Your hallway should be stylish, welcoming and practical here are my tips

Hallways set the tone for how we and our guests feel about coming into our homes. … very often a hallway can become the dumping ground for an assortment of shoes, coats, school bags, sports kits, golf clubs etc.

  • Layout: First improve the layout – assess all the space available including the walls, above and around doors and under the stairs. Are there any storage opportunities you’ve overlooked? Consider whether the cupboard under the stairs is being used to its full potential, or could it benefit from being fitted out properly to take anything from the hover to shoes. Or could you remove it completely to help the hallway feel more spacious.
  • Colour: Get the colour right. Many hallways aren’t blessed with much natural light and are small so beware of using dark wall colours that will make the room feel even smaller. Use tones that are soft on the eye, appearing to stretch the space such as pale blues and greys.
  • Focal Point: If you have the luxury of more room add impact with a colourful armchair and create a focal point or adds character and functionality by using a dual purpose piece that hides shoes inside, such as the Hemmes shoe cabinet from IKEA
  • Mirrors: The good thing about having mirror(s) is that they make the hallway appear wider. They will also reflect light well, making it seem brighter. There are various options: You can have a long, wide mirror that touches the ceiling and carpet, a medium-sized one that can be hanged above the console table or a set of small, vintage mirrors placed at vantage positions along the hallway. When using mirrors, they should be placed strategically, such as opposite the front door to reflect as much natural light as possible, and a good size for maximum effect.

  • Remember less is more!!

Jane Dennehy,

Jane Dennehy Interiors From single room makeovers to major refurbishments, to newly built homes or commercial properties, Jane Dennehy Interiors offers vibrant and professional interior design service. She offers down-to-earth advice while guiding you through the design or re-modelling process. Consultations available for €250.

Colour, Colour, Colour Where to Start!!

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Have you  ever found yourself staring at dozens of sample colours, yet still no closer to finding the right shade, well Dulux’s Paints have just launched their new New Signature Collection which has been designed to simplify your choice by showcasing colours that work together from different pallet groups – not a group of colours from the same spectrum.

Paint, wallpaper and fabric are key to unlocking a new look for every area of the home but knowing where to start is the big hurdle that often stops people from giving it a go and choosing a colour scheme for themselves.

  • Feeling overwhelmed by the number of colour choices? Start with the golden rule of three. To begin with, choose three colours and build your palette around these, then repeat these colours around the room.
  • Use the ratio of 60:30:10, where 60-percent of the colour in your space is the dominant or main colour, 30-percent is a secondary colour and 10-percent is an accent colour. blue chairs

 

  • A great place for colour inspiration is your wardrobe. We are naturally drawn toward colours in clothing that enhance our colouring and personality, and these colours in your room will act the same way, select colour that matches you!

 

  • Look at your existing furnishing, rugs, curtains, paintings or favourite accessories for inspiration. If your rug or curtains have colourful patterns you are best served by selecting the co-ordinating wall colour from the neutral background colour of the curtains or rug. Use the deeper or brighter tones for accents throughout the room or adjacent spaces.
  • Create consistency by adding accent colours: for example, perhaps the main wall colour in one room is mid pebble from the Dulux Signature Collection and you have added a punch of colour with sunshine yellow textured cushions on the sofa. You could then paint an accent wall in Mid Bumble in an adjoining room – this will create flow and consistency throughout the space or simple just add a punch of colour with a bight cushion and vase as seen in the photo.

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  • Everything need not match! Room’s gains depth and dimension from extra texture, pattern and colour from other like items. Try to avoid two couches with the same colour and pattern, instead have two coordinating patterns, or one with a pattern and one that’s solid. If you do opt for solid coloured couches, such as white, add texture and contrast with throws, pillows, blankets and rugs to create an opulent palate. The photos may not be your taste, but is an example of how the use of different colours and textures to pull a space together.
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Neutral tones are all in trend – a sophisticated and opulent look requires texture and pattern and a splash of colour.

 

  • Remember less is more!!

Jane Dennehy,

Jane Dennehy Interiors From single room makeovers to major refurbishments, to newly built homes or commercial properties, Jane Dennehy Interiors offers vibrant and professional interior design service. She offers down-to-earth advice while guiding you through the design or re-modelling process. Consultations available for €250.

 

 

 

Are you living in the dark?

Does your living space have bad lighting, facing north and feels dark and lifeless. Here are my suggestions on how you can brighten it up.

Consider the layout of your home. Which rooms do you live in most and consider if you could change the layout of your home to take advantage of a sunny window for reading or eating. A study or TV area used mostly at night could be relocated to one of the darker north facing rooms of your home.

Next the floor takes if you have dark flooring it may look elegant but it will make your room seems smaller and will absorb the light rather than reflexing it, bright flooring will make your space look bigger and more inviting. If changing the floor is not an option consider using a bright neutral rug.     interior designers cork, dark room how to make it bright

Mirrors are a must. A large mirror opposite a window, or anywhere in a dark room, will really enhance and reflect all the available light. Mirrored wardrobes can work really well as modern cupboards in hallways, living and dining rooms. You should also position lamps or candles in front of mirrors.

When choosing furniture, fixtures and flooring for your room, think glossy and think pale. Also shiny/ bright surfaces will reflect any available light around the room.

