Lately on the blog I’ve been focusing more on small spaces and small houses (thanks to a reader’s suggestion). I’ve always had a special fondness for quaint cottages, cabins, bungalows – you name it. So today I’m featuring a collection of charming and chic homes that are small on size but big on curb appeal.
When a house has unique architectural details, it’s always going to stand out. How many times do you seen an interesting window like this one on the second floor? Also note the yellow door with its arched glass and pretty skylights. And then there’s the trim work beneath the porch behind the small bushes.
This tiny house from Our Town Plans catches my eye every time I see it. Their mission is to make classic, beautiful architecture accessible to all. They’re houses are historically inspired and so pretty to look at! You can see the plan for the Pendleton house (just 418 square feet) and enjoy a few interior photos.
Okay – what’s more charming than a yellow cottage with red trim and a white picket fence? If I won the lottery, I think I would develop a community of small houses that don’t sacrifice style and are still affordable.
Just because a home is small in stature doesn’t mean it can’t be bold in color. Toss those decorating fears aside and have fun with color combinations. Note the two-toned windows. I’ve long been a fan of this paint treatment on exterior windows and my own windows are two-toned.
Not too long ago I posted about stained glass windows making a comeback. Look how pretty they are on this blue-gray charmer with a bright yellow front door. This past weekend I was looking for stained glass at the flea market but walked away empty-handed. I saw a few pieces, but not quite what I had in mind. I’ll keep looking.
Do you enjoy earthy tones on a home’s exterior? This cottage makes great use of color to highlight the various architectural aspects of the home. The stone wall next to the sidewalk also helps amp up the curb appeal.
Does the look of this little home seem familiar? It’s another beauty from Our Town Plans and you can see more of it on their website. This one is slightly larger at 794 square feet.
This adorable blue cottage looks like a little Nordic house in the woods. Or maybe I’m thinking that because it’s summer and this house is set in a snowy scene.
A small stucco house enjoys the same color on the roof and shutters. It’s a great way to tie the entire exterior together. Wrap it all up in a white picket fence and you’ve got plenty of curb appeal.
Is there anything more romantic than an English style stone cottage? Sigh.
And finally, a bright blue home with a pretty green vine clambering over the front door. Add a diamond-patterned window pane and you’ve got all the charm you need.