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Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home – Saara McLoughlin

November 6, 2020

If there ever was a home that inspired you to pick up the paintbrush and add a splash of colour and pattern to your homes, it has to be today’s home tour of Saara McLoughlin. Saara aka @saara_mcloughlin was our @eclectically_made winner last month over on Instagram and is definitely one to follow. Ready to have a look around her fabulous home…

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home – Saara McLoughlin

Pink and green colour blocking hallway including doors - Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

About Saara McLoughlin

Born in Finland, Saara has lived in Ireland for over half of her lifetime. She has two gorgeous daughters Ella and Lilli, husband Mike and their new kitten Cinder.

I’m a qualified interior designer and have spent a lot of my time home as a stay at home mom working on turning our house into our ultimate happy place, filled with colour and beautiful things that bring us joy.

Saara McLoughlin

When you peruse Saara’s home it will come as no surprise to know that she is qualified interior designer. Her bold convictions when it comes to choosing her decor for her home are not only a testament to her ability as a designer but also to going with what she loves and what works for her and her family. Since having her children, their family home has become her very own interior design project. Turning it into a home that they as a family will enjoy for years too come. For Saara that entails filling it with colour and beautiful things.

Saara’s Home

Eclectic bedroom - Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

Transforming their standard four bedroomed semi-detached house into a truly individual home has been Saara’s ambition from the outset. I think you’ll agree with me that her creativity and eye for detail has defiinitely been worth all of her efforts. Situated ten minutes drive from Limerick city centre, Saara and her family absolutely love where they live. It’s so often a testament to the effort that you put into a home don’t you think?

Gallery wall including macrame and bold vintage curtains | Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

Mid Century Love

Eclectic living room with Mid Century influences and vintage style curtains | Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

Saara’s love of mid century furniture and all sorts of vintage design can be seen throughout her home. For her it’s not only about finding exciting old treasures but also about making environmentally friendly choices that help protect the future of our planet too.

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Mid Century furniture

I’m mad about mid century furniture and all sorts of vintage design, and get so excited finding old treasures.

Saara McLoughlin

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Mid Century influences in this bold coloured loft room.
Boomerang chair by Mogens Kold. A Danish design from the sixties that Saara found for her newly decorated loft space.

Up-cyling

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Eclectic style kitchen dining area with up-cycled furniture and gallery wall
Saara picked up this side board at a carboot sale for €20  and has transformed it into a unique piece of furniture for her newly painted kitchen. She used Elle Decoration by Crown Collection paints, Enchanted Ivy and Satin Lining and the wallpaper is from Pixers.

Up-cycling and recycling have become a major part of Saara’s home design choices. I have to say that I myself have recently discovered the joy that painting old furniture and creating something new brings to your home. There’s definitely a sense of satisfaction when you can recreate a new look by painting rather than buying new.

I’m no stranger to a paintbrush and love upcycling furniture and paint projects of all sizes. I’m a firm believer in the importance of recycling, upcycling and making eco-conscious choices as our future literally depends on it.

Saara McLoughlin

Saara’s Style

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Mid Century influences and bold decor and fun art

Saara has an eclectic mix of styles that she makes work effortlessly in her home. Retro, bohemian and scandi all have a place, but what you will no doubt find, she is totally colour obsessed. There’s also a playful fun element to the way that she has designed her home. For Saara, there is no such thing as too much colour and pattern. Of course, they need to be the right choice of colours and patterns of which Saara has a keen eye for.

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin living room area uses colour blocking and textures to create interest

You’ll also discover an abundance of art throughout Saara’s home. Not only do these add colourful displays to the walls they predominantly showcase Saara and her husband’s fun personalities too.

I like playful, fun interiors that don’t take themselves too seriously and think there’s no such thing as too much colour or pattern, as long as they’re the right colours and patterns.

Saara McLoughlin

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home – Saara McLoughlin

Confidence With Paint

If there’s one thing to take away from today’s house tour it might very well be to go grab your paintbrushes and get painting. We’ve all got to start somewhere and considering most of us will be entering into another dreaded lockdown, you might want to keep yourself busy and get your own creative juices flowing with some paint. I thought we’d check out some of Saara’s amazing creative transformations that she and her husband have achieved in their home.

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home – Saara’s Creative Projects…

Pink & Green Should Always Be Seen Especially On The Stairs…

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Colour blocking has been used to create interest together with wallpaper on stairs and landings
Making macramé is close to Saara’s heart and one of her absolute favourite crafts.

It’s not often one can say that they are completely blown away with the decor of a staircase or landing but in Saara’s case she is the exception. Saara has literally taken her stairwell and landings to the next level with her redesign. There is so much inspiration to take away from this part of her home alone.

Bold botanical wallpaper and colour have been used to create statement staircase | Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

Bold colour choices add impact to what is ordinarily somewhere we tend to overlook when decorating. Saara’s creativity seems to have held no boundaries and must be a delight to encounter as you move up/down the stairs. Biophilic vibes are introduced with palm fronded wallpaper adding both pattern and colour that complement and add to her chosen colour palette. Of course, Saara has utilised my favourite colour palette of pink and green so I may be alittle more biased than most.