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Good lighting will make your home feel spacious, clean and welcoming. Feature lighting gives texture, focus and shape to general lighting, adding depth and shade, with shadows in some corners and pools of light in others. It’s formed by a mixture of halogen spotlights, down lighters, up lighters, tracks and table lamps

Jane Dennehy,

Jane Dennehy Interiors From single room makeovers to major refurbishments, to newly built homes or commercial properties, Jane Dennehy Interiors offers vibrant and professional interior design service. She offers down-to-earth advice while guiding you through the design or re-modelling process. Consultations available for €250.

 

 

Colour Scheme – My Tips!

colour scheme cork, interior design advice, colour advice, painting tipsIs your house dated and desperately needs to be painted are you  totally confused on how to select the right colour scheme?

Paint, wallpaper and fabric are key to unlocking a new look for every area of the home but knowing where to start is the big hurdle that often stops people from giving it a go and choosing a colour scheme for themselves.

  • The way you decorate your home should reflect your interests, style, past, present and future. Don’t let anyone impose their taste and style on you.
  • The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about colour schemes is: “what is your favourite colour?” This colour will please the eye and combined with neutrals or complimenting hues it can make a great colour scheme and most importantly you know you won’t get tired of it.paint your home, colour scheme, interior design cork, interior advice
  • Look at your existing furnishing, rugs, curtains, paintings or favourite accessories for inspiration. If your rug or curtains have colourful patterns you are best served by selecting the co-ordinating wall colour from the neutral background colour of the curtains or rug. Use the deeper or brighter tones for accents throughout the room or adjacent spaces.
  • Create consistency by adding accent colours: for example, perhaps the main wall colour in one room is middle pumice from the Dulux simply range and you have added a punch of colour with raspberry red textured cushions on the sofa. You could then paint an accent wall a raspberry red in an adjoining room – this will create flow and consistency throughout the space or simple just add a punch of colour with a bight cushion and vase as seen in the photo.
  • Test out your colours before you begin painting. A paint colour can vary from room to room and changes throughout the day as natural lighting constantly changes. The best thing to do is to pick up samples in similar hues (at least one shade darker and one shade lighter) and paint it on a large spot in the room of choice. These extra steps are worth the effort and can end up saving you a great deal of time and money in the long-run. (Colour Trend & Dulux Signature Range have A4 sample cards available so need to get the paint brush out available from Pat McDonald Paints)country_modern_living_room
  • Everything need not match! Room’s gains depth and dimension from extra texture, pattern and colour from other like items. Try to avoid two couches with the same colour and pattern, instead have two coordinating patterns, or one with a pattern and one that’s solid. If you do opt for solid coloured couches, such as white, add texture and contrast with throws, pillows, blankets and rugs to create an opulent palate. The photos may not be your taste, but is an example of how the use of different colours and textures to pull a space together.
  • Remember less is more!
  • If it all feels overwhelming, contact a designer!

Jane Dennehy,

Jane Dennehy Interiors From single room makeovers to major refurbishments, to newly built homes or commercial properties, Jane Dennehy Interiors offers vibrant and professional interior design service. She offers down-to-earth advice while guiding you through the design or re-modelling process. Consultations available for €250.

 

 

 

Will I, Won’t I paint my pine stairs & doors?

Hpainting stairs advice, interior design cork, colour scheme, ave you ever wished your hallway & staircase could make more of a statement in your home? Are you faced with a dated pine stairs, doors and architraves? I’m always asked will I paint them? A large amount of pine or any timber will make any home look dated. So yes I would recommend painting the door, skirting boards, architrave white and window boards. If you then paint your walls a neutral colour such as Colour Trend, Nougat or Wafer this will create a strong and striking contrast against the white.

painting stairs advice, interior design cork, colour scheme, Next the stairs it is one of the most important parts of a house; they are usually a central focal point and high traffic area, so they need to be durable to withstand daily traffic, and most importantly should look good. Most stairways can be transformed by simply painting what is already there for a small investment.

painting pine stairs? colour schme cork, interior design advice, Start by painting the risers, string and spindles white. Next to add a modern sophisticated touch to your staircase you need to select a dark sumptuous colour for the threads, handrail and newel post such as Colour Trend Chocolate Intensity or Newton or if you really want to add that opulent look try colours such as Mulberry Magic or Midnight Dream all from Colour Trend.

When it comes to affordable design, nothing has more impact than paint. Creating the right backdrop to the furnishings whilst adding personality to your home. It is the one design area where you can spend the least amount, have the greatest impact.

Jane Dennehy,

Jane Dennehy Interiors From single room makeovers to major refurbishments, to newly built homes or commercial properties, Jane Dennehy Interiors offers vibrant and professional interior design service. She offers down-to-earth advice while guiding you through the design or re-modelling process. Consultations available for €250.

Looking for Colour??

 

I was out and about yesterday looking for lamps for a client and spotted  a great display of Colour and Retro Kick Knacks in Harvey Normans, If you read my blog on the 27th of March, Harvey Normans seems to have all the answers:

Add Accent for Contrast~ A pop of colour will lift this seasons sophisticated mushroom, grey and white palette.

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Pattern adds Personality ~ Create contrast with pattern in your cushions and accessories. Use a simple colour palette to tie the look together.

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Colour code~ Grouping different shades of the same colour create a vibrant visual display.

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Tick Tock A single clock is the perfect finishing touch to any scheme, but for visual impact, use multiples. Set at different time according to where far – flung friend and family might be living.

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Jane Dennehy,

Jane Dennehy Interiors From single room makeovers to major refurbishments, to newly built homes or commercial properties, Jane Dennehy Interiors offers vibrant and professional interior design service. She offers down-to-earth advice while guiding you through the design or re-modelling process. Consultations available for €250.

 

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