colour in Copenhagen

In theory these colours, with purple and yellow next to each other, really shouldn't work but actually, on these adjoining houses in Christianshavn, it seems to.

In part it works because of the deep tone of the colours - this is not a primrose yellow next to the bright mauve of a geranium - and, in part, it's the depth of colour and the texture of the surface with the colour a wash over old plaster. Maybe it's also that these appear to be traditional colours. Familiarity breeds content.