This Blank New Build’s Bold Transformation Started with One Perfect Pink Color

published Jul 10, 2024
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This Blank New Build’s Bold Transformation Started with One Perfect Pink Color

published Jul 10, 2024
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Kate Moorhouse had always rented before finally buying her first home solo, this two-bedroom, new build, mid-terrace house in Wakefield in West Yorkshire, UK. “I’d been looking for a place of my own for over a year, but I’d been saving for my deposit for about five years. It’s much harder to buy a place on your own without that second person, so it took longer but was absolutely worthwhile. I also wanted to show people it’s absolutely possible even in this climate,” she begins of her home journey.

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"I always look where I can find bargain buys, I try to shop local and small, but I do invest in larger pieces like my bed and sofa so I know they'll be okay for years to come," she admits.

“I found the space after speaking to some friends about struggling to find a house that wasn’t a full renovation task with my budget. It was them who mentioned the new build homes and the Help to Buy scheme the government was running. This meant I could put a smaller deposit down to buy my dream home! It’s a really great scheme if you’re looking to get onto the property ladder, and I’m so pleased they told me. The location is perfect for commuting to the office and is close to city life and family and friends.”

Usually great decor starts with one piece that inspired it all; what’s that thing in your home? "For me it was the orange armchair in the living room. My first brave colorful purchase and I haven't looked back since!"

Delightfully, she says her new-found love for interior design surprised her, “it was something I’d never explored much as a renter but I think owning my own home made me braver in experimenting and finding what my style is! The beauty of a new build is that it’s a blank canvas, just you and some white walls to express your most colorful desires! However, this too is where the challenge lies.”

Kate says she had about £5000 left over after putting down a home deposit. "The flooring cost £3000 so the rest I had to be careful with as I needed some set aside in case of emergencies — like if the washer broke or something," she explains.

“Having a house that is completely white can feel quite daunting, like for me, I wasn’t sure where to start or what I even liked. I didn’t have a signature style so for me it was trying to find out what I liked. Not what was trending. She tried out a few different styles at first, like a minimalist monochrome look, but found it too cold. So she says she switched up her approach and began instead with how she wanted her home to feel. And she started with her bedroom.

What’s the one thing in your home that people always ask about? "People always ask me how many plants I have. If you want to know, it's about 41."

“I knew I wanted to feel warmth, a cocooned space that felt calming. I knew I loved terracotta tones, and the sun sets just behind the bedroom, so I started with this. I ordered testers from different companies and had them on the walls for weeks. But as soon as I saw ‘Templeton Pink’ from Farrow and Ball I knew that was the one. It was a warm deep plaster pink, that absorbs and reflects light — so sometimes when I have an orange throw on, it reflects in the pigment. I drew out a few designs on my iPad, as I love to draw, and that then set me in good stead for the rest of the house. I could see what was in my head on paper, and play around with it.” 

If your home had a zodiac sign, what would it be and why? "It would absolutely be a Taurus — an earth sign, that likes soft textures, being surrounded by plants, and always has food in it!"

Kate documents all of her interior design adventures on her Instagram account, @my_littlewood_home.

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PAINT & COLORS

  • Entrance — Dulux Heritage “Veranda Green”
  • Kitchen — Dulux “Crumpled Linen 2” and Dulux “Amber Queen 3”
  • Living Room (Sofa Side) — Dulux “Crumpled Linen 2”, “Amber Queen 3” and “Tuscan Terracotta”
  • Living Room (Armchair Side) — Dulux “Crumpled Linen 2” and Dulux Heritage “Veranda Green”
  • Staircase — Dulux “Crumpled Linen 2”
  • Landing — Hovia “Botanist”, Dulux “Amber Queen 3”
  • Primary Bedroom — Farrow and Ball “Templeton Pink” and  “Red Earth” (circle)
  • Second Bedroom/Office — Lick “Green 05” and Crown “Avant white”
  • Bathroom — Lick “Black 02” and Crown “Avant white”
  • Downstairs WC — Hovia “Obliqua wall mural”,  B&Q Good Home Emulsion “Private Affair”, Annie Sloane “Athenian Black”

ENTRY

Kate's dog, Betty.

LIVING ROOM

DINING ROOM

  • Oak and Metal Table — La Redoute 
  • Dining Chairs — Dunelm Mill (no longer available)
  • Flowers on Chair Print — Juniqe.co.uk

BEDROOM

  • Double Bedframe — Barker and Stonehouse
  • Bedside Tables — Home Sense (not online)
  • Fan — Joe Browns
  • Wall Lights — Amazon
  • Roman Blinds — Blinds2go 
  • Orange Bedspread — Ownkoti
  • Homemaker Polka Dot Circle Rug — George Asda   

BATHROOM

  • BESTA Wall Cabinet — IKEA

LANDING

Thanks for sharing your home with us, Kate and Chris!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.

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