This post is sponsored by James Hardie.
When people ask for design advice or how to decorate their homes, the first thing I always say is, “listen to your house.” Location, style and even time period should play a major role in developing a home’s interior style and the best place to start getting a feel for that is with the exterior. I gathered 5 photos of real homes in a variety of styles that all use James Hardie® products. The brand offers a versatile collection of profiles, textures, widths and colors that add authentic, timeless character for any style of home. The truth is, I have a love for just about every style out there so today, I’m excited to share five very different home exteriors and show you how I would decorate the inside of each style of home, including Transitional, Cabin, Historic, Modern and Lakehouse. Can’t wait to hear which one is your favorite!
How about that blue? *Insert all the heart eyes.* If you want your home to stand out (in the best way!), James Hardie® ColorPlus® Technology finishes deliver the ultimate in aesthetics and performance to help keep homes looking beautiful longer than field-applied paint on wood-based or other fiber cement siding. Their rich, thick and consistent finish comes from multiple coats of color being baked onto the siding for a brilliant finish and a strong bond that resists chipping, peeling, cracking and fading.
Get The Transitional Look: A Transitional Home is a cross between modern and traditional and is probably most popular across the board. Clean lines and colors with classic accents that will stand the test of time will have you feeling right at home in this beautiful blue exterior.
James Hardie not only has a variety of colors, but also textures! Here, sleek and strong, HardiePlank® lap siding, and HardieShingle siding (the handcrafted look of cedar with lower maintenance than cedar or wood-based shingles) work together to give this cabin home loads of character.
Get The Cabin Look: Nestled in the woods, or just wish you were? Not all cabins have to be log-style. If you live in the mountains or trees, take a nod from nature and incorporate a lot of organic touches on the interior of your home–faux furs, wood, leathers and cozy textiles all in nature-inspired colors.
1. James Hardie Siding in Heathered Moss and Mountain Sage | 2. Pendleton Throw | 3. Faux Hide Chair | 4. Floor Lamp | 5. Leather Sectional | 6. Antler Chandelier | 7. Wood Cut Art | 8. Stump Side Table | 9. Plaid Pillow | 10. Area Rug | 11. Wire Tray
Get The Historic Look: If your home has an historic past or a look in traditional roots that can’t be denied, these pieces are for you. Rich fabrics and ornate area rugs with traditional turned furniture and show-stopping accents will add all the warmth and character your home deserves.
James Hardie stands behind its siding 100% for 30 years. Even the ColorPlus® Technology has a 15-year limited finish warranty. So you can enjoy some peace of mind knowing that crisp, modern exterior you just designed will look just as crisp for years to come.
Get The Modern Look: No fuss straight lines are the perfect setting for a modern home. Continue those lines and geometry inside with a low-slung sofa, and high contrast accents.
Only James Hardie® siding and trim are specifically designed to withstand the climate where the products are used–like at the lake, or in the mountains or in the hot sun, you can know that your home will maintain the look you love for many years to come. Their siding and trim are engineered to perform beautifully, despite what nature brings. So, even after years of wet or freezing conditions or blistering sun and hot, humid conditions, your exterior will continue to impress with its warm, inviting look.
Get The Lakehouse Look : This easy breezy style takes all of its cues from the water, naturally. Sandy creams, blues and whites with lots of varied textures will keep your interior matching its surroundings.
1. James Hardie Siding in Monterey Taupe and Timber Bark | 2. Adirondack Chair | 3. Art | 4. Decorative Ladder | 5. Planters | 6. Striped Area Rug | 7. Table Lamp | 8. Skirted Sofa | 9. Pillow | 10. Nubby throw | 11. Hanging Swing
When decorating, listen to your house first. Our current home is definitely closest to the transitional style. We’re in a very traditional meets modern neighborhood, but because we’re near the mountains of Idaho, I try to inject a little bit of the cabin style in a transitional way, too. I’ve been playing with James Hardie’s Interactive Home Color Tool on their site, visualizing different siding and trim options on our own home (I got my eye on their Iron Gray)–check it out here. You can also get more exterior inspiration for a variety of home styles right here and order FREE James Hardie samples right here! If preparing these boards taught me anything, it’s that we need one of every style of home–ha! I love them all! Which is your favorite?