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Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design


Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design

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  • #81


    Re : Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design

    Stylish splash

    Relaxing in a pool is the ultimate summer dream. For most people, swimming pools conjure the image of fun, relaxation, and family time. However, logistics and hygiene concerns keep most of us away from public swimming pools. Fortunately, space is no longer a constraint for creating a paradise in our own backyards. The new-age splash pools are ideal to cool off, whether one owns a bungalow or an apartment.

    Be it a large area or a small house, a water body gives a soothing feeling and allows one to relax and take a break from the tiring heat.

    Pools are designed for various purposes, some for entertainment others for exercise. In fact, there are many who develop these for aesthetic beauty as well. Therefore, it is extremely important to define the objective prior to designing a pool. One should also one consider the architecture , style and landscape of the home before deciding on the type of pool in order to ensure that the pool blends with its surroundings.

    AQUA EDGE: With water flowing down a thin edge, the infinity pools are among the most preferred home pools these days

    Once the purpose is defined, it becomes easier to select from the wide range of materials available for constructing the pool. From colourful fiber-optic lighting, specialty water features to heat-resistant decking and saltwater systems, the possibilities are endless. Each option offers unique features and can be chosen as per one’s requirement and budget.

    Fiber-optic lighting pools are best suited for entertainment whereas saltwater system is generally used in pools designed for exercise and physical fitness. Saltwater system uses electrolysis to convert salt into chlorine is extremely popular these days, offering an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional chlorine.

    The latest trend in splash pools are infinity edge pools, where the water looks like it just drops off into thin air. It is accomplished by pumping water over a thin edge into a catch basin or gutter. The water is then collected in the basin and pumped back into the pool through the filter system.

    With a little innovation and experimentation, the design can be modified as per requirement and space availability. One such example is “spools” — a combination spa/pool — or plunge pools.

    Another option is to add jets in the pool so that one can swim against the current for exercise even in a small space.

    Then there are lagoon-style pools which often use free-form shapes, rocks and water features to reflect a natural landscape.

    Some of the most popular ideas in pools now involve the lack of pool walls — most notably playful and pretty beach entries, shallow and comfortable wet decks and dramatic vanishing edges. The beach entry is just what it sounds like — a gently sloping entrance to the pool that mimics a beach in looks as well as feel.

    As far as the design element is concerned there are a number of ways to increase visual impact of a splash pool. Those wishing to make a striking statement can finish their pools with a range of colours and shimmering surfaces to truly stand out from the crowd.

    Lights, too, can add a dramatic dimension to a pool, whilst swimming and entertaining.

    These days, there is a wide choice, from fiber-optics, which can create a soothing glow on your pool, to LED lights, which are energy efficient and come in a range of colours. Selection can be made on the basis of available space and budget.

    There also are numerous options to beat the scorching heat. Splash pools are the most popular amongst them. One can rejuvenate and re-energise in them and at the same time keep physically fit by doing water-based exercises.

    So, no matter which style of pool you choose, get ready to ‘dive in’ this summer!
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    • #82


      Re : Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design

      Textured Paint

      Textured paints offer matchless beauty and can provide substitute for missing texture in plaster. The textured paint finish is available in many color trends such as metallic finishes gold, silver and copper. Glossy and shiny finish of textured paint can also be obtained. These paints can be done on walls and ceiling easily and quickly. Textured paints of different colors are becoming popular for home/interior decoration and may be used an alternative to wall papers.

      Textured paints provide excellent protection against changes in atmosphere; withstand fairly well extremes of heat, cold and rain. These paints contain special additives which provide good protection against Alkali and ultra violet rays. The paints are extremely resistant to Fungs and Algae, peeling, flaking and fading and stay bright. Textured paints are thick enough to cover minor defects, uneven surface damage and imperfection in walls and add a fresh look to the beauty of walls/surfaces.

      Textured painting varies from slightly gritty look of sand stone or marble stone or wooden appearance and which can add deep look of the texture. Premixed textured paint available in the market can directly be applied on the surface. The premixed form of textured paint containing small, gravel like particles has grainy appearance.

      Categorization of Textured Paints

      -Smooth Texture giving a stucco effect.
      -Sand Texture, the effect of which is slightly rough (like sand paper) because of added sand particles.

      Quality, type and color of textured paint have big role in hiding imperfections of wall. By applying high quality paints imperfections can be covered. But in case of low quality paints it is very difficult to hide defects because it requires more coats. Dark and intense color may require multiple coats and hide streaks. To get best quality finish, use high quality flat paint to hide imperfections and defective area.

