– ex­pert ad­vice on choos­ing the right floor to com­ple­ment your colour scheme

Simply You - - Contents - JANE CAROLAN de­sign am­bas­sador for Car­pet Court

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 car­pet­ or call 0800 787 777.

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