Nothing says cottage style like a large, welcoming front porch. A blue-painted planked wood ceiling lined with fans provides the perfect shield of protection for a balmy summer day. The blue ceiling is traditional of Southern porches but has made its way north and continues to be introduced to new generations. Craftsman-style columns flank this friendly front porch lined in cheerful potted plants.
Cottage dwellers in the city rarely see the visual delights that are the candy-colored exteriors found in abundance along the coast. While you may not opt to paint the entire exterior of your home a vibrant hue, try incorporating color in small-scale elements—like the front door, patio furniture or accessories, or even plants—that pack a punch of personality.