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- Why custom-made furniture is the right fit for your home
Buying new furniture for your home! You are in a real fix as it always requires a lot of thought and planning. The foremost consideration relates to choosing between readymade and made-to-order (customised) furniture. The inclination always is to opt for readymade furniture, but the mind boggling range of designs and materials is enough to confuse even a sufficiently experienced buyer. The problem is just not limited ‘to buy or not to buy’ but is about which one to buy and how much to buy.
Selecting the right designs, materials, colours, styles, etc., and balancing the cost factor is, no doubt, a Herculean task and in most of the cases buyers actually end up with something which is either not of good quality or is not in consonance with the space and style of their home. So buying readymade furniture involves lot of hassles as a vast range is available in the market right from imported furniture from China to branded furniture of international repute and it is difficult to decide which one to go for. Then there is an option to engage a qualified designer for making pieces to suit your needs, taste and preferences.
Make the right decision
When you opt for custom-made furniture, it helps you keep your lifestyle in mind and consider the environment you are living in, as your furniture has to be not only comfortable and practical but should also coordinate with the overall ambience of the room for which it is being designed.
The other advantage is that you become your own designer and decide on the dimensions and details of your furniture. For instance, you may see a wonderfully designed piece of furniture in a showroom but the design and colours are all wrong for your decor theme. The best option is to have the same custom-made in design and colours that suit your needs. You may decide to add more padding or a richer fabric to your living room furniture or have the size of the bed as per the available space in your bedroom.
Readymade furniture is always mass produced and in mass produced furniture, one can’t be absolutely sure about quality. Sometimes it may appear to be wood but it is not. Imagine a beautiful, rich bedroom suite with foam pieces made to look like wood but is foam instead. Also, a cabinet maker who is making a tailormade piece will use strong dovetail joints, whereas a piece that comes from China may have glue and nailed pieces instead. This results in weaker drawer joints.
The made-to-order process also takes care of dimensions and sizes of the houses, as dimensions of your space is another aspect which is crucial, especially when you have limited or large space. Actually, any piece of furniture can be adjusted in your small or large rooms if these are designed and custom-made for you in just the right dimensions, so that it fits perfectly and enhances your décor.
One more advantage in opting for custom-made furniture is that you get opportunity to supervise the creation of your furniture too and this means that quality is assured to a greater extent. There is also a scope to add a personal touch to the furniture.
In readymade furniture, since there are so many ways to make furniture appear beautiful on the outside, you might not always know what you are getting on the inside but when you get a customised piece, you can choose your wood, finish, design, etc.
Custom-made also makes you the one and only in the world... when you hire a qualified designer to create a unique piece you, it is guaranteed that it will be something that you will find nowhere else. The designer can assist with ideas and when they are put with your ideas, you are certain to have a masterpiece. Top that with a few home accessories and your room will make a statement of your personality and the same designer would be able to assist you in planning and choosing these home accessories. Against this, readymade good quality or branded furniture, though may be equally or more costlier, has a limited choice from the range and would also be not unique to yourself. Tailor made furniture crafters can also make pieces to match items that you may already have so that they can blend flawlessly.
In the process of opting for custom-made against readymade, you may face the issue of finding the right person whom you can assign the job. But these days there is a solution to these also available, as there are various reputed designers cum fabricators available to undertake turnkey or part projects. They will not only provide you a ‘design process’ after determining your wants and needs by having a face-to-face meeting with you to discuss issues such as, how the space will be used, and what preferences you have as well as your budget. The designer will also visit the space to take note on existing furnishings and equipment, as well as to identify the design problems and attributes of the space.
After meeting with you the next step includes formulating a plan and estimating costs for the kind of furniture you need. The designers use computer-aided design to compensate for handmade sketches and show you possible design solutions in realistic views. Once the designer has completed a possible design, he or she will present it to you for making any revisions necessary and after the needed revisions, the process is started for fabricating the furniture pieces as per the designs selected by you. The designers would involve you at various stages to satisfy your curiosity about how the task is progressing and whether it is coming up as per the expectations and discussions you had with them.
Going for designer furniture is a recent phenomenon and is fast picking up as people have started realising that the pleasure they get in going for furniture of their own choice not only reflects their own personality but also provides them a satisfying feeling of living where they enjoy.
I am sure you may be having a relevant question, i.e., the comparison of costs of readymade and customised furniture. The surprising fact is that most likely it will be cheaper to have your furniture custom-made than to buy readymade from a good reputed brand, though it may definitely be costlier than the imported Chinese furniture but then one can’t be sure of the quality and durability of this furniture.CommentQuote1Flag
- Wardrobes for clutter free bedroom
Wardrobe is an advanced example of closed storage which helps to make bedroom clutter-free and becomes most efficient system if you customize the space in bedroom. If you want to create more hanging space, upper or lower in wardrobe, hanging storage can be made by free standing rails.
The rest space can be taken up to make shelves and drawers of different sizes and pits. A pull-out drawer under wardrobe can be used to keep pairs of shoes. You can also place a small rack at the bottom of wardrobe to put your shoes without stuffing. You can use wardrobe for putting items of daily use or the items which are less used.
Try to put the items such as pants, shirts, dresses, jackets, ties, belts, hand bags, shoes separately while other accessories and seasonal items like winter items, summer items, work suits, plays suites, sports cloths, rain coats etc may be put together. You can also put containers and boxes with labels pasted on them to keep things if you feel difficulty to find out your things.
Shelves for clutter free bedroom
Shelves are space saver and can be used to make space organized. You can put up shelves on a single wall of your bedroom to place books, containers, boxes, CD’s holders, torch, trophies, computer, and other needed items and get them get organized.
You can also apply your own plan as shelves are usually adjustable. Make three or four small shelves which look like a box up to the wall and put a single decorative item in a single box which looks organized as well as decorative.
