Fascia trim color: curb appeal or disaster?

Fascia trim. Who knew? It supports your gutters, keeps little beasties from gnawing their way into your attic and protects the rafters from water damage. It also tidies up your roof line. Did you know it can also work as a design element for more curb appeal?

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White is the most common color choice, according to compositedoors.com, but you can choose a color that blends with your existing home color, highlights it or contrasts in a bold color. The Austral brick website cautions, however, that you might want to think of the impact a pair of bright yellow shoes has on an outfit. It can either make or break the look; the same is true when you choose a fascia trim color.

Three color tips for fascia trim

Whether you're buying new factory-colored fascia or having your existing trim painted, one Reno painting contractor offers the following tips when selecting a color:

  1. As a rule, use a maximum of two colors on a single story house, three on a 1 1/2 or 2 story. (Victorian homes go by a completely different set of color rules.)
  2. Consider both the existing roof and house colors when making a decision unless you plan to repaint or replace the roof anytime soon.
  3. Soft contrast color combinations or a monochromatic color palate can make your house look larger.

When in doubt, ask an expert

When in doubt, get advice. The paint section of Lowe's or Home Depot has color cards; check out proven combinations that work well together. Or go directly to a paint store and talk one-on-one with an expert.

With a little research and thought, you can choose a fascia color that makes your home stand out in the neighborhood…in a good way.

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