5 Common Mistakes People Make with Exterior Colour

Choosing exterior colours from your home can be a challenge. Not only do you have to think about what colours will complement each other on the home itself, you also have to consider how these colours coordinate with your landscaping and the nature around it. Having stunning curb appeal is important for various reasons, from creating a great first impression to increasing the value of your home. Choosing the right exterior colours ensures your home is as beautiful as can be. Take a look at 5 common mistakes people make with exterior colour, so you can avoid them at all costs!

 

  1. Not Having a Colour Scheme

Just like the interior of your home, your exterior should follow a thought-out colour scheme. Without having a colour scheme, you run the risk of using too many different colours and making your home look chaotic, or not using enough colours and making your exterior look dull. You typically need to choose three colours- a colour for the body of your home, a second colour for your trim, and a third colour for your front door. If you have shutters on your home, you may consider adding a fourth colour if you don’t want to paint them the same colour as your door.

 

  1. Not Saving Trendy Colours for Paint

There are certain colours that go in and out of style for home exteriors. Trendy colours such as teal, coral and cobalt blue should be used on areas of your exterior that you paint, such as your front door. It’s important to think of the future of your home, and whether you plan to stay in it forever or eventually put it on the market, you don’t want to be stuck with an off trend colour when the time comes. Keep this in mind for the more permanent features of your exterior such as your siding.

 

  1. Not Coordinating Window Colours with Exterior Colours

When it comes to choosing the colour for your vinyl windows, keep in mind that if you’re opting for white windows over black, white goes with fresh, crisp colours and cream goes with earth toned colours. If you’re installing earthy stone, brick, or earth toned siding on your home, your windows should be cream coloured, not stark white.

 

  1. Forgetting About Landscaping

Landscaping can completely transform your exterior, and contributes to the overall colour scheme of your home. Make sure that the colours on your home complement the colours in your landscaping, and vice versa. If your exterior colour scheme is elegant and timeless, using colours like white for the body of your home, black for your trim and wood for the front door, add pops of colour with your flowering landscape.

 

  1. Forgetting About Your Front Door

The colour of your front door shouldn’t be an afterthought- it should get just as much consideration as any other part of your exterior. Using the right door colour can really make your home shine. Use your door colour as an accent to pull the rest of your exterior together, elevating your curb appeal and making your home a total stand out!

 

If exterior colours are throwing you for a loop,  steer clear of these 5 common mistakes and you’re sure to have a beautiful home exterior that you’ll love for years to come!

 

 


From Bold to Beige: How to Coordinate Your Exterior Paint Colours

Coordinating your exterior paint colours isn’t always as easy as it may seem. However, with the right tips and advice, you’ll find the perfect exterior colours that complement each other and make your home look gorgeous and inviting. The paint colours you choose for your exterior will be determined by your personal style and what you want your home to convey. Whether that’s bright and bold, dark and moody or somewhere in the middle, here’s how to coordinate your exterior paint colours!

Check out our World of Colour to follow along with the paint colours we refer to!

A Neutral Palette

A neutral palette always ensures an on-trend yet timeless home. Soft creamy grays like Gentek’s “Pearl” and “Dover Gray”, as well as white and greige tones are gorgeous options for your home exterior. Pair neutrals in similar tones that complement each other for a look that’s modern and classic at the same time.

Bright and Bold

If you’re more adventurous when it comes to your home design, a bright and bold colour palette may be more your speed. Just make sure not to go overboard! While giving your home a bold door or siding colour will work if the rest of the exterior is more toned down, choosing bright, bold colours for your door, siding and trim will look too overwhelming. If you love the bright and bold look, try shades like our “Burgundy”, “Mountain Arbour Green”, and “Rockwell Blue”, and stick to bold colours for either your siding or door and trim.

Dark and Moody

On the other hand, if dark and moody is more your style, there are beautiful options for you too. Black exteriors continue to rise in popularity, and on top of that, black will always be a classic and timeless shade. A black exterior is dramatic in such a beautiful way, and if you add contrast with white trim around your windows and doors, it will make an even bigger statement.

Blue Hues

Home exteriors with blue hues are also a big trend right now. A navy like our “Old World Blue” is ideal if you’re into darker shades, and “Pacific Blue” is gorgeous if you more of the sea-inspired look. Pair blues with charcoals and crisp whites for the most gorgeous contrast.

Timeless Trio

You can never go wrong with a white, black and gray colour combination. Opt for a light to medium gray such as Gentek’s “Storm” for your siding, “Black” for your door, and a pretty white like our “Snow White” for your trim. This colour combination is extremely charming, and with the addition of window boxes and lush green landscaping, your home is sure to shine.

