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