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Interior Designer Pamela Der talks styling with reclaimed flooring

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Reclaimed flooring continues to grow in popularity, and shows no signs of stopping as we head into a new decade. This month, we have partnered up with Pamela Der, Interior Designer out of Red Deer, Alberta, who explains how to style this popular flooring trend in your home. Real home examples will be sure to inspire, while simple design tips make working with reclaimed elements effortless for any homeowner. Here's what Pamela had to say:

Reclaimed Flooring:

When using a reclaimed look in design, specifically with flooring, be careful not to mix too much pattern into the other elements of the room. Reclaimed looks often have several colours and a lot of texture and therefore can stand alone as the major design element. Allow a reclaimed item to be the star of the show, and use the other additions as supporting roles, to create balance.


It is important to consider how much natural lighting enters the room. If you have fallen in love with a dark reclaimed floor, not to worry, pot lights and light coloured walls are a perfect way to offset the dark floor.

Breaking the rules:

Knowing how to break the rules is important, too. It is okay to use mostly dark colours in a space! If you are looking for richness and drama then dark warm colours are a must.

Flooring is very important in interior design as it covers a significant amount of space in a home. I help my clients to choose flooring very carefully not only because of style, but also durability. We walk on it and drop things on it constantly, so it has to be durable enough to stand up to every day wear and tear.

Karndean has been a very successful flooring choice for me over the years. The quality of Karndean flooring has always met or exceeded the expectations of my clients.

Van Gogh Reclaimed Redwood comes to life in Kitchen Renovation:

I always begin by interviewing my clients to find out what their tastes and lifestyles are like. I completed a kitchen renovation where the clients wanted their home to feel airy and comfortable. They wanted a home that was user friendly for their family, and not too fussy. These clients are both doctors and wanted to use materials with low VOC for their young family. I was also working with the clients’ pre-existing brown/rust coloured leather furniture.

This space began with the clients’ wish to have richly coloured, rustic looking, durable flooring. They wanted to pair it with lighter coloured walls and cabinets, and some light blue and rust elements. They also wanted a darker, blueish coloured kitchen island. The clients and I decided to add accents of Black Walnut on desktops, the fireplace mantel, and railings.

With wish list in hand, I carefully chose Karndean’s Van Gogh Reclaimed Redwood for the main living areas of the home. This design has a mix of rich wood colours, charcoals, rusts and slate charcoal blues – the perfect mix of all the colours and textures the clients were looking for.

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Above image features Reclaimed Redwood

Da Vinci Beached Driftwood brings old world style to pub-inspired Man Cave:

Another project I completed that features a rustic Karndean floor was a "man cave" area in client's home. The client wanted an English Pub-inspired bar, so I chose Karndean's  Da Vinci Beach Driftwood to complete the space. The theme of adding Black Walnut was continued throughout the counter tops and open shelving, along with bronze coloured wall tiles.

The client and builder decided to add a faux-English phone booth to one of the walls in the bar. The design elements from the man cave were carried into the nearby washroom. The wall style was changed, and a brick-effect wall tile was incorporated instead.

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Above images feature Beach Driftwood

Be sure to give Pamela a follow @pamela_der_design on Instagram to see more of her amazing work, and how she creates stunning spaces time in and time out with Karndean flooring.

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