Fo­cus on floor­ing

When ren­o­vat­ing for re­sale, it’s of­ten the big choices that make the most im­pact. Car­pet Court de­sign am­bas­sador Jane Carolan tells us how to add value from the ground up through floor­ing

Your Home and Garden - - Your Home - Text by Jane Carolan. Jane Carolan Car­pet Court de­sign am­bas­sador


Con­sider wood or wood-look floor­ing for all your high-traf­fic ar­eas and liv­ing spa­ces. Kitchens, hall­ways, open-plan liv­ing ar­eas and din­ing zones all nat­u­rally lend them them­selves to wood – en­gi­neered, lam­i­nate or solid.


Garages are of­ten for­got­ten dur­ing the in­te­rior de­sign process but it pays not to over­look this space. To prospec­tive home-buy­ers, a well­main­tained garage which is lined and car­peted can eas­ily be viewed as an­other liv­ing space for chil­dren and teenagers. Garage car­pet is in­ex­pen­sive and can trans­form the space from shabby and un­invit­ing to clean and wel­com­ing.


Bed­rooms are one area in the home that re­ally ben­e­fit from the warmth and cosi­ness of car­pet. First, iden­tify the con­sis­tent colour pal­ette that has been used through­out your house. If you have lots of warm-toned wood, for in­stance, choose a car­pet with that same tone or take it a few shades lighter. A key thing to remember with any car­pet choice is that you need to make sure a po­ten­tial buyer can vi­su­alise their own things in your home. By keep­ing the can­vas fairly neu­tral, your in­te­rior is more likely to suit the next buyer’s fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories.


If you have the luxury of buy­ing some new or dif­fer­ent fur­ni­ture to fin­ish off your ren­o­va­tion, there are some sim­ple things you can do to make the process go smoothly. Be­fore shop­ping, make a plan of what will work best in the room. The size of the room will dic­tate your fur­ni­ture choice and quite pos­si­bly its place­ment. In the lounge, do you have space for a large sofa and some arm­chairs, or would a cor­ner suite bet­ter suit its flow and func­tion­al­ity?

Con­sider the height of new fur­ni­ture; too many tall items will make a room feel en­closed and sti­fling, while lower fur­ni­ture will open up a space and make it seem more invit­ing. Invest in key pieces such as so­fas. A qual­ity sofa with a solid frame will last for years and you can save money down the line by re-cov­er­ing it for only a frac­tion of the price of a new one.

Add per­son­al­ity with smaller ac­cent pieces or ac­ces­sories. Me­tal­lic fin­ishes catch the light and add di­men­sion to a room. Don’t be afraid to mix gold, brass and sil­ver – think of an an­tique brass tray of trin­kets on a sil­ver-legged cof­fee ta­ble, teamed with a golden floor lamp along­side an arm­chair.

To com­plete a room and bring it to life, stylists will of­ten in­tro­duce liv­ing green­ery or an element from na­ture. If you’re not a flower per­son, con­sider some low-main­te­nance plants such as cacti or suc­cu­lents in beau­ti­ful Japanese ce­ramic ves­sels, or per­haps a staghorn fern, mon­stera or string of hearts in a sim­ple glass pot. The trick is cre­at­ing enough lay­ers of colour, tex­ture, pat­tern and ma­te­rial for a space to feel invit­ing and com­fort­able with­out it be­com­ing clut­tered. One way to com­bat this is to cre­ate cu­rated pock­ets of interest rather than spread­ing things out ev­ery­where.


Tim­ber floor­ing is a pop­u­lar choice for the kitchen. How­ever, it can be costly. Vinyl and lam­i­nates are more cost-ef­fec­tive op­tions for cre­at­ing a tim­ber look and they’re in­cred­i­bly durable. The splash­back pro­vides a good op­por­tu­nity to add an in­ter­est­ing fea­ture to the kitchen, and tiles can be a good way to do this – just remember to keep the look time­less and in keep­ing with the theme of the kitchen.


Tiles or a re­ally good vinyl work best in bath­rooms. There are fab­u­lous pat­terns and shades of vinyl avail­able now and it’s def­i­nitely more cost-ef­fec­tive than tiling. If you put a dark hue against a light one, colours against a neu­tral, or pat­tern against pat­tern, it will draw the eye, so make sure your colour or pat­tern choice works. Bath­rooms and kitchens sell houses, so bench­tops and cab­i­nets are worth in­vest­ing in, too. Keep the pal­ette neu­tral; it does not need to be pale but it does need to be able to blend with dif­fer­ent home­ware. Dress a bath­room with tow­els in the same pal­ette but in a slightly stronger shade with ac­cented hand tow­els.

SmartS­trand Striking Ap­pear­ance in Morn­ing Fog,

$49 per sqm.

SmartS­trand Nat­u­ral Dec­o­ra­tion in Flint Grey, $37 per sqm.

Tex­line Prime­tex Vinyl in Gravel Grey, $40 per sqm. Tex­line Solid­tex Vinyl Damier in Black & White, $45 per sqm.

Scan­dia LVT in Copenhagen, $59.90 per sqm.

Krono Swiss Sync Chrome in Arosa Oak, $69 per sqm.

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