Exterior siding not only protects a home’s structure from the elements and provides insulation, but also makes a strong visual statement. Most of us are familiar with the various forms of traditional cladding, but when it comes to modern exterior cladding designs, the options extend beyond standard brickwork or horizontally laid exterior cladding.
Today, there are a wide variety of siding styles available. These range from traditional wood and natural stone siding to composite, brick, vinyl, aluminum, steel, concrete, ceramic, fiber cement, fiberboard, glass and metal.
All siding styles can be installed in different creative ways. And cladding is no longer limited to walls; Today, we coat kitchens, ceilings, landscaping, fences and more.
Once you’ve explored the types of siding available, mixing and matching is just a matter of taste. So here are some creative siding design ideas for your next project.
Why go horizontal when you can go vertical?
Contemporary timber cladding in Australian homes often follows the traditional layout of timber planks laid horizontally. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the new trend is to run the boards vertically and, from an ecological perspective, to use a reliable composite to help save our forests.
Vertical lines give a sense of height and emphasis to a particular part of the building. Also, in areas where tall trees or hills and mountains form a backdrop, the vertical lines draw the eye upward to take in the beautiful scenery and the house doesn’t seem dwarfed in comparison.
As an example, this architecturally designed home in Scarborough, WA, built by Broadwater Builds, features NewTechWood ShadowUH61 Castellation siding in Ipe, installed vertically.
Additionally, this two-story home in NSW built by Clarendon Homes features NewTechWood Castellation siding in Ipe. When combined with other building materials, wood-look exterior cladding can create an accentuated feature that divides large areas, adding character and warmth.
This vertical installation uses NewTechWood’s Shadowline US31 teak siding.
Of course, some designs require a traditional horizontal installation for authenticity. For example, Hampton-style exterior cladding, the archetypal Aussie cottage or traditional Queenslander cladding, as shown here.
Mix wood/composite cladding profiles
Building a contemporary style home gives you free rein to install your contemporary cladding in a way that suits you, so why not mix and match cladding profiles for something different? Your design can make an impact not only with multi-directional siding, but also by using different siding styles and even contrasting colors, as shown in the examples below.
Here, the architect not only opted for two different cladding products (metal cladding and wood look), but also installed it in two different directions, vertically and horizontally.
Even though everything is in the same color, the visual effect is eye-catching and adds a modern element. The size of the panels used will also determine whether they are best laid out vertically or horizontally. Vertical panels produce a taller visual, while horizontally arranged panels produce a larger visual.
In the image below, the right side of the window is clad vertically with NewTechWood Castellation in Ipe, unlike the top and left sides, which run horizontally. To really change things up, the designer chose a different NewTechWood decking profile, Shadowline in another color for the bench/table and further contrasted with the NewTechWood decking in Antique.
Why be the same, when you can mix and match?
Modern dwellings don’t feature many exterior embellishments, with a preference for a more minimalist look using clean, simple lines. The challenge then becomes how to look interesting, while still being clean and simple. Mixing contemporary exterior cladding materials is a trending design technique, adding diversity and personality to otherwise cookie-cutter home styles. Plus, it adds immense curb appeal.
For example, combining brick with cladding panels or plaster with cladding. Or, according to this architectural design home in Karrinyup, WA, why not combine all three? This home is a visual feast, featuring NewTechWood Walnut Shadowline Siding, installed vertically, and contrasting perfectly with the various siding formats and colors that surround it.
Another eye-catching idea is to mix modern stone cladding with wood/composite like in these examples below, using NewTechWood Castellation cladding in distressed wood. It’s as stunning on the ceiling as it is on the wall, against the raw beauty of the two different styles of stone cladding. Consider other combinations with wood-look siding, such as glass and metal, which will also add interesting dimensions to your style.
Who said fencing had to be boring?
You can stick to these clear and simple lines to clad your fence, and for some landscaping, it would be an essential part of the overall design concept. Let’s face it, even with a simple horizontal siding installation – as shown in this pool fence using NewTechWood’s Shadowline in silver gray – the effect is sleek and definitely giving the “Jones” a hard time.
However, the beauty of using sheathing panels to hide an ugly fence or provide an exciting new fence is that you can go in any direction. The fence below is a centerpiece in its own right; a real accent wall that catches the eye as soon as you enter the garden. This beauty uses NewTechWood’s Castellation siding in Ipe.
Then again, if you really want to show off, why stop there?
If you want to stand out on the street and make such a bold statement that your neighbors will have their work cut out trying to outdo it, you can unleash your creative genius and come up with a design like this, using cladding profiles NewTechWood in Aged Wood. Takes your breath away, doesn’t it?
Forget the outside! What about inside?
Want a Scandinavian vibe or a rustic country look? Dress your ceiling and/or your walls with a wood-look covering, or dress a single wall as an accent wall. For that popular Scandi look, paint it white, as these examples show.
Any room can be instantly upgraded by adding Hamptons-style upholstery (in white, black or gray tones) to walls, ceilings or cabinetry.
Why stop at walls and ceilings?
There are myriad creative uses for siding outside of the traditional. Take the modern kitchen, for example. Island benches are a kitchen feature found in most modern homes, and designers are always looking for ways to stand out, especially in all-white kitchens.
These two kitchen islands below use NewTechWood Castellation siding, but they would also look great using brick or stone siding, depending on the overall style the designer wants to achieve.
Admittedly, if these islands had been all white, or all grey, these kitchen spaces wouldn’t be as appealing.
And let’s not close the door to spruce up other fixtures and accessories in and around the home. This front door below has been cleverly camouflaged with NewTechWood Castellation siding to match the side panels.
The owners of the property in the image below were so in love with NewTechWood’s Castellation siding that they didn’t stop at the walls and front door, but included their garage door as well. The darker wood-look cladding creates a stark contrast to the lighter stone paneled wall.
Make good use of leftovers
The remaining pieces of coating should also not be wasted. Consider using scraps for projects such as planters, seating, or cube houses.
The planter below built by Decking Out Melbourne uses NewTechWood Castellation siding. The stone cladding would also have looked outstanding if the overall design was rustic in nature.
Or give the Joneses an extra chance to get their money’s worth with a stylish chicken coop. The one below uses NewTechWood’s Shadowline maple cladding on the roof and was designed and built for the Padbury Child Care Center in Perth. A smart carpenter knows that nothing should ever go to waste!
Of course, you don’t have to be so forward-thinking in your siding design choices, but you get an idea of the possibilities.
And if you would like to discuss these possibilities further, feel free to contact our friendly team for advice.