There are times when certain spaces, certain rooms and certain areas need to be a little more understated than elsewhere. There could be a number of reasons for this, ranging from an excess of natural light, an over-fussy contrast or simply a desire to play down the excitement. Sometimes, quiet is all you really want to experience.

It goes without saying, however, that there are occasions when a statement needs to be made. There are also odd occasions when this statement needs to be shouted from the rooftops in the loudest possible way. Being bold should never be confused with having a lack of taste – it just shows that you have something to say.


A great many experts and opinion makers in the world of décor will tell you that the most important aspect of any room is the floor, in part because it tends to be the first thing most people notice. Therefore, your choice of floor coverings will perhaps be more important than you may have originally thought. It’s a bit of a surprise, isn’t it?

Bring a little much-needed glamour into the home

In previous years, the norm – if such a thing has ever existed – involved the use of neutral colours and somewhat drab materials. The thinking behind this tended to be that a floor was bound to get dirty anyway, so why bother making it any prettier? This victory of function over form led to a uniform grey drabness that was hard to bear.

Thankfully, the dark days are almost over now, with many of us turning to brighter, bolder colours and a great range of fashionable floor coverings. It’s easier than ever before to seek out designer mats and trendy rugs, so even the dullest of living spaces can be livened up with a smattering of sparkle and a great deal of pizzazz.


You don’t have to live in Hollywood to feel like a celebrity and you don’t have to spend time in a gallery to get a taste for artistic form. These days, one trip to the worldwide web is all you need to view a stunning range of options that will bring out the creative side in anyone. Get ready, because life is about to get way more fun.

It may be that you live in a tiny studio flat in the heart of a big city or a large country house in a beautiful rural setting. The fact is that when it comes to adding a little colour it really doesn’t matter. A floor mat, a hearth rug or even a full room carpet no longer needs to be pattern-free and of a bland, drab colour. Life is changing at last.