Choosing a Siding Color for Your Home

Siding colour choices make a big difference. They can help improve your curb appeal; after all, the siding is the first thing a visitor sees. Choosing a new siding color for your home can be fun, but it can also be a little intimidating. Whatever siding colour you choose, it will be the most noticeable aspect of your home’s exterior for a long time. Understandably, you don’t want to pick the “wrong” one. Taking your time will be worth it in the long run – the right color siding adds character, personality, and charm to your home.

Other Houses in the Neighbourhood

Check out the other houses in the neighbourhood. Notice the siding colors and color combinations most commonly used. For example, does the siding contrast or complement the roof, window trim, and entry door? Of all of the colours popular with your neighbours, which ones do you like the best? Also, focus on the colour choices of houses that are similar or the same type of architecture as your home. If you will be selling your home in the next ten years, choose classic colors over trending ones.

Color Clues from your Home’s Architectural Style

Before deciding on a siding colour, consider your home’s architectural style. Here is a simple guideline you might find useful:

  • If your home is Victorian-inspired, choose darker colors or jewel-tone shades
  • For a Colonial-style house select a lighter colour – typically only one is chosen such as white, but often accent colours are used for other finishing exterior elements like doors, window trim, and shutters
  • Craftsman style houses look best in soft brown or red tones
  • Select siding in grey-blue tones for Cape Cod-style architecture
  • When it’s contemporary or modern, choose organic neutrals or deep earth tones
  • Use greys, grey-toned greens, and grey-toned reds for a house in traditional styles

Secondary Siding and/or Stone Colors

In addition to the main siding colour, you might want another type or color of siding. For example, combinations for a home’s exterior include wood siding paired with stone and red brick with aluminum siding. When selecting a secondary siding color or a stone/brick color to complement the main siding color, the key to making it work is an ideal balance between warm and cool tones.

Take the time to View Samples

Just like selecting an interior paint colour, it’s advisable to bring home some sample colours from various manufacturers. Paint and siding professionals recommend viewing them at different times of the day as well as on different days because the way a color looks when it’s sunny outside can be different from the way it appears as the sun sets. Another option to bringing samples home is to use a manufacturer’s siding color design tool to help you visualize how the siding color looks on your home.