Attached bathroom with bedroom is used to save the space. You can easily save bedroom space by putting things in bathroom. Make storage cabinets around wall that touches ceiling in bathroom and use these cabinets to put clothes, bath wares, towels, and other essentials accessories in bathroom cabinets. You can also put vanity table in bathroom if the space is not enough in bedroom. Always keep all your personal items such as make up kit, garments lotions and other make up items in drawers of dresser to save the space in bedroom.CommentQuote1Flag
- Master Bedroom
Master bedroom is designed for the head of the family; usually for husband and wife. The bedroom is mainly equipped with a queen-size bed or king size bed and dresser. However, today a master bedroom has been changed into a room which provides the greatest calm and richness.
Master bedroom includes a dressing table, closet, mirrors, wet bars, combined bathroom and elegant furniture. The furniture of master bedroom comes in a variety of styles such as traditional and contemporary. It has great difference with other bedrooms as it is made of solid wood and metals. The room may be decorated in many ways. The following are some of the approaches for ornamentation of the room.
Apply Relaxing Colors
Colors give character and subtle glow to the room. Soothing and refreshing colors like green, ivory and slate blue for master bedroom reflect light without shadow. Decorating walls is not simply about applying colors but creating visual effects to the whole of the room also. Light color in master bedroom gives relaxing atmosphere. The color of wall and ceiling should match with the theme of the room so that it may add ornamental feels to the room.
Use Trendy Furniture
Select any furniture for master bedroom but it does not create a clutter inside the room. Also make sure that the furniture will blend well with the paint colors of the room. Choose stylish and different designs of the furniture for master bedroom as compared to other bedroom.
It is an essential piece of furniture for master bedroom and is used to adorn. The mirror on dressing table is used for decorative purposes and makes room look large. It’s also used as a storage purposes. It should be to the left of the bed in the room.
It is an important piece of furniture used to store things in master bedroom.
Spruce Up With Romantic Lighting
Lighting should be designed carefully in master bedroom. It is not too harsh or too calm in master bedroom. A master bedroom usually has a nightstand with one or two drawers placed at the side of the bed. Nightstands are essential for spreading a warm glow into the room. They not only cheer up but add to the furnishing also. They must match with the entire design/decor of the room. Chandeliers are a wonderful lighting choice and add a romantic theme in master bedroom.
Make Use of Nice Flooring
Different types of floorings such as hardwood flooring; wooden laminate flooring can be used in master bedroom. You can give warm and cozy feel to your master bedroom by applying wooden laminate flooring. Periodical polishing on hardwood flooring keep it strong.
Carpet is the most common choice for floors to create luxurious feel in bedroom. Nothing adds warmth and luxury to the room the way carpets do. Rugs are also used in master bedroom to give decorative touch to the room.
Apply Cute Window Treatment
Windows give finishing touch to the bedroom. Cover windows with curtains so that you may open and close them anytime. They maintain privacy to the space whenever you need. There is a wide variety of window treatments. You can choose the best ones that match with the atmosphere of the room. You can use valances, drapers for windows as they are of light weight. You can even use wooden blinds as they add luxurious feel to the room. It is better to have large window in bedroom as it gives natural light in the room.
Types of ceilings used in master bedroom are:
-Crown Molding Ceiling
Cheer Up With Fresh Flowers
Flowers spread fragrance in master bedroom. They refresh and spruce up the place. You can decorate master bedroom with flowers, nice photos and modern works of art on the wall. You can put flowers on dresser or on nightstand.
Apply Decorative Touch with Fire Place
Fireplace is another decorative addition to the bedroom and creates a romantic atmosphere in the room. A beautiful fireplace gives a royal look to the bedroom. It gives warm and romantic feeling to the room. It makes the place functional but beautiful as well.CommentQuote1Flag
- Classy complements
Paintings, chandeliers, candles and mirrors are some of the decor items that can make strong style statement and complement the overall theme your interiors
There are myriad ways to decorate rooms. It is a good idea to explore all the avenues that provide décor options and visit as many display set-ups as possible before decorating or redecorating your house. Paintings, chandeliers, mirrors etc are some of the decor items that can add to the interior chic and complement the overall theme your interiors. Here’s how you can use these elements to add zing to your home decor:
An Artistic array
Artwork, in the form of paintings like canvasses or oil paintings can enhance the beauty of any room or any corner of the house. It also gives a lot of scope for improvisation where designs and colours are concerned. Paintings and portraits reflects the ideology and individuality of a person. Thus making these a very soughtafter form of home décor. There are various genres and styles available to choose from and selecting the most appropriate paintings Here are a few things that you can keep in mind while shopping for paintings and artworks:
Depending on the room to be decorated, select the theme of the painting. For example, if you are decorating your bedroom, then you can choose a painting that is much more personal in nature than the one which you would put up in your living room.
Choose the kind of patterns, colours and designs that you are fond of; it can be pastel shades, oil paintings, sketches or ceramic work.
Position the painting in an area that is imaginative so that the primary focus is on your hand-picked painting.
The lighting should go well with the chosen painting. You can arrange for spotlights or picture lights focusing on the paintings.
Available in various shapes and sizes, mirrors also add a touch of elegance to a room. Ornate mirrors with intricate and fine carvings look ethnic and exude a mystical aura. The best that can be said about a mirror is that these serve two main purposes, beauty enhancement and provide utility options. To narrow down your choices while selecting a mirror, focus on your preferences, functional requirements and the finishing desired.
Similarly chandeliers are also a wonderful form of decoration, which gives a brighter look to the room. Although it may not be classified absolutely as art, people with a fascination for artwork can appreciate the beauty of chandeliers to a higher degree.
Let us look at a few ways you can employ while selecting chandeliers.
Firstly assess the height of the ceiling to determine the size of the chandelier and its position. In case, you plan to light up a table using the chandelier then ensure that there is enough light without causing a glare, discomforting the people seated at the table.
The chandelier should complement the other objects of the room like the wallpaper, furniture, blinds etc.