      How to pick textured paint?

      These textured painting ways add a textured look to the beauty of walls. You can create design patterns according to your liking but it is very difficult to select design patterns as it comes with a few options. To obtain good ideas about texture patterns or designs, the best way is to look at model houses, go through magazines or pick sample cards showing different finishes available with paint dealers.

      Getting required designs and patterns

      Sometimes glazes are used to get decorative paintings but these paintings are quite different from standard latex and oil based paints. To get required design and patterns, multiple thin layers of paint are applied. To achieve textured surface, simple tools are required such as textured roller, sponges, rags, brush, trowels, putty knives and spray-painting equipments.
      Prepare surface before you apply textured paint

      Before applying textured paint, check if the surface has any holes or damages. Make sure the surface is free from dust. It should be cleaned with the help of broom and cotton cloth.

      How to do textured painting?

      Don’t forget to cover surrounding furniture and flooring with protective materials. Painting should not be done in adverse weather condition like hail storm and dust storm. Brush painting should be done for small works.

      Methods of Textured Painting

      -Brush Painting
      -Roller Painting
      -Spray Painting

      How to do brush painting?

      Brush painting method is applied for small textured painting works. Clean the surface, brush and container, used for keeping the paint during application. Apply paint only after contents of paint in drum are mixed thoroughly. Apply the paint with brush first by using vertical strokes until the surface is fully covered. You should apply brush painting across with light strokes to smooth laps and brush marks for complete coverage. Lay off with vertical strokes finally. Brush painting is mostly used for whitewash or common painting.

      How to do roller painting?

      Roller painting method is typical and takes more time than spray painting. Application of textured painting with roller provides durable textured painting in long run. This painting method provides better base for re-painting also. The process of textured painting provides thicker paint which is more resistant to stains and mildew.

      In this method acrylic latex paint is used; which bonds to the surface tightly and therefore lessens chances of loosening and falling down of texture paint. After surface preparation ‘Roller Painting’ should be done by skilled painter. If unskilled painter is deputed on job, painting work may result in patchy and inconsistent work. It’s done as follows.

      -Clean surface, roller and container before starting the painting work.
      -Mix contents of the paint thoroughly before application.
      -Dip roller in mixed paint and run it from top to bottom.
      -Again dip roller and run it adjacent to the above applied area from bottom to top.
      -Run roller without dipping it in paint horizontally and vertically on applied paint coat to spread it uniformly.

      How to do spray painting?

      Spray painting is more popular method of textured painting and is specially done in textured painting of ceiling. The painter should be skilled enough to do the job. Spry painting is easy method and takes less time than rolling painting do. This painting is done through spray machine as follows.

      -Clean the surface, spray machine and container before starting painting work.
      -Mix contents of paint thoroughly before applying the paint.
      -Add contents of paint thoroughly before application of paint.
      -Do spray painting only when dry condition prevails.
      -Hold spray gun perpendicular to the surface on which the paint is applied and move the gun over surface in a uniform sweeping motion while spraying.
      -Try different air pressure and fan adjustment to achieve best application.
      -Don’t keep air pressure high otherwise the paint will fog up and be wasted.
      -Clean spray gun at the end of painting job.
      -Take care if adequate ventilation is provided to disperse spray fume.
      -Protect floors from spray fumes.

      Benefits of textured paint

      -Strong in nature
      -An alternative to wall papers
      -Decorative in appearance
      -Needs less maintenance
      -Protects against Alkali and ultra violet rays.
      -Cover uneven surfaces and imperfection of walls
      -Available in metallic finishes gold, silver and copper
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      • #83


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        Plan an impressive front elevation

        The front elevation is considered as the most striking feature of a house. So let’s have a look at some aspects that help in creating a beautiful front elevation of a house:

        The features

        Once the house plans are finalised, the doors and windows, their projections, the porch, the railings, the wall surface area available, the balconies, the terrace and the verandah become essential features of front elevation. Their sizes, materials, edges, angles and appearances are to be planned to lend best effects to the front elevation. Additional features such as huts, canopies, columns, chimneys, slopes, slots, slits and pergolas are now added to make the elevation look unique and attractive.

