European style: Houses and windows edition

I’m the kind of person who notices houses everywhere I go. I love checking out cute houses in my neighborhood whenever I go for a walk, and I snap lots of pictures of houses and buildings when I’m on vacation. (Not just the famous ones either—random ones on the street that I find charming for some reason or another). I recently came back from a three-week trip to Iceland, Italy, and France, and, sure enough, I had tons of pictures of houses, buildings, and windows on my camera. So I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites!

Iceland: The style in Iceland is very Scandinavian—clean lines and contemporary design. But they’re not afraid of color! I loved how most of the houses over there had not only colorful exteriors, but also brightly colored roofs.

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Italy: I was utterly charmed with the houses and buildings in Italy. We found rows of colorful buildings and humble brick houses, almost all of them with the same dark green shutters. I looked it up and apparently there is an actual ordinance saying that shutters can’t be any color other than black, brown, or green!

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France: Once we hit France, the buildings got noticeably more opulent. The windows had shutters of all different colors, plus scrollwork, iron balconies, and other architectural elements. So beautiful.

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Which country’s buildings do you like best? Do you notice the houses and windows when you’re on vacation, too?

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