With the help of the Sherwin-Williams® ColorSnap® Visualizer app, we’re bringing you a series of travel guides for cities by way of their seriously dreamy color palettes.
Up first: Brit + Co’s home base, San Francisco. This travel guide was created with two ideas in mind: what places should you go to see color + what will give you a grasp of what SF is all about?
Thanks to ColorSnap Visualizer app, we have a tool to bring these incredible color palettes off of our cameras and into our home.
With the help of the ColorSnap Visualizer app, we created the following color palettes from our travels. We even applied one to an office renovation, which you can peek at the end of this post.
First stop: Twin Peaks offers sweeping views of SF, the Bay + even the East Bay across the water. The fog keeps the hills a vibrant green, and we ain’t mad about it.
Twin Peaks is one of the best places to see these colors up close. The greens and yellows nicely juxtapose with the hazy blues and whites of the cityscape beyond, don’t you think?
Witness the famous Painted Ladies. Talk about colorful! San Francisco is known for its charming Victorian houses found throughout the city, but most famously along Alamo Square in NoPa.
Fun fact: These houses used to be painted Battleship gray due to surplus paint from WWI and WWII, but were updated in the ‘60s to their colorful state.
Hop on a cable car in the Financial District. The cable cars that run through downtown (until 1am!) are an iconic San Francisco sight that we try *so* hard not to take for granted.
What other city uses life-sized toy cars as effective public transportation? What’s more, they’re a total photo-op: the golden trolleys pair with the sea-green reflections of the high rises perfectly!
Head to bustling Chinatown. With its vivid colors, buzzing streets, and strings of celebratory lanterns up all year round, Chinatown is a must for color inspo.
There are tons of hues to be inspired by here, but we were particularly taken by the reds, pinks, and cream tones found throughout the architecture and store decor.
Walk Over to North Beach. The first stop in this celebrated neighborhood? Check out the Sentinel Building, San Francisco’s tiny version of New York’s Flatiron.
Found on the cusp of Chinatown + North Beach and just a block away from the famed Transamerica Pyramid. We love it for its unique architecture + how it juxtaposes against the white + blue high rises!
Check out the view at Telegraph Hill. You’ve probably realized by now that there’s no shortage of steep hills in this little city, which is arguably why the real estate is so sought after.
There are spectacular views every place you go — of the city, the bay, the bay’s islands, the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, even the mountains in neighboring counties.
This is especially true on Telegraph Hill, just east of North Beach. Take a stroll through this area to see some wonderfully colorful homes, lush garden stairs + you guessed it - incredible views.
Hike up to Coit Tower. At the tippy top of Telegraph Hill stands Coit Tower, which offers a rad 360 view of Downtown SF, the bay, North Beach, Russian Hill, and beyond.
The view above depicts the tree-lined streets with funky, bright and whitewashed homes and the skyscrapers that fill the FiDi. We love the ombre effect from green, white, blue, with pops of yellow.
Picnic at Crissy Field. On the north coast of SF lies Crissy Field, a span of green fields and beaches lining the bay. Translation: This is the ultimate picnic spot.
We’re about to nerd out for a sec, but we have mad crushes on the coral/ivory combo of these buildings. They’re so Instagram-able! Whatever army general decided on that color scheme had great taste :)
Ogle at the Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Spencer: Duh! This giant needs no introduction. Be sure to witness our proudest asset during your stay.
The best part of the bridge is its chameleon tendency: The colors of the bridge, the water below, and the city beyond change with the time of day.
See the sunset at Rodeo Beach. It wouldn’t be a complete trip without a visit to one of the Bay Area’s cold and beautiful beaches.
We’re partial to the lesser-known Rodeo Beach, a Pacific Ocean beach just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Why? You’re sure to beat the crowds, and the drive is just as beautiful as the destination.
Stop by in the evening to enjoy a pastel sunset that the Northern California coast is known for, complete with peaches, creams, and gray-blue hues. Just be sure to bring a jacket!
Wanna see *just* how easy it is to use the ColorSnap Visualizer App to redecorate? We’ll show you! We renovated an office space with the photo of the Golden Gate Bridge as our inspiration.
First, we extracted colors from the photo. Those bubbles you see can be moved around, so you can create your own customized color palette from any image. Then we got painting!
We painted the office’s walls in three tones —Grape Mist SW 6548, Lite Lavender SW 6554 , and Pure White SW 7005 — to mimic the silhouettes of the hills and cityscape in the background of the photo.
Then we painted our desk Raucous Orange SW 6883 + the chair Fireweed SW 6328 because they’re the focal point of the room, just like the bridge is in the photo.
We decorated with classically SF vibes: a nod to mid-century decor, layered textures, + lots of plants.
Make sure to check out the full post for the ultimate San Francisco travel guide for the color obsessed: go.brit.co/2rnFbl7