Think vintage, think pink
This week our resident interior designer puts her stamp on a three-bedroom house in Dalkey
Published 05/03/2010 | 05:00
6 Craiglands, Dalkey, Co Dublin
Three-bedroom mid-terrace home
Douglas Newman Good
This is a lovely spacious property, situated on the prestigious Ardeevin Road, and close to Dalkey village. This property comprises of three bedrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room and a large light filled conservatory with double sliding patio doors to the rear garden.
The sitting room also features a marble fireplace, while the master bedroom benefits from an en suite bathroom.
This home is a contemporary design, but if I were to redesign 6 Craiglands, I would add features through vintage decorative styling.
The easiest room in which to achieve this look is the bedroom, as the large master bedroom in this home can accommodate a substantial amount of plush furniture and comfortable accessories.
This week's inspirational photo comes from the online catalogue of Laura Ashley. While this may be a somewhat feminine choice for a couple's room, it's easy to neutralise this styled look by toning down the pink accents.
I chose this image for it's sense of ease and comfort -- bedrooms should be about the bed -- no televisions, workstations, lap tops or even filing cabinets. Keep the purpose of the room in mind -- 'everything but the work'.
To achieve this tranquil yet lavish look, I would choose a mix of paints for the room, but colours from the same palette. The 'Dimity' and 'Skimming Stone' estate emulsions from Farrow & Ball are perfectly neutral and unassuming, but still warm.
The bed is the next most important thing, as it will determine the style of the other pieces of furniture. For this opulent Gallic themed room, I chose the Chateau upholstered bed from Ivory Pearl Interiors online store.
If you are more creatively inclined, try sourcing an original vintage bed frame to refurbish yourself, perhaps choosing a fabric such as shot silk to invoke that decadent, luxurious effect.
I would recommend though, that you reign in the regal air with the rest of your furniture, as it could all get a bit Liberace quite easily.
I love the simplicity and quality of the Thale double wardrobe from Hedgeroe in Dublin, (www.hedgeroe.com) while the classic lines of the Merton armchair from Marks & Spencers will also moderate the drama.
Drama may be out, but a little whimsy never hurt anyone, so I chose the chalky pink Dotty Dolly drawers from The French Bedroom Company's online store.
The incredible Portier Rug by The Designers Guild, available from Garrendenny Lane Interiors, picks up on the pink drawers, but the remainder of the rug is neutral, which prevents it from being overtly girly.
The accessories such as the muted decorative pillows from House of Fraser, a faux lavender plant in a dinky enamel pot from Debenhams, and an inexpensive bedside lamp from Littlewoods complete this week's stamp on Number 6 Craiglands.