Scarlet fever

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Interiors -

In Chi­nese cul­ture ver­mil­ion red is as­so­ci­ated with good for­tune and joy.

Crown Paint’s Toffee Ap­ple matt emul­sion (above left) is part of its kitchen multi-sur­face range spe­cially for­mu­lated to help kill house­hold germs on its sur­face. It adds soft warmth to walls, es­pe­cially when teamed with Spice Jar, a warm mouse grey. Both cost ¤29 for 2.5 litres, mixed to or­der, from Stil­lor­gan Dé­cor. stil­lor­gan­decor.ie

A Ja­panese-style stool (left) is painted in Ben­jamin Moore’s rich De­coy Red. A quart of satin, suit­able for wood­work, costs ¤35.95, from Dublin 8-based MRCB. mrcb.ie

Fleet­wood’s Pan­tone range in­cludes this blood-or­ange red Bit­ter­sweet (right), which cre­ates a dra­matic ef­fect in a room used af­ter-dark. It costs about ¤73 for five litres of emul­sion. For de­tails of your near­est stock­i­est call Fleet­wood on 049-8547209. fleet­wood.ie When styled in this type of tex­tu­ral set-up, the ceram­ics at Amer­i­can home store chain West Elm (and com­ing soon to Arnotts, Dublin) look re­ally be­guil­ing.

Set pol­ished lavé and mar­ble spheres (about ¤33), and rus­tic vases with un­treated ceramic and glazed edges(from ¤22 to ¤79) in night­shade, or­ange, white and light blue (pic­tured) along­side a glass pil­lar vase (about ¤39), against raw rock and your col­lec­tion will look im­pres­sive. west­elm.co.uk The De­sign and Crafts Coun­cil of Ire­land’s Fu­ture Mak­ers pro­gramme helps fund nascent tal­ent with bur­saries. Two names from this year’s list are So­phie Kate Cur­ran (087 217 5313 so­phiekate­cur­ran.com), pic­tured, and Adele Walsh (086 371 8596) whose work is avail­able by con­tact­ing the artists di­rectly. Cur­ran’s prices range from ¤470 to ¤490. Walsh’s ceramic spoons start from ¤55. dc­coi.ie Her­itage brand Wedge­wood’s ar­chive of­fers its de­sign team end­less in­spi­ra­tion. This fine bone-china tray or plat­ter, 14.5cm square, ¤50, is from Wedge­wood’s Wanderlust col­lec­tion and fea­tures a Ja­panese Acer gar­den and blue pagoda. wedge­wood.eu

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