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How to Choose Vinyl Siding Colors

Published on: March 25, 2021

Your home’s siding is a major focal point and a large aspect of your curb appeal. And color makes an impactful first impression for visitors to your home.

Choosing your vinyl siding colors for your home will have a large impact on the overall look and feel of your home. Different colors invoke different feelings, from passion to calm.

Some colors help your home feel larger and more inviting, while others might make it feel small and cramped. We’ll walk through the various ways to choose a siding color and where to take inspiration from as you make this important decision.

What is the Most Popular Color for Vinyl Siding?

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According to Allura, a popular manufacturer for exterior home improvement wares, Autumn Red is the most popular house siding color. Red has a long history as a barn color, giving it a homey and comforting feeling. Here’s a look at the other top colors that people choose for their home and why.

  • Coastal blue: this calming color reminds homeowners of the sea and its beauty. While some blue tones can be bright, others pair well with white trim to make a clean, inviting aesthetic.
  • Cypress: this muted green shade isn’t a neutral color, but it is conservative and natural, making it a top pick. In areas surrounded by nature, this vinyl siding color is especially popular.
  • Desert tan: this color gives you room to create character for your home with other features, like doors, trim and shutters. Homes with this color of siding blend in and help avoid clashing with your neighbors’ homes if they’ve chosen bold colors.
  • Flagstone: greys are popular natural shades right now. Flagstone is a rich shade that helps bring some character to your home without being too bold.
  • Forest green: much like cypress, forest green is a popular color in areas surrounding by nature. The color is reminiscent of the brilliant green foliage during peak summer days.
  • Light maple: this is another neutral tone that allows for lots of potential for other areas of your exterior. Without being too bold, you can still be warm and inviting with this neutral color.
  • White linen: this color creates a classic home exterior. It’s crisp, clean and pairs beautifully with black shutters or accents. Choose a bold red door to make your home stand out, or a nice warm blue to create a homey feeling.

What Color Siding Has the Best Resale Value?

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Home values are an important consideration with any upgrade you make to either the exterior or interior of your home. Our customers often ask about the resale value of their home when considering bold colors.

Neutrals indeed tend to be easier to sell as prospective buyers can place themselves in the home and imagine living there. Consider light browns, brilliant whites or grays if you want to ensure the optimal resale value of your home.

But also think about ensuring that the exterior of your home comes together nicely to create an inviting look. No one element, such as siding color, will sell your home. But the overall aesthetic will. So even if you choose a bolder siding color because that’s what makes you excited to come home after a long day, be sure it pairs well with other exterior elements of your home.

Before resale value, consider your happiness living in the home. Buyer’s remorse is challenging to live with for something as important as your home.

Is Light or Dark Siding Better?

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The answer to this question really depends on the size of your home and the exterior color of your neighbors’ homes. Smaller homes can make a big statement with darker colors. While larger homes tend to favor lighter colors to offset their accent colors and make them feel inviting.

If a small home is too neutral, it might blend in with the neighborhood in a way you don’t want. Instead, make a statement with your home color to help your small home have big character.

In deciding which color to choose for your home’s exterior, also consider what color attracts less heat and is more energy-efficient. The lighter the color, the less heat your home will absorb in the summer.

Step-by-step Guide to Choosing Vinyl Siding Color

With a better understanding of how color affects the look and feel of your home, we’ll walk you through some steps in choosing the right vinyl siding color for your home.

Step 1: Review Existing Exterior Colors

Consider your home’s existing exterior colors for trim and roofing. While these colors can change, they’re not inexpensive to redo. Working with the colors you already have is smart, especially if your roof is fairly new and your trim is a popular neutral.

Use the color wheel to inspire siding colors that complement what’s already on the exterior of your home. You can create beautiful harmony when consulting the color wheel.

Step 2: Consider Warm Vs. Cool Colors

As a general rule, warm colors energize people while cool colors relax them. Decide which feeling you want your home to evoke.

Homeowners that entertain guests outdoors might want to go with warm tones that help energize guests and keep gatherings lively. But if you want your home to create a feeling of a safe place to go to relax, unwind and forget about the day’s stresses, go with a cool color.

Step 3: Avoid Trendy Colors

Take inspiration from new neighborhoods in your area, Pinterest and even magazines. But be very careful with taking too much inspiration from these places.

Home design magazines tend to show the latest trends. That trendy house color could look very dated in five to 10 years. And no one wants to incur the expense of updating a home’s siding just because it’s out of date.

Choose timeless colors that will last forever. Whether you stay in your home for five years or 50 years, the home will still have curb appeal if you style it with classic colors.

Step 4: Request Siding Samples

Now that you’ve built a general idea of the look and feel you want to create in your home with your siding colors, you’re ready to start reviewing a few options.

Request siding samples to see how they look next to your home throughout different times of day. As the lighting changes, so does your eye’s perception of color. Take some time to review the siding color on sunny days, rainy days and in the evenings. This will give you a better idea of what it will be like to live with that home color.

Step 5: Review Your Neighborhood

Some neighborhoods only have neutral colors on the exterior of their homes. And there’s actually a good reason for that. The homeowners association might control house colors to keep a neighborhood with the same look and feel.

Even if your HOA doesn’t regulate home colors, consider a color that will help your home stand out in the neighborhood, but in a tasteful way. You don’t want to be the only house with color. But you also don’t want to look like every other house. Find a balance in bold yet inviting.

Help with Siding Colors

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2FL offers a team of consultants to help you choose the best home finishing and exterior colors to make it look great for many years to come. Then, our skilled contractors install your vinyl siding to protect your home’s exterior while making it look great every time you pull up in the driveway.

Contact us for more information about choosing a home siding color in Washington.

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