4 Exterior Color Palettes for Different Architectural Styles

Exterior house colors or palette choices often depend on individual homeowner tastes, but specific architectural styles just seem to work better with certain color palettes. When it comes to choosing the right colors for your siding and roof, it’s important to know if you are going to own your home for the long haul, or if you are planning to sell it. Some color combinations simply appeal to more buyers than others, so keep that in mind before you go too bold!

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Different Architectural Styles

[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″ center=”no” class=””]In many cases, an appropriate color choice makes the difference between a generic-looking home and a standout one, and even lends an air of authenticity and timelessness.

Nelson siding contractors in Lincoln NE, are your one-stop shop for exterior remodeling, siding installation and repair. We understand the importance of siding color choices, so we’ve prepared a guide to color palettes that match popular architectural styles.

Let’s have a closer look at a few of our favorite exterior color pallets:

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Ranch Style Home Colors

Ranch Style Home Colors Min

Ranch style homes are modern iterations of Western and Southwestern ranch homes, and are recognized for their single-story structures and sprawling floor plans.

The colors are derived from natural hues: the beige of unpainted, sun-bleached wood, the brown of tanned leather, and the textured shades of gray slate. Trims with darker natural colors (like stained wood) create a complementary highlight. All-white textured siding gives off that painted-wood look and works equally well.

Craftsman Style Home Colors

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According to Thespruce.com = “You can likely spot a Craftsman home from a mile away–with a traditional covered porch, a sloping roof, and wide columns, this traditional architectural style is easily recognizable.”

Rich, summer-to-autumn earth tones are integral to the authentic Craftsman look. Choose shades of somber green like sage or olive for vinyl siding then play it off against dark brown roofing. Use lighter colors like white, off-white or light mustard for the trim. There truly are unlimited color choices for a Craftsman home.

Country Style Home Colors

Country style was a progression from the nationally-recognized Colonial style, mixed with other European styles favored by 18th century colonists. Country style houses typically feature two windows flanking either side of the front door. An odd number of windows line the upper level, with the middle window positioned directly above the front door.

Two-tone color palettes are especially effective with the siding, being of the lighter color such as beige or gray. Play this off with dark blue roofing and pure white trim.

Mediterranean Style Home Colors

Mediterranean style homes, which many would recognize from Spanish, French, and Italian villas, are one of the few architectural styles that uses bright colors like orange and mustard to great effect. They also look great with naturally-red clay tile roofing and multicolor stone accents.

If you’re interested in trying these color palettes on your home, call Nelson Contracting today at (402) 464-2418.

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