Monday 24 October 2016

house 2016: Top three room styling trends revealed

Ciara Treacy

Published 22/05/2016 | 13:12

Style My Room founder Jackie Carton
Style My Room founder Jackie Carton
Interior Designer Philippa Buckley speaking at the interior design event 'house 2016' at the RDS Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 22.5.2016
'house 2016' at the RDS Dublin. Picture:Mark Condren
Crowds queue to enter the interior design event 'house 2016' at the RDS Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 22.5.2016
Crowds queue to enter the interior design event 'house 2016' at the RDS Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 22.5.2016

The top three room styling trends for this year have been revealed by Style My Room founder Jackie Carton at house 2016 today.

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Speaking on the Miele Inspiration Stage, Ms Carton shared her many years of design experience under the theme 'Your home... Your style. How to incorporate this year's trends within your interior schemes'.

Attendees discovered how to best use pastel colours, geometric patterns and metallics at the talk at the RDS.

"Rose quartz and serenity blue are the two big colours this year," Ms Carton said.

"They're both light, airy tones and they are nice paired with metals.

"They demonstrate balance which is good for interiors also."

In addition the pastel colours bring a "sense of order and peace" to a room.

"Rose quartz works in children's rooms and works well with calm greys. It gives a bedroom a relaxing but not ultra feminine look and is quite easy to work with.

"Serenity blue gives a feeling of respite and relaxation so it's the perfect colour for a bedroom. Used in a seating area, the tone is one of calmness.

"It's very soft, very easy to live with and very calming overall."

However she acknowledged that adventurous designers may be leaning towards deep midnight blues and inky colours.

"If you prefer not to have such strong colours you could add artwork for a dramatic impact in neutral walls so it's not too overwhelming," the designer said.

"Upstairs here we have the Art Loft which has a huge display of Irish works and is a great place to start."

The next trend discussed was geometrics, a pattern which "is not going anywhere".

"A kaleidoscopic image gives the hallway a retro vibe. It's not for the faint hearted, it's a love it or hate it scheme but you never miss it.

"There are ways to introduce it without being over the top, for example a rug in a large room. It pulls it all together and as a scheme it pulls together really nicely."

Geometric files could also be used for splash backs in kitchens, she added, or in children's rooms and nurseries using zig-zag shapes.

The final trend, metallics, focuses on coppers which has been "the metal of the moment" in recent years.

"Everywhere you look it's on trend, they're in every home anyway so it's just a question of how we make them work.

"The trend is towards grass and gold tones this year, which is very interesting for a space," Ms Carton said.

Her overall advice was to "pick a theme you love".

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