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      Finding the right mix



      The shape and size of furniture, their placement, and lighting have to be senior-citizen friendly. By Nandhini Sundar

      In the interior space of a senior citizen’s residence, furniture plays an equally role in mobility and use and hence it is important to ensure that all furniture are free of sharp edges. The furniture needs to be at a comfortable height to enable easy use while the fabric used should be breathable. It is best to avoid the use of a centre table as this inhibits free movement. Instead, the upholstered comfortable seating could have convenient side-tables on either side to facilitate easy access for use.

      Rounded edges apply equally to kitchen and dining areas which are best kept open and connected to the living space. A round dining table is a preferred option as compared to rectangular ones.

      Says interior designer Mahesh Chadaga, “The choice of hardware solutions especially in the kitchen is vital as it is a challenge for seniors to use difficult-to-open drawers. The channels used should be smooth. The lower shelves under the kitchen counter are best kept as easy-to-open drawers to prevent the need to bend too much to remove items.”

      According to him, accessibility is key for a senior person and this needs address in the placement of shelves and design of the cupboards, not just in the kitchen but also in the wardrobes and shelves in the bedroom. “Tall units with pull-out shelves are fine design solutions for storing groceries. The shelves over the counter should be placed at a height that is easily accessible.”

      Since cleaning and maintenance is another challenge for seniors, Chadaga advocates the option of a glass splash back for the kitchen counters or groove-free tiling.

      Height matters
      When it comes to the design of cots, Chadaga recommends steering clear of platform beds. “The cots need to be at a slightly higher height compared to conventional ones to prevent difficulty in use while getting off the bed. The cot also needs to be free of sharp edges. The head board should be cushioned with fabric or leather to bring in softness as compared to veneer which can be hard.”

      Bedside lamps and bedside tables with drawers are a must, for easy access to lighting as well as placement of books, medicines, and spectacles. “The lighting should be fairly bright combined with ambient lighting to offer sufficient lighting when required and subdued lighting while relaxing.” Cheer is an important component of décor in senior living, especially so as the resident invariably spends long hours indoors. But the cheer should not bring in clutter as this would require heavy maintenance besides also hampering free movement.

      “The spaces have to be refreshing and clutter free. The décor should be minimalistic, with a total absence of carving, and host a few accent pieces in the form of wall paintings or a corner sculpture.

      “The colours used on walls as well as soft furnishing too is best kept pastel, with hues coming solely from the decorative elements and a bit of greenery in the form of indoor plants”, advocates Chadaga.

      According to him, the use of rugs and carpets too are best avoided as this can collect dust and require excessive maintenance and suggests wood flooring instead if warmth is sought. Balconies or verandahs are an integral part of senior living and these should be large and house comfortable seating along with greenery in the form of pots or overlook a lush green patch.









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          Design tips worth stealing

          Keen to update your home but don’t want to bring in an interior designer? We let you in on 9 décor secrets that no designer will tell you but will make your updates truly worth your while.

          Go for neutral upholstery

          Using a solid colour for upholstery may seem boring but it’s the easiest way to create the illusion of space. A solid sofa is also easier to dress up with colourful cushions and throws that a multi-coloured and printed piece.

          Opt for one single accent piece

          One attention-grabbing piece is enough in a room. It could be a stunning crystal chandelier, a wacky sofa or a rustic bar, whatever works for you. But any more than one takes away from the potential of the other.

          Super-size your art

          Forget the worries about the right spacing and gridlines that usually accompany a series of six or nine prints. One large piece of artwork adds more drama and creates greater impact than several smaller pieces.

          Let the door work as a mirror

          Installing a full-length mirror on the inside of the door — in a bedroom or guest room — gives you the illusion of more space and can even let you do without the conventional dresser.

          Use the nooks and corners

          What seem like awkward corners can often be a blessing in disguise. A seating built in by a window can give you a reading nook. A floor-to-ceiling corner shelf is the best way to use a dead space while a room with scant storage options will do well with shelves above the lintel — or door — level.

          Style every shelf and table

          It may not seem like much but styling and placing your artefacts and knick-knacks properly can give your spaces a refined touch. Think of each coffee table and book shelf as a small vignette and style accordingly.

          Mix and match dining furniture

          Who says a dining table needs six chairs that match? Mix things up to create a personal statement. A bench, banquette or mismatched chairs look unusual and add to your dining room décor.

          Create the illusion of more space

          Interior designers have a variety of tricks to maximise space. Painting the ceiling a high-gloss colour draws eyes upwards and creates the feel of a taller space. Placing furniture away from the walls often makes the room look larger.

