Step inside this artful California house which proves that a modern fire-resistant building can indeed be luxurious and colorful at the same time.
Nestled in a charming clifftop surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest in Montecito, this California house perfectly represents an independent building. This is because the home was constructed using hard-wearing materials, the mass being especially fire-resistant standing seam metal covering on the outside. When it comes to the inside, the main goal was to create a hyperfunctional interior architecture. To accomplish this, architect and designer Jamie Bush, who was assisted by the architecture firm Shubin Donaldson, was needed.
The use of resistant materials was significant to the clients since they were victims of the catastrophic Thomas Fire of 2017. However, there were some other main aims from the homeowners related to this; for example, they desired to regard the lessons of nature by cooperating with the ambiance and their landscape. Beyond this, they also wished to display their beloved art collection.
Based on a primary color palette, bold, happy colors, such as yellow, red, and blue, are used in every room of this California house. Beyond enlivening the whole area, this color scheme matches the vivid outside garden and the sea present only a few steps away. Even though the colors are very bright, the designers were able to balance everything out perfectly through, for instance, the light oak used not only on some of the house floorings but also on the walls, ceiling, and even the dining table, which ended up providing a harmonious and floaty feeling, making every house area look connected and clean.
Another way they made this house feel even lighter and fresher was by adding big windows that allowed a lot of natural light to enter the room and rotate the signature California breeze.
Thus, instead of this design looking clumsy, unorganized, or messy, which happens very easily when it comes to designs that mix a lot of bright colors, in this California house happens the exact contrary; the use of vivid colors adds a sense of uniqueness and personality to the building, and as it is so well balanced, it simultaneously exhales a luxurious, expensive, and artful atmosphere.
Even when there aren’t multiple colorful elements in the room, color is still added through the form of some more discreet features, such as the lamp used in the kitchen, the goldish decor piece that’s on top of the kitchen counter, and even by the red chair, as its tone is colder than most of the other colors spread throughout the California house. Although they used simpler shades like grey, white, and light brown, their combination and the glimpses of colors present in the room upgraded this house division, making it sophisticated and modern.
Another brilliant technique seen in this California house is the use of a bright color covering almost the entire room. This is visible in the blue powder room that expires a well-put-together and extremely rich aura. When the color doesn’t cover nearly the whole area, shades from a similar color palette can be used, like in the media room.
Now, moving into the primary bedroom, it is noticeable that it’s the calmest place in the California house. It exhales an enormous sense of serenity and highlights many natural features through, for instance, the oak used all over the room, light and neutral colors such as white and beige, and the large windows that show the beautiful landscape, a very green forest, and, of course, the ocean. All elements together create a private sanctuary that spreads warmth, comfort, and tranquility.
Now that this modern, artistic California house inspires you, dive deeper into this colorful vibe and discover how to elevate your design project by learning how to use vivid colors in interior design.