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There are rules about painting I know that...

I friend of mine wanted to buy a (how do you call that...) fake roof for the balcony? and he had to ask permission proving it would be the right color with the right tone...

I immediately thought the mayor's brother would be the owner of the (only) paint store with that color in town but I was never hard working enough to go and find out...
There absolutely must be laws about this. That's the only way to explain the very consistantly boring paint work.
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Old 21.04.2011, 22:45
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There absolutely must be laws about this. That's the only way to explain the very consistantly boring paint work.
Boring People = Boring Paint. Now Munich there's a city with life.
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30 years ago, all the houses and apartment buildings were white, beige, or gray in Switzerland.
It is only more recently that they started using different colors probably to hide the dreadful architecture.
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Anyone else notice that the Swiss paint thier houses in all shorts of odd dreary undescribeable colors that don't seem to work well together?

Is there a law against simply painting a house white?

Anyway, I couldn't help but notice this. I have never seen so many different shades of fleshtone, blue gray, green gray, red gray.....brown gray with red/brown trim.....

Do you get used to this after a couple of years?
Why should there be a federal law in regard to the colours of houses ? And why should the houses be painted white ?? And why is to have different colours, fleshtones, etc be negative ??
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Old 22.04.2011, 00:49
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Boring People = Boring Paint.
Why are you on this forum? If the Swiss are boring & everyone here (except you of course) are bitter and twisted, why are you here? Sounds like trolling to me.
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30 years ago, all the houses and apartment buildings were white, beige, or gray in Switzerland.
It is only more recently that they started using different colors probably to hide the dreadful architecture.
I agree. I think painting some of the beautiful old buildings in garish pinks or oranges would spoil their appearance. The architecture doesn't need much enhancement and should be the main feature.

The newer builds (there's one particularly awful example out towards Limmatplatz / Josefstrasse in Zurich) which is painted in citrus yellow and a new set of apartment blocks where a work colleague moved in out Hardbrücke way which is in a dreadful sunburst orange. They need disguising in a blaze of bright paint.
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Why should there be a federal law in regard to the colours of houses ? And why should the houses be painted white ?? And why is to have different colours, fleshtones, etc be negative ??
You must have skimmed through my post very quickly.

I didn't suggest the need for a federal law.
I suggested that people would consider white as an option.
As far as the million shades of grey and fleshtone, just go out this weekend and look around you. Do this really look good?
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Old 22.04.2011, 09:38
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Re: Swiss Housing Color Schemes

The colours the Swiss paint their houses reflects the economic situation when the painting was done.

Naturally the economic situation is always good in Switzerland, but the Swiss don't want the rub lesser countries' collected noses in it. Thus they opt for the world economic situation as their colour guide. Currently there is lot of grey and off white...
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Fasnacht, annual Gay Parade (Zurich?) cows with big bells, cows with big flowers,
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You must have skimmed through my post very quickly.

I didn't suggest the need for a federal law.
I suggested that people would consider white as an option.
As far as the million shades of grey and fleshtone, just go out this weekend and look around you. Do this really look good?
Maybe people did consider white as an option then thought about the longterm and decided greys and flesh-tones probably looks a whole lot better than white does after 5 years in traffic fug.

While we're at it, perhaps we could suggest a change of colour for the roads. That non-descript beige on the motorways has been playing on my mind for the best part of the last 10 years. Surely there should be some kind of law against unimaginative road surfacing...
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Re: Swiss Housing Color Schemes

Rolando I totally agree with you - all the other considerations like smoke and city pollution and everything else aside....the colours on the buildings here do more often than not look rather drab and dreary and to those who are sensitive to colour combinations (I can't stand clashing colours!! Totally puts me off!) it is a real eye sore and totally unappealing walking around streets where you can't help but notice the garrish colours on the apartments and the drab paint...its not exactly a mood lifter or offering any kind of welcome invitation to come inside....

That being said...there are the rather odd exceptions and attempts at being "modern" bright and cheery which seem equally as odd like when they paint a building a bright almost flourescent yellow - or the 4 houses just below us which are painted Bright red, bright blue, bright lime and bright yellow consecutively...very odd and I'm not sure where they got their planning permission from.

I totally agree that white would look so much better...timeless, doesn't date the building, easy to match colour with ;-) and has a crisp clean appearance, even if it is a bit dustier looking when it is in the city and there is pollution, white still is a lot brighter and more appealing than the greys, which then get dark grey! England uses white on their really beautiful estates and expensive parts of london and it looks amazing...

Nough said...just had to put in my two cents...I would have written a thread like this about 2 years ago when I first moved here when it really bothered me most, but now I am just used to it...I often imagined myself doing makeovers on the buildings in the street as I would walk, and imagine how good it would look with various renovations etc...sigh...if only...

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Re: Swiss Housing Color Schemes

eg of how elegant a row of apartments can look when painted white....and this is in a city that has tons of Pollutions so that is no excuse...its just a mindset that stops people painting with white here I think...
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But... but... the "dreary" color schemes showcase the red geraniums in the terrace flower-boxes so perfectly!


The thing about the colors is that it IS "cost effective," particularly considering that the exteriors are not "flat" but some sort of textured thing going on so if it gets grimy, it doesn't necessarily all come off with a pressure wash (and that's a waste of water anyhow).

So, picture a white downtown apartment, pressure washed but not all of the grime comes off and due to graffiti, some spots are repainted WHITE and now the repainted bits are whiter white than the rest. Picture the same building with "battleship gray" paint and the extreme difference in color is less pronounced.

Going with actual colorful colors would be worse as the mix changes over time while "battleship gray" remains the same.


Meanwhile, in the US, many apartment buildings and condos (and actual housing development areas as well) have some specific color scheme to the exterior which includes wonky requirements of what color your window hangings can be so that they do not clash with the exterior.

I'd much rather have it how it is here, that the buildings outside are a bit dull but you can hang whatever sort of curtains you want - or even none.
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You must have skimmed through my post very quickly.

I didn't suggest the need for a federal law.
I suggested that people would consider white as an option.
As far as the million shades of grey and fleshtone, just go out this weekend and look around you. Do this really look good?
White is not only "considered" as an option, it is very widely applied

Colours are a matter of taste. I personally see some as positive and others as negative. I have seen buildings which when you looked horribly, but within a year or two started to look at least acceptable or even fairly nice.
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Re: Swiss Housing Color Schemes

Up until the 80's, the Geminde had to approve the colour swatch you brought in for your house, as you noticed, mostly beige, brown, or some shade of the these two colours where allowed.......terribly conservative......but thats the way the Swiss like it
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Re: Swiss Housing Color Schemes

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Did you grow up with lots of older sisters?
I know what you mean ,I have a daughter.That does not together ,this does not go with that . Who cares
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This what happened when Germans build a city in Scotland
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