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The Undertones of Beige and Gray

Last time we discussed why it’s important to identify the undertones of any neutrals you plan to include on the exterior of your home, and how you should use neutrals with the same undertones to achieve a cohesive color scheme for exterior siding. Today I’m going to tell you exactly what undertones to look for in both beige and gray neutrals.

 

Beige Neutrals

Beige or tan neutrals can range from creamy off-white to dark brown. The undertones of beige neutrals may be yellow, pink, orange/peach, or green. You may sometimes notice more than one of these undertones, but if it’s truly a beige, you won’t see any other colors emerge beyond these.

If you find a beige you think you may like to use for your LP® SmartSide® lap or shake siding, try to determine what undertone you see. You may want to compare it to other beiges to help you see the differences. Determine which of the following it most closely resembles:

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Beiges are considered warm neutrals and are best paired with brown or black roofs, NOT gray ones. Beiges are good choices when your home features brick or warm stone. If you do have stone, it needs to be similar in undertone to the beige in your body color.

For a neutral and cohesive look, choose a light and a darker neutral with the same undertone on different siding options, like a combination of LP SmartSide lap and cedar shake siding, vertical and horizontal lap siding, or even varying widths of horizontal lap siding.

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Gray Neutrals

Gray neutrals can range from light gray to almost black. The undertones of gray neutrals may be blue, red/violet, or green.  You may sometimes notice more than one of these undertones, but if it’s truly a gray, you won’t see any other colors emerge beyond these.

If you find a gray you think you may like to use for your LP SmartSide lap siding, try to determine what undertone you see. You may want to compare it to other grays to help you see the differences. Determine which of the following it most closely resembles:

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Grays are considered cool neutrals and are best paired with gray or black roofs, NOT brown ones. Grays are good choices when your home features cool stone and colored siding. If you have stone and would like to use gray LP siding, the two elements need to be similar in undertone.

Pairing a light gray and a dark color with similar undertones creates a harmonious result. The image below shows siding in LP SmartSide lap siding in Rembrandt Blue paired with stone that has a blue undertone:

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Get More Tips on Color Palettes for Exterior Siding

Still having difficulty grasping the undertones? Many people have difficulty identifying different undertones on the front end of building and remodeling decisions, which is why I’ve teamed up with LP to take the guesswork out of creating cohesive color palettes for your home’s exterior. There are currently 20 no-fail color palettes in the new Decorologist Color Collection, and I’m working on developing an additional 25 in order to give you lots of house siding options to choose from!

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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