Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Colorful Houses
A fresh coat of paint can pep up any old abode's exterior. Not convinced? Read on for paint color inspiration that borrows from every curve of the rainbow
Thinking of painting the house this summer? Try a new shade or two for a change of pace. A bright and cheery coat gives any house instant va-va-va-voom. If your neighborhood isn't ready for juicy, lollipop-hued picks, maybe choose just one—say, a touch of cobalt blue on a particularly beautiful window frame on your otherwise neutral-colored abode. (Always check with your community association to see if there are any restrictions on what colors you can use.) Read on for gorgeous—and sometimes almost glowing—inspiration for your instant home makeover.
A Craftsman bungalow coated with cherry red and trimmed with watermelon pink works unexpectedly well. The key is keeping the colors in the same family.
A blood-orange show stopper. Cobalt blue paint on the door, stoop, and window muntins make it extra sharp.
Just a cheerful dash of acid green around the attic's vent and on the Adirondack chairs out front won't leave neighbors tripping.
Pepto-Bismol pink and light blue are sure to cure winter blues when it's too chilly to hang matchy pink flowers from the front porch.
Barn-red shingles and deep-yellow trim atop a slate-blue foundation make for a pleasing palette.
See how this Crafstman-style cottage is green—environmentally friendly, that is—on the inside.
Another case of bright done right: Hubbard squash edged in burnt orange.
A few deft touches of sugar snap green and royal purple give instant street cred.
Find out how a family used salvaged parts from demolition houses to flip this run-down $1 Italiante.
Gingerbread details pop with hits of turquoise, muted violet, and optic white.
Unlike in England, Tudors here don't have to be dark and dreary. Here, a Red Sox fan wears one of his team's colors on his house.
Appropriately perched above a river, this salmon-hued Italianate rounds out its look with ginger and cream trim.
Read about how a full-time restorer of houses took on this 1840s historic fixer-upper as a personal DIY project.
A saturated yellow amps up a classic color combination.
For some, it's the only hue that'll do.
Lemon, lime, and a little ruby-red grapefruit makes this house fruit fresh, any way you slice it.
Touches of peach against muted yellow highlight one of the details that make Craftsmen houses so special: intricate muntins.
Slurp on the luscious popsicle shades on this classic bungalow: orange, cherry and grape (on the porch skirting)!
This Double-porched Greek Revival gets dandified with a spiffy paint job.
A trio of wee homes make their presence known with a sweet yet vibrant palette.
Blues get piled on without detracting attention from decorative star cutouts on white railing.
Pairing neutral shingles with colors often reserved for Santa and stockings keep this home from looking too serious.
Oft-overlooked cornice brackets get some fiery treatment on this cool yellow dwelling.