Natural wood tones and stains for siding are extremely popular for a variety of different home styles and settings. While many people focus on painting their homes a specific color, solid colors have a number of drawbacks to them, including the fact that color can be so subjective, as well as the need to coordinate the color of the house with trim, surroundings, roofing, and door colors. This may be why so many people are beginning to turn toward more natural stain colors, like Allura’s Light Maple for their homes.
Warm, Deep Color
Wood stains can be found in a number of different shades and tones. The idea behind a stain, versus a paint, is that the stain allows grain and variation of the siding itself to show through. On natural wood, this may mean that the color of the wood affects the final color of the stain. With a product like fiber cement, the color of the stain needs to do more; it needs to give the siding that depth, warmth, and variation that is necessary to create a natural looking façade.
Light Maple siding from Allura has a warm, natural glow that gives the home the appearance of real maple wood that has been stained a deep, golden brown. The color has a natural warmth that combines with the cedar-look texture of the boards to produce an effect that looks natural, inviting, and able to help many styles of home reach their truest potential.
A Natural Backdrop
Houses that use natural wood stains, rather than paint colors, tend to be one of a set number of styles. Some contemporary houses, rustic homes, Chateau styles, Tudors, and cabins all make great use of natural wood stain, in part because it complements the style of the home and in part because these types of homes have a tendency to be in settings that work well with the look a stain produces.
One of the best things about using a stain, is the way that it creates a backdrop, rather than a focus for the home. Homes that use paint colors tend to make those colors a part of the style of the home, such as Victorians and old “Painted Ladies”. Homes that use stains such as Light Maple, however, want your attention elsewhere. This may be on the look of the architecture, the type of the siding – shingles, for example – or on the setting that the house is in, such as a rural setting.
Light Maple siding in particular does well for this purpose. It has a neutral warmth that calls to mind a golden-toned hardwood, which would work well in many wooded settings. The color of the siding also works well to simply call attention to the architecture of the home, because it lands more on a neutral tone, rather than on a true red or brown stain.
It can be difficult to find trim or accents for a natural wood stain color on a home, but Light Maple lends itself well to several different trim shades. The stain coordinates well with both deeper browns, as well as with other “natural” colors, including forest greens or flagstone grays. This means that for decks and porches, shutters, roofs, and landscaping, you can easily find coordinating shades or colors. The key is to remember that Light Maple makes a beautiful backdrop color; it’s not meant to take center stage, so your trim and landscaping will really shine against it.
The best way to use Light Maple, therefore, is on homes that have a very simple look to them. Homes that require a single, solid color to allow the texture and look of the house to show through will shine with Light Maple siding, particularly when used in shingles, or in a combination of different sidings.
Homes that use a natural wood stain as their color, rather than a paint are very popular in certain settings, but not everywhere. The most common locations you’ll find this kind of look is in rural areas, as well as in places with older homes in Bungalow, Arts and Crafts, Tudor, and Modern styles.
In both the north and in the mid-west, stain colors like Light Maple are more prevalent as well as more popular on a greater range of home styles. The color is light enough to also work well on the northern portion of both coasts. To get the best results, take a look at what types of architecture in your region tend to use natural stains. This may vary by region, although the neutral-tones of the stain make it fit in more universally than some darker stains.
Consider Light Maple Siding
Light Maple siding makes a beautiful color for homes whose architecture needs to take center stage. The color helps give fiber cement siding a warmth and depth that many people may not realize can be possible. Consider Light Maple siding from Allura for your home to get the look and style that you’re after.