Top Tiles Trend in 2017

Tiling is one of the most important inputs during any renovation. Taking complexity of the work into consideration, tile choice should have timeless look with classic touch. My personal observation showed that once people put tiles down, it will be 10-15 years before they replace it. This fact makes tiling one of the most long-lasting decorative elements in both residential and commercial properties.
If you go through renovation, this post will help you to find all up to date looks and you will enjoy finished interior for many years.
Tiles have so many characteristics to consider, so let’s have a look at them:
There are three main shapes with growing demand:
– Hexagonal
– Elongated hexagonal

Dark Blue Crayouns Storm
– Arabesque Moroccan Lantern tiles

Arabesque Silk by
– Metro tiles are still in a good request, especially in neutral colours
– Long, narrow tiles is a sophisticated choice
Tiles with wood texture, polished concrete and stone stay in 2017 and I believe will be around for another couple of years, for sure. Whatever texture you will go for, should have soft sheen or be completely matt. Main look has clean lines, minimalist, elegant with soft tones.
Most of neutral colours have timeless look. We had several years of grey colour domination and these tendency is dramatically changing towards warmer tones. One of the most desirable colours become Caramel. It has very soft warm tone and it looks an absolute winner in combination with white and black colours.
I believe that Caramel is a 100% hit in new season but there are other two colour schemes stay around not because of fashion but because people love it:
– Clean white
– Warm Taupe
#4 Pattern as a Fashion element
Tiles with various 3D effects can become a great feature without doubts. Size of a pattern can vary from large to small. Stunning look!
Here are tiles which look like an outstanding piece of art!
#5 Wall pattern
Although, traditional straight row with clean lines stays classic, Chevron quickly becomes a favourite feature pattern for many designers. You can see it inside fireplace, as a kitchen back splash or on bathroom walls. Tile manufacturers are great to keep up with trends and now you can find tiles with precut edges. It makes tiling process easier and faster.

Arrow Silk Polvere from
This is my list of main rising trends and you will see many of them featured during a year. As you probably noticed, here I didn’t include new season colours, such as rosy-pink, teal, navy blue, emerald green etc. It’s because we can’t know if all these colours will be around in 10-15 years to last as a part of your tile choice.
Keep an eye on neutral tones with contemporary twist. They have a good potential to be named iconic and so classic. If you would like to add few colours, bring some accessories and style place to your taste. You always can change accent colour and use new decor but your background will be timeless. Overall interior look will stay attractive for many years.
Best Wishes,
Alena C


2019-02-03T16:59:42+00:00February 28th, 2017|Design Trend|

Interior Design Trends 2017 in your Home

Early in December 2016 all colour Guru companies started to announce their trends for 2017. Since then you could see a good number of interior design blogs telling about design predictions for a New year.
I will take my turn to sum up colour trends in one blog post and share with you ideas how you can adapt it in your home today.
#1 Pantone Collection became one of the most awaited every year.

Here is a Top 10 of colours for coming springtime. They are all fresh and bright. Looking at all these vibrant colours together it is hard to imagine how and where to use it in your home.
Here are few tips:
You don’t have to paint wall in bright orange if you love neutral colour scheme but use these colours in accessories, upholstery, and decor details.
If you love something very light and simple, you still don’t have to give up on colours. Small details look amazing!
Use one colour tone to create striking wall or even a feature wall. Remember about natural light, if you paint wall opposite side to where natural light falls (for example, around a window) then colour will look 1-2 tones darker.
Personally, I see a strong influence of Blue and Green in interiors this year. Particularly Niagara, Pantone attracts many people and quickly becomes the most popular choice. We saw many dramatic interiors last year and even more will see in new year. Muted Green and Blue is a hit indeed!
#2 Duluxis a well-known European paint leader and features Denim Drift
It is very interesting colour! There is a mix of Blue, Green and Grey in it and it means with different natural light it will look different. Moreover, if you will choose this colour, it will help you to bring different shades and tones together and unite colour scheme.

#3 World Design colour trend
Charcoal & Grey
This colour is like a ‘little black dress’ became Classic. There are many interiors featuring grey has been called Iconic. Grey and his brother charcoal take a great place in 2017. Use it for a dramatic look and don’t forget to add colour, which will beautifully standout.

