Home Tour: Colorful Florida Retreat

A design team embraces a colorful vocabulary to create a cheery family retreat in Windsor, Florida.

House of Hues

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Embracing Color in Windsor

There's a point in every parent/child relationship when the student becomes the teacher. For the owners of this family getaway in Windsor, Florida, it happened the moment they walked into their grown daughter's new apartment. They loved the space so much that when it came time to outfit their new home's interiors, they tapped Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman, the design duo responsible, to work their magic again.

"We knew they liked the colors in their daughter's apartment," Coleman says. "So we just went for it, using blues in the place of neutrals and adding in pops of red." Here, how to score a one-of-a-kind look that uses the language of color to make each family member feel at home.

House of Hues

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Pick a Colorful Focal Point

Brockschmidt and Coleman designed the dining room around a handsome French cabinet they found in an antiques shop in New York. "It was so quirky and charming," says Coleman, "but it didn't feel complete until we sent it down to a local artist to get painted its custom blue hue."

House of Hues

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Think Pink

For the couple's youngest daughter, the designers fashioned a room with a soft, feminine focus: dusty-pink walls, a curvy table lamp from Williams-Sonoma Home, and matching floral bedskirts crafted from delicate Muriel Brandolini fabric. The extra twin bed, with its copycat Moroccan-style headboard, is perfect for tag-along friends.

House of Hues

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Make a Connection

Granite countertops and Shaker-style painted cabinets in the kitchen give the space a warm, transitional aesthetic. To tie the clean, white room in with the rest of the house, Brockshmidt and Coleman pulled in a touch of blue via the custom cushions on the barstools.

House of Hues

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Brush Up On the Classics

As an ode to Windsor's oceanside locale, the designers opted for a traditional blue-and-white palette in the living room. "We liked the idea of crisp, nautical colors," Brockschmidt says. "It's a classic combination." The damask fabric on the sofa and chairs, however, gives the scheme a slightly different, fresh approach.

House of Hues

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Diversify Your Palette

The designers posed a challenge to themselves before tackling the many bedrooms: "We didn't want to use the same colors over and over," says Brockschmidt. For this guest room's bold scheme, they turned to the surrounding beach environs for inspiration, pairing pale turquoise with bright yellow and coral for a unique look.

House of Hues

Jonny Valiant

Go Natural

The homeowners were originally drawn to the house's architecture and lush outdoor spaces, where the only colors that matter are the vibrant greens of the tropical foliage and the cool blue of the pool water. "The landscape has a formal but easy Caribbean aesthetic," Coleman says. "The rows of tall palm trees in the courtyard give a lot of scale to the house and ensure that there's a beautiful view through nearly every window."

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