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For some reason, most of the world seems to be stuck in a rut when it comes to building colors. But the buildings on this list abandon the usual grays, browns, yellows and whites for bold splashes of color.

Most people would probably prefer having colorful buildings like these, but there are a few practical reasons why it's hard to have such a colorful building. Maintaining a complex and colorful facade is far more difficult and expensive than maintaining one painted with a single color, and most expensive paints with special anti-corrosive or weatherproof properties are only produced in a few common colors.

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This Wall Plays Music When It Rains

This Wall Plays Music When It Rains

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Rainbow House In Brooklyn

Rainbow House In Brooklyn

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This house is not located in Brooklyn, NY, but in High Falls, New York, which is upstate in Ulster County. http://www.shawangunkjournal.com

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Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna

Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like the way how colorful it looks & having an antique touch at the same time :) I wonder how it looks inside!

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Painted Favela In Santa Marta, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Painted Favela In Santa Marta, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Rainbow House In Usa

Rainbow House In Usa

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wasn't this the house opposite West borough baptist church? If so it was painted in protest to their opinions on the LG BT community.

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Houses In Costa Nova

Houses In Costa Nova

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La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Zalipie, Poland

Zalipie, Poland

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like it :) A little retouch on the roof would be greater ;)

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The Womb- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

The Womb- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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#24

Colorful Granada, Nicaragua

Colorful Granada, Nicaragua

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#25

Concepción De Ataco, El Salvador

Concepción De Ataco, El Salvador

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#26

Sunset At Nyhavn - Copenhagen - Denmark

Sunset At Nyhavn - Copenhagen - Denmark

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#28

Street Art House In In Situ Art Festival

Street Art House In In Situ Art Festival

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#30

Lofts Yungay, Valparaíso, Chile

Lofts Yungay, Valparaíso, Chile

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Luna Park, New Jersey

Luna Park, New Jersey

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Neal's Yard London

Neal's Yard London

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#34

Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, Dutch West Indies, Unesco World Heritage Site

Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, Dutch West Indies, Unesco World Heritage Site

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Snail Home Sofia

Snail Home Sofia

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

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Colorful Houses In Bo-kaap, South Africa

Colorful Houses In Bo-kaap, South Africa

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#38

Design Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

Design Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

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Rizzi Haus, Braunschweig, Germany

Rizzi Haus, Braunschweig, Germany

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

esta no me puede fascinar mas... precioso!!, hermoso!! mas de lo que puedo imaginar... es todo un arte

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70 Ft Silos In Vancouver, Canada

70 Ft Silos In Vancouver, Canada

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Rainbow Village, Taichung, Taiwan

Rainbow Village, Taichung, Taiwan

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#43

Manarola, Italy

Manarola, Italy

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#44

Blue House In Didden Village In Rotterdam

Blue House In Didden Village In Rotterdam

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#45

Os Gémeos In Lisbon, Portugal

Os Gémeos In Lisbon, Portugal

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Saint Basil's Cathedral Moscow

Saint Basil's Cathedral Moscow

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Cinema "palads" In Copenhagen, Denmark

Cinema "palads" In Copenhagen, Denmark

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#49

Handelskade, Willemstad, Curaçao

Handelskade, Willemstad, Curaçao

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Poznan, Poland, Old Town (rynek)

Poznan, Poland, Old Town (rynek)

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ValparaÍso, Chile

ValparaÍso, Chile

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#53

Kinderhaus In Bayreuth

Kinderhaus In Bayreuth

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#54

Calle Carabobo - Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela.

Calle Carabobo - Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela.

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Burano, Italy

Burano, Italy

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#57

Street Art, Colou While Rebuilding After The Earthquakes In Christchurch Nz

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful!! I love how the colors of the building and sky are mimicked in the building's art. Well done!!

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House In Kolkata Near Badamtala Asar Sangha

House In Kolkata Near Badamtala Asar Sangha

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#59

Rizzi Haus, Braunschweig, Germany

Rizzi Haus, Braunschweig, Germany

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#60

Hotel Spirit - Bratislava, Slovakia

Hotel Spirit - Bratislava, Slovakia

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#61

Handelskade, Willemstad, Curaçao

Handelskade, Willemstad, Curaçao

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Museo De Arte Moderno, Leon, España

Museo De Arte Moderno, Leon, España

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Hospital Alto Deba, Mondragón (pais Vasco - España)

Hospital Alto Deba, Mondragón (pais Vasco - España)

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#64

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

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Chiesa Di San Pietro, Pizzighettone-cremona-italy

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Randyland ,pittsburgh, Pa

Randyland ,pittsburgh, Pa

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#67

Campeche, México

Campeche, México

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#68

Prince Albert Pub, Brighton, Uk

Prince Albert Pub, Brighton, Uk

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Equality House Topeka, Ks...directly Across The Street From Westboro Baptist "church"

Equality House Topeka, Ks...directly Across The Street From Westboro Baptist "church"

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#70

Hundertwasser Toilets In Kawakawa, New Zealand

Hundertwasser Toilets In Kawakawa, New Zealand

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#71

Shakespearestraße, Leipzig, Germany

Shakespearestraße, Leipzig, Germany

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#72

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

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#73

Burano, Venice, Italy

Burano, Venice, Italy

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#74

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

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Burano Italy

Burano Italy

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#76

Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia...... La Casa En El Aire..

Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia...... La Casa En El Aire..

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Júcar, Málaga (spain)

Júcar, Málaga (spain)

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#78

Montreal Convention Centre

Montreal Convention Centre

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#79

Colorful Mural By Astro In Vitry Sur Seine, France

Colorful Mural By Astro In Vitry Sur Seine, France

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#80

Beautiful Reflection Of A Colorful Building, France

Beautiful Reflection Of A Colorful Building, France

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#81

Tirana | Albania - Painted Buildings

Tirana | Albania - Painted Buildings

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#82

Sintra Castle, Portugal

Sintra Castle, Portugal

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#83

Bedlam Market-derry, Northern Ireland

Bedlam Market-derry, Northern Ireland

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#84

Duesseldorf Keifernstrasse, Creepy-crawly House

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#85

Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Vernazza, Cinque Terre

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#86

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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#87

Via Del Porto Fluviale, Rome

Via Del Porto Fluviale, Rome

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#88

Morro Dona Marta, Rio De Janeiro

Morro Dona Marta, Rio De Janeiro

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Costa Nova - Portugal

Costa Nova - Portugal

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#90

Hotel In Palm Springs, California

Hotel In Palm Springs, California

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#91

Colorful Houses In Aveiro, Portugal

Colorful Houses In Aveiro, Portugal

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#92

Snakehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Snakehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Kolorowy Parking, Warszawa, Polska

Kolorowy Parking, Warszawa, Polska

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#95

A Street In Geneva

A Street In Geneva

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La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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#97

Hadhramaut, Yemen, Homes Architecture

Hadhramaut, Yemen, Homes Architecture

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#98

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig, Germany

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#101

Covent Garden - London

Covent Garden - London

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Oporto, Portugal

Oporto, Portugal

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#103

Pattern Building Athens, Greece

Pattern Building Athens, Greece

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#104

Øvre Holmegate, Stavanger, Norway

Øvre Holmegate, Stavanger, Norway

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Stransbourg, France

Stransbourg, France

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Rotterdams Wijktheater - Rotterdam Katendrecht

Rotterdams Wijktheater - Rotterdam Katendrecht

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Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

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#108

Favela Santa Marta, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Favela Santa Marta, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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#109

Handelskade, Willemstad, Curacao

Handelskade, Willemstad, Curacao

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#110

Urban Spree, Art Gallery/bar, Berlin

Urban Spree, Art Gallery/bar, Berlin

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#111

Hotel Silken Puerta América, Madrid (spain)

Hotel Silken Puerta América, Madrid (spain)

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Edificio Del Ine, Madrid (spain)

Edificio Del Ine, Madrid (spain)

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Cudillero, Asturias (spain)

Cudillero, Asturias (spain)

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#114

The Purple Pie Place

The Purple Pie Place

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oooh, would love to visit this one, especially if they have pies

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Bulldog Coffeshop Amsterdam

Bulldog Coffeshop Amsterdam

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Fargegata ( Colourstreet ) Stavanger, Norway

Fargegata ( Colourstreet ) Stavanger, Norway

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#117

Durban University Of Technology, Design Building, South Africa

Durban University Of Technology, Design Building, South Africa

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Caminito, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Caminito, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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#119

In Austria

In Austria

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#120

Netherlands, Landsmeer. Anton Heyboer Art Gallery

Netherlands, Landsmeer. Anton Heyboer Art Gallery

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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#122

Dussseldorf, Keifernstrasse

Dussseldorf, Keifernstrasse

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#123

Creative Arts Development Space In Sheffield, Art By Rob Lee

Creative Arts Development Space In Sheffield, Art By Rob Lee

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Burano (venezia, Italy)

Burano (venezia, Italy)

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Hunterwasser - Vienna (austria)

Hunterwasser - Vienna (austria)

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Classic Victorians In San Francisco, Ca.

Classic Victorians In San Francisco, Ca.

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Colourful Reykjavik

Colourful Reykjavik

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Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

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#134

Arab Street, Singapore

Arab Street, Singapore

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Kerasountos St., Ilisia, Athens, Greece

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Rongo Backpackers & Gallery: Karamea, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Rongo Backpackers & Gallery: Karamea, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

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Wynwood House -wynwood, Miami, Fl

Wynwood House -wynwood, Miami, Fl

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#138

Country Estonia, City Tartu, District Supilinn/soup-town, Address Oa Str 26

Country Estonia, City Tartu, District Supilinn/soup-town, Address Oa Str 26

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#139

Palais Des Congrès, Montréal, Canada

Palais Des Congrès, Montréal, Canada

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Pantone Hotel

Pantone Hotel

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Feliz Rizzi House. The Best Happy House Of The World.

Feliz Rizzi House. The Best Happy House Of The World.

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Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada