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Trending Tones: 8 Colorful Homes to Inspire Your Redesign

Inspired by color trends from this year’s runway shows, we curate a collection of luxury homes accoutered in delightfully daring shades that keep summer alive and chase away the winter blues

Fiery red, beetroot purple, empire yellow, vanilla cream, skylight blue, and classic green emerged as trends from the 2023 spring/summer runways of New York, Paris, London, and Milan. 

Adding to the mix were saturated pastels, serene sunset tones, and easy-on-the-eye earthen shades, which, according to the global color authority, Pantone, “are recalibrated for the new era we are entering.”  

In this spirit, Luxury Defined curates a collection of eight luxury homes where color takes center stagefrom warm neutrals and bold, bright tones to multi-hued murals and mosaics. 

1. Luxury Golf Villa in Olhão, Algarve, Portugal 

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Designed for the resort lifestyle, this country estate on the Algarve encompasses nearly 15 private acres with a swimming pool, equestrian facility, and golf practice area.  

The main residence catches the eye with its burnt orange façade and terra-cotta roof. The interiors encompass more than 3,200 square feet of palatial living space finished with marble and natural stone.  

The main floor features a light-filled living room with a fireplace and direct access to the pool. Farther along is a formal dining room, fully equipped gourmet kitchen with barbecue terrace, and two en suite bedrooms, both with walk-in closets and views of the pool.  

The second floor houses the “presidential suite,” which features a double hydromassage tub and private balcony with a panoramic vista of the gardens. The fourth en suite bedroom is currently used as a dressing room. The lower level offers a shower room, entertainment area with bar, multimedia lounge, office, and laundry room.  

The grounds are a haven for sports enthusiasts. The equestrian complex includes an Olympic-sized dressage arena, four stables, and a two-bedroom staff bungalow with a kitchenette.

Nearby is the golf practice area with a putting green and a lake with an island. The Algarve’s world-class golf courses are just minutes away.  

2. Unique Beachfront Villa in Las Catalinas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica 

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Las Catalinas, an idyllic beach town in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province, is the setting for this unique beachfront villa overlooking Playa Danta beach, the Pitaya Islands, and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

The property is perched on a slightly elevated site, affording direct access to the white sands of Playa Danta. Designed by Jorge Letelier, of Manhattan-based Letelier & Rock Design, the home’s red-tiled roof, textured white walls, and exposed wood beams pay homage to Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

Other period details include decorative floors repurposed from an 18th-century Guatemalan church, ceramic tiles imported from Portugal and Italy, and an extensive collection of artwork and antiques sourced from Central and South America.

The floor plan encompasses 11,577 square feet across three floors. The main-level reception rooms include a living room, an entertainment lounge, and a formal dining room opening to a chef’s kitchen with beautiful blue-and-white azulejos-tiled walls and bright yellow furnishings.

Every room has a panoramic ocean view, including all seven en suite bedrooms. The highlight is the main-floor primary suite, with its lavish multi-hued blue bathroom, separate study, and second suite. The third floor houses four guest suites, staff quarters, and a serene outdoor plaza with a fountain.

Below are the gardens, bursting with bougainvillea and tropical vegetation. The centerpiece is an aquarium-style saltwater pool with glass viewing panels and a Jacuzzi. 

3. The Commodore’s Lookout in Tortola, British Virgin Islands 

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This bold, bright coastal villa in an alluring shade of aquamarine mirrors the beautiful seascapes of the British Virgin Islands. Commodore’s Lookout is perched on a hillside, just minutes from Soper’s Hole Marina and a short walk to Tortola’s West End Ferry Terminal.

Designed in the spirit of the island lifestyle, the home’s multi-tiered terraces, decks, and pagodas maximize indoor-outdoor living and those spectacular sea views. The property is divided into two separate dwellings.

The main house is anchored by a sea-view dining and living room with a beamed cathedral ceiling and walls in soothing shades of turquoise and sky blue. There are two lavish bedrooms on the main floor and a third on the lower level with its own entrance. 

Pocket doors open to the outdoor pool with the cerulean Caribbean waters as the backdrop. Tropical gardens separate the second dwelling from the main home, making it ideal as a vacation rental. 

4. Es Bosc in Ibiza, Spain 

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This sumptuous Moorish-inspired villa on the southern coast of Ibiza is a celebration of art, nature, and the senses.  

Perched on a clifftop overlooking the Balearic Sea and the island of Formentera, the property encompasses more than five acres of resplendent grounds sheltered by native pine and juniper. A field of lavender graces the entrance and stretches to a magnificent infinity pool that seems to merge with the sea below.  

The interiors are accoutered with carefully sourced antiques and handcrafted finishes of wood and stone. Bold fabrics and soft furnishings in fuchsia and lavender add a splash of color to the natural stone walls and wood floors.  

