A warm paint shade for a cottage

Warm Colors

“Staying within the same color family unifies the parts of a smaller cottage. And these shades are warm and soothing; they make a house look happy but not goofy.”

--Ken Pursley
of Pursley Architecture,
Charlotte, North Carolina

Color Picks:
Siding: Lambswool (11-30) by Pratt & Lambert; 1-800-289-7728

Window trim: Carbonite (14-30), also by Pratt & Lambert.
Shutters and door: Bayberry (14-23), also by Pratt & Lambert.

A dusty-colored siding


“This dusty-gray-aqua color gives a classic cottage a contemporary feel when paired with a dark hue for shutters and window sashes. A soft white on the trim provides the right complement for the charcoal-blue tones of the accent paint.”

--Katherine Hillbrand
of SALA Architects, Inc., Stillwater, Minnesota

Color Picks:
Siding: Oyster Bay (6206); Window trim: Spare White (6203); Shutters and door: Night Owl (7061) all by Sherwin-Williams.

A basic white siding paired with dark green


“This color combination is perfect for anyone going for a "less-is-more" kind of look. The basic white paired with a dark green is clean and sophisticated.”

--Kate Platt and Hope Dana
of PlattDana Architects,
New York, New York

Color Picks:
siding and window trim: WoodScapes Solid Color Stain in Extra White (7006), also by Sherwin-Williams.
shutters and door: Studio Green by Farrow-Ball; 888/511-1121 or Farrow-Ball.

Green siding with a neutral white trim


“These colors are vibrant and refreshing. The green siding with neutral white trim is a wonderful backdrop for a lush garden, and the red spices up the traditional green/white combination.”

―Ross Chapin
of Ross Chapin Architects, Langley, Washington

Color Picks:
siding: Essex Green by Benjamin Moore; 1-800-672-4686 or Benjamin Moore.
window trim: Natural Elements (1515), also by Benjamin Moore.
shutters & door: Ravishing Red (2008-10), also by Benjamin Moore.

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By Steele Thomas Marcoux, Cottage Living

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