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Regina Rogers Fallon Design of Dublin Ireland has won “Best Of Interior Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. Regina infuses an abundance of creative energy and her passion for design into every project, with practicality and quality at the forefront and was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognised with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals on Houzz.
“Nothing is impossible and functionality is vital”
We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2018 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Regina Rogers Fallon,” said Marcus Hartwall, Managing Director of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality
“Showhouse Showdown” was a rare and exciting opportunity to showcase my style on TV, and the production company VIP and Pivotal Construction helped make it a very enjoyable experience. the brief was simple and precise from the offset, design a home for “family living”.
Having two boys I know the necessities and design implications needed for a family home and this took centre stage when generating the concept for my design.
I designed a sofa, derived from a simple sketch, for comfort and slouching but also to withstand the imagination of a young child (tried and tested as a wrestling ring) using a commercial rated velvet on a customised frame it ticked the box for durability and adding an abstract Harlequin fabric (cushion) that set the colour scheme throughout the downstairs of the house.
For this project it was important to implement my style and my love for simple and timeless design, in order to find the perfect balance of texture and colour in the sitting room I ran the abstract design from the Roman blind across the floor in a customised wool rug, David from Rugs by Design dyed wool to perfectly match the Indigo blue in the velvet and 2 Colourtrend colours Ocean Cruise and Oyster Bed, the lovely chalky green on the wall covering and white based grey that acted as the perfect neutral throughout the house. The heavy texture in the Lincrusta Linoleum wall covering connected the TV room and sitting room and completed the design perfectly. Harvey Norman sponsored the show which gave me the opportunity to use an Italian range of furniture they sell exclusively in Ireland “Domitalia” which represented my style perfectly, the modern tv unit and sideboard were the ideal storage solution for both rooms.
I was ridiculously excited about using some usually creative light fittings from Slamp and Limelo Design throughout the house which completed each room with a modern yet creative feel.
The kitchen was offered as standard and had a restricted budget, using an innovative textured door and colour was “my get out of jail card” for showcasing something a little different, the challenge was to achieve a counterbalance with colour by using a very light white Grey in the worktop and tiles. My obsession with Indigo Navy carried into the hall with a Navy feature wall running up the stairs which co ordinated perfectly with the striped “Roger Oates” runner supplied by Matt Brittion carpets.
Using neutral tones and muted finishes delivered the objective to create a calmness in the bedrooms, by running the colour scheme from downstairs it created a simple flow and connection from one space to the other, Once again Conor and Danny from Concar designs worked tirelessly to colour match the concrete for my customised circular mirror in the master bedroom I felt it would create a feature in the room without altering the ambience.
I used the kids bedroom to let loose a little, the Forbo flooring was practical and allowed me to implement my love for distinctive colour, I think the petrol blue and bright yellow in the Scion bed range worked perfectly together to create a space that was just “fun for a kid”.
There are a couple of interesting scenarios where “paint” can visually compensate and transform an awkward space within a home, heres a couple of tips ..
1. A low lying ceiling can make a room feel claustrophobic if you install narrow vertical wall panelling and paint it in a distinctive colour applying an off white paint to the ceiling, the narrow panelling will alter your visual perception by stretching the walls, a dark Navy and a grey based white can be a luxurious combo.
2. Paint a vertical stripe on your walls (a very patient painter is required) chose a warm neutral and a distinctive colour that will coordinate with existing furnishings, avoid too much activity within the space, while a larger room will allow you to cover all the walls in a stripe, a small room will require a balance, in this case paint 2 “opposite” walls within the room in the stripe, then apply the neutral colour on the remaining walls
3. Run your wall colour over your skirting and coving once again this will give the perception of additional height to your walls.
4. To generate a cosy atmosphere within a room with a low ceiling, apply a grey based neutral, (grey based colours add warmth) on the walls and continue it onto the ceiling, counterbalance with low lying furniture, uplighting from a floor lamp and recessed lighting, avoid using a pendant light if possible this will draw the ceiling further into the space, hang a couple of wall frames vertically, and If you are doing reconstruction works changing your doors to “floor to ceiling” doors can add a ginormous transformation.
5. Create a geometrical pattern on your walls with paint, using a palette of 3 or 4 coordinating colours ..
6. Paint a high shelving unit in the same colour as your wall but a deeper tone creating a tall feature within the space.
High Shelving, low furniture, Distinctive flooring, and a heavy patterned rug with strong colour will divert attention from the ceiling.
Working with a small space:
This depends on the mood you want to create, a small room can be cosy and atmospheric
7. If you want to generate a “sense of space” choose a soft warm neutral palette and create a shading effect with numerous variations of the same colour on each wall within the room, work from the same “colour card” or if you are getting the paint mixed add double and treble strength of the colour to each pot.
8. Push back an alcove “visually” with a distinctive paint colour or wall covering,
9. If you intend to make a feature of your “fireplace wall” use a soft patterned wall covering then pick one of the neutral tones from the wall covering and apply to the remaining walls so the combo is well coordinated and understated.
Hang light coloured curtains .. proportional furniture, no clutter and a large mirror to transfer the colour from one feature wall to another
Creating the Perfect Balance
10. Creating the perfect balance and mood within a room can be difficult if you apply distinctive colour to your walls try to introduce light to medium coloured furniture, with a light and neutral palette, counterbalance with a pop of colour in your soft furnishings and/or a dark wood in furniture and flooring.
