An Interior Designer Says Avoid Mixing Colors When Painting Your Home

  • 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 34,000 followers.
  • O’Gorman told Insiders that if he made a DIY mistake, he had a rule for painting: no mixing.
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Richard O’Gorman has spent most of the past year transforming his home in Birmingham, England from one that “cries out for color” into one that is brimming with color.

From the hallway to the bathroom and kitchen, O’Gorman has breathed life into every corner of the home with bold and vibrant murals. He has published his designs and spatial transformations on Instagram and has more than 34,000 followers to date.

Last December, O’Gorman learned his now golden rule of painting the hard way: Don’t mix colors.

Richard O'Gorman kitchen diptych

Richard O’Gorman in his pink and green kitchen.


Courtesy Richard O’Gorman

O’Gorman learned a valuable lesson in interior design when his kitchen needed repainting

Over the summer, O’Gorman painted his kitchen in two custom hues: one green lightened with white and one dusty pink with a dash of lilac.

While the kitchen looked great, the pink color needed touch-ups over time, he told Insider.

“Spaghetti happened,” he said. “I am a very creative cook.”

It was then that O’Gorman realized he could not reproduce the kitchen’s original pink shade for the touch ups.

“I tried to mix it up but couldn’t get it right, so I ended up having to start over!” he told insider.

It took O’Gorman a few days to redo the pink coat of the kitchen, and in a rush to repaint it on New Years Eve, he sparked a series of unfortunate events.

“I ruthlessly fell off the closets, tumbled to the floor, spilled some of my freshly mixed paint and squeezed my body and was proud of it,” he said. “Then I knocked over art on the shelves that knocked off a plant and smashed the pot. In a fit of frustration, I stormed out of the house and locked myself out.”

“It was a terrible way to end an otherwise amazing year!” he told insider.

To avoid frustrations like on New Year’s Eve, O’Gorman is now sticking paint straight out of the bucket.

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

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