Coordinating your exterior paint colours doesn’t have to be hard! Use this guideline to choose the perfect colours for you and your home!

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5 Most Popular Siding Colours for 2019

Thinking of changing up your siding colour? It could be one of the best upgrades you’ll make to your home. Siding makes up the bulk of your home exterior, and is one of the biggest drivers of value and curb appeal. You want to make sure your siding colour is modern and on trend, especially if you’re planning to put your house up for sale any time soon.

Whether you’re looking to paint your siding or are in the market to replace your siding all together, take a look at Gentek’s World of Colour to follow along this list of the most popular siding colours for 2019!

1. Pacific Blue to Marine Dusk

Shades of blue have blown up in the design world over the past few years, but this year, shades like “Pacific Blue” and “Marine Dusk” are the ones to look out for. Blue is not exactly neutral, so if you’re not looking to play it safe, it may not be for you, but many homeowners today desire more dynamic colours for their home exteriors.

Pacific Blue” and “Marine Dusk” evoke feelings of relaxation, serenity and peace, which is why many homeowners are drawn to them. Couple your blue siding with white trim to give your home tranquil seaside vibes.

2. Gray (In Any Medium to Dark Shade)

You can’t go wrong when it comes to using any medium to dark shade of gray for your siding. Whether you opt for “Storm” or our new “Chesapeake Gray” or “Hudson Slate”, gray is a neutral yet trendy colour that never goes out of style. If you love the idea of using a neutral for your siding, but would rather stay away from creams and tans, gray is the perfect option for you!

3. Forest Green to Meadow Fern

Natural hues like “Forest Green” and “Meadow Fern” are also trending in 2019, especially for homes in the suburbs or ones surrounded by lots of nature. These greens bring out your home’s natural, lush surroundings, not to mention, the vibrancy of a deep forest green can really bring a property to life! Note that darker greens also tend to look really good on older, traditional style homes that often look best painted in deeper colours.

4. Taylor Red to Majestic Brick

Deep russet reds like Gentek’s “Taylor Red” and “Majestic Brick” are also having a moment. Perfect for a timeless, country-style home, a gorgeous deep red siding adds a ton of curb appeal and will make your home a total stand out!

5. Incorporating Textures

When it comes to siding, colour isn’t the only option you have to think about. This year, incorporating textures into your siding continues to be one of the biggest trends. Think options such as Grayne shingles that create natural depth and sharp, crisp edges to give your home the natural cedar charm, or SerenyStone, an awesome alternative to masonry, without all the maintenance and upkeep of real stone.

If you’re ready to give your siding an upgrade, use one of these 5 colours or textures to completely transform your home!


Foolproof Colours for Your Home Exterior

Everyone knows the feeling of seeing a house that makes them swoon. A major part of what catches your eye is the colours the homeowners chose. Choosing the right colours for your home exterior can be a fun (yet challenging) task. The colour of your siding, front door, shutters and trim should compliment each other, coming together to create a work of art! Today’s exterior trends are all about keeping it classic and sophisticated with a pop of personality. So how exactly do you choose the perfect colours for your exterior? Let’s dig in!

Stunning Siding

Since your siding covers the majority of your house, and is also the biggest investment, it’s the ideal starting point for colour choice. Your siding needs to work with everything from your landscaping to your chimney colour to your neighbours’ exterior hues, so do some research before diving in. Neutrals like grays and whites are often your best bet for siding, as well as brick-like colours. Some great options from Gentek’s World of Colour would be Dover Gray, Storm, Taylor Red, White and Sage.

Pretty Trim

Next up, it’s time to choose your trim colour. Your trim should contrast yet compliment your siding. Some homeowners opt to go with the same colour trim as their siding, but we would advise against that. Using the same, or a very similar colour can make your house look flat and unexciting. On the other hand, you don’t want it to look too out-there either. Choose a trim colour that’s a few shades lighter than your siding, but still in the same colour family. Consider colours like Snow White, Bright White or Pearl. One exception is if you choose to go with white siding. In that case it’s okay to use the same colour for the trim, or go with a darker colour like Slate for contrast!

Striking Accents

Finally, you get to choose your accent colours! Feel free to have a little more fun with the colours you choose for your door and shutters. Reds, blues and blacks are all the rage right now, giving your house a nice pop of personality among the timelessness of your siding and trim. Your accent colors are much easier (and more affordable) to change in a few years, so if you’re worried about getting tired of them or them going out of trend, don’t be! You can always switch them up down the road! Right now, the go-to accent colours for a front door are hues like Coastal Blue, Burgundy, Black, Midnight Surf and Rockwell Blue.

Choosing the perfect colours for your home exterior is a breeze with Gentek’s World of Colour! So what are you waiting for?