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What makes the ultimate Irish Home?
It is different for everyone but when we were asked what makes the ultimate Irish home here at House Edit, tea, a cosy fire place, hot water bottles and the biscuit tin were the first things that sprung to mind. But it did get us thinking. In terms of interiors, styles and trends what does the ultimate Irish home currently look like. We teamed up with Chill Insurance to explore exactly that. First on the list will be no surprise to Room To Improve fans but number two is definitely our favourite.
Open Plan Living:
It’s no secret that the concept of open plan living has taken over Irish homes. It is now where a large percentage of families are spending the majority of their time. With open plan now being top of the priority list amongst a growing percentage of house hunters, there is no doubt that it is a huge selling point, particularly for family living. Think less victorian ‘good room’ and more multi functional space with open plan vistas.
For anyone with a young family, the concept of open plan living has huge benefits. Being able to see what the little rascals are up whilst cooking or doing daily household tasks definitely has its benefits. Fast forward a decade or so, we may miss the separation of space when adolescent teenagers are fighting over the remote controller, but for now open plan living does not appear to be going anywhere.
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Traditionally the fire place was the focal point of many Irish sitting rooms. It served a practical purpose of heating the house and sometimes the hot water too. Above all it created atmosphere and a real sense of home. Fire places are still a major factor in Irish homes, with the popularity moving towards more sustainable versions such as wood burning stoves, which offer three times as much heat as the conventional solid fuel burning fire. When we think of the concept of home, an open fire place embodies that feeling. There is nothing cosier than relaxing in front of the fire with the late late show on, cup of tea in hand.
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What do some current Irish trends look like?
One of the biggest interior trends we are seeing now is panelling. Traditionally used in period homes as full wooden panels, ‘dupe’ or faux panelling is now being used in more modern homes. It is a great way to add depth to any interior and banish what would otherwise be bare walls. With so many different styles to choose from, this is one trend that we think we will be seeing a lot more of.
The New Neutrals,
In 2018 we saw the new neutrals over taking fashionable greys. Sage greens continue to prove popular for their subtle calming effect along side powered pastel blues, blush and rose. The versatility of these colours gives Irish home owners and renters flexibility in terms of interior schemes, meaning you won’t tire of them as easy as the stronger richer colours.
Natural Materials & Pattern
We are seeing the use of natural materials such as rattan, hemp and sisal in all the big homeware collections this year. A trend which we personally love and one that is sure to have longevity. There is something tactile and warm about using these types of finishes in the home and in terms of layering your interior this trends ticks all the boxes.
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So let’s look at the stats:
According to the Chill insurance survey carried out with over 1000 homeowners and renters..
28% of Irish people liked a traditional classic interior whilst 15% preferred a contemporary style.
33% of people surveyed spent between 11-20% of their annual salary on improving their home.
No surprises where the most desirable places to live were: Dublin 43%, Galway 14% and Cork 12%.
Interestingly half of the people surveyed would prefer to live in a more rural setting, close to the sea, mountains and rivers.
The wild atlantic way proved popular with the likes of Clare, Sligo and Galway seen for their potential for the ultimate work life balance. We can definitely vouch for that being based on the west coast!
So while the concept of home is subjective on many levels, there is no denying that the sense of home is a feeling cultivated by having a space that truly reflects the way you live.
Our tips for creating the ultimate winter ready home:
1. Create atmosphere with candles and lanterns. There is no better way to create a relaxing cosy winter ambience than to add candles and lanterns to your space.
2. Throws, cushions and sheep skins. You cannot have enough of these throughout the chilly winter months. We even add sheep skins to kitchen chairs & beds.
3. The fire! If you have one use it. There is no single element in a house that creates a cosier feel than an open fire or stove.
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You can find out more about The Ultimate Irish Home & Home Insurance over on Chill.
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