RathgarTraditional Living Room, Dublin
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Clean manicallyFear and shame are great motivators for cleaning: no one wants people to think they live in a dirty house. Before guests visit is the time many of us really vacuum, scrub and dust properly. By this we mean the whole lot: skirting boards, picture rails, chandeliers, curtain tracks, under sofas, mantelpieces – everywhere dust and dirt collects. Mirrors will be polished, too, though you probably still won’t feel up to cleaning the oven.
Mix old with newIn this Edwardian terrace, the owners haven’t been afraid to mix new features in with period elements. The bones of the room are unmistakably original, from the ornate coving and ceiling rose to the stunning fireplace, while the furniture and accessories have a more modern feel, and add a contemporary look to the room. The key is to choose simple, elegant lines that don’t clash with the more fussy look of period features. The narrow legs on the Ercol sofa and the clean white shade on the floor lamp are beautifully designed, but don’t overwhelm the rest of the room.The trench heating is also distinctly modern and avoids the challenge of deciding where to install radiators on the walls. See more of the elegant revamp of this Edwardian terrace
Start with your sofaYour main sofa will probably be the largest single outlay in your living room and you may well need to get it made to order, so there’s little scope for error in your selection. For a regular sofa, you can choose between a two-seater (typically 150cm long), a 2.5-seater (180cm long) and a three-seater (210cm long). Think of the room as a whole when making your choice. A three-seater sofa may seem irresistibly indulgent, but an extremely large sofa can overwhelm the average living room and limit the scope for adding other seating. A 2.5-seater fits three people, so this is a reliable choice as your primary sofa, unless you happen to have an exceptionally small – or large – room. Bear in mind, though, that in reality only two people are probably comfortable sharing a sofa at one time.An L-shaped sofa will work well in a large, open-plan room, where it can help define the seating area. Choose the length of your main arm first, then the secondary arm, bearing in mind the need for movement and access around the sofa.
An Edwardian terraced house gets an elegant revampWhat a great lesson in how to mix the old with the new. In this four-bedroom house in Rathgar, Dublin, elegant details such as wide, pale Douglas Fir flooring, trench heating and contemporary furniture sit alongside beautifully restored period features such as the fireplaces and cornicing.
Chic additions, such as the neat Ercol sofa and a marble and brass coffee table, ensure the living space feels bright and contemporary. The trench heating is provided by floor vents, a clever idea the couple spotted on a trip to Holland that’s unobtrusive and also very efficient. Ercol sofa, Nest. Walls painted in Great White, Farrow & Ball.