The Colortrend Interior Design Forum will bring out the Interior Designer in you

- Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show takes place over the bank holiday weekend of 23 to 26 October -

This Autumn’s Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show is to feature seven inspiring room sets by Ireland’s leading interior designers who will be on hand throughout the bank holiday to meet and help visitors on their interior design journey. Included in the design line-up are Nina Kati of Nina Kati Interior Design Feng Shui, Lisa Marconi and Sarah Drumm of Dust, Thelma Henry of Thelma Henry Interiors; Grace O’Brien of State of Grace; Noelle O’Donoghue of Noelle Interiors, Ciara Drennan of Drennan Interior Design, and Catherine Murphy who will each create a different room.

Have you ever felt un-relaxed at home ... just not totally at home?

Well Ireland’s leading feng shui expert Nina Kati might just be able to provide you with the answers.

Nina Kati will show visitors how to improve their lives by positively transforming their homes and work spaces through good feng shui design. Nina will create an interior room set designed along feng shui principles featuring Colortrend’s historic collection of fabulous paints; a cool, calm and elegant pale grey for the walls in Colortrend Calamities (1315); and a soft, rich grey tone using Colortrend’s Buffed Plum (1317).

Luxury Contemporary Living Room - Sophisticated Urban Chic

Designing a room set for the Colortrend Design Forum at this year’s Ideal Home Show was every bit as challenging as tackling a scheme for a client’s home! So much had to be taken into consideration; space, trends, colour and so on. Here is some of the reasoning behind the concept I chose and a little sneak preview of what’s to come.

I am a feng shui designer and my maxim is ‘positively transforming spaces’ so naturally my room set has been designed along feng shui principles using calm colours and balance to create an harmonious result. When designing the concept for the space, I took into account the importance of how we react to our surroundings, the way a room looks, how it feels, and the way sound resonates within a space, and so on.

For the décor I used Colortrend’s historic collection of fabulous soft rich paint colours in a luxury matt finish for the walls in a cool and elegant pale grey and an antique eggshell for the woodwork in a warm grey tone.

For the concept of my room set I created a living room scheme and chose a design that I feel people will be inspired by and can easily re-create in a similar way in their own homes. This is a scheme that had to work within the parameters of a limited space – something many of us are faced with within in our own homes. Simplicity is always the key to a great concept. My starting point was to choose beautiful and stylish pieces of furniture and then build the rest of the scheme around them.

The room has been set up as a comfortable living space as well as an entertainment room for when guests come, encouraging good conversation and social interaction, as well as being a flexible and adaptable, multi-purpose space - it has a simple sofa from DFS that easily becomes a sofa bed. One of my feature pieces is a beautiful chair supplied by One Living made from moulded metal rods which have been carefully crafted to create an iconic piece that is a real talking point. Not only is the piece comfortable, stylishly designed and beautifully made, but it is neatly formed and doesn’t take up much space allowing it to fit into smaller rooms and easily be moved around to create a new setting.

The tall elegant insert stove is from Agathos Fireplaces in Portarlington and is housed in a slender chimney breast. Occasional furniture has been carefully selected from Minima Dublin, Objekt Limerick and Kilcroney Wicklow to provide practical storage and lots of surface space on which to place things – something that’s often lacking in living spaces. When grouped together, the sculptural shapes of these pieces and the beautiful materials they are crafted from will form a striking and dramatic centrepiece.

The room set includes a bespoke ceiling light by Raymie Ryan Lighting Cashel. The light shades and accessories are made using brightly coloured silk fabric from BL Curtains Limerick which adds some pops of colour, and some gorgeous quirky finishing touches from Objekt Limerick include little flourishes of lively colour, pattern and shape to bring life and personality to the scheme, lifting the mood and give the space a 3-dimensional appearance. This is a great way to easily change the colour scheme with little trouble or cost to update the look without starting afresh with a whole new scheme - something many people will appreciate.

The full length window dressings (made, supplied and fitted by BL Curtains Limerick) are made using fabric with some silver thread running through it and a contrasting lining is revealed when the curtains are tied back. The large format patchwork rug on the floor from Hollands Cork softens the room, pulls the scheme together and provides acoustic insulation. It is remade using pieces of hand-knotted pure wool antique Kelim rugs stitched back together and run through a dyeing process.

The overall look of the room takes into account current trends without bowing completely to fashion. The style of the room is sophisticated urban chic, has trendy spoked furniture, sustainable recycled and re-purposed goods, international flair, and unique handmade custom pieces to make it a truly outstanding scheme. There is specially commissioned artwork by Ashley O’Neal Irish abstract landscapes, Talbot Gallery and Studios Dublin. She has produced beautiful hand painted panels using a carefully selected palette of Colortrend paints. Ashley has exhibited in New York, Texas, California and Ireland and she recently finished filming a short documentary in her studio in the west of Ireland called “Painting at the Edge of the World.”

The permanent tsb Ideal Home Show takes place in the RDS Simmonscourt on Friday 23 October (12 noon to 7pm), Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25 October (10am to 6pm) and Monday, 26 October (11 am to 6 pm). www.idealhome.ie, www.colortrend.ie