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Lifestyle : The Ultimate Flooring Guide 2011
1HERSA1 C025 The Sydney Morning Herald smh.com.au July 16- 17, 2011 25 SPECIAL REPORT Natural fibres and luxurious piles bring visual appeal to a space, writes Margie Sheedy. Brightened surrounds Laid out . . . (clockwise from main) stripes catch the eye; bright patterns pop; animal rugs are tactile. Photo: Gerry Angelos T he right rug is an interior designer’s secret weapon. Here, two designers reveal how rugs can create interest throughout the home. Living room For living and lounge rooms, colour and tactility are the main things to think about, says a senior interior designer at Coco Republic, Natasha Levak. ‘‘You want a rug to be soft, so the kids can lie on it,’’ she says. ‘‘Natural fibres of wool and silk are great in this way and they’re non-allergenic and fire retardant.’’ Analisa Hegyesi, of AH Design, says a rug should be the anchor for the room. ‘‘I tend to have the rug as big as I can and have all the furnishings, including the side tables, on the rug,’’ she says. Hegyesi says rugs have come into their own as more people are choosing floorboards and tiles over carpet due to allergies. ‘‘A natural-fibre rug will soften the acoustics in a room and, being hypo-allergenic, it won’t promote dust mites or absorb air pollutants.’’ When it comes to price, you get what you pay for. Natural fibre and hand-tufted rugs cost more. ‘‘I’ve spent between $500 and $35,000 on rugs for clients,’’ Hegyesi says. ‘‘The $35,000 one had the tightest-woven silk, with shots of silver through the black. It was spectacular.’’ Bedrooms The perfect rug under the bed, even on top of carpet, can create an oasis of luxurious comfort. The trick, Hegyesi says, is to make sure the rug comes out at least half a metre from the edge of the bed. Levak says the bedroom is a good place to be less practical with the colour choice in a rug. ‘‘Introduce a patterned or bolder- coloured rug because you’re not staring at it 24/7. ‘‘However, it’s really important that a bedroom rug be soft and tactile. It’s how you start your day.’’ Hallway In high-traffic areas such as hallways, Levak advises clients to choose a rug made of hard- wearing materials, such as sisal and jute, and to go for patterns or textures that create a sense of length and breadth. ‘‘You can replace a runner every couple of years and you can roll up a runner and clean it easily,’’ she says. Hegyesi suggests using a rubber underlay under a hallway runner: ‘‘You can fasten the underlay to the floor and then the runner to it.’’ Get that stain out quick smart Bob Cadry of Cadrys Handwoven Rug Specialists has these tips when it comes to removing common rug stains: Red wine “Pack the stain with salt to draw out the liquid, leave for three minutes and then vacuum. Flush rinse with soda water or tepid water. Blot with paper towel, both on top and under. Use the balls of your feet to firmly blot. Repeat the process until the towel shows only water.” Coffee “The secret is to get to the stain quickly. Blot it and then gently sponge the pile with a clean white hand towel and a small amount of mild soap and water. Baby wipes are also good for removing stains.” Pet urine “Often people only notice a pet urine stain when they smell it. Get to it quickly and blot the stain. Use mild soap and water to flush it. However, the odour can be difficult to remove, so you may need to refer this sort of stain to expert cleaners, particularly for valuable rugs.” Margie Sheedy What is the undiscovered flooring niche you might ask? Unlike conventional flooring categories such as timber, laminates, ceramic tiles, cushion vinyl and linoleum, Designflooring is a multilayer composite material. For the technically minded, it is made by encapsulating a photographic image of naturally inspired materials such as wood and stone sandwiched within synthetic polymers that include a high performance polyurethane wear layer and PVC base construction. Not only does Designflooring exude the beauty of nature but it also overcomes many of the drawbacks that natural materials exhibit. Whilst portraying a timber look, Designflooring doesn’t splinter or warp like timber or laminate flooring which means that there is no unsightly damage and little need for repairs. Furthermore it doesn’t require sanding or polishing allowing for easier maintenance over the lifetime of the floor. With Designflooring you can also say goodbye to the noisy, hollow sounds that laminate flooring creates when walking over them. Not only does Designflooring come in timber-effect designs but it has also been created in a vast range of stone designs. Designflooring will not crack, isn’t cold underfoot and allows for easy cleaning, avoiding those dirty grout lines which appear over time with ceramic tiles. Further to this, Designflooring incorporates a surface protection treatment, KGuard+, which offers outstanding resistance to scratches and minimises maintenance. Beyond its many benefits of durability, ease of cleaning and affordability, Designflooring as its name suggests encourages individuality in flooring design. Whether creating a distinctive space with decorative borders or adding a unique touch with decorative strips, this niche flooring allows individuals to express their style. Combined with the breadth of tile and plank designs, decorative features and finishes the options are endless with Designflooring. Karndean are specialists in Designflooring and their products have been accepted into the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice Program. This acceptance reflects the asthma and allergy friendly properties, innovation and quality of the Karndean Designflooring range. Suitable for both residential and commercial applications, Karndean’s Designflooring is ready to be discovered. The undiscovered flooring niche DESIGNFLOORING BY KARNDEAN ADVERTISEMENT Design ooring the undiscovered flooring niche Contact Karndean for your nearest retailer 1800 428 963 www.karndean.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org
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