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