This Belfast Home Bursts with Bold Patterns and Bright Colors

published Jul 6, 2023
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This Belfast Home Bursts with Bold Patterns and Bright Colors

published Jul 6, 2023
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Five years ago, when Julie Jeongeun Choi and her husband, Adam Irvine, were looking for homes in Belfast, it took them a couple of visits before committing to their current home. 

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The four-bedroom, 1900-square-foot home is over 100 years old and had its unique original details — like the high ceilings and big bay windows (two of Choi’s favorite characteristics!). But there were some renovations the couple wanted to tackle before moving in. Once those were completed, it was time to infuse their own personalities in the space. 

“I would say my decor style is colorful, eclectic, fun, and bold,” Choi writes. “My husband likes quirky stuff, too, so we’re not here for a plain and simple house.”

Choi and Irvine’s home is the opposite of plain — in the best way. It’s filled with several complementary patterns and colors, and painting the walls is one of Choi’s favorite DIY activities. Their seamless combination of varying shades isn’t as easy as just picking vibrant colors, though. 

“When I plan to change the whole space, I would research a lot on social media too,” Choi writes. “I often search for two colors I want to use, like ‘lavender and orange,’ and when I typed this, a picture of a pretty lavender in a terracotta pot came up and I thought that was the color for our bedroom!”



  • Living room — Crown “Celestite”
  • Kitchen drawers — Lick “Green 07”
  • Bathroom — Johnstone “Tangy Sherbet”
  • Blue sitting room — Crown “Tempest blue”
  • Bedroom — Lick “Red 03”, “Purple 04”
  • Spare bedroom — Lick “Red 05”, “Blue 10”
  • Hallway — Craig & Rose “Angelica”
  • Outdoor — Lick “Green 09”, “Yellow 02”, “Pink 04”


  • Ceiling light — Shop in Greece 
  • Black and white stripe vase — Next
  • Mat — Sostrene Grene 
  • Basket — TJ Maxx 


  • Leather sofa —
  • Coffee table — IKEA
  • Small table for the record player — Charity shop 
  • Console table — Local secondhand shop 
  • Table nest for the plants — Charity shop 
  • Cushions — H&M Home
  • Ceiling lamps — Sostrene Grene 
  • Wall lamp — H&M Home 
  • Mushroom table lamp — Urban Outfitters 
  • Blue vase — H&M Home
  • Red Throw — Arket, similar


  • Dining table cork worktop — IKEA (old)
  • Dining table legs — IKEA (old) 
  • Chairs — Secondhand from the restaurant 
  • Table cloth — Elenor Bowmer
  • Lobster print — Mooncats


  • Kitchen cabinets — IKEA (old)
  • Concrete effect worktop — IKEA
  • Kitchen shelves — IKEA (old)


  • Mural wallpaper — Belarte Studio
  • Headboard — Dunlem (Old) 
  • Bed frame — IKEA (Old)
  • Throw — Always Sunday ​​
  • Bedside table — Charity shop 
  • Ceiling light — IKEA
  • Dressing table — Charity shop
  • Chest of drawer — IKEA 
  • Chair — Ebay 
  • Art print — Juniqe


  • Basin — Wayfair 
  • Bath tap & basin tap — Amazon 
  • Mirror — Sostrene Grene
  • Shelf — Ebay
  • Wallpaper — Lust Home 
  • Mushroom bath mat — Urban Outfitters (old) 

Thanks, Julie!

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