Monday, March 16, 2009

Bright outlook

Caught your eye, didn't it? That's probably one reason why a rash of bright colours has burst out all over Chennai over the past couple of years. It is not just marriage halls (like this one), but even houses and flats that have taken to covering themselves with such in-your-eye colours.

Time was when nuanced shades of white - with a hint of blue, grey or cream - were the standard colours; and then came 'colourwash', contrasting with the traditional whitewash - now you could have the lime mix suffused with green or blue and differentiate the living room from the bedroom without much effort. Over the past couple of decades, as paint technology improved, it has become easier to mix colours to get just that right shade you wanted - and economies of scale did not apply, most likely. So that one wall of the living room was painted in a contrasting colour, inviting attention to the framed prints.

Over the past couple of years, that contrast effect has come out to the streets. In doing so, it has created camps - some believe that turmeric, vermillion or green should be the only colours to be used in painting houses, since they represent auspicious colours. Others pooh-pooh that and go ahead with any bright or fluorescent colour which helps them stand out!


4 comments:

Jacob said...

Someone living in on one of our main streets through town painted his house that color (or close). Truly ugly!

He tried to sell it, but no one wanted to buy it, so he took if off the market.

I think all he needs to do is repaint it...

Shantaram said...

@ Jacob: Guess the owner would try to charge a premium for the colour, here!

ahem said...

Bright purple, magenta and orange are also seen on the exterior of houses nowadays. The owner of one purple colored house explained that he painted that color because of 'vastu compliance'!

Shantaram said...

@ ahem: Maybe he was too embarrassed to admit he chose the colour!