While choosing colors for your home starts with a main color, deciding what goes with it is not as easy.
As elementary as it sounds, knowing the fundamentals of color is immensely helpful when deciding what to use on your roof or your James Hardie® siding in Minneapolis. The final color choice should be both appealing and a true reflection of your personal taste.
Let’s start with the color wheel. A color wheel is divided into sections of 12 colors: three primary colors, three secondary colors, and six tertiary colors (the latter formed by mixing a primary with a secondary color). Color wheels remain the simplest tool when finding color combinations. When using a color wheel to sketch out possible color combinations, start with the basic color schemes like:
- Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. A primary or secondary color is typically the dominant color, complemented by two tertiary colors. For example, blue (a primary color) is analogous with blue-violet and blue-green, both tertiary colors. This works well when you are going for a low-contrast, monochromatic combination on your siding installation in Minneapolis.
- Complementary colors are opposite each other in the color wheel – like red and green, or blue and orange. Use complementary colors for a home component that you want to make striking, like trim or shutters. Complementary colors are the basis for two-tone color combinations.
- Triadic colors tend to be very vibrant, as they use three colors equally spaced around the color wheel – imagine drawing a triangle of equal sides within.
Whatever color scheme you eventually choose, always remember to pick just one as the main color and use the other colors for accents. Nowadays there are online tools that allow you to try out different color combinations – such as James Hardie’s Home Color Tool. It allows you to save whatever color combination you eventually pick, as reference for your siding contractor in Minneapolis.