When we first discovered interior blogger Theo-Bert Pot's home in ELLE Decoration it was love at first sight. The gorgeous home he has created with his partner Jelle, an interior designer, is a fusion of Scandinavian, French and Dutch design - with a colour palette worthy of an interior Oscar.
You only have a scroll through Theo-Bert's Instagram account to understand why his posts amass thousands of likes. His home is bursting with style and character through the use of unusual artifacts, stylish lighting, plant life and colour "I love to inspire others with my photos on Instagram. If the light in my home is particularly beautiful, I like to take lots of pictures and keep them for posting daily'' And we hope that this continues as we love to see the little updates he does to his home.
One thing that we instantly admired about his home was the use of colour and how he has been brave with dark hues ''I believe in creating a colour palette in your home, by mixing different colours together that you love. Let your personality show, Dare to try!''
The use of different textures as well as colours is prevalent in Theo-bert’s living space. We love the forest green and matte black hues used on the walls. They compliment perfectly with the velvet and fur textures teamed with the oak floors for a cosy sophisticated feel. "Many are afraid to use dark colours, the trick is to use it as a base colour. You can use other colours for the accessories which will then gloriously stand out.''
In the dining room a warm neutral colour palette of dusty pink (a colour which is set to be even bigger this year than it was last year) which pairs so well with the mid-century furniture. The result? A welcoming, relaxing space. We love how Theo-Bert has teamed this colour with blue hues and tactile velvet pieces. The rich jewel tones combine well with more neutral hues of the pale pink and dove grey.
Theo-Bert and his partner have brought the outside in creating urban jungle by adding several large tropical house plants to each room. The floor to ceiling windows at the back of the house bring in a huge amount of light making it the perfect sanctuary to relax in while being surrounding by nature.
Dark hues used on the walls works particularly well with large, bright and airy rooms. The painted wooden floor adds a brightness to contrast the Studio Green and Black Matte colour (both by Farrow & Ball). The classic Scandinavian style chairs add a splash of bright colour. “I love colours and combining them for an exciting and vibrant effect. Mixing different colours can be done without making the space extremely busy.”
Colourful paint isn't just for walls, it can also be used for customizing furniture which is great way to update a room and add a some colour. Theo-Bert has transformed an old tired desk by painting it in a bold 1950's hot orange. This works wonderfully against the pink walls in the dining room.
Theo-bert and his partner have created dramatic, bold and beautiful kitchen. The use of black matte paint contrasts nicely against brass accessories, steel bowls and pots on display. ''The old workbench is a piece of furniture we have received from Jelle's parents. We added a black sink and faucet, new shelves for displaying crockery, new curtains, a beautiful wall lamp and more plants” The raw wood work bench brings texture to the kitchen whilst incorporating a home-made family piece of furniture.
It’s time to get confident in our decorating choices. Update a wall or piece of furnture with a lick of paint, and remember if you don't like it you can always paint it back!
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