Exterior Inspiration: Colorful Row Houses Around the World

Is there anything more photogenic than a row of multi-hued houses? From London to Italy, North America to Africa; the look of a brightly painted block is at once quaint and dynamic, and I for one can't help but pick up my camera whenever I see one.

I put this down to "the merchandising effect" – the idea that many things look better en masse and with some aesthetic variety. The same principle applies to walking into Uniqlo and making a beeline for the stacks of multi-hued cashmere sweaters, or noticing that the bar you're in is full of good-looking, eligible singles.

  1. Possibly the most famous multi-hued neighborhood of them all: London's Notting Hill. Photo by Mario G. Garcia on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.
  2. A sweeping terrace of beautifully-colored houses in Ireland. Photo by Duncan Fawkes on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons
  3. The Burano neighborhood in Venice, Italy is known for its brightly-painted cottages. Image by Janel Laban.
  4. These Chilean houses, found on Arch Daily, show that contemporary can do color too.
  5. Colorful houses on the old market square in Poznan, Poland. Image from Shutterstock.
  6. Cottages in St. Johns, Canada were originally painted this way to allow fishermen to easily identify their home when returning from a day at sea. Image from Travelling with the Shaws.
  7. Colorful homes in San Francisco's Sunset District. Flickr user Olivander, licensed under Creative Commons.
  8. Designed like terraces but technically apartments, these bright and creative homes are located in Tokyo, Japan. Loft project by Reversible Destiny, via Curious Places.

So, how to do you feel about these colorful rows? Great for a photo op, but maybe not for living? More importantly – if you were to live in a house like this, which color would you choose?

(Images: As linked above)

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Eleanor is a interior designer and freelance writer, embroiled in a love affair with everything glamorous, retro or delicious. This expat Canadian calls London, UK home but escapes to Paris whenever humanly possible.

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