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Whether it highlights your entrance or anchors your house to the landscape when your home exterior features natural stone you will want to show it off by choosing a color scheme that complements your stone. There are many different types of stone, each with its unique beauty. Selecting stone exterior color schemes that enhance the natural color variations in the stone. It can also add to the curb appeal of your home.
The FRESH approach is a five-step method for selecting an eye-pleasing color palette for your home’s exterior. Use FRESH thinking to select the right color for each element — roofing, siding, doors, windows, shutters, trim and accents. This guarantees you create a unified look that exudes curb appeal.
There are many things to consider as you select your home’s exterior colors, with the most influential being the fixed features.
Fixed Feature = Permanent Design Element
These are the elements of your home that do not change often. These include:
Look at the fixed features of any attractive home and you’ll begin to see some repetition of tones. This duplication allows different materials and textures to all work well together. This is especially important for a home with a full or partial brick exterior.
When choosing colors for your stone home exterior, find those that blend with or complement the predominant color or color cast of the stone. All of the colors need to harmonize with the stone to create the best look. If you are building a new home, select the stone and roof first and then build a color scheme that will enhance this feature.
Color cast is that term used when talking about stone, brick, roofing, or other materials. Generally, these important elements of the home exterior are not a solid color, but a mix of colors. To describe these materials as a solid color would not do them justice since the beauty is in the variations of colors. The term “color cast” describes the dominant color in a material, which is made up of different colors. Color cast is a term that has roots in photography and describes an overall tint on a photographic image caused by sunlight or incandescent light.
Then consider the other four FRESH steps. You can find the details of just how to do that in the ebook FRESH Home Exterior Color Schemes for Brick and Stone, which is available to you with our compliments. Just click the link.
For your full stone or partial stone exterior, consider the overall color cast of your stone and any colors that stand out in the mix. The overall tone could be gray, tan, brown, greige, cream, white or another color. The main color of your home needs to blend with the tone of your stone. That doesn’t mean it must be in the same color family. For example, with gray stones, you could select blue for your primary color, but a grayed blue will blend with the stones better than a bright, clear blue. If the mix of stones includes a color that truly stands out, that color might make an excellent choice for your shutters or front door.
The warmth of stones with a tan cast makes them a popular choice for home exteriors. Tan can be neutral or lean towards another color such as gold, green, peach, or coral. Noticing the subtle nuances of your stone will help you to find the right colors for tan stone exterior color schemes. Would one of these “Five Terrific Tan Stone Exterior Color Schemes” be right for your home?
Just like in the world around us, earthy brown can stand alongside all color families. Hues based on those you see in nature are perfect for your brown stone exterior color schemes. Colors that are a bit toned down will look best. Find an inspired scheme starting with our “Five Beautiful Brown Stone Exterior Color Schemes”
A versatile neutral, gray stones look great in an all-neutral scheme or can take on any shades of color: dark, medium or light to create great gray stone exterior color schemes. Here are “Five Great Gray Stone Exterior Color Schemes” to consider.
It may seem odd to describe stone as “soft,” but that is exactly how the color in a greige or cream stone exterior color schemes feel when contrasted to the color options for darker stones. For the best results, match the softer qualities of the stone to the main colors in the palette you create and keep the strong contrasts for your accents. Check out these “Five Gorgeous Greige and Cream Stone Exterior Color Schemes.”
Whether on its own or combined with brick or other materials, white stone makes a statement. When putting together white stone exterior color schemes you can choose contrasting colors or let the texture take the lead with a tonal scheme. Here are some ideas to get you started. “Five Wonderful White Stone Exterior Color Schemes”
The tips above can get you started. To get all of the details on how to create your best stone exterior color schemes, download our complete guide – FRESH Home Exterior Color Schemes for Brick and Stone.
Find even more inspiring color schemes, check out the Best Exterior Color Scheme Match for Your DaVinci Roof.
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