Colour is the magic wand of interior design. Wield it well and wonderful things will happen. Colour can lift the spirits or soothe the senses. It can focus the mind. It can make the heart beat faster. It can create a sense of quiet contemplation.
Colour is not limited by size. A single small object of a certain hue can transform a whole room. But, as any Harry Potter fan knows, a magic wand is a dangerous tool in the wrong hands. Hence the extreme caution with which Irish people approach the use of colour in the home. Careful now!
Yvonne Mulligan, interior designer and principal of Nine Yard Design, is good with colour. So is her mum. So, when Mulligan’s parents asked her to design their new home, she knew it was going to be fun.
The trick with colour is knowing where to find it and wallpaper is a good place to start. A book of wallpaper is an adventure in itself and somehow less intimidating than a paint catalogue. But, leaving her mother alone with a stack of wallpaper samples brought unexpected results.
The first wallpaper that her mother chose is the visual equivalent of a holiday