Anne Blake and Claire Mc Donough begin their new Interior Design column series with Donegal Woman with a guide to the biggest home trends of 2017.

Claire Mc Donough and Anne Blake, La Maison

Anne Blake and Claire Mc Donough from La Maison are recognised as two of the top Interior Designers in the North West. We specialise in Residential, Holiday Homes and Commercial Interiors.

Whether your project is residential or commercial, we are here to help with a wide range of services to transform your space. Anything from making up soft furnishings to our full design service and project coordination, all delivered with exceptional service.

To arrange a consultation, please get in touch at or pop in and see us at La Maison, Canal Road, Letterkenny. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

What we do:

Domestic projects: Private houses, holiday homes, apartments and turnkeys.  

Commercial projects: hotels, restaurants, pubs, offices, health centres and public centre buildings.

Our varied design projects include Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny, Mulroy Woods Hotel, Arnold’s Hotel Dunfanaghy, Heaney’s You Drop Inn Ballybofey, Quay West Donegal Town, Travellers Inn Milford, Kealey’s Seafood Restaurant and Thyme out at Alcorns & Glenveagh Castle Tea rooms,  Kitty Kelly’s & Hughie’s Bar Killybegs. Udaras na Gealtachta and Donegal County Council

The biggest interior design trends of 2017

Bring Bold into your home! Gone is beige! 2017 brings rich colour and varied patterns into our homes.


Rich jewel tones bring a mix of romance and Bohemian, emerald greens, deep blues and teal.  Softer colours will be added to the mix such as peach, lavender and blush pink.


In contrast to perfect finishes and hi-gloss, 2017 brings exposed brickwork, cement burnished metals, Copper and bold gold. Agate and marble will be used as accents throughout the home, while plants and botanical motifs will continue to be a big trend well into 2018. Wood will continue to be widely used, counterbalanced by materials like marble, cork and clay.

Fabric & Pattern

Last year saw a resurgence of vintage decor.  In 2017 we are now experiencing a more sophisticated and luxurious look by using plush deep velvets, tweeds and tartans.


Patterned ceramic tiles and geometric & textured wallpaper are key elements of this year’s trends.

Accessorising with plants brings life into a room, retro plants, palm trees and rubber plants are huge!

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