Dee Murphy’s Home Tour Is Giving Us All Wallpaper Envy

Once I see a colourful dwelling, it jogs my memory of why I really like interiors. A colourful dwelling isn’t solely thrilling to take a look at, however it reveals the artwork type that’s inside design in a extremely highly effective approach. Very like a portray, the choice to make use of colour (or not use colour) in a room performs an enormous function in how an area will end up. Though there aren’t any strict guidelines, there are methods to make use of colour nicely and Dee Murphy’s house is a chief instance of that. Her house is colourful but balanced, making it really feel private, layered, and eclectic. As I stated there aren’t any guidelines, however just about touring her house is like taking a Masterclass on the best way to use colour (and sample) in your house. So, shall we start taking notes? Let’s get into it.


The entry stairway wallpaper ought to offer you a good suggestion of her fashion and bravado relating to sample and colour. The scale of the stairway and her dedication to this wallpaper actually intrigued me so I requested how she selected this wallpaper for this house (and the way she approaches selecting wallpaper usually):

“Once I select wallpaper, whether or not for myself or for certainly one of my shoppers, the inspiration comes from each the house (how outdated is the house, what does the structure present?), and from the aesthetic we’re aiming for (moody and comfortable, vivid and cheerful?). My dwelling was inbuilt 1920 and feels very very similar to a Parisian condo. You enter from a middle courtyard right into a tall, considerably darkish staircase. I wished the wallpaper to be impactful and dramatic, to embrace the moodiness, and to ‘communicate to’ the flowers and foliage simply outdoors the entrance door.”

On the high of the steps, you possibly can see Dee’s skilled eye relating to mixing colours, tones, and patterns. The wallpaper brings in various tones of blues and greens which she enhances with the inexperienced framed mirror. The plant and occasional desk books pepper in additional blues and greens, that are grounded by the clear glass console desk. For extra motion and texture, there may be the concrete ball sculpture that’s each daring and dramatic. This may be certainly one of my favourite vignettes ever! It’s balanced, eclectic, and so enjoyable.

Instantly to the left of the steps, you enter probably the most sun-filled room of the home the place Dee wished to play with the gorgeous rigidity between darkish and light-weight.

When introducing colours to a impartial room, steadiness and cohesion are key so I requested how she goes about mixing colours. She defined, “When mixing colours in a room, you start with the strongest hues out of your assertion piece (for me that often means the wallpaper or the rug), and also you layer in some equipment in these shades. The extra fascinating and enjoyable half, although, is to search out the ‘supporting solid’, and to work these much less apparent decisions into the room.”

On this case, the colourful Persian rug creates the backdrop for therefore many alternative colours to return by way of. The obvious is blue, which is showcased most notably with the attractive blue couch. Then you definitely see extra blues peppered all through. The throw pillow, the espresso desk e book, the artwork, and even the wallpaper within the connecting eating room create a relaxing cohesion all through the house.

The extra refined tones within the rug permit for different colours to shine within the room as nicely. The tan couch colour is pulled from the rug so it feels very linked to the remainder of the room. The styling on the bookcase additionally speaks to the rug so there may be a lot continuity all through the house.

It’s my opinion that we will’t absolutely recognize colour with out first recognizing the absence of it in an area. On this room, as an illustration, the white partitions and molding create a canvas for the entire colours and patterns to actually pop. With a extremely daring wall colour or wallpaper in right here, all of the fantastic colours on this room may get misplaced, so the white partitions are the right backdrop.

I really like how the sunshine inexperienced fire breaks up the white partitions and provides one other calming colour to the house. I used to be actually interested by this colour alternative so I requested Dee if it was painted previous to her dwelling there, or if she painted it herself. She advised me, “The fireside was painted that colour once we purchased the house, and I all the time discovered it to be an fascinating alternative, so I’ve lived with it that approach for the previous six years. I not too long ago repaired the firebox, although, and had a stone specialist check out what may be beneath that inexperienced. There are roughly six layers of paint! I’m lastly going to strip all of it off to revive and reveal the unique stone, which can intensify the gorgeous particulars.”

Within the eating room, the wallpaper is the focus that introduces colour and sample however as an alternative of pulling colours straight from the wallpaper, she introduces new colours and patterns for an eclectic look. The pink curtains are mild and impartial sufficient that they mix with the room effortlessly and communicate to the sunshine wooden tones and the jute rug. The stripe sample on the rug provides one other dynamic sample to the combo that creates extra visible curiosity.

With many colours and patterns mixing collectively, I really like that she saved the wooden tones comparable so the house feels grounded. By the way in which, how unbelievable are these chairs?? I’m certain you’ve got already seen that Dee has a eager eye for mixing classic and up to date furnishings, which provides her dwelling a way of heat and “lived-in” vitality that’s intoxicating.

This balcony off the eating room is SO dreamy and I really like that she saved this space of the house fairly impartial and alluring.

In her kitchen, Dee nonetheless manages to play with colour in a extremely thrilling approach by way of decor. After all, the classic rug runner provides enjoyable doses of colour and sample that actually pop towards the white cupboards and impartial tile backsplash. I additionally love the wooden paneling on the ceiling that provides a lot texture and heat, which contrasts the darkish ground tile.

The inexperienced oven vary creates one other highly effective colour second that I’m obsessive about. I additionally love how she performed with extra inexperienced tones by including the panorama oil portray. It’s also price noting that we’re huge followers of leaning mirrors in kitchens 🙂

Within the hallway, I actually love this colourful wall-to-wall gallery wall that shows a combination of artwork and household photographs. The completely different frames make it really feel extraordinarily eclectic and private.

Paint Shade

Dee’s bed room is a major instance of sustaining a cohesive (however putting) colour palette. I even wrote a whole submit about it right here. Once more, the rug acts as the right jumping-off level which allowed her to drag colours from and sprinkle them all through the room.

The wall colour (Off-Black by Farrow & Ball) instantly pulls you in and creates a moody vibe, however I really like how she sprinkled in heat by way of the decor. The brass particulars, wooden tones, and floral accents steadiness the room so it doesn’t come throughout as darkish or gloomy.

The lavatory mirrors the moodiness of the bed room which creates continuity between the 2 areas. I really like how she honored the structure of the house by working with the classic tile and retaining the decor traditional and timeless.

One other approach she expertly mixes colours is by taking part in with completely different tones. The darkish blue paint colour is paired with a brighter, extra saturated blue dresser and each are tied along with the blues within the classic rug.

To finish this dwelling tour, we’re going full circle and again to the place we began. Off of the entry stairway to the correct, there may be this magical bunkroom that’s doused in wealthy colour and sample.


Isn’t it beautiful?? The inexperienced paint colour is a customized colour by Positive Paints of Europe and it’s STUNNING. It’s such a cheerful colour that pairs fantastically with the whimsical wallpaper. For extra colour and texture, I really like how she hung tapestries on brass rods in every bunk, which nearly offers a ‘headboard’ impact. That is such a cool function that creates a extremely dynamic, eclectic look.

Huge due to Dee Murphy for giving us a tour of her vibrant dwelling. Which half is your favourite? Hold forth within the feedback! xx

*Design by Dee Murphy
**Styled by Velinda Hellen
***Photographs by Sara Ligorria-Tramp and Zeke Ruelas

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