An awning is a wonderful way to make a patio more comfortable and extend its use even during rainy days. The convenient covers also add style to the exterior of the home, as the color of the canopy can change the entire look of the yard.
How do you choose the right color for your awing? Colors influence mood, repel or absorb heat, and may even deter insects. Keep these tips in mind as you make the right choice for your home.
Accentuate the Home
An important consideration is how well a color will work with the exterior paint or siding. A trendy style today is to include black accents for drama and elegance. A vibrant color will stand out and draw attention when added to homes with neutral exteriors like gray or beige. And dark shades of brown, gray, and even a deep forest green can add visual appeal to a red brick home.
Patterns enable homeowners to include a lot of color and style in their design. Choose a pattern where one color in the design matches the house color. Similar colors will ensure the patio cover complements the home rather than clash. Take a small swatch that matches the home color exactly when you shop for awnings to ensure everything works together.
Keep Heat Away
Any awning will lower the temperature in the shaded area. The addition of an awning also helps to reduce the heat that enters the home. Windows and doors with southern exposure can have a 65-percent reduction in heat gain with the addition of an awning. However, the color choice can affect the amount of heat the canopy blocks from reaching the patio.
Dark colors absorb sunlight, and light colors reflect it. A lighter shade of any color will usually keep the patio cooler than the darker tones in that same color. The most reflective color is white, but many people refrain from all white canopies due to the challenge of keeping them clean.
Compromises like a patterned fabric or the use of a dark exterior material with a white interior panel on the awning can help to create the right balance of light and heat reflection. You can adapt your awning's design to produce the effect you prefer.
Encourage Certain Emotions
Choose colors that promote feelings of relaxation and calm if you want your backyard to seem more like a serene getaway. Blue is tranquil, green is refreshing and calm, and purple can feel elegant and luxurious.
Homeowners that use their patios as home offices or art studios may want to select red or yellow to boost energy and confidence. And a quiet, yet elegant atmosphere is possible with the use of brown, black or gray. Choose patterns that use these dark colors rather than one solid swath of darkness to prevent the patio from having a bland, ominous, or unwelcoming feel.
Repel Some Insects
Some insects will show up no matter what color awning you choose, but certain shades may help to reduce the population. Unfortunately, different insects have their own color preferences too, so no one color will deter every type of bug. In general, insects swarm more around the colors that are the easiest for them to see.
Choose green and blue if bees and beetles inhabit the neighborhood the most as these colors are the hardest for this type of insect to see. Prevent some mosquitos by staying with brighter colors like white or yellow. Mosquitos prefer dark colors because they see those colors the easiest.
The best color is the one that appeals to the homeowner most. At Sunstate Awning, we also know that the awning must have a durable construction and have an appealing overall design. We work with every client to ensure their patio cover meets their standards in every way. Contact us today to begin designing your awning.