Looking for an update or an upgrade for your facade? Try one of the most favored home exterior color ideas: blue.

By Kelly Roberson

Blue is a versatile color that lends itself well to a range of home styles. But because blue hues range widely, it's important to figure out what you want blue to do on your home's exterior and how you want your home to appear from the curb.

What does blue do on a home's exterior? Blue is a cool color; in general that means that it conveys emotional and physical characteristics that are considered calming. However, that feel changes based on how light, bright, vibrant, or muted the blue is. An aqua tone feels much different than a pastel blue; a turquoise offers a different feel than a navy.

Blue is a color that's remarkably adaptable to a home's architecture, though. The right shade can lend itself to everything including Victorian, contemporary, traditional, and cottage. Even so, certain shades will work better with certain styles.

The undertones of a blue used on a home exterior also need to work in tandem with the surrounding landscape. A blue with a strong green base will appear even more green if the landscape is primarily shrubs and lawn. A cottage style home with lots of pinks and purples will emphasize any warmer-leaning blue paint tones.

In general, color wheel rules are a good guide when it comes to choosing hues that work well with blue. An analogous color scheme -- for blue, a combination with green and purple -- works well, as do complementary schemes of blue and orange.

A color combination rule Any exterior facade color combination should feel unified and enhance architecture and the landscape. To do that, divide your three chosen colors using the 60/30/10 guideline, which helps delineate how much of each particular color to use in your home. The dominant color should take up 60 percent of the home's surface space, while the secondary color -- typically trim -- uses 30 percent and the accent color uses just 10 percent.

Remember: A single color in a small swatch has less visual dominance than one that covers a broad swath of space.

Monochromatic blue color scheme By choosing one dominant blue and varying its lightness and darkness, you can find good secondary and accent colors for a monochromatic blue scheme. This might be a good fit for a range of styles, such as contemporary or cottage. The dominant tone you choose will influence how well that blue works with the architecture of the home.

Use blue as an accent or secondary color Blue as either an accent or secondary color is a good way to either energize or tone down a dominant color. Blue might be perfect on a door, for example, or under soffits or around windows. Again, the hue chosen should be used in a way to draw attention to a feature or direct the eye around a home and to a landscape.

Remember that your home's exterior color combination must also take into account the color of the roof or the existing stone. Those hues become part of the 60/30/10 rule, too.

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