here is a video testimonial we received a while ago from Jim Curtis, Clonsilla, Dublin 15. Jim posted a job looking for plans for an attic conversion on Tradesmen.ie and was very happy with the result. You can see the video feedback below:-
Now that the sun has started shining, I’ve started to think about decorating and yes, judging by the number of people in my local hardware shop choosing paint, people are planning on getting the paint brushes and wallpaper paste out over St Patrick’s weekend.
Whether you are planning on changing the wall colour, just adding a few accessories or doing a total revamp of a room, knowing the interior design trends for 2017 will help you make your decisions. The good news is many of them haven’t really altered that much since 2016 which suggests they won’t be changing drastically in the near future and we also have the research from Pinterest to prove it.
Navy is the new Black
For a while, grey, then greige, were the new blacks. For 2017, it’s navy – not just in kitchens as in the image below but in many of the rooms in the house.
I think an upcoming post will focus on decorating with navy – it’s certainly a topic I look forward to researching and cogitating over.
Rustic yet with clean lines, farmhouse style is the new shabby chic according to Pinterest’s research teams.
It’s all about cosiness, layering, providing items of use and of interest. It’s certainly not minimalist but neither is it overly fussy. It’s about creating a space that feels comfortable and urges you to kick off your shoes and relax.
Be it copper saucepans, copper light fittings or copper accessories, it seems copper as a metal, with its wonderful reddish lustre, is remaining popular.
Be it growing plants indoors, vertical farming, or balcony gardening, growing plants in a variety of containers that are attractive and eye-catching (while also upcycling if possible) is definitely on trend. According to Pinterest’s research, the popularity of balcony gardening (or certainly, people’s interest in it) is up by 118%.
Three or four years ago saw a surge of nature-inspired interiors, particularly featuring woodlands within wallpaper designs. There is still a definite “back to nature” vibe going on with parents showing great interest in woodland theme nurseries.
And yes, there was definitely a move to Hygge living in 2016, as inspired by the Danish movement. That looks set to continue although I’ve seen mentions of a trend called Lagom (based in Sweden) which looks to encourage us to strive for moderation.
Be it wallpapers that look like marble or tiles that appear to be wooden floorboards, it seems that faux textures are going to be big in 2017 as they make interiors look richer, warmer and cosier.
Which interior design trends are your favourites? Which ones would you like to learn more about? I’m planning on doing a post on decorating with navy but are there any others you’d like more information on? Do let us know in the comments.
I love houses with high ceilings, they give the illusion of so much more space within the room. Of course, high ceilings aren’t always practical – it’s going to cost more to heat rooms with high ceilings and simple tasks like changing light bulbs or reaching those cobwebs in the corners are a little more of a challenge.
I live in a 1970s house and the ceilings are placed at standard height but I do like using wallpapers that, while not in a lined vertical stripe design, still provide the effect of making the walls seems longer. Here are some examples of wallpapers that will give your rooms a sense of more height and space.
Wallpapers to give your Rooms more height
Downstairs toilets or small bathrooms often need some help in making them feel more spacious and this one, with its narrow white stripes, is quite subtle.
here are the results and video of our February Draw 2017. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!
The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of January was held on February 28th. The results are as follows:-
here is a video testimonial we received a while ago from David Smith, Tallaght, Dublin 24. David posted an upholstery job on Tradesmen.ie and was very happy with the result. You can see the video feedback below:-
Most Junior and Leaving Certificate students will have just sat their Mock exams, or will be taking them after the half term break. As it edges closer to the real exams, it’s really important that they have a place to study, a space that feels conducive to learning, a room that doesn’t have distractions, is comfortable, and of course, is calming. So how do you achieve all that?
Apparently most house buyers decide to start looking for a new home in February. The January blues are over, people have recovered from Christmas and the days are starting to lengthen. Many will be planning on moving during the summer so that gives them a few months to find their ideal home, arrange finance and surveys, get a buyer for their own home if necessary, and move in to their new abode.
If you are thinking of moving home and selling your house, here’s our tips for what you should do before you invite the estate agents around:
Room to Improve is back on our TV screens every Sunday night. Now in its tenth series, it certainly has seen a number of changes over the years as Ireland went from boom to bust and back out again. Room to Improve doesn’t provide a quick makeover whereby single rooms are transformed by a team of people working frantically to get it done inside the deadline of a couple of days. Dermot Bannon transforms whole houses and it’s hugely interesting to see how a house can look so different, both inside and outside, when it is completed.
Programme 1: A renovation and extension in Malahide
Each programme follows a similar pattern. We travel with Dermot as he goes to meet the homeowners, as if he is seeing it for the first time too. Ideas, concepts, wish lists and budgets are discussed. As the work gets underway, conflict always crops up. The budget either has to be increased, or something highly desirable needs to be removed from the wish list. Alternatively, the home owners do something that Dermot isn’t happy with or he does something that the home owners hate. By the end of the programme though, tempers are resolved and it’s best friends all around. The home owners may have spent more but they love every inch of their new home, and Dermot is happy too.
here are the results and video of our January Draw 2017. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!
The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of December was held on January 27th. The results are as follows:-