For many homeowners, staying on top of the latest building and interior design trends is as important as regular home maintenance projects. While most trendsetters stick to applying the latest and most fashionable colors, materials, and practices to their interior home decor, it is possible to embrace the latest design styles outside of the home as well. If you want to keep up to date with siding trends, then look no further. Here are just a few of the ways that your siding can make yours one of the most talked-about homes on the stree—for all the right reasons.
Design lovers know that an on-trend home utilizes the latest and most popular color combinations around. At the top of the color charts is Pantone, whose annual Color of the Year influences the worlds of fashion and interior design alike. With Pantone’s 2017 color of the year due to be announced any day now, both the fashion and home improvement industries are making their own predictions.
While Pantone’s latest Color Report says that their predicted colors for Spring 2017 offer “a mixture of vitality, relaxation, and the great outdoors”, trendsetting homeowners can make sense of this fashion-speak by incorporating hues like the neutral Hazelnut, deep green Kale, and the calming blue Niagara throughout the exterior of their home. Other home improvement professionals corroborate these color predictions and apply them to exterior siding: Exterior House recommends neutral beiges and tans as a siding base (or traditional brick red or gray/blue tones) in order to match with neighboring homes and your own home’s accents.
As an added tip, it’s best to use a trim color slightly lighter than your siding (such as white, cream, or light gray) to maximize the impact of your chosen siding color. If you want to branch out from these popular colors, it’s more than okay to go (slightly) crazy with accents and paint your doors and shutters black, deep blue, brown, or even red.
Rustic and reclaimed exteriors
If you thought that the rustic farmhouse design style made trendy by the folks over at Fixer Upper had finally jumped the shark, siding trends for 2017 will prove you wrong. Traditional wood shakes and shingles—and yes, shiplap—are still very popular for many homeowners. House Beautiful predicts that unfinished and reclaimed wood floors and walls will be popular in 2017, so we think there’s no reason not to bring this trend outside as well.
Homeowners who love the idea of wooden siding can stick to the traditional horizontal panel style, but if you want to take your shiplap exterior to the next level you can randomize the width of your siding panels for an alternative but equally rustic effect. We particularly love this offbeat siding style because it blends farmhouse and modern design styles for a memorable and unique finish.
Using reclaimed and/or sustainably sourced wood and other local materials is an on-trend practice for all areas of home improvement that we think is here to stay in 2017. If you’re considering a rustic siding upgrade, you can cut costs and decrease your home’s carbon footprint at the same time by finding local businesses and individuals who have an excess amount of useable materials, rather than purchasing and shipping new products from across the country—or even the world.
Energy efficient materials
Energy efficiency and environmental consciousness are on the minds of homeowners now more than ever. If you want to reduce the carbon footprint of your home and increase your energy efficiency during your exterior renovations, you can choose sustainable materials and products that will help you to save money on energy bills and keep your home warmer this winter.
Because energy efficiency has finally become more of a mainstream priority, siding that is both durable and low maintenance is sure to be a winner in 2017. Hard-wearing and resilient materials such as fiber-cement may cost more than inexpensive vinyl siding initially, but the longevity and straightforward maintenance routines of these kinds of products make them a no-brainer for many homeowners.
Some siding companies offer vinyl siding with a permanently affixed expandable polystyrene insulation layer—or insulated vinyl siding panels, in layman’s terms. While the energy and heat-saving benefits of insulated siding are seemingly apparent, some professionals think that the overall benefits of this kind of product are minimal and that the costs are too high (around 50% higher on average than traditional vinyl siding). Nevertheless, many satisfied customers agree that this built-in insulation increases the robustness and sturdiness of the siding itself and offers significant insulation for their homes.
While it’s impossible to know for sure the direction the latest home improvement trends will take in the next year, we think that these pointers will help you—and your siding—stay on track. As always, we like to keep up with the latest developments in home technology, renewable energy, and the hottest building materials to help make your home improvement decisions just a little easier.