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Mum transforms entire new build home into colourful paradise for under £10,000

A woman with an eye for detail has shared how she completely transformed her beige new-build house during lockdown.

Lauren Hubbard, 31, who runs home interior page @homeofgetkooky, used budget decor to transform the entire house into a colourful paradise.

She said: “I started a ‘home’ Instagram account initially to track my own progress and to show off my efforts to family and friends who couldn’t visit.”

Lauren spoke to Insulation Express to share how she transformed her bathroom on a tiny budget of £350.

She said “Our bathroom has had a complete makeover and looks like a completely different space. It cost me including all the accessories – £350.

Lauren’s interior design is bang on trend

“Pretty much all of our house has been accessorised using these same businesses.”

Lauren painted the bathroom mint green in a bid to create a “Miami vibe” while craving going abroad during the pandemic.

And she says the bright colours have made it a massive hit with her children soon.

The mum-of-two found lots of her DIY bits at budget stores such as B&M and Homebase, along with popular design chain Ikea.

Lauren's bathroom with pink walls, mint green fixtures and a zebra carpet
The bathroom is a colourful paradise

Some of the more “quirky” items were purchased from independent stores like Wild One Interiors and Love at number 18.

Some people may swerve new builds, but Lauren said one benefit was knowing she could immediately start designing the house with no need to carry out repairs or renovations.

“The whole home has been a gradual process that we are decorating slowly as and when we can afford to do it as we don’t have the capital for big payouts,” she said.

Living room with green walls and blue velvet soafa, pink cushions and pink fringed light cover
The transformation cost £10,000

“In total [it] has cost £10K so far but a large amount of this is due to our furniture choices and we were basically starting from scratch after always previously renting. As for the decor, that has only cost around £1500.”

She added: “As soon as I saw this house, I could immediately see the potential of being able to impose my own style upon it and could begin immediately with no outlay for repairs and renovations.

Lauren's kitchen after her transformation
She runs an Instagram account documenting her transformation

Lauren, who owns the business, Get Kooky, an online shop for self-adhesive decorative vinyl, dubbed her interior style as “fearless.”

“I love vibrant colours, patterns, bold designs and I am very experimental. Getting maximum effect for the least money possible.

“I am not afraid to try different combinations, if they don’t work you can always change them. It also partly depends on the season I am decorating in.”

pink and green bathroom
The pink and green bathroom was transformed on a small budget

Jenny Turner, property expert at Insulation Express, said Lauren’s choices were bang on-trend.

“Our research shows that warm exotic shades of pink, pale pink, and mint green are on trend this summer 2021. It also found that both light and dark shades of grey are popular all year round and should be complemented by those trending colours each season.”

Jenny continued: “Lauren is a great example of how these bright and summery colours can be paired with our reliable shades of grey and black to transform your home massively from something boring and bland to wonderfully shocking.”

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