be a house color copycat!

3. Don't Be Too Trendy

Think of it like clothing and shoes, they're both a subject to the passing trends. So, when considering exterior siding colors, don't put too much stock into trends, because they're just that. A trend. You might love the "trend" now, but once that trend is over, you'll wish you went with something else.

4. Check out Your Home for Guidance

Your home more than likely has some hues that should likely be included with your new color scheme. Take notice of any brick or stone. Look at window trims and even the roof. All of those type of things must be taken into consideration. It's also important to take into consideration the size of your home. For an example, if you have a large house and decide to go with dark exterior colors, it may make your home look ominous, foreboding almost. Take note of landscaping also. If your landscaping is more naturalistic, you may tend to want to focus on recessive colors such as pastels or soft neutrals. 

5. Rely Color Wheels

The most successful home color combinations use three hues. Typically those included in that are a dominate shade along with two accents. One accent is often richer or brighter than the others. Rely on color wheels. For example, focus on hues in the same family-varying shades of yellow work well together because they are monochromatic, which means that those hues next to each other work well together. 

6. Test + Ask for Opinions

Once you've had the ability to narrow down your exterior home siding colors, get samples! View those colors at different times of the day including on sunny days and cloudy. Look at those colors on different areas of the home. Additionally, ask your family and friends their opinion.

If you're looking for additional support when deciding on a siding color, we've got you colored. Together with CertainTeed, we're able to offer a visual representation of your home in various different colors. This helps you to visually see what hues and colors look good together. Take the scary out of your siding purchase by seeing your home reimagined before signing that agreement!

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