Take a tour round Caroline’s colourful modern home

Caroline loves colour and opted for a vibrant scheme including bright bursts of pink and red.

Caroline loves colour and opted for a vibrant scheme including bright bursts of pink and red. Her four-bedroom semi-detached house was a blank canvas when she first moved in, with magnolia walls that were soon painted bright white. American- and British-flag cushions are a nod to her upbringing in the USA.

1/9 Living room

living room with dog and black sofa with cushions

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)



2/9 Kitchen diner

kitchen dinner room with white wall and pink cabinet

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

In the dining area, a dresser takes price of place and displays crockery, photos and recipe books. A find from a charity shop, Caroline had it spray-painted hot-pink to make it stand out, along with the chairs. Bunting is an inexpensive way of adding instant pattern to the room.

Cath Kidston

3/9 Kitchen

kitchen room with cabinets and washing machine

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Matt-white cabinetry creates a fresh look in the kitchen, with sleek black worktops as a contrast and colourful accessories to brighten up the scheme.

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4/9 Bedroom

bedroom with cushions on bed and red cosy blanket

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Deep, soothing shades of red create a warm, cosy feel in Caroline's bedroom and are teamed with bright white accessories and bedlinen so the room doesn't feel too dark. She made the lampshade herself from a coordinating pillowcase with a ribbon trim.

Ralph Lauren

5/9 Sewing room

sewing room with sewing machine and mirror on wall

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

By sacrificing space in the third bedroom and the addition of a partition wall, Caroline has created her very own sewing room or studio. The old Bernina sewing machine is a prized possession that's stuck around for years, while the deep red feature wall matches the wall in the bedroom, keeping a harmonious feel throughout the house.

Sewing machine
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6/9 Bathroom

bathroom with glass door and towel with commode

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

With white walls and a white suite, Caroline has injected colour into her bathroom via small accessories and by revamping an old cupboard with colourful paper inside the glass door.

Shower screen
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7/9 Shelving display

shelving with crafting and bunting flag

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Lots of lovely spots throughout Caroline's house feature pretty shelving displays and homemade artwork. Here, a collection of colourful bits and bobs adds a cute, feminine touch.

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8/9 Kitchen-diner

artwork with white wall and clock on wall

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A clever pegs-on-string design means Caroline can proudly display her kids' artwork in the kitchen next to the clock. It not only adds colour and pattern to a plain white wall, but the pegs make it very easy to change and update the pictures as the children grow up.

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9/9 Exterior

exterior with brick wall and house

(Image credit: future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Caroline was after a family home with bags of potential. The brick exterior and black-gloss door create a smart feel.

Door paint
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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.