All too often residential and commercial streets are made bland via the choice of the paint colours owners select for their buildings. Sydney’s streets commonly ‘comply’ with a palette of colours that stretches the not-so-great distance from beige to cream to mushroom.
A good example is the heritage facade of the former Commonwealth Bank building on Campbell Parade at Bondi Beach. Formerly painted in striking pastel baby-blue and white, in harmony with its adjoining Art Deco buildings, it was recently ‘mushroomed’ over. With the new paint job came a loss in visibility of the aesthetic characteristics of the building and a diminishment of its landmark value.
Where have all the colours gone in our suburbs?
Happily, I happened upon a great little grouping of them today in Paddington, where a stretch of terrace houses have been recently painted in a gorgeous run of harmonious tones. The effect provides a lot of visual value to the streetscape.
Would love to see more of this.