Painting Inter-War Houses in Melbourne: Staunch Greco Industries Investigates

Painting Inter-War Houses in Melbourne : Staunch Greco Industries Investigates

Welcome to Part 7 of Staunch Greco Industries exploring the different types of historical homes in Melbourne. We offer an overall summary of the physical characteristics of each house along with some recommended paint colours.

On our last blog we explored Bungalow houses In Melbourne. Click here to read that article.

Staunch Greco Industries is proud to be a Melbourne born business. We might be accused of being biased but Melbourne is our favourite city in Australia for a variety of reasons. One significant reason is the historical architecture. It is simply striking and beautiful. We appreciate that old world craftsmanship.

In Melbourne you see a great variety of historical homes and we certainly do love painting and decorating them!

Therefore, it makes sense for us to do an exploration series of the different types of historical homes in Melbourne on our website blog, our Facebook and our Instagram.

Painting Inter-War Houses in Melbourne :Summary

Inter-War Houses graced Melbourne between 1918 and 1930. These houses were built on quite large blocks set well away from the street.

They are single story houses that reflect a regression from the more decadent and ornamental houses that came before it. Perhaps a reflection of an economic downturn period where it was seen as necessary to be more conservative.

This style of house begins the transition to modernism. Porches replace verandas.
They are far less decorative, and simple. Though, on closer examination, one can see influences of art deco, Georgian revival and Spanish Mission.


Exterior design focuses on horizontal structural design, particularly in window frame patterns.
The layout is simple. There may be some ornamentation on the front porch only. You will also find chimney and brick work patterning occasionally.

The front fences are generally plain brick. You will sometimes find brick fences with wrought iron panels featuring Art Deco zig zag motifs.

In general, brickwork is brown, red, or white coloured. The driveways usually have two paved wheel strips, with lawn between. Wide areas of lawn are common. Narrow garden beds, rose bushes, small shrubs and trimmed hedges are common.


Art Deco is a key theme and style. You will find Art Deco design motifs on glass doors, particularly in dining and living rooms.
The paint schemes are decorative with a mixture of darker and lighter tones. Painting Inter-War houses in Melbourne, one will notice that colours being used become more experimental and eclectic from this point as colour pallet options expand.

Painting Inter-War Houses in Melbourne : Recommended Colours

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Do you have a Inter-War House in Melbourne that needs painting and decorating? Contact Staunch Greco Industries on 1300 782 862 or contact us via our website by email.