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.
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.
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.