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How Style & Time Period of a Home Should Influence Exterior Colors

We’ve been talking about where to start when choosing exterior house colors for your home. Last time, we discussed how choosing exterior colors is different from choosing interior colors, and how the same color can read very differently in strong natural lighting conditions. Another thing to consider when choosing exterior house colors is the style and time period of your home.

If you want your home to feel “right,” it’s very important to respect its architecture. In order to do that, you should choose a color scheme that is consistent with the architectural style and period of the home. That doesn’t mean you have to choose only period-appropriate colors, but your home will be happier when you appreciate its inherent character and charm and make choices that enhance those appropriately.

Researching your home’s style online is a great way to gather ideas for exterior color palettes that would best complement the style and/or period of your home. Use Pinterest or Houzz to curate photos that help you make the best choice for your home.

If your home is a Craftsman, Lodge or Chalet style, the most architecturally-appropriate color scheme may be composed of warm tones, such as green, yellow, orange and/or brown.  These colors are nice contrast for any wood beams or stone elements that you frequently find on this style of home. Whether it’s a vintage 1920s bungalow, or a newer version of that style of home, warm and rich colors are going to be right at home on its exterior.

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A lodge home painted out in whites or pastels just wouldn’t seem right, now would it? Not in most settings, anyway. If instead you own a beachfront property, that’s another story altogether. Beach homes tend to sport lighter and cooler exterior house colors because they complement the colors of the sky and ocean. A beach home painted in neutrals and/or warm tones looks woefully out of place, in my opinion!

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Cape Cods and Colonial style homes typically don’t have to compete with bossy stone or brick – the body of this type of home can be pretty much any color that you choose – so often that will lean towards true colors paired with white trim.

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A more unusual, yet still classic choice would be a white body with a dark colored trim. Again, your color choices are more numerous when your exterior features very little brick or stone. Here are a couple of fresh color palettes for Cape Cod and Colonial style homes: 

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Colors in this palette could be used interchangeably on exterior siding, trim, and accents (depending on the look you’d like to achieve):

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By painting out architectural details in contrasting colors, you can draw attention to the character and charm of the home. This approach can give you a storybook or dollhouse look. Using fewer colors with less contrast will tone down architectural features. Although a more modest approach, painting the home out in fewer colors can make it appear larger and grander. In order to simplify the architecture of this new Gothic-style exterior, we chose to paint much of the trim and siding the same color, rather than using high contrast between siding and architectural trim.

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Next time on the blog, I will be talking about how your personal preferences and neighboring homes should be a part of your decision-making when choosing your exterior house colors. To learn more about LP® siding for homes, visit LPSmartSide.com.

Note: All photos are for illustrative purposes only. Please refer regularly to lpcorp.com for correct and up-to-date product installation instructions.

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