Few things transform an everyday interior space like carefully chosen paint hues. These plucky residences—from Palm Beach to Pasadena—catch the eye with their vivid, often unexpected doses of color.
Upper East Side Elegance
New York, New York | Louise C. Beit, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage
Constructed in 1870, this elegant six-story, six-bedroom townhouse on a lovely Upper East Side street is luxuriously scaled and detailed. While many spaces—including the grand living room and the charming dining room—use minimalist hues to create a subtle sophistication, in the library and its adjoining reading room, warmly hued and strikingly detailed woodwork contrasts with glorious green walls that echo the picturesque gardens surrounding the home and the blossoming pear trees of the enviable rooftop terrace.
Southwestern Style and Warmth
Santa Fe, New Mexico | Darlene Streit, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage
Combining traditional Santa Fe elements with Southwestern warmth and charm, this Pueblo-style home in the exclusive Las Campanas community is perfectly sited to make the most of expansive views. The 3,434-square-foot floor plan features generous living areas, a cook’s kitchen, an impressive primary suite, peaceful guest quarters, and a formal dining area with an arched ceiling whose hues echo New Mexico’s famous dramatic sunsets. Many rooms open to the estate’s inviting outdoor areas, which include a roof deck.
Pasadena, California | Michael Rasky, Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
This midcentury gem in the Upper Hastings Ranch neighborhood of Pasadena boasts many of the desirable elements from its era, including an inviting open floor plan and a connection between indoors and out. Carefully maintained, it features an original integrated dining table and brick fireplace, newer bamboo floors, a handsomely renovated kitchen, and a relaxed sitting area with an eye-catching yellow wall and the serene blue of the refreshing pool beckoning from just outside the sliding glass door.
Color and Historic Charm in Palm Beach
Palm Beach, Florida | Patricia Towle, Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage
This light-filled 1918 residence is minutes from restaurants, shops, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Color rules the roost here, with brilliant royal blue walls in one living space, mint green fireplace accents in another, aqua and yellow contributing to the delightful ambience in the main kitchen, and a bold teal creating visual interest in a sitting area overlooking the street and opening to a breezy covered deck. The property includes a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment above the garage that could also easily serve as office space.
Stately Sutton Place
New York, New York | Kristi Ambrosetti & Cathy Taub, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage
Dating to 1899 and lovingly maintained, this classic four-story brownstone is filled with sunlight and splendid vintage details. Highlights include original wood cabinetry, soaring ceilings, eight fireplaces, chic living and dining rooms, an eat-in chef’s kitchen with French doors giving way to a private landscaped garden and terrace, four restful bedrooms, security and alarm systems, central air conditioning, an approximately 900-square-foot basement, and a colorful library with built-in floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a fireplace, and a wet bar.