Interior Designer Recommendations

Anyone have one ? It is a period house

What part of the country are you in might be a good piece of info to mention

Sorry I am based in Dublin

I’ve a period house too!

I’m down in Kerry. Please let me know of someone that you might recommend…

Are the good times back, interior designers, thats SOOOO 2006.

Judging by the market, it would seem so. However, there is nothing wrong with having an interior designer - it is better to get it done right when you’re dealing with high-end properties than doing it yourself and spending just as much for an inferior result (assuming you aren’t fully confident of your interior design abilities). Like any professional, they provide some sort of added value and it is natural, and probably wise, for somebody to seek second opinions on decorating a property that they have just sunk their life savings into (or that they have mortgaged themselves to the hilt for :smiley: ) in order to not make an absolute balls of it.

It sounds counter-intuitive but using one will actually save you money-your budget is still the same (less their percentage) but they’ll make it go a lot further than you could. They can get discounts on the materials and will have a good crew of tradesmen that they’ll be supervising themselves which is always the most stressful part of having work done.

We are not looking at a Celtic tiger job but both of us seem to be colour blind with no taste so just looking for help with colour schemes and kitchens etc
Small job to start as initially we are only decorating one floor

Nothing to add on interior design, but well done on the house purchase.

My Top Interior Design Tips:

  1. Paint every room in the house the same colour - white or very light cream (e.g. Dulux Jasmine white) It’ll make the house seem twice the size of a darkly painted one. (Period houses can lend themselves to darker “warmer” colours depending on the size of the room but err on the bright side)

  2. Avoid patterns at all costs (no flowery curtains, couches, carpets, wallpaper etc.) Use textures instead to soften a room.

  3. Lighting is very important. For atmospshere avoid overhead lighting in living rooms. Light corners instead. Use mirrors in tight spaces (e.g. narrow hallways)

  4. Don’t put too much furniture in a room (it never ceases to amaze me how people with small-ish living rooms have these huge couches with wide armrests and thick backs all facing a massive TV screen!)

  5. Cut down on clutter - and if you have to have tons of stuff (like me) at least organise it (IKEA is your friend!)

Best of luck!

Plenty of ideas here:

People buy furniture that’s way too big for their house. Applies especially to couchs and tables. Can spoil a room/house big time.

HiFi, Ann Maurice is also your friend…

Those Dulux bright-off-whites are very good and quite light-rrflective and warm. But whatever house or room you’re decorating, it’s really worth spending money on testers. Most people I know think they’re a waste of money, but twenty quid on testers is less painful than two years of pain to the eyes and the soul.

I subscribe to the theory of less is better.

I have just done up a room in our recently bought house. It felt dark and cramped even though it was a massive room. It had a huge mahogany / cast iron fireplace, two huge floor to ceiling presses and display cabinets either side of the fireplace in mahogany and on the back wall a full matching book case with presses - floor to ceiling.

We ripped the fireplace out, ripped out the cabinets and book shelf (all books went in to the proper office / library room) … installed a boiler stove, didn’t bother with any sort of mantel, painted walls a light neutral colour and changed the curtains from dark brown to a light colour … you would swear the room doubled in size. It was a room we sort of avoided and now we are using as the main living room.

Despite the house being a large house the previous owner were obsessed with cabinets, presses, wardrobes and storage …

But on the point of interior designers, they can be a great help. My missus used Laura Ashley for colour schemes and materials etc … they charge for the service and came back with an impressive scheme for the whole house … with a similarly impressive quote for the work. We bought a selection of bits and pieces from them and then used the samples and colour boards they made up to pick out stuff from other places.

Thanks so much for all the advice

Hi Moss,

I got a quote from this lot: … portfolio/

I didn’t use them in be end, but just because I ran out if cash. I thought they has great ideas for my place.

They may be a bit too contemporary for your tastes but when I researched interior designers I thought that most of the others were very similar. They all seen to specialise in what I call the ‘south County Dublin’ look ie the whole house painted in varying shades of taupe, wooden floors, traditional looking couches and the odd antique side table.

I have found pinterest a great help in gathering design ideas. Lighting is key and the one I will consult on in current build.

I had a lady recommended last year. We’ve used her for a while now. Could not recommend more highly.

Her background / main lines of work are in Film and Theatre set design I believe.