The exterior of the home, like the interior, combines all parts to form an overall aesthetic. Because of this, roofing and siding are made with matching or complementary colors, even though they are not often made from the same materials. Both roofing and siding options are available in several shades and colors to ensure a good match.
Although houses are often an expression of individuality, they are also a place for rest and relaxation. Because of this, many homeowners select color combinations that are muted and reserved and neither reflect nor absorb too much sunlight. These color combinations are called neutrals and are available in all types of roofing and siding from metal to wood, vinyl and even composite material. Cool neutrals are on the bluer end of the spectrum and include light to middle grays, muted blues and some mute greens. These colors complement each other when combined and also contrast well with black.
Another type of neutral is the warm neutral. Unlike cool neutrals, which tend toward the blue end of the color spectrum, warm neutrals lie closer to reds and have a deep and rich tone. Still, these colors do not absorb or reflect too much light and will neither lower nor raise the home utility bill. Colors of warm neutral siding include light tan and muted shades of brown and cream, while roofing options include brown, beige and light, muted red.
Of course not all home exteriors are designed to relax the eye. Contrasting color schemes for siding and roof use vibrant but different colors to highlight both. The most popular contrast for the home is black roofing over a white house. This combination, as well as blue and black or brown and white, makes the house stand out starkly, separating it from the landscape. Using contrasting colors such as white and black can sometimes reduce white siding's ability to reduce the ambient temperature of the house, because the black roof absorbs a great deal of sunlight.
Complementary colors match or are similar to each other, giving a home a more organic look. Both warm and cool neutral colors are often used to complement each other, but vibrant colors such as white, bright blue, brick red and yellow can also be complemented with light gray, muted green or cream.
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