Top 9 James Hardie (Hardie Board) Siding Colors

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Our designers have been using James Hardie‘s Hardie Board siding more and more often. Hardie Board siding colors come in a rich tapestry of shades that make your property come alive. Here are some of our favorite siding colors by James Hardie.

At brick&batten, we design homes for clients who want to breathe new life into their siding. This includes everything from painting over the home’s existing color to choosing a siding color for a new build. Whether you’re ready to execute your own exterior design or don’t even know where to begin, having a professional exterior designer on your side helps. Our expert designers will identify ideas to update details you might have missed and will bring an outside perspective to help you solve problems. No matter what stage you’re at in the home exterior update process, the virtual exterior designers at brick&batten can bring out your home’s fullest potential.

Why Fiber Cement Siding?

James Hardie (Hardie Board) siding is engineered for sustainability. The fiber cement material is durable and doesn’t crack in the cold, as vinyl may, or expand in the heat like wood. It resists harsh climates and withstands UV rays, snow storms, freezing temperatures, and strong winds. James Hardie also has a HardieZone system that ensures you receive the right product for your region and climate needs.  

Hardie Board Siding Colors Technology

Always on the quest for the perfect color, Hardie offers siding and trim primed and ready for on-site painting. They also offer Color Plus Technology, which is done at their location and lasts longer than a typical paint job. Prior to you receiving it, they utilize a machine to paint the siding. The machine uses 50% more paint than an average painter. It resists fading, chipping, and cracking and looks better, longer.

Some of Our brick&batten Favorites

Now that you know the magic behind our favorite siding colors by James Hardie, it’s time to see some examples of these shades in action. With over 700 colors and styles, Hardie Board siding colors work in diverse environments to create incredible homes. While everyone has their own favorites, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Jamies Hardie colors to give you an idea of the essence they can bring to your home.

Before and after of a newly-constructed home with the original blueprint serving as the before photo. Combining stone and painted Jamies Hardie (Hardie Board) siding color in Shou Sugi Ban, the home combines wooden garage doors with the gray exterior for a natural look.

#1 // Shou Sugi Ban

From the Hardie Dream Collection, Shou Sugi Ban is derived from the ancient Japanese practice of preserving wood by charring and finishing it with a natural oil. The Japanese did this with red cedar to make the wood resistant to animals, rot, decay, fire, while also creating a layer of carbon. The practice provides a rich, dark finish that brings out the strong natural characteristics of the wood. Shou Sugi Ban’s stunning color gives a home a bold sense of character.

Virtual exterior design of a contemporary Colonial home with James Hardie (Hardie Board) siding color of Arctic White. Set back behind a flat front yard and a driveway, the home has a small covered porch area with rocking chairs.
Virtual exterior design of a unique home featuring Jamies Hardie Hardie Board Arctic White. Following a curved stone walkway up to the front door, the home has a gated front area under a small brick wall, and leads up to the multi-level home that's set behind a series of mature trees.

#2 // Arctic White

Arctic White has a crisp beauty that feels clean and fresh. Reminiscent of winter’s snow, it features subtle elements of gray, particularly in lower light. It works for painting your home’s whole exterior or complementing darker hues. Arctic White pairs well with accent colors, stone, and natural wood. Keep your fixed elements, like landscape, roof color, driveway, soffits, and windows in mind. You’ll want the colors of all of these exterior features to play well together.

Before and after of two different homes using Jamies Hardie Cobble Stone color. The first is a single-story home with a spacious front yard and driveway, and a stone walkway that leads up to a covered entryway. The second photo is a contemporary lakefront home with a dock and sitting area in front of the contemporary-style home that has large oversized windows in front of a rural setting with plentiful trees changing color for autumn.

#3 // Cobble Stone

Neutrals are wonderful for their adaptability. James Hardie’s Cobble Stone is a classic neutral that embraces warmth while blending with other environments. Because of its taupe base, Cobble Stone looks stunning beside darker colors that bring out its warm undertones. Consider the pop of a black front door, which serves as an extra dose of color paired with a neutral like Cobble Stone. This color palette is the perfect blend of sophisticated and inviting.

Before and after of a newly-constructed home using Jamies Hardie Night Gray along with wooden accents and a lighter beige tone to bring out the series of arches. A curbed stone front walkway with tiered stone and landscaping leads up to the covered front entryway.
Before and after of a newly-renovated home using James Hardie Hardie Board siding color Night Gray along with a darker black on the shutters and Seapearl color on the trim to bring out the series of arches. A wooden deck leads up to the home, where a quaint sitting area and potted plants now welcome guests at the wooden front door.

