The Top 10 Best Siding and Trim Combinations


New siding increases your home’s energy efficiency and protects the inside against the elements. If you’re looking for new siding for your property, consider vinyl or fiber cement siding. These materials offer endless color options to enhance your home’s curb appeal and boost its resale value.

Your siding and trim can coordinate to give your house a coherent, seamless design. You could also use other accent pieces throughout the exterior, such as colorful shutters or an entry door, to create a bold statement. Explore the top exterior siding and trim color combinations to decide which colors you want to include in your renovation.

Should I Get New Siding and Trim?

Consider new siding and trim if you haven’t updated your home’s exterior in a while and you want to change its look. The siding defines your property’s exterior style and protects the inside from harsh weather conditions. New siding can update your home’s appearance and prevent future damage.

New siding and trim offer the following benefits to your home:

  • Increase property value: The cost of new siding and trim can be significant, but it comes with a valuable return on investment (ROI). Replacing your home with fiber cement siding yields an ROI of 80.5%, while vinyl siding produces a 76% return. If you plan on selling your home soon, you can replace the siding with modern materials to make it look more appealing to potential homebuyers.
  • Enhance curb appeal: Worn-out siding might have cracks or faded colors that make your home look outdated. Replacement siding can give your home a brand-new look and dramatically boost your curb appeal. Since vinyl and fiber cement siding come in various color options, you can get the exact look you want for your property. Combine your new siding with other decorative elements to make your home stand out in your neighborhood.
  • Save money on energy costs: Light-colored siding reflects the sun’s heat and lowers your home’s interior temperature. Investing in brand-new siding can make your home more comfortable and help you save money on your utility bills. When you change up your siding, the contractor can also add insulation to your exterior walls to increase your home’s energy efficiency and protect from outside elements.
  • Repair structural damage to your home: By replacing your siding, you may discover hidden issues with your home’s structural integrity. Weather damage from rainwater could leak through cracks around your windows and damage your drywall. As the contractor inspects your siding for damage, they’ll also look at the exterior walls under your siding for areas that need replacement.
  • Save money on painting: You need to add a fresh coat of paint to most outdated siding materials. This process includes chipping off old paint and choosing a brand-new color every few years. Since vinyl siding and fiber cement siding maintain their vibrant color without the need to paint, you can save money on painting over time.
  • Spend less time maintaining it: Certain siding materials need regular sealing and specific cleaning materials to maintain their appearance. Modern siding materials like vinyl and fiber cement siding require minimal care to keep up their appearance. As a result of upgrading to these low-maintenance materials, you can save time and money over time.


Types of Siding and Trim

Siding and trim are available in various colors and materials. Consider the following options to find the best combination for your home.

Siding Materials

You have a few options for siding materials, such as:

  • Vinyl: Homeowners prefer vinyl siding because of its durability and flexibility. It can withstand impact and weather damage. It’s also easy to maintain by cleaning with a garden hose. Its luxurious color maintains its vibrancy without the need to paint it.
  • Fiber cement: James Hardie fiber cement can resemble wood and other siding materials while offering your property durability against rot, insects and corrosion. It continues to look beautiful for years without much maintenance. Like vinyl siding, fiber cement maintains its vibrant color, and it only needs a simple rinse once a year. It also accommodates your local climate.

Siding Colors

Vinyl and fiber cement siding offer a wide selection of color options. Consider which of these colors would enhance your home’s curb appeal and resale value:

  • White: For a classic option, consider white siding. This color goes with other color combinations, and its timeless appearance means your home will always be in style. You might want to install white siding if you have a traditional-style home, such as the Colonial or Cape Cod. Potential homebuyers also appreciate white because it goes well with various roof and shutter colors.
  • Blue: Blue siding nicely complements coastal homes, such as the Cape Cod or bungalow, since the color is reminiscent of the ocean. It comes in a variety of hues, from light sky blue to dark navy.
  • Gray: Neutral gray siding is a subtle color that gives your home some variety and goes with many other colors. It’s welcoming, soft and easy on the eyes. You can choose from a variety of hues, from light gray to dark gray.
  • Red: Consider installing red siding if you want to create a bold statement on your exterior property. This color comes in various shades, such as deep burgundy, farmhouse red or rustic red, depending on your desired aesthetic.
  • Green: Green siding connects your home to the natural landscaping surrounding your property. It’s usually a calming color, and it can be a unique option for siding. Consider contrasting your green siding with brown accents and other earthy tones.


Trim and Accents

Complement your new vinyl or fiber cement siding with vinyl trim and accents. These details come in various colors to go with your siding. Consider some of these options from Alside® to find the best one for your property:

  • Charter Oak: Charter Oak Premium Vinyl Soffit is the ideal choice for your elegant, older home. Most homeowners prefer it because of its durability and ability to go over uneven surfaces.
  • Greenbriar Vintage: Alside® Greenbriar Vintage Soffit contains durable vinyl that looks like beaded wood. This option comes with hidden vents that allow for the proper air and water flow.
  • Superspan: Alside® Superspan Heavy Gauge Premium Vinyl Soffit is thicker and more durable than regular soffit. It’s resistant to sagging or falling during harsh weather conditions, including in vulnerable areas like extended overhangs.


