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The Pros and Cons of Using a Trendy Exterior House Color

Designing your forever home isn’t for the faint of heart. Besides nailing down your floor plan and interior design, savvy homeowners are investing more and more into the exterior of their projects, understanding the impact it has on them, their visitors and the value of their investment. Crafting the perfect contemporary exterior is a crucial element and presents dual challenges. 

You want your custom home to reflect your tastes and style, but whatever trending exterior house color you pick — even if it’s extremely popular now— needs to have staying power so your home doesn’t become outdated too quickly. 

There are pros and cons to trendy exterior design so looking at both before you begin your project can help avoid regrets in the future. If you do decide that trendy is the path for you, we’ve got the latest details about the colors that are up and coming for 2022 and beyond. 

The Pros of Having a Trendy Exterior House Color

There are multiple pros when selecting a trendy exterior house color. For one, your home will be an eye-catcher. Depending on your color preference, it gives you the ability to blend in with your neighbors or it gives you the option to stand out from the crowd. 

If this is your first home and you plan to upgrade soon or if you’re planning to sell in the near future, a trendy color can give you a bigger selling price point. Because realtors look at current market trends, it could bump up your resale value.

Choosing a bold color can also accentuate home features like stone word, brick, etc. It can also draw attention to a focal point to a feature such as a front porch, chimney, garage or other area. 

If you are trying to build an audience on social media, using trendy colors can make your project Instagrammable. Being trendy can help you build your online brand, get you noticed and grow your followers.  

A light blue house decorated with Nichiha fiber cement siding with stone pillars underneath and an open garage. There are trees behind the home and on the right side. The windows are square with white trim and there are long steps leading up to the brown, glass front door.

The Cons of Having a Trendy Exterior House Color

However, there are definitely downsides to consider when choosing a trendy exterior house color. Trends change very fast. Even within a year, you might find out the color you picked is no longer “in style.” 

If you go with a color that doesn’t have timeless attributes, you may be throwing money and time out the window when you have to change your exterior every couple of years. Plus, trendy colors aren’t always HOA-approved. If you are a part of an HOA, you should check with your HOA board to ensure the color you choose is allowed in your neighborhood — or you may have to repaint or replace the siding immediately. Neutral colors usually aren’t an issue, but bright or flashy colors could get you into trouble.

Exterior Home Colors of 2021 and Upcoming Popular Exterior Paint Colors of 2022

Whimsical in White

An off-white home decorated in Nichiha Fiber Cement Siding is the focal point. It has dark grey roofing, tall windows, steps leading up to a porch, and a lower-level garage under the home with dark siding. The lawn is full of palm trees, shrubbery, and there is blue sky with white clouds behind it.

One of the most popular exterior colors for 2021 is Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams. White is a timeless color, yet it’s on-trend with warmer, off-whites taking precedence in exteriors. The slight off-white color gives beige undertones, glowing in the sunshine against the backsplash of blue skies and greenery. This color works beautifully as a full siding color, but if you’re scared of the maintenance upkeep with a lighter color, choose it for a contrasting house trim color.

If warm, white tones make your eyes light up but you’re wary of dirt, go for a siding material that is low maintenance. Fiber cement siding requires no special equipment or cleaning materials. You simply use a mild, household detergent and water, clean any tough problem spots with a soft bristle brush, and spray it down with a garden hose. Easy, fast and efficient.

All Black Everything

A black home decorated in Nichiha’s fiber cement siding with brown under trim, a black roof, and a white carport wall stands in the sun. There are trees in the background and a blue sky.

Black has been popular as an accent color for years. Now, bold homeowners are starting to utilize it as their home’s main exterior color. Onyx, a blackish shade, by Benjamin Moore was one of the trendiest colors in 2021, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Black exterior invites mystery, confidence and edginess. For urban or rural residential areas, black is here to stay. 

Beautiful Brown

A brown, one-level home with brown siding, big garage doors, a black roof, and an elevated floor in the middle sits atop a hill with shrubs on the left, an open driveway, and a blue sky with white clouds behind it.

Brown exterior has proven itself for generations to be a phenomenal choice for millions of homeowners and builders. Regardless of the style or location, the color brown almost always elevates a home’s curb appeal and resale value. 

Pair it with perfect accent colors like the home above, which utilizes black and off-white with texture mixing, and your home is sure to pop.

Mint Green

A mint green home with brown accents and a solar panel roof sits in the sun with a backyard garden and trees in the background.

Behr and The Home Depot already announced their Color of the Year for 2022: minty green Breezeway. Great for interior and exterior design, mint green is the perfect shade with cool undertones. Inspired by nature and resembling sea glass found on a beach, this color somehow gives spring, summer and fall vibes. 

One of the decision-makers who chose this color said, “A new year brings the opportunity to embrace a sense of renewal and pursue untapped passions.” This color allows a homeowner to fully embrace a life full of happiness, serenity and restoration. How can you look at this color and not smile? 

While we’re hoping this color trend stays around for a long time, to keep it timeless, consider adding wood-like accents. Wood is gorgeous, but to avoid its high costs and intense upkeep, go for a siding material that mimics wood and all its benefits without all the drawbacks. Fiber cement is a cost-effective material that provides greater durability with ¼ the maintenance, but the same high-end aesthetic.

Quality Home Exterior Materials Can Last For Years, While Still Being Trendy

Color trends come and go, but siding materials should be durable and long-lasting. Nichiha offers a wide variety of colors, styles and solutions. If you are keen on keeping up with the latest trends in home design, add fiber cement siding to your checklist. The colors truly are endless, and most importantly, it wows your guests from the outside while protecting them when they’re inside.

No matter the style or color you want for your dream home, Nichiha can help achieve a durable and beautiful solution. Download our lookbook today to see what’s possible with Nichiha’s fiber cement siding.
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