By far the most dynamic mechanism for the creation of an image is contrast. Color can be the key to making dramatic changes to your home’s exterior appearance. This has to do with combining warm (red) and cool (blue) colors, or dark (barn red) siding with light (white) trim. Ultimately, contrast is created through the creative variation of color, line, and texture.
Remember, color complements shape and pattern; therefore, if you’re after contrast, it is usually a good idea not only to change colors, but also to change siding types. Based upon the style of your home and the “look and feel” you want, you could combine complementary colors, mixed types of cladding (e.g., board & batten, bead board, cedargrain, etc.) with stone to create a stunning effect. However, if all of the elements of your house contrast each other, there’s almost no way you’ll be able to appreciate any basic dynamic. A green roof with a blue siding with white trim may look “busy” depending upon your home style, but changing one of these elements to another color will provide a complement to the siding and roof. Contrast needs to be applied carefully and with one dominant move as opposed to confusing multiple dynamics.
By: Duo Dickinson, AIA