Sunday 4 December 2016

Turn that old to bold

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Published 27/01/2012 | 05:00

'LAURISTON' comes to the market requiring a certain amount of upgrade and modernising to it's proportioned accommodation.

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The 224sqm property provides space for a growing family to really put their own stamp on it, starting from the reception hall, which opens to a sitting room and on to a sunroom. Next are a dining room, an under stairs cloakroom and a spacious kitchen/breakfast room.

A bathroom and bedroom are nestled on the return, with four bedrooms and an en suite bathroom on the first floor. There is excellent off-street parking to the front and a 49 metre rear garden.

This week, I have chosen to hypothetically makeover the sitting room, which currently features ceiling coving, twin sliding sash windows, a period marble fireplace, tiled hearth, picture rail and a glazed door leading into the sun room. This set the tone for this week's look, it's all about a fresh Spring feeling.

There are few paint colours I love outside of a neutral palette. However, I have become swayed by blue tones on the wall. There is something both sparse and plush about it. I have selected Crown Paints 'Middle Ocean' for the walls, which feel overwhelming until complemented by neutral furnishings.

The 'Kilkenny' armchair in the 'Bird Garden' fabric, available from sofa.com, is the perfect starting point. Place it on the 'Phoenix' rug from Hedgroe.com, which comes in an almost identical palette but different detailing, and the room is suddenly beautifully eccentric.

Before it becomes a blur of pattern, tone things down with one of my favourite sofas, the 'Karlstad' from Ikea, and Jute Loop curtains from Anthroplogie.eu. If things are a little dull for your taste, throw some bright cushions from Matthew Williamson for Debenhams on the sofa, and add vases and mirrors for interest.

Finally, anchor it all with a hefty floor lamp, such as the metal tripod from Next. (€116.00 nextdirectory.ie)

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