Home: Bold and Bright

I found a house.  And it’s the definition of happy.  The owner of the house, Pilgrim, grew up surrounded by creative people. The creative influences led her to develop a definite sense of style from an early age.  Her home design heavily draws from the colour of the 80’s. It’s vibrant, bold and bright.  I’m thrilled to welcome Pilgrim to Be A Fun Mum as she talks about the value of colour.

Read more about Pilgrim here.

How would you describe your house?

bright, bold, and a true reflection of its inhabitants! 
Do you have a favourite room?

ooh hard to decide! i do love the lounge room, but i think our bedroom is my favourite. its light, and warm and a special sanctuary that is just for basking in. i make sure its not too messy, and i try and only ever be in there in a relaxed and quiet mood. 

You take a lot of risk with colour.  It looks fantastic!  How do you pull it off?

haha i think some people would argue that maybe i don’t pull it off! for me there isn’t really much problem in surrounding myself in colours other people might find too bold. i really love colours, and i find them to be quite powerful in what they can express or evoke. i decorate like i approach any of my design work, and i try hard to keep everything in balance. 

How does your son respond to colour stimulation?

he doesn’t seem to have been negatively effected. i think he perhaps knew how to identify ‘chartreuse’ and ‘turquoise’ earlier than most kids though haha but when he was a baby, his bedroom was very simple and softly coloured, with just a few graphic details so as not to overwhelm him. now that he’s older his room is a bolder palette of chocolate brown, rusty orange, olive green and a sort of dirty turquoise blue. i took my inspiration for the colors in his room from midcentury kid’s picture books. the faded or muddy tones of the inks on yellowing paper. he loves it and its boyish without overtly being so.

What role do you believe colour can play in your everyday life?

i think colour can do all sorts of things. waking up in my yellow hued bedroom makes me feel sunny and happy even when there’s no sun and i hate mornings! say i’ve made it out of bed on that early morning – i always get compliments wearing purple, so if i wear a purple cardigan i know i’ll look slightly less terrible. and working in my desk area is inherently inspiring because i’ve surrounded myself with lots of colours. i might even eat my jelly beans by their colours! and you know its healthier to eat a good mix of colourful fruit and veg!

Does colour affect your mood?

color is hugely powerful over your mood! for an obvious example, take the story of my dad’s store. he ran a pawn brokers for a while and when they renovated the shop someone decided to paint the wall behind the counter a nice primary red. sounds good in theory but they found a direct correlation between an increase in aggressive behaviour in the customers compared to when there was no red wall! in simpler terms, the wall was like a red rag to a bull! and as i mentioned previously, my yellow bedroom is a sunny happy place for me to start my days. 

What advice would you give someone wanting to bring more colour into their home?

start small and with something you adore – some fabric, and ornament, a picture. pick out a couple of colours from the object and work with those. it’s good to try and work with the 60-30-10 principal – 60% of your main colour, 30% a second colour and 10% of a third colour. a small example: 60% could be your green sofa, 30% is the blue throw rug and 10% is a couple of light green cushions. read up on some colour theory if you’re not sure what works together, knowing about analogous, complimentary etc will make it easier for you to understand which colours are friends. also, don’t be afraid. it’s just colour! there are worse crimes committed than those of poor taste.

“Don’t be afraid. It’s just colour! There are worse crimes committed than those of poor taste.”

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Some Finds

If you love the draw! pilgrim look as much as I do, I found some adorable  rice products (Danish) from Lark (one of my favourite shops).

1. Yellow Miror $29.95  2. Microwave bowls (set of 5) $39.95 3. Giant Patchwork Pouffe $295

4. 8 Pretty Food Boxes $28  5. Birdie Clothes Peg $1 6. Pink Berry Canister Set $39.95

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    October 14, 2010 at 7:42 am

    so love the colour – I need to get a little bolder with my decorating after looking at this fun house! my kids would just love it 🙂

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    Emma Dennehy
    October 14, 2010 at 8:02 am

    WOW i love it, very brave, i should try it some time………..great one kel love the photo’s you took you have captured it very well 🙂

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    Nicole Grant
    October 14, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Love it! Very inspiring.

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    October 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I would LOVE to have colour like that in our house! but I don’t think hubby would like it that much. Might just have to start by adding little pieces here and there 🙂

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    October 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    oh just gorgeous!
    I wonder if I could be so bold with colour when our renovations are done… I tend to stick with white everything because I am not sure enough of any of my decisions and figure white can never be wrong… but oh that colour is lovely!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      October 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

      Be brave Kate. Be brave… lol. As Pilgrim says, “It’s only colour.” lol

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    October 14, 2010 at 9:30 am

    thanks so much for featuring me on be a fun mum! its always nice to meet a fellow colour lover 🙂

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      October 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      You’re welcome! Loved having you here! You are utterly inspiring!


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    Kristy McGrath
    October 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

    This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! It is everything I (&hubby) would love to see in our home. We have also just bought a 1960’s Viscount Alumvan (caravan) and I can’t think of a better way to decorate it. Thanks for the insirpration 🙂

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      October 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      Cool! I agree, the style would be perfect in your caravan. Lark has a heap of goodies if you are looking for some inspiration.

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    Hear Mum Roar
    October 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Oh, I love it! I love all this cheerful colour. We haven’t decorate our new place yet, so I’m always looking for ideas

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    October 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Love it, where did those yellow bookcases come from? And the white bookcases (perhaps Ikea these ones?)? Thanks LIZ

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      October 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      I’ll find out for you Liz.

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      October 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Pilgrim says the white shelves are ikea’s expedit and the yellow bookshelf is a second-hand office pigeon-hole system that i got from a salvage yard.

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    Ruth Brouwer
    October 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I LOVE IT!!!! THANKS KELL!!! Such a great house (sigh) one day!

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    Sharron Peacock
    October 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    JUST LOVE this house!!!! Great!!!!

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    October 15, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Perfection! I think Pilgrim has done a wonderful job of expressing herself with this design palette. Although I appreciate neutrals, I always have bright and bold in my home. Color really helps my moods too, I struggle with depression and find that the presence of jolly colors make ME jolly!
    Thanks for this great post! {pilgrim is an all around inspiring gal!}

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      October 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      I know exactly what you mean hannah. Often when I have a down day I light a candle. There is something about the yellow flame that makes me — happy 😀

      I love the balance Pilgrim brings to her work. It so colourful but yet so balanced at the same time. A winner!

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