What is a Fixed Feature and Why is it Important When Choosing Your Colors?

What is a fixed feature? When I refer to a fixed feature, I am talking about any element on the exterior of the home that is not likely to change or at least not anytime soon. These are what most homeowners consider the permanent parts of their home and include the foundation, stone, brick, partial stone or brick facades, pathways, retaining walls and of course the roof.

Fixed Feature = Permanent Design Element

Each of the fixed features may be a different material but will usually have a common color or color cast. This is what allows these elements to work together and gives the home a cohesive look.

Once you identify the common color, you can use that color to find colors for siding, trim, shingles and front door that will work well for your home. Let me give you a few examples so you can see why it is important to consider the fixed features when choosing your color scheme.

When you are selecting a new green roofing option for a home that has stone details, make sure to find a color that pairs well with the colors in the stone without competing for attention. By pairing the colors of these two important permanent features you will have more options for the colors you use on the siding and trim.

Simulated shake or slate paired with stone details on a home exterior

Above you see four great color options for DaVinci shake tiles that would blend beautifully with the color of the stone. A neutral siding will work but so will a stronger hue because when the colors of the fixed features work together you don't have to find a color that brings together two mismatched permanent elements

Even when the color works, a home having the fixed features all in the same color range is a better solution. For example, on the home below the black roof works but a using a charcoal, or gray closer to the color of the grout, would give the homeowners more options for changing the main and accent colors of the home later on.

A gray plastic roofing material would have been a better choice than the black

So, as you consider your color scheme, always remember to look first at the fixed features of your home. If the colors of those elements harmonize, the task of finding other colors will be a breeze. If not, then the task isn't as easy because you will need to find a color that works with one or more permanent colors. This is not always easy and you may want to consider asking a professional color consultant to help you.

If you need assistance in choosing the perfect color for your new roof, you can download copy of my free color guide FRESH Home Exterior Colors: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home. This step-by-step guide shows you exactly what you need to know in order to create a cohesive look and achieve maximum curb appeal. As well, you can always submit your photo along with a request for help to me at "Ask the Color Expert". I'll guide you in choosing a color roofing that blends with the fixed features of your home so picking the rest of your colors is a breeze.


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