Saturday 16 December 2017

How to decorate ... a retro living room

Practically in walk-in condition, 17 Glenkeen, in the village of Redcross, near Arklow, is a detached dormer bungalow with five bedrooms, two of which are en suite. It also benefits from a conservatory and large, south-facing rear garden with private gardens and views of the countryside.

It already displays many examples of style and elegance but, of course, as a buyer you may want to put your own stamp on this home. Its attractive kitchen/dining room boasts spacious kitchen, dining and seating areas, all opening into a conservatory. Extras include wooden blinds, coving, recessed lighting and radiator cover, but there is still room to put your own stamp on this area.

The room that we want to tackle is the living room. This is described as a luxurious room with feature fireplace and gas fire inset.

I have decided to make an impact with a red-accented room. While the general gist is a collection of accessories that will slice the neutral base, we want to ensure that the red does not become too dominant. The easiest way to introduce it is to opt for an almost faded red, which will provide warmth and neutrality.

I start with the Kiara rug from Anthropologie (€268, Add the Sienna armchair from Meadows & Byrne (€335) and coffee table from Littlewoods (€117), then complement with Lappljung curtains from Ikea (€20 per pair). Add cushions – I like the Linea Tropitech parrot cushion from House of Fraser (£25) and the Felt Flower Cushion from Next (€41). Continue the retro feel with the Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Ceramic Bottle Vase (€15) from Dunnes Stores.

Finally, the industrial-style lampshade from Idyll Home (£119) ensures the room retains an edgy feel.

Blanaid Hennessy, designer/buyer

Irish Independent

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