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House Tours: Colorful & Vibrant California Apartment

This 1930s Art Deco West Hollywood apartment gets a jolt of color in the form of bright paint and punchy patterns. It's eclectic, fun, and full of interesting details.


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    • Big Impact Mural

      The homeowner designed the living room around a fabulous painted tree mural, a nod to the iconic original found in 20th-century French designer Paul Poiret's bedroom.

    • Flashy Foyer

      In the foyer, hot pink felt like a natural choice for its ability to offer a cheery welcome and an invigorating send-off. A fabric table skirt adds a dose of pattern to the small space.

    • Standout Molding

      When the homeowner moved into the apartment, this room was entirely white, so she didn't even notice the picture frame molding beneath the chair rail. To coax out the interesting details, she painted them a glossy hot orange against matte-finish light blue walls. Each of these colors plays well with the rich vivid teal on the chair, a junk-store find revived with new upholstery and freshly painted legs, and its matching table, coated in shiny lacquer.

    • Retro Kitchen

      In the kitchen, she didn't want the walls to compete with the original white tile's sweet ribbon of red. Instead, she got her color fix in punchy accents, including a Roman shade made with retro-pattern fabric.

    • Lovely Living Room

      High-gloss navy blue paint shimmers on the walls of her dining room, where accents -- the rug, artwork, and upholstery -- stand out against a crisp foundation.

    • Side Table Showcase

      The homeowner created a vignette in a narrow hallway with this slim table, a vintage score finished in driftwood gray paint. Everyday items double as accessories. These things are easy to switch out on a whim, which keeps decor feeling fresh without a ton of extra work.

    • Bold Bedroom

      The homeowner wanted her bedroom to have a rock-and-roll vibe, so she went for grand gestures: black against turquoise and pink, along with plenty of metallic shine. The headboard is a DIY project crafted from 2x4s and plywood covered in foam, batting, and stapled-in-place Marimekko fabric.

    • Lacquer It Up

      A coat of lacquer can take any painted-furniture project to the next level.

    • Bathroom Perk-Up

      On a whim, the homeowner introduced an avocado-green shower curtain in a graphic '70s-inspired pattern to the bathroom's original yellow and chrome-accented tile.

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      Organizational Installation

      Staggered hooks on the bathroom wall hold her necklace collection, creating a practical art installation.

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      26 Ideas to Steal for Your Apartment

      Living in a small space is tough, especially when your decorating options are limited by rental rules and landlord laws. Let these ideas inspire you to make the home (and space) you want.
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