Bold Exterior Colour

Most of us wouldn't dare to be so bold with our exterior colour choices but when done right a home painted in bright colours looks amazing!  Of course you need to consider the style of architecture of your home.  Bright and bold exterior colour looks stunning on ultra modern homes or very traditional houses with lots of trim detail - usually painted white for contrast.

image source bensimon via apartmentdiet.com

image source bensimon via apartmentdiet.com

image via Potted Plant Society on Pinterest

image via Potted Plant Society on Pinterest

The location of your home is also another important consideration, if you live in a very conservative neighbourhood a bright turquoise or orange house may not 'fit in' so well yet in an upcoming, trend-setting bohemian neighbourhood it can look lovely and at ease with it's surroundings.  If you like the idea of bold colour maybe try it in patio walls which can easily be repainted if you don't like it or if you tire of it eventually.  Or plant your garden in colour instead.

image via InsideOut Magazine styled by Heather Nette King photography by Alicia Taylor

image via InsideOut Magazine styled by Heather Nette King photography by Alicia Taylor

image via lonelyplanet.com

image via lonelyplanet.com

image via elho.com

image via elho.com

Which brings us to the neighbours - probably best to take them into consideration too!  While you don't necessarily need to blend in and be boring you can add interesting colour to your letterbox, fence or garden plantings without going overboard and being the sore toe on the block.  Painting your home in an outrageous colour while your neighbours are in shades of grey's, white and charcoal can devalue not only their homes but yours as well, especially in an upmarket suburb.

San Francisco's 'Painted Ladies'

San Francisco's 'Painted Ladies'

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

Mediterranean countries are well known for their use of bright colour as accents (think Grecian blue and white) and in Europe whole towns have been painting the outside of their homes for centuries in the bold pigments found locally (I'm talking about the Islands of Murano and Burano in Venice).  The light, seasons and lifestyle compliment these multicoloured dwellings.

image via Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

image via Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

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image via victorianhouses.tumblr.com

We at Dwell love bright coloured homes and can only imagine the personalities that live within the walls, what a wonderful colourful life they must live!