Make an impressive style statement with your exterior cladding design

Siding not only shields a home’s structure from the elements and provides insulation, but also makes a strong visual statement. Most of us are familiar with the various forms of traditional cladding, but when it comes to modern exterior cladding designs, the options extend beyond standard bricks or horizontally laid exterior weatherboards.

Today there is a wide variety of clothing styles. These range from traditional wood and natural stone cladding to composite, brick, vinyl, aluminium, steel, concrete, ceramic, fiber cement, fibreboard, glass and metal.

All cladding styles can be installed in a number of creative ways. And cladding is no longer limited to walls; these days we line kitchens, ceilings, outdoor frames, fences and more.

Once you’ve explored the available clothing types, mixing and matching is just a matter of taste. So here are some creative garment design ideas for your next project.

Why go horizontally when you can go vertically?

Modern timber cladding on Australian homes often follows the traditional layout of timber panels laid horizontally. There is nothing wrong with this, but the new trend is to run the boards vertically and from an environmental perspective to use a reliable composite to save our forests.

The vertical lines give a sense of height and weight to a certain part of the building. Also in areas where tall trees or hills and mountains form a backdrop, the vertical lines draw the eye upwards to enjoy the magnificent landscape and the home does not appear dwarfed in comparison.

As an example, this architecturally designed home in Scarborough, WA, built by Broadwater Builds, has NewTechWood ShadowUH61 Castellation cladding in Ipe installed vertically.

Also this two-storey home in NSW built by Clarendon Homes showcases NewTechWood Castellation cladding in Ipe. When combined with other building materials, wood-look exterior cladding can create an accent feature that breaks up large areas and adds character and warmth.

NewTechWood Castellation cladding in Ipe

This vertical installation uses NewTechWood’s Shadowline cladding US31 in teak wood.

NewTechWoods Shadowline cladding US31 in teak wood

Of course, some designs require a traditional horizontal installation for authenticity. For example, Hamptons style exterior cladding, the archetypal Australian cottage or the traditional cladding of a Queenslander, as shown here.


Mix wood/composite cladding profiles

Building a home in a contemporary style gives you carte blanche to install your contemporary cladding the way you want, so why not mix cladding profiles with something else? Your design can make an impact not only with multi-way clothing, but also by using different clothing styles and even contrasting colors, as seen in the examples below.

Claire Cousins ​​clothing white

Here, the architect has not only chosen two different cladding products (metal cladding and wooden look), but they have also installed it in two different directions, vertically and horizontally.

Even though it’s all the same color, the visual effect is eye-catching and adds a modern element. The size of the panels used will also determine whether they will look best vertically or horizontally. Vertical panel gives a taller look, while horizontally laid panel gives a wider look.

In the photo below, the right side of the window is clad vertically with NewTechWood Castellation in Ipe, as opposed to the top and left sides, which run horizontally. To really switch things up, the designer has chosen another NewTechWood cladding profile, Shadowline in a different color for the bench/table and further contrasts this with the NewTechWood patio in Antique.

Ambient Castellation

Why be the same when you can mix ‘n’ match?

Modern homes do not have many exterior decorations, with a preference for a more minimalist look with clean, simple lines. The challenge then becomes how to look interesting while keeping it clean and simple. Mixing modern exterior cladding materials is a trending design technique that adds diversity and personality to otherwise cookie-cutter home styles. Plus it adds tremendous appeal.

For example, combining brick with cladding panels, or plastering with cladding. Or, as in this architecturally designed home in Karrinyup, WA, why not combine all three? This house is a visual feast, featuring NewTechWood’s Shadowline cladding in walnut, installed vertically and in perfect contrast to the various cladding formats and colors that surround it.

NewTechWoods Shadowline cladding in walnut

Another striking idea is to mix modern stone cladding with wood/composite as in these examples below using NewTechWoods Castellation cladding in Aged Wood. This is as stunning on the ceiling as it is on the wall, against the rough beauty of the two different styles of stone cladding. Consider other combinations with wood-look cladding, such as glass and metal, which will also add interesting dimensions to your styling.

NewTechWoods Castellation cladding in Aged Wood

Who said fencing had to be boring?

You can stick to the clear and simple lines to clad your fence and for some landscape designs this will be an essential component of the overall design concept. Let’s face it, even with a simple horizontal clad installation – as seen by this pool fence using NewTechWood’s Shadowline in Silver Gray – the effect is stylish and certainly gives ‘The Joneses’ a run for their money.

NewTechWoods Shadowline in silver grey

But the beauty of using cladding boards to hide an ugly fence or provide an exciting new fence is that you can go in any direction. The fence below is a showpiece in itself; a real feature wall that attracts the eye as soon as you step into the garden. This beauty uses NewTechWoods Castellation cladding in Ipe.

NewTechWoods Castellation cladding in Ipe

Then again, if you really want to show off, why stop there?

If you want to stand out on the street and make a statement so bold that your neighbors will have their work cut out and try to top it, unleash your creative genius and come up with a design like this by to use NewTechWood cladding profiles in Aged wood. Takes your breath away, right?

NewTechWood cladding profiles in Aged Wood

Forget the exterior! What about the inside?

Are you going for the Scandinavian atmosphere or the rustic country look? Cover your ceiling and/or walls with wood-look cladding, or cover just one wall as a feature wall. To get the popular Scandi look, paint it white as these examples show.

Scandinavian look

Any room can be instantly upgraded by adding Hamptons-style trim (in white, black or gray tones) to walls, ceilings or cupboards.

Why stop at walls and ceilings?

There are countless creative uses for clothing aside from the traditional. Let’s take the modern kitchen for example. Island benches are a kitchen feature found in most modern homes, and designers are always looking for ways to make theirs stand out, especially in all-white kitchens.

Both of these kitchen islands below use NewTechWood Castellation cladding, but they would also look fantastic with brick or stone cladding, depending on the overall style the designer wants to achieve.

NewTechWood Castellation cladding

You have to admit that if these islands had been completely white or completely gray, these kitchen spaces would not be so attractive.

And let’s not close the door to beautifying other fixtures and fittings in and around the home. This main door below is cleverly camouflaged with NewTechWood Castellation cladding to match the side panels.

NewTechWood Castellation cladding

The owners of the property pictured below loved NewTechWood’s Castellation cladding so much that they didn’t stop at the walls and front door, but also included their garage door. The darker wooden cladding provides a striking contrast to the lighter stone-clad wall.

NewTechWoods Castellation cladding

Put the leftovers to good use

Garment remnants don’t have to go to waste either. Consider using cutouts for projects like planters, seating or cubby houses.

The planter below built by Decking Out Melbourne uses NewTechWood Castellation cladding. Stone cladding would also have looked outstanding if the overall design was rustic.


Or give The Joneses a run for their money with a stylish chicken coop. The one below uses NewTechWoods Shadowline cladding in Maple on the roof and was designed and built for the Padbury Child Care Center in Perth. A wise carpenter knows that nothing ever needs to go to waste!

NewTechWoods Shadowline cladding in maple

Of course, you don’t have to be quite so avant-garde in your clothing design choices, but you get an idea of ​​the possibilities.

And if you would like to discuss such options further, please feel free to contact our friendly team for advice.

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