If you are getting new siding for your home, you may have been preoccupied with finding the right material. However, you also have to choose the right color scheme. While personal preference and homeowner's association restrictions certainly come into play, there are other considerations when deciding what color your house is going to be for the next several years. Here are four issues to look at when deciding on siding colors.
Colors fade, especially when exposed to harsh sunlight. Even light colors can show some wear, depending on the hue. If your home does not have a lot of protection from the sun, like trees or even a taller house next door on the west or south, a lighter color will be best for you, especially if you're getting vinyl siding. Sunlight can make darker colors appear washed out very quickly, and if your home is partially shaded, you could end up with an unintentional two-tone color scheme if the sun-exposed portion fades and the shaded portion doesn't.
No one wants their house to look very dirty, and the color you choose can affect that. If you tend to have a lot of blowing dust or splashing mud from the garden, a darker color, particularly a brownish hue, would work well. But keep in mind that in general, all siding colors will show dirt. It's commonly thought that darker colors hide dirt better, but that really depends on the color of the dirt. Light-colored dust and dirt can show up quite a bit on dark colors (think of all the black cars you've seen that look like they need a serious washing). If the dust issues in your neighborhood tend to be sand-based and light in color, a lighter color of siding might do well.
The darker your house, the more heat the home will absorb. Even if you have great insulation, this will still be an issue, and light house colors will help keep the home even cooler. If you live in a hot area, get a lighter color of siding. If you live in an area with moderate summers but very cold winters, then you might want darker siding to help absorb what light and heat you can get in those months.
It's no secret that colors affect mood, and this is often bandied about as a way to choose interior room color. But the external color of your home can have an effect as well. Imagine coming home to your house when it has very dark siding, medium-colored siding, and light siding. Now think about how you'd feel if you saw those colors on a very hot day and a very cold day (because temperature extremes are going to play with how you feel and how you perceive things, too). Pay close attention to any twinges of "ugh" or little bursts of happiness or calmness as you think about the colors.
If you want more info on choosing siding colors, talk to siding contractors in your area. If you live in an HOA-controlled neighborhood, verify which colors are allowed and if trim can be a different color.