#4 // Night Gray

A gorgeous warm gray that provokes a sophisticated, modern feeling, Night Gray is ideal for homeowners that want to go dark but don’t want to go all the way black. It can even be paired with a darker trim for a more contemporary look, or alongside a lighter trim for more traditional vibes. Consider using James Hardie’s Night Gray in conjunction with Arctic White as a trim, or with Pearl Gray (see #7 below) as an accent color.

Before and after of a contemporary home using James Hardie Hardie Board siding color Iron Gray on the main house section. Flanked by two garages with dark-colored doors, the home has a large motor court in front. A covered entrance on each side leads into the main section of the home, which has plants in the front and a raised patio area with chairs.
Before and after of a two-story home with a stone walkway and landscaping in front that leads to the first floor, which is composed of brick. With large glass windows and a sliding door in front, the home has a covered entrance. The second story is a James Hardie Iron Gray, and features three windows.

#5 // Iron Gray

Dramatic yet elegant, James Hardie Iron Gray makes no excuses for its bold look. The rich tone is ideal when used to complement brick or stone, but also functions well on its own. Another wonderful use of Iron Gray is as a darker tone along with James Hardie’s Arctic White.

Before and after of a modern ranch-style home with an updated front porch awning with columns, new garage door, and the main section painted in James Hardie Hardie Board siding color Pearl Gray

#6 // Pearl Gray

Embracing true elegance, Pearl Gray is a subtle neutral. Easily adaptable to the environment around it, it’s a shade that’s polished and understated. While Pearl Gray functions well as an exterior siding color for an entire home, consider it alongside a bolder tone, like on a dark garage door or front door. Pearl Gray can be a strong asset to both traditional and contemporary styles, creating an environment that’s classic and unassuming.

We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.

Before and after of a home with a stone walkway, front yard, and landscaping that leads to the front door. The home has been repainted using James Hardie Boothbay Blue and a lighter white color on the trim and large barn door-style garage door.

#7 // Boothbay Blue

The beauty of the ocean is unparalleled, and James Hardie’s Boothbay Blue encapsulates that natural wonder with a soothing shade that’s not overpowering. Paired with a white trim, it’s a homey, welcoming color scheme that’s clean and bright. Another option is Boothbay Blue alongside a neutral beige color, like James Hardie’s Platform Beige (part of the Dream Collection). This soft combination with subtle textures blends well with the landscape around a home.

A before and after of a contemporary raised ranch home which has undergone significant renovations. Now, the home features oversized windows and James Hardie Aged Pewter siding color. Under a leafy canopy, the home features a series of steps up to the front door and tiered landscaping in front.
A completed stone home is partially painted with James Hardie Hardie Board siding color Aged Pewter, a peaceful gray color. The home has a beautiful front yard with lush landscaping, and a covered front entry that leads inside.

#8 // Aged Pewter

Gray is back and better than ever. James Hardie’s Aged Pewter is a weathered gray that’s warm and adaptable. It’s a popular pick to use with warm beiges and even lighter gray tones. If you’re looking to create a strong look, consider using Aged Pewter with darker colors for a more dramatic look. Another option is using this tone alongside natural stonework for a rich, balanced effect.

A brick home which is partially painted with James Hardie Hardie Board siding color Timber Bark, a deep green color. The home has a beautiful front walkway with stunning landscaping, and a covered front entry.

#9 // Timber Bark

There’s something wonderful about a color that never goes out of style, and Timber Bark is just that. A deep gray-brown shade, it’s ideal as the main color for your home, or as an accent to brick or natural stone. If you’re looking for a brown shade that’s more of a middle ground, Timber Bark is a James Hardie siding color that creates depth without darkness. Add in white or a neutral shade as a trim, for instance, and your home will pop with originality.

Creative Possibilities with Our Favorite Hardie Board Siding Colors

Searching for the perfect color and replacing siding is a major project. However, James Hardie’s diverse offerings provide a way to customize your home’s exterior. Our favorite siding colors by James Hardie are a blend of function and style that combine unique beauty and high performance. They also offer a variety of possibilities for the future. If you want to paint over Hardie Board siding colors, you can easily do so. Not only is James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology reliable, but you have to freedom to customize your option. That’s the magic of Hardie Board.

There are a lot of important elements that make up exterior design. While that can make updating your home’s exterior feel like a significant undertaking, it also means there are a lot of ways to make your home special. If you’re ready to make a change, check out client questions we’ve already answered here. When you get a brick&batten design, you partner with our team of professionals, who are specialists in color and design materials. We’ll help you select a color and style for your siding and give you a rendering like those above, so you can see an example of your dream home design. Get started today.