Choosing Colors that Work Well Together for Your Home’s Exterior
When it comes to choosing the colors for your home’s exterior, you may be wondering where to begin. Finding hues that work well together can impact not only the way you feel about your home, but also its value. With all the colors available it may seem like a daunting task.
That’s why we have put together some ideas that can help you with these decisions and will allow you to be confident and pleased with the result. To begin, keep in mind that you will choose one main color and the others will be used in smaller quantities for accents and trim.
A color wheel is used by both artists and designers to find color combinations that balance each other and are aesthetically pleasing. The color wheel is divided into twelve segments with three great ways to use them together for a harmonious effect. Using only these twelve colors, you can literally mix an infinite number of color schemes, especially by mixing colors to create new shades.
The color wheel appears as a vibrant rainbow of colors. The more subtle shades are achieved through mixing with white, black, or gray. Colors can also be mixed with each other to create new ones. A good example is when white is added to red to make pink. The amount of white added can make the color anywhere from a bright pink to a barely tinted, pale pastel pink. Conversely, adding a little black can deepen and darken the shade. When gray is added it softens the tone, making it more subtle and sophisticated.
Usually used in a combination of three, analogous colors are the ones right next to each other on the color wheel. This is an easy way to achieve a calming, peaceful feeling color scheme. For a vibrant, contrasting palette, complementary colors are the two colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel.
A triad is when you select a color and instead of using the one directly opposite it, or its complimentary color, you choose the two colors on either side of the complementary color. The result is three colors, which are evenly spaced around the color wheel, or every fourth color. It’s a versatile choice, which gives dramatically different looks depending on which of three colors is chosen as the dominant color.
With more than 100 colors and finishes, Exteria can help you find the perfect color combination to make your home unique and stylish.