Tips for creating Moroccan and botanical style

BEAUTIFUL FLOORS: The beauty of today's flooring is the vast amount of options to fit every style, budget and home. Image courtesy of Carpet Court.
BEAUTIFUL FLOORS: The beauty of today's flooring is the vast amount of options to fit every style, budget and home. Image courtesy of Carpet Court.

According to Carpet Court's style ambassador Darren Palmer, two of the hottest interior trends for 2019 are Moroccan and botanical looks - both of which, he says, work beautifully in Australian interiors and are easy to recreate in your own home.

"The Moroccan look is exotic and luxurious," says Darren. "Think bold brights, clashing patterns and earthy, rugged textures. With its bohemian edge, this look brings a sense of energy yet warmth to a space. When you're decorating a room, it's always a good idea to start with the floor. It's one of the largest expanses of space in a home and will set the tone for the rest of your furnishings."

"The Moroccan look has warm, spicy undertones and an earthy feel, so seek out flooring in a warm neutral shade with plenty of texture, such as Carpet Court's Dreamtime high-low loop pile carpet or Antilles Twist cut pile twist carpet. Timber flooring works equally well in a Moroccan scheme - again, opt for timber with warm undertones. Extra-wide boards are trending right now and will add a contemporary touch to your exotic scheme."

Another trend that translates well in Australian homes is the botanical look. "We're passionate about indoor-outdoor living in Australia, and this trend is all about bringing nature inside," says Darren. "The result is a fresh, relaxed look that's easy to love. A pale timber floor with cool undertones such as Carpet Court's Premium Oak in Arctic White creates a soft, easy-to live-with foundation for this look and contrasts beautifully with its rich, forest greens. Or, for a sumptuous feel underfoot, opt for carpet."

MOROCCAN: Complete the look with a medley of bright, patterned rugs and cushions, buffed leather accessories, decorative pendants and woven wall hangings. Image courtesy of Carpet Court.

MOROCCAN: Complete the look with a medley of bright, patterned rugs and cushions, buffed leather accessories, decorative pendants and woven wall hangings. Image courtesy of Carpet Court.

"The key to making this look work is not to overfill the space - you want it to feel light and airy," says Darren. "Choose one or two statement features, such as an oversized leaf-print wallpaper across one wall or a forest green velvet sofa. Then, add in shelves and accessories in woven rattan and blonde timber, white plantation shutters from Carpet Court and plenty of greenery. Finish off with touches of gold for a modern-luxe feel."

With so many options, Darren says the first step is to consider how you'll use the space. "Do you need something hard-wearing, easy to clean, ultra-luxurious, or able to cope with the demands of children and pets? Once you've narrowed down your requirements, it's time for the fun part - choosing a flooring style that will completely transform the look of your room and home."