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Pretty Paris: Delighting in the Details

When people think of Paris, many think of a city that’s perhaps somewhat lacking in color… The city of light could, at first glimpse, come across as a city dominated by discreet and conservative neutrals. And how could it not? With beautiful, but often white or beige, buildings along every rue, avenue and boulevard in the city.

It can sometimes seem impossible to find any trace of color. But if you take your time and keep your eyes open (and away from the Champs-Élysées) you can find color everywhere in this amazing city. It seems like what the city is lacking in colored buildings and houses it makes up for with colorful details instead. One of the things I find to be the most interesting, when it comes to color here in Paris, are the amazing doors.

A detail that’s otherwise often overlooked. You see, Paris does color in its own way – discreet, chic, although bold and daring. Much like the city itself.


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Written by Carin Olsson

Carin OlssonCarin Olsson left both her job and family back in Sweden to pursue her longtime dream of moving to Paris. A big passion for food, sweets, the city itself and photography resulted in her blog, Paris in Four Months, where she shares her time in the city of light.

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8 Responses to “Pretty Paris: Delighting in the Details”

  • Love the doors. It is very simple but very eye-catching. I would be on the look out for these different colored doors when I am out there later this year.

  • Erin - HiP Paris says:

    Philippa and Norman, thank you for sharing your post! It was very informative and what a great story about your ancestor.

  • I love the colours. I would like a scarf with all those colours in it.

    I also created a little collection of some of the amazing colour in Paris, including a astonishing turquoise house in the 17th that you might appreciate:

  • We spent an evening in Paris photographing the doors in St-Germain. I am happy to read that someone else has discovered this pleasure!

  • Sweet Freak says:

    I love the color and simplicity of the doors!

  • Thanks for the lovely comments! Kim, I hope you have a fantastic first trip 🙂

  • Kiki says:

    I SO agree with this post – I must have hundreds of photos of coloured, de-coloured, faded, worn, pretty, ugly, and always unusual doors of Paris…. The beauty – as so often – lies in the detail(s)!
    A wonderful post – thank you
    Sending you colourful greetings from a house with many faded doors!

  • Kim says:

    I love your blog! I have always been obsessed with Paris and am finally going for the first time this July. Your blog is so nice to read before my trip and adds to the excitement.

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