I recently stumbled across the image below which happens to be the Donna Hay General Store in Woollahra, Sydney. I've been a fan of hers for years - probably got all her books too. Anyway, it got me thinking about our B+W colour scheme. Our current green peeling-off-the-weatherboards paint is being replaced with Dulux Whisper White.
We are actually removing the two windows either side of our front door and replacing them with french doors + fan lights. The room on the LHS will be the library/adults sitting room which will be fitted out with full height library shelving, and the room on the RHS will become the dining room. Having french doors opening onto the front verandah will allow better use of the area (think dinner party with people spilling out onto the deck to enjoy a glass of wine scenario.) Plus the doors will allow more natural light into the rooms - more than the current pokey windows provide anyway.
I'm hoping to install a similar cross-brace ballustrade on the upper level - the existing one is similar but has rotted out and is beyond repair. I'm liking the black french doors on Donna's General Store and may do the same with ours - but we will paint the rest of the windows on the cottage white.