The Top 10 Best Siding and Trim Combinations

When you upgrade to new vinyl and fiber cement siding, you have endless color options available. Consider these top siding and trim combinations for inspiration on your next home renovation.

1. Contrasting Colors

Contrasting colors involves taking a color and combining it with another hue on the opposite side of the color wheel. You can either do a subtle contrast or a bold one:

  • Subtle contrast: A subtle contrast allows you to use bold accent colors without having them be too dramatic. A light gray trim can help create this look by providing a transition between light tan siding and blue or gray shutters, resulting in a seamless design.
  • Bold contrast: You can also create a bold contrast between your siding, roofing and trim for an eye-catching design. Combine light, warm colors with dark, cool tones for a dramatic effect. If you have a classic-style house, you may want to use white trim and shutters to bridge the gap between the two contrasting colors.

2. Monochromatic Colors

For a classic look, you may want to consider combining gray, black and white in your home’s exterior design. If you have a traditional house, you can use mid-tone gray siding with white trim and black shutters to highlight your property’s decorative elements, such as the columns or your porch.

Pairing your white siding with black or dark gray trim and shutters can create a dramatic contrast. To go along with your siding and trim, you can also design your roof with alternating dark and light shingles for some dimension.

3. Lights and Darks

You may prefer a home design with darker colors such as deep green, black and red. In that case, you may want to use crisp white trim to brighten up the exterior and highlight the windows against the darker siding. You can also use various light and dark shades of gray to make a bold visual statement, pairing your siding with white trim.

Though most homes use a lighter-colored trim with dark siding, you can do the opposite. Consider dark brown trim for your tan siding for a rich, inviting appearance.

4. Three Tones

Consider the ways you could use different tones in your siding, trim, roofing and other decorative elements on your home’s exterior. You can change it up and use two different siding colors for a unique design. If you use two contrasting siding colors, you can tie the two colors together with an accent piece. For example, if you use two shades of blue, using a crisp white trim can bring the whole design together while letting the accents stand out.

5. Tone on Tone

You can make the siding and trim the same color to highlight the color of your decorative elements. Neutral or monochromatic colors work best to create an appealing design that isn’t too dramatic. White siding with white trim brings together the various accents of your home. You can also use beige siding and beige trim to make your bungalow or Craftsman look more contemporary. Having neutral colors on the exterior allows the siding and trim to blend in seamlessly instead of standing out.

6. Familiar, Classic Colors

If you have a traditional-style home, you can use familiar color combinations to draw attention to your home’s architectural features. White trim and gray siding give your home a subtle and classic appearance. Blue siding with white trim is another classic among homeowners. Choose from several shades of blue that help make your unique home stand out among the others on your block. If you have a farmhouse-style home, you can opt for red siding and white trim to invoke feelings of life in the countryside.

7. Coordinating With Landscaping

The landscaping around your home can influence how your siding looks. As you consider which colors to use for your siding and trim, take a walk around the neighborhood and pay attention to the trees, stones and flowers surrounding your property. Neutral colors such as beige and tan will complement the earthy, wood tones around you. You may also find deep reds and greens in the leaves and grass that may inspire your next color selection.

8. Highlighting Your Home’s Architectural Style

The appearance of your trim and siding could highlight your home’s unique architectural design. It may help to walk around the neighborhood and get ideas from your neighbors. In some suburban communities, the houses have similar architectural styles. Find one that looks like yours and consider colors that highlight the home’s unique elements. Burgundy and green siding creates a dramatic contrast in Victorian homes, and using cream-colored trim can help bridge the gap between these two contrasting colors.

9. Light and Warm

Warm colors include orange, red and yellow. They stimulate the eye and create a sense of excitement. If you want to use these bold colors for your home’s siding, it helps to complement them with a soft, warm, off-white trim to complement your garage or entry door. Though white is a neutral color, a white house with tan trim is warm and welcoming. Rust-red siding with white or eggshell trim makes the home more prominent.

10. Crisp and Cool

If you desire a relaxing curb appeal for your home, you may want to use cool colors in your property’s siding and trim, including blue, green and purple. Using both light and dark cool colors results in a calming effect. Bold blue siding and light blue trim are aesthetically pleasing and catch the eye. Most of the time, blue siding also goes well with white trim.


Contact Sunshine Contracting for New Siding and Trim

Sunshine Contracting offers siding and trim services to the Fairfax County, VA area. We’ll help you find the best siding and trim combinations to go with your home’s architectural style and your desired design. As certified vinyl and fiber cement siding professionals, we’ll install your siding correctly so you can have peace of mind that it will last for many years. Reach out to us online or call 703-935-4663 to schedule a free estimate today.


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