How We’d Decorate 5 Different Home Styles

November 14, 2017

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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.

1. James Hardie Siding in Evening Blue | 2. Charly Sofa | 3. Bookcase | 4. Coffee Table | 5. Vase | 6. Area Rug | 7. Art | 8. Throw | 9. Leather Chair | 10. Accent Pillow


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 


Trim is in, indoors and out! Complete your home’s exterior with HardieSoffit® panels and HardieTrim® boards to add a clean, finishing touch to porches, columns, doors, windows and more. Drool. 

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.

1. James Hardie Siding in Light Mist | 2. Round Mirror | 3. Tassel Pillow | 4. Green Vase | 5. Portrait Art | 6. Pendant Light | 7. Accent Chair | 8. Sofa | 9. Floor Lamp | 10. Area Rug


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.

1. James Hardie Siding in Rich Espresso | 2. Sofa | 3. Punchy Pillow | 4. Area Rug | 5. Abstract Art | 6. Vase | 7. Wire Sculpture | 8. Floor Lamp | 9. Round Mirror | 10. Planters | 11. Accent Chair


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?














What do you think?

  1. Elisabeth says:

    I’d love to see how you’d do mid-century and rustic style as well! I love them both in moderation. I don’t want my house to look like straight 60’s, and I don’t want everything to look like it’s falling apart. ????

  2. Ginelle says:
    Hit submit before posting the link!

  3. Erin says:

    Love the ideas. But you should change the post titled “modern” to be contemporary style. Modern refers to a specific design time period (1920’s-1950’s with mid-century modern being the most recognized movement of the time) while contemporary design refers to what is current in design trends, which is what was posted. Just like how a sofa and a couch are not the same thing, these terms are not interchangeable. It was one of my interior design professor’s pet peeves that she drilled into us during school and now it’s become one of mine ????

  4. Ginelle says:

    What about a home built in the 80s. I’m not sure what style really fits that? Transitional is what the style I love most. We have hardiplank siding, a cream colored siding and brink with pink undertones. How can I stay true to the style of the home without being outdated? Thanks! Love everything you guys do!!!!

    • Ginelle says:

      This is not our home, but similar. Two dormer windows, pink brick (not brink) and a two stall garage on the side with access from the front of the home. Thanks!

    • Julia says:

      There are a lot (A LOT) Of homes that can work in a lot of different styles. If your home doesn’t have any super time-period style characteristics, then you can mild it into what you’d like it to be

  5. Megan says:

    What about a city loft?? ????

  6. Mel says:

    YES on listening to your house. Don’t try and make a Queen Anne Victorian look like a midcentury ranch, or vice versa. Also I have such a crush on that rattan hanging swing! I have no porch so it might need to live in the living room…swings can be for indoors!

  7. Taylor says:

    This is one of the best sponsored posts I’ve seen. What a great way to provide useful information and showcase their products! Thank you guys!

  8. AmandaKB says:

    Just another person chiming in to say I really like this post!

  9. Kala Morry says:

    I love the benefits and look of the HardieShingle. I’ve been thinking we’d use it when we finally reside out our house but we’ll have to see if we can afford it. I really want to do all shingle siding in a deep navy blue with bright white trim. I can’t what to see what you decide to do when you redo your exterior.

  10. Tanja says:

    Thank you so much Julia. We just bough a lakehouse and I was really excited to see one of the styles you picked was lakehouse. I loved the lamp you had tagged although it’s a bit out of my price range. I will need to use your google trick to try and find something similar for less $$

  11. Leslie says:

    11/10 on the Iron Grey! We just renovated our 12.5′ wide row home (ah!) from a light blue vinyl exterior to Iron Grey Hardiplank, plus some added windows!! We LOVE it and often catch people pausing outside of our house to check it out (which we secretly like after all the work we did!) We’re so glad we took the leap to go for a dark color with HardiPlank.

  12. Tiffany says:

    It would be awesome if you could look @ my house and give me elements to incorporate/build off of. Love your vision! Agreed with the other poster….you guys are on fire lately!

  13. Amy says:

    Take lakehouse and throw in some comfort of cabin, and a few key items from modern and you have us. I hate the old ornate style, I hate bohemian, and hate unauthentic historic feeling items that just don’t relate to us or our favorite that “bring us joy”.

  14. Olivia says:

    So beautiful and inspiring. LOVE the siding on the cabin look, and that throw!

  15. Caroline says:

    I LOVE this post. I have been following and envying you guys for a long time, and have never commented. I felt compelled to comment and tell you how helpful this post was, to appeal to us, your readers, who wish you could help with our homes! Keep these coming, I LOVE the recommendations! What I wouldn’t give to have you see the outside of my house (transitional) and just recommend a roof color and home color which is ship lap :) Thank you!

  16. caroline nolazco says:

    I LOVED this kind of post! You guys have been killing it lately. So excited for the bathroom and THE CABIN. Ive been waiting for you to buy a cabin for forever haha! I’m gonna live vicariously through you!

  17. Brooke says:

    That was fun! I think I could pick a little from each style.

  18. Bryce Perschau says:

    Very fun, interesting post. Might just be my phone, but historic home link #4 for green vase isn’t working.

  19. Sian says:

    What a lovely breakdown, thanks guys! Who knew I was a cabin-lass.

  20. Liz says:

    Love this post! You have such great style. My favorite is the transitional. I love that exterior color. Do you think a dark color like that would be too much on a ranch?

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