Are you remodeling your home but are not sure where to start? Here is your complete guide, meant to inform and inspire so that you are confident in all your selections. We will take a look at housing styles, how to choose siding colors, profile options and finally, we will discuss our tool Home Designer 2.0 to help you put it all together.

Choose colors based on the style of your home

Warm Siding Colors

Cool Siding Colors

Neutral Siding Colors

Dark Siding Colors 

Tip: Always use swatches before making your final decision on mixing and matching colors.

We all know that color swatches have different tones depending on the time of day and different lighting situations. Before committing to colors, it is important to hold up the color swatches at different times during the day, so that whatever the lighting condition, you will be content with your color choices.

Use Regional Styles to help solidify your selection

Do you know the style of your home?  Using the original style of your house as a starting point for an exterior makeover is usually the best technique.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod homes are typically one story, sometimes 1-1/2 stories, and feature a steep roofline, multi-pane windows, and white trim. This popular style was built in the 1930s and often boasts dormer windows for added space, light, and ventilation. Your home is in this style category if it features these elements.

Cottage Country / Loghouse

Homes in this category have a warm, storybook character. If your home reflects a charming and cozy style and is complete with steep roof pitches, cross gables, and arched doors, put yourself in the Cottage Country style category.


One of the most popular styles in the United States is the Colonial home. With two or three stories, windows and a chimney are prominent features, complete with a centered door. Does your home feature these characteristics?

Modern Contemporary

Does your home’s architectural character consist of modern materials? Does it feature a post-and-beam structure with a flat or low-pitched roof and is void of unnecessary detail? If yes, you will fall under the Modern Contemporary Category.


The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior decoration. These houses fuse modernist ideas and styles to create a very informal and casual living style. Your home falls here if it reflects these features.


Mostly found in urban areas, the row house, more commonly known as the townhouse, are typically two stories or more with a traditional layout, side hallways and minimal lawn space.


If your home doesn’t adhere to one particular genre, but instead possesses many features and designs, you just may fall in this category. Traditional style homes combine practicality and accessibility with a classic look. Functionality is one distinguishing feature of the traditional house as well as its simplistic design.

Find the perfect vinyl siding profile for your home style

  • Your home’s architecture will definitely influence the type of profile you select. More traditional house style will gravitate towards the horizontal siding, this profile lends well to a Craftsman as well as Cape Cod styles.
  • The unique look of beaded siding, with its distinctive shadow lines, is well suited for the starter of a Colonial house.
  • Vertical siding is not only eye-catching; it can also give the illusion of height. We suggest using this profile on one-story homes such as ranch styles. Choosing the vertical siding in a neutral color will also aid in creating a sense of grandeur.

Put it all together!

See how these different types of vinyl siding will look on your home by using our online home exterior design tool: HOME DESIGNER 2.0. You can choose from a variety of traditional horizontal, vertical, insulated siding, as well as shakes and shingles to mesh with your home’s style and design. Print or download your unique design and use it as a blueprint for your project!

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