Light Siding, Dark Shutters

There’s something timeless about the look of a cream or white home with black shutters. Chalk it up to the fact that historic homes in America had exterior shutters that were painted dark, rich hues like black, for hundreds of years.

Whether your home is Colonial, Georgian, Greek Revival or just feels Americana, light-colored home siding with black shutters is a classic look that’s easy to make your own.

Embrace your home’s roots, pick a light siding ColorPlus® color, such as Arctic White, Cobble Stone or Navajo Beige, and paint your shutters a simple, stylish black for a look that’s downright regal.

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Add Personality to your Home

The inside of your home should reflect your personality—the textures of rugs and raw wood, travel photos from your epic vacations and bright pops of your favorite hues. With all of the time spent on your interior, you’ll want to remember that your exterior should feel like you, too.

Sure, it’s a bit more limiting design-wise, but that makes the challenge even more fun. Think hard about how to add personality to your home’s shell through the use of color, texture and accessories.

To get you started, here are a few ideas on how to make your home look more you.

Consider textures: When you’re selecting your home’s siding you may overlook the fact that you can add texture and various widths to your exterior to add interest to your design. With Hardie® siding and trim, you can add strong horizontal lines with HardiePlank® lap siding with a smooth texture, a natural cedar look or with a beaded edge. You can opt for a different design for your gables or dormers with HardieShingle® siding in staggered or straight edge panels. Or incorporate HardiePanel® vertical siding (in smooth or stucco) for a hint of modernity. You not only can grasp the look you’re aiming for, but you can make each siding element work for your specific architecture.

Consider Textures

Design with color: If you typically stick with white when it comes to your home’s siding hue, you may want to branch out and consider a few other neutral options, like our favorites Sail Cloth, Cobble Stone and Sandstone Beige. Feel like really branching out? Go bright with our favorite bold siding color options, Heathered Moss and Boothbay Blue. You’re likely drawn to some colors over others. Listen to your gut—you’re going to look at your siding often, so make it a color that speaks to you.

Design With Color

Add accents and accessories: Once your home is sided, don’t forget to add some flair. The final accessories act like the icing on the cake, whether it’s a pop of orange with a mosaic outdoor table on your porch, or an interesting mailbox or address numbers. These are the touches that show the neighborhood a piece of your style. You don’t have to go overboard with a gang of garden gnomes or your latest collection of car parts. Instead, keep you exterior clean and well curated with pieces that make your home feel like home.

Add Accents and Accessories

Your home exterior is an extension of you—show off your uniqueness. Think color, texture and accessories. Visit or contact Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing to learn more about James Hardie products.

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Standout Suburban Ranches

Ranch style homes—one-story, rectangular L or U shaped design—became popular in America in the 1950s, and we mean popular. In fact, the architectural style can sometimes take over an entire neighborhood.

Unfortunately, ranches can tend to look similar all lined up, but with various siding colors and styles, you can change that, and achieve a ranch style home with a totally one-of-a-kind look.

Besides the various color options in the James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology palette, you can clad your home’s exterior with a range of choices including, HardiePlank® horizontal lap siding, HardiePanel® vertical siding, and HardieShingle® siding.

Here are a few standout ranch-style homes, each more unique looking than the rest.

Timber Bark Renovation Backyard
Bark Beauty: HardiePlank lap siding in Timber Bark, HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White.


After Akron PACountryman Red: HardiePlank lap siding in Countrylane Red, HardieTrim boards in Arctic White.


Before & After Blue Ranch House
Refreshed Blue: HardiePlank lap siding in Evening Blue, HardieTrim boards in Arctic White.


Make your ranch style home unlike others on your street—have fun with your siding and trim design. After all, the style may be common, but the siding and trim doesn’t have to be. To discover what siding and trim styles will work well for your home, contact a professional at Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing. We’re glad to help!

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Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing of Barrington, IL Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World


Barrington, IL,  – Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®”, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Established in 1979, the family-owned and operated company was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Olson proudly states, “You wouldn’t be satisfied with even the most stunning product if it were poorly installed. Our installers are highly trained and skilled, so we get the job done right the first time. Your products will perform as they were intended to from the beginning. We are proud of our family business, and we won’t be happy if you’re not happy.”

