Although to some extent the idea of your siding is to set the tone for your house and if doors, windows, and shutters don't match they trim is what doesn't match, there are sometimes an exception to the rule. Of course white or off-white siding is going to match any building it is on, but does it match the personality of you and your family? A tan or gray siding may suit you better if you live on a wooded lot and decorate toward an informal cottage or cabin décor. A brighter colored siding may be more suitable if you're a known fun loving extrovert who throws lots of parties. Then again, the white may be best if you want a sleek formal look of clearly divided clean lines.

Architectural Designs and Floor Plans

When buying a house, whether you did this consciously or not, you chose a house based on floor plans and a design that fits your personality and lifestyle. Once you recognize what that style is, you can make a better choice toward what colors and textures you want your siding to be. Taking stock of such personal feelings will also help you determine whether you want the interest of contrasting colors with the siding trim, door, windows, and shutters, or whether a plain single color front facade will better suit your tastes as reflected by your home.

Interaction of Brick, Wood, and Vinyl Siding

Although vinyl siding is to some extent the standard paradigm of modern building techniques, it's by no means the end-all, be-all of home exteriors. Wood siding, brick, or stone can be used to to emphasize architectural features of the house. The effect can also be achieved by mixing different colors and textures of vinyl siding. The rule of thumb is that you want to draw the eye to main entryways while downplaying more utilitarian aspects of the home such as a garage, mudroom, or side entrance. You can achieve this by noticing what other houses have incorporated while drawing on the experience of your contractor as to what worked in other jobs he has performed.

Determining What Best Suits Your Home

What best suits your home depends on what works best for you and your family on a daily basis while looking appealing as an invitation to guests. You do have to be aware of regulations set by the neighborhood homeowners' association, as they may limit your options. Typically, you'll be able to find an exterior design which reflects your style and taste without offending the neighbors or detracting from the overall appeal of the neighborhood.

When it's time to replace your siding for either cosmetic or practical purposes, it's worth taking the time to think about what you really would like to have. Don't forget, it's part of your contractor's job to share his knowledge and experience toward helping achieve your goals.

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