Choosing classic paint shades is an effortless way to create a reliably stylish ambience in a home, but these plucky residences turn the sophistication up a notch with vivid, often unexpected doses of color.
Consummate San Francisco Style
San Francisco, California | Gael Bruno, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
On the top floor of a stately Edwardian building in San Francisco’s fabled Ashbury Heights neighborhood, this charming remodeled two-bedroom condominium home displays delightful period details and handsome craftsmanship. Highlights include a sleek modern kitchen, an inviting living and dining room with a fireplace, and two serene bedrooms with hardwood floors and sunny bay windows. Vibrant walls in one bedroom mirror the lush greenery of the backyard garden it overlooks.
Chic Prewar Co-op
New York, New York | Serena Boardman, Maria Bazo, Julie B. Hascoe, and Eileen Angelo, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage
Flooded with enviable light, this striking, sophisticated residence has been impeccably renovated by its current designer-owner. Throughout, imaginative use of bold hues combines with hardwood floors, custom millwork, crown moldings, and eye-catching patterns and textures, resulting in a truly one-of-a-kind mood. Highlights include a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, an elegant dining room, a primary suite overlooking Park Avenue, two guest bedrooms with a shared bath, and an exceptionally outfitted eat-in kitchen.
A variety of textures, patterns, and colors—from arresting finishes, designer hardware, and dazzling wallpapers—creates visual excitement throughout this stylish five-bedroom manor in the desirable Houston neighborhood of Tanglewood. In addition to a family room with a beamed ceiling, a well-appointed kitchen, a light-filled playroom, and a summer kitchen, it features a cheerful music room with herringbone hardwood floors, lattice windows, built-in shelves, a fireplace, and invigorating cobalt walls.
Unique Santa Fe Compound
Santa Fe, New Mexico | Roxanne Apple & Aleka Moore, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage
Designed by renowned regional architect Lila DeWindt, this spectacular compound enjoys some of the most breathtaking views in Santa Fe. The 11.7-acre property boasts thriving landscaping, three guesthouses, entertaining patios and portales with expansive vistas, courtyards and decks for enjoying the area’s legendary sunsets, and a relaxed, inviting home filled with uniquely Southwestern style, striking details, and lively organic tones that echo the dramatic sky and terrain just outside.
Updated Greenwich Classic
Greenwich, Connecticut | Carol Zuckert & Beau Chmiel, Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage
Surrounded by lush grass and mature trees, this charming 5,880-square-foot home enjoys quiet privacy and generous spaces for entertaining and quiet relaxation. Highlights include formal living and dining rooms, an eat-in kitchen, an office, an oversized two-car garage, and a skylit covered patio with a hot tub, ceiling fans, and an outdoor television. In spaces such as the family room and the top-floor billiards room, the tasteful use of vivid color adds a touch of modern whimsy.