Enquire about the kind of bulbs being used, their availability and fixtures. This information will come in handy when you need to change the bulbs of the piece.
Candles are also now very common and easily available in different varieties, which make them affordable and hassle free décor articles. The variety includes scented, coloured, plain designer, floating and many others. Many stores have an entire section devoted to candles and candle accessories, providing you a great range of choices
Placing lamp shades in any room, corner of the house is a fast and frugal way to give your lighting (and space) a new look. You can also add a custom touch to a lamp shade with fabric that coordinates with your room’s decor.CommentQuote1Flag
- As everything is becoming modular day by day,so home interior design has become very important .There ar many new models for designing home ,with different vibrant colors and textures.CommentQuote0Flag
- Get the right look for your dream home
The turf of home decor is suffused with so many ideas that one can easily trip and make a mess rather than achieving a sophisticated look. There are many choices available as one can go in for a traditional look or something extremely interesting and nostalgic; uber modern or a contemporary feel for the entire home. Here’s a brief of the different styles and their related features to help you work out the perfect look for your home:
Contemporary designs are usually chic and trendy. These are in consonance with the modern contemporary lifestyle.
In fact, it is a minimalist approach to interiors where simple, straight and clean lines with a subtle sense of sophistication rule.
There are no floral bold prints, no classic furniture and no intricately ornamented and carved objects. Basically, it represents an uncluttered, free and open look with focus on geometrical lines of designs reflecting a modern and contemporary style.
Interestingly, as in traditional style, the decorative objects of art and accessories are equally important even in the modern and contemporary decor. There is an extensive use of wall and roof designing through subtle use of nicely polished or high-gloss woodwork, false ceilings of Plaster of Paris and use of various accent lights can be used to give a sensual appeal. Along with these the use of striking contrasts — mostly black, white, red or other bright and vibrant colours with occasional use of neutral, pastel colours makes the place look beautiful and spacious. Added to all these is the use of mirrors and decorative glass which add to the look of open space planning.
Tips for a dreams home
-The colour scheme should be distributed strategically across all rooms. A neutral colour is better for basics like sofa upholstery and chair covers with bright and varied colours added through curtains, changeable cushion covers, carpets/rugs and accessories.
-Adding new sofa upholstery, cushions and rugs can completely change the look of rooms of your home without costing a bomb.
-A spacious look can be created easily through the use of light, subtle and muted colours/hues. However, it is advisable to avoid white and light colours as these are difficult to maintain in Indian conditions.
-The furniture should be set in such a way that it helps create an ambience of cozy togetherness. For example, placing an L-shaped sofa together or reclining chairs near the fireplace or decorating dead corners with consoles and mirrors are great ideas.
-The use of blinds in sheers along with light drapes on big windows having provision of adequate sunshine ensures happy and cheerful rooms.
-Keep arranging and re-arranging furniture pieces and accessories to maintain freshness and fluidity of design. However, just keep in mind that while doing so your main focus should always be to enhance the comfort level.
-If possible, the elements that ensure eco-friendly decor style into interior decor should be used as these would always give a soothing as well as healthy feel to your home. Currently, a wide range of options are available in recycled, reclaimed, organic or renewable materials as decorative pieces and fabrics for the home which work well around the environmental aspect.
An eclectic mix
There are many who find it difficult to stick to either completely traditional or contemporary decor. One can also opt for a blend of the classic Victorian and new modern design styles while decorating the home as a combination of contemporary base choices with traditional artefacts and striking detailing can enhance your home decor. This mixed appeal of two styles fits the lifestyle of many perfectly. With a mixed style one is in a position to choose the best features of both and suits the needs of different members of the family and their living habits.
Traditional or Victorian Style
Traditional interiors generally fit large homes and usually exhibit simple elegance — cozy, calming and comfortable rooms.
Along with this there are carved moldings, classic designs/shapes and finely-crafted furniture.
This kind of traditional look can be achieved with an over-stuffed sofa, soft accent pillows, elegant fabric curtains, plush upholstery and framed wall decorations — all these elements provide a relaxed and enjoyable ambience.
The most liked and popular look for a traditional room comes from the Victorian era — also known as old-world fascination of European styles — or from the palaces of Rajasthan abundant in traditional art. Using Rajasthani or South Indian style of frames and Madhubani/Tanjore paintings is one way of creating this look.
Go in for furniture pieces that are neatly and elaborately decorated with violin-shaped chair backs giving a royal look and feel of a king’s throne. The designs also exhibit aristocracy and supreme luxury through the use of mid-century Victorian style sofas or coffee tables.
As coordinates accessories normally include decorated Chinese vases, beautiful curios from different parts of world, semi/fully carved objects having artistic embellishments of 18th and early 19th century. Another element to craft this look is to use bold colours which add drama. Include artefacts made of ivory, precious stones and rustic earthy colour palette to bring both comfort and warmth.CommentQuote1Flag
- The regal appeal
Canopy beds or four-poster beds are among the ultimate luxury statements that one can put in one’s bedroom. These lend a royal appeal and romantic charm to a bedroom. Canopy bed styles have started to light the up-scale markets with a variety unseen before. These bring you a good combination of the tones of English royalty and contemporary artistry. The style check begins from the type of canopy that you fancy as some are just hung around the four-poster beds while others just add a touch of flair over the bed-head. It can stretch from simply the posts being kept nude to the use of opulent fabric. The fabric doesn't always mean lace and sheers as there can be a mix of heavy fabrics with wooden floors. The height of the canopy is also used to impact the overall appearance of a room. The style thus gets actually defined by the final appearance that one is trying to achieve. So lets take you through various appeals and the points which will help you get these.
The contemporary chic: Anything contemporary has a different level of sophistication attached when it comes to pieces of décor. In this style the canopy beds too stand apart. They accomplish strong styles with unique subtleness and panache. The look lays ample stress on posts and brings forth well-finished chrome, metallic or wooden posts which are made visible with an act of deliberation. The fabric is not the main focus and can be left out completely and even if it is used it comprises light fabrics which are done in waves. Light colours with Suzani prints make a good combination. Even stripes work well but the colours should be picked from subdued palettes and light-sheer fabrics. The bed gives a clean-lined canopy and state-of-the-art bed posts.
