The popular question in the 1970s was “What’s your sign?” In today’s culture, that question has turned into “What’s your color?” According to national color expert Kate Smith, people tend to identify their personalities with specific colors, all of which fall into either the “warm” or “cool” classifications.
“Just as a person may see themselves as having a ‘cool blue’ personality that is calm, confident and in control, a home exterior also has a color personality,” says Smith, color maven and owner of the color-consulting business Sensational Color. “A ‘cool’ home may feature blues, greens and purples as the primary colors in the siding, entryway and roofing. On the flip side, a ‘warm’ home exterior would have more focus on neutral colors plus hues in yellow, orange and red.”
Smith recommends trying to match up your own personality with the colors used on the home in order to create a cohesive living environment. “Start at the top of the house with a blend of colors in the roofing tiles to set the overall tone for the home,” says Smith. “For example, a Canyon blend of brown tones features dark mountain, medium autumn and dark autumn colored slate roofing tiles that reflect a warm personality, while an Aberdeen blend includes dark gray, light brown, dark purple, green stone and dark stone tile colors to mimic a cooler personality. You can then move down the house by picking up complementary colors for the second most visible aspect of the home– its siding. There are wonderful accent variations within cool and warm color families that can contrast with the overall color scheme to provide visual balance on a home’s exterior.”