See How This California Cottage Squeezes Color Into Every Room

Interior designer Alison Kandler colored her own Santa Monica home from hue-less to happy with vibrant, well-conceived combinations and charming country character.
Plants in Colorful Living Room Add Natural Beauty

Plants in Colorful Living Room Add Natural Beauty

This sitting area uses natural beauty to enhance the colors in this space. The tree by the French doors brings a vibrant green into the space, while the yellow flowers add a pop of color to the middle of the room. The natural green and yellow of the plants blend well with the pink sofa and the yellow couch cushions. To tie the space together, a multicolor rug rests under the coffee table.

Photo by: Alison Kandler

Alison Kandler

California-based interior designer Alison Kandler is no stranger to styling stunning, color-infused spaces for her clients, but what happens when the client to please turns out to be the designer's own family? Well, the possibilities are endless.

Alison's 1927 Santa Monica home underwent a complete down-to-the-studs remodel, doubling the square footage with an added family room, master suite and large kitchen. The once Spanish-style home was transformed into a cozy English beach cottage filled with tons of natural light. 

The result? A blank canvas for Alison's creativity to take flight. And it soared. This color-enriched country cottage packs a punch of personality and lends a palpable sense of energy that inspires all who enter. It's no wonder this colorful country charmer won the hearts of HGTV fans, who selected Alison the winner of the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Crazy for Color category.

Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Colorful Kitchen

Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Colorful Kitchen

This homeowner's love for color does not stop in the living room; this kitchen is chock full of color. The wood floor has been painted blue and green with an argyle pattern. A red kitchen island and blue double ovens accent the space. In the back of the bookcases, wallpaper has been applied to add more color to the space. The shelves are dotted with colorful pots, pans and dishes for easy access as well as decoration.

Photo by: Alison Kandler

Alison Kandler

For a designer whose work is heavily inspired by traditional architecture and interior design from the 1920s and '30s, Alison is well versed in incorporating old elements in a manner that reads new and fresh. Take this charming kitchen with its French blue, retro-style Lacanche range, scalloped hood and curvy corbels, for example. Although walls and cabinetry remain white, a multitude of colors such as corals, blues, greens and yellows take center stage and range from argyle-patterned floors all the way up to the wallpaper-backed shelving. 

Pink Bedspread with Blue Accents in Colorful Bedroom

Pink Bedspread with Blue Accents in Colorful Bedroom

This elegant, feminine bedroom uses pinks and blues to make the space feel warm and inviting. The pink bedspread, accented by the blue throw and floral dust ruffle, makes the space feel warm and inviting. Color is added throughout the space with the exposed beams in the ceiling and the woven burlap rug at the foot of the bed.

Photo by: Alison Kandler

Alison Kandler

While effectively combining a variety of colors may seem like a daunting expedition, Alison views it quite simply. "Always start with colors that make you happy, and don't limit your palette," she advises. "Use as many colors as you like as long as you use them repetitively." The results of Alison's cheerful color repitition along with older, reclaimed elements are beautiful yet inviting spaces that beckon us to kick back and relax. 

Shades of Pink in this Bathroom Make the Space Pop

Shades of Pink in this Bathroom Make the Space Pop

In this bathroom, the different hues of pink make the space pop. The chandelier is made from pale pink milk glass, while bolder colors of pink make up the rug. The salmon colored bathtub, which is the statement piece of this space, is accented by pink floral wall curtains that tie all of these shades of pink together.

Photo by: Alison Kandler

Alison Kandler

Along with Alison's brilliant use of colors, the key to each space's success lies in the intended focal point. "I think every room deserves a focal point," says Alison. "In the master bath it is the coral claw foot tub, in the kitchen it is the French blue Lacanche range." Colorful features and focal points are further highlighted by large windows and skylights that flood every room with copious amounts of natural light. It's this natural light that allows Alison's chosen colors to be showcased in their truest form.

