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The UK’s Most Colourful Streets

The UK’s urban landscape is both versatile and invigorating, featuring everything from vibrantly coloured brick townhouses on busy metropolitan streets to pastel-hued terrace houses in quaint and beautiful villages. This is reflected in our Instagram feeds, which are crowded with these picturesque, multicoloured streets, from Bristol to Edinburgh to Brighton to Portmeirion. But which street is the most colourful? 

To find out, Dulux analysed images of 20 of the UK’s most famously colourful streets and ran them through a colour identifier tool to determine which streets displayed the highest amount of different colours. Scroll down to discover the top 10 most colourful streets in the UK for you to visit and get inspiration from.

The Most Colourful Streets in the UK

Bristol’s ultra-colourful neighbourhood of Cliftonwood is home to the UK’s most colourful street, Cliftonwood Terrace. With an amazing 14 different and bright colours, it takes the top spot in our study. 

Wales is also highly represented with two streets in the top four; Portmeirion in Gwynned as well as Tenby Harbour in Pembrokeshire are up there with Neal’s Yard in London. All these streets have as many as 12 different colours featured. 

Speaking of London, the capital’s most famous colourful neighbourhood – Notting Hill – is represented with two streets as well.

1. Cliftonwood Terrace, Bristol

The ever-so-trendy city of Bristol officially has the most colourful street in our study; Cliftonwood Terrace, in the vibrant and popular neighbourhood of Cliftonwood, has a row of terrace houses all in different bright colours – 14 of them in fact. From bold greens and turquoises to warm oranges and yellows, the exterior masonry paint colours on display on this street are invigorating. 

The Cliftonwood neighbourhood features several other colourful streets and is known for having murals, street art and colourful street parties too. 

Feeling inspired? Explore some of the exterior paint colours from Dulux Weathershield such as Oxford Blue or Molten Yellow

2. Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London

London is another hotspot for colourful streets and houses (you’ll see another few streets pop up further down in the list), but the capital’s decidedly most vibrant street is Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. An explosion of bright colours on exterior walls, windows and doors, this little courtyard in central London is an abode for independent shops, bars, restaurants and beauty parlours. 

The majority of the 12 colours come from brightly hued windows, contrasting the warm brick walls, but clashing blues and yellows also feature. 

To recreate a similar look for your house, why not go for Berry Smoothie or Fortune Green from Dulux Weathershield?

3. Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales

Portmeirion was designed and built to resemble an Italian tourist village by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis over the course of 50 years and was completed in 1975. Now owned by a charitable trust and featuring a hotel resort, this Welsh village now attracts thousands of visitors looking to escape to the colourful fantasy wonderland. 

Nestled between lush forests, it really is a sight to behold, with as many as 12 colours on display across its Riviera-inspired houses, church spires and archways. It also features statues, corbels and whimsical details for added affect. 

Feel like adding some Italian-via-Wales flair to your house exterior? Why not dabble in some exterior paint colours from Dulux Weathershield such as Sumptuous Plum or Buckingham?

4. Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Staying in Wales, but going down south, we’ve got the beautiful port town of Pembrokeshire with its colourful Tenby Harbour. The beachfront is dotted with a row of pastel-coloured terrace houses, completing that calm coastal look. 

Pale mint greens, cotton candy pinks and baby blues frame the crescent harbour filled with boats bobbing on the dreamy blue waters. Nestled between the old medieval walled town and the castle hill, it’s the ideal location for a beach day or for water sports such as kayaking. 

Looking to infuse your outside walls with some pastels? Look no further than Blue View or Lemon Pie from Dulux Weathershield.

5. Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London

Eternalised by the 1999 romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, Notting Hill’s Portobello Road in London has become somewhat iconic ever since. Will Thacker’s blue front door fitted right in with the vibrantly coloured houses here, from pastel pinks to bright purples. Featuring 12 colours, Portobello Road should definitely be on your list to visit for both Insta-worthy houses and vintage shopping.  

Looking for a blue door yourself? Cobalt Embrace from Dulux Weathershield will give you the exact look and is perfect for wood or metal surfaces. Elsewhere, go for something like Blush Pink or Royal Berry for those dreamy pastel hues for your outdoor walls. 

6. Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Scotland 

The curved cobble-stoned Victoria Street in Edinburgh is a heavenly combination of picturesque shopfronts, colourful masonry houses and stone facades, making it one of the prettiest streets in the UK. 

The neo-classic architecture is steeped in history and was the inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter books, much due to the vast array of independent shops selling everything from cheeses to books. 

To add a splash of magical colour to your own exterior, why not opt for Cranberry Crunch or Coral Flair from Dulux Weathershield?

7. Dukes Lanes, Brighton

A not-so-hidden hidden gem in the coastal city of Brighton, Dukes Lane is a haven for independent shops, restaurants and – you guessed it – colourful fronts. Vibrant murals and street art add to the mix, making it both picturesque and interesting. 

A hotspot for events and markets throughout the summer, it is a bucket list destination for some colour-infused experiences. Not far from Brighton beach, it can easily be combined with a trip to the pier.

For a similar look for your front door or walls, we recommend either Wild Primrose or Teal Voyage from Weathershield. 

8. Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, London

Another Notting Hill street makes the list and it’s not surprising with such a rainbow palette on display. The neighbourhood’s colourful history is also evident in the annual Notting Hill Carnival, a party explosion of colourful costumes matching the vibrancy of Lancaster Road. 

Bright greens and fun yellows meet in technicolor on this mostly residential street made up of swanky town houses.  

Ready to go bold with your own house colour? Dare to be different with a Misty Sky or Monarch from the Dulux exterior paint range, Weathershield.

9. Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland

This fishing port in the North-West of Scotland has one of the country’s most colourful facades, making it a postcard-worthy spectacle. The home of Balamory, the colourful waterfront was chosen by the BBC for its childish vibrancy as the location for the popular children’s TV show. 

Tobermory also has rich wildlife which can be observed alongside an array of independent shops and local restaurants. 

If you want to infuse your own property with some childish vigour, why not paint your exterior in a Pepper Red or Coastal Grey from Weathershield?

10. Quay Street, Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The final street on our list is also located on one of the Scottish isles, namely the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, where the colourful row of houses on Quay Street in Portree Harbour can be found. Indigoes, mint greens and blues form the quaint waterfront, contrasted by the deep green forest behind it. 

A remote fishing town, it is a peaceful place to visit as it has all the amenities you would want: shops, restaurants, a cinema and beautiful sights. 

To add a splash of Scottish seaside colours to your front door or exterior walls, Fresh Foliage and Green Glade from Dulux Weathershield is a good place to start for inspiration.

Speaking of inspiration, Dulux have put together The Great British Exterior Trends Report where they have dissected the biggest trends and patterns for everything exterior, from paint colours to surface styles. They found that grey and black were the most trending house colours, but below are the streets that dare to be different with bold and vibrant exterior paint colours on their houses.

Did you know that the colour of the outside of your house can boost your home’s perceived value by nearly a quarter? Check out our article on how to boost the kerb appeal of your home.

Looking for a quick way to add curb appeal to your home? Discover Weathershield’s latest range of all-weather, long-lasting exterior paint, or find out how to choose the right exterior paint for your home with our exterior paint colour guide.

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