Curb Appeal11 min

What You Need to Know About Brick & Stone Colors

In the last blog post, we explored how to create effective color palettes with unusual roof choices. Now, we’ll turn our attention to brick and stone colors. If you decide to include brick or stone on the exterior of your home, you need to be sure that you consider the colors inherent in the material you are choosing. The stone or brick colors are an important part of the overall color scheme, but many people fail to consider this when choosing trim or roofing material.

Brick

Brick colors are typically red, orange, yellow, or tan-brown. If your house is brick, it is likely that a white or off-white trim isn’t the ideal choice for your exterior. That’s because white trim looks too stark against the warm brick colors and its grout. Try creamier tans and beiges with a yellow or green undertone for trim color.

Brick exteriors can work with many roof colors – brown, gray, black, or even green looks appropriate with most brick colors. However, tan brown brick needs to be paired with a dark brown or possibly a black roof, rather than a gray roof.

Stone

Stone colors can be either warm or cool, and you need to determine which one when choosing other exterior colors. What colors do you see in your stone?

If you see orange, yellow, tan, brown, or cream, consider it a warm stone hue and pair it with either beige or dark brown trim and a brown roof.  If instead you see grays, blues, purples, consider it a cool stone hue and pair it with off-white or gray trim and a gray or black roof.   

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Combining brick and stone on an exterior should be undertaken carefully. There should be a color relationship between the two, or else the result can be overly busy and discordant. The most harmonious pairings of brick and stone occur when using fairly neutral, brown brick and brown stone together. Never pair brown brick and gray stone together – you simply have to pick a lane! Go gray or go brown – mixing both on the same exterior simply won’t work aesthetically.

 

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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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.