Retractable awnings can transform your outdoor space, adding extra living space and allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors. Even on the hottest of summer days, retractable awnings provide a reprieve from the heat, allowing you to get back to enjoying nature. When choosing the right awning for your home, it will be important that you consider what colors would be the best option to maximize the overall design style of your home.
Jazz up the exterior of your home with colors that make your architecture pop. Consider specific features you are looking for as certain colors fight stains and fading better than others. Here are some guiding principles on selecting the perfect color for your retractable awning!
Consider the Design of Your Home
In order to pick an awning with accentuating colors, you will need to have a better understanding of which colors best compliment which architectural styles.
If your home is a more traditional style, complimentary colors often include neutral tones. If you are looking for a pop of color, forest green and navy blue are also great compliments to such architecture.
For those with a cottage or colonial style home patterns can provide a superior look. Stripes tend to work well, but it will be important that you properly size patterns to complement the size of the house. Going too large or too small can take away from the appeal of the home and awning both.
For homes boasting of a stucco or southwestern style, stripes or solids can be effectively utilized. It is advisable to go with either terra cotta, salmon, or beige for the most attractive color scheme.
Contemporary homes get all the fun, as bright colors work well to maintain their fun, contemporary feel.
It will be important that you consider unique aspects of your home’s architecture such as the inclusion of an angled roof line or other unique elements. If your home displays beautiful, yet unusual architecture it can be better to stick with solid colors for your awning.
You should also consider your overreaching purpose for installing an awning in the first place. If you are installing the awning for the sole purpose of lowering the temperature of your patio or deck, stay away from dark colors and utilize light colors with sun reflecting properties. This will ensure you are able to maximize the purpose of your awning.
Finally, it will be of upmost important to factor in any color schemes your home has when selecting an appropriate awning color. Bold colors, such as blue and green can be beautiful on the right color of home, but a clashing eyesore on others. Neutral colors like tan can be easily matched with bright colored awnings but beware of sneaky overtones in brick homes that may clash with an awning color that is not neutral.
Some beautiful color combinations include pairing a white home with the fun, popping color of yellow awnings. Homes that are tan, yellow, or white, tend to look great paired with red awnings, while brown is great neutral choice for awnings that is easily complimentary to either light or dark colored homes.
Fading and Staining
Even though awning fabrics are made to withstand the sunlight, it only makes sense that certain colors will simply last longer than other due to their natural properties. Red will fade much quicker than a light color like yellow. Blues and greens also tend to fair well against the fading of the sun.
Additionally, exposure to the outside elements can lead to dirt accumulation and staining. Light colors like yellow don’t fare so well in this department, whereas, darker colors such as brown, red, blue, black, and green hold up much better. Black is generally the hardiest defender against stains, but due to is dark nature it will amplify lint, dust, pet hair, and debris that come into contact with it.
In general, one must consider their specific needs, preferences, and home style in order to pick the perfect awning color to complement their home!
Tyler Coomes, owner of Best Awning Company that offers a truly customizable awning experience across the entire Denver Metro and Front Range Colorado.