Cost-effective style: Canopy beds is a luxury that can be made affordable by little customisation and a lot of thinking. It doesn't always call for a massive renovation to bring one into your dream house. A little forethought and you will feel that the charm is very much within your reach. To begin with one needs to settle in mind for the type of canopy one wants to install. A full canopy will demand a four-poster bed so if you don't want to replace your present bed a half or an overhead canopy is an equally enthralling idea. The U-shaped mountings are installed over the bed-head or swing-arms on either side, or a single hoop or rod attached to the ceiling. The fabric is always light in colour and texture and is left hanging at the fringes. Mosaic patterns and diffused prints weave a perfect picture and blend with all kinds of décor. One can make use of broad frills along the bed linen to completely escort the bed.
As the name suggests, this will mark the idea of young girls who love to dream and cuddle in the coziness of their beds. It is every girl's fancy. So the fabrics play a major role. All the flair, frills and laces find a place in this décor. Floral prints, blocks, geometrical designs all can fit in a girl's nest. The idea is to keep the area full of energy with soothing pinks, beiges or light versions of green. The fabrics can be soft voiles, silk faille, iconic cottons or light sheers. Embroideries - a girl's best friend, can be resorted to lavishly as they enhance the mystic appeal and add substance to the decor. The posts can be wooden with elaborate carvings over the head.
Canopy beds bring magical verve to your house and promises to make your spirit soar when the onlookers are 'oohing' at the sight of the majestic charm created by them. They are available in different styles and it is a good idea to pick the one which will suit the décor and fits in the rhythm of your house.
The rugged boy
This is the typical guy line and a clear masculine statement. Of course, the room has to have other elements to complete the look, but the bed canopy has to be picked with care. The posts of the bed should be of deep colour and shades of grey, light silver, browns make a good pick. The earthy tones add a solid effect. The use of fabric is confined to bed-backs or bedheads and strict valances, if required. It is a very airy canopy fitting to match the wandering minds that don't want to be confined and demand the feel of a sea-side cabana. The bed lines are focused and avoid intricate patterns.
The stately appeal
This will hold good for large bedrooms that get a generous amount of sunshine. The bed is huge and has tall posts of wood with a carved finish over the edges. These can be enhanced with the use of valances done with rich fabrics. The fabric will surely hold a key position to complete the frame and the opulent brocades or faux silks is a good choice in these settings. Thick curtains are the buzzword here as the bed can be closed off while you are tucked inside leaving the rest of the room functional. The idea exactly is not merely to ensure privacy but to display a boldness in attitude and adding drama to the whole version. The pattern can be stretched to other upholstery beginning from bed linen to window drapes.CommentQuote1Flag
- Wow walls
Being the largest space in a room, walls can actually make or break the way your home looks
The first thing that grabs attention as one enters a room is the wall. Accessories, furniture, lighting and overall decor are noticed much later.
Bare and neglected walls can really destroy the complete look and feel of a room no matter how meticulously you have planned all other things. Therefore, you must always take time and decide what to do with them. If you think that walls are only about good paints and cleanliness, then think again! May be it’s time to change your perception as walls actually have the power to change the entire look of your personal space.
However, even after knowing the importance of decorating the walls, most of us fail to create the ‘wow’ look for our walls. Therefore, whatever is the reason now’s the time to take the plunge and enliven those barren barriers with an assortment of wall arrangements. In fact, you need to decide about so many things at one go so that once everything done looks coordinated with each other in respect of the following:
Choosing a colour scheme
One of the most important aspects of decorating your walls is the choice of colours. You can actually do a lot of things to highlight the walls of your rooms, but the most tried and tested way is through colours. Wall colours play an essential role in your home décor. Using the right shades of colour with appropriate intensities can add sophistication to the room design and appearance.
If you are bored with the plain old-look walls in your home, then you can try out some innovative décor. This does not mean spending a fortune on many things like panes, alluring showpieces or plaster (though they are all worth the money). If you are looking for a profound change then it’s time to think about decorating your walls with wall panels made of ply board/wood or combinations of ply board/wood and plaster of paris. These wall panels are used both for decorative and functional purposes.
If you are someone who does not like cluttering the wall with objects, then wallpaper is the perfect idea for you. These are easy to install and easy to remove. Wallpapers are available in a variety of colours and designs. Walls look like an art canvas in themselves once wallpaper is installed. It adds a look of richness and class to the overall décor of the house. Giving a freedom of choice to select a colour and design that you prefer, wallpapers have become an economical substitute to wall paints. In order to create that ‘wow’ look in the room, you don’t even need to cover an entire wall with wallpaper. Just get creative and cut a few squares of wallpapers in different patterns and get them framed using the same kind of frame. You can create a collage of these framed decorative articles and deck up the wall beautifully and much differently from all others.
You can put glossy or metallic wallpaper in the background of the shelves or the display area and then put decorative articles in bright metallic shades in front.
Wooden/glass shelves: Shelves are a great idea for walls. Their geometric shapes make the walls look lively and there is a variety with which you can decorate your walls. Placing small knick-knacks, photo frames, decorative candles, books, the options are just endless.
These days contemporary home decor is in vogue and to go with this theme, a minimalist look has to be maintained. Instead of cluttering your wall, one main art work can be over emphasised with appropriate lighting. A big wall art can add a sense of character and elegance to your living space. A large framed mural or painting not only makes a statement but can actually carry a room’s design. From paintings and wall murals to sculptures and statuettes, the options in artwork are wide and varied.
