Savor Shades of Lime and Orange in This California Home

Like a refreshing approach to design? Check out this home with a punchy palette.

With the unofficial start to summer behind us, let's perk up our palate with a refreshing cocktail of color, courtesy of a beautiful home in Marin County, Calif.

Designer Ann Lowengart first met with the homeowner nearly three years ago, when the tech industry professional was looking to update her ho-hum home. Ann knew immediately that her job would be to infuse the homeowner's love of color in the bland space.

Colorful Home Office Includes Mechanized Sitting/Standing Desk

Colorful Home Office Includes Mechanized Sitting/Standing Desk

Katie Ridder's "Leaf" wallpaper in green adds a "squeeze of lime" to make work less of a chore in this home office. The stylish desktops are mechanized to transform from a sitting desk to a standing desk to suit the homeowner's preference for the day.

Photo by: David Duncan Livingston

David Duncan Livingston

While the project was starting to take shape, another area of the homeowner's life was starting to blossom. She found herself in a random carpool pairing with another tech industry commuter and ended up with a date after finding they had quite a bit in common. That date led to a more serious relationship.

"Initially when she reached out to me, she was a single woman. A few meetings in she said, 'I'd really like my boyfriend to take a look at this too.'"

Thoughtful Layout Turns Living Room Into Multipurpose Space

Thoughtful Layout Turns Living Room Into Multipurpose Space

The layout of the living room accommodates different activities, creating a true multipurpose space. The primary seating area includes an intimate arrangement of the sofa and two armchairs for gatherings of family or friends. The sofa has a comfortable view of the television, which is mounted above the fireplace, for nights when the homeowners choose to stay in and watch a movie. A bistro-sized table and chairs near the window offer a space to have a drink, play cards or even work on a laptop with a view of the TV.

Photo by: David Duncan Livingston

David Duncan Livingston

That added a twist to the project Ann calls "A Squeeze of Lime." While her tastes were more traditional and color-focused, he preferred contemporary style with muted colors. 

The couple became engaged in the middle of the remodeling project, and the final design represents a balance between their styles and tastes, one that makes them both happy.

Contemporary Twist on Traditional Style in Colorful Dining Room

Contemporary Twist on Traditional Style in Colorful Dining Room

Bright green drawers give an unexpected contemporary twist to a more traditional chest of drawers used as a sideboard and bar in this colorful California dining room. The space draws its accent color palette from the Chiang Mai Dragon fabric by Schumacher adorning the end dining chair.

Photo by: David Duncan Livingston

David Duncan Livingston

The woman's love of color is satisfied with the use of lime, orange and blue throughout the renovated spaces. Ann incorporated some contemporary twists, such as a chest in the dining room with green drawers.

His taste shows strongest in the media room — an addition to the project scope after he joined the conversation. He enjoyed the geometric pattern of the wallpaper and selected the gray flamestitch rug for the room.

Media Room Pops With Refreshing Color, Artwork

Media Room Pops With Refreshing Color, Artwork

A colorful bicycle-inspired painting nods to the homeowners' love of cycling and sets the palette for their refreshing media room. What was once a basic, beige space is enlivened by orange-and-white trellis-print wallpaper, cabinetry and accessories.

Photo by: David Duncan Livingston

David Duncan Livingston

His love of cycling — a sport he introduced early on to his now wife — is represented in the artwork which inspired the room's color scheme.

"I want their relationship to thrive against this backdrop I've created," Ann says. "I'm trying to create something where they both feel at home."

Thanks for the peek inside, Ann!

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Coupled With Color

Originally intended as a chic bachelorette pad for a high-powered woman in the California tech industry, this Marin residence evolved into a new family home when the homeowner met her future husband during the design process. Designer Annie Lowengart married the couple’s individual styles to create a fresh, youthful residence enlivened by bold color.

Multipurpose Space

The layout of the living room accommodates different activities, creating a true multipurpose space. The primary seating area includes an intimate arrangement of the sofa and two armchairs for gatherings of family or friends. The sofa has a comfortable view of the television, which is mounted above the fireplace, for nights when the homeowners choose to stay in and watch a movie. A bistro-sized table and chairs near the window offer a space to have a drink, play cards or even work on a laptop with a view of the TV.

Squeeze of Lime

Lime green curtains trimmed with patterned fabric are layered over a Roman shade create a well-tailored look and focal point frame for the living room window.

Photo By: David Duncan Livingston

Coordinating Color Palette

The secondary palette of lime green and azure blue are carried from the living room into the home office, where the palette becomes more dominant through its use in the wall covering.

Photo By: David Duncan Livingston

Adding Fun to the Workday

Katie Ridder's "Leaf" wallpaper in green adds a "squeeze of lime" to make work less of a chore in this home office. The stylish desktops are mechanized to transform from a sitting desk to a standing desk to suit the homeowner's preference for the day.

Color Balance

Lowengart balances the use of bold color in this home office by painting the back walls of the cabinetry lime green while keeping the doors, shelving and trim a crisp white, mimicking the balance of color in the wallpaper. A playful pink sconce adds a touch of feminine to the space designed to be shared by the couple, who both work in the tech industry.

Color Punch

With a crisp white kitchen serving as a backdrop, this dining room punches with color thanks end chairs upholstered in Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon fabric and lime green panels and side chairs covered in blue leather. The green in the end chairs is echoed in the drawers of the chest, which serves as a sideboard.

Classic With a Twist

Bright green drawers give an unexpected contemporary twist to a more traditional chest of drawers used as a sideboard and bar in this colorful California dining room. The space draws its accent color palette from the Chiang Mai Dragon fabric by Schumacher adorning the end dining chair.

Photo By: David Duncan Livingston

Blending Styles

Benjamin Anderson's "Stingray" painting of a floating bicycle nods to the homeowners' love of cycling and sets the palette for their refreshing media room. His taste is reflected in the flamestitch rug, geometric print wallpaper and contemporary ottoman, while her taste is represented in the bright colors.

Making it Pop

The interior of the custom media cabinetry pops with bright orange paint and accent lighting. 

Photo By: David Duncan Livingston

Elevating Design in Unexpected Places

This laundry room proves you can have a little fun in a typically utilitarian space. Galbraith & Paul's "Lotus" wallpaper adds a fun design touch to the space, and two wine refrigerators offer easy beverage access to the adjacent media room.

Making More Room

Lowengart reconfigured this laundry room to create storage for laundry and cleaning supplies. 

Getting Bolder

The colorful palette is carried into the guest room in a big way. The fabric prints offer similar, complementary scale, and the cool blue tones offer a calming contrast to the energetic lime-colored walls.

Photo By: David Duncan Livingston

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