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Your Bay Area home in living color

30 May 2013 12:21 PM
Your Bay Area home in living color

Nothing changes the atmosphere of a home more quickly and thoroughly than an overhaul to its palette. Color can imbue a property with warmth or make it feel more refined and austere - and everything in between. This is especially true in the Bay Area, where owners of San Francisco real estate are known for their unique senses of style and their willingness to try bold color choices to give their homes a fresh, one-of-a-kind feeling.

California luxury
When a family of four moved across the country and into their new San Francisco home, they decided to renovate the kitchen and make it into a more free-flowing and relaxation-oriented space. To do this, they decided to employ Paige Loczi, a local interior designer, to help them pick the right colors to make the room truly memorable, according to Houzz

"[The owners] wanted something eclectic and unique, but not fussy," Loczi told the source. Centered around a reclaimed wood table and a palette that combined orange and blue, the renovation allowed the residents to make their home a truly unique and memorable space.

One technique that they and Loczi used - and that many Bay Area residents may find inspiring - was to not stop at paints and trimmings. Having settled on the orange-and-blue scheme, the family decided to incorporate unique furniture that was in keeping with their palette. Perhaps the crux of this was the inclusion of a orange-cushioned bench that wrapped around the corner of the eat-in kitchen.

By sticking by their unique color scheme, the family was able to create a cohesive and idiosyncratic kitchen that changed the tenor of their entire home.

Unity is key
Although the aforementioned California family opted for a unique color pairing for their kitchen that was distinct from the rest of their house, it is often important to make colorful design choices that are kept relatively consistent throughout a home. According to HGTV, this strategy will help give your property a cohesive feel that is still fun and fresh. 

This doesn't mean that you need to pick run-of-the-mill shades for every room. In fact, the opposite is true - bold choices are fine, as long as they don't clash too much with other nearby rooms. Instead of selecting a single color, the source recommends picking a family of hues - jewel tones or pastel colors, for example - to keep your home cohesive without being boring.