Mirror on the wall
An artistic mirror instantly lights up a wall. Depending on your taste you can choose a very ornate and stylish frame or keep it sleek and simple. A traditional carved frame goes very well with an ethnic décor and a modern frame design complements a contemporary décor really well. Wall mirrors help you transform your house into a home. They boost your creative instincts, and most importantly, they adorn you walls and are an excellent way to open up any room. You can use mirrors beautifully to perfect the imperfections like a cracks or blemishes on your walls. One can also use mirrors to enlarge any space by putting mirrors on opposite walls. Mirrors are available in different shapes and you can create a theme by choosing the right kind of mirrors. Make it Victorian, Indian, stylish and sleek, contemporary and modern.
When it comes to decorating the house, especially for the little ones, one is always on the lookout for a unique and interesting idea. One wants their space to stand out and be appreciated by one and all. That’s what wall decals are for as they make heads turn. Lately introduced in India, wall decals, a European concept originally, have created a buzz in the field of interior decoration be it for home or work places. Wondering what a decal is? Basically it is a design of your choice cut into micro thin films and pasted with utmost care on your walls. You can have the designs customised. A decal would turn your idea or imagination into reality making your walls come alive. Decals can be anything from shapes to figures going with a certain theme.
Lights: Lights can also highlight your walls in a great way. You can install modern lighting fixtures, which not only look aesthetic but are also equally functional. Lights can be selected according to the need and can be kept soft and comforting or bright and focused accordingly. More adventurous ones can also check out to ‘dancing lights’ that add a dramatic effect to the space.
Picture gallery: Create an artistic look on the main wall by creating a medley of small framed pictures and paintings. You can make use of symmetrical patterns and use paintings and pictures that match the colour of the remaining articles of the room. This will create a classic masterpiece on the wall and give an art gallery look to the living area which is sure to fetch you compliments. All above or choice of a few of the above concepts would add glamour and beauty to your walls and once these wall concepts are coordinated with furniture, window dressings, furnishings and decorative accessories, you are sure to get a whole lt of compliments.CommentQuote1Flag
- Revamp your balcony
The balcony of a home is an extension where everyone looks for elements of calmness, relaxation, greenery and a break from the tensions of the daily grind. If proper attention is given to this space then balconies can look magnificent and stylish. Listed below are the additions that can bring the required appealing look to your balcony:
Traditional plants: With more and more high-rise buildings and lack of garden spaces, the only open space left is a balcony; however, there is no reason that we cannot have greenery there. The only difference is that instead of bushes the balconies have to be adorned with potted plants, flowers and vines. It can have hanging baskets of vegetables and fruits that don’t require much space.
Accessories: Along with the plants, the home décor shops provide various types of accessories that do not take up much space and can also be hung up on the wall. Try out metallic scarecrows and ceramic creatures like frogs, butterflies, and birds etc. to enjoy an ambience filled with flora and fauna.
Lighting: An all-weather rope lighting is everyone’s first choice today because it provides a much required outline to the balcony. Put these around the railing or the base. Apart from being a visual treat, balconies also serve the purpose of providing protection and security; therefore, make sure that the railing of the balcony is at a safe height, the material used for it is metal and there is regular maintenance of the same in terms of being coated and rust free.CommentQuote1Flag
- Cool lighting
Lights are an important functional component of any home, but these are fast becoming swish style statements also reflecting the aesthetic quotient of the homeowner. Here we take a look at some of the home lighting trends that are ‘hot’ this summer. There is a huge variety of new and interesting options to pick up the perfect light for every space. The key here is the joy of spectacular lighting that transforms one’s home and that, too, at affordable prices.
Summers make the statement of being bright and bold in the home and hence the new colour in vogue is emerald green flaunting its rich tone and sophistication. To add to it, monochromatic rooms with a hint of bright, bold and decisive colour choices are in.
Lead with LED
Owing to focus on energy efficiency, the demand for LED, halogen, xenon and fluorescent lighting is on the rise. Using LED lights has become a norm these days and the innumerable LED lighting solutions available in the market are ideal to create spectacular moods and ambience with the advantage of lower electric bills and extended luminescence.
The effective version of fluorescent tube, T5, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), also called as “green lighting”, are also becoming popular. These are not only more durable, use less power but also lead to optimum utilisation of building colours, materials and design etc. There are various companies, including firms like Eon Electric, which are working towards developing highly efficient cost-effective LEDs.
Another way to brighten up one’s home is via dynamic lighting using varied lamps whose colour, intensity and temperature can be controlled to create the desired ambience. Apart from halogens and LED recessed lights, another current trend is the use of concealed lighting for illuminating living rooms as well as bedrooms.
Fixtures and placement trend circumscribes recessed lighting and track lighting that are already popular in kitchen and living rooms. Inclination must be towards choosing a unique fixture that highlights your favourite furniture or artwork.
In kitchen, ‘tape lighting’, which essentially are a strip of LED lights taped under and over cabinets are creating a buzz in the market. These are also available in thin, energy-efficient fluorescents with strips of xenon and halogen mini lights. Another effective option is pendants. These are not only available in a variety of shapes, colours and style but are instrumental in avoiding glare, increasing the scope of ambient lighting.
In exterior lighting, low-voltage technology comprising of fiber optics making it safe to use, is in demand.
Other trends include lights aimed upwards dramatising specific features and lights aimed downwards highlighting pathways. So, this summer bring home a range of lights that are crafted keeping in mind that you deserve nothing but the best.CommentQuote1Flag
- Head-turning headboards
An elegant and classy headboard can become the focal point of your bedroom decor. So choose right and make a lasting impact
Your bed is the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom and thus should create the right impact. The headboard of a bed that you choose almost always becomes a focal point, drawing together various elements in the room and helping to set a theme for the rest of the decor. But despite all this, most of the people perceive bed headboards as an optional accessory. Headboards can add functionality to the bedroom space besides making a bed look more complete. These can serve as an anchor for a large room or as an indication of comfort in a smaller one. In fact, best headboards are true statement pieces, designed to add instant impact and enliven a bedroom.
