A renovated Victorian in West Oakland that we just staged offers some out-of-the-ordinary design choices. Read on for inspiration . . .

Vivid color palette

Victorian gold door

We used bold colors in paint and accessories, from the vibrant gold front door . . .

mag entry

. . . to the bright striped entry rug and colorful paintings by Kristen Jensen . . .

mag office

. . . to the bright pops of purple, orange, pink and royal blue used in our pillows, poufs and artwork throughout the rest of the house.

mag guest room

painting on left by amiguel; painting on right by Kristen Jensen

Living room accents

artwork by Harry Gruenert

White brick backsplash

modern white kitchen

white brick backsplash

Instead of the typical white subway tile you see everywhere, the developer chose to use white brick tile. We love the mix of the rustic-feeling “painted brick” with the sleek stainless appliances and marble countertops.

Black kitchen hardware

black kitchen hardware

black faucet

Another unique touch in the kitchen is the use of black pulls, knobs and faucet. The matte black is a welcome alternative to nickel, chrome or brass.

Mixed seating in dining room

mixed dining room seating

We chose to feature a mix of white chairs and two of the new Sinnerlig stools from Ikea. The interesting blend of white, wood, gray, black and cork is echoed in the adjoining kitchen materials.

Dimensional bathroom vanity mirrors

mag round mirror

mag master bath

In all three of the bathrooms, the developer installed vanity mirrors that have dimensional depth to them. The bottom of the rectangular version seen above can also function as a shelf.

When decorating your home, don’t overlook the details (like hardware, mirrors and bold color combinations) that can make your space look and feel uniquely yours.

This house is for sale! Contact Daniel Winkler for more information!

2 thoughts on “5 fresh design ideas from a West Oakland Victorian

  1. Hi,
    I wonder if you might be able to suggest a solution: have a farmhouse-style folk victorian in Oakland. It has not been altered in any terrible ways, except for a poorly thought out addition to the back of the house, hidden from the street). I want to paint the exterior a crisp, bright farmhouse-white without any yellow or blinding blue tones. I have tried many whites and they are all too yellow.

    A few important points: The trim, which we are keeping, is a greenish, brownish grey. (see pic below-be aware that in real life the existing color is much peachier and icky. The picture is lightened). On one side, we have a grey-blue house, and on the other a yellow-tan house.

    There are two other cool white houses across the street (with renters who do not know the name of the white used by previous owners) and I do not want our house to look dingy in comparison with the wrong white. Online, all the advice for white is for interiors.

    Any suggestions for a crisp farmhouse white exterior paint for northern California?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Kimberley. We usually spec either White Dove or Super White, both from Benjamin Moore. The only way to know is to keep trying! Good luck.

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