The Beauty is in the Details: Accent Colors for Your Exterior

Even if you aren’t changing the main colors of your home’s exterior siding and trim, there are other ways you can add color to boost interest and curb appeal. The key is to repeat your accent color in more than one place so that it doesn’t seem disparate from the rest of the house.

When adding additional colors to the exterior, keep in mind the following:

  • Doors, shutters and even batten can be set apart from the siding with a distinctively different or significantly darker accent color.
  • Architectural features are highlighted with contrasting or darker colors.
  • Lackluster features such as boring garage doors can be downplayed by painting them the same color as the body of the house.

If you need some instant gratification, changing your door color is an inexpensive way to experiment with color and give your entry new life. Repainting a door is inexpensive and only takes an afternoon.

tips on choosing accent colors for LP SmartSide engineered wood siding

Plant color is also part of the overall color scheme. Landscaping softens the sharp edges of a home and camouflages an unattractive foundation. Window boxes and trellis can create a welcoming cottage quality for your home’s façade. Even large clay or ceramic pots can add or repeat an accent color on the front porch or at the base of exterior stairs.

tips on choosing accent colors from LP SmartSide engineered wood siding

To find appropriate and updated accent colors for your existing home colors, peruse the LP® SmartSide® Decorologist Exterior Color Collection. Whether you have a brown roof, a gray or black roof, or a more unusual roof color, look for color sets that have a siding color that is similar to your own. Then see what accent colors were chosen to complement that siding color for doors, shutters and other features.  This will help you on your way to adding beauty to the exterior details of your home with color.

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