There is no question that Burano island in Venice, Italy, is a photographer’s paradise, and I found my camera especially drawn to Burano’s colorful windows and doors. I know most travelers head to Murano for the glass works, but if you are trying to decide between Murano or Burano, maybe this peek a Burano’s colorful architecture will help!
Burano’s bold splashes of color with brights juxtaposed on brights draws any artistic soul in, and leads them up and down the streets and alleyways. I’ve always photographed doors while traveling. And, often, in more elegant or artistic cities, the windows are included.
Perhaps part of the reason visitors are so drawn to the island, is the layering of bold color with such ordinary aspects of life. When I get a thrill from strung laundry, something special is going on. We all do our laundry, but how much more attractive it is in layered neon orange:
Or hung across electric blue and accented with flowers:
As I’ve said many times how much I love the the more worn and dilapidated areas I find, and in this, Burano definitely does not disappoint.
Look at this architecture:
And I suppose if your door does not latch any more, you must come up with a way to keep it from swinging open…
And there is so much going on here that I love…
The pink and green of this wall and window. Reminds me of an ice cream shop at home
And an island so intuned to color and beauty, also does amazing things with flowers on the windows and doors throughout. It makes me wonder if there is a artist-gardener on retainer for Burano, that goes street to street, choosing the perfect flowers to compliment your brightly colored doors and windows.
The homes in Burano are effectively row homes, and the color of each home butts right up against the next, with differently colored and decorated windows mere inches apart at times. What could be jarring and disjointed, becomes charming and enticing.
Many doorways of Burano were hung with a curtain as in this next picture. My guess is that this is to allow the breeze of an open door, while still protecting the occupant’s privacy. It has the additional benefit, of yet another source of bold color on these homes.
And the final window and door for the post, is a picture of the perfect combination of boldness and simplicity. I love this one:
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