Your environment can affect your mood, so it’s no wonder that one enthusiastic home designer is always feeling jolly.
Colour loving Kim Yates has shared how she turned her home into an eclectic ‘maximalist dream’ – with rainbow walls and vibrant features – all on a budget.
Kim, who’s based in Lancashire, sought out cheap charity shop bargains and tried out DIY hacks in a bid to keep the cost down – and the end result is stunning.
The 34-year-old shows off her wonderfully eclectic home on Instagram @miss_mustard_design, revealing her budget decorating hacks, money saving DIYs and upcycles.
Kim describes her style as being style as ‘enthusiastically colour driven maximalism with a mix of eclectic modern vintage.’
That’s a bit of a mouthful, which makes sense because her design style is certainly an eyeful.
‘Transforming the whole house was so therapeutic and I thrive off design, pattern clashing and bold dramatic colours,’ Kim said, speaking to Swyft Home.
‘I thrive working under pressure with big transformation reveals at very little cost. I love the challenging task of working within a budget creating an incredible glow up. My whole house consists of my own handy work and creativity constantly making dramatic changes for less money.’
‘We transformed the kitchen by spraying the kitchen units with a deep green acrylic eggshell emulsion and added accent brass detailed knobs.
‘We also completely transformed our fridge. I lightly sanded it back, applied a thick layer of difficult surface primer then painted purple with gold accent feature handles and it still looks incredible.’
One of Kim’s favourite transformations was her bed, which she totally overhauled using two tins of spray paint for less than £20.
‘I also created the main light myself with a cheap halo ring light above the bed attaching a double layer of black peacock coloured ostrich feathers. These lights are sold for hundreds of pounds and mine cost me £50 to make.
‘I often head to local vintage stores and charity shops treasure spotting.. It’s amazing what a bit of spray paint can do! Everything after a bit of love and attention can be transformed into a show stopping statement piece of decor.’
For successful design, Kim recommends gathering samples of materials to create a ‘tactile mood board’ so you can get a sense and feel of the space you are hoping to transform.
‘Paint large areas of colour swatches on the walls in different areas as each angle of every colour reacts differently depending on the lighting, so can be quite misleading,’ she adds.
‘Fabric swatches are always a good idea then you can sense the mood the material creates with the atmospheric surroundings for the scheme.
‘Recreating my design style would be a case of indulging in maximalist soft furnishings, bold colour and pattern with quirky gold statement accessories.’
Kim’s top tips for decorating would be to ‘go with your own personal design style of what you love and don’t be influenced by other people’s style and design, as interiors is such a personal decision.
‘My house is a complete mix up of everything we love as a family, an eclectic mix of dramatic pattern and bold colour reflects us as a family and our personality.’