Choosing the right headboard is an important step in creating the look that you always wanted for your bedroom as these reflect the taste, wealth and status of the owner. Luckily, there are numerous styles to choose from as headboards come in all sizes and styles, are made of many different materials and colours and can be modern or antique. One can also go for custom-designed headboards which would compliment the existing room decor or match other patterns exactly. These can range from very simple to elaborate and they tend to be raised above the level of the box spring and mattress by at least a few feet. The size of your headboard should also match the scale of your room. If you have a large and open bedroom, then you can go for a large headboard. If you have a small room, prefer a frame for headboard that will adequately match the width of your bed and keep its height to a minimum.
Classic and carved
The traditional wooden headboards are made of wood, such as teak, oak or may be made by ply board topped with beautiful polished veneers to give a look of real wood. These headboards may match the rest of the bedroom furniture or provide an accent colour. Wooden headboards can be contemporary in laser cut frame in wood or steel with sleek lines or carved and ornate to complement a more traditional room or may be decorated by engraving mother-of-pearl in wood/ply wood. Wooden headboards can be typically mounted to the bed frame and offer support for pillows while serving a decorative purpose as well.
High on functional
If you need storage space by your bedside, bookshelf headboards are a good option as these bring storage space to the bed by including shelves, and even drawers, that extend above the head of the bed itself. You can have just one or two storage areas or have multiple storage areas located throughout the entire headboard. The bookshelf headboards are great for late-night readers or when space is at a premium and extra storage is essential. Besides holding books, a bookshelf headboard can be a place for an alarm clock, lamp or other small decorative or utility items.
These are different than the headboards used for bedroom of adults as headboards for kids' beds can function in other ways as well. Besides serving as a comfortable backing or storage space these can also be the centerpiece of a bedroom theme. A painted plywood form in the shape of a clown, flower or race car may encourage kids to sleep in their own bed while making the room look more complete. So, looking to the options available for headboards, when you next plan to have a bed for your bedroom, why not to have one that suits your liking, preferences and utility besides enhancing the beauty, style and aesthetics of your bedroom.
As a contemporary way of having a headboard, it is interesting to see mother-of-Pearl, water jet steel, wood fret work, smoked glass, Swarovski crystal, precious stone and steel inlay used as an integral part of headboards. This trend is catching up fast. So, why not have one for your dream home!
Attached vs. wall-mounted headboards
There are two ways to incorporate a headboard into a bedroom. The board can be attached directly to a bed, or it can be mounted on the wall. There are advantages in both options. Normally when you buy a bed, headboard forms part of the bed and includes struts with their products, allowing the boards to fit directly into the back of a standard-size bed. Many people prefer this type of bed as it tends to be very secure and can help hold the pillows and bed sheets in place. Then, there are wall-mounted headboards which are an easy way to add personal style to any bedroom. These are convenient for many people because they can vary in size and need not match the size of the bed itself. Some consider this style easier to change if one enjoys changing the look of the headboard more frequently as well. Upholstered headboards are the most common type of wall-mounted headboards though other versions are also available. However, you should keep in mind that these do not typically help in securing bed sheets or pillows to the bed and this can be a disadvantage.
Metal headboards are commonly a popular choice of consumers mainly because of the availability of a number of styles available and their relative affordability. Also, this style of headboards matches different types of décor, including country, urban, minimalist, vintage and modern. If you choose a more antique look for your bedroom, an embellished scrollwork headboard is a good option as these have elegant-looking swirls and patterns incorporated throughout the metal headboard, and also come in a variety of colours such as brown, black, bronze or white. You can also opt for wrought iron or brass headboards that can give a bed a royal look while metals like brushed aluminum and stainless steel and laser cutting are perfect for a contemporary bedroom with more modern furnishings. One can also choose to go in a more modern direction with a linear designed metal headboard. These are generally silver, nickel, or black in colour and give a bedroom more of an urban feel.
Though these are not as commonly used as wooden or upholstered headboards yet people who have a fancy for woven styles don't make any compromises and prefer to have woven headboards. For example, the classic white wicker headboard has graced many a little girl's bed over the generations and has been well accepted. Also, the woven headboards have grown up and branched out and the new versions are made from rattan, woven abaca and other natural fibers. They come in a variety of natural tones as well as the traditional and feminine white. This is an environment friendly option for a head- or footboard as these are made with sustainable materials.
Upholstered and chic
Upholstered headboards add a touch of softness to any room. The upholstered padding makes these an ideal choice for those who love to read a bit before sleeping. These also help to absorb sound. These are also one of the most common and versatile styles because these are available in a range of fabrics, shapes and designs. To give a modern and contemporary look, choose a low-profile rectangular shape in textured or neutral fabrics. And for a romantic twist, try a Victorian-inspired shape having more height in the center than on the sides. You can also accentuate fabric headboards with tufts which would look Victorian if these are deep or modern if these are shallow. Choosing to upholster your headboard in vibrant hues such as bottle green or opulent black, turquoise and silver patterns helps create a rich and opulent feel even in the most modest surroundings.CommentQuote1Flag
- High on luxury
The definition of a bathroom has changed in today’s times. Utmost care is taken in designing it these days as a bathroom is a very personal space in the house for the owner. It is a space where one shuts the rest of the world out and connect with oneself.
The trend these days is to have separate bathrooms for husband and wife as a man’s preferences in the bathroom are very different from those of a woman. And taking this forward, the children also take to the bathroom of the same sexed parent — a boy his father’s and a girl her mother’s. Therefore, designing completely changes depending on whether it is a man’s bathroom or a woman’s. Styling trends to remember about the following:
This is the primary and most important factor. You can jazz up the look as much as you want but if your fittings are not right you will always have a leaking faucet or a dripping corner.
Always insist on the best quality GI pipe fittings and chinaware. ‘Soot’ should be rolled over the underground GI pipes. This is because it absorbs any minor leakage that might occur and prevents it from coming through the tiles/walls. Chinaware should be inspected for any cracks or defects before insatalltion.
