Fiber cement siding is a ventilated facade made of polymer material. The material got its name due to its chemical composition. The product is manufactured from artificial or natural fiber (cellulose fibers) and cement. Quartz sand, water, and mineral additives are added to them. James Hardie used this type of siding to develop stylish solutions for modern houses. Thus, 9 original colors are distinguished in his palette:
- Arctic White
This type of James Hardie siding looks like snow. It seems that buildings are cold if one touches them. When looking at Arctic White siding, winter, snow-white peaks of Swiss mountains, and other related associations are born in mind. The color is perfect for roofs or walls of summer terraces.
- Shou Sugi Ban
This color was taken from Japanese practices. If you look at this shade, a sense of nobility and richness will surround you. The color reminds users of a dark wood poured with red cedar. The Japanese used this technology to protect wood from rodents, insects, animals, and environmental influences. A rich dark shade is chosen for finishing aristocratic houses.
- Night Gray
Do you want your house to look sophisticated? This shade will perfectly cope with this task. When being compared with even darker colors or used monochromatically, your buildings will turn into a shelter for noble people who appreciate minimalism in every detail.
- Cobble Stone
This shade creates a neutral feeling. It serves as a blank sheet for further improvisations. However, when matched with darker shades, this color gets a gorgeous tint. It looks incredibly noble and deep. So, it is advisable to use it with a background of darker tints.
- Rearl Gray
Do you want to stick to classics? This shade will be the right choice for you. Truly elegant and neutral, it matches well both modern contemporary and traditional styles. The color will match perfectly a front door or create a colorful ensemble with garage doors.
- Iron Gray
Here’s another gray shade. By the way, gray is the color of noble and respectful people. That is why so many shades are found in the Hardi’s palette. This shade looks dramatic and elegant at the same time. This tint looks especially beneficial when coupled with stone or bricks. Another perfect match is when it is used as a background for Arctic White.
- Aged Pewter
Mix neutral beige and dark gray, and you’ll get this awesome shade. It matches both front and rear facades and is used for finishing doors, corners, and garages.
- Boothbay Blue
Having been inspired by the beauty of an endless ocean, this deep blue shade appeared. The color matches well white or beige shades. The color is associated with the calmness of the ocean but evokes a feeling of unpredictability. Such a stylish siding solution will hypnotize passers-by.
- Timber Bark
This color takes us back to the Middle Ages and makes us recall those buildings made of bricks. Do you want your house to be close to nature and have a forest theme? Mix it with neutral beige shades, and you’ll get a wonderful forest hose. The shade is perfect for both living premises and second suits.
Tips on how to Match and Mix Colors
Here’re some tips on how to match shades to achieve certain visual effects:
- As a rule, the plinth and roof are made in one shade, and the walls – are in another. Corners can be made in the tone of the basement or walls, or contrasting (most often white). In the first case, the house will look smaller and neater, in the second – more spacious. Openings, spotlights, and gutters can have a contrasting shade or match the basement.
- Light colors enlarge the space. Siding of light, pastel shades is good for small buildings to make them visually bigger.
- Dark shades make the house visually smaller. This finish is suitable for large cottages to make them look sophisticated.
- For buildings of complex architectural shapes, contrast is used. Walls are made in one color, and all the protruding elements are in another.
- A dark basement and light walls are a classic combination. The color of the plinth can (but not necessarily) match the roof and is reinforced with corner elements, window, and door openings.
The color palette is wide. So, if you decide to restyle your premises with siding, any dream will be fulfilled.