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing
Established in 1979, Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing is a family-owned and operated company. Like you, we are homeowners who want our homes to reflect our tastes and personalities. So we strive to give you the same courtesy, friendly service, and attention to detail that we expect when buying things for our homes. Our staff will work closely with you to find exactly the right windows, doors, and siding to suit your needs and lifestyle.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

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Go Bold with your Front Door Color

If your home’s siding is a more conventional hue, you can punch up your exterior with a bold door color. When the usual black or brown door feels too basic, personalize your entrance with a door color that pops, all while complementing your home’s siding and trim colors.

Selecting complementary shades can take some time, but if you go with James Hardie® ColorPlus® products, you’ll have an array of well-curated palettes with finishes that resist fading and last longer than a typical paint job. ColorPlus Technology is specifically engineered to help resist damaging UV rays, which means vibrant colors with less maintenance—and a bold accent door that’ll continue to wow and welcome guests as they walk through your home’s entryway.

Here are a few homes sided with James Hardie products, which add personality to their address with a daring door color.

Classic in cobalt. The neutral James Hardie® siding and trim colors may suggest more of a conservative-looking colonial, but the home’s bold blue front door adds the kind of interest that turn heads. Complementary colors are an ideal choice for when you want something to stand out, and creamy neutrals paired with a cobalt blue fall in the complementary color family. The blue hue looks polished and inviting next to the creamy trim, and the wreath adds an inviting touch that seems to say, “Come on in.”


Contemporary in carrot. This modern navy blue home is clad in the Artisan® collection by James Hardie, known for its deep shadow lines and extra thick boards. The front door, boldly stained in orangey-red, is like a beacon, lighting the way into the home.
Artisan Modern Blue House Red Door

Bright urbanite. This city home is clad in HardiePlank® lap siding in Iron Gray and HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White. Both the white and gray are cooler colors, and when paired with another cool hue—the bright robin’s egg blue—the combination of colors adds to the curb appeal.

Bold Front Door – Bright Blue

Be door daring—spruce up your home’s exterior simply with an interesting door color. Just be sure the color you choose, no matter how bold, complements your siding and trim color. Let Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing help you choose the color and the door that’s right for you.

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Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing Featured on Best Of The Best Television

Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing has been featured on Rich Noonan’s Best Of The Best Television! Unbeknownst to owners Brian and Scott Olson, Rich and his staff conducted a detailed investigation of their company. Noonan discovered that Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing has been delivering “Gold Standard” service to it’s customers since 1979, the year the company was founded and they accomplished this with good old-fashioned hard work, integrity, superior customer service and staying on the cutting edge of their industry. Watch the Review here.

Rich Noonan Best Of The Best Television

Rich Noonan is an eight time Emmy award winning reporter and anchor who has earned the trust of his viewers by reporting the news with professionalism and integrity.  Rich’s philosophy in producing his Best Of The Best reviews is simple, “Our credibility matters much more to us than including a company that is not worthy of being called the best.” Learn more about Rich Noonan and Best Of The Best Television.

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Bold Meets Bright: A Siding Color Combo with Pop

Gray doesn’t go hand-in-hand with a cloudy disposition. In fact, home design experts now call on grays for the new, go-to neutral. And when paired with a crisp, cool white, you’re in for a dose of contemporary elegance.

James Hardie’s HardiePlank® lap siding in Iron Gray is a dark and luxurious hue, making it an ideal bold choice for a main siding color, especially when teamed up with Arctic White HardieTrim® boards. The contrast between the two colors provides a clean pop that’ll turn heads.

And you can feel confident knowing that your Iron Gray siding resists fading. James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology is engineered with multiple coats of finish on its siding and trim. All of which means your siding colors will stay vibrant longer.

Cape Cod Classic: HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards makes this home have a traditional-meets-stylish look. The black light fixtures add to a more modern feel, and the green landscape softens up the exterior space.

HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards

HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards


Ranch Re-do: New siding on a simple ranch home can instantly boost curb appeal. This home is sided in HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards, and the matching crisp white fence ties the colors together for a look that says simple with a statement.

HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards

HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards


Modern Victorian: This Victorian looks refreshed with HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards. The bright red door adds personality, and the black windows and light fixtures provide a contemporary design on a classic architectural style.

HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards

HardiePlank lap siding in Iron Gray with Arctic White HardieTrim boards

If Iron Gray isn’t your favorite shade in the family, James Hardie has you covered. Four new shades of gray were recently added to the ColorPlus technology collection of colors. Now, you can opt for any shade from light to dark with Pearl Gray, Gray Slate, Aged Pewter and Night Gray, all of which pair nicely with Arctic White HardieTrim boards. To answer all your questions on James Hardie’s HardyPlank siding just give us a call. Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing has the answer.


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James Hardie® Introduces Six New Colors For Your Home’s Siding

We all like options, and now, when it comes to your home’s siding color there’s even more to choose from. Six brand new colors have been added to the James Hardie® siding and trim color collection. The curated colors, created by the company’s color expert, are each rich and bold.

Because the new colors were created using James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology, which involves applying consistent coats of color and baking them on, your siding color will remain vibrant longer.

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Gutter Protection For Your Home

Gutter Protection For Your Home
Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing offers effective gutter protection using two of the industry leading gutter protection systems, Leaf Sentry and Bulldog Gutter Guard™. Imagine not having the dirty job of cleaning your gutters again! With these patented systems you won’t need to climb that ladder again and risk injury. Leaves and other debris stay out of your gutters. Your gutters won’t become breeding ground for mosquitoes and seeds will no longer sprout up from your gutters. Which system is right for your home? Both systems are excellent so let’s take a look at each product.


An absolutely worry-free, and
cost-effective gutter protection system



  • Attaches securely to your gutters and is a permanent protection.
  • Makes use of surface tension to channel rainwater into the gutter, while leaves, sticks and other debris are prevented from entering.
  • Innovative nose-forward design causes debris to fall to the ground.
  • Leaf Sentry™ allows gutters to do what they’re designed to do: drain water.
  • Available in a variety of 16 colors. Backed by the Manufacturer’s Warranty.

A Premium Gutter Protection At An Affordable Price



  • Fits new or existing gutters.
  • Does not interfere with roof shingles.
  • Invisible from the ground.
  • Locking System actually Strengthens Gutter System.
  • Can handle any downpour.
  • Prevents animals and birds from nesting.
  • Made from 100% recycled aluminum.
  • Guaranteed gutters will remain Clog-Free for 25 years.

For more information about the Leaf Sentry or Bulldog gutter protection systems, contact Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing.

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Beechworth Windows Mobile Windows Studio – A New Way To Window Shop

Beechworth Windows StudioHomeowners are invited to experience window shopping in a whole new way. The Beechworth Mobile Window Studio will come to you, as will its knowledgeable sales staff, and an Olson representative. You will be able to see and operate a variety of Beechworth windows and door products at your convenience.

Beechworth Windows provides a premium line of windows and doors manufactured with the replacement customer in mind. It blends durable fiberglass exteriors with the warmth and character of real wood interiors.

Beechworth Windows Studio

Beechworth Windows Studio

Beechworth Windows Studio


Beechworth Windows Studio

Beechworth Windows Studio


  • The Beechworth System provides a selection of windows available in 5 exterior colors, with options for complementary hardware, grilles and grille patterns, interior finishes and double paned, energy efficient glass packages.
  • Strength: high resistance to wind and impact, even in the cold for a retention of a premium facade.
  • Durability: more stable in temperature variation, reducing likelihood for maintenance.
  • Efficiency: lower risk of air infiltration and heat loss for more. increased comfort and more control of your energy costs.


  • Strong and durable fiberglass is complemented by the warmth and character of a true wood on the inside, so homeowners reap the benefits of the low maintenance exterior and a beautiful interior. Interiors come pre-finished, primed or bare for flexibility on staining or painting.
  • Long term curb appeal with durable fiberglass and coatings that resist fading.
  • Solid substrate commands attention.
  • Available finishes: Brickroad Red, Ever Green, Sand Beige, Frost White, Tudor Bronze.
  • Grilles available for the interior or exterior of the glass, in variety of finishes, styles and patterns.

Contact Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing to arrange a date and time to have the Beechworth Mobile Studio visit your home.

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