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IN­TE­RI­ORS with a so­phis­ti­cated, ur­ban edge are on trend for the home as we con­tinue through the cold sea­son.

Two stand­out looks are retro, fea­tur­ing moody blues, sump­tu­ous tex­tiles and lash­ing of gold, and Brook­lyn: a stream­lined, modern take on the in­dus­trial trend.

“The retro look is el­e­gant and ur­bane, while Brook­lyn has more of a New York loft vibe,” Car­pet Court stylist Heather Nette King said.

“But both fo­cus on colour, tex­ture and lay­er­ing, so they’re per­fect for cre­at­ing that wel­com­ing feel we crave in the cooler months.”

Heather shares how you can work both looks into your liv­ing space.

Sim­plic­ity is key to mak­ing this look work.

The palette is de­lib­er­ately ef­fort­less: tonal blues paired with low-key neu­trals and high­lights of gold.

Seek out clas­sic pieces with clean lines and give them breath­ing space to shine and then ramp up the glam fac­tor with ac­ces­sories such as side ta­bles and mir­rors in gold and cop­per. Bal­ance out the vi­brant blues and gleam­ing metallics with a light tone grey car­pet, which will pro­vide con­trast and make a room feel bright and open. Or for a richer neu­tral base, try a smoky grey car­pet.

Tim­ber-look floor­ing would also look stun­ning: steer to­wards blonde and light tones.

This style fea­tures raw tim­bers and ex­posed de­tail­ing: gone are the heavy wrought iron bases and rough-hewn tim­bers the in­dus­trial look was known for. Seek out furniture such as cof­fee ta­bles and shelv­ing with slen­der legs and sim­ple lines in mixed ma­te­ri­als such as weath­ered tim­ber and steel.

Scour your lo­cal sec­ond­hand shop for in­ter­est­ing, sal­vaged items such as metal din­ing chairs or light­ing – don’t worry about the old nick and scratch as they add char­ac­ter.

Go for a richly tex­tured loop-pile car­pet in deep brown or char­coal. For wooden floors, choose a warm mid-tone tim­ber or one with a weath­ered, greyed-off fin­ish.

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