Irish interior designer Roisin Lafferty loves kitchens with seamless finishes, traditional balance and unexpected surprises

Established Dublin interior designers like Roisin Lafferty are proving to the world that Ireland is becoming a centre for interior design innovation. Having taken on projects throughout Europe, Kingston Lafferty Design is sharing its unique sensibilities with style-forward clients, which includes Irish homeowners current obsession with space maximisation.

“In Ireland, it’s all about making the most of a space. The lines are blurred between dining areas and kitchen areas.”

A social butterfly, who would opt for a night out with the girls on her birthday over a quiet night in, Roisin knows that kitchen décor features like an island play a major role in making the most of a tight space. To do this, Roisin insists that it is up to the interior designer to understand and embrace a space and then do what needs to be done to enhance it!

“My core value principle as a designer is enhancing the space as a whole. That’s the most important thing. You can use materials and lighting to really reflect that and really add texture and vibrancy, but ultimately the space is the foundation for any good design.”

Space is the foundation of Roisin's designs, achieved by using materials and accessories. (c) Barbara Corsico

Space is the foundation of Roisin’s designs, achieved by using materials and accessories. (c) Barbara Corsico

Roisin of course has a few tricks up her sleeve to make this a reality. First and foremost, she looks to materials that will create a clean and seamless finish in a kitchen. For example, the “butt end” of a cabinet, or kitchen island can make a design look unpolished, or even unfinished. In such cases, Roisin encourages her clients to wrap the unit in the same material as the worktop. The final ribboning result creates a much more “finished” look, particularly if done in Carrara or Calcutta marble.

The main thing when designing your kitchen is to avoid being matchy-matchy and to take different elements from different places. (c) Donal Murphy

The main thing when designing your kitchen is to avoid being matchy-matchy and to take different elements from different places. (c) Donal Murphy

For Roisin however, kitchen space maximisation is not about achieving showroom perfection. Great kitchen design can be achieved by using materials and accessories in ways that create usable areas, which reflect you and your family.

“The main thing when designing your kitchen is to avoid being matchy-matchy and to take different elements from different places.”

To achieve a kitchen décor style that is equal parts understated elegance and whimsical eclecticism (how very Irish!),

Roisin calls upon signature KLD design cues. Double sinks for instance, make an appearance in a fair few KLD kitchens as they are practical and give an industrial vibe to a vintage-inspired kitchen.

Roisin’s all-time favourite design material however, has to be tiles! Regardless of the type or price-point, Roisin knows that tiles can always be used to update kitchen spaces in entirely new and interesting ways. They can create a focus around a dining area, merge a kitchen and living space, and bring together design features like a worktop and cabinets, and so much more!

“I think you can create drama and impact by using any tiling in unexpected ways.”