More than ever we need a break from our daily routine as the coronavirus has isolated us within the confines of our home and backyard. This year, escaping to the cottage takes on a whole new meaning! Why not enjoy your stay in the country by taking on a painting project. Painting the exterior of your cottage can be fun and therapeutic. Keep in mind that cottage style is different from the style of your main home. It requires a more laid-back casual look with possibly a few rustic elements. Hues are best drawn from nature; from a slate gray to a golden straw colour to a sky blue. The following are some colour suggestions from Benjamin Moore’s exterior paint selection, just right for your cottage painting project.
White is a classic that works for both the interior and the exterior of a cottage. Try all white siding and trim or pair it with a contrasting colour. Consider a bright red or blue for the trim, the door and the patio furniture.
Paper White OC-55: This crisp white is sophisticated and versatile offering subtle nuances that suit tranquil, serene environments.
White Heron OC-57: This off-white creates a perfect colour for dynamic spaces.
Natural Tones are a great fit for the cottage. They help the structure blend into its surroundings. Take your inspiration from trees, plants, rocks and water.
Fairview Taupe HC-85 is a deep brown with hints of charcoal that creates a dramatic, yet warm, canvas for your cottage.
Narragansett Green HC157 is a relaxing colour that pairs beautifully with natural wood hues. Blue undertones make this refined, elegant colour perfect for a traditional cottage.
Gray is a great option for a cottage. A light hue is perfect for a beachy look while a darker gray works well for blending into the woods. Use a crisp white on the trim for a classic, sophisticated look.
Storm AF 700: A moody mid-tone gray, this colour lends a polished look to the exterior of a cottage.
Revere Pewter HC-172: This light gray with warm undertones is a classic shade, somewhere between silver and deep gray.
Light yellow: A soft yellow exterior paired with white trim is a classic look for any cottage. This gorgeous colour combination creates a sunny, bright look that instantly gives your cottage a relaxed, beachy feel. You can throw in a bit more colour with pops of bright red or blue on your door, furniture, or other outdoor accessories.
Hawthorne Yellow HC-4: This historical colour is reflective of traditional architecture and works beautifully on a rustic cottage. The slight gray undertone makes it usable in any setting.
Stained Wood: If you really want to keep a rustic, yet sophisticated look, consider using a stain on natural wood siding instead of traditional paint. This helps your cottage blend into the surroundings and creates a warm and cozy feel. Use a pop of colour on the trim to liven things up.
Leather Saddle Brown 2100-20 is a bold, saturated colour that brings spaces to life. You’ll be inspired and delighted with its pure, deep hue.
For the trim: Enliven neutral exteriors with saturated colours on shutters, doors and trim.
Caliente AF-290: A vibrant, charismatic shade of red, caliente is strong, radiant and full of energy. Perfect for the trim on your summer cottage.
Turquoise Powder 2057-50 is a favourite, classic coastal blue. A real eye-catching choice for your trim!
For a classic cottage look, pair a neutral, crisp white or gray with bright accents on trim, furniture and accessories. Enjoy your escape to the country this summer!
Thinking of painting your cottage this summer? Looking for a quality Benjamin Moore paint and/or stain? Call Calgary’s independent paint and blinds store West Hillhurst Paint + Design at (403) 270-9696 or email at [email protected]. Our knowledgeable professional design associates provide high-quality paint and stain, a wide selection of blinds, advice for home projects and excellent service. We carry Benjamin Moore products. Call for a consultation today!