6 High Street
In March 2017, Tanya Ross and her family undertook the mammoth task of restoring an eighteenth century period property located at 6 High Street, Tullamore. The results are simply awe-inspiring!
6 High Street is steeped in local history and is an integral part of the street landscape of Tullamore. Built in 1786 by the Hill family and more recently occupied by the Kilroy’s, a well known business family who had a popular shop across the street (from 1908 to 2008). No. 6 High Street is one of the oldest continuously occupied period homes in Tullamore. A five bay, two storey, protected Georgian building that has an undeniable presence. Tanya and her family bought the property in 2016, falling in love with it in less than 30 seconds of walking through the front door.
Tanya, a Tullamore native, relied on her skills as an Art Director/Design Consultant to add the creative flair and style needed in restoring this period building into the beautiful family home that it is today. Mindful of maintaining the integrity and character of the building, Tanya opted for a ‘repair rather than replace’ policy where possible. Original features such as the windows and shutters were beautifully restored and antique fireplaces and cast iron radiators were painstakingly sourced and carefully restored to their former glory.
On the restoration of this stunning bedroom – which oozes class and sophistication – Acres Hall was delighted to have supplied the paint. On meeting Tanya, her knowledge of colour and design was apparent and she had a clear vision of what colours would work best for this space. After some careful consideration with our colour consultant Ciara, Tanya chose a colour pairing that is both striking and elegant, complementing the upholstery and fabrics already adorning the room.
The walls are painted in Aharney Dew, a Finest Matt which is part of The Acres Hall Colour Collection. Aharney Dew is an affectionate green with shades of olive. It evokes a natural atmosphere, inspired by the greenery of the local countryside. It feels balanced, fresh and restful. The pop of blue velvet from the bed adds a sense of bold energy.
By painting the wall panelling, radiators and skirting in the same colour as the main wall, this softens their appearance and creates a seamless transition from floor to ceiling. Stretching the height of the room, cleverly drawing your attention upwards to the impressive ceiling mouldings, ceiling rose and chandelier. This also makes the room feel large and contemporary whilst maintaining the period charm.
The fireplace woodwork and ceiling are painted in Stonleigh, a Finest Matt which is also part of The Acres Hall Colour Collection. Stonleigh is a versatile off white with just a hint of grey, which adds a lovely warmth and depth to the room. It also frames the fireplace wonderfully, contrasting the deep black of the hearth against the calming green of the wall.
Of course, we know that our paint is of the highest quality, Irish made, handcrafted to perfection using only the finest ingredients… but it’s lovely to hear it from the people using our paints, especially professional painters. Kenneth Mann, the specialist painter who worked on 6 High Street said of the paint “the coverage was excellent, only needing two coats, it was easy to work with, making my job a lot easier”. We have over 120 colours to choose from in our Colour Collection available in four finishes.
We would like to thank Tanya and her family for allowing us to share her story on the restoration of her beautiful Georgian home, 6 High Street, Tullamore.
If you would like to follow Tanya’s story, you can find her here.