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Color schemes for the gothic cottage — help!



I’m in the final stages of negotiation with a builder for the exterior of my gothic cottage. I’ve determined that I just can’t afford a metal roof and that I must fall back to a conventional 30-year asphalt shingle roof. That also means that I must pick a color. One can make an argument for roof colors like brown or gray. But I’m intrigued by the idea of something a bit bolder than that. There are many roofing colors, but window colors are much more limited. My siding will be white pine, which is a yellow at first, then a kind of warm gold, and then, eventually, weathered gray.

Here are quick-and-dirty sketches that I put together in Gimp (an open source program that does what Photoshop does). I would be delighted and honored if anyone has comments on these two color schemes or if anyone has suggestions for other color schemes. I need to make a decision soon, because I may be only a couple of weeks away from starting construction.

Some extra blur may help to stimulate the imagination:




  1. Keith Steck wrote:

    I just saw this wonderful drawing and would like to know (1) which color you chose and (2) if you built the cottage. I love the red and ochre combination. My spouse and I were looking for a dramatic combination and found the image and have decided to use it as the basis for our exterior colors on a new house. Thanks!

    Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Keith… I went with green!

    Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 7:21 am | Permalink

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