April 25, 2016
The Design is in the Details
Colourtrend Interior Design Forum interview with Ciara Drennan of Drennan Interiors
Sometimes we're inspired by the most wonderful of things. Ciara Drennan of Drennan Interiors shows us what can happen when we're open-minded and allow ourselves to be inspired by the unexpected. Running with an idea and getting carried away in the details. As Ciara explains, “my inspiration actually came from a napkin. This napkin to be exact. It's a Sophie Allport napkin. I just love the colours in it.” Finding inspiration from something like a napkin, as Ciara has, is a great starting block if you're stuck in a design rut. Whether you're stuck on choosing a theme or simply a colour scheme, consider finding inspiration from an object you cherish and examine its details. Almost every detail of Ciara's Colortrend Interior Design Forum kitchen can relate back to the napkin that inspired her.
Ciara touches on the importance of functionality when it comes to designing the bones of your kitchen. It's great to have a beautiful kitchen in mind, but if there isn't appropriate storage, work flow and functionality then you'll quickly grow frustrated with your space. Functionality comes first when designing, followed quickly by the aesthetic details such as colour palette, accessories, furniture and fittings. Ensure at the very least when designing your kitchen to incorporate the kitchen work triangle – efficient placement of your refrigerator, sink and stove. Adding an island to your kitchen is a great way to add not only more work space, but more practical storage to your kitchen and will give more of a social aspect to the space.
White her kitchen itself is predominantly off-white, Ciara added plenty of warmth and character to the room through her choice of paint. Ciara painted the walls in Colortrend's 'Shark Fin 0574' which adds a warm tone to the space. She further customised her kitchen by painting the kitchen island in 'Pink Chocolate' from Colortrend’s Historic Collection which creates a real statement and focal point. “I wanted to achieve a kind of feminine, kind of opulent, comfy kitchen-come-dining area. I kind of envisaged a place for afternoon tea, a place for dining, a place for family,” Ciara shared with us. By adding a curated mix of modern, classic and cottage-inspired accessories to her kitchen and dining room, Ciara created a truly unique and inviting space. Take a cue from Ciara's kitchen and allow yourself to have fun with your space, as the design is in the details.
March 24, 2016
Colour is key
Colourtrend Interior Design Forum interview with Thelma Henry of Thelma Henry Interiors
No matter what your budget may be when updating your bathroom, Thelma Henry of Thelma Henry Interiors shows us that the paint colour you choose is the key to solidifying your style. It's about not only creating a personal retreat within your home, but creating a space to suit your style. "The mood of my bathroom set is, as you can see, Victorian with a contemporary twist. The mood is that of warmth and relaxation with a touch of opulence to it," Thelma shares with us. The wall panelling added throughout her Colourtrend Interior Design Forum room set is perfectly highlighted in Colourtrend Historic 'Peacock Blue' paint; a truly royal hue that brings a serene and sophisticated feeling to the space. Going with this shade of paint also works as an excellent backdrop behind the porcelain white fixtures and cast-iron accessories by allowing them to stand to attention.
Coupled with 'Vintage Silver' paint on the upper area of the walls, the room feels larger than it is and creates the illusion of elongated walls. Complimenting a deep hue with a bright paint in this manner allows light to be reflected throughout the room while still adding character and depth. Beautifully balancing the dark panelling, Thelma introduced bright parquet floors and rich drapes which echo the luxurious style she was aiming for.
The careful details that accompany Themla's palette create a classic bathroom design. Of all the rooms in our home, your bathroom is one of the most personal spaces, as Thelma explains, "it's very luxurious. It's somewhere you can go and relax and chill out at the end of an evening. It's your time, your space." Consider taking a page from Thelma's book and create a relaxing retreat within your own home. Her bathroom is a perfect example of how something as simple as a colour palette can have such a dramatic effect on a space. Quite simply, colour is key.