Bright Ideas for a Colorful Whole House Remodel
A lively yet restrained paint palette turns a century-old white box into a cheerful family home
Don’t take Selma Blanusa all that seriously when she tells you she almost passed up her Sonoma, California, farmhouse while zeroing in on a different house nearby. “I didn’t anticipate I would fall in love with it,” she says of the one whose deed she went home with. “It was pretty worn down.” But Selma knows a find when she sees it. A compulsive renovator with a terrific eye and enviable resources, she was able to take one look at the frozen-in-time wallpaper, lace curtains, shag carpeting, and hulking range hood and see a stylish, light-filled forever house, its color scheme as smart and sunny as its manicured 4.6-acre lot.
Shown: a smart new portico enhances the facade of the 1907 house. Homeowner Selma Blanusa, who credits her “little-detail-orientedness,” matched new elements to what was there, right down to the contours
of the beveled replacement siding.
Paint: Benjamin Moore’s Rich Coral (door), Royal Silk (siding), and Graphite (shutters)