Dining room, accent wall by AlenaCDesign
Mustard & Gold
It is time for a little sunshine and add special warmth into our homes. Yellow has been forgotten since it was very popular 8-10 years ago. But now it’s coming back in two different tones:
Mustard is a reach tone
Gold is muted with soft shade
Emerald green
I personally adore this colour! It is a noble colour with a hint of something organic and natural in your home. It’s a colour with absolute positive vibes.
There are big predictions for a greenery colours this year. Worth to try it!
As you can see, the short list of new year colours consists of pink/rose, blue, green and yellow. Rich tone is a definitely hit! I always encourage my clients to go rather rich tone than ‘safe’ neutral. Working only with neutrals it is hard to avoid risk of getting rather dull, pale, not welcoming, and sometimes, like if interior is not finished yet.
Go for a look you’ve always wanted, don’t be afraid to try something new and you will get Home of your dreams.


2019-02-03T16:59:43+00:00January 17th, 2017|Design Trend|

Attention-worthy Products on Ideal Home Show Autumn 2016

Every year at the end of October Ideal Home Show on RDS attracts thousands people, who love home decor and looking for an advice. It is a phenomenal place to meet different contractors and suppliers in one place! In a friendly environment you can ask questions, get advice and even special offer on interested products.
For this event I have set a very specific goal, rather than looking for new design trends, I was more concentrated on finding creative products for styling and decorating home. I was looking for something unique, hand-made or bespoke. I was looking for something what can make decorating home easer, more affordable and practical.
It wasn’t too busy on Sunday because of Dublin’s marathon, it made general atmosphere more relaxed and easy-going. And so I didn’t loose my time to meet new professionals at different stands.
#1 There are many various artists presented on a show but Theo Hanley has ‘stop right there!’ effect. I couldn’t miss so attractive paintings with original landscapes of sky and a sea. There are different colours, depth of view and never the same mood!

#2 My next stop is Muggins and co. I would call this online shop is a perfect destination if you are looking for kids wall art decor or a creative present! As a designer I know how it can be hard to find joyful, attractive wall art for kids room. Don’t miss this one!

I find it is very important to have a choice, to be able to make something personalized and Muggins and Co. are amazing to offer different collections for boys, girls and themed. Contact them if you didn’t find what you were looking for and they are great to help.

#3 I didn’t need to go far to find another product for kids room. Here is Maple and Spud with beautiful handmade teepees for kids to play in. These little tents is a big trend and you can find one or two in any Home Design Magazine. On company’s site you can find several options to choose from but what makes them really unique is they can make teepee as bespoke and personalized as much you want it to be. No limits! They even can use some of your fabrics for details to incorporate with your room design. They are passionate in what they do and you can see it in high-quality product!

#4 Continuing my review of products for kids, I would like to mention company, which specialises in making bespoke furniture for toddlers and teenagers. They have adorable designs for little ones and creative options for teenagers. For young people is very important to have room which would reflect their personality and passion. It helps them to build confidence and individuality. You have to see designs yourself, where my personal choice is a Running Horse indeed.


#5 There is one more product related to kids decor accessories before to move on. It is young company yet and calls Source Pro. To buy product you can use only direct contact. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you details. The product I would like to tell about is a Milan Hand Made Ceramics Venetian Glass Balloons.


All these colourful glass balloons made by craft man in Venice, Italy and then delivered in Ireland. There are three different sizes 9cm, 15cm and 18cm. Get a set of balloons and party will never end in the child’s room!
#6 If you are looking for home decor in general or something to give you a finished look, here are three traders with great choice of products from RDS.

Elms  showed a display of new decor, which you can buy in their shop. There are beautiful wall art (small frames), small display decor and wooden panel with oriental pattern. It looks great and perfect if you want to make statement in your finished interior!

Gallery Zozimus represents local artists and craftsmen in one place! It is a place full of timeless treasures: origional paintings, sculptures from stone, wood and ceramics. Gallery offers special events and closed viewings. Moreover, if you live in Dublin area they will bring chosen art pieces to your home or office to make sure it is perfect!
Woo Design – it’s an online shop with modern and a bit quirky style furniture and home accessories. They have absolutely origional and interesting pieces to add to any home.
I feel satisfied to what I found and saw during a show but my goal wouldn’t be complete without something new with innovative approach in home improvement.

