Choosing Dream Colors for your Minnesota home exterior

Home Siding: Choosing Siding Colors for your Minnesota home exterior

With over 700 Dream Colors to choose from, there are many siding color choices for Minnesota homeowners.  Choosing the right colors that complement your style, environment and house type is a big decision that can also affect the overall value of your home.  The exterior is the first thing that you and potential new buyers see when driving up to the home.  Are they inspired to see more?  Are you inspired when coming home from work or a stressful jaunt at the grocery store?  We will address critical questions in this article on how to successfully select colors that work for your home. 

The top 3 questions to ask when choosing from Dream Colors

1. What color combinations work well?

Use the Color Wheel 

According to James Hardie, the color wheel is a smart place to start with understanding how color combinations work.  Analagous colors are very close in coloring to each other and adjacent to one another on the color wheel.  Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel, providing the most contrast.  Complementary colors can be used to accent specific features of the exterior, such as trim or another architectural feature.  A popular method in choosing a color combination is to use a triad color scheme, in which there is a leading color and two complementary colors.   

Bold Colors 

According to Better Homes, bold and cool colors can make home seem smaller.  On larger homes, these colors may make the home more overbearing and possibly gloomy.  Bold colors are commonly used to draw attention to siding accents on neutral-colored homes. 

Neutral Colors 

Grays, browns and muted reds make up the neutral group of colors.  Neutral colors are often used to reduce attention to an exterior feature, allowing other accents to have more prominence.  They are also commonly used in triad color schemes to create a peaceful and harmonious appeal. 


Using white as the primary color for a home’s exterior is a popular choice for many homes.  It allows for the landscaping and siding features to take center stage by allowing for more contrast.  White siding is also very reflective, resulting in changing color tones throughout the day. 

Warm Colors 

Warm colors can stimulate the brain and make the home seem larger.  Examples of warm colors include hues of reds, oranges, and yellows.  

Cool Colors 

Blues, greens and purple tones make up the cool group of colors.  These colors are more common in northern climates, such as Minnesota, and are used to create a sense of calm and relaxation.  

2. What landscaping does your home have?

Minnesota homeowners should take into account how the landscape changes in every season when making their color selection.  If you prefer bright, bold colored flowers in the spring and summer, then a neutral siding exterior would be a better choice in order to provide more contrast to your landscape.   

3. What color is your roof?

The roof is a prominent, long-term feature of your home that should be carefully considered when choosing your new exterior colors.  A darker roof is more likely to be complemented by a lighter color scheme.  A neutral-colored roof allows more flexibility in siding colors.

In all cases, be sure to ask your siding consultant for a virtual mock-up of the home’s siding, as well as physical samples that you can compare and test at home when light is changing throughout the day. 

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