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Colors for a White Colonial

A Lot of Snow

Colors for a White Colonial

More Snow

My House:

Our house is a Center Hall Colonial like many throughout the DC suburbs. It is approximately 25 years old and is white with rust colored shutters, a double wood door with decorative carvings and oval cut glass, and a wrap-around porch with a light gray stained floor. The house also has dark gray trim (dental molding and around the windows). The roof has blackish gray shingles.

My Project:

We are thinking of residing, but not replacing the roof as it is fairly new. We want to include a natural stone winding walkway to the front door and are open to replacing the double front doors, although they are really pretty and add a beautiful decorative touch to the interior entryway. A single door with sidelites would be acceptable. The neighbors' houses coming up a long pipestem [access road] are: First house is red brick with black shutters and light gray trim, and second house is almost a creamy yellowish brick with deep chocolate brown shutters.

While all 3 houses are about the same size, they are different. Our house is separated from the others because it sits on a hill and is the last house at the end of the pipestem. We have a huge front yard (wooded) and a wrap-around porch, which the other houses do not.


  • I am thinking of going with a deep sage green colored siding, black shutters, white trim around the windows, white porch trim, and white garage, etc.
  • I've considered a black front door with a decorative glass panel of some kind at the top with matching sidelites and then a solid white garage door, perhaps trimmed out in black up against the sage vinyl siding.

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Jackie Craven, About.com Architecture, says:

You sure DO have a lot of snow! Once the snow has melted, I imagine that your black roof is very visible. And that's OK! White and black is a traditional scheme used for many Colonial style homes, like this historic Colonial Revival mansion.

Deep sage is also a good choice, if you feel like you want more color. But, don't be afraid to go dark! A deeper color scheme can look rich and handsome on a larger home like yours.

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