A survey from cheap home insurance providers Chill Insurance reveals that the majority of Irish residents like to keep their interior décor traditional, mainly taking inspiration from local historical and cultural architecture.

The 1,000 respondents shared their views on which type of home is right for them, as well as which Irish county they would most like to live in. The results helped to determine what makes the Ultimate Irish Home.


Detached homes, under 10 years old and in the countryside were the most popular choices, with people wanting their own space away from the hustle and bustle of the city. When asked about their interior style 55% of those surveyed described their décor as traditional, taking inspiration from stately homes and castles. Let’s explore what these historical buildings have to offer.

You can find out more about the survey and results take a look here.


If you are looking for interior inspiration then heading to one of the many stately homes in Ireland is a fantastic idea. These homes offer landscaped manicured lawns, impressive water features and architecture inspired by history and culture.

Each home has a story to tell and differ in design which makes for perfect inspiration, here are a few stately homes to get you started.

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This was the first home to open its doors to the public in 1946, yet has belonged to the White family since 1739. The homes architecture has a Provencal feel, whilst the interior is traditional yet grand.

If you are looking to wow with a traditional design then take note, this is the place for you.

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Russborough House has a traditional Palladian design with doric colonnades which connect the pavilions and main home, and rusticated walls. The interior compliments the architecture brilliantly with parquet flooring, chandeliers, ornate ceilings, and a range of art that would suit any gallery.

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Cabra Castle has achieved a traditional yet modern style interior design, using ornate ceilings, patterned papered walls, and floral prints to keep a sense of history, yet this has been paired with bright colours and blocked layouts.

Taking a look at the rooms and suites we get a rustic lodge feel with bare walls and low lighting to create a calming obeisance. Other rooms are cottage –esque with floral wallpaper and light pastel shades.

With so much going on in one space there’s a lot to discover when visiting Cabra Castle.

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As one of the oldest castles in Ireland, this is the place to go if you want to create a home with character. The castle has a medieval feel but the layout of furniture and the way the open windows allow natural light into the room, by not obstructing windows with seating or other furniture, the room will be naturally brighter.

The dark oak furniture against lighter colours feels mature and this look is completed with portrait framed artwork. The lighting in the rooms is very natural providing a glimpse of the fairy tale gardens.

We can find inspiration anywhere we just need to look out for it and if there’s anywhere you have been and felt a creative spark then please feel free to share it with us on social media using the hashtag #UltimateIrishHome

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