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4 Exterior Color Palettes for Different Architectural Styles

Color palette choices often depend on individual homeowner tastes, but specific architectural styles just seem to work better with certain color palettes.

Different Architectural Styles

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 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.

Ranch Style

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

Named after the “arts and crafts” movement of the early 20th century, the Craftsman style was a response to the then-emerging industrial revolution. Whereas Ranch style homes evoke a practical, weathered feel, Craftsman style homes evoke a more “artisan” feel to them, with more attention to detail and prominent exterior use of wood and stone.

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 in Lincoln, NE, then play it off against dark brown roofing. Use lighter colors like white, off-white or light mustard for the trim.

Country Style

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

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.