A Guide to Picking the Ideal Home Exterior Color

If you’ve been thinking about remodeling the outside of your North Carolina or South Carolina residence, but haven’t yet actually started a project, part of the reason may be indecision on your part. After all, in today’s world, homeowners are almost constantly bombarded with advertising for various products, from home decor magazines to television commercials promoting home services. 


All of this information overload can make it challenging to really commit to your home renovation due to the fear that you will be unhappy with whatever decisions you make, and will wish you had gone in another direction. Fortunately, this guide is here to help you feel confident about choosing the right color for the exterior of your house, whether you plan to paint your existing siding or have new cladding installed. 


Explore your neighborhood.


It’s easy to get in a rut and not really pay attention to the other homes in your neighborhood when you see them every day. However, one of the best ways to get inspiration for what you want your own home to look like is to explore the area in which you live! 


Take a walk or drive around your neighborhood to really look at the other homes – this may give you color and style ideas you’d never thought of before! Furthermore, it will help you figure out which hues to avoid if you want your home to stand out from the rest. 


Consider the aesthetic you want.


Even if you haven’t spent a great deal of time thinking about it, there’s little doubt you have some idea of what you want your residence to look like when its renovation is finished. Maybe, for example, you are hoping for a lighter and airier feel – if so, choosing an exterior color like white or even light blue could be the best plan. 


Alternately, if you want your Carolina home to evoke mystery and brooding, darker colors like navy, forest green, and maroon may appeal to you. Your landscape may also play a role. If you have a bright, sunny English garden, for example, a deep, dark siding color could clash. 


Contact your HOA, if necessary.


Depending on what type of neighborhood you live in, there may be a homeowner’s association that dictates, at least to some extent, what colors you can use on the exterior of your home. Details should be available in your homeowner’s association bylaws. This is often the case, for example, in historic areas where structures are bound by the rules of the Historic Register. 


No matter how old your house is, though, it is wise to contact your HOA – if you have one – before making any changes. Approval from the board is likely necessary before your project can get underway.


Ready to talk shop? The team at Hatch Homes is here to help you understand a wide range of cladding choices, from traditional vinyl siding to popular fiber cement. Call us at your earliest convenience to discuss your needs. 

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