You know how you have that sweater, that you used to just love in high school, and you don't really wear it anymore, but you keep it because you just can't bear to give it away? Well, when you're Jessica Alba you can do that with real estate. The actress has a lot of memories associated with her first home in Los Angeles, so instead of selling it she decided to turn the two-bedroom place into a guest house and vacation rental. To this end, she hired Los Angeles firm Cohort Design to freshen up the space a bit. The resulting space is lovely — and full of ideas worth stealing for your own home.
1. Add a little black.
Nothing makes a space look sophisticated quicker than a little dose of black. The robin's-egg blue on the walls of the living room is beautiful and soothing, while the black trim emphasizes the bones of the space and gives it just a little bit of edge.
2. Embrace contrasting colors.
The blue is really the main event here — but that bright red carpet is so delicious. It adds just the right amount of warmth and contrast. Don't be afraid to mix colors that don't 'match'.
3. Play with the same color in different shades.
I could just look at this little corner all day. The key here is using a single color — blue — in multiple shades, which maintains a cohesive feel but also adds interest and depth.
4. Try painting the ceiling the same color as the walls.
This is a great trick for an elegant, cohesive look, and can make a room appear seem larger by making the ceiling seem to disappear.
5. When in doubt, go for the gold.
Gold, like black, is a great way to make any space look super-sophisticated. A little bit of this luminous shade goes a long way — trying adding just a few gold accessories and seeing the difference it makes in your space.
To see more of the guesthouse, check out the full tour on Domaine Home.