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Revealed: The top 5 exterior cladding combinations

What’s your dream home vision? Is it a minimalist Box Modern design? A spacious Scandi Barn build? Perhaps you’d love a relaxed Modern Coastal retreat or a tasteful contemporary extension to a heritage home.

Whatever look you’re seeking, it helps to tap into a curated collection to unlock those design possibilities for you. Hardie™ Architectural Collection is a suite of exterior cladding profiles and textures which can be combined for personalised looks – that unique element that expresses you and delivers unmissable street appeal, inspiring a sense of pride every time you approach your own front door.

But how do you know which cladding products combine best to deliver your vision? Let’s explore:

  1. The design possibilities of Hardie™ Architectural Collection

  2. How to choose the best exterior cladding combination

  3. The benefits of building with cladding from the ground up

What are the different types of cladding in the Hardie™ Architectural Collection?

A suite of seven exterior cladding products, Hardie™ Architectural Collection features both profiles and textures. The profile products, which articulate façades with vertical or horizontal lines and grooves, and often emulate timber boards or metal panels, are:

JH Product Mortises HardieObliqueCladding Square
JH Product Mortises AxonCladding Square
JH Product Mortises LineaWeatherboard Square
JH Product Mortises StriaCladding Square
JH Product Mortises MatrixCladding Square

The embedded texture products, which bring surface differentiation to a façade and offer clever alternatives to materials such as render and concrete, are:

JH Product Mortises HardieBrushedConcrete Square
JH Product Mortises HardieFineTextureCladding Square

All made from Hardie™ fibre cement, the panels arrive pre-primed to be painted any colour, and all of them are designed to pair with others in the range. This provides a design solution that works from the ground up for a whole-of-house approach, making for a quicker, less complex build and delivering the durability benefits that underpin all Hardie™ cladding. More on that later – first, how do you know which combination of cladding styles will work for the modern look you’re after?

Hardie™ Architectural Collection’s top 5 cladding duos

By combining complementary products – typically, a profile and a texture – you can achieve multiple different looks. We’ve selected five cladding duos that combine beautifully, allowing design-conscious homeowners to achieve the best modern looks, whether you’re looking at a double-storey build or a rear extension.

Curated Combination 1

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The effect: This combination of monolithic simplicity and timeless horizontal lines adds up to a distinctly fresh modernism. The vertical ‘brushstrokes’ of Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding give an artisan concrete effect, which is perfect for ground floor executions, with the crisp, clean horizontal lines of Linea™ Weatherboard sitting beautifully above. Justine and Luke Orton of Orton Building selected this combination for their Modern Coastal duplex, having first considered an all-over render approach. The cost benefits and ease of installation prompted them to opt for Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding, which gives a more modern look than the fully rendered Mediterranean style the pair originally considered.

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The modern home look: Modern Coastal, Contemporary Hamptons

Curated Combination 2


The effect: The wide boards and deep grooves of Stria™ Cladding make a bold modern statement, while the Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding celebrates strength and confidence for your ground floor. With any colour choice at your fingertips, you can opt for a bold, single shade or a colour pairing that highlights the contrast in texture and profile. Ideal for contemporary designs that push the envelope.

The modern home look: Box Modern, Mixed Cladding

Curated Combination 3

The effect: This elegant combination leans into the personalisation offered by Hardie™ Oblique™ Cladding, which can be installed in bespoke vertical board combinations. Underpinned by the calm subtlety of Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding’s rendered effect, the result is beautifully cohesive and individual.

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The modern home look: Scandi Barn

Curated Combination 4

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The effect: The soft, natural finish of Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding on a ground floor presents an elegant contrast to the fine, precise lines of Axon™ Cladding’s vertical grooves above. The effect is light and refined, with the first floor appearing to float above the render-look level below.

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The modern home look: Mid-Century Modern, Box Modern

Curated Combination 5

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The effect: Hardie™ Brushed Concrete Cladding’s vertical ‘brushstrokes’ combine with the shifting groove shadows of Hardie™ Oblique™ Cladding, delivering an endlessly interesting façade as the light changes through the day. Distinctly modern, this combination embraces minimalism without ever being dull.

The modern home look: Mid-Century Modern, Box Modern

Whatever combination you choose, don’t forget that all Hardie™ exterior cladding products are pre-sealed for painting with any shade of exterior paint, which opens up yet more opportunities for you to express your personal design vision.

Why build with exterior cladding from the ground up?

With cost of living pressures impacting all Australians, and supply chain issues disrupting many building projects, there are a few important reasons why taking a whole-of-house approach to a cladding build makes sense.

Design versatility

With a curated collection of cladding with distinctive textures and profiles, like Hardie™ Architectural Collection, that can be painted any colour and combined for personalised looks. Long-lasting Hardie™ fibre cement cladding can always be repainted in line with emerging colour trends, ensuring your modern home stays modern for years to come.

Reduced complexity

Building from the ground up with two Hardie™ fibre cement exterior cladding products means that only one supplier and one trade are required. Your builder can deliver the whole job without need for specialist or artisan trades to take care of render or cement work, for example. In building, complexity equals cost, so by using cladding for the whole build, you’ll feel the benefits in both budget and time.


Hardie™ fibre cement is renowned for its durability. Built for tough Australian conditions, it is impact resistant, resistant to damage from moisture and termites, and is deemed non-combustible. By using two cladding products for your build, you can count on loving where you live, for longer.

Make Modern with Hardie™ Architectural Collection

Discover the endless design possibilities of our new curated cladding collection. Everything you need to know, available in our NEW interactive magazine, from dream home inspiration to real-life case studies, top tips from industry experts and distinctive cladding combinations.

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