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How do you choose colors for siding?

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To choose colors for siding, consider the home color schemes in the neighborhood, the house's architecture and size, the roof and brick colors, the landscape style and the climate in the area. Also, take into account maintenance, personal preference and home owner's association regulations.

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Choose a siding color that is harmonious with the color schemes in the neighborhood and yet makes the home stand out. For homes with Tudor or Colonial architecture, white and beige are suitable. In homes with a country or cottage style, select contemporary light-colored siding.

Lighter siding colors are sometimes best for large homes, while smaller homes do well with darker colors that help them to stand out. Also, use light exterior shades to neutralize and darker ones to highlight certain home features.

Gray siding blends well with brick and stone colors in the home. Dark roof colors go well with light-colored siding, whereas roofs in neutral colors expand the siding color choices. Choose muted siding colors with contemporary-style landscapes.

If the area experiences snow for a major part of the year, pick bright siding colors. Areas with ample sunlight during the summer season can opt for less-bright shades, as the sunlight can make these hues seem brighter.

Medium-depth siding colors are easier to maintain and less susceptible to fading. South-facing homes often looks best with lighter exterior colors that can reflect sunlight. For a warm exterior ambiance, choose warm colors such as tan, golden, beige and dark green. For light exterior designs, opt for white, light brown and pale yellow siding colors.

Also, check if the HOA limits the siding color options. Finally, consider choosing a siding color complementary to the doors, railings, trims and garage door.

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