The residents of St. John’s, NFLD (Canada) must be used to tourists taking photos of their colourful homes, happily, the second day we were there, the sun came out.
The reason their homes are so colourful is because most of the downtown core was burned in a fire in 1892 and the quickest way to rebuild the homes was to build row houses.
In order to distinguish one row house from another, the residents started painting them their own individual colours to identify their house on the street.
According to our tour guide, many times the furniture inside would also be painted similar colours.
When I snapped this photo (above), the owner of the blue house on the right walked over to me and reported that she completely re-built the yellow house. Created a pulley system in the basement to pull the dirt out through the lower window to dig it out further and built a wine room down there.
She said the house used to be blue but two days after they painted it BM Sun Kissed Yellow (above), someone knocked on their door asking if they could buy it.
It was hard to get a photo of a row of houses without either a bad trim and body combination or a clean and dirty in addition to a value/intensity problem, so I thought I’d see how good y’all are at seeing which colours on the above photos should be tweaked and to which new shade? Post your answers below and I’ll post my answer in a few days.
This is in no way meant to be a big critique of this town, the homes are charming just as they are. This is just a fun way to test your eye!
Here one of these colours also needs an adjustment. Which one and why?
I don’t know why this old foundation is orange but thought this was a cool shot! That’s where our boat tour took us to see the the furthest tip of the East coast of Canada.
Today I’m flying all the way down to Durango, Colorado for a mastermind day on Thursday and then back home Friday!
Apparently the weather back home in Vancouver has been a lot warmer then where we’ve been travelling in the last 10 days!
I’m looking forward to being home!
** Okay so here’s my assessment of the colours.
The first photo, the neutral technically doesn’t belong on the strip of colourful homes. If it was lighter or greyer it wouldn’t look dirty in comparison to the yellow and green on either side. It’s close but not exactly right.
In the second photo, the turquoise is too clean and would look better if it was more muted.
The third photo, the muted turquoise is too pale and would really sing if it was the same value as the purple and yellow row homes on the right. And obviously the red roof is slightly out of place here too.
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