Australia’s leading flooring company, Quick Step reveals the secret formula to successful interior design.

The overall balance in a room comes not only from the careful selection of colours for the walls, ceiling and floor but also from the relationship between the colours of the furniture and the floor.

The floor should ideally be two tints lighter or a shade darker than the colour of the furniture. If they are of the same colour and wood type, Quick Step recommends a rug of a contrasting colour between them.

Neutral floors such as natural varnished oak are perfect with furniture of a very dark wood type such as a walnut. Light white furniture will also have a beautiful effect here.

Light wooden furniture in combination with light walls and a light floor give a room a peaceful atmosphere. However, too much tone-on-tone can have a negative effect on the room.

According to leading Australian interior designer and founder of Million Dollar Makeovers, Sasha deBretton, the key to good flooring is that it should always be easy to live with first and foremost, and low maintenance is a top priority.

Sasha believes both colour and texture are important elements in floor selection. Million Dollar Makeovers uses a lot of white floors with wood grain texture and soft latte hues running throughout so that the dirt, if any is not visible. A more traditional wood colour would need to be blended with the colour of the kitchen cabinets, wall colours and carpet colours.

It is important to make sure the colour selection of the floors works within the whole interior design plan, followed by the texture and look of the floor matching the style. For example, French provincial will have a grainier rustic looking or lime washed look floor while contemporary will have a more minimalist streamlined wood look floor.

Sasha trusts and uses only Quick Step flooring, a quality Belgium product with long warranties. 

Premium Floors is a leading Australian wholesale distributor of timber, bamboo, laminate and cork flooring. Quick Step flooring is available from Premium Floors.