#7 Do you know the pain when you have fully tiled bathroom (4 walls and a floor) and it looks dated (may be damaged and faded)? And the worse part is to imagine a whole mess to go through to change it? I met specialist from RDS Coolock Tile Outlet with fantastic new technique and a product to make renovation easier!

They use MICROCEMENT, which can be applied on almost any surface indoor and outdoor. It is durable, leak free, non slip product with stone effect finish and in wide range of colours. Technology requires four layers and it adds only 3.5mm rise.
With this product and technology, it is so easy to get stone-like finish without replacing old. Moreover, it lets you to get stone finish sink, worktop and even bath. Specialists from Coolock Tile Outlet can make any carcass from plywood and apply microcement over. You can use several colours for a pattern or transition. Great solution with fantastic transformation!


#8 Here is another innovative product: Have you ever heard of Silk plaster liquid wallpaper? It is 100% green product!

In general, it consists of Silk, Cotton and Cellulose and when it is dry, it looks like a bag of coloured flakes. When you prepare a mixture, you apply coating as a plaster on a wall or ceiling. After it dried it looks nothing like. Check the picture:

Wall has incredibly soft texture! As an option you can have it mixed with glitter for shimmering effect as on a picture above.
The best fact about this product apart of simple application, if you get a scratch and surface is damaged, you spray a little bit of water on this area and apply coating over. Done!
It is 100% green product, it doesn’t shrink and along with soft touch it provides additional heat and sound insulation, improves acoustics.
Only choose a colour you like!
That’s all I wanted to tell and show from the Autumn Show 2016. That’s not all so far but I couldn’t make this Blog post any longer. It was a very busy weekend and very exciting to meet new traders, learn about great products. And I will look for an opportunity to use them in future projects. If you missed the show this year, put it in your diary – spring 2017 and I might see you there!
Alena C
2019-02-03T16:59:43+00:00November 14th, 2016|Design Trend|

The most successful Design trends of 2016

In couple of weeks it will be the end of summer, which also means that the most of the year has passed. During autumn we will start collecting guidelines of new trends for 2017. Every year different companies release new products such as paint colours, wallpaper, fabrics, tile collections etc. but there is always a risk that people will not accept. Truth is that people as customers make design trends reality. So, today I invite you to have a look on what kind of design trends became the most successful during 2016.
#1 Neutral background (Soft Grey)
It is very classical colour scheme when you build neutral background and add colours in accessories as little accents. This year soft grey is the most wanted in interior 2016!
#2 PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz and PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
That’s how Pantone describes them:
First one is “the soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.”
and Few words about Second: ” Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.”

Picture via
Well, how can you resist from having rose sunset and fresh blue sky in your room! Sounds very refreshing!
These two became the most memorising and now also the most recognisable combination of accent colours 2016.

Pantone trends via
#3 Rich colours
We can see a different colour pallet of rich tones this year green, teal, blue, red, black etc. Whole spectre is here.
#4 Natural wood
Presence of Natural wood grains stays strong in interior. It can be used not only in flooring but also in furniture and interior architecture.
#6 Organic accessories:
Simple glass jars with flowers, plants in a pot, handmade craft. These elements has been borrowed from traditional style and add casualty in interior.
#7 Functional minimalism
Interiors are clutter free with clever storage solutions and well organized space in general.
#8 Tiles have own trend
Cement Brushed tiles with Vintage or Victorian pattern is a star!
#9 Pendants Rock!
#10. Airy interiors are in a wish list!
Leave windows undressed or add curtains from the ceiling to the floor. Long curtains add the height to the room. If you plan a new build, consider large, wide windows and double doors.
In general, I can add that all trends are up to freshness, simplicity and maximum practicality. It remind me of main principals of Scandinavian style and its influence here is clear. In many Interiors we can see furniture with simple lines, organic textures and practical fabrics such as linen, cotton and velvet.
I hope you found few fresh ideas for your own house!
See you next time!


2019-02-03T16:59:44+00:00August 18th, 2016|Design Trend|

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