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Exterior Home Design Tips to Use in Your Siding Replacement Project

May 17, 2021

Bungalow-style home with tan stucco siding, dark trim, and brick accent pilingsOne of the reasons why so many homebuyers opt for a new-construction house in a developing community is the excitement of making exterior design choices that suit their personal tastes. However, in many cases, the same ideas and design principles that give new homes their fresh, take-notice appearance can be applied to an exterior home makeover.

Take home siding, for example. One of the hottest trends in new-home design is the clever use of various colors, styles, and textures to create a visually intriguing appearance that goes beyond simply choosing complementary colors for the siding and trim. If you’re planning to replace the siding of your home, why not embrace the opportunity to revitalize its façade in a way that catapults it into the 21st century?

If you’re in the Kansas City metro area, the experts at Johnson County Siding & Window Co. will be happy to discuss your upcoming siding replacement project and help you get exactly the look you want for your home. You can meet with our professional in-house designer, who will listen to your goals and help you shape your ideas into an exterior design plan that will make your heart sing. You can also use our visualization software to see how the siding, trim, and colors you choose will look on your home before you make an investment.

In the meantime, here are some exterior home design tips from the experts at Johnson County Siding & Window Co. and James Hardie®, the manufacturer of the nation’s No. 1 brand of house siding:

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

In years past, homeowners were often warned to steer clear of dark colors when selecting house siding because of concern about premature fading. However, well-respected siding manufacturers like James Hardie® and Mastic® have made those worries a thing of the past with advanced techniques to ensure that their siding will remain colorfast for many years. Now homeowners can feel confident that their bold aesthetic choices will also be practical ones, and they’re frequently opting for dark colors like Mastic’s “Misty Shadow” or James Hardie’s “Evening Blue.” In fact, according to exterior design experts, dark siding colors are gaining ground on their lighter-hued counterparts. Even black—a once unheard-of choice for house siding—is becoming popular.

What About Trim Color?

One of the best ways to add a touch of drama to your home’s exterior is to pair white trim with your dark siding, which will create an eye-catching contrast. Want to spice it up even more? Try a dark color for your home’s primary siding, then white to accent gables or some other interesting architectural feature. If you’d like to make a bold statement but soften it a little, consider combining a dark color like slate gray with trim that’s a lighter shade, such as granite.

And here’s another home exterior design tip: The same concept often works well in reverse. Choose a light color for the primary siding on your home’s exterior, then pair it with a dark trim color for dramatic effect. Or, for a less obvious contrast, choose a trim color from the same palette as your main siding, but a shade or two darker.

Think of Your Home’s Exterior as Mosaic Artwork

The eye loves to rove over mosaic art, taking in the many patterns and textures that are used to create a cohesive effect. Skillfully combining colors is only one way to achieve an intriguing home façade. You can also combine different siding styles. For example, you can select horizontal lap siding for most of your home’s exterior but highlight gables with a shingle or shake style.

Another extremely popular option is to use stone veneer cladding in strategic places to enhance your home’s visual appeal. Accenting one or more architectural features of your home with stucco siding is also a great way to achieve this goal, and the color options for modern acrylic stucco siding are practically limitless.

Time to Get Started

Granted, it’s fun to discover exterior home design tips and peruse pictures of beautiful homes that have incorporated them, but you’ll have to do more than dream if you want your Kansas City home to keep step with the times.

Fortunately, the experts at Johnson County Siding & Window Co. can make it easy for you to update your home’s exterior. When you partner with us, you’ll be able to choose from several types of house siding, including:

  • James Hardie® fiber cement siding
  • Mastic® premium vinyl siding
  • Manufactured-stone veneer
  • Acrylic stucco siding

This means you won’t have to shop around for multiple siding contractors to bring your exterior design ideas to life. Moreover, no matter which siding options are right for your home, you’ll be able to count on expert installation services when you entrust your project to us.

Are you ready to learn more? Contact Johnson County Siding & Window Co. today to request a free consultation about our siding options and exterior design services. We proudly serve communities in Kansas City on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri state line.


If you know you want to get your home exterior project done, but are feeling stress about paying for it all at once, we can help.

Our financing partner, GreenSky, has sensible payment plans that work for homeowners who prefer to pay in installments. You can also ask your JoCo Siding & Window Co. sales representative about the details!

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