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Ideas, inspiration, sources and a materials scheme for your cottage home.

Exterior Design Guide: Warm Modern Cottage

Today I’m looking at a Warm Modern Cottage design! With lots of ideas, sources, and an exterior materials scheme for your home.

Also, check out my previous Cottage study here.

Where to start with your exterior design

To get started, I always like to pull together images to inspire and guide me as I select the final materials. Then, I pick three words that describe how I want the finished project to feel.

Today’s keywords are ‘Warm,’ ‘Modern’ and ‘Cottage,’ and these three photos are our guidance:

The first image is for the color palette and maybe some textures – I love that wall the baskets are hanging on.

The second image helps with textures, but also warmth and gives us a casual yet modern feeling.

The final image guides the metal finishes, like the mailbox, the light, and the other hardware parts.

Overall, it gives me a rustic but modern cottage feeling!

Warm Modern Cottage Exterior Materials

Here are the materials and pieces I would pull together to get this feeling on your house:

materials scheme and ideas for a warm modern cottage with split face white stone, faux shake roof, lap siding, wood door, brass house numbers, mailbox and lantern and a woven basket planter

STONE VENEER | SIDING | ROOFING | LIGHT PAINT | DARK PAINT | LANTERN | HOUSE NUMBER | MAILBOX | PLANTER

How to design your Warm Modern Cottage Exterior

First, I started with the Stacked Stone veneer in Daybreak from Eldorado Stone. This adds the dreamy cottage texture in a modern way.

Then I balanced that natural texture with smooth Artisan Shiplap Siding from Aspyre Collection by JamesHardie. I’d then coat it in the crisp, yet still warm white SW Natural Linen 9109 from Sherwin-Williams.

Next, I’d cap it off with Synthetic Cedar Brava Shake roofing from Brava Roof Tile in the Natural Shake color. I’d trim the roof out with a modern bronze paint SW 7048 Urbane Bronze from Sherwin-Williams.

Finally, I’d select a warm natural wood door with a charming grain. Then I’d accent it all with warm mixed metals on the gas lantern from Circa Lighting over the door. Matching brass house numbers, and a cottage-style mailbox round it out. And I’d add some of that basket texture with planters planted with lovely soft flowers.

There you have it! A warm, modern cottage design for your exterior.

If you’d ever like to see what this scheme would look like on your house, or if you’d like to try a different look entirely, we should work together!

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