        Colour scheme

        Don’t choose too many colours for the front elevation. The colour scheme should be designed to accommodate just two or three colours. Let the major percentage of coverage be in a light shade. Off white or white are the most preferred ones for the plastered portions. Among the dark colours for the outlining and borders, chocolate and terracotta red look stunningly beautiful.

        Tile provision

        Tile cladding is considered an essential part of the front elevation. Certain portions of the elevation should be planned for tile cladding and left with a rough finish during the construction of the house. The house owner has ample time at his hands to choose suitable tiles for cladding purpose. However, the survey for tile selection should be completed by the time the flooring is laid. Many times, the suppliers or manufacturers take time in supplying the requisite quantity of selected tiles of the required size and colour.

        Adding curves

        Angular geometrical features have long been the preferred choice of house builders. Circular portions or curves have been absent. Adopting something which is not in trend or vogue needs lots of courage as the house owner is fearful that the elevation of his house would look odd. It is difficult to dismantle something built and rebuild it with a changed profile. However, the trend is changing now and curves are fast coming back into fashion.

        Get 3D elevation

        Often, the house owner is unable to visualise the front elevation of his house from the two dimensional figures shown by the architect in the drawings. He is unable to say yes for an elevation suggested by the architect. Everybody has his own choice. It is thus better to ask for a 3D elevation drawing to get a more realistic and accurate idea of the final look of the front elevation. These days, software is available to prepare 3D elevations. For best decision, an architect may get two or three elevation alternatives prepared. 3D elevation experts normally charge ~4000 to ~6000 for preparing a 3D elevation picture.

        Bay windows

        Having large-sized bay windows in the front rooms adds additional beauty to the front elevation. The elevation has an enhanced look if such windows are added on the first floor level. Provision of bay windows has to be planned at the initial stage itself as the lintel and slab over the window has to be planned along with the sun shade over them. Provision of concealed lights in the outer projection and inner slab of bay window lends dramatic effect to the front elevation at night.

        Corner plot luxury

        A corner plot opens up many avenues for the architect to make the front elevation attractive. Certain features can be added to the left and right front edges of the house, extending to the front and the sides. The front railing, when continued along the side too (if bylaws permit), adds a palatial look to the house. Corner plot houses when viewed obliquely present majestic structures with endless attractions added here and there along the length and height of walls.

        Front railings

        The railings provided to the front balconies and terrace add to the look of the front elevation. These days, these railings have a combination of mild steel, toughened glass, stainless steel and wood. While the basic structure is in mild steel and stainless steel sections, wood and glass are added to it later on at the time of finishing of house project. For provision of toughened glass, studs or D clamps are welded to the basic section at the time of its fabrication itself. MS or SS framework railings look very attractive when optimum glass and wood coverage is added to them. Provision of glass for the full height and length of railing is avoided as it doesn't give a secure feeling to the house owner and doesn't look attractive. If mild steel framework is provided and finished with deco silver paint, it looks more attractive than SS framework. It proves economical too.

        Stone railing

        Jodhpur stone jail railing of pink colour is preferred by certain house builders for front railing. It looks extremely beautiful. Exquisite designs too are available in it. However, if used, it begins to govern the colour scheme of the front elevation which has to be decided by matching it with the pinkish or peach colour of the stone railing. This railing is expensive too. Then there is the problem of dust accumulation in it. A house builder opting for stone jail railing should keep all these points in view. In case mild steel or stainless steel railing with glass is used, one may add ornamental plant pots along the glass to add more attractiveness to front elevation.

        Finish for curves

        Circular features or curves when provided in front elevation look beautiful only if right finish is selected for them. Provision of sleek tiles on the curved portion is the best option. However, it needs extraordinary workmanship and right size of the tiles to bring out the best effect. The length of the tile should be such that doesn't convert the curve into a polygonal feature. Certain manufacturers are producing header tiles these days. These tiles are only 4.5-inch-long. These suit a curved feature well if the radius of the curve has been decided by keeping the tile length in view.

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        • #84


          Re : Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design

          Lively and lovely

          Decorating the living room is no rocket science. It requires a blend of design sense and common sense

          “Oh my god, where was the space to sit in the living room, it was so crammed with stuff.” How many times have we gone to someone’s drawing room or the living room (as it is called in US) and felt that half the things finding place there should actually be out of the area.

          The Living Room is the place where we entertain guests, the room where the family members congregates to share their lives, watch television, listen to music or just simply relax. It is normally the best decorated room of the house, we always want to show our best side to the world.

