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WHEN IT COMES TO IN­TE­RIOR STYLING, THE ADAGE ‘DEC­O­RATE FROM THE FLOOR UP’ IS TRUER THAN EVER.

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COASTAL DECORATING schemes are clas­sic for good rea­son — the com­bi­na­tion of white, blue and tim­ber can weather even the most sud­den change in mood and ac­ces­sories. Tra­di­tion­ally built on a base of warm or white-washed tim­ber floor­ing (the wider the boards, the bet­ter), darker, grey-based tim­bers can also work well; de­liv­er­ing more of a re­laxed Hamp­tons feel. For added comfort, layer on a mix of wo­ven jute or sisal rugs or, in bedrooms and for­mal liv­ing ar­eas, opt for hand-knot­ted, pure wool car­pets, which have all the tex­ture and naunce of a nat­u­ral fi­bre but are much softer un­der­foot. 1 Per­fect Floor Paint in Woodsmoke, $48.21 for 1L, from Porter’s Paints. 2 Quick-step ‘Im­pe­rio’ nat­u­ral her­itage oak oiled tim­ber, $156 a square me­tre, from Pre­mium Floors. 3 Euro­pean oak in Coal, from $99 a square me­tre, from Wood­cut. 4 Quick-step ‘Palazzo’ cot­tage oak matt planks, $125 a square me­tre, from Pre­mium Floors. 5 ‘Pin­na­cles’ car­pet, POA, from Car­pet Court. 6 ‘River Weave’ rug in Nat­u­ral, from $385, from Ar­madillo and Co. 7 ‘Ori­en­tal Rush’ sisal, $65 a square me­tre, from The Nat­u­ral Floor­cov­er­ing Cen­tres. 8 Feast and Wat­son flfloor paint in Char­coal Edge, $114.05 for 4L, from Di­rect Paint. 9 Feast and Wat­son flfloor paint in White Shine, $114.05 for 4L, from Di­rect Paint. 10 ‘Koo­ja­man’ car­pet, POA, from Car­pet Court. For stock­ist details, see page 133.

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