As far as the styling trends are concerned, chinaware in pure white and fittings in Chrome are back in vogue.
Rain showers are always a favourite as they distribute water over a larger surface area. Besides showers, bath cubicles with various faucets at different levels dispensing high pressure water are also popular options. This is like a mini standing jacuzzi. These cubicles come built in with a radio to tune in to your favourite station and indulge in some bathroom singing. It is very imporatnt to keep the showehead clean for the water pressure to flow properly.
Many consider a bathtub a piece of art in itself. The shapes can vary from the traditional rectangular ones to other geometric and angular shapes. But you can’t experiment much with shapes as you have to see the feasibility of using oddly shaped bathtubs. Most popular and practical material is ceramic
Mirrors work as a wonderful bathroom accessory. Depending on the look of the bathroom, you can go for a vintage look mirror with a broad laser-cut frame or a modern-looking mirror in an exciting shape. Wall-to-wall mirrors at eye level look great in bathrooms as they give an illusion of space and enhance the look of the bathroom.
In a tropical country like ours, this is not necessary at all. However, for those living in the hill states in the northern region can get it installed. It has to be done at the time of flooring. Neccessary equipment is installed under the flooring material and appropriate vents are left for the heat to come through.
This can be easily achieved by an in-built air conditioner to make the bathroom warm or cold according to your preference.
Heated seat rings are a good choice to be installed over the WC
HOW TO PLACE SUNKEN TUBS OR JACUZZI
This is the most popular choice while designing bathrooms. Jacuzzis are a great way to relax. After a long day at work, you can immerse yourself in its comfort, while sipping a drink and reading a book at the same time. Its like a mini vacation in the comfort of your own home. The placement solely depends on the size of the bathroom and it can even be placed outdoors.
CREATE A LAVISH SPREAD
Dressing room adjoining the bathroom is ideal. TV screens or music systems are specially designed for bathrooms for the electronics junkie.
Accessories play a very important role in adding that touch of luxury. A couch in the bathroom adds a stylish touch.
Other accessories like wall paintings, statues, mirrors, candlestands, a spread of luxurious towels are all essential for a lavish bathroom.
One important item is a green plant in the bathroom. Lavish is good but green is important to absorb all the toxins created in the bathroom and produce oxygen.
PLAY OF THEMES
- A beach or A Mediterranean theme woks well for a bathroom. For this, different shades of blue are used for the tiles. Mosaic tiles are used in the shower area. One side of the bathroom is enclosed and sand is spread over there with some rounded river stones and pebbles over it. you can alternate the sand with gravel which looks great too. You can have water flowing in the bathroom either in the form of fountains or small inbuilt water structures. there can be an audio of birds chirping in the background or any other calming sound
- A small swimming pool can be incorporated with it
- Opting for large bathrooms that open out into the swimming pool. You can go for a heated swimming pool as well. The pool can be indoor or outdoor.CommentQuote1Flag
- Traditional chic
Dress your windows with inexpensive and soothing alternatives and enjoy summer afternoons in style
This summer experiment with some interesting choices to keep yourself cool and comfortable while limiting the energy costs to the minimum. Window treatments are not just decor accessories for rooms but are also essential tools to block sunlight and keep the rooms cool.
Blinds and chiks are widely preferred in summer months as these are energy-efficient alternatives to keep homes cool.
In the hot and dusty plains of north India, chiks have traditionally been used to keep the interiors cool and dust-free during summer months. These have been used in homes to adorn windows by using bamboo or sarkanda / sirki grass as the base material. Over the past few years chiks have become very popular in urban settings, especially in the metros. Right from roadside vendors displaying a colourful array of designs to the upmarket boutiques showcasing the traditional chic, there is ample choice available if you are looking to add this earthy and traditional touch to your home. The makers usually create products on the basis of required specifications. The designs are named according to their shape; the repertoire includes the barfi jaal (rectangle), choori jaal (bangle), makdi jaal, and glass jaal. Craftsmen have started innovating with cutouts, dyed bamboo sticks, printed cloth backings and decorative tassels.
The calming influence of chiks adds serenity to the atmosphere and helps one escape from the stresses of urban lifestyle. An added advantage is the reasonable price. Blinds are the least expensive options available in the market in terms of window treatment as these not only fit in every type of decor but are also low on maintenance and occupy less space.
These can be closed to block the sunlight during mornings and the hottest part of afternoon. One can either pull up the shades to expose the window, angle the slats slightly, or close them entirely, thus having precise control over the amount of sunlight being allowed in the rooms.
Several varieties of blinds are available in the market. These include vinyl, aluminum, faux wood, real wood and vertical blinds. Another type of blinds are the dual roller blinds which conveniently fit two blinds into one bracket. They allow two-fold benefits of a block out blind and a sunscreen blind, creating an affordable and functional window covering. In fact, with the growing popularity of blinds these are now being personalised to suit the overall decor of the home.
Verticals are the perfect solution for curved, arched or irregular windows where a raked blind is required. Whereas when a strong blind is required within a constraint budget, faux blinds may prove to be useful. Those looking for a natural and organic material for room décor should try out cedar blinds. These are not only evergreen but also add warmth and texture to the overall ambience of a home.
So go ahead, dress your windows this season with inexpensive and soothing alternatives and enjoy summer afternoons in style.
- Regular dusting with a moist cloth is sufficient to keep blinds and chiks clean and fresh
- Another option is vacuuming (brush attachment), but across the slats, not up and down.
- For fabric or vinyl blinds, use a rubber dry sponge to remove dust.
- While washing wooden blinds, make sure not to over saturate the wood. Wipe off any excess water immediately to avoid discoloring and/or warping.
