Colour­ful home has bright ideas on in­side too

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

IF YOU live in Cardiff you may have of­ten passed this very colour­ful house, but have you ever won­dered what it’s like in­side?

Ear­lier this week Wales On­line re­ported about the gi­ant egg that can be seen on the rooftop of a prop­erty on Ty Glas Av­enue, in Llan­ishen.

It was later dis­cov­ered that the egg has been con­structed by the owner of the house as part of a pro­mo­tion cam­paign.

But the man be­hind the house, Chris von Ruh­land, ex­plained the prop­erty is just as vi­brant in­side as it is on the ex­te­rior.

Chris, 55, has lived at the prop­erty for around 10 years and he said he painted the house in colour­ful tones within a year of mov­ing in.

The de­sign was in­spired af­ter he saw an­other house painted in a sim­i­lar way.

He said: “When I first painted it I hoped other peo­ple in the street would fol­low suit, but that didn’t really hap­pen.

“I think it was on Elm Street – where Cerys Matthews used to live – that some­one painted their house a dif­fer­ent colour, then other peo­ple started do­ing it too.”

To add to the won­der­fully wacky walls, Dr von Ruh­land also has an eye-catch­ing camper van parked out­side the prop­erty. It’s mul­ti­coloured, like a rainbow, and was in­spired by the con­cept of night and day.

He also added some flames to the de­sign “just be­cause it’s silly”.

The van, which he con­sid­ers to be an ex­tra dec­o­ra­tion, is a fur­ther at­tempt by the re­search tech­ni­cian to brighten up the street.

“There is a dif­fer­ent theme in ev­ery room of the house,” he added. “The lounge is desert-themed. “I went to Jor­dan once and the idea was that it would re­flect the colours.

“The thought was the whole room would light up with the tones.”

With its or­ange and red walls, the room has a def­i­nite warmth to it and is very dif­fer­ent to the other rooms in the house.

The dining room is cur­rently trans­formed into what can only be de­scribed as a tem­po­rary work­shop.

It’s filled with the wooden frame of a dragon that Dr von Ruh­land is con­struct­ing as part of a pro­mo­tion cam­paign for a film he’s mak­ing with Time & Space Pro­duc­tion CIC.

Parts of the ma­te­ri­als for the rather large dragon are also cur­rently be­ing stored in his son Zac’s room, who is study­ing at univer­sity.

The Slayer-themed bed­room that’s painted black and blood-red is cur­rently home to part of the soonto-be-cre­ated dragon.

His daugh­ter Oska also has quite a unique room.

The 22-year-old is a big fan of anime, which can be in­stantly seen as you walk into the bed­room.

“My room is full of flags,” added Chris.

“Years ago when I was in Ari­zona I saw the flag and it’s some­thing I kept going with. “I started col­lect­ing them then. “I bought a UK one dur­ing the 2012 Olympics and I ro­tate the flags out­side the house.”

Dr von Ruh­land has a flag­pole out­side his house and you’ll of­ten see a dif­fer­ent flag fly­ing above the front door.

But, for now, we can safely say he is fly­ing the flag for hap­pi­ness – with his colour­ful house and jolly out­look on life.

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