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The best way to dis­cover how to re­ally live with colour and be­spoke pieces, is by vis­it­ing the Colourtren­d In­te­rior De­sign Fo­rum atthe per­ma­nent tsb Ideal Home Show. Colourtren­d – Ire­land’s top indige­nous paint man­u­fac­turer – have gath­ered top in­te­rior de­sign­ers to cre­ate seven care­fully con­sid­ered, themed room sets. Be in­spired, speak to the de­sign­ers about your home ren­o­va­tion ideas, and stop by Colourtren­d’s pop-up shop, which has a se­lected range of colour sam­ples avail­able to pur­chase.

LIV­ING ROOM – SPLASH OF OP­U­LENCE Claire Price and Elaine Re­gan of House/EDIT have de­signed a bold, na­ture-in­spired liv­ing space

“Peo­ple some­times as­so­ciate na­ture with a soft colour pal­ette, but we have pulled out the bold­ness that na­ture has to of­fer,” says Claire. “The walls are painted with Colourtren­d’s Cray­fish, a dark, rich blue. Blue may typ­i­cally be seen as be­ing cold, but we want to show how you can cre­ate a liv­ing room that is still in­ti­mate and warm.” Claire and Elaine looked to laven­der fields, in­ter­wo­ven with blue, green, laven­der and golden tones, for in­spi­ra­tion. “We lay­ered up the Cray­fish with a plush ‘hy­dra’ sofa from DFS (which sits be­tween teal and deep blue) and a ‘turmeric’ (mus­tard) arm­chair. When you put turmeric against Cray­fish, it brings the scheme to life. “To add to the nat­u­ral, re­lax­ing at­mos­phere, we have plants around the room, orig­i­nal art­work, and a strik­ing brass-and-white glass pen­dant light from April & The Bear. “We will also be giv­ing away one of the DFS so­fas at the Show.”


A calm home of­fice, which has a sofa bed and an in­jec­tion of fun colours, is the con­cept of He­lena Cousins at Zinc In­te­rior De­sign

“With many peo­ple work­ing from home, this is a func­tional space for the cre­ative en­tre­pre­neur who wants to re­flect their in­di­vid­ual style,” says He­lena. “By com­bin­ing the study with a sofa bed by In­no­va­tion Liv­ing, it’s also ideal if you have a guest stay­ing over”. He­lena has cho­sen Colourtren­d’s Pea­cock Blue for the walls, “It’s a mix of navy and char­coal, con­vey­ing a cool, snug at­mos­phere. “To high­light its depth, there are vivid orange ac­ces­sories. The fur­ni­ture, such as the dec­o­ra­tive shelv­ing sys­tem and desk by Te­maHome, is oak ve­neer and I have used brass and matt black for the dra­matic clus­ter-light fea­ture. “There is a con­tem­po­rary, black, swivel chair by STUA, which has great lum­bar sup­port and is more el­e­gant than a stan­dard of­fice chair. “This is a semi-liv­ing, semi-work space: some­where to re­lax, have a cof­fee and to get some work done!”

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SIT­TING ROOM – CON­NECTED SPACE Lana Dul­laghan De­signs has mixed con­trast­ing paint fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings to con­nect and bring the grey tones of her sit­ting room to life

“Con­nect­ing old and con­tem­po­rary styles” is the con­cept Lana has cre­ated, us­ing an­tique gold fur­ni­ture and a mod­ern, dark grey on the walls. Lana has added some “drama” and “richness”, with a faux fur stool, vel­vet sofa and gold side ta­bles. “On one wall, there is a beige/golden-toned flo­ral mu­ral and I have painted the frame a Satin Fin­ish by Colourtren­d. This stands out against the In­te­rior Matt Fin­ish of the grey wall and the darker shade of the floor, which is an Eg­gshell fin­ish. “Gor­geous cur­tains with a di­a­mond-shaped pat­tern and a sim­i­lar-printed rug com­ple­ment each other, con­nect­ing the en­tire colour scheme. “On the other side of the room, a side­board painted both a gloss and satin fin­ish con­trast with an In­te­rior Matt fin­ish-painted wall, fea­tur­ing im­pres­sive mir­ror art. “By us­ing dif­fer­ent fin­ishes of the paint, you can cre­ate a con­tem­po­rary look with an aged twist.”

