Color theory may be a far-off memory from elementary school, but now that you’re about to install new siding in your home, it’s time for a refresher. In today’s post, Wilson Roofing breaks down the basics of the color wheel to help you choose a siding design that gives your home a charming, cohesive aesthetic:
Color Wheel Basics
The color wheel is actually a cheat sheet of sorts, as it immediately tells you which color goes best with which, and which colors clash. Your basic knowledge of the color wheel isn’t just useful for your siding—you can also use it if you’re undecided about what color your residential roofing should be.
Red, for example, is right next to purple and orange, and these color schemes work best with one another. Green, on the other hand, contrasts red directly, and you should only use these together if you’re aiming to achieve stark contrast.
Color and Solar Reflectance
Your choice of color isn’t just a matter of aesthetics—it also contributes to your home’s solar reflectance, the amount of sunlight it reflects instead of absorbs. As a general rule, lighter colors and tones are better since they reflect light, while darker shades absorb light. White colored siding remains the smarter choice, but if you want to go with a darker tone, gray is a good option. Keep color and solar reflectance in mind when you’re picking a color for your residential and commercial roofing as well.
Primary, Secondary, or Tertiary?
There’s actually no restriction on what kind of color you want to use for your siding. Since primary colors are usually “static” colors, most homeowners avoid them as a color palette for siding. Secondary colors like green and orange are the most popular – especially for traditionally designed homes that want to capture that Old World charm.
Wilson Roofing offers professional siding and roofing services. If you’re not sure which color would look best on your siding, give us a call at (855) 501-2220 for more information on our services. We offer professional residential roofing services throughout Austin, TX.