A couple have shared how they transformed a ‘beige’ house into a colourful paradise, giving the property a complete makeover in 18 months.
Vrons Beaumont, 35, and partner Chris, from Nottingham, first moved into their £220,000 house in Nottingham back in 2019.
The couple, who document their transformation on Instagram @theelectricpenguin, have slowly been decorating it ever since, putting their own special – and a very colourful – twist on the home.
Sales manager Vrons said: ‘So this is our second home we’ve lived in and when we moved in it was very beige with no real decoration.
They painted their kitchen cupboards bright blue and green, with a pink fridge and freezer and dishwasher and a shiny forest stick-on backsplash purchased from Amazon and a washing machine with multi-coloured stars on
Vrons Beaumont, 35, and partner Chris, from Nottingham, first moved into their £220,000 house in Nottingham back in 2019 and have been slowly decorating it since, documenting their transformation process on their Instagram @theelectricpenguin
‘We had saved up before moving so wanted to use that money to really put our stamp on the house.
‘Chris and I started with the living room and we really wanted to create a great space for entertaining. So we sacrificed having a dining table so we could fit a home bar in – one of the best decisions we ever made when we went into lockdown.
‘Then during lockdown we wanted to use that time productively, because we had so much time in the house. So we’ve used our evenings and weekends to inject as much colour and fun into the house as possible.’
The home is influenced by 1920s speakeasies and Art Deco, with bold colours and unique one-off pieces and joyful finishes important to the couple.
Sales manager Vrons said that when they moved into the property ‘it was very beige with no real decoration’, and so they got started transforming it and putting their own colourful twist on it (pictured: the kitchen before the transformation)
The kitchen also has pink utensils to match the pink appliances, next to a gold and pink vase with pink and green flowers and a pink sign saying ‘Too hot’
They have even created a home bar, called The Electric Penguin, painted in a deep teal shade with a stunning gold, circular drinks cabinet holding the liquor, and a neon pink LED cocktail light – which was previously a small dining room.
The rest of the home is equally as colourful – if not more – with the kitchen units painted a shocking blue-green, a bright pink fridge and freezer, and a shiny forest stick-on backsplash purchased from Amazon.
It was previously painted in neutral beige and white tones, with plain wooden countertops and light units.
The lounge boasts blue walls with a matching sofa and tropical cushions, with a gold leaf light and stuffed tropical bird completing the scene – a far cry from the previous cream décor.
Vrons said that she and Chris had saved up before moving so that they could put their own stamp on the new property (pictured: the bedroom before the transformation)
They put a colourful stamp on the bedroom with multi-coloured plastic drawers and rug, stickers on the windows to make them look stain-glassed and a blue chair with a pink cushion next to a colourful shelf unit
Before the transformations, the garden was plain, featuring a patio area and a grass area, with plenty of room for the couple to bring their own twist to it
The couple have created a bar in the garden, which they said was one of the best decisions they ever made when the country went into lockdown amid the ongoing pandemic. The bar has a light-up sign and is navy blue, surrounded by a navy blue fence with bottles of spirits on and strawers on the countertop
Inside with large double doors leading out onto the garden, the couple, who are unsure how much they’ve spent on the transformation so far, transformed the dining room into an indoor bar
The bar, which is called The Electric Penguin, is now painted in a deep teal shade with a stunning gold, circular drinks cabinet holding the liquor, and a neon pink LED cocktail light
The hallway is particularly jazzy, completely wallpapered in a green, blue and orange design featuring trees and peacocks.
There is also a large, golden peacock taking pride of place on the mantelpiece next to a matching ornate mirror.
Additionally, the couple have an outdoor bar space, painted in dark blue with a solid wood top and large, red light-up ‘Bar’ sign.
Although they are uncertain how much they have spent on their home to date, Vrons enjoys bargain hunting and sourced much of their items from small businesses on Etsy and bought pre-loved items from Facebook Marketplace.
Before the couple re-decorated, the living room had two cream sofas, with a white rug and walls and a silver feature wall with bird wallpaper
Vrons and Chris started their transformation with the lounge, so they could have a space for entertaining, swapping out the cream sofas for a blue one, with lots of colourful cushions and a gold leaf lamp and gilt mirror
The small bathroom had plain cream walls and features, with a blue print hanging on one of the walls before the couple started re-decorating
It now has blue Art Deco-inspired wallpapers, with a mirror inspired by the 1920s interior fashioned and other prints, with small tiles around the sink
They also received help from family members with decorating and wallpapering to help cut down costs.
Although they are smitten with their bright home, Vrons admits it isn’t to everyone’s tastes.
She said: ‘I know it’s probably very full on for a lot of people but we really enjoy living in a house that reflects our personality.
‘Because especially at the moment things are tough, we’ve all spent the last year in lockdown unable to see our family and friends, and so being surrounded by colour and personality in our home really lifts my mood and makes me happy.
The bedroom previously had oatmeal carpet throughout, with plain white walls except for the feature wall with orange and grey stripes
The bedroom now has a rose gold sparkly wall, with a leopard print and pink dresser and a gold leopard print vase with bright pink pampas grass and several prints hanging on the wall
‘I’m personally not a massive fan of the grey house trend but to each their own.
‘I think it’s important that your house reflects your personality, and creating a space you love living in is really key to me.’
Vrons shared snaps of her stunning home on Facebook, where she received more than 19,000 likes and 3,000 comments from people who loved her style.
One person said: ‘I think I might have died and gone to heaven seeing those photos.’
Another commented: ‘I want you to come to my house and style it up.’
A third wrote: ‘It’s bonkers, bizarre but brilliant at the same time.’
The hallway also features the same colourful design, completely wallpapered in a green, blue and orange design featuring trees and peacocks. There is also a large, golden peacock taking pride of place on the mantelpiece next to a matching ornate mirror