Our latest guest post comes from Will Taylor, author of interiors and styling blog Bright.Bazaar. As a self-confessed colour addict living in London, he’s an expert on the city’s brightest facades.
Before I moved to London several years ago, I always thought of the city as a grey metropolis, bursting at its hypothetical seams with concrete and wrought iron. For a number of years I commuted into the city for work, arriving into Kings Cross and then travelling underground to the other side of London. No wonder I had such a monochrome view of the city; I stuck to my routine, and long hours meant I rarely ventured from my well-trodden (mostly underground!) path to and from the station and work. Once I was living in London, my view quickly changed. I found myself walking or taking the bus as opposed to jumping on the Tube in autopilot mode. Ironically, I actually slowed down, stopped rushing and started soaking up the vibrant inspirations that my new environment had to offer. I soon realised that the city wasn’t the grey metropolis I had first thought; in fact, it was far from it.
Now, as I travel around London, I always keep an eye out for colourful new facades. I love to see how different owners decide to add different shades and hues to the outside of their buildings. Often you can see how they’ve reflected something close by – a tree, a lamppost or even a neighbour’s home. It makes me happy to see homeowners expressing their personality through their homes. After all, what could make you smile more after a tough day at the office than arriving home to a candy-coloured building? If you’re thinking about adding colour to the outside of your home, here are some top tips.
Ways to add colour to your home’s facade
Dipping your toes into colour for the first time? Consider painting your front gate in a brighter hue and live with it for a while to see how you like it. You could even add continental style window shutters in an accent colour to the front of the house.
If you’ve lived with your colourful accessories for a while and want to take the next step, you could paint your front door in your favourite hue. If you have a fence at the front of the house, consider coordinating its colour with that of the front door for added wow factor.
Go for bold
This final step is simple: pick your colour, grab your brushes and paint the whole facade! Choosing a softer accent shade for your window frames and front door will create a sophisticated final look.
My top three places in London to spot colourful facades
1. Camden Town, north London – explore quaint streets where owners have coordinated their homes in corresponding pastel coloured facades.
2. Hampstead, north London – the best place to get ideas for painting your front door a playful colour, as almost every home has one in a different hue.
3. Central St. Giles, High Holborn, central London – Italian architect Renzo Piano designed this development in the centre of town; check it out for colour ideas from the building’s zesty facades.