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16 Modern Color Schemes For A Classic Cottage

May 19, 2020 3 min read

16 Modern Color Schemes For A Classic Cottage

Feeling overwhelmed by the task of choosing new exterior paint colors? The truth is, there are many color palettes that will look perfectly lovely on your house. You just have to consider the architectural style of your home and then look for ways to add a fresh twist and personal colors that will make you feel happy every time you pull into the driveway.
This is a series we're calling Sweet Sixteen, where we find recognizable house styles and give them new life with the same 16 color schemes from our Exterior Color Palettes card to show you how to update your home and add your own personal touch.
Kelly-Moore cream house with tan garage door and orange door
Siding- 46 Acoustic White, Trim- KM4940 Greybeard, Garage door- KM5788 Tranquil Taupe, Front Door- KM5372 Copper Beach
Consider painting the garage door and trim the same color...
Siding-  KM4940 Greybeard, Trim-  23 Swiss Coffee, Garage door-  304 Stonegate, Front Door- KM5070 Rare Happening

 

Kelly-Moore cottage simple white house with red door and gray garage door and black roof trim
Siding-  KM5819 Rotunda White, Trim-  407 Carbon, Garage door- KM5823 City Tower, Front Door- HLS4293 Indian Red

 

And don't be afraid to use two, or even three different trim colors to draw attention to the best features.

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with light gray siding, yellow door, white trim and gray trim
Siding-  KM5822 San Francisco Fog, Trim-  46 Acoustic White and KM5821 Sandpiper Covw, Garage door-  KM5822 San Francisco Fog, Front Door- KM5280 Fire Coral

 

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with tan siding, black door, black front door, white trim
Siding- KM5711 Country Rubble, Trim- 27 Bone, Garage door-  27 Bone, Front Door- 407 Carbon

 

Low contrast between the siding and trim give the house a larger more spacious feel...

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with beige siding greige siding, gray trim, white garage door, and red door
Siding-216 Malibu Beige, Trim-KM4943 Subway and 27 Bone, Garage door- 27 Bone, Front Door- 159 Sequoia Redwood

 

And tradition schemes look young and fresh with a surprising detail of color thrown in for fun.

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with light gray house, light gray siding, white garage door, blue door, and white trim
Siding- 178 Plymouth Gray, Trim- 46 Acoustic White, Garage door-46 Acoustic White, Front Door- 306 Night Sky

 

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with gray siding dark gray garage door, white trim, gray trim, and orange door
Siding- KM5823 City Tower, Trim- KM5826 Volcanic Rock and 49 Antique White, Garage door- KM5826 Volcanic Rock, Front Door- HLS4306 Pumpkin Pie

 

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with off white siding, red garage door, red front door, brown trim
Siding-36 Navajo White , Trim- KM5789 Shadow Cliff, Garage door- HLS4293 Indian Red, Front Door- HLS4293 Indian Red

 

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with green siding, gray green siding, tan siding, dark green garage door, and black front door
Siding- 304 Stonegate, Trim- 14 Frost, Garage door-KM4952 Pompeii Ruins, Front Door- 407 Carbon Black 

 

To visually reduce the size of the garage door, paint the trim to match the siding...

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with taupe siding, tan sidiung, greige siding, brown garage door, and yellow front door
Siding- LM5789 Shadow Cliff and KM5788 Tranquil Taupe, Trim- 14 Frost, Garage door- KM5789 Shadow Cliff, Front Door- KM5280 Fire Coral

 

And consider using two colors for the body to give the roof line some positive attention.

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with gray siding, white trim, and light blue front door, turquoise front door
Siding- KM4910 Plymouth Gray, Trim- KM5822 San Francisco Fog and 23 Swiss Coffee, Garage door- KM5822 San Francisco Fog, Front Door- KM5070 Rare Happening

 

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with off-white siding off white siding, a brown garage door, and blue front door, dark trim
Siding-49 Antique White, Trim- 417 Oxford Brown , Garage door- 232 Toscana, Front Door- 306 Night Sky 

 

Working with light, medium, and dark of similar colors gives a house a contemporary look.

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with brown siding, taupe siding, orange garage door, orange front door, and white trim
Siding- KM5789 Shadow Cliff, Trim- 216 Malibu Beige, Garage door- KM5372 Copper Beach, Front Door- KM5372 Cooper Beach

 

And having fun with the entry and garage doors adds a lighthearted touch to any home.

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with green siding, black trim, and black front door
Siding- KM4952 Pompeii Ruins, Trim- 407 Carbon and KM4940 Greybeard, Garage door- KM4943 Subway, Front Door- 407 Carbon

 

Kelly-Moore simple cottage house with brown siding, warm gray house, white trim, red front door, and color blocking
Siding- 36 Navajo White and KM5826 Volcanic Rock, Trim- 23 Swiss Coffee, Garage door- KM5826 Volcanic Rock, Front Door- 159 Sequoia Redwood

 

Don't be afraid to try color blocking to add interest and depth to simple homes, and don't assume that all trim should be the same color. Here there are three trim colors to make sure this house feels crisp and the front door welcoming in the most beautiful way.

All of these colors are available here. Pick one of these schemes places just as they are or mix and match to get that perfectly personal touch you deserve.



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