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BATH­ROOM – A TOUCH OF ART For Alena Chikurniko­va of Ale­naCDe­sign, a bath­room should show as much per­son­al­ity and cre­ativ­ity as the other rooms in your home

“The bath­room can be un­der­es­ti­mated and de­serves at­ten­tion,” says Alena. “I part­nered with First Choice Tiles in Port­laoise, to show vis­i­tors how to use tiles in a more artis­tic way.” Alena has ar­ranged dec­o­ra­tive tiles from the WOW col­lec­tion in the LEAF style to cre­ate a wall art dis­play above the bath. Two strik­ing black, tiled boxes are in­stalled into the walls, which have twigs in­side as dé­cor. “I have used muted tones of pink (Beag by Colourtren­d) on the wall near the bath and School­room Green around the sink. These colours act as a beau­ti­ful back­drop and com­ple­ment the tex­tured black floor tiles around the bath, and the matt, pol­ished ce­ment-ef­fect tiles on the rest of the floor. “Spot­lights cre­ate beau­ti­ful shad­ows, which show off the tiles’ fea­tures.” Visit Stand L22 or www.ale­nacde­

DIN­ING ROOM – FIFTY SHADES OF PINK! For Yvonne Mul­li­gan, Chiara Egan and the team at Nine Yards De­sign, it is all or noth­ing when it comes to their quirky din­ing room for young trend­set­ters

“We adore colour and have in­jected a pal­ette of pinks into this room,” says Yvonne. “There is a soft-muted dusky pink called Bloom­ing Per­fect by Colourtren­d on the walls and above pic­ture-rail height, we have a painted brush­stroke ef­fect, flo­ral-print wall­pa­per from the Har­lequin Stand­ing Ova­tion range. This adds a burst of colour, pulling the room to­gether. “We have a beau­ti­ful side­board, which is sprayed in a beau­ti­ful tone of mus­tard called Sin City, and be­spoke chairs, which are sprayed in a pale pink called Pinkathon by Colourtren­d. There are a lot of pink tones, without be­ing overly fem­i­nine or vin­tage-themed. “Our ‘cu­rios­ity dis­play’ is a ta­ble full of unique ob­jects, such as an­i­mal or­na­ments. There is also a piece of art­work and a gold-and-black, hang­ing pen­dant light, which holds and il­lu­mi­nates small trail­ing plants. “It is a clas­sic din­ing room with a few funky twists.”

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BED­ROOM – FIVE-STAR LUX­URY Ciara Dren­nan’s mas­ter bed­room shows you how to add some lux­ury to your ev­ery­day life

“The wood-pan­elled walls are painted a dark grey/green colour called Paved Path by Colourtren­d,” says Ciara. “This colour cre­ates a warm, rich at­mos­phere and can eas­ily be matched up with dif­fer­ent ac­ces­sories.” Adding a stand­out head­board is a sure-fire way to cre­ate the luxe fac­tor in your bed­room. “I’ve used a dusty pink, vel­vet head­board along­side pat­terned cush­ions. “I’ve in­cluded beau­ti­ful, hand­made be­spoke fur­ni­ture, such as a dress­ing ta­ble with stor­age and bed­side lock­ers. “The room is lit with a stun­ning chan­de­lier and two bed­side lamps, while soft art­work on the walls pulls the scheme to­gether.”

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GAR­DEN ROOM – SOUL­FUL CRE­ATION Us­ing dark colours, plants and am­bi­ent light­ing, Cather­ine Mur­phy of Re-In­te­ri­ors has de­vel­oped a space ded­i­cated to switch­ing off

“This is a space without tech­nol­ogy – a hobby room to med­i­tate, re­lax and read in, which over­looks the gar­den,” ex­plains Cather­ine. “Oys­ter Catch by Colourtren­d is a dark, muddy green colour which I’ve used on the walls. A white ceil­ing, white cur­tains, and Arc­tic White (warm white tone) painted on the wood­work, pic­ture rails and skirt­ing boards, brighten the mood.”. Cather­ine has in­cor­po­rated plant­ing and a green, vel­vet sofa to add to the in­door gar­den ef­fect. “Try up­dat­ing what you al­ready have, rather than dump­ing it and buy­ing new items. I got a ta­ble from the flea mar­ket sanded and re­stored, and re­framed prints from a char­ity shop find. “Orig­i­nal art­work from a Gal­way-based artist and pho­to­graphs of Frida Kahlo and Sal­vador Dali add a dra­matic feel. I’ve topped the look off with a black-and-white pat­terned over­sized rug, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from a Vic­to­rian or­angerie.”

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Alena Chikurniko­va

Cather­ine Mur­phy

Yvonne Mul­li­gan

Ciara Dren­nan

He­lena Cousins

Claire Price

Elaine Re­gan

Lana Dul­laghan

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