Choosing your Perfect Shade

As a brand built around enabling great design, we invest considerable time in continually developing our ColourPlus™ Technology colour range. Our premium fibre cement cladding comes pre-finished in an array of durable, fade resistant finishes, perfect for both contemporary and traditional design.

Our full range of 21 colours and natural-looking textures provides plenty of options for designing a classic house in any style. James Hardie® fibre cement cladding is offered in both smooth and cedar finishes, and can also be installed horizontally and vertically, offering the ultimate design flexibility.

Get Inspired

Have a look through our five colour collections to the right. Or have a look through our LookBook or our inspiration page to see different projects.

Tonal Choice

When considering your home design, think about the overall look you want to create.

Mirroring your surroundings is a perfect way to make a property truly belong. To create an elegant facade in rural settings, look to use colours from the environment. In urban locations, take inspiration from local architecture too.

Warm colours evoke excitement. When juxtaposed with their cooler counterparts, warm colours appear larger, more prominent and easier to view.

Cool colours are relaxing and calming. Cooler tones tend
to be the safer choice and are more often associated with contemporary design.

For an elegant, subtle exterior analogous colours are colours that are similar in colour and shade, sharing a common tone (i.e. Boothbay Blue & Light Mist). Most commonly used in a combination of two on a house’s exterior, they work well together when you want to limit contrast and create a calm, serene colour scheme.

For a bolder design statement, complementary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel. They involve two colours, such as red and green. Together, they generate the most contrast, especially when used in their purest, most vibrant form.

Pro answers to common questions

How many colours should I use on my home?

The number of colours used in an exterior scheme depends on the individual home and how many details there are to highlight. Also, this is down to the homeowner’s style and personality: exteriors can be just as subject to individual tastes as interiors are.

Newer architectural styles (and occasionally larger houses) can benefit from more than two colours. By adding a second body or trim colour, you can make your home more visually appealing.

These additional colours should generally be close to each other on the colour wheel, with a slight change in tone or depth. If your home has no natural way to divide colours, don’t force it. Go for a less complex colour combination.

Should my trim be a lighter or darker colour than the body of my home?

Either an exact colour match or lighter trim colours are usually the
best choice, since the eye goes to the lightest colour in a combination first and, in most cases, you are using trim to emphasise your homes most interesting architectural features.

If you have horizontal or vertical banding, you may want to choose it in a different colour than the trim surrounding your windows. You may also want your soffits and eaves to be a different colour than your window trim.

What if I don’t want to use colour,am I being too boring?

As much as colour can add to a house, sometimes it looks best not to use any at all. Don’t be afraid to have an all-white house. White reflects light and will actually appear to vary in tone throughout the day. Plus, you can always play with the colour of your door and other visual elements such as landscaping or porch furniture that come together to create the overall look.

Will a dark body colour make my home look smaller?

A house looks smaller as a result of strong contrast in colours or using light and dark colours together. This is not always a bad thing and can actually enhance design.

If you like deeper colours and don’t want your house to look smaller, then don’t use white trim; instead use a mid-tone-colour trim to make the main colour look brighter

The perfect finish with windows and trims

Trim is that final touch that completes your home’s design. Accentuate corners, columns, fascias, doors, windows and more with our range of both aluminium and fibre cement trims.

Framing your design

Either an exact colour match or lighter trim colours are usually the safest choice, since the eye goes to the lightest colour in a combination first and, in most cases, you are using trim to emphasise your home’s most interesting architectural features.

Bringing definition and depth

For those feeling brave, you can also use contrasting colours on your windows and soffits against your chosen facade to really enhance a home’s design. Anthracite Grey windows can look stunning offset against Pearl Grey or Sail Cloth trim.

Colour is important. It becomes part of the architecture. It is not just something that is applied, it is central to the creative concept

Will Alsop OBE