          Whenever we think of the interiors of a room, we have to keep a few simple principles in mind.

          What is the purpose of the room, do we get a lot of guests or do we basically use it as a family room.

          Do we have lot of space where we can have separate formal entertaining area and an informal family area.

          What is the climate where we live, if it is cold then we need warm fuzzy interiors, with woollen cushions and throws. If it is tropical with lot of rain, then we need to have furniture which does not get mildew easily, like cane or simple wood.

          Is the living room a space where we also sit for long hours, watch television, read, play indoor games, then it has to be comfortable and not a show case.

          The basic facts of doing interiors are the same world over. The most important fact that you have to know is the optimum use of the space. If it is used a lot get the walls painted in neutral shades so that you can have colourful soft furnishings like curtains and rugs. Again if it is used extensively, the floor should be easily cleanable.

          ‘Weathered’ choice

          Choice of materials is another important factor. Marble is a good idea in hot climate as it stays cool and can be cleaned with a brush and mop. Durries and rugs can add colour to a marble floor. In warm climate wall-to-wall carpeting should be avoided as it only adds to the temperature. Moreover, if the room is used a lot it will get dirty easily and then it will be a tedious process to take wall -to-wall carpeting out and get it dry cleaned.

          In colder climate wood is used a lot as flooring as it gives a warmer feel. Here wall-to-wall carpeting can also be used to keep out the draught coming from the ground. But the areas, which are used more in the living room, should have another rug on top of the wall-to-wall flooring as you can dust and clean the smaller ones easily and keep the carpet cleaner and less given to wear and tear.

          Tiles are one of the commonest things used as flooring, especially in India but the problem with these is that areas where the tiles join, where grouting is used , becomes dirty and black. Secondly these are slippery and can break and cannot be replaced easily. With a renewed interest in getting the antique look materials like bricks, terazzo floors etc also have a lot of following now.

          Furniture finesse

          An important element of any room is furniture, again furniture has to be decided keeping in mind the climate and use. Furniture has been part of a home even during the hunter gatherer days, they used to make benches from tree trunks and small stools from rocks. In contemporary times there are innumerable kinds and variety of furniture. Gothic, Baroque, Colonial, Scandinavian, traditional Indian, contemporary classic, contemporary modernistic. In India itself every region has its own unique style.

          The key is to by and large stick to one style. You can add one or two pieces which are antique or part of family collection but to mix styles only adds to confusion. Imagine, straight line modernistic sofa, made of leather and chrome with a Rajasthani centre table. Or South Indian decor with Scandinavian furniture. If the room is used a lot use furniture which is easily maintainable, having heavy sofas with light floral tapestry will not do here, you need thick tapestry in shades that would not look dirty soon. Curtains and tapestry should be, by and large, bought together, so that you can coordinate colours.

          Now you have the materials to suit all pockets and remember spending on changing old dirty sofa covers is essential, maintenance is more important than just purchasing.

          Gadget show

          If you have an informal TV watching room, do not keep a television in the drawing room. People come to meet and interact with you not watch your favourite serial, that they can do in the privacy of their home.

          But if that is the only room you have to keep the idiot box, turn it off when the guests come. Now you have wall-mounted ones but even the stand alone ones can be kept on a well appointed table or console. TV does become the centre piece but it can be kept in such a way that it does not take over the whole room, remember it is a useful thing but not a beautiful thing.

          Similarly keep your music system in a cabinet to save it from dust and to avoid clutter in the room. One important thing to remember is that the wires of electrical and electronic items should not be seen. In an old house you can cover them or even if it means repair work, get the wires hidden inside the walls.

          Decorating a living room requires time and thought. Designs and patterns can be made on paper, do a lot of recce of the market, keep space for future acquisition and then take a plunge.

          It is not rocket science, it can be done by yourself and will give you lot of creative satisfaction.

          Go easy on accessories

          As for artefacts and accessories, keep minimum. In India we tend to showcase everything we like in our drawing rooms whether it is a doll or a vase. We have memories attached to most items, in one home there were memorabilia from all their journeys, so you have a fan from Mizoram, a cane basket from Tripura, a paper mâché box from Kashmir and the list goes on and on. Five minutes into such a room and you have to listen to the story of the acquisition of each item in detail. While there may be some beautiful items, when cluttered together they look like scrap.

          We might love what we buy, we might think we have the best taste but we can’t put everything out. Remember that you have to choose the right spot for display in accordance with the dimensions of the piece, lighting, and other items in the room.