The great room is the centerpiece with its beautiful 13th-century Mudéjar ceiling dome under a violet-glass skylight. The library has an antique bookcase and reading area with brightly colored chaise longues. The primary bedroom, one of six suites, has a hammam-style bathroom with Jacuzzi and sauna, and a terrace with another spectacular vista of the sea.  

The outdoor spaces enchant with fruit trees and vegetable gardens, rugged stone terraces with jewel-toned cabanas, and an infinity pool styled to mirror the craggy inlets of the coastline. 

5. Villa Mansi in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy  

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Villa Mansi is a magnificent 17th-century villa on 10 parklike acres near the beautiful Renaissance city of Lucca. The villa’s stately 16th-century façade is the vision of Renaissance architect and mathematician Muzio Oddi.  

Two wings flank an arched central portico with double columns, accessed by a double staircase. The chromatic contrast between architectural and decorative elements imparts an air of movement and light.  

The upper loggia, with its balustrade and mythological statuary, was added in the 18th century. Within the sand-toned stucco walls are 22,725 square feet of museum-quality interiors graced with late-Baroque statuary and frescoes. 

The pièce de résistance is the great hall, featuring a ceiling fresco by Italian Old Master Stefano Tofanelli depicting the Triumph of Apollo. Villa Mansi’s gardens are equally significant.  

The original trapezoidal layout designed by architect and theatrical set designer Filippo Juvarra, features scenic set pieces such as the nymphaeum (grotto), fishpond, statuary, fountains, and a parterre garden. A citrus grove, ancient woodland, wide lawns, stables, a gatehouse, and farmhouse complete the picture. 

6. Penthouse C at 941 Park Avenue, New York, New York 

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In the galleried hall, a hand-painted mural depicting scenes transports residents and their guests to a country garden. A staircase rises to the upper level, where a charming garden terrace awaits.

Penthouse C is an elegant 10-room duplex at 941 Park Avenue, a grand, prewar cooperative building just two blocks from Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

The residence is entered through a galleried hall adorned with a colorful, hand-painted mural depicting a pastoral scene. Farther along the main floor is the drawing room with its monumental wood-burning fireplace and south-facing windows to frame the skyline views.  

Natural light streams into the wood-panelled library, which includes a hidden powder room. The chef’s kitchen has a Garland stove, stainless-steel island, custom cabinetry, and a breakfast room.  

The dining room is grandly scaled for large formal gatherings. A hallway with herringbone floors and milled archways connects the den, office, and powder room. An ornately carved wooden staircase in the galleried hall rises to the second floor.  

The luxurious primary suite and two additional bedrooms each have a built-in closet and access to a wraparound garden terrace, professionally landscaped with colorful plants and flowers. The property comes with a separate 100-square-foot unit, ideal as a fifth bedroom, office, or studio. 

Designed by Schwartz & Gross in 1927, 941 Park Avenue is one of the premier co-ops on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, offering white-glove services to residents and guests, as well as amenities including a fitness room and children’s playroom.  

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This alluring Bermuda villa has a secluded setting in the Fairmont Southampton Resort, within walking distance to the pink sands of famed Horseshoe Bay Beach and Turtle Hill Golf Course.  

Named Duamber (an anagram of Bermuda), this elegant property includes a classic Bermuda-style main residence, a charming guest cottage, and three quarters of an acre of private gardens with a swimming pool and spa.  

The main house has a pale lemon façade with a white roof and whitewashed window shutters. The interior color scheme pairs warm sand and pale lemon walls with polished cedar- and cherrywood floors.  

The foyer leads into several reception rooms. The vibrant sunflower-yellow living room, family room, and office each have a fireplace. Two-story verandahs frame the views of Horseshoe Bay Beach and the turquoise waters of the Atlantic.  

The main-house amenities continue with a media room, children’s playroom, garage, primary suite, and two en suite bedrooms. The guest cottage offers self-contained accommodations with a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette, and overlooks a lovely rose garden and meticulously landscaped lawns. 

8. Villa Tessa in Tangier, Morocco 

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This sleek whitewashed villa beside the ancient fortifications of the Kasbah of Old Tangier offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Tangier, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the Spanish coastline beyond.  

The interior decor combines contemporary design with traditional Moroccan elements, including zellige mosaic tiles, hand-carved wood doors, ornate ceilings, marble floors, and colorful hand-painted wallpaper. Vast floor-to-ceiling windows frame the vistas of sea and sky.  

The main residence and guest villa offer a combined 10,442 square feet of living space. Five bedrooms and five bathrooms—many with private, sea- and city-view terraces—accommodate guests in style.  

The sumptuous outdoor spaces include a roof terrace with a view of the ancient citadel and the Strait of Gibraltar. The lower-level garden room, in a bright apple-green hue, has several conversation areas and a raised fireplace.  

Walls of glass open to a paradisiacal garden shaded by royal palms and jacaranda trees. A swimming pool and sun terrace provide the finishing touch.