Text by Bethany Adams
Whether it’s the ornate elegance of Queen Anne style or the iconic shotgun layout designed to make the most of those scarce summer breezes, New Orleans, Louisiana, offers some of the most recognizable architecture in the country. From classic cottage charm to more personality-packed exteriors, let this tour of some of our favorite Big Easy abodes help you get into the spirit of Mardi Gras.
Delighting in the Details
The closer you look at this elegant home, the more beautiful touches you find! From elaborate corbels and arched windows to fish scale shingles, dreamy details are crammed into every inch of its sunny exterior.
The Pink House
The most charming thing about this blush-hued shotgun cottage? The sweet shade carries through the interior of the entire house—and it’s just as enchanting as the outside. Want to see? Click here for the tour!
A Fanciful Façade
Whether you’re strolling by on the street or sitting in the shade, the view of your porch should be beautiful—and this home gets the job done. From the curved windows to the arched detailing along the roofline, this center-hall cottage offers enough special touches to be alluring from every angle!
Shuttered and Sweet
This sky-blue beauty would be beautiful at any time of year, and the bursting pink blooms of the crepe myrtle outside certainly don’t hurt!
Blue in the Big Easy
The charm of this Camp Street cottage spills out onto the herringbone brick path, but it’s the porch that really draws us in! The traditional haint blue of the ceiling is echoed in the shutters and door for a color scheme that begs passersby to drop in for a visit. Click here to step inside!
A Welcoming Sight
As enchanting as subdued tones are on New Orleans architecture, a natural wood door flanked with rich terra-cotta-hued shutters creates a warm welcome accented with spring blooms. A simple magnolia wreath highlights both the region’s Southern hospitality and the classic carved detailing on the door.
All About the Asymmetry
It’s obvious what caught our eye about this exterior, but the charm doesn’t stop at that one-of-a-kind arch! Double stained-glass windows and a front door with plentiful personality only add to the allure!
Pretty in Pastels
Formerly used as a bookshop, this iconic shotgun-style cottage proves the power of pastels in creating interest and beauty—regardless of its small size!
Making a Statement
This impactful example of double shotgun style packs plenty of Eastlake personality, seen in the elaborate scrollwork and turned spindle columns. Bold blues and high-contrast color choices contribute added pops of interest, ensuring this abode stands out from the crowd.