          If you have lot of bric a brac then the golden rule is — rotate. Put some items inside and then when you have got an eyeful of those displayed, change them with the ones kept inside.
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          • #85


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            Delightful dining

            We live in a fast moving world where everyone is busy chasing his dreams. People rarely get time to connect with each other due to their hectic schedules. Despite the frantic routine, there is still one place which brings us together to share a few moments with loved ones. Well, it is the magic of dining rooms that allows the entire family to get-together and enjoy a scrumptious meal.

            Dining rooms have now become a space for family re-union, chit-chat, relaxed Sunday lunches and much more. In fact, dining rooms are often accessible from the living room and are used for entertaining guests as well.

            As a dining room provides space where family and friends can come together and chat over a delicious meal, it is arguably one of the most important areas in a home. Therefore, dining rooms should be designed with immense care and detail. In fact, a well-designed dining room can make any meal a treat and bring everyone together for some well-deserved quality time.

            One can design the dining area as per one’s preference without taking away the attention from the overall aesthetics of one’s home. Some people like to dine in a calm and soft ambience, whereas others fancy a vibrant dining space. The major ingredients that one can play with while designing a dining room are spacing and seating arrangement, dining table set and light fittings.

            There are certain trends one can follow while choosing furniture and lights. A recent fad that is gaining momentum is the return of scaled-back, simplified living. Most home-owners are leaning towards basic styles with cleaner lines. This direction lends itself perfectly to an eclectic combination of contemporary, traditional and even country designs. Comfort and space constraints are the primary motivators behind the move towards greater simplicity.

            Light matters

            Lighting is one aspect that can enhance the overall feel of a dining space and can ruin it as well. To get the best balance of illumination in the dining room opt for layers of light. When choosing dining room lighting combine chandelier with accent lights. Accent lights, either recessed or tract-mounted, on either side of the chandelier and between the ends of the table, add a festive sparkle. One can also opt for rustic hanging lamps. They beautifully complement rough-hewn wood table and add a relaxed vibe to an otherwise formal dining room, creating an inviting and warm space that encourages gatherings.

            Also, if there is a TV set in the dining room it should not be positioned opposite a window as the screen will reflect the light coming from outside.

            Colour contours

            Colours also play a vital role in defining the ambience of a dining room. Pick colours based on the décor and architecture style of the dining room. Choose shades like burgundy, gray and deep brown for a traditional look. Neutral colours like white, beige and tan are a great pick for a modern feel. One can also add a hint of the metallic for creating a shining effect in the room.

            These days dining room has moved beyond just a place to eat. Now it is a space to rejuvenate, recreate and recharge with the loved ones.

            Dining area is the centre stage for all your weekend parties and holiday meals. So, go ahead experiment with furniture, colours and lighting to make the dining room a trendy hang-out. Let’s not just serve food, but create an ambience.

            Fancy and functional

            The first thing that should be considered while choosing furniture for the dining area is the style. Irrespective of the space available, it should complement the architecture and décor of the home.

            For a contemporary look, consider sleek, glass furniture, whereas for a traditional setting pick antique pieces with similar tones.

            Lack of storage is one of the biggest problems when it comes to decorating a dining room. Traditional sideboard is a must-have piece of furniture that can be used to conveniently store crockery, tablecloths etc.

            Choose the dining table wisely since it is the centerpiece. Be sure to select a table that accentuates the room, rather than one that clashes with it. Also, pick a dining table that leaves at least two ft. between the edge of the table and the wall to leave room for walking and pulling out chairs. Round tables are space-efficient and fit nicely in small dining rooms. They allow everyone to face one another and pass food around easily. Oversized square tables are best suited for large rooms, giving the dining area a formal semblance. Another trend in dining is elevated counter-height tables with surrounding stools for a casual lounge-like feel at home. As far as the dining chairs are concerned, their width should be at least 1.5 ft. for comfortable seating.

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            • #86


              Re : Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design

              Dress up your walls

              Let your walls be an intrinsic part of your home décor

              Most people visualise interior décor once the construction work is over, but the fact is that the planning of interiors has to start at the time when the architectural designs are being formulated. If it is an old building, then you have to factor in the existing features and then design the room. The walls and the windows are as much a part of the interiors as are the rugs and furniture. In fact, the walls tell their own story; they are no longer mute spectators in the room, only providing, privacy. The walls from the time man started making an abode, were the first thing to be constructed. The rocks of the cave became the first walls, and then wood planks were used to separate the outside from the inside. This was followed by the use of mud; thatch was used to make walls. Bricks made of clay have been around for thousands of years, Sumerians made the earliest bricks. With technological development, construction material became more sophisticated; rocks were cut and joined together with cement.

