When you want a neutral house color that still has some personality to it, grey is a fantastic choice. Light or dark, with warm or cool undertones, grey can convey a lot of interest and dynamic visual appeal to a home. Unsure of how grey would look on your siding? Check out these seven images for ideas.
1. Sterling Grey Shingles
Beach homes are well known for using many shades of grey to complement the colors of the sea, sky, and sand nearby. Paired with fiber cement shingles, which hold up well in the sea air environment, the color grey in this case is the perfect complement to both the environment and the siding itself. The light grey color also pairs well with the oversized windows, creating a very cohesive design.
2. Varying Siding Types
Using a single color and texture over the entirety of a home exterior can mean that the home ends up lacking in depth. This home solves that issue by changing from horizontal lap siding to board and batten accent areas. The entire home uses a deep grey color paired with black and white accents. The grey has enough cool undertones to it to give it some depth, keeping the exterior from becoming flat.
3. Fieldstone Match
The use of natural materials on and around the home can help the property blend in better with its landscaping. In this case, natural fieldstone is used in the landscaping as well as on the chimney. To complement the stone and help achieve a cohesive look, the home is clad in a rich, grey shingle. The combined color and texture of the siding helps to match and highlight the fieldstone, creating a natural look.
4. Varying Texture
For large properties, breaking up the exterior walls can help add interest and detail to the façade. In this case, an irregular shingle is used on the upper story while a horizontal lap siding is used below. Both are painted the same rich grey hue, which falls perfectly between the tones of the white trim and black shutters, giving the home dimension and depth without a lot of overwhelming detail or decoration that might overtake a home of this size.
5. Two-Tone Exterior
Because grey is a neutral, it has the ability to pair well with numerous other shades, both light and dark. In this case, the front of this home features an accent wall of a rich, dark brown. The rest of the home is done in a medium grey hue. The grey keeps the property from getting too dark, as it would if the brown were used over its entirety. This way, the brown gets to become a focus and decorative accent that still works with the home’s plain and simple architecture. The front accent color wrapping the corner of the building adds an extra element of depth that helps elevate the entire design.
6. Sleek Contemporary Design
While grey can be used to beautiful effect on traditional homes, it also makes a nice complement to contemporary properties, as well. This modern home uses pale grey horizontal lap siding to highlight the lines of the building. An accent feature of natural wood-look siding warms up the façade and helps keep the grey from becoming too cool in tone.
7. Triple Tone Exterior
Using a mixture of lights and darks or warm and cool tones over the exterior can help to create a very dramatic effect. While analogous colors like black, white, and grey, are used to create more subtle effects, this play of warm wood tone off cool pale grey with a mix of deeper, darker grey helps make an exterior design that really catches the eye.
Give Your Home a Makeover
If you’re not a fan of bold colors on the façade of a home, but you want something with a little more personality than white or beige, consider using a shade of grey. Whether your home is traditional or contemporary, they are many ways you can use this dynamic neutral to create the look you want.