          Use curtains in the best possible way

          Curtains do more than providing privacy and keeping the sun out. They also alter our perception of space. Try hanging up your curtains high up on the walls and going for full-length drapes for maximum impact. Sheers work better than velvet or other thick materials as they take lesser space. Roman blinds free up more visual space.

          DIY when it comes to walls

          Paint and wallpaper are all very good when it comes to giving your room a brand new look, but nothing compares to a well-done DIY wall. A stencil, paint and some brushes are all you need to get the job done!








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              New Year makeover

              Teja Lele Desai
              JANUARY 14, 2017 00:00 IST

              You’re not alone in desiring a new look for your home this New Year.

              With a majority of us increasing the amount of time we spend at home,

              it makes sense to update rooms and spaces. Try these trending

              suggestions and work your way to a dreamy home. Desert chic

              One of the hottest trends to hit homes across the world, desert chic is timely as it adds a warm vibe to any space. A nude room - think blush pink, ivory, or eggshell blue - provides the perfect backdrop for the prints and patinas of the desert. A tribal rug, weathered leather furniture, warm wooden tones and nature-inspired artwork help create a stylish room. Add the finishing touches with some greens - cactii, succulents, and a fiddle leaf fig.

              Mixed metals

              Time was when you either had gold or copper, never both. But that’s all set to change in the new year. Experiment with contrasting metals, be it when it comes to warm and cold or polished and matt. A hammered silver leaf bowel next to a shiny copper lamp? A warm rose gold pendant atop a dining table that showcases a stainless steel fruit bowl? Enjoy the experiments.

              Geometric details

              You may have hated geometry class, but there’s no way you can ignore circles, squares, triangles, and hexagons any more. Be it furniture, rugs, wall art, or lighting fixtures, geometric décor seems to be here to stay. The best part? It can be worked into every kind of décor style – modern, minimalist, vintage, industrial, rustic or glam.

              Simplified spaces

              The pace of modern living has ensured that homes are finally what they were meant to be – a sanctuary. Homes and spaces will reflect that with people turning to makeunders instead of makeovers. Forget glitz and glam, and focus on a softer and more welcoming ambience. Look to Scandinavian-style homes, with their monochrome palettes, unfussy artwork and clean lines, for inspiration.

              Shades of green

              Move over grey, green’s here. With colour forecaster Pantone picking a shade of green as its choice colour for 2017, get set to welcome this natural hue into the home. Greenery, a yellow-green colour, was chosen because it represents rebirth and regeneration and is symbolic of “where we are in our lives and what we desire”. Be it dark, moss, olive, fern, sage, kale, agate, mint, sea, emerald, forest, shamrock or lime, there’s sure to be a green that’s just right for you.

              Tiling patterns

              Tilesdon’t always have to be placed in a brick pattern, but our homes – and we – don’t seem to know that. With tiles emerging from the kitchen and bathroom to other parts of the home, it’s time to explore varied tiling patterns. The variety of shapes and colours available these days makes the idea more enticing. So go ahead with brick in one bathroom, but choose from other options elsewhere – herringbone, harlequin, Cumberland, chevron, Galveston, pinwheel, Charleston, Saint Simon and so on.





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                    Art under the staircase

                    Nandhini Sundar
                    JANUARY 28, 2017 00:00 IST
                    UPDATED: JANUARY 28, 2017 03:55 IST

                    The space can be used as utility zone, decorative area, or a cosy nook,says Nandhini Sundar

                    Depending on the placement of the staircase and its design, the space under it can be effectively converted into utility zone, decorative area or even a cosy nook to address specific functions.

                    If the area is large, a portion can be covered aesthetically to tuck away things that are not desired to be visible.

                    A fine combination of wood and glass cabinet under the stairs would add to the beauty of the dining area.

                    Bar stool

                    Alternatively the space can be turned into an attractive bar, where the higher volume segment can be designed to host a couple of bar stools while the lower volume section could be converted into a cabinet with an extended area for mixing drinks.

                    Cosy nook

                    If featuring in a family room, the area can be turned into an attractive library with comfortable seating for reading and if space permits, a small pull-out table top to work too.

                    For books

                    An elegant slim cabinet beside this could stock books on music.

                    Likewise, the area could house other musical instruments like the guitar.

                    The area can be converted into an attractive inner courtyard with an element of green, and an eye-catching water feature such as a miniature fountain or a fish tank can also be placed here.



                    If the space under the stairs is near the kitchen, it can be used to create exclusive cabinets to house cutlery







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