Selecting the perfect siding color for your house is a fun and exciting process! But when you start to think about choosing one shade that will flawlessly coordinate with your home’s other exterior features, you might begin to feel overwhelmed.
You don’t have to select a color for your house on your own—we are here to help. We love working with James Hardie® because of the long-lasting, gorgeous James Hardie siding colors available to homeowners.
The guide below includes professional tips and basic design principles to help you choose a timeless siding shade that you’ll love for decades to come.
5 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Color for Your Home
1. The Color Wheel
Understanding the color wheel can help you choose complementary colors for your home’s siding, trim, roofing, and more. The color wheel is divided into 12 color sections that can be used to locate colors that coordinate.
- Analogous colors are located to the left and right of a specific color on the color wheel. Using analogous colors will result in a soothing color palette that gives your home a relaxed look.
- Complementary colors are located on the opposite side of a specific color on the color wheel. Using complementary colors will result in a bold color palette that will offer high contrast for your home. Complementary colors have been a popular color trend in recent years.
- A triad is a color combination found when a color is selected and paired with the two colors located to the right and left of the color’s complement. Using a triad will result in a varied color palette that will give your home a low contrast look.
2. Warm vs. Cool Tones
- Warm tones include reds, oranges, and yellows and are inviting colors. Houses with warm-toned siding typically appear larger than homes with cool-toned siding. Warm tones are most commonly used in the southern areas of the country.
- Cool tones include blues, greens, and purples. Cool tones are calming and relaxing and commonly used as siding colors in the country’s northern areas.
Keep in mind that your neighbors’ home colors, the natural elements surrounding your house, and the color of your roof can all help you to determine if warm tones or cool tones will work best for your home.
3. Less vs. More Color
When choosing a color scheme for your home, you might be wondering if less is more. The answer? It depends.
- Traditional homes usually consist of three colors: the siding, trim, and accent color.
- Architectural homes can use more than three colors. A second body or extra trim color can help this style of home to stand out.
- Certain styles of homes look best with less than three colors. If your home does not have a natural way to divide color, use a natural color scheme for the best look.
When choosing colors for your home, remember that one color will be the dominant color, and the other colors will be accent colors—each color should not be used in equal amounts.
4. Dark Trim vs. Light Trim?
Since your eyes are naturally drawn to lighter colors, choosing a trim color that is lighter than your siding color will work best to accent your home’s interesting features. Regardless of which shade you choose, your trim’s color should always complement the color of your siding.
James Hardie Siding Colors
The following siding colors are available to Indianapolis homeowners from James Hardie’s Statement Collection™:
- Arctic White—pure, classic white
- Cobble Stone—creamy, taupe-based neutral
- Navajo Beige—classic neutral that complements the architectural style
- Monterrey Taupe—taupe-based color with dark undertones
- Khaki Brown—warm, mid-tone brown
- Timber Bark—elegant, deep gray-brown
- Pearl Gray—elegant, soft white-neutral
- Light Mist—soft, light gray with a hint of cool blue
- Gray Slate—cozy, rustic neutral
- Night Gray—sophisticated, dramatic dark hues
- Boothbay Blue—soothing, soft blue
- Evening Blue—classy, striking deep blue
- Aged Pewter—warm, weathered gray
- Iron Gray—bold, elegant gray
- Deep Ocean—modern, rich blue
- Mountain Sage—natural, mid-tone green
- Countrylane Red—rural, farmhouse deep red
- Woodstock Brown—natural, versatile brown
- Rich Espresso—mysterious, rich brown
- Heathered Moss—fresh, subtle spring green
Experiment with different colors and styles using the James Hardie Home Color Tool to choose your home’s perfect color combination with confidence.
7. James Hardie Siding Options
James Hardie fiber cement siding can add attractive, long-lasting durability to your home. Here are some of James Hardie’s most popular siding options:
HardiePlank® Lap Siding—As North America’s most popular siding brand, HardiePlank lap siding offers a timeless design that will never go out of style.
Aspyre® Collection by James Hardie—Elevate your home’s appearance to a work of art. The Aspyre Collection offers you versatility in architectural design to create a bold, vibrant look for your home.
Artisan® Collection by James Hardie—Add an elegant, attractive appearance to your home with the nuances of natural wood offered in the Artisan Collection by James Hardie.
HardieShingle® Siding— Perfect for Cape Cod and cottage-style home, HardieShingle siding combines cedar shingles’ authenticity with the durability only James Hardie can offer.
HardiePanel® Vertical Siding—Use HardiePanel Vertical siding with farmhouse-style or modern homes to create either a rustic or minimalistic look.
Add Gorgeous, Long-Lasting Color to Your Home’s Exterior with James Hardie Siding
If you’re still not confident about your siding color scheme, don’t worry—we can help.
For over 15 years, JD Hostetter has helped hundreds of satisfied Indiana homeowners with professional siding installation as a James Hardie Elite Preferred Siding Contractor. Our team is ready to help you choose the perfect siding color so that you can fall in love with your home all over again. Learn how James Hardie siding can transform your home!