Colourful Houses- painting exteriors

I love colourful houses and streets.

Today I’m sharing with you a bit of a conundrum. Painting the exterior of our own home.

The house is Edwardian and at some point in its history been covered in a render. This was done to protect the brickwork and form a waterproof covering. It was also a job that was probably cheaper than repointing all the brickwork, which was probably something that a house of this age would have needed.

Here is a shot of the front of the house, the render is also over the back as well.

Edwardian Victorian house render

So it’s time for a repaint! (and a new porch- at some point)

Our house is a bit higgledy di piggledy and has had multiple additions and extensions through the years. It started as a semi and is now technically a mid terrace due to garages being put on the side of our house, and the previously unattached house. So I feel like I need to consider how my neighbours have painted their homes, seeing as we are literally joined!

My neighbours either side have their houses painted white, and the ones opposite which have render are also white…

I’d actually really like to use colour, but will we look like the crazy people on the street?

Or will we inspire our neighbours to follow suit and have street full of colour (my actual dream).

I’m actually normally not that bothered what people think of me, but it’s not just me living here is it, I don’t want to embarrass the kids.

Would appreciate any thoughts! Have you painted your house a colour?

Here’s some of my exterior colour inspirations. All images actually from the brilliant Natasha of Candy Pop, used here with full permission from Natasha. Do stop by her Instagram too- colour paradise and increasingly making me want to visit Oxford!

blue house candypop candypop pink house lilac house candypop

The lilac one would look great with our purple door wouldn’t it?

Huge thanks to Natasha for letting me use her images for this post.



  1. April 24, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Gorgeous inspiration images there! I think your house would look lovely with some subtle colour – go for it! You might get everyone else in the street copying your style 🙂 Maybe something like the Dulux visualizer app would be useful to give you an idea of how it might look? xx

    • Susie
      April 24, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Ah thanks Antonia! I think I must! x

  2. April 25, 2016 / 10:20 am

    I think that is why I loved Iceland so much (well, one of the many reasons), because all the houses were so colourful.

  3. April 25, 2016 / 10:29 am

    I’d say go for it!

    If you’re not sure on using colour on the entire house, why not update the render in the existing colour just to give it a freshen up, and then paint the porch area and front door instead? Plenty of people have brightly coloured doors so it won’t be too much for your neighbours if that’s a concern?

    Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you go for xxx

    • Susie
      April 25, 2016 / 10:57 am

      Thanks Karen! Good advice- thing its probably all or nothing though – lol x

  4. April 25, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Go for it! Who cares what the neighbours say it’s your house decorate how you want, those houses are gorgeous!

  5. April 25, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    That colour is lovely, its easier said then done when it’s not my house, but I think it would look great! The colour isn’t too crazy either 🙂

  6. April 25, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Me being me means that I’d probably go for a nice grey with the white window frames. The front of our house is painted like that – though the previous owners left the back orange (!!!) which is just awful. Or if you’re looking for something more colourful, then I’d consider something “classic” and not too bright which will hopefully keep the neighbours happy 😉

    • Susie
      April 25, 2016 / 2:49 pm

      Haha- oh my goodness!! Grey could be could but as we are north facing on that side it might look a little dull. Not orange though 😉

  7. kate
    April 25, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    A sage green or pale pink would be lovely for brightening up the street Sus! Especially in all that Mancunian rain… 😉 xx

    • Susie
      April 25, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      HAha- so true Kate- SO true. Especially today! x

  8. April 25, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    I LOVE colourful houses!!!! I would paint my house in bright yellow 🙂 But I don’t have a house yet.

    BTW, I have a blog post with photos of London houses. Maybe you can get some ideas 🙂


    • Susie
      April 25, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Ah thanks Katya! I’ll take a look x

  9. April 25, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    How exciting! It will make such a massive difference and I love rows of colourful houses (you’ll have to persuade your neighbours to all go colourful too!) x

    • Susie
      April 25, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Oh I hope I do!! So much more cheerful!

  10. April 26, 2016 / 6:25 am

    I adore colourful houses but maybe not if I was the only one on the street. But someone has to start the colour revolution, right? You could always start with a subtle grey and see how you feel about it.

  11. May 2, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Ooh what an exciting conundrum! If it were me I’d go for a pale pastel on the render, then a more saturated version of your pastel for the porch, and then really go for it for the door colour – either a really bright version of your pastel, or a gorgeous contrasting colour. So basically colour block it, like your last inspiration image, but with an even paler tone for the render. But you should definitely have fun and your house will be the prettiest on the street! x

    • Susie
      May 2, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Bianca you are a genius!! Thanks for your input love xx

  12. May 2, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Coloured houses are the happiest homes! x

    • Susie
      May 2, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      You must be right I think- thanks again for letting you use your photos x

  13. June 2, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Oh you have to do it! I love a house that pops out among all the others. But oh, what colour…? Something candy inspired, that’s for sure.

    • Susie
      June 2, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Yes!! Feels like a big decision!