Where better to get ahead of the design curve than at our newly launched Trend Talks Stage at house 2018.
Our trend forecasters will be on stage giving you insights into the interior trends to take you through 2018 and beyond.
Throughout the weekend, well known interior designers will be covering all elements of up to the minute designs and tips and tricks on how to achieve the look you want. Their insight is second to none.
More and more Irish homeowners are growing in self-confidence and happy to showcase their independent styles. Whether that’s embracing colour and pattern or introducing a whole new style to a chosen room, then the Trends Talk Stage is for you.
Green is a traditionally welcoming colour so it makes for a warm and inviting impression on guests arriving at your home. You can embrace your true “Cead Mile Failte” green genes ahead of St Patrick’s weekend if you get painting fast and while you’re at it, house 2018 is running a St Patrick’s Day Flash Sale with a 2 for 1 offer - so don’t miss out! www.house-event.ie/tickets
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.
Fleetwood Paints colour consultant, Sinead Cassidy has given us some top tips on using green as a colour scheme in your own home:
When choosing the tone of your green have a think about what your room is used for whether it’s for relaxation, work, living or is a high traffic area like the hall. You may want to use a simple paler green for restful spaces or
make a daring trend statement with a deep, dark green in a living area.
Green tones can be wonderfully vivid, dramatic or serene and relaxing. Teaming Fleetwood’s Pantone “Pineneedle” which is a hue filled deep dark green with warm blush pink or citrus shaded textiles creates a look that oozes elegance and a daring touch.
Or try Fleetwood Vogue’s “Sentinel Copper” on the stair risers which is a clever way to add a mid-cool optimistic green to your hall surroundings.
Using green will require an element of interiors bravery - we lose confidence and typically revert to the tried and tested safe neutrals but paint is such an inexpensive and creative way to make an impact, why not go for it and see how fantastic it can look.
Inspiration Stage hero speaker Roisin Lafferty of Kingston | Lafferty Design gives us some top tips for busy Mum's looking to style a room at home.
Roisin will be speaking on the Inspiration Stage at house alongside Dermot Bannon, Jo Hamilton and Suzie McAdam visit www.house-event.ie for more information.
1. Wow Factor Christmas Tree
Give your Christmas Tree the wow factor with our top festive tips.
Make sure your tree is full and thick and not too big or small for your room.
Stick to one colour scheme for a luxe look - silver and white, red and green, gold and earthy tones – just make sure it all blends well!
Get the lights right! Place horizontally from the base and around the tree and make sure you have a few lights at the top to light up your tree topper.
For the real wow factor, don’t hold back! The top pro tip is that no branch should be left without something!
2. The Perfect Front Entrance at Christmas
Here are our top tips to achieving the perfect entrance to your home at Christmas.
Pick your design theme and stick with it. Coppers and mixed metallics are great but old favourites such as red & gold stand the test of time.
Maximise and use the space available to you! Don’t be afraid to decorate with festive candles and lanterns outside. A Christmas tree in the hall always makes a big impact.
With everything from wreaths to garlands there is no reason to leave your front door bare. Fresh holly and Christmas foliage is a great way to add some seasonal festive design to your home.
3. Non-Traditional Décor
Not everyone loves reds and greens as their Christmas colour scheme. So, what about pinks, yellows, blues, neon, birds of paradise and flamingos? Yes, you read that right! Step outside the box and go bold if you dare!
These colour schemes are not for the faint of heart but they will certainly wow your friends and family.
Think a white tree and pink decorations or go pastel with glitter golds and silvers. Or pops of neon against whites and silvers or for added brightness, go for colour tinsel and tassel garlands!
For maximum impact, carry your chosen theme throughout the house if you can!
4. The Ultimate Christmas Dining Table
A pop of fresh-cut greenery can add a lovely natural accent (and aroma) to your table at Christmas time.
A well-balanced centrepiece is key. An aromatic arrangement of pine, pinecones, fruit and cloves is sure to add an element of warmth without taking away from the rest of your Christmas spread.
For a sense of homey nostalgia, don’t forget to lay down a clean, subtle, warm tablecloths. A classic tartan design is sure to add a touch of elegance.
5. Mantelpiece of Dreams
There is so much scope to make your mantelpiece stand out and become a lovely warm focal point during the holidays so don’t forget to plan your stylish layout.
You can combine festive foliage and pretty flowers for a fresh look using anything from calla lillies and orchids, woodland ivy and pine cones or go for a striking red look with berries, red roses and plenty of candles.
If you like the idea of scandi chic, keep things simple with wooden decorations and a few sprigs of red berries and mistletoe.
Or for a really traditional feel, go for lots of green foliage and twinkling fairy lights.