Homeowners David and Carol Delaney kept with New England’s long-standing Colonial Revival tradition of white paint for both body and trim on their Second Empire cottage. They felt that such simplicity was the best way to show off their very colorful garden on a small lot.
Here we present several suggested paint schemes, all keyed to the late Victorian period but, more to the point, chosen for compatibility with other houses in this neighborhood. In the old seacoast town, blue-gray light hovers over weathered shingles and white churches. Brilliant “boutique” color schemes are best left to other locales.
Paint Scheme #1
The most historical scheme ends up looking edgy: Dark trim and sashes, typical of the era, generally are not in favor today.
Paint Scheme #2
Even with this historical and more colorful palette, minimal detailing keeps the house modest and serene.
Paint Scheme #3
This scheme uses a gray body, perennially popular and suggestive of weathered wood.
Paint Scheme #4
Again, James Martin puts a punch color, or accent, on the crown molding at the gable edge to relate to the dark copper gutter.