- Extremely dirty fabric blinds, should be dry-cleaned.CommentQuote1Flag
- Japanese soiree
If simplistic and minimalist decor appeals you then draw inspiration from the Japanese interiors
belu jain maheshwari
Interior designing may have a few ground rules and techniques which are fundamental to good decoration but each country will have its own style and indigenous material which is used in interiors. Style and material depend a lot on environment, tradition, habits, climate and culture, Japan is an example of the amalgamation of the above factors. Being an island it has a long coastline, which is prone to typhoons and with volcanic pressure in the ocean it is in constant fear of tsunamis also. It gets a lot of rainfall with high degree of humidity. The worst fear is of earthquakes which are a regular occurrence.
Why am I talking geography? No I have not forgotten that I am writing on interiors, this is just to highlight that Japanese interior designing which has become famous, has been shaped by its environment and tradition. Small and simple are the two key words in their decor, there is very little ostentation. The minimalistic approach that people of this country adopt in their interiors is intriguing as well as fascinating. We Indians who are basically hoarders and cannot throw even old raddi will find their interiors bare. But due to their culture which celebrates privacy, also because they have paucity of land and also because they are visited by natural disasters, they have made a virtue out necessity. The houses are small. The roofs are sloping and made of light material like thatch or wood so that water can be drained easily. Danger of earthquakes and typhoons, makes them use light materials in construction. The structure is made of wood logs, and the walls are made of wood board or engineered brick tiles.
Small and simple
Even their tradition and culture is based on the philosophy of Taoism which emphasises the S&S line. For them true beauty is in its empty spaces, which is a tradition that comes from laozi ( Taoism) which is aesthetic ideal of emptiness. Believing that the mood should be captured in the imagination and not so heavily dictated by what is physically present. The influence of Buddhism also celebrates less is more. So you will not see over clutter in their rooms.
Close to nature
The emphasis is also on the use of natural materials, fine wood, bamboo, silk, rice straw mats, paper screens called Shoji are used. The inner space divisions are fluid. The interior of the building normally consists of a single room at the centre called Moya. The division of space is by sliding panels or sliding doors. These walls can be made of panels called Fusuma and are traditionally hand painted.
The furniture is minimal, Japanese prefer to use cushions to sit on the floor or light wooden backrest, used again with cushions around a low table. This sitting arrangement doubles as sitting as well as eating area. Japanese design is based strongly on craftsmanship , beauty and delicacy. It is low maintenance, and has a connection to nature. Even the colour schemes are neutral palettes, including black, white, off-white, grey and brown.
Impermanence is a strong theme in their tradition. The room size can be altered, cupboards built smoothly into the wall, Futon used as mattresses, which can be hidden in the walls and pulled out at night. For us sitting on those low chairs was a problem because we are not as flexible but the Japanese are light and supple.
On the floor are placed Tatami mats, made of rice straw (chatais as we call them ). Again this is dictated by culture where everyone sits on the floor, it is easily maintainable, carpets would be difficult to manage in that climate.
There is an area called Tokonoma, which is the focus of the room. It can be a painting or calligraphy or a Japanese art which can be a sculpture or a beautiful piece of pottery.
Another traditional aspect of the house is an alcove and is part of the reception area. The curtains are only placed on the outside door and these are not full length , they are also cut into panels and are half the length of the door. Interior space is effectively used for human activity.
The bathrooms and kitchen may be small but are functional and technically well designed, these are modernistic, they have warm WC seats and sauna baths. In limited space the kitchen is functional and has all appliances.
Japanese design is simple yet the attention to detail is very strong, for example their entrance though unpretentious will have a beautifully crafted wooden design. They might technologically have moved to the 21st century, or be way ahead of most other countries but in their living spaces they have beautifully blended tradition, indigenous material with modernity, they are in sync with their homes.
Multi-functional set up
An important aspect of Japanese decor style is the division of rooms by Shoji screens made of translucent paper that allows light to be diffused through the space and create light shadows and patterns. Another way of dividing the rooms is through sliding panels made of wood and cloth. The Shoji screens are made of paper attached to thin wooden frames that roll on a track when pushed open. The spaces are used as multi-functional rooms. The rooms can be opened to create more space for an occasion or closed to provide privacy.
Love for nature
Even in a small space, the love for plants is evident. Plants are grown even in a small space in boxes or they have bonsais. To add to the beauty the Japanese rely on ikebana which is such a beautiful way of adding colour to any area, each flower arrangement has a message to convey. They use pebbles, water, bamboo — material they are familiar with and which is easily available— to add to the design.
Japanese design is simple yet the attention to detail is very strong as can be seen in this unpretentious entrance with a beautifully crafted wooden design
BLEND OF MODERN AND TRADITIONAL
Indegenous material has been used artistically to highlight a wall
- Tips to Decorate Entrance Doors
Whenever someone enters your home, he will probably encounter with entry door. The doors too may be expressive of your lifestyle. So why don’t you make some efforts to design or decorate doors or surroundings particularly. By using following tips you can enjoy praise from guests and your own family members.
1. Apply Decorative Nameplates or Door Signs
You can hang a wooden or metallic name plate on door on which are inscribed your surname or whatever you name your house. This will help visitors to know about who lives in or to whom this house belongs to. You can also use grooved alphabets made with vinyl plastic, wood or metal. Name plates or door signs look good and attractive.
2. Use Flowers /Plants on Both Entry Corners
Placing natural or artificial flowers on entryway or on both corners of front doors is really inviting. You can stick seasonal wreath or flower bunches in the middle of door. A florist, good gardener or your own imagination can do for you.
3. Paint Doors in Superior Shades
You can paint your doors in shining shades or create a sort of paint design. You can follow color themes of your interior rooms for it or may go with some contrasts. Paint door shutters in different colors of door or window.
4. Make Use of Accessories
There are lots of decorative items available in local market like iron door knockers, wind chimes, small bell shapes pieces of metal, soft toys and much more. Your door will be master piece by using a good wind chime or a bear or Micky mouse shape soft toys.
Besides all these decorative things you can use your own creativity to decorate entryways and doors to welcome your guests.CommentQuote1Flag