John – Difficulties Deciding on Colours and Tone


John asks,

I have been having difficulties deciding on colors and tone. I recently painted my raised ranch a light beige. I wasn’t sure what color would be good for the base of the house. As you can see in pics, I have 3 different colors on the front base. A dark brown, a white, and a matching light beige. I’m trying to decide if I should do the whole bottom of the house the same color or make it a few tones darker. Some people say white, some say darker, others say match it to the top. Should I do white on the side? I appreciate your expert opinion. Thx!!

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Using White is an easy option for the home. It will bring together the siding and the trim on the home but is not that bold a colour and does not add much to the overall look of the house. I would suggest that you go with a colour a few shades darker than the siding colour. There is already a visual break in the wall of the home where the siding ends. To enhance and add some more dimension to the home, I would go with a darker colour than the siding. Dark enough so there is a bold break between the colours. If you were willing to put some money into it, installing a stone or faux stone on the bottom would add a more up to date look to the home. I know budget is usually the deciding factor in most cases, so you would need to do what fits your budget.

Your closest Gentek Renovators are Steffensen Aluminum Products, Kingston Windows and Doors, and Rob’s Exteriors. Tell them your Gentek Designer referred you.