Design Guide for Rural Northern Ireland (Summary)
Materials and Colours
Much of the character of Northern Ireland landscape has derived from the limited range of traditional materials and colours, usually rendered walls with thatched or slated roofs. A restrained use of materials is quite appropriate for a modern dwelling and is in keeping with the tradition. Too many materials can produce an unsuitable fussy design.
A common feature of traditional rural buildings is that there are few windows and doors, so that walling is a dominant image. This ratio of solid to void is a basic part of the rural scene and contemporary designers should respect this image.