A sea of colourful houses

November 6, 2017

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Imagine a wide rainbow of illuminating colours spanning the globe, from Innsbruck and Burano, Wroclaw and Copenhagen, all the way to Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Picture whole streets, districts, marinas and coastlines with row upon row of houses, decked out in every conceivable shade. These colourful facades truly are a treat for the eyes and can quite rightly be called a collection of rainbow houses.

A sea of colourful houses
House fronts in the artistic old town of Wroclaw (Poland) gleam in every conceivable colour

In the Brazilian favela of Santa Marta, artists decorated houses with an array of colours to both strengthen the sense of belonging and to improve the mood of those who lived there. The brightly-coloured houses of Manarola in Italy, reminiscent of multi-coloured pearls dotted among the rocky outcrops, were supposedly painted to warn mariners of the treacherous cliffs ahead. In Cape Town, houses were adorned with vibrant colours to celebrate the end of apartheid and in Tirana, the dull and dreary grey concrete of the Communist era were given a fresh and colourful makeover.

A sea of colourful houses
The mix of cultures in the Bo-Kaap district of Cape Town (South Africa) is reflected in the colourful facades of the houses.

Vivid structures such as these, in the most diverse of regions around the world, inspired the new “Colour Systems” style of the EGGER Decorative Collection 2017-2019, with natural shades of green, dynamic reds and muted blue tones.

A sea of colourful houses
The vibrant village of Manarola is one of five villages that make up the famous Italian coastal strip of Cinque Terre.
A sea of colourful houses
Bright and beautiful Burano: the houses that line the Italian island’s canals create a truly colourful paradise.
A sea of colourful houses
The Brazilian favela of Santa Marta boasts around 7,000 painted wooden and brick-built houses
A sea of colourful houses
Like little dabs of paint, the red, blue, orange and yellow frontages in the Albanian capital Tirana bid farewell to Communism and welcomed