DESIGNS FOR LIFE
– expert advice on choosing the right floor to complement your colour scheme
Design expert Jane Carolan discusses her role as an ambassador for Carpet Court and explains
how to use colour in your home.
What does your role at Carpet Court entail?
Carpet Court approached me to work on tools and content to help take the headache and stress out of making design decisions. We want to ensure the principals of how customers make flooring decisions are looked at holistically and cover everything from colour, desire and need, to practicality and budget.
How important is flooring in the design process?
Very – you can easily change a poor paint decision, it’s not so simple to rip up a floor you have just put down. More importantly, a good floor decision really helps solidify the look and feel of the style you want to create.
How did your career in interiors evolve?
My interest in interiors began at a very young age with a penchant for gold lamé and anything that glittered! This changed thankfully, but my love of colour and texture didn’t. Later on I worked for a boutique paint company mixing colour. This evolved into collaborations with institutions and galleries, and the formulation of colours for residential and commercial clients. In 2006 I established Venia Design, a full service design consultancy.
What are you most inspired by?
People and how resilient we are. Think about the humble origins of Coco Chanel, the daughter of a laundrywoman who inspired millions with those immortal words: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
What’s the first thing you notice when you walk into a home?
The natural light source because it is so important to how we live and how we function. In design, natural light determines the orientation and flow of a room and we naturally tend to build and develop a space based on how the light changes throughout the day. Something as simple as changing the orientation of furniture in a room to factor in the light source can alter the entire feel of a space without spending a penny.
Whose house would you love to peek inside?
My love of skulls and butterflies naturally draws me to artist Damien Hirst’s home.
What’s on your interiors wish list this winter?
I want to recover my sofa in a dark chocolate velvet as my boys have destroyed the existing cover. I seem to have a thing for dark, earthy velvets this year.
What is your top renovating tip?
Design and decorating can be daunting but don’t let that put you off – we are all creative beings. Start small, be considered, set a budget, sort your likes from your dislikes – and enjoy.
The team at Carpet Court know floors like no one else. They have flooring showrooms across New Zealand and offer a free, no obligation measure and quote service instore or in the comfort of your own home. To find a store near you, visit carpetcourt.co.nz or call 0800 787 777.