How to complement your home's siding with flowers
When you begin garden planning, it’s important to consider how matching the colors of your garden to your home’s siding could improve your house’s curb appeal. Plant combinations can make or break the aesthetics of a home, so choose a layout and flower colors that complement the color and style of your home siding.
Picking out new siding or paint colors
Whether you just bought a new house or your current home needs a facelift, there are a lot of factors to consider. When you pick out new styles and colors for your home siding, be sure you also take into account the cost of installation and materials, as well as how much upkeep is needed for the different types of home siding.
If you love the look of your wood siding, maybe you just need a fresh coat of paint. However, now may be the perfect time to consider fiber-cement siding in a cedar shake or wood style. Fiber-cement siding is a mix of sand, cement and cellulose fibers, available in vertical, horizontal, trim and shingle styles.
This home siding is non-combustible, it resists weather damage well and you don’t have to worry about termites like you do with wood. If you’re looking for something that’s lower maintenance than wood siding but not as expensive as fiber-cement, consider vinyl home siding for a fresh new look that lasts longer than paint.
Once you know what style you want, it’s time to choose a color. If you don’t want to replant the entire garden or redo the patio, looking at adjacent colors on a color wheel can provide the new style you want while still matching the garden. But, if you’re looking to change up your lawn and garden too, make sure your new flower colors match the new siding.
Finding complementing flower colors
As you prepare to boost your home’s curb appeal with new siding, take a look at flower colors can help create balance and continuity on your lawn. If you’ve chosen a light color for your home’s siding, consider vibrant flower colors and dark shrubs for contrast. You can use almost any shade of green against a white home, and white or pastel flower colors will help draw focus from the house to include the entire lawn.
Homes with a darker siding should be paired with light plants and dark evergreens to create depth. Flower colors like blues, purples and pastels are a perfect match. Complement homes with brick siding with bright yellow and orange flowers and dark green shrubs.
Creating a design to highlight focal points
An important part of garden planning is choosing the layout. Do you want a structured front yard with a more lush and wild design in the back? Maybe a groomed space for neighborhood games with some nice plants on the sidelines? Knowing how you want to use your lawn space will help you create a beautiful and functional design.
It’s also important to design your lawn around current landmarks you want to highlight. Plant a path of low profile plants to the entryway, a natural shelter of pines around the hot tub or lit accent trees on the edge of the patio space.
Use flower colors to accentuate particular areas on your lawn. Similar plants and colors provide unity, but a little contrast in shapes and colors will draw attention.
Get ready for a season of planting with equipment updates
Before you begin any garden planning, make sure you have all the equipment you need. An electric rototiller is a great tool to start a new flower bed or vegetable garden or to dig up a row for berry bushes, vines or hedges. You may also want to have a string trimmer to help keep the weeds in line.
Check to see that your garden tools are in good condition, change the oil, fill the gas tanks and replace any faulty lawn mower parts, tiller parts or trimmer parts. Keeping your gear maintained each year will help ensure it’s able to perform at peak efficiency for many seasons.
About this Angie's List Expert: Roone Unger is the president of EXOVATIONS, providing siding replacement and repair in Atlanta. Since 1996, EXOVATIONS has provided a number of home exterior services including window replacement, roofing, decks, doors, exterior painting and more. EXOVATIONS is a recipient of the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award. Follow this #ALExpert on Twitter @EXOVATIONS.
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