– in­te­rior de­signer Jane Carolan re­veals the se­cret to choos­ing the right floor­ing

Simply You - - Con­tents - JANE CAROLAN founder, Ve­nia De­sign

How im­por­tant is floor­ing to the de­sign process?

The floor is of­ten an af­ter­thought be­cause it’s not con­sid­ered to be the in­no­va­tive and in­trigu­ing part of an in­te­rior fit. How­ever, the floor is one of the most im­por­tant com­po­nents of a room be­cause it pro­vides foun­da­tion and struc­ture and brings all the other el­e­ments to­gether. When we walk into a room, the first thing we say isn’t gen­er­ally, “Wow, what a floor!”

What are your tips when choos­ing wooden floor­ing?

Think of wooden floor­ing like fash­ion. We all know wear­ing hor­i­zon­tal stripes will not en­hance your fig­ure be­cause the eye is drawn to the widest point – the same goes with boards on a floor. If you have a small space you want to feel big­ger, lay the boards so the lines of the tim­ber run along the length of the room for an elon­gat­ing ef­fect. The size of the boards is im­por­tant, too. Wide boards mea­sur­ing 180-220mm will make a room feel larger.

What are the top con­sid­er­a­tions for car­pet?

Wool is still a sought-af­ter fab­ric and gives a look and feel that is hard to beat (but there are other ben­e­fi­cial op­tions). So­lu­tion dyed ny­lon has a dura­bil­ity and colour sta­bil­ity that can­not be achieved with wool. The fade-re­sis­tant na­ture of this ma­te­rial is par­tic­u­larly valu­able in New Zealand given the strength of the sun and the re­duced al­ler­gens as­so­ci­ated with it are fan­tas­tic.

What are the de­sign rules when it comes to coloured wooden floor­ing?

The first thing to con­sider is the over­all en­vi­ron­ment you are try­ing to cre­ate – light and airy, warm and moody, or clean and crisp? Light, nat­u­ral-coloured boards give a sense of open­ness and calm, while darker woods with black­ened grain add warmth. Washed white and blonde floor­boards have a crisp Scan­di­na­vian feel, but they are more un­for­giv­ing as they high­light ev­ery item placed in the room and are not great at hid­ing dirt.

Do the same rules ap­ply to car­pet?

I tend to opt for car­pets in warm neu­trals, soft greys and don­key tau­pes be­cause they are great colours for bring­ing a de­sign to­gether. One place I do use bolder colours is in hall­ways, which are of­ten de­void of nat­u­ral light and there­fore need to be treated slightly dif­fer­ently. By us­ing a stronger colour in a hall­way you in­her­ently make the rooms lead­ing off it feel lighter and brighter.

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