Why White Siding is a Popular Choice for a Variety of Home Styles

Published on: August 17, 2023

A major aspect of curb appeal is a home’s colors and how well the homeowners have cared for it. If the siding is faded, sagging or bowing, it could impact your home’s resale value and certainly will have a negative impact on its curb appeal.

But the siding color you select can also impact how large the home looks or how people perceive it in the neighborhood. That’s why many homeowners lean toward neutral colors for siding. You can always add color to the home with the shutters, front door or garage door to still make it unique. 

While you have many neutral options that will appeal to you and any future potential buyers, white siding is a popular choice for a variety of home styles.

Why White Siding is Popular

If you’re looking for a universally appealing siding color, white offers a crisp home appearance. You can’t find fault with white as there is nothing unappealing about the neutral color. Realtors often recommend white or grey exteriors to maximize the salability of a home. 

The one consideration homeowners have when selecting this color of siding is maintaining that crisp, clean appearance. White siding will show algae growth and dirt more than other neutrals. You’ll need to plan to pressure wash or repaint your siding regularly.

If you notice dirt on your vinyl siding, you can use your garden hose to clean it up and keep it looking its best. And you won’t have to worry about vinyl siding chipping or peeling. Because vinyl siding has come so far in its visual appearance, you can also use it to accomplish the appearance you want, including shakes, half-round, Dutch, cedar, beaded, board batten and more. 

Home Styles That Look Great with White Siding

It doesn’t matter what style your home is, it will look fantastic with white siding. You’ll have a clean slate to design other aspects of the home’s exterior, including its shutters, trim, landscaping, etc. Review these design ideas for white siding to accomplish the appearance and style you want for your home.

1. Classic Homes

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You can’t go wrong with a black-and-white home exterior. Using white siding, you can use black-framed windows to highlight the home’s sources of natural light. Or use white window frames with black shutters or doors.

Classic colonial homes often use white siding with white trim to create clean lines that draw attention to other aspects of the home. That way, you can use shutters to highlight unique window styles or shapes.

And if you’re doing a full exterior home renovation, take this opportunity to install a grey roof. The lighter color offers energy efficiency but also looks fantastic with a classic white home. And if you’ve used black accents, the grey roof is a stunning contrast for both the siding and black accents.

2. To Highlight Brick or Stone Accents

White siding allows brick or stone accents to really shine. It won’t compete for attention like other siding colors and will allow your masonry to take center stage, even if it only comprises a small part of the home’s exterior.

Using white siding alongside brick and stone also allows the masonry to provide texture and visual interest to the home.

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3. Accent Mixed Material Homes

When renovating a home’s exterior, some homeowners want to keep certain features of their home. For example, they might not want to keep their home all-brick, but they do want to keep one section of the material. Or they are replacing shake or half-round siding but enjoy the character it brings to their home.

Mixed materials offer plenty of visual interest. But you don’t want to get too crazy with mixing materials and colors. That’s where neutrals, like white, come in to make a home look great even when there is a lot going on. 

Larger homes tend to lend themselves to mixed materials far better than smaller homes. Depending on the size of your home, you might want to only mix two materials at most. Talk to your siding contractor during your estimate to discuss options for how best to make your home’s exterior come to life with the best colors and materials while staying true to its natural style.

4. Bring Contemporary Homes to Life

Another home style that looks fantastic with white siding is a contemporary home. White helps showcase a contemporary home’s clean lines with straight edges. Generally, these homes have flat roofs and the white siding can truly draw out this attractive feature.

Because the siding isn’t the focal point, it allows the edges to make the statement. Often, these homes do well to have white accents as well, including trim and other woodwork, such as railings.

Contemporary homes are all about crisp, clean lines and the simplicity of white as the siding color allows the crisp, clean lines to shine.

Benefits Homeowners Experience from a White Exterior

White siding offers many outstanding benefits for homeowners. Review the list as you look for the best siding color for you.

  1. Sun reflection: light colors help reflect the sun to offer a more stable interior temperature. While Washington homes don’t have to worry too much about this, it’s still nice when the occasional sunny day arrives in the area.
  2. Good salability: homes in neutral colors are easier to sell. While you might not be planning a home sale, it’s nice to know that you’ll be able to get your home’s value back out of your home when the time comes.
  3. Flexible: white siding is flexible in that it fits any home style and can help you create the aesthetic you want. Whether you go with shiplap siding to create a rustic appearance or a classic clapboard design, you can make your home match your vision using white siding.
  4. Appealing: white siding is appealing to most people. That means that you’ll have a home with incredible curb appeal, making guests amazed at your home’s beauty.

Does White Siding Have to Be Vinyl?

While vinyl is one of the most popular siding materials, you don’t have to choose vinyl for your white siding. You can use painted brick, fiber cement or wood siding.

Painting a brick home white can help modernize it while allowing you to take full advantage of the longer lifespan brick offers. Just make sure you know what you’re doing before you embark on the project. You don’t want to start the project and discover you’re using the wrong type of paint or didn’t properly prepare the surface.

Not sure what siding materials make sense for you? Read up on The Complete Guide to Types of Siding to weigh the pros and cons of each. You’ll find a comprehensive list with everything you need to know.

Getting Started with a White Exterior for Your Home or BuildingIf you want to adjust your home or building to white siding, meet with a siding contractor. 2FL Windows, Siding and Roofing offers free estimates at your home or business. That way, an expert can take exact measurements and review the neighborhood to make informed recommendations for the best look that will make your home timeless and appealing. Schedule your free estimate now.

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