11. When applying a warm “neutral palette” to your walls continue it onto your skirting, use a lighter tone of the wall colour for the doors and architraves don’t alter the balance by introducing brilliant white .. I recommend you only introduce brilliant white to your ceilings and doors when the colour palette for your walls has white or citrus tones
12. In Ireland it is important to remember before we start to consider paint colours “Grey” is part of our environment and existing colour palette, an overload of grey can be a little daunting.
13. Where there is existing cream tones within the interior of your home, flooring etc a combination of Ivory Tusk and Shell Cove by Colourtrend offers the perfect neutral palette adjusting to a more contemporary palette yet complimenting the “yellow toned creams” perfectly, the colour combo for doors bannisters and architraves etc is perfect.
A North Facing Room:
14. Don’t try to over compensate with a stark tone (white based tone) use a warm grey based colour to add warmth and dept and avoid washy colours, psychologically a north facing room can be mood altering, create a passive and cosy atmosphere with a distinctive colour and counterbalance with bright furniture and layered lighting .. always pick your colour scheme within the space so you know exactly how it will look within the room, its important to remember when you are in paint shop you are generally looking at “colour” under florescent light,
15. Avoid cold blue tones ..
Don’t be afraid to use “colour” it is the most economical way to redesign a space .. don’t restrict yourself to colour “brochures” all paint companies have colour strips where an infinite collection of colours can me mixed, when it comes to paint colour there is no restriction, any wall can be any colour just concentrate on coordinating similar tones.
Hiring an interior designer can sometimes feel intimidating, the biggest concerns are generally, “How much will the service cost” and “will the Designer impose their own style”, however working with an Interior Designer will help you to manage your budget and avoid expensive mistakes, saving you time and money. As part of the initial design process a professional designer will invest considerable time to realise a clients requirements and style in order to build a design concept, primarily focusing on functionality.
Taking on a renovation project can be overwhelming, before thinking about furniture and fittings a realistic approach is vital, the initial considerations should be windows, roofing, insulation, electrics, plumbing, heating, energy efficiency, doors and floors, do you need to hire an Architect etc, and are you entitled to a renovation or energy efficiency grant ?
It is important to accumulate numerous quotes from building contractors, and crucial that all professionals will work well together.
It is imperative that an Interior Designer is hired at the start of the project in order to liaise with the Architect and Tradespeople, this will allow them to plan a timeline and manage your interior budget from the outset, the colour of your windows may effect the design of your interior and before reconstruction it is important to plan your interior layout.
If your budget is restricted, prioritise, invest in quality when it comes to your fixed items, a kitchen is the most important room in an Irish home, your bathrooms, fireplace and flooring should be at the top of your list. don’t be afraid to customise furniture, sofa and storage units, with quality you get longevity. Consider lighting from the beginning of the project, the influence of natural light on the building, and how you will counterbalance with light fittings. Soft furnishings and paint colour is the most enjoyable and final part of the process.
It is difficult for an Interior Designer to give an estimate for their services without meeting a client, book an initial consultation, the Designer will do a site visit, analyse plans, get an overview of the project and then put together a proposal with an estimate of cost.
This is a recent project I designed which commenced in 2016, the complete renovation of an Edwardian house in Dublin 9, this house was stripped back to its core and fully modernised, the foundations were restructured, windows replaced, and a small extension added with a full redesign of the interior. The brief was to create a contemporary style throughout that was complementary to the era of the house, “straight lines with no frills”
The most important element of the design was removing the galley kitchen and replacing it with a modern open plan space that would have a flood of natural light and would connect with the small garden area, the interaction between the scuffed concrete floor tile and a light grey granite slab in the garden allows a visual perception that the garden and kitchen are one room with dividing sliding doors.
When it came to designing the kitchen we were easily persuaded by the innovative Italian concrete door, this added texture within the space which became a strong element to the kitchen design, it not only added something a little different but was a perfect co ordinate with the matt finish navy and light grey door, For me the colour scheme was an important part of the design, creating a palette that was soft yet contemporary, a palette that connected all rooms throughout the house. The spacial layout within the kitchen was designed to allow for family visits and comfort.
A gentler approach to a “contemporary style” was applied in the original rooms, the dining room and lounge were opened out by lifting the height of the original arch dividing the two rooms, this emphasised the height of the ceiling, The under stairs “nook” added a functional area that would allow storage for books and an area for “chill”, and a light coloured engineered wood floor with a mink fleck was the perfect coordinate with the neutral colour palette, the client had definite ideas about replacing the existing downstairs fireplaces, a bespoke concrete fireplace was constructed for the lounge and colour matched, and the combination of a natural wool rug, heavy textured curtains and a bespoke navy sofa created a design that was just “simple”, as requested.”
Saving and restoring the original door front door was the topic of regular debate, it survived and looks fantastic in Colourtrend “‘Peacock Blue”, I wanted the hallway to retain that “Edwardian” feel, applying a contemporary alternative to the original tiles, the mink coloured natural wool carpet on the stairs and gentle “Shell Cove” colour on the banisters give that cosy and inviting feel to the entrance to the house.
The bathroom design was kept simple and modern, the 3 dimensional tiles sadly replaced the original fireplace and a large slate shower tray offered an abundance of space for a shower, the bespoke vanity unit added a pop of much needed colour to complete the design ..
The bedrooms retained the original fireplaces, with a soft velvet carpet to add an element of luxury and comfort.
The contemporary kitchen with it’s gently curved quartz worktop, concrete floor tiles and kitchen doors delivered the perfect space for the client, the combination of the soft colour scheme, wood flooring and retaining most of the original features within the house offered what I think was the perfect solution and redesign.