Andrea Sinkin Uses a Vibrant Color Palette to Update a Traditional Home

April 1, 2024

A renovation gives a young family the utility they need and the high style they crave.

Text by Gail Ravgiala     Photography by Lo Austin

For a couple with three boys under seven, moving from a New York City apartment to a house in suburban Connecticut was an opportunity to create a home tailored to their needs. “The house had good bones,” says the owner of the 4,900-square-foot, six-bedroom traditional-style structure set on a bucolic half acre, but to work for her active family it needed an update. “I wanted to modernize while respecting the classic architecture,” she says.

To help execute a plan, she connected with Greenwich-based interior designer Andrea Sinkin. “Andrea has a bold style that I love,” she says.

Sinkin’s goals included bringing continuity to the overall aesthetic, which she accomplished with a palette of blues, greens, purples, and grays. “It was important that all the rooms relate,” says the designer, and the thread begins in the impressive two-story entry hall. The focal point is a sinewy grand staircase with handrails painted Benjamin Moore Storm, a gray hue Sinkin uses throughout the house.

The kitchen was a hodgepodge. Two islands and two large support pillars broke up the space, stained-glass windows blocked the light, and, most important for the family, it lacked a place for casual dining. Sinkin replaced the columns with a structural beam allowing for a more open floor plan. She created a new single island that cleverly incorporates banquette seating for a kitchen table, changed the doors and hardware on the base cabinets, and installed new countertops and a tile backsplash.

One of the existing islands was repurposed as a bar in the living room, where Sinkin covered the walls with grasscloth in soothing shades of blue, gray, and purple. “The tactile quality of the materials was purposeful,” says Sinkin, “and everything is user-friendly.” The room has a game table to encourage non-electronic play and an oversized shagreen coffee table with storage for puzzles and books.

The dining room reads as an ethereal oasis thanks to wallpaper in a wistful willow pattern. Natural light floods the space, which, like the rest of the house, is beautiful, functional, and just right for this family.

Project Team
Interior design: Andrea Sinkin Design
Builder: Palette Pro Painting & Renovation

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