Whether you’re building a brand-new home, giving your current home a makeover, or sprucing up your property to boost its value before selling it, you already understand the importance of making your home “pop” from the curb. And since your siding is the most encompassing feature on your exterior—the colors, styles, and materials you choose really matter!
Don’t worry—you don’t have to sift through all the siding trends before your installation on your own. We’ve gathered some of the best (and easiest!) ways to customize your siding for maximum curb appeal and resale value.
Popular Siding Design Ideas to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
1. Contrasting Colors
Subtle, toned-down color combinations are a thing of the past. Now, homeowners are turning to bold, contrasting shades, like off-white siding and black details, or beige siding with red brick or natural stone veneer, for an eye-catching appearance. While neutral, earth-toned shades are still popular, it’s smart to consider contrasting shades if you want to make a statement.
2. Mismatched Materials
Choosing just one siding material and sticking to it for your entire exterior may be the easier route—but it’s not the one that will result in the most curb appeal. Homeowners love covering most of their home in a reliable siding material, like fiber cement or vinyl siding, and then adding other materials, like the following, to columns, porches, base trim, or bump-outs.
- Stone—Consider pairing stone veneer with fiber cement or vinyl siding to add architectural interest and natural warmth to your gorgeous exterior.
- Wood—Add a rustic, chic vibe to any home when you pair vinyl or fiber cement siding with natural or engineered wood detailing.
- Brick—If you’d like to add classic appeal to your home, pair your vinyl or fiber cement siding with brick. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can choose from whitewashed brick or classic red bricks.
3. Siding Styles
While you can customize your home with multiple materials, mixing and matching siding styles can add architectural interest to your exterior. For example, instead of using classic lap siding or contemporary vertical siding for your entire home—consider using both!
- Horizontal & Vertical—Consider applying lap siding to most of your house and using vertical planks on the gables or gambrels to make them “pop.”
- Horizontal & Shingle—You can also use lap siding as the focal point with shingles or shakes as an accent in key locations, like above your garage or porch.
- Vertical & Shingle—Instead of horizontal siding with shingles, consider using vertical boards to create a modern look while maintaining authentic warmth.
- Horizontal, Vertical & Shingle—You can use all three siding styles together if your home is large enough to pull it off. Consider using vertical panels on most of your home, lap siding above your garage or porch, and shingles on dormers or gables.
4. Eye-Catching Details
While the hue of your siding is important, it’s also crucial to pay attention to how your siding color coordinates with your home’s other features. These other elements shouldn’t be overlooked during your siding project:
- Trim—If you choose a neutral siding shade, like off-white, consider using a contrasting shade for your trim, like black, to make your exterior stand out from the curb.
- Shutters—Shutters, much like trim, can complement or detract from your new siding. Consider matching your shutters and trim for a cohesive look that’s sure to impress.
- Doors—Choose a striking color, like red or blue, for your garage door or front door that will stand out rather than blend into your siding.
5. Surrounding Scenery
You may love the look of your home—but if it doesn’t coordinate with the surrounding scenery, it may deter future buyers. These are some things to keep in mind when developing a design scheme for your home during your siding project:
- Neighborhood—Take a look at the homes in your community. Do they use neutral siding colors or brighter shades? Do you notice any homes with multiple siding styles, or do they stick to one? While it’s great for your home to stand out, you don’t want it to stand out too much, or it may keep buyers away.
- Scenery—Do you live in a heavily wooded area? If so, you may want to consider this when choosing your siding colors. If you want your home to blend in, you may want to select green or brown tones, but if you want it to stand out, choosing another color scheme may be the way to go.
- Landscape & Hardscape—If you have any bold landscape or hardscape items, it’s wise to ensure your exterior matches (or coordinates with) these features.
Create an Appealing Exterior for Your Home with JD Hostetter & Associates
If you would like to implement one (or more!) of these siding styles to add eye-catching curb appeal to your home’s exterior, give us a call at JD Hostetter & Associates.
We only install materials we would use on our own homes because we want your siding to last. That’s why we install James Hardie fiber cement siding, North America’s #1 siding brand, and other popular siding products, like vinyl siding, to give you a wide range of colors, styles, and brands to choose from to customize your home!
Learn more about our siding services so you’ll know who to call when you’re ready to start your siding replacement to add curb appeal and resale value to your Indianapolis residence!