Basic color schemes for a home's exterior are monochromatic, complementary, triadic and adjacent. Monochromatic color schemes, which are often subtle, include using various shades of one color, such as light gray siding with charcoal gray trim. Complementary color schemes pair colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. Because complementary color schemes involve a good deal of contrast, the lighter color is usually dominant with the bolder of the pair as the accent.Continue Reading
Three colors equidistant from each other on the color wheel constitute a triadic color scheme, and an adjacent color scheme uses colors that are next or near each other on the color wheel. With triadic color schemes, which are complex and best-suited for homes with a great deal of exterior detail, color selection can be difficult. Adjacent color schemes, which also typically employ three colors, are easier to select because the colors, adjacent on the color spectrum, are naturally harmonic.
When selecting specific exterior colors, the color of the home's roof, its architectural style and size are key considerations. Using a dark color on a larger home may be overpowering and a light color on a small home may overly diminish the home in comparison with its setting. As accent colors, darker colors can highlight specific features, and lighter colors draw attention away from less desirable features.
The color wheel is key when selecting a color scheme. The primary colors of red, blue and yellow are equidistant from each other on the color wheel. Colors that are a combination of two primary colors, such as green, which is a mixture of blue and yellow, fall in between the primary colors. Colors that combine a primary and secondary color complete the color wheel.Learn more about Home Maintenance