house, the hugely successful interiors and design event, is back for the third year running and will take place in Dublin’s RDS from 25th-27th May 2018.
According to Niamh and Sinead of The Interiors Project, the key to a well-designed home is balance and attention to detail. Home décor is ever-evolving as we take inspiration from new trends each year and cultivate our own style. By carefully curating key furnishings as a neutral backdrop for all seasons, there is great scope to transform the tone and feel of a home by updating accessories, soft furnishings and colour schemes.
2017 and 2018 have seen rich bold colour choices at the forefront of interior design, with lavish velvets and metallics adding glamour and sophistication. Perhaps most prevalent has been the resurgence of all things green. As lifestyles become increasingly urban there is an emergent trend for bringing the outdoors in. Botanical prints; organic textiles; lush palettes from rich emerald to ‘new neutral’ sage - all are in the ascendancy. Naturally inspired hues and materials provide a new take on modern luxe.
Here are Niamh and Sinead’s top tips for incorporating new trends into your interior this Spring:
Using neutral base items as a mainstay, introduce colour themes through throws, cushions and accent chairs, layering textures and tones for a rich luxurious finish. Jewel toned velvets in emerald and forest are luscious and vivid, while earthy olives create warmth and ambiance. Layer tone on tone for depth. Dusky pinks and muted lilacs are set to star opposite the myriad of greens for 2018.
Greenery is eternally stylish in any home. House plants or potted trees are a great way to add scale. Planters in natural materials complement soft textiles, while foliage adds instant vibrancy. For those who lack the natural light or necessary green thumb, flower arrangements both real and (good quality) artificial make elegant focal points in any room. Play with scale to balance the space.
Another pervasive trend that works beautifully against the verdant Spring palette is metallics. Metallics have been going strong for several seasons with copper and rose gold giving way to their more timeless counterpart, brass. There is little quite as sophisticated as crisp clean marble against the warmth and elegance of brass fittings. To incorporate this sumptuous metal into your home try adding brass framed side tables or mirrors. Brass accessories such as table lamps and picture frames can be used to tie in the look.
Nothing creates or eliminates atmosphere quite like interior lighting. It’s a central, and often overlooked aspect of interior design. The humble pendant light has had a glamorous overhaul in recent years with blown glass featuring heavily and vintage Edison bulbs on proud display. This is a relatively simple way to give your home an entirely different feel, literally casting it in a new light. Both practically and aesthetically rows of glass pendants can dramatically change the look of a dining space by providing ample light with a sleek modern aesthetic . Brass accents work well in combination with lighting, producing a warm opulent glow.
house 2018 ticks all the boxes when it comes to interiors and design with over 160 market leading creative visionaries and experts ranging from interior designers, furniture makers and suppliers, kitchen fit-out specialists, bathroom specialists, lighting experts, flooring providers, fabric suppliers, window providers, paint and wallpaper suppliers, home extension specialists and home accessory suppliers.
Don’t miss out on the Art Loft where over 40 Irish artists will display their stunning works and book in for a consultation with a member of the Interiors Association where you can bring your drawings and designs to get the best value you can from your session.
house 2018 is Ireland's only trend led and style focused interiors event taking place in Dublin's RDS 25th-27th May, showcasing world class design and the cream of Irish interiors talent.
Buy your tickets now at www.house-event.ie/tickets Under 12’s go free.