Whether you live in a castle or a condo, the pull to decorate and surround yourself with whatever makes you happy — be it a comfortable chair, a flower-strewn wallpaper or simply a color that puts a smile on your face — is irresistible. For some people, the pursuit of a beautiful home is the pursuit of happiness. Back in 2020, clients of New York–based designer Monica Fried bought a recently built, white clapboard house on one and a half hectares in Greenwich, Conn. Inside, every wall, ceiling, sink, cabinet and counter in the seven-bedroom home was white. It was heavenly, but the young family with three kids (plus two cats and a new puppy) knew exactly what it would take to make them happier: color, and lots of it.