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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.
Black is the elegant shade par excellence, in fashion as in interior design
Essential, and seductive, with a sheath dress, a pair of trousers or a jacket. Always perfect, from morning to evening from casual to formal occasions. It is an evergreen, the “non” colour that never causes embarrassment and which gives each object in the home a mysterious energy of fascination and seduction. Black can furnish each room, from the bathroom to the lounge, from the bedroom to the kitchen as dictated by the latest trends. It makes mosaic floors or glass walls even more sophisticated. It fills with light if combined with small points of lemon yellow, orange or acid green, whereas it becomes audacious and has a strong impact if used on its own or used together with tonalities such as electric blue.
Recently the dark effect has even entered the kitchen, transforming it into a place of representation on a par with the living area. It is, at the same time, minimal and sought after. The black kitchen becomes cloaked in prestige, authority and character according to the mix of materials and other colours such as wood, metal, white or red. The right flooring is the keystone. You can dare to use black in the flooring, always as long as there is the right lighting. In the opposite case it would be preferable to use tiles that go from white to pearl grey. For a shiny effect the ideal solution would be to use marble tiles. For an opaque effect, then porcelain stoneware can be used.
More than for the other strong and distinctive colours, black is a choice to be avoided for the less illuminated corners of the home. In order to avoid making a mistake the recommendation is to always leave the walls light-coloured, perhaps dedicating one or at the most two walls to black. The final effect will surely be of more depth. By giving vent to your imagination, you can create designs or leave messages on the walls. A wall sticker would be enough to tell a story and to give motion and a three dimensional effect to boundaries. If the height of the room allows, it could also become the right choice for the colouring of the ceiling or the floor. Black highlights spaces full of light, especially if you are dealing with a room with expansive floor areas.
Precisely due to its strong calling for the essential, a black kitchen has no need for shapes and lines to process. To play with a dark ambience the appliances must have satin steel inserts. They are efficient, functional and reflect the contemporary spirit of the furniture. The Black Collection, for example, the new line by KitchenAid including a multifunction oven, a steam oven, a speed oven, a microwave oven and a warming drawer where brushed steel merges with the iconic design of the label and the Printshield technology protects the surfaces from stains and fingerprints and make it easy the cleaning. A few objects in sight are sufficient to enrich a black kitchen: free space for food processors, electronic scales, blenders, toasters to create points of lights or colours, such as red finishes for example, to create an even more winsome mood. The result will be a unique kitchen that is elegant, always tidy and unlikely to suffer the passage of time.
KitchenAid are delighted to announce their sponsorship of the Interior Design Clinic at house 2018.
Colour is in the eye of the beholder, in fact many colours are not even noticed by some eyes. Colour blindness is quite common and can be strong enough that orange and green actually look the same to someone with this condition. When you say to your friend that ‘it’s a lovely shade of blue’ - and your friend agrees, there is no way of telling if you are both seeing the same colour.
Talking about shades of blue; A particular violet-blue, like the colour of a forget-me-not flower, was adopted by the French Fashion Designer, Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) as, what we now call, a signature colour. The founder of the House of Lanvin, the oldest fashion house in the world, she was way ahead of Ralph Lauren being the first fashion house to really do interior design. This particular blue was Jeanne's favourite after she purportedly saw it in a Fra Angelico fresco during the first decades of the 20th Century. She was truly passionate about colour understanding the magic that colour brings to a garment. She even opened her own dye factory in 1923, dedicated to colour experimentation. Not surprisingly because Mme Lanvin always made use of colour in her work, both pastels and bold colours. She was particularly fond of delicate shades of pinks, and that certain shade of blue which came to be known as “Lanvin Blue.” Since then, the violet-blue colour has become one of the brand’s symbols and is still very prevalent in Lanvin’s collections and packaging today.
Lanvin Blue was probably the first of those designer names we all love the sound of, like Griege, Beige, Clover and Dust. They do very little to convey colour but do everything to create an atmosphere. These names are like those given to racehorses which make them sound dynamic. Red Rum would never have had the same impact on the headlines if he had won his races simply called Spot.
Professionals working with colour, particularly printers on paper or textiles, use codes for all their colour choices. They could never just trust that their eye would match the specifiers. It doesn’t matter how good their own ability to distinguish colours, if it’s not what the designer asked for there’s business at stake. An industry standard like Pantone is essential to make sure that everyone is on the same hymn sheet to avoid costly mistakes. The inks they use to print on paper all have codes except for white. There is no reference for white because there is an assumption that the paper is white.
When the Pantone people get into the area of Fashion, Home & Interiors they have vast tools to help designers. Printing on objects like tee-pots and plates is a whole other issue. Then there’s the massive subject of how a colour will look printed on a textile. Knowing how difficult it is to pick a colour for your hall-door, imagine trying to illustrate the appearance of colour on a product especially as there are over 2,300 colour codes.
With such a choice is it any wonder choosing colours for homes can be so stressful. Even when home-makers manage the furniture and renovations themselves, colour can be daunting. It is a large field of study in itself. Colours can be warm, cold, toning, complementary, primary, secondary.. the list goes on. Colour wheels abound to help with the question of what ‘goes-with’ what. While helpful it’s just an ABC of colour.
Ultimately colours are very personal. And these colour wheels can’t chart how much you love the colour of Moss with Lily-of-the-Valley because you had it in your bridal bouquet. Or the pink ribbons in your little girl’s hair on her first day at school. Or the colour of your husband’s yellow jumper.
Isn’t it nice to know that someone did ask his designer for his room to match his favourite jumper and the result was a perfect match for his style and home.
If you can choose colours that do the same in your life, then you should.
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.