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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?
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You have to get out more, mate. Seriously.
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colors that don't seem to work well together
Are you a chap, old chap?
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Yes, my good man, I am a fellow.
But you seem to have developed some notion of "colours not going together".

Did you grow up with lots of older sisters?
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But you seem to have developed some notion of "colours not going together".

Did you grow up with lots of older sisters?
Well, yes I did indeed grow up with a couple of older sisters.

Perhaps I am more sensitive to these thing because I work as a designer. It could also be I am just a strange person.......I don't know. This is getting interesting.

All I know is that everywhere I looked last week when I was in Switzerland for work (which hopefully turns into more than just a consultancy), I could not help but notice the odd colors.

Should I get out more?
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Should I get out more?
I think you should join a rugby club.
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Re: Swiss Housing Color Schemes

Haha - there isn't anyone on this forum whose avatar image matches their writing more than you DB.



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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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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?
My memory of Munich is that the houses colour schemes aren't that different from round here. If you want white houses, you are best with the Mediterranean areas (Greece, Spain, Cyprus have those quaint white houses with red roofs).

Cities have buildings of murky colours probably so the traffic grime that builds up over a period of years doesn't show so badly. Brilliant white houses wouldn't stay white for very long.
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My memory of Munich is that the houses colour schemes aren't that different from round here. If you want white houses, you are best with the Mediterranean areas (Greece, Spain, Cyprus have those quaint white houses with red roofs).

Cities have buildings of murky colours probably so the traffic grime that builds up over a period of years doesn't show so badly. Brilliant white houses wouldn't stay white for very long.
They do this in the countryside too. But really, that's the strategy; paint the houses to look like crap so that a thick layer of grime is un-noticeable? To me, everything looks like it needs to be painted.
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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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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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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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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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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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I agree lol
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Re: Swiss Housing Color Schemes

I snapped a few of the more colourful ones around Luzern.







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