Not shying away from a bright wash of color or a vibrant coat of paint, these seven kaleidoscopic homes are sure to cure you from the winter blues.
Playing off the work of artist James Turrell, as well as the front porch scheme prevalent in the South, the ruby-red outdoor living room of an Atlanta house is half covered and half open to the leaf canopy overhead. A pair of teak armchairs are clustered around a Laguna fire table from Restoration Hardware. Photo by Gregory Miller.
A former ambulance garage may seem like an unusual option for a home, but in the hands of innovative Rotterdam design office Doepel Strijkers it proved to be an inspired choice. A bright-orange polyurethane coating rescues the dugout from any suggestion of darkness or dinginess.
Tokyo architect Yuko Shibata's shape-shifting apartment takes a holistic approach to live/work style. She wanted more shelf space in her home office, so she added a plywood door with built-in bookshelves that opens into her bedroom to form a reading nook. Glimpsed from the adjacent room, the space looks larger than it actually is, thanks to the bright green walls.
Anna Horne sourced the living area’s red-and-white Tunisian tiles in her modular Australian beach house directly from a manufacturer online. “It was the first site I looked at, the tiles were well priced, and the company was easy to deal with,” says Horne. “When I requested this specific tile in red, it just happened to be the perfect red, so I went with my gut instinct.” Photo by Lisa Cohen.