              In contemporary times, new products are being used along with the traditional and time tested products to make walls. Brick making has reached a very sophisticated level, you have baked bricks in brick kiln, along with engineered bricks, made of polythurene material, some of the engineered bricks are very light. Another change is houses being constructed on pillars. In this sort of construction walls are added latter on. This provides the flexibility to use material suited to the needs of the user and the weather conditions. The walls can be of particle board, saw dust board, plain wooden board or of bricks. These can be easily shifted and contours of rooms can be changed easily.

              In India, apartment construction is on plinths and pillars, walls are added later but for houses most people still go for the old-fashioned way of construction, with brick walls put together with cement. The cladding of the wall can be done in many different ways, the most popular is plastering with cement. We can experiment with walls, use old techniques like mud, straw, mixed with cement and a little colour can be added to make the wall look like a hut.

              This should be normally done in a special room or veranda, inside it could be done on one wall to make a statement but this sort of a wall should be used if the concept is ethnic, this can not be mixed with a contemporary design. Another way of giving a wall character is with the use of natural dyes, make designs on the walls and also paint the walls, this is more eco friendly as no chemicals are used but this again has to be done on a specific wall. I have seen haldi (turmeric) used with paint and fevicol, which is plastered with a knife on the wall but this can only be, where an individual looks after the home as any seepage will destroy the walls permanently.

              If a wall is made of wooden planks, then the acoustics have to be kept in mind, because every sound is magnified from inside and outside, that is why in countries like UK and Japan, we find it irritating because all sound reverberates. Wood for walls or for cladding should be used in the cooler climes.

              We can have real fun making our walls speak. One material commonly used, especially in the western countries is wall paper. It comes in varied designs, for a nursery you can have nursery rhymes written on the paper or have animal designs or flowers. It is easy to handle, it has instructions for ‘Do It Yourself’, it is easily cleaned with a wet cloth. Areas which are used a lot can be wall papered; market has many brands, textures and design of wallpaper from reasonable to expensive. Then mechanised bricks can be used as cladding, these come in many colours, deep red, maroon, mud colour, yellow, brown, the bricks can be painted to any colour. If you keep the natural colour of the brick then you don't have to take the hassle of painting it. Other materials used nowadays are fibre glass, polystyrene, gypcrete, and insulated concrete.

              There is a great demand for old bricks which are being taken out from old buildings. These are being used as wall cladding to give a different look and feel. Stone is another cladding being used on walls especially if you are making niches and arches or covering the pillars. It is also used as skirting to keep the wall clean while sweeping and mopping. The Mediterranean or even the Rajasthani look comes from the use of stone on the wall. We have a huge variety of Indian stone, which looks and feels good.

              The old-fashioned paint on wall is used the most, the market is again flooded with different types of paint, the commonest and cheapest is lime, then a little better which does not come off that easily is distemper in every shade, then plastic paint, better than that is deco paint or enamel. Walls are being beautifully decorated, designs are made with POP, stencils are being drawn on walls. There is use of metal sheets like brass, copper for cladding the walls. Mirrors are also used to clad walls to give more depth and a feeling of space. The walls need not be square or rectangular, these can be given a curve. In many countries, walls are made of rammed earth or adobe which look great.

              Walls are not only for providing privacy, these are part of beautifying a room, different colours can be used on different walls, toning of colours can also be done, lighter on top , darker on the lower side. Most of the old art, figurines were made on walls, like Madhubani, or even Ajanta and Ellora paintings. Let your walls be an intrinsic part of your home decor. Prepare the designs of the wall when designing the house. Remember, these walls will be your companions for life, these will be part of your life and family, think about them in detail and love.
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              • #87


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                Decorate Your Home with Stained Glass

                Stained glass embellishes interiors of a home and makes them fascinating. The artwork on stained glass offers a wonderful look to the beauty of home. The glass is used to beautify living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, offices, basements or any area of the house; which you want to make motivating. You can enhance the appearance of your home with stained glass as follows.

