Hardie board is currently one of the most popular alternative materials to wood for use on a home’s exterior siding. 

Even though wood is simple, affordable, and relatively easy to paint over at a later time, wood is not without its issues. In particular, wood does not have the same kind of resilience and durability as other options, especially when it comes to things like termite and mold resistance. 

The characteristics of Hardie board (known generically as fiber cement) solve these resilience issues, being naturally resistant to biological damage and most forms of inclement weather. 

If you are looking to incorporate Hardie board siding into your own home’s exterior, check out these 13 examples that we have compiled of Hardie board and batten siding to spark slime ideas and inspirations. 

1. Cool Lime

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Our first entry on this list makes use of a unique shade of lime green that is soft and easy on the eyes. The trim borders here are used a bit more sparingly compared to more “traditional” board and batten siding patterns, but they do serve to emphasize the borders and section lines of the home. 

2. Textured Whitewash

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One of the benefits of board and batten siding is that its pattern of vertical boards and border pieces creates a distinct three-dimensional pattern that produces a lot of visual interest over the flatter textures of paint or some forms of masonry. 

Such is the effect achieved on this installation of Hardie board siding. The home itself does not have any accent colors that strongly stand out from the white exterior that covers all of its vertical surfaces, so the texture of the board and batten siding works really well to draw the eyes to the house. 

3. Bold Contrast

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One of the benefits of choosing Hardie board over standard wood for home siding is that Hardie board and batten siding can be dyed in a huge range of colors, which means the color does not chip, flake, or peel as it would with painted wood. 

Such a quality, of course, means that you can pull off bold color accents such as with this home that covers one section in a gorgeous wine red, which is set against the neutral white and gray of the other parts of the house. 

4. Farmhouse Flair

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Board and batten siding is especially popular on farmhouse homes such as this one, which has the Hardie board siding colored in a light prairie tan that pairs well with the bold orange and red accents of the porch and windows, respectively. 

5. Masonry Blend

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Although it is typically used on its own, Hardie board and batten siding pairs quite well with other materials, such as the masonry that we see with this home. Having the siding keep in line with the relatively cool hue of the masonry keeps the color scheme of the home coherent and easy to follow. 

6. Tri-Tone Trim

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This implementation of Hardie board and batten siding makes use of a different pair of colors for the fascia of the roof (two shades of beige) over the beige and tea green pairing used on the walls.

7.  Calm Cream

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Despite it becoming a bit of a trend in recent years, board and batten siding has been around for well over 200 years at this point, being one of the typical wall structures used in colonial homes. 

The use of Hardie board on this farmhouse style home might not be obvious from a visual inspection, but its superior durability and resilience makes it a definite upgrade for the home’s exterior. 

8. Wood & White

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Using Hardie board and batten siding as the base color for your home opens up your exterior design options to allow for a wide range of possible accents, such as this implementation that has the window shutters and the door done up in a raw wood finish that stands out against the backdrop of white siding. 

9. Serious Slate

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Although most board and batten designs tend to favor lighter and/or earthy tones when it comes to color, this home proves that Hardie board and batten can work just as well with bolder and darker colors like this austere shade of slate gray. 

10. Cool Accent

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In a unique twist, this home uses Hardie board and batten siding as an eye-catching accent that draws the eyes towards the roof and helps it appear taller than it actually is. 

To keep the home’s color scheme relatively coherent and avoid making the siding stick out too much, the blue of the siding is matched with the shutters on the windows. 

11. Two-Tone Green 

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This home takes its green theme as far as it is able to go, with everything from the roof trim to the exterior wall coverings done up in various shades of green. The Hardie board and batten siding here uses a very light shade of green, allowing other parts of the exterior to pop out with more contrast.

12. Salmon Red Accent

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Similar to a previous example, this expansive suburban home draws the eyes to the board and batten siding by having it in a bright accent color—in this case, a bright salmon red. 

13. Barnyard Red

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Our last entry showcases a home exterior with siding done up in a bold barnyard red that covers most of the exterior save for the foundation and part of the entrance, which is instead built with flagstones. 

Like some of the other examples on our list, the board and batten pattern is applied to the fascia of the roof to make it look and feel a bit taller than it is—an effective design technique for all home design styles. 

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