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Paint colors in Switzerland

Oh my! I always thought I liked choosing house paint colors until I came to Switzerland! But, now, for the life of me, I lose more and more time and still do not know what I want.

My sister's perfect house has colors like Oyster Bar and Dover White. Somehow, the "Neunzig-Zehn" ( Ninety-Ten) is just not inspiring.

Does anyone else feel this way?
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It is usually the local laws which decide what colours you may use, and which roofing tiles to buy. My friend in Bern, MUST have a dark orange front door, no other colour is permitted.
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Re: Paint colors in Switzerland

Oh, this brings back memories...

When renovating our house I had visions of choosing from the whole palette of whites. During a pre-project trip back home, I spent ages at Benjamin Moore mulling over cool white, warm white, pearl white, oyster white, white with a tinge of blue, white with a tinge of pink, white with a tinge of a thousand other colors.

Back in Switzerland, cue my discussion with the painter:

Me: I'd like a warm white in this room as it has a north exposure, and perhaps a brighter white in the kitchen...

Herr Maler, looking at me like I had three heads, all of which he wanted to bite off: "White is white."

I didn't have the nerve to even bring up the notion of a nice sage in the library...

I guess I have 90-10. Everywhere. Sigh.
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Re: Paint colors in Switzerland

I have a painter who likes to use colours. When I suggested that all white walls
might be boring in a room we recently renovated he suggested one wall in colour and promptly showed me samples.

The room mainly gets morning sun but with one yellow wall it feels bright all day.

My painter is young, he is always looking at new products and taking courses. It is truly refreshing to have someone with ideas.
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Re: Paint colors in Switzerland

Fortunately, I am not restricted by any laws, as it is the interior which needs to be painted...

How about

http://eu.farrow-ball.com

Or

http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/


9010.... Really? I can't believe I have given in....

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It is usually the local laws which decide what colours you may use, and which roofing tiles to buy. My friend in Bern, MUST have a dark orange front door, no other colour is permitted.

This is only for the exterior of the house, not the inside.
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Re: Paint colors in Switzerland

I have tried paint from our local Hornbach but the quality of mixed colours don't seem to reflect the swatches. I have just discovered a place to buy Dulux. Just over the border to a france in Gex, there is a bricomarche and I bought 2 litres of toscana expressions ... It has an eggshell finish and is beautiful. Highly recommended
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It is usually the local laws which decide what colours you may use, and which roofing tiles to buy. My friend in Bern, MUST have a dark orange front door, no other colour is permitted.
Am I to assume that the house has historical significance? Or is it that because of some long standing tradition this must be so?
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Re: Paint colors in Switzerland

I am not sure if you are talking about the outside or the inside. But I'll just drop my two cents here, because I never had inspiration problems with colour.

INSIDE

If you own your place, or if you are willing to repaint all walls before you leave (or you have a nice landlord, like I had, who thought my red wall was awesome), you can change the interior design of your home at will.

To buy colours, you can go to Hornbach, Bauhaus, Jumbo, etc. They will only have a couple of colours out (the 9010, and perhaps the lila and the green which is now fashion for little kids rooms). However, you can bring them your RAL or NCS reference and they will produce the colour in loco.

If you are looking for wallpaper, you will have a little more difficult to find something decent on the medium and lower price range. You will, however, find gorgeous patterns on expensive designer shops. But there is this fantastic thing called internet and you can order wallpaper of all shapes and colours. I bought mine when I went to visit my parents - my home country is going through a DIY craze at the moment. You can drop to France for the relatively cheap and decent Leroy Merlin.

OUTSIDE

The city does not decide which colours to use on a specific house. The architect does. However, there are some guidelines to specific areas - when it's a protected city center, for example, you might be able to only use ocre tones because that is the traditional palette used. Or that jalousies should be on a green-to-blue tone. Between green and blue there are quite a few tones, though. And ocre goes from yellow to red.

When you, as an individual home owner, go to the city chamber to say you'd like to change the colour of your facade to lime green, they might block you immediately. I got to learn from my profession and experience that choosing colours for a house doesn't only need a good eye, but negotiation skills akin to NATO officers... And that playing the "architect card" sometimes does wonders.

All that pertains the outside of your home will probably need a permit and approval from the city chamber, but with enough negotiation, you might be able to use that fluorescent green you always dreamed about On the other hand, if the city refuses to allow your desired colour, the options are quite large - a small percentage change on the values can make a completely different tone.

P.S.: Unfortunately, yes, the mean idiot, for lack of a better word, does exist on the city chamber that refuses something for ridiculous or no reasons at all. But you can try to go over him by asking a committee meeting to present your case. I recently had a case like that - when the other guys in the committee heard our troubles, they looked at the guy with a "what the hell, dude?" look and let us do what we wanted.
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