Mix & Match
Variation is essential when decorating – it keeps things interesting. When choosing to floor for your home, there’s no need to feel restricted to just one material. Clever mixes of hard flooring and carpet can be an effective way to create distinct zones within an open plan space. Here are some possible combinations.
For a modern country style keep things warm and light – look to a neutral backdrop with a colour scheme of whites and creams. Nothing says country like chunky wool carpet, such as the aptly named Temuka – Nobby in colour Oat. Complement the golden tones with Plantino Engineered Oak Elemental in design Paris. A rug such as Knight Natural can demarcate space and soften hard flooring areas.
Luxury vinyl flooring continues to be hugely popular for its good looks and versatility. Genero Design Platinum has the added benefit of being asthma friendly. A warm, rich design such as River Gum looks great with a mid-brown carpet like Brease – Nasami in colour Hickory. Brease is the only broadloom carpet accredited by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice® program so you can breathe easy in style.
If you have an active household, choosing a forgiving, charcoal carpet like Eternity – Alpine in colour Spectrum, means your home is always looking its best. Team with the durability of Plantino Laminate Deluxe in design Aspen to achieve a sophisticated grey palette. White walls will really make this combination pop and a statement rug like Miller Charcoal ensures your home remains stylish and functional.
The cornerstones of Scandi design are minimalism, and careful use of light. Pale flooring can really open up your room, and can create a sense of serenity and vibrancy. For the ultimate in luxury nothing compares to the softness of The Harlow Collection carpet range. Pair a colour like Turnberry with Abode Wide Board in Malmo Oak for understated charm. Cowhide rugs are timeless and will add texture to avoid your space looking sterile.
HOW TO BE A MIX MASTER
What goes where?
Hard flooring such as timber, luxury vinyl or laminate is suitable for high traffic areas like your hallway or kitchen. While your living room or bedroom might be more suited to the warmth of carpet.
Choose your palette
By staying with the same colour palette, changes in your flooring will be more seamless as the eye won’t be interrupted by a change in colour from one space to the next.
Mixed flooring is made for open plan
If you have one large space that combines your kitchen, living and dining room, you might like to mix your flooring so you can give each zone definition. For example, you could use timber in the kitchen and dining zone and carpet or a rug in your living space.
Obey the rule of three!
Selecting too many materials will make your flooring look ‘busy’ and lose a consistency of appearance that defines good interior design. Instead, stick with only a few materials – three at most – and create a design that is beautiful, functional and suits your lifestyle.