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FashioNL: Got rainbow? St. John's wackiest house colours

FashioNL: You've never seen house colours like these! Paula Gale takes you on a colourful journey through downtown St. John's.

People like to express themselves with their clothing and accessories, but some use the clapboard — or vinyl siding — on their homes as a sort of canvas.

In downtown St. John's it is totally acceptable, even encouraged, to make homes as colourful and cheerful as possible.

You may as well brighten up the landscape as best you can when you are dealing with as much fog as we do.

I've wanted to profile house colours in a FashioNL column for a while.

I love to walk. There's so much more that I notice on foot than when I'm in a vehicle, and a lot of these homes are ones I see every day while pushing my toddler in his stroller.

So, amidst the doom and gloom of the economy, budget cuts, crap weather — and the death of Prince ... it's time to look at some colourful houses!

As you can see by the following examples, anything goes! And I, for one, absolutely love it. These colourful homes make my walks that much more enjoyable.

1. Fuchsia and neon yellow are perfectly acceptable home colours 

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2. Bring on the citrus, with these fresh tones

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3. I love the effect of opposites such as green and red 

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4. And, stripes 

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5. Can't decide on a colour? Use them all...

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6. Loving the baby blue and pink 

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7. Just. Cute.

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8. Anything with purple...

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9. Postcard perfect 

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10. Bright in the Battery 

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11. I call this the Chocolate House

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12. Purple with pink 

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13. And more purple with pink 

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14. Classic red, white and blue 

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15. Pretty green house behind matching picket fence 

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16. Nice job on the blue, brown and yellow combo 

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17. Classic red and yellow, with a bit of blue 

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18. I can't resist a tiny purple house

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19. No beige here 

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20. Primary red and yellow really pop  

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21.  Want lime with that?

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22. Not homes, but lots of magic happening inside the colourful headquarters of NIFCO — NL's filmmakers cooperative 

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23. Purple actually goes with everything 

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24. Traditional colours with a twist 

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25. Got bumblebee? 

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26. Yes. 

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27. I know it's not a house, but I love this blue and yellow Battery perch

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28. Prince is knocking

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29. Not wacky, but perfectly classic 

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30. Opposites attract! 

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About the Author

Paula Gale

Paula Gale is an associate producer with The St. John's Morning Show.