The classics have taught us how a coat of paint can go a long way in making your home more suited to your tastes.
A couple completely remodeled their home in less than two years – and avoided the ‘gray house’ trend altogether.
Vrons Beaumont, 35, and his partner Chris, from Nottingham, moved into their £ 220,000 home in Nottingham in 2019.
Since then, they have slowly transformed their home into a colorful paradise – with no crushed velvet anywhere.
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They share photos of their home on their dedicated Instagram page @theelectricpenguin, where they have 10,500 followers.
Sales manager Vrons said: “So this is the second house we lived in and when we moved in it was very beige with no real decor.
“We had saved up before we moved, so we wanted to use that money to really put our footprint on the house.
“Chris and I started with the living room and we really wanted to create a large space for entertaining, so we sacrificed a dining table so we could set up a home bar – one of the best decisions we’ve ever made when we went into lockout.
“Then during the lockdown we wanted to use that time productively, because we had so much time at home, so we used our evenings and weekends to inject as much color and fun into the house as possible. . ”
The couple were influenced by 1920s speakeasies and Art Deco and added lots of bright colors throughout the property.
During England’s three lockdowns, they were very grateful for their home bar – called The Electric Penguin.
Painted in a deep teal hue with a golden circular beverage cabinet containing the liquor and a neon pink LED cocktail light in what was previously a small dining room.
The rest of the house is just as colorful – if not more so – with the kitchen units painted a shocking blue-green, a hot pink fridge and freezer, and a glossy forest sticker backsplash bought from Amazon.
It was previously painted in neutral beige and white tones, with plain wood counters and light elements.
The living room – previously painted in cream – has received a complete overhaul with blue walls, a matching sofa and tropical throw pillows, with a gold leaf light and a plush tropical bird completing the look.
The hallway is particularly jazzy, fully carpeted in a green, blue and orange design with trees and peacocks. There’s also a large gilded peacock that takes pride of place on the fireplace alongside a matching ornate mirror.
In addition, the couple has an outdoor bar area, painted in dark blue with a solid wood top and a large red light “Bar” sign.
While they don’t know how much they’ve spent on their home to date, Vrons enjoys bargain hunting.
She sourced many of their items from small businesses on Etsy and purchased used items from Facebook Marketplace.
The couple also received help from family members with decorating and hanging wallpaper to keep costs down.
Although they are wowed by their bright house, Vrons admits that it is not to everyone’s liking.
She said: “I know it’s probably very complete for a lot of people, but we really like living in a house that reflects our personality.
“Because, especially right now, things are tough, we’ve all spent the past year locked out, unable to see our family and friends, and so being surrounded by color and personality in our home really gives me morale and makes me happy.
“Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the gray house trend, but each their own.
“I think it’s important that your home reflects your personality, and creating a space that you love to live in is really essential to me.”
Vrons shared snaps from her gorgeous home on Facebook, where she received thousands of comments.
One person said: “I think I could have died and gone to heaven seeing these photos. ”
“I want you to come to my place and style it,” another person commented.
Someone else wrote, “It’s crazy, weird but brilliant at the same time. ”