                Stained glass can boost up the prettiness of home

                Living room

                Stained glass window panels, partial window panels, stained glass pieces with mirrors augment the beauty of living room. The flames of fireplace look amazing when the fire is shining behind glass screen of fireplace. Everlasting colors appearing through prisms of glass stimulate us for their endless exquisiteness.


                Stained glass candle holders in custom design and jewelry boxes usually add to the grace of bedroom. The use of mirrors gives charming look in bedrooms.


                Stained glass refreshes the look of bathroom too. The glass for open shelves, drawers; cabinets etc. enrich the beauty of bathroom. The mirrors with stained glass pieces offer an exciting look to the beauty of the room.


                Stained glass makes cabinet doors of kitchen engaging. To realize the best effect of the glass, fix an electric light source inside the cabinet. Stained glass window panel hung in front of the window allows the light to brightly show the colors inside the kitchen. If entire window panel is too big, you can opt for just stained glass window corners. The stained glass wall panels are not only used for front of the window but they add to the beauty of walls also.

                Dining Room

                The chandeliers made from beveled pieces of stained glass create colorful creation in dining room. 3D stained glass table top piece as center piece of the room looks beautiful. You can try wall mirrors in dining room to reflect more light for larger appearance.


                Stained glass panels are used as drawer fronts or cabinet fronts entwined within shelves in nicely decorated offices. Multicolored stained glass panels cover portions of windows in office. Profession card holders and pencil boxes made from stained glass are charming office items.


                The stained glass in entrance lights or in front door creates a unique look and greets everyone who visits your house. Custom made door bell covers of stained glass often replace typical plastic boxes in houses.

                Finally, the stained glass offers you the ability to create matchless décor with various colors, themes and artworks. You can make your house worth looking with the comprehension of a variety of glass, thickness of glasses, artworks on glass as well.
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                • #88


                  Re : Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design

                  At home with new trends

                  Making use of the services of an architect has become imperative these days while constructing a house. The architects have their peculiar mindset and prepare the plans and elevations accordingly. And to stay in the race as there is tough competition in this sector also, they remain in touch with the latest trends, keep an eye on the West and suggest building plans correspondingly.

                  In line with an architect's presentation, each house builder, too, has a desire to adopt the latest and trendy materials for the construction of his house, provided his budget permits. He doesn't want his house to be known as old style and unfashionable. However, the modern trends demand more precautions to be taken during the construction and maintenance of house for trouble-free living. Let's have a look at these:

                  Trend 1

                  Big sized window panes

                  Another common trend is to provide large-sized window panes in the house. These, no doubt, look beautiful. The area of window panes exceeds even 100 sq ft where the room sizes are large. The provision of intermediate wooden members in the window chowkhat is avoided to keep the size of window panes as big as possible.

                  Precautions: Certain precautions need to be taken while using large-sized window panes. Firstly, the glass used in window panes should have adequate thickness. The thickness of glass increases with the increase in size of window panes. Secondly, toughened glass should be preferred for large-sized windows. Glass can't be altered or modified after its toughening. Therefore, its exact sizes should be noted at site as per actual. Toughening process of glass takes time. Therefore, action for its procurement should be taken in advance so that the size measurement is noted and glass cut to exact sizes is sent for toughening.

                  Trend 2

                  Windows with low sill levels

                  Large sized windows with low sill levels are provided in the houses these days. Earlier the sill level of windows for rooms was kept around 3 ft above floor level. These days, the sill level is kept just 6 to 9 inch above floor level.

                  Precautions: There is no harm in using windows with low sill levels for rooms. However, it must be noted that the sun shades and projections provided above the windows can be projected only up to a certain width and strict bylaws govern the extent of these projections. Under such circumstances, the bottom member of the window frame is subjected to rains. In most cases, fixed glass panes are provided in the central portion of windows. In case proper silicon filling is not done during the fixing of glass, rain water enters the rooms through this joint. The situation gets aggravated when wooden flooring is provided in the rooms and the rain water damages wooden tiles. It should, therefore, be ensured that after the fixing of glass panes, silicon filling is done thoroughly. The silicon fill should be tested against entry of water by pouring water along the silicon fill. The silicon filling should be redone after a few years.

                  Trend 3

                  Split AC provision

                  Window ACs have been the choice of most of the people since last decade. The trend has changed now. Not withstanding the higher cost, more and more people are opting for provision of split ACs in their houses. Here again, the main reason behind split AC choice is to avoid slots for window ACs in the walls or the windows.

