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Base Notes

1. Flooring facts

• Ensure your flooring choice in your living area supports the style or theme of your home. For instance, a bamboo laminate will add a wood-grain effect and goes well with an Oriental theme. If French chic is your aim, go for a sleek, light-coloured wooden or laminate floor throughout the house for continuity.
• If you regularly change the positioning of your furniture, you’ll find it easier to have your furniture on castors and to have tiles or wooden flooring.
• For a fast makeover, try McSnap interlocking timber from MITRE 10. This prefinished DIY flooring can be laid over concrete, with an aluminum foil underlay. The planks do not need gluing.
• Tiles or wooden flooring are ideal when a family member is in a wheelchair or uses aids to move around. Just avoid rugs, which may impede a wheelchair or cause a fall to a person using a mobility aid. See Homes Without Barriers, published by the Building Research Association of New Zealand (0900 5 9090) for more ideas.

2. Bathroom basics

• As your bathroom is a wet area, plan flooring accordingly. Tiles are low maintenance and almost indestructible. They are available in a rainbow of colours, patterns, and texture. Ensure a bathmat is used beside the bath or shower, as tiles can be slippery when wet.
• Be aware that, although flooring tiles can be used on walls, the reverse does not apply. Wall tiles are not as tough as flooring tiles, so are unsuitable for floors. Ensure your tile supplier knows where you intend to use the tiles you buy, so mistakes are avoided.
• For a sophisticated lighting option, sink sealed floor lights into hardy limestone tiles. These are shatterproof and give extra soft diffused lighting.
• No matter how expensive your flooring is it will not do the job if it is laid incorrectly. Having your tiles laid by a professional may cost more but ensures a quality job.
• Try using mosaic tiles on your bathroom floor – repetition of the same element gives impact and definition. Continue the tiles on to the wall and/or bath surround to give flow.

3. Kitchen comfort

• Stud rubber flooring is becoming popular for kitchens – it is virtually indestructible, waterproof and quiet and warm to walk upon. However, stud rubber flooring must be installed by a professional.
• Check the finish on paua and paua-inlaid tiles. Generally, these are coated with polyurethane and can be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner. If yours have a different finish, ask the supplier for cleaning instructions.
• Think outside the square when choosing flooring for your kitchen. Industrial flooring is also ideal for domestic use, especially in a family situation.
• Ensure terracotta tiles are well sealed, as they are porous and will soak up kitchen spills, staining the tile.
• Wooden or laminate flooring complements many home decors and has the advantage of being easy to clean – simply mop with warm water and spot-clean spills.
• Choose a light-coloured flooring material if you wish to enhance the natural light in your kitchen.

Where To From Here?
Hopefully, this report has given you some insight into a small part of decorating your home. It may also have prompted a whole new set of questions.

To get all of the answers you need, simply give me, Kristina Cope, a call on (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530 to schedule your free, no-hassle, straight talk consultation. I will arrange a time convenient for you, and it shouldn’t take long at all.

In about 30 minutes, you’ll receive more time and money saving interior design, decorating information than most people learn in a lifetime!

By now, you’ve probably figured out that I am not like most Interior Designers or Architects. (I am qualified in both fields). I concentrate on providing quality information to those who need it.

“But why would you just give away all of this valuable information?”

I know that you may be asking that question in your mind. I know it’s not what most Interior Designers do, and it may seem a little odd. It’s just that I have learned that good things happen when you concentrate on really helping people.

Yes, I make my living consulting to clients as their interior designer, and yes, it would be my pleasure to work for you to transform your house into a home you love to bring friends, business associates, and guests’ home to.


A half-hour is all it takes to get the information you need to make smart decisions for your future. We'll discuss what you want to accomplish, and look at the different options that you have.

Well, I’ve said just about all I can say. The next step is up to you. As I said before, there is absolutely no cost or obligation attached to your free consultation.

Pick up the phone and call me now, while you are thinking about it. I know that you may be a little skeptical, but one phone call isn’t much to risk, especially when you could save yourself lots of aggravation and thousands of dollars!

You can reach me at (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530, or send me an email with some suggested times and dates you are available to get together with me.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kristina Cope DipInt, BArch
Interior Designer
P.S. Procrastination keeps more people from ever reaching their dreams than anything else. Don’t miss out on information that can make all the difference!

Home Interior Design

19 Manapau Street, Meadowbank 1072,
PO Box 128259, Remuera 1541,
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: 09-578-0704 or 021-641-530
Email: Kristina@HomeInteriorDesign.co.nz