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A shophouse is a vernacular architectural building type that is unique to Southeast Asia. This hybrid building form characterises many towns in the region, especially Singapore. Traditionally, many shophouses would have been plastered an off-white colour. Other popular early colours were indigo and ochre, given the range of available pigments. By the mid-20th century, pastel colours (rose pink, baby blue, light yellow, etc) became popular, and they remain the colours that most people most strongly associate with these buildings.
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A shophouse is a vernacular architectural building type that is unique to Southeast Asia. This hybrid building form characterises many  towns in the region, especially Singapore.  Traditionally, many shophouses would have been plastered an off-white colour. Other popular early colours were indigo and ochre, given the range of available pigments. By the mid-20th century, pastel colours (rose pink, baby blue, light yellow, etc) became popular, and they remain the colours that most people most strongly associate with these buildings.