                  Precautions: While installing split ACs in the house, the most important precaution to take is to avoid water leakage from AC drain pipe. The plumber should provide drain pipes in the walls at the initial stage of construction of the house and should connect them to a nearby flow trap. Later, while installing the indoor units, the joint of pipe from the AC should be connected to the discharge pipe carefully and faultlessly. Often, leakage from this joint damages the wall paint or wall paper badly. In addition, the mouth of the conduits provided in the walls for running gas pipes should be sealed well at the roof level so that no rain water may enter these conduits and flow down to the rooms.

                  Trend 4

                  Big sized main doors

                  While the doors to various rooms in the house have a width of 3.5 ft to 3.0 ft, the main entry to the house is kept as 5.0 ft wide or more. Double doors are, therefore, provided for this main entry and these doors carry a special design, involving more labour and work than the other doors. The doors are made to look attractive and in the process, sometimes, proper locking arrangement is sacrificed.

                  Precautions: There is no harm in keeping the main entry of extra width and making the main door more attractive than others. However, proper locking arrangement for the main entry should be ensured. In double doors, though we can provide locks from highly trusted companies and the ones operated with ultra keys, yet these can't keep the door shutters firm and unwavering. If someone tries to push these shutters in, these sway a little unless the tower bolts provided inside have been bolted in position for one shutter. Otherwise, the door shutters should be designed to have a lock rail which may be provided with an attractive sliding bolt. These days, door designs don't choose a lock rail. In case of main door, its provision should be made for safety against burglary.

                  Trend 5

                  Wooden laminate flooring

                  The present trend is to choose wooden laminate flooring in one or two rooms of the house. Mostly, it is chosen for the master bedroom. Some people prefer to provide it in the drawing room also. A wooden strip called profile is provided in the doorways so that the laminated tiles don't come up at a later stage.

                  Precautions: While providing wooden laminate flooring, a perfectly level base should be created in concrete to receive the wooden tile topping and to have a perfectly level finish as the wooden laminate tiles are just 9 to 10 mm thick. The floor base should be laid well in advance so that it has no moisture at the time of laying of wooden topping. A very important point to be kept in view is to decide the size of the door shutter for the room as it should have little lesser depth than other doors of the house to accommodate the thickness of the profile fixed in the doorway. Otherwise, you may have to remove the door shutter and cut it by a few mm at the bottom.
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                    Re : Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design

                    Top 10 home decorating mistakes

                    Home decoration is a very important thing, and our home should reflect our taste and personality. But we are making some common home decorating mistakes that may make our home look messy. Here are listed some common home decorating mistakes that can help you to avoid it in your home.

                    Furniture arrangement: Wrong placed furniture is a big mistake that makes your home cluttered and messy. Placing a large sofa in a small room is a big mistake that makes your room over crowded. Small side table with a big sofa also doesn’t look nice. Before purchasing furniture measure the room, too big furniture does not look nice in a small room. If you choose small pieces of furniture for a big room you have to choose more pieces that may make room cluttered.

                    Clutter and disorganization: Too much decoration makes your room cluttered and looks disorganized. Placing too much expensive accessories in living room make it cluttered. Choose selected accessories for your room to make it alive and beautiful. Also avoid too much toys in kids room to decorate it, it may be difficult for you to organize your kid’s room.

                    Match too much: We are not suggesting too matching furniture and furnishings. Too much matching décor make the room look dull. Matching sofa, curtains, rugs and lampshade it means completely matching room can actually appear cluttered. Do not decorate your room look like there is only one color and one style is there. It is a big mistake to avoid in your home.

                    Improper Lighting: Improper lighting is another big mistake which we are doing in our house. If a room is too dark then it gives sad feeling and if it is too bright then it is too hard to look at. Kitchen needs task lighting because we perform different tasks in kitchen. Bright light in bedroom and dull light in study room also needs change. Add task lighting, table lamps or floor lamps in study room even though there is over head lighting fixture. Do not ignore bathroom lighting, it is important to have proper light in each room. Read home lighting tips to know which light is suitable for rooms.

                    Too many cables: Is your home is well decorated but there are so many cables on floor? Undressed cables not only make your room cluttered, but it is also a fire hazard. Use cord covers to hide the cables or you can attach the cables to the back of the furniture.

                    Flooring and Rugs: Choose flooring wisely otherwise it may harm you or need changes after you complete the home construction. A slippery