Don’t make the mistake of neglecting some of the minor details on your exterior in favor of the more visible parts, like your siding for instance. After all, just one mismatched detail can lower your home’s curb appeal. Remember: When it comes to your exterior design, consistency is key.
In this post, Polar Bear, your local siding contractor, shares some tips on achieving color harmony in your trim and siding.
Using the Color Wheel
The color wheel can help you figure out which colors blend well together. Here’s an overview of the most commonly used color harmonies:
- Analogous colors – Analogous colors are often found in nature and can give a calm, serene feel to any exterior. On the color wheel, analogous colors or located next to each other and therefore have low contrast.
- Complementary colors – Complementary colors can help make your exterior pop. These colors are located opposite to each other on the color wheel. Since these colors contrast with each other, they can add much-needed vibrancy to a dull exterior.
- Triad – As the name suggests, triads are three-color combinations composed of a dominant color and two colors from either side of a complementary color. If you’re looking to add a bit of personality to your exterior, dramatic triadic color schemes would be a good choice. Since there’s high contrast between the three colors, it’s important to follow the 60-30-10 rule: One shade will be the dominant color, another shade the secondary color, and the third color is to be used sparingly as an accent.
Coordinating colors can be tricky, which is why it’s best to consult a siding or awning contractor.
Making the Colors Last
To maximize the visual impact of your new exterior, we would recommend installing a siding replacement that can resist fading, like James Hardie® siding and trim with ColorPlus® technology. Thanks to its unique proprietary finish, James Hardie siding and trim appear more vibrant and can resist fading caused by exposure to UV rays.
Polar Bear, a 2019 BBB® Torch Award for Ethics Finalist, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including siding and window replacements, as well as premium Polar Bear windows. To get a free estimate, call us at (425) 290-5579 or fill out this form.