INTERIORS Give your home a springtime makeover

Flowers in a glass vase

Spring clean - Fresh start

Interior Design
Naoimh Tuohy

It’s hard to feel the joys of spring when it’s still too cold and the days are still too short. All you want to do is press control, alt, delete and roll over until it all goes away. But the fact is, March is here – February, the bleakest month of the year, is over.
The spirit is starting to lift. The energy is starting to seep back in and we’re starting to see light at the end of the of the most miserable time tunnel of the year. What better way to welcome the new season than with an interiors makeover? But where to begin?
Well first things first, get cracking on a spring clean. Clear out all the clutter that has built up over the last year. And take no prisoners while you’re at it. It’s pointless to start with all the good intentions in the world and then let the entire exercise slip into a trip down memory lane where miraculously, everything finds its way back onto the shelves and into the drawers.
Once the dead wood has been cleared, think about painting the place. It’s one of the easiest, quickest and cheapest ways to bring life back into any room. Play with tones and shades. Don’t let it dominate the room, but use it to give dimension and depth. Unless you have large open spaces, it’s best to stay away from strong colours throughout.
It’s going to be the season for mixing and matching. I can feel it in my bones. Floral and stripes, for example, WILL work together. But they will need a unifying theme. Be it colour, tone or texture, the designs you use have to have a common thread somewhere along the line.
I’ve said it before, so what the hey, I’ll say it again. Try to bring the outside in. Introduce indoor plants into your home. And flowers! What better recession busting way than beautiful fresh flowers to bring a little life back into your living-room, your kitchen, your bathroom!
The one thing that can darken a room with already small windows is curtains. Some rooms need them, some rooms can’t live without them. But then there are some rooms that need anything but. If you have the wrong window dressings in your house, you may want to think about giving them all a make-over. Curtains can create quite a stuffy feeling and tend to close in a room rather than open it up. So, try changing to blinds. They’re neat and unobtrusive and most importantly are great for letting in a maximum amount of light, especially Roman blinds. If you need a little bit more privacy while at the same time want natural light shining through, wooden Venetian blinds can be a great choice and not too pricey either.
And lastly, if you’re thinking about an overhaul on your flooring but don’t have the funds to stretch as far as new carpets, then think about getting them professionally cleaned. It will take away the tired weary feeling and bring a bit of bounce back to your step. Equally, try sanding and varnishing your old wooden floors to bring them back to life
All in all, there’re lots of things you can do to turn your home around in order to inject a bit of life back into it. And they don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, just a bit of creativity and a willingness to have some fun with it.

Naoimh Tuohy is an interior designer based in Westport and working countrywide. Originally coming from a property background, she made the jump from valuing buildings to redesigning their interiors. She has worked freelance for the last six years and specialises in show houses, home-owner renovations and investment-property fit-outs. She can be contacted at 087 7625539.