Offbeat

By Lucy Harvey

A drab new build has been transformed into a multi-coloured home thanks to its creative owner.

Adele Thomas, 50, used brave strikes of bright paint and her upcycling skills over the course of four years in a bid to transform her once ‘boring’ home in Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales.

The detached home – where Adele lives with husband, Rob, 54, and her children, Ruby, 17, and Roman, 13, is now a striking hub of eclectic touches and features.

Adele, a full time mum, said: “The house was much more neutral before I started transforming it as that just wasn’t me at all.

“So I changed it up and became a bit braver. I think going on Instagram made me think like that – ‘if other people can do this then I can’ and experiment.

“At the end of the day, I just thought, it’s just paint and you can paint over it can’t you?”

One of her very first projects saw Adele trying her hand at adapting something battered and worn, a simple monk bench that had been purchased at Dunelm which was touched up with vintro paint.

She said: “I painted it purple to go with my kitchen – that was one of my first projects and I’ve worked my way through all of the rooms, trying to do a bit in each of them and thinking what I can do next.”

She would even then try her hand at putting a brightly coloured orange feature wall in their bathroom.

Adele said: “I decided I would try to paint and be a bit daring, doing feature walls in a couple of rooms. I started in the bathroom, an orange one that was a bit of a shock for the family.

“When my son came home from school, he called up his dad and ‘said look at what mums done now.’”

However, the family have come to love and appreciate Adele’s hard work, with her daughter Ruby even helping her set up an Instagram account – @lifes_colourful_path – to share her remarkable creations.

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Rob even splits work on the exterior and garden with Adele, along with crafting custom furniture – including beautifully designed beds.

Part of what makes Adele’s home so special is the fact she’s been able to tailor it to her own tastes by upscaling items.

She said: “I would say it’s adapting things to your own style and taste – using chalk paint, spray paint or adding things, different materials or even stickers. This gets it to fit into the look of what you’re going for.”

Whether it is repainting an old drinks cart – which she received as a wedding present – dyeing some of her grandmother’s old dining cloths,

applying faux Moroccan tile stickers to her fireplace or tracking down vintage and second-hand items that could fit with a careful touch of paint, Adele has created a remarkable range of stylish rooms.

Thanks to her continuing to look for new ideas she came across a Sussex based artist who used the unusual combination of orange and teal, Adele transformed her living based around this simple spark of inspiration.

She said: “I think colours that are pleasing to the eye are important to have – particularly the lounge with teal and orange, as we have a lot of bad weather here, I wanted something warm and cosy.

“It just makes it more homely and not just a cream or magnolia box. Colours I feel drawn to are what I go for.

“My mum was also a colour consultant for many years as well, I learnt a lot from her but it’s usually more linked to what you wear.

“So, I tend to be drawn to colours that I’d typically wear, not the lounge so much but teal does suit everybody and mixes with most colours. It always helped with my look.”

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed, with visitors to her home even mistaking it for a shop.

Adele said: “One person I sold a rug to on Facebook, when she came over she said she thought she was in the wrong place because it’s such a modern estate but in the pictures, it looks so old.  Inside though she said it was like stepping into another world.

“She came in and asked to have a look at the room it was in, as it looked so lovely but I ended up nearly giving her a house tour and she tried to buy more things – I said to her, ‘it’s actually not a shop, so many people do ask but I tell them it’s my home.’”

While making brave additions of colour, even to the exterior of the house – with black window frames, doors and garden fencing to extenuate the bright colours of accessories – the house is still a home, with Adele often missing her unique designs when on holiday.

She said: “ I notice it when we go away on holiday to Spain – as I added a few things with colour in – but it has to be kept neutral because we rent it out occasionally.

“When we get back, I just feel like I’ve missed our colourful home. It’s so lovely to come back to a home like this, you instantly feel welcome when you step inside.”

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