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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.

Tonal Choice

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

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.

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.

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.

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

We offer eight modern colours in Hardie® VL Plank which include:
  • Arctic White
  • Sail Cloth
  • Light Mist
  • Grey Slate
  • Anthractie Grey
  • Midnight Black
  • Khaki Brown - NEW TO RANGE
  • Chestnut Brown - NEW TO RANGE
Recommended colours

Arctic White

Timeless, snowy neutral with calming, cool grey undertones.

Light Mist

Softly sophisticated, this pale lilachued grey evokes classic lines of Kentish beachfront homes.

Sail Cloth

Soft hues of undyed linen infused with subtle pearly warmth.

Anthracite Grey

A bold modern grey intensified by blue undertones, perfect for creating strongly defined lines.

Grey Slate

A deep warm grey reminiscent of polished antique silver.

Midnight Black

Sleek and velvet dark, a bold modern classic to create maximum impact


Boothbay Blue

Gorgeous grey-based blue inspired by enduring seascape shades.

Chestnut Brown

Charismatic pigmented brown with deep notes of silky chestnut and beautifully aged leather.

Cobble Stone

Contemporary dove-grey neutral with golden undertones.

Iron Grey

Strong statement slate inspired by London’s ornate wrought ironwork.

Khaki Brown

Elements of soft natural timber meld with gentle, grey-green hues.

Monterey Taupe

Subtle neutral undertones of oyster and seashell converge for a shade of timeless Oxfordshire stone.

Pearl Grey

Elegant white-toned neutral inspired from the softest colours in nature, sand and beach-strewn seashells.

Rich Espresso

This classic dark shades subtle brown pigments infuse warmth into a clean grey base.

Evening Blue

Muted gunmetal blue comes alive next to a creamy neutral.

Timber Bark

Intriguingly dark for powerful definition yet imbued with a natural woody softness.

Traditional Red

Warm russet and maple tones bring depth to this autumnal red.

Woodland Cream

Luscious milky pastel inspired by delicate springtime petals.

Heathered Moss

Warm and compelling, a softly greying green to evoke Highlands country life.

Mountain Sage

Moody grey-green infused with muted silver hues to catch the light.

Soft Green

Engaging pastel green shot through with tones of greying skies.


Get the looks

Why build a uniform house when there are so many flexible design options? Let’s use nature as a model and play with different textures, lines and looks. James Hardie offers every possibility you dream of: choose a mix of horizontal, vertical or diagonal cladding to give your home a unique look.

Every house forms part of its scenery, whether urban or rural. That’s why James Hardie products are made to fit in seamlessly. We help to build homes that are in perfect harmony with their surroundings.

The perfect finish with windows and trims

HardieTrim™ finishing 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.


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