The 10 Most Colorful Homes of 2021


From a surrealism-inspired desert getaway to a loft that blends Pop art with midcentury treasures, these vibrant living spaces make a strong case for saying “yes” to more color.

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As people continue to spend more time at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are reexamining how we live—some starting with the research-backed knowledge that color can play an important role in impacting behaviors and emotions. The below projects demonstrate how infusing a space with bold splashes of color can add some much-needed playfulness to the interior atmosphere.

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Blue, laser-cut trusses provide lightweight support. On display, they offer a playful contrast to the heavy roof.

Architect Mat Barnes, founder of CAN, transformed the Edwardian-era house he shares with his wife and toddler into a postmodern playground of pattern and color in South London. The kitchen features eye-catching cabinets made of recycled milk bottle tops, manufactured by Smile Plastics in Wales.

Photo by Jim Stephenson

Architectural fragments are posted cheekily around the room, a nod to the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, the home of the Regency-era architect who collected bits and pieces of "important" architecture to display. "It was a bit of a piss-take. There are these bits of antiquity that are expensive and historical, but you wouldn’t know unless you were told," says Mat. "So I went to a plaster shop and asked what spare, damaged bits they had for free."

To contrast with the light-filled rear extension, the architect and homeowner created a cozy living room in the front of the residence that is painted with a rich, royal blue from floor to ceiling.

Photo by Jim Stephenson

Artist Christopher Florentino’s Ghost Loft is a delightful mix of midcentury treasures, Pop art, and Japanese design.

Featuring 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and downtown Miami, the 1,900-square-foot studio apartment of Brooklyn-born artist Christopher “Flore” Florentino features a delightful mix of midcentury treasures, Pop art, and Japanese design.


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