Create a Custom Exterior with Multiple Sidings

Update the look of your home by combining siding styles. It’s easier than you think.

1. Highlight architectural details. One of the easiest and most effective ways to incorporate multiple sidings is to select one type of siding for the body of the house and then use a decorative accent siding to call attention to the home’s architectural features. This classic craftsman uses traditional clapboard siding on the body of the home and Cedar Impressions® Double 7” Straight Edge-Rough-Split Shakes to highlight the dormers and gables over the front porch. The color was kept consistent so the distinction is subtle but the final result is impactful.

Get the look: Body: Restoration ClassicTM Siding, Charcoal Gray; Gables/dormers: Cedar Impressions® Double 7” Straight Edge-Rough-Split Shakes, Charcoal Gray

2. Create depth. Textural accents can also be used to break up large expanses. Here Cedar Impressions Double 7” Straight Edge Perfection Shingles were used under the eaves to add visual interest in the absence of windows or other architectural features.

Get the look: Body: Restoration Classic, Cypress; Eaves: Cedar Impressions Double 7” Straight Edge Perfection Shingles, Cypress

3. Add color and texture. “Pops” of color don’t need to be reserved for the door. Working color and texture into your siding design is an easy way to increase curb appeal.  Here half-round shingles were used with a beaded clapboard siding adding more drama and depth. Accent colors of Cypress and Autumn Red match the rest of the home’s trim. 

Get the look: Body: Carolina BeadedTM Siding, Heritage Cream; Gable: Cedar Impressions® 6 ¼” Half-Round Shingles, Heritage Cream, Cypress, Autumn Red

4. Follow Nature’s Lead. Not sure where to begin? Look around. Your natural surroundings are a great place to start. Here rough-hewn cedar shakes take inspiration from the stone work along the home’s base and surrounding property.

Get the look: Body: Restoration Classic, Cypress; Gables: Cedar Impressions Double 9" Staggered Edge Rough-Split Shakes, Natural Clay

5. Go vertical. Playing with texture is not the only way to add visual interest to the exterior of your home. Try using orientation as well. To create this uniquely modern look, homeowners paired alternating wide and narrow Board & Batten vertical siding with Cedar Impressions Double 7" Straight Edge Perfection Shingles.

Get the look: Body: Board & Batten – Single 8”, Sterling Gray; Cedar Impressions® Double 7” Straight Edge Perfection Shingles, Sterling Gray 

6. Keep it in the family. Introducing multiple colors can be tricky especially for those of us without a design degree. So keep it simple and stay in the same color family. This house uses a dark sable brown on the base of the house and a lighter, wicker brown in the gables, giving this classic bungalow a rich design. Still not sure of your color selections? Try ColorCoach for designer-selected color combinations.

Get the look: Body: Monogram® Double 4” siding, Sable Brown; Gables: Northwoods® Single 7” Straight Edge Rough-Split Shakes, Savannah Wicker

7. Don’t do everything. While there are no set rules, it is best to limit yourself to one or two areas of focus. While this house features three different siding applications, the color palette was limited to a main color and an accent, both which blend seamlessly with the home’s existing stonework.

Get the look: Body: CedarBoardsTM Insulated Siding, Cypress (both horizontal and vertical application); Eaves: Cedar Impressions® Double 9” Staggered Rough-Split Shakes, HearthStone

With so many siding options now available in easily coordinated color combinations there is no need to settle for a basic, out-of-the-box exterior. Visit CertainTeed’s Design Center for more inspiration and design tools to help you get started or download the iDreambookTM interactive app for even more inspiration.