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A Guide To The Best Cladding Colours for Your House

Colour — there aren’t many design choices that are quite as important, particularly if you’re cladding your home!

From the ever-popular and versatile to the daring and unusual, let's walk through the most stylish, modern options.

When it comes to cladding, we think solid timber always looks best, but these colours are also available in composite or PVC.

1. Reddish brown — warm, modern and versatile

One of the most perennially-popular choices for house cladding is Western Red Cedar.

This timber species of wood offers an alluring mix of warm reds, browns and salmon pinks that add character and natural beauty to almost any house. These shades can complement your home’s exterior brickwork, or provide a nice contrast.

Vertical orientation is the choice for a particularly contemporary look, but horizontal is no less stylish.

A stylish, modern bungalow with outdoor furniture, sliding doors and vertical Western Red Cedar cladding.
A modern home with white walls, sliding doors and horizontal treated Western Red Cedar cladding.
A stylish, modern bungalow with the door and window area framed with vertical Western Red Cedar cladding.
A modern home with white walls, sliding doors and horizontal treated Western Red Cedar cladding.
The exterior of a house vertically cladded with Western Red Cedar, featuring stylish outdoor furniture and folding doors.

2. Grey — contemporary and Scandi-inspired

Fresh and understated, grey cladding is a hot trend amongst design-led DIYers and architects. Uncomplicated and simple with a nod to everything Nordic, grey creates a modern space that’s ‘at one with nature’ and shuns anything artificial. It’s a versatile neutral backdrop.

Whilst you can achieve the grey look by allowing a quality timber to weather naturally, modern factory treatments ensure a high-performance product that has a uniform, professional finish.

One particularly popular wood protection system for achieving the grey look is S:iOOX, a patented wood modification system. It makes use of silicone nanotechnology to penetrate the wood, transforming its colour and bolstering its exterior durability. With S:iOOX, you can choose between light, medium and darker options.

A modern property with horizontal grey factory-treated cladding and a garden featuring several small trees.
Factory treatments, like S:iOOX, can deliver a stunning, high-performance solution.
A modern property with vertical and horizontal grey factory-treated cladding framing the windows.
The back of a modern building with vertical, factory-treated grey cladding.
An outbuilding with sliding doors and Siberian Larch vertical cladding that has turned grey.
Going grey naturally: quality species like Siberian Larch will silver off over time and look fantastic.
The back of an outbuilding with Siberian Larch vertical cladding that has turned grey.

3. Black — bold and urban

Black cladding is another on-trend urban design favourite, particularly for making a statement.

This look can be achieved through ‘Yakisugi’. Translating literally as ‘burned cedar’, this is a centuries-old Japanese method of wood preservation which involves charring the surface of the wood. The modern version of this would be Chartex® which involves taking a cladding board, structuring the grain with a wire brush to create texture, then applying a factory coated coal black wood stain.

It creates an undeniably arresting and eye-catching structure but with a more robust hard wearing finish that doesn’t flake!

Black cladding doesn’t have to dominate, either — consider using it as a flourish. When used sparingly, it can be surprisingly versatile. Bonus points for matching windows!

A stylish, architecturally-led property with vertical black cladding.
A property and garage with stylish black horizontal cladding and tall windows.
A row of modern properties with black cladding and tall, stylish matching windows.
A property with vertical charred cladding with roof windows.

4. Light and golden — natural beauty in abundance

Another time-honoured favourite for house cladding is Siberian Larch. With characterful, versatile golden browns and yellows, it showcases natural timber at its best.

These golden tones work well in contemporary settings but with a spattering of knots and rich grain also can rest into a rural environment. Again, opt for a vertical profile for a more modern feel.

A house cladded with Siberian Larch, showing its characteristic golden yellow colour.
An outbuilding with vertical Siberian Larch cladding and folding doors, showcasing the species golden yellow colour.
A house and outbuilding cladded vertically with Siberian Larch, showing its stunning golden yellow colour.

5. Medium brown — exotic and intriguing

For a slightly more tropical look, a darker brown theme can be achieved with thermally-treated timber cladding products like Thermo-Nordic Pine (ThermoWood®), Thermo-Tulipwood and Thermo-Ayous.

The modification process during their manufacture not only makes the wood more durable for exterior use, but imparts a versatile medium-brown colour. This mimics the look of tropical hardwoods (without any of the associated expense or environmental damage!).

Again, it’s easier to match these types of colours to your bricks, making for a seamless, stylish addition to your home’s exterior that won’t be too jarring.

A stylish property with a large rectangular window and vertical medium-dark brown cladding.
A new property with glass sliding doors, tall windows and vertical Thermo-Pine cladding (AB Grade).
Thermo-Pine AB grade cladding.
An outbuilding with horizontal Thermo-Ayous cladding.
Thermo-Ayous cladding.

6. … or dare to be different

The great thing about modern timber finishing technology is that any colour is possible. If you want to go bold, a pale blue, terracotta red or olive green shade might be the statement you’re after! Coming soon, check out our new Colourflex® Unique range for some stylish options to set you apart on your project.

Just be sure to check with your local authority — choosing something that’s too out of keeping with the rest of the area could land you in hot water.

Green horizontal cladding on a property.

Whilst ‘white and bright’ is particularly prevalent in the United States, this is another a clean choice. It can complement white PVC windows whilst contrasting with brickwork. To make a subtle statement, you might find a light cream or off-white colour to be a more unique choice.

Brighter colours can be perfect for shaded areas that don’t get so much natural light. They can also make your building look slightly larger.

A close up of white cladding on an exterior wall. AI generated.

Chosen a cladding colour for your next project?

We offer a wide range of quality timber cladding. All of our wood is imported from sustainable sources and machined to profile by us, on site in North Yorkshire.

As well as offering untreated timber — great for showcasing timber at its resplendent natural best — we also offer professional factory finishing on all our cladding products. This allows us to produce any colour or finish that takes your fancy!

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