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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
  3. Cindy Douglas wrote:

    We love this house and was thinking about buying the plan. We would love any advice or to see pictures of the finished home. Thank you! All the best

    Monday, January 22, 2024 at 11:31 am | Permalink

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