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