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Midwest home exteriors that nod to nature

Color selection can be easy.

Get the Midwest Rustic Look

While working with clients, the process seams easy until it comes time to choose a color scheme.

One approach has helped my clients:  Play off nature.

A suburban house in a wooded area could feel right at home clad in Heathered Moss. Or a lake house inspired by the nearby ravine could look ravishing in a bold blue tone, such as Boothbay Blue.

With the range of James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology colors, you can browse cool, warm, fresh, light, dark and neutral tones all inspired by the outdoors.

Here are a few Midwest home exteriors that nod to nature.

Neutral on the green

This suburban beauty is clad in HardiePlank® lap siding in Autumn Tan and HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White. The main siding color stands out in the warm sun against the bright green grass and trees. Playing off the home’s stone foundation, this home’s palette combines earthy colors that feel natural, yet stand out in their lushly landscaped location.


Cottage in the trees

This Midwest home feels like an extension of the nature that surrounds it. The siding in Heathered Moss blends nicely with the tall trees and fresh mulch. The red accents, natural wood details and the soft lighting makes this home even more inviting.


Inspired by the lake

This Wisconsin lake house is clad in straight edge HardieShingle® siding and HardiePlank lap siding, both in Evening Blue. When paired with HardieTrim boards in Arctic White, the palette comes across nautical and classic. The welcoming lighting shining through the wall of windows make this lake house feel cozy, and with a breeze blowing through the trees, you can almost smell the nearby lake.


Let your scenery inspire your siding selections—go natural, go wild, go with the ColorPlus Technology palette.

Yes, siding can be a pleasant experience.

Best for you all,

Mike Schmidt