Mum transforms dull house into colourful dream home in just 10 weeks

It took just 10 weeks for Kimberley Yates, 34, to turn her dull house into a colourful paradise, packed with eccentric details and glorious prints.

When Kimberley and her husband Mark, 32, bought the Lancashire house in August 2020 for £460,000, the four-bedroom Victorian property was ‘tired and dated’.

The family decided they were ready to give it a total makeover, in keeping with Kimberley’s personal style – which is bright, bold, and the definition of maximalist.

After gutting the entire space and making cosmetic changes to each room, as well as installing a new bathroom, the family – including the children, Ronnie, five, and Remi, two – are now thrilled with the finished look.

Kimberley, an interior design student and property developer, said: ‘I believe your home should reflect your personality and ours does for sure.

‘I’m a colour enthusiast and love working with bold, bright colours and I confidently clash complementing patterns.

‘I think it’s important to preserve character and features in our Victorian home as well as inject life and personality with colour, patterns and textures – enhancing original features with design techniques.’

Take a look at the before and after pictures and the difference is astounding.

All the rooms, which were previously decorated in plain neutral tones, have been given a fresh lick of colour.

The living room went from beige and brown to electric blue and bright pink, complemented by hot pink and teal sofas, a leopard print armchair, and gold furnishings.

You’ll spot a lot of leopard love – along with the print, there’s a leopard statue in the lounge.

The kitchen, meanwhile, had its sage walls and plain wood cabinets traded in for forest green, pink, and gold.

And in the bedroom, a cream palette was upgraded with warm burgundy walls, a gold bed, and yet more animal print, including a stunning dressing table area.

Out in the downstairs hallway, dated carpet and plain terracotta walls have been traded in for orange panelling, a neon sign, and plenty of out-there artwork.

The two bathrooms each look totally different to their former state.

One, which was previously white and powder blue, now has green tiling, black walls, and a gold shower.

The second bathroom is loads of fun, with tropical wallpaper, pink panelling, and a bright blue cabinet. Plus, there are disco balls, of course.

Even the front door got a refresh, going from dark green to hot pink and receiving a rainbow doormat, flooral wreath, and gold lion knocker.

‘The house had been a well-looked-after family home for years with the previous owners but it was very tired and dated,’ said Kimberley.

‘It was screaming potential and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into the décor and design schemes and bring the features and character back to life.’

The mum describes her style as ‘modern vintage with eclectic maximalism’, and kept costs down by getting products from local charity shops.

She said: ‘I spend most of my time hunting for bargains, looking for perfect statement pieces to glow up and upcycle, transforming them into my own personal style.

‘We have an annex which I use for my workshop, where I do all my spray-painting of vintage furniture.

‘I absolutely love a bargain and look for all the different ways in which I can reuse a certain something and give it a new lease of life.’

The couple spent £30,000 on the renovations in total, including the new bathroom.

Kimberley said: ‘The only thing we’ve kept is the kitchen, which we painted, but everything else is new.

‘I prepared the design schemes during lockdown while the sale of the house was going through and did 3D visuals and mood boards to represents designs.

‘We were good to go the day we got the keys.

‘With my husband being a project manager, we both work well together and time management and keeping within budget was key.’

The house was completed within 10 weeks of them getting the keys, and the family moved in in November.

Kimberley added: ‘We are a fun-loving family and our home reflects just that.

‘Our children are used to living in a home full of fun and colour – it’s all they’ve ever known. I’d love to see their faces it I changed it all to grey.

‘I’m a big believer in “more is more”.

‘The kids love it and it’s a perfect family home – we are so happy here.’

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