3 secrets to painting a colorful home, according to an interior designer known for bold wall murals

Interior designer Richard O’Gorman bought his first home before the pandemic and spent the past year remodeling it. Courtesy Richard O’Gorman

  • Richard O’Gorman has spent the past year transforming his drab home into a colorful, happy room.

  • He started to publish his designs as “House Homo” on Instagram last spring and now has 35,000 followers.

  • O’Gorman spoke to Insider about his 3 top tips for adding color to your interior.

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Interior designer Richard O’Gorman has spent most of the past year transforming his two-story home in Birmingham, England from a house that cries for color into a house brimming with color.

From the hallway to the bedroom to the dining room, O’Gorman has breathed life into every corner of his home with bold and vibrant murals. He started documenting his spatial transformations on Instagram last spring and has amassed more than 35,000 followers to date.

O’Gorman shared his top three tips on how to paint your home and make your interiors more cheerful with Insider.

1. Use functions and fixtures to guide your designs

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O’Gorman paints around features and lights like light switches and mirrors. Courtesy Richard O’Gorman

O’Gorman often paints around mirrors, ornaments, and light switches. Doing so helps him “create whims and arouse visual interest,” he said.

Before painting a wall, O’Gorman recommends hanging mirrors and artwork first and then incorporating them into the color design.

“Try drawing a circle or a square around something,” he told Insider. “I promise you won’t look back!”

2. Take a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other

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A glass of wine is just as important to O’Gorman’s process as his brush. Courtesy Richard O’Gorman

For O’Gorman, a glass of wine is an essential painting tool.

“Every shape you see in @househomo was painted under the influence of one grape or another!” he told insider.

Wine helps O’Gorman relax and paint curves and shapes more confidently.

While drinking isn’t for everyone, O’Gorman says, if you indulge yourself in painting, “be careful” about moving on to a second glass of wine.

“There’s a fine line between the support of glass one and the ruthlessness of glass two,” he told Insider.

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3. Don’t be afraid to screw it up

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O’Gorman advises his followers not to be afraid of the mess. Courtesy Richard O’Gorman

O’Gorman urges people not to be afraid of the mess when trying a bold color or bold design.

“The beauty of color is that it is inexpensive, can be over-dyed and no one will ever know,” he told Insider.

When O’Gorman first painted his bedroom, he opted for a rich dark green paired with burgundy. Over time, the combination made the room look more and more like “the set of the next Hallmark Christmas movie,” he told Insider.

“I really pushed forward and tried to get it to work, but it looked ridiculous – I craved patties and eggnog all the time – so I knew I had to change it,” said O’Gorman.

He eventually switched directions and opted for a rust effect, which he now loves.

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Left: O’Gorman’s bedroom in its original color scheme. Right: O’Gorman’s bedroom currently. Courtesy Richard O’Gorman

“Sometimes the confusion leads you to the right decision,” said O’Gorman.

To see more of O’Gorman’s spatial transformations, follow him on Instagram @househomo.

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