Nowadays, it seems like there are more colorful houses popping up than ever. Perhaps it’s because people are more likely to go their own way these days, or maybe it’s due to the extreme popularity of these brightly colored dwellings on sites like Instagram, and Pinterest. With the growing popularity of candy-colored homes, we decided to dig in and address the trend. What would beach towns look like without rows of citrusy townhomes? How bland would Santorini be without those famous bright blue roofs? And how about sunny Mexico, where color is practically hardwired into the culture? You don’t have to live in a colorific town to have a colorful house. You just have to consider a few things before you commit to color. Red is only for farmhouses While red certainly is a bright, striking color, it’s also a classic when it comes to exteriors. Frank Lloyd Wright himself was a huge fan of red paint. When most people think of a red house, they immediately picture a pastoral scene — if you’ve got a red house, you’re probably a farmer or something, right? Wrong. Red looks just as good on a variety of architectural styles. Green is only good in small doses As with most things, it depends. Tennis ball green is best reserved for tiny touches here and there, and avocado green might never recover from the reputation it got in the seventies, but hunter, kelly, and apple green? Green symbolizes life, nature, and good luck. How can you go wrong with that? Yellow’s ok When people think “crazy colorful house”, they usually don’t include yellow. With some architectural styles, yellow is almost considered a neutral. That doesn’t mean you should go slapping on the saffron just yet, though. Unfortunately, if you’re planning on selling soon, you might want to back away from yellow altogether. If you want to stay in your home for a long time, have at it. Yellow is cheery, energetic, and attention-grabbing. Pink Houses That’s a John Cougar Mellencamp song. We’ll be honest, we have no idea what that song is about. What we do know is that pink houses are charming, whimsical, and a little bit retro. Pink looks as good in Palm Springs as it does in the American South. So if you’re dreaming of a pink home and you don’t mind the slight Barbie vibe that comes with all things pink, channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and say it with us: we believe in pink.
While some folks will grow tired of their picturesque houses, others will keep their vivid homes for ages… or even pass them down to their kids. Colorful homes are here to stay.