Over the last several years, there’s been a big push toward more natural colors and textures for homes. This includes not only the use of real wood cladding, but also weathered woods and cladding that’s allowed to evolve a natural patina. Grey wood cladding fits this trend perfectly with a soft, weathered color and texture that looks inviting, natural, and interesting as well. There are many ways that you can use grey wood cladding for your home’s exterior; these ideas will help you see just what may be possible for your house or building.
1. Natural Mimicry
When you have a house or building that’s situated in a natural setting, such as this cottage built on the rocks by the sea, it makes sense to want your exterior to blend in well with its surroundings. In this case, the grey wood cladding is the perfect touch; it naturally mimics the color and texture of the rocks, so the house appears to have grown right out of them. The use of battens between the planks helps add additional texture and interest to the façade.
2. Washed Up by the Sea
It’s a well-known fact what sea water can do to wood, turning it to a beautiful, burnished grey like the driftwood that gets washed up on the beach each year. This beach shelter makes perfect use of grey wood cladding to mimic the color and texture of that driftwood, helping the shelter look as though it, too, was brought to this location by the waves.
3. Softly Moving
In most homes or buildings, there’s a divide between the exterior walls and the roof. In this restaurant, however, the roof and walls move softly into one another, undulating around the building’s exterior in long planks. The soft color of the wood lets the shape and movement of the building be the focal point, rather than competing for the attention of the viewer.
4. Vertical Interest
Grey wood has long been used on beach houses to help the buildings blend in with their weathered surroundings. This beach house uses the same grey cladding in a vertical application. Not quite board and batten and not quite a ship lap installation, this narrow grey cladding draws the eye and gives the house a lot of dimension and character, letting the different shades of grey pull the eye skyward.
5. A Quiet Backdrop
Photo by Jiri Havran.
One of the nicest things about grey cladding is the way that it can blend into nearly any surrounding. It also makes a beautiful backdrop for bolder colors, such as those used on the exterior of this Waldorf school. Each of the windows on this exterior are fitted with a colorful frame or panel. Against the soft grey of the cladding, the windows really pop, creating a playful exterior that hints at what’s inside.
6. Double Accent
No matter where you place them, accent walls can add a lot of charm and interest to a home. This small building uses two colors of natural hardwood on the front of the home in a type of double accent-walled exterior. The grey cladding against the warmer wood make both colors pop and stand out, complementing this modern home’s façade and architecture at the same time.
7. Clean Lines
Photo By Urban Front
Grey wood cladding works so well on beach-front properties, why not use it everywhere on the façade? These beach houses use the same soft wood not only on the siding, but on the roofs of the homes as well. The lines from the roof flow right into the vertical lines of the siding, making the buildings look taller and more organic at the same time.
8. Weathering Naturally
Photo By Pasi Aalto
This cabin in the woods features two different tones of wood siding. The grey wood cladding tones are achieved naturally as the wood ages, so the more exterior sections of the façade have a more weathered appearance than those just behind. This gives the cabin a more natural appearance, helping it blend in better with its surroundings. This look can be achieved simply by allowing your home to age naturally, weathering with time.
9. Multiple Tones
Photo By Henning Davidsen
Grey wood doesn’t have to mean solid grey in color. This artist’s house is made of weathered grey cladding, but some of the original color of the wood still shows through in streaks. Those few warm areas of color showing up through the grey help add a lot of depth and charm to the home. Because wood naturally weathers unevenly, this helps make for a more natural appearance for the building. Installing a natural wood plank on your home will eventually produce the same effect.
10. Warm Grey Wood
Photo By Oliver Perrott
One of the reasons the color grey has become so popular in recent years is its ability to range from warm to cool tones. These buildings are clad in grey wood that has a warm undertone to it, calling to mind the original honey tones of the planks. Because the weathering will continue over time, the color and atmosphere of the façade will continue to change, making the buildings into a form of living artwork.
11. Soft Grey Roofing and Deck
Photo By Ketil Ring
When seen from above, the roofing and decking of this ocean-front property appear to blend right into one another. Both are finished in the soft, light grey planks, which contrast slightly with the warmer tones of the cladding on the sides of the house. Because these more horizontal areas are weathering first, they help make the siding of the rest of the building stand out more, appearing to glow in the sun.
12. Lots of Directions, Lots of Depth
This kindergarten building uses a soft grey wood cladding over its entire exterior. To keep the building from looking bland, though, the cladding is installed in a variety of different directions, making the building seem as though it were built from textured blocks. Both vertical and horizontal installations of the siding help to lend this school its charm.
13. Natural Camouflage
This building is situated just in front of some mountains at the mouth of a body of water. And while it has a very contemporary façade, it needs to complement this natural setting to help it fit in. The soft, grey color of the cladding does just that, helping it bridge the gap between modern and traditional for a transitional exterior that is filled with interest, character, and movement.
Consider Grey Wood Cladding
Grey wood has a soft, natural charm that’s difficult to duplicate through paint or even stained wood tones. When wood is left in its natural state to weather, the streaked wood that results has a beauty and character that’s all its own, meaning that no two homes or buildings completed with grey wood cladding are ever going to look the same twice. When you’re ready to change the exterior of your home or building, consider either using grey wood cladding, or using a natural wood product that will weather gracefully over time, letting your home gain in character and interest as it ages.