Magazine article Sunset

Living

Magazine article Sunset

Living

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A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAMILY FALLS HARD for HUE AND DESIGNS THE RAINBOW INTO THEIR MANHATTAN BEACH HOME.

COLOR

SET THE TONE

A SWIPE OF BENJAMIN MOOR'S CHAMPION COBALT STRIKES A STYLISH NOTE AT THE ENTRANCE.

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aleidoscope wallpaper, colorful lacquered furniture, hip-hop lyrics made into artwork: For Paul and Mikaela Hayama, these design details work harmoniously in their custom-built modern home. "A monochromatic, neutral, soft palette was an absolute no-no for me," says Mikaela, a legal-operations director and mother of two in Manhattan Beach, California. "With young kids, we wanted our home to feel energetic and alive. It just made sense to embrace big bold colors and textures."

To pull off this overachieving color agenda, the couple teamed up with architect Jonathan Starr of Starr Design Group and interior designer Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design and promptly let loose with some daring decor decisions. "Our whole idea was to go modern but approachable, livable, and warm," says Paul, a partner at a private debt firm. "It's not the easiest combination."

With a palette of pink, turquoise, purple, black (and more) drawn from a 1970s abstract painting Murray found at lstdibs, the 4,100-square-foot house now teases its sense of style right from the get-go. Step inside and an electric blue entryway acts as a backdrop to a vignette that includes an oversize mirror, a console desk, and two magenta twisted-cube chairs by Frank Gehry. It's a total wow moment that also happens to be rooted in practicality. The children-Blake, 8, and Sia, 5-use the chairs when putting on their shoes, and hooks on the wall hold leashes for the family dogs, a Shih Tzu and a Havanese. More than anything, however, the tiny-but-mighty nook says one thing loud and clear: This family adores the rainbow.

CHOOSE A STATEMENT PIECE

Use art, like this 1970s abstract painting, to create a palette. White dining-and-pool table, fusiontables.com for retailers. Brass "Rock On" Hand, $ 195, and Workaday Handmade Seeing-Eye Bowl, from $58; consort-design.com.

Few spaces in the house embrace such vivid hues edge to edge. Most of the walls are white-though in the case of an upstairs recreational room, mint accents accompany the clean blank backdrops. The neutral tones are a deliberate choice to help vibrant art and furniture pop and avoid clashes. "A common misconception is that if you like color, you shouldn't paint your walls white; you should paint them blue, red, or whatever-but it's completely the opposite," insists Murray. "Paint your walls white, like an art gallery. Color needs to be incorporated in a balanced way. After all, you don't want your home looking like a box of Crayolas."

"PAINT YOUR WALLS WHITE, LIKE AN ART GALLERY. COLOR NEEDS TO BE INCORPORATED IN A BALANCED WAY."

MIX--DON'T MATCH

The Hayamas eat most of their meals at a casual wood-and-white-lacquered table positioned right off their kitchen island. Designer polycarbonate chairs in green elevate the look. Bloom chair, calligaris.com for retail locations. Tom Dixon Melt Mini Pendant Light, $685 each; yliving.com.

PUNCH IT UP (IN MODERATION)

Deep-taupe walls, crisp red stripes, and yellow lacquered side tables convey a meditative mood in a guest room. Market End Table, $150; eurway.com.

MAKE IT MEMORABLE

Motley-hued wallpaper and origami-like sconces create a sophisticated funhouse effect in the powder room. …

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