Magnolia Home | James Hardie Collection Colors

The most popular and timeless exterior home siding colors are often colors found in nature. Think about it: earthy greens, soft blues, stone grays, and pure snow white. That’s why James Hardie partnered with Magnolia Home to create a new color collection that was sure to resonate with homeowners. 

As a James Hardie Preferred Remodeler in Naperville, Smardbuild understands the importance of using James Hardie siding for its durability and impeccable style. Let’s talk about what makes James Hardie siding so popular and how they developed the palette for their new collection with Magnolia Home.

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What’s so special about James Hardie siding?

In short, Hardie board siding has unmatched durability while having the appearance and charm of painted wood siding. It’s made using fiber cement technology to create a low-maintenance home exterior. It resists rot, insect damage, and other elements, helping it to last 50 years or more! James Hardie siding is also fire-resistant. The innovative minds at James Hardie even created a HardieZone System that will match the performance of the siding to your climate zone to ensure it will last.

As for style, Hardie Board can match your favorite aesthetic, from traditional to contemporary, and everything in between. Smooth, wood grain and shingle siding in every color they offer gives homeowners and designers the opportunity to create a nearly endless combination of design choices. 


What have been the most popular James Hardie colors?

Durability is obviously important for your most valuable investment–your home. But great style is pretty close to the top of the list when remodeling your home. Many want to make sure they choose colors that are popular but also timeless. 

Colors of Hardie Board that have been top picks by designers and homeowners for years include:

  • Arctic White
  • Boothbay Blue
  • Aged Pewter
  • Light Mist
  • Mountain Sage

A brand new palette: Magnolia Home | James Hardie 

James Hardie partnered with Magnolia Home to release a brand new palette of sixteen colors that feel fresh but classic. Joanna Gaines is the mastermind behind the creation of these beautiful, sophisticated, and nature-inspired hues. 

How did Joanna Gaines carefully choose the color palette for the collection?

“I wanted to see these siding colors at every time during the day because as anybody knows–as the sun sets, and as it rises, as it’s cloudy, sunny–your exterior can take on a whole new look and I really wanted to make it easy for the homeowner. I wanted to see these colors in every light because I want to make sure the homeowner when they pull up to that house, no surprises.”  - Joanna Gaines


Joanna Gaines of Magnolia Home and the team at James Hardie worked to choose colors that homeowners would be excited about and colors that have been on people’s minds, including a variety of shades in green and gray. 

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the stand-out colors from the collection: 

  • Wandering Green: A deep leafy green with an olive undertone that’s warm and comforting
  • Chiseled Green: A medium hue with blue undertones that would pair perfectly with white trim for a crisp look
  • Last Embers: It’s a deep, dramatic, and moody color that’s reminiscent of a midnight sky
  • Stone Paver: The perfect warm light gray neutral color that’s bright but muted
  • Slate Steps: This medium gray has soft blue tones that create a cool palette

The variety of colors spans the full spectrum from calming to bold and from cool and bright to warm and earthy. 

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Which style of Magnolia Home | James Hardie siding is right for your home?

James Hardie offers the Magnolia Home collection in panel, shingle, and plank in both smooth and Select Cedarmill, which features a realistic wood grain pattern. Each siding style in different textures will work with many different home styles. 

Shingle siding has a classic, nearly rustic feel, especially in the Select Cedarmill finish. Shingle siding in a smooth finish brings this classic into modern times. Bungalows, craftsmen, and cottages look fantastic with this option. Shingles are also popularly used on gables. 

Panel vertical siding looks great on both contemporary homes and farmhouse homes. The vertical lines take on very different looks when you choose between smooth or Select Cedarmill. 

Plank is likely the most versatile of every siding style. Plank siding works great with craftsman, bungalow, modern farmhouse, Cape Cod, Greek revival, ranch–the list goes on. 


Work with a James Hardie Preferred Remodeler

At Smardbuild, we understand the pride a homeowner feels when they pull into the driveway to see a beautiful and stylish home. We take pride in knowing that your Naperville area home is protected by the best siding product in the industry. Every member of our team of skilled craftspeople works to ensure your James Hardie siding is a perfect fit.

Smardbuild is part of the James Hardie Contractor Alliance Program, which sets us apart from your standard contractor. We’re outfitted to help you choose the best product for your home. We work directly with the James Hardie company, with the tools, resources, and training to exceed our client’s expectations every time. 

Contact Smardbuild to schedule a consultation and let’s start planning your remodel together! 

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I researched over 30 companies, and had 5 come out to my house to give me estimates to install new vinyl siding. I ended up going with Smardbuild, and I am very happy that I did. They showed up on time, and finished the entire job within a week. And the quality of the work is the best part. They are perfectionists! I have never seen attention to detail like this. They even went above and beyond the job requirements. They installed aluminum flashing around my sliding glass door to make it look nicer, and that was not even part of the job. And to top it off, they installed 2 new wall lanterns that I bought at Home Depot. 

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We used Mark and his Smardbuild team to replace our roof, soffits, fascia, siding, upstairs windows, gutters and front door. All work performed is top notch. We went with Hardie soffits and fascia since we had prior issues with carpenter bees drilling holes in our old, wooden soffits. In my opinion Smardbuild is the best with Hardie products. Everything looks great. It took us a while to finally settle on a color for the siding and Smardbuild was quite patient with our process. After having issues with contractors in the past, it was refreshing to work with such a professional team that actually cares about the quality of their work. Thanks Smardbuild.

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