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Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Colorful Kitchen

This homeowner's love for color does not stop in the living room; this kitchen is chock full of color. The wood floor has been painted blue and green with an argyle pattern. A red kitchen island and blue double ovens accent the space. In the back of the bookcases, wallpaper has been applied to add more color to the space. The shelves are dotted with colorful pots, pans and dishes for easy access as well as decoration.

Blue Retro Double-Ovens and Scallop-Edged Ventilation System Add Personality to Colorful Kitchen

To add more personality and color to the space, this kitchen's blue retro-style double ovens were installed to give the homeowner plenty of ways to prepare meals for guests. The vent-a-hood above the ovens has scalloped edges, adding personality to an ordinary kitchen appliance. The glass front cabinets allow the homeowner to display her colorful dishes, while the counter is home to unique, colorful items such as a striped utensil holder and a yellow vase.

Floral Patterned Wallpaper and Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Dining Room

This colorful dining room elegantly blends patterns to create a sweet, feminine space. The blue and green argyle floor that flows in from the kitchen complements the floral patterned wallpaper. The distressed, green farmhouse table and the pink cushions to accent tie the whole space together.

Colorful Living Room with White Walls

This lively living room is full of color. Each piece of furniture sports a vibrant shade, while all colors are tied together with the bold, multi colored rug underneath the coffee table. The throw pillows add even more life to the space with the floral patterns and shades of pink. To add color to the neutral walls, designers hung bright letters and installed wallpaper to the insides of the cabinets giving the space lots of personality.

Plants in Colorful Living Room Add Natural Beauty

This sitting area uses natural beauty to enhance the colors in this space. The tree by the French doors brings a vibrant green into the space, while the yellow flowers add a pop of color to the middle of the room. The natural green and yellow of the plants blend well with the pink sofa and the yellow couch cushions. To tie the space together, a multicolor rug rests under the coffee table.

Teal Dresser and Floral Painting Add Color to White Walls

Details of this home help to add color to white walls. This beautiful floral painting gives vibrant color to the walls, while the distressed teal dresser brings out the green hues in the painting. The painting and the dresser are expertly blended with the help of the white lamp and the two busts that sit on the dresser.

Photo By: Alison Kandler

Pink Bedspread with Blue Accents in Colorful Bedroom

This elegant, feminine bedroom uses pinks and blues to make the space feel warm and inviting. The pink bedspread, accented by the blue throw and floral dust ruffle, makes the space feel warm and inviting. Color is added throughout the space with the exposed beams in the ceiling and the woven burlap rug at the foot of the bed.

Yellow Patterned Tile and Wallpaper with Pink Bathtub and Green Vanity in Bathroom

This bathroom has been given a bright upgrade. The yellow patterned wallpaper and tile call to mind visions of rubber duckies, while the green vanity and pink bathtub complement the bright yellow space.

Pink and Yellow Feminine Bedroom

This pink and yellow bedroom is a sweet escape for any girl. The pink and white patterned bedspread is accented by the elegant, quilted pink and yellow shams. The yellow in the shams ties in to the pink vase and chair that bring more color into the space. At the end of the bed, is a green bench that complements the pillows on the bed as well as the throw pillow in the chair. The curtains framing the French doors help to tie the space together.

Blue Wicker Dresser Makes Unique Sink Base

In this bathroom, a blue wicker dresser has been transformed into a sink base. Instead of drawers, the homeowner added curtains to give herself extra storage. The beautiful red flowers add subtle complementary colors to the space.

Shades of Pink in this Bathroom Make the Space Pop

In this bathroom, the different hues of pink make the space pop. The chandelier is made from pale pink milk glass, while bolder colors of pink make up the rug. The salmon colored bathtub, which is the statement piece of this space, is accented by pink floral wall curtains that tie all of these shades of pink together.

Artwork Lining the Walls of a Stairway

Even the hallway gets bathed in color. The stairs have a baby blue stripe running down the center, while the walls are adorned with colorful paintings that usher guests and residents up the stairs.

Photo By: Alison Kandler

Multicolored Ceramic Vases on Table

Brighten up a tabletop with a merry collection of colorful vases. Filled with plants or on their own, they're a happy addition to a room.

Photo By: Alison Kandler

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