Bold botanical wallpaper and colour blocking in pink and green have been used to create statement stairs and landings. Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

Saara has also been brave enough to transition from one section of stairs/landing area with a slight variation of colour and wallpaper choice. Moving from green to pink and vice versa the one constant is the colour palette that Saara has used. It helps provide a sense of flow and a cohesive feel regardless of where one colour stops and the other begins.

Bold botanical wallpaper on the stairs with bold pink and green paintwork to create a statement stairs and entrance| Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

The thought process and attention to detail is phenomenal when you think how Saara has used her chosen green and pink colour palette and made it work on so many different attributes as you move from the hallway andd continue up to their loft space.

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Statement stairs using botanical wallpaper and bold paintwork

Eclectic Pattern Mix

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin Bold entrance hall with fun artwork, up-cycled colourful furniture and statement stairs
Saara has been bold enough to go for bright colours that create statement pieces throughout her home.

One constant you will find throughout Saara’s home is her love of combining an eclectic mix of patterns. From monochrome geometric details such as this lampshade above to softer biophilic design. They work because Saara has used them throughout her home from one space to the next. Pattern and colour provide a cohesive thread that ties each space together

Mid Century Inspired Loft Room

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | pink landing and contrasting green loft room
Saara used Satin Lining (pink) and Forest Vista (green) from the Elle Decoration by Crown Paints Collection for this area of her home.

Saara’s loft space introduces a brighter shade of green and pink with some blue thrown in to ground the design of this space. After climbing those stairs, it’s like the icing on the cake. Perfect for spending quality time with her family.

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Mid century inspired loft room using bright green, pinks and blue colour palette

Strong Mid-Century vibes flow through this room which also doubles up as a guest room. (For when we can have guests again that is!)

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Mid Century furniture

Colourful Up-Cycled Kitchen…

Painted kitchen/dining floor and gallery wall | Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

Saara has recently updated her kitchen dining room by painting from ceiling to literally the floor. Painting the tiles in here to hide original beige tiles has made a significant difference to the heart of their family home. It’s also saved them a huge amount of money in the process too.

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin | Eclectic Kitchen Dining area with gallery wall
Saara’s photo gallery wall is a display of a hundred years of Saara and her husband’s family history.

Saara has zoned the family dining table by using a darker tiled rug on her painted light grey floor. It really helps ground the dining area, particularly great if you have lots going on in a room decoratively like Saara’s. If you’re lacking interest they’re also great at adding textural warmth, colour and pattern.

Aqua painted up-cycled kitchen units with monochrome details and painted floor. Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin
Saara has created a unique kitchen that fits in with the rest of her home by painting the units to suit her decor choices. It’s such a great way to save money if your kitchen units are dated.

Again Saara has used a graphic style rug (albeit with a different monochrome pattern to highlight another zone in her kitchen. Of course, the addition of these patterned rugs also provides a practical one too as both areas will see more activity and help protect their newly painted tiled floor.

DESIGN TIP: Adding art and textural detail to kitchen/dining spaces helps create interest to what can often be a bland clinical space. It also helps personalise your space with the things you love.

Up-cycled kitchen units painted aqua and painted floor tiles | Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home - Saara McLoughlin

Or why not try hanging/plants in your kitchens like Saara. They help soften angles/straight lines of doors and cabinets whilst adding additional architectural qualities into this kitchen space.

Saara's upcycled kitchen has been painted from ceiling to floor. Saving money and creating a unique space. | Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home -  Saara McLoughlin

Another love of Saara’s is macrame hangings and you’ll spot them throughout her home and are even on display in her fabulous garden. I love how they add textural quality to any space as well as an additional spot of colour. If you’re interested Saara also has an Etsy page here where she sells custom made pieces.

Colourful Garden Delights

Bold colourful graphic decor continues in Saara's outdoor garden space. Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home -  Saara McLoughlin

Saara’s love of colour and pattern continues into her garden space too. Bold graphics and attention to detail are definitely her trademark signature when it comes to her decor choices whether inside or outdoors.

Sarra's bold graphic decor continues in her outdoor garden space. | Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home -  Saara McLoughlin
Saara’s outdoor space mimics her interior decor choices something that we tend to see as an entirely separate area. It’s definitely made me think twice about combining the two with our own home.

Saara's colourful outdoor garden space mimic's her interiors. Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home -  Saara McLoughlin

I love that Saara’s outside space continues with her love of bold colour and pattern. These two design elements bind the indoors with the outside and makes a statement to both.

Colour & Pattern Filled Eclectic Home – Saara McLoughlin

I hope today’s feature home tour has much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Be sure to check out the rest of Saara’s fabulous home here over on Instagram and if you fancy having your home featured why not join me and the rest of the @eclectically_made team here.

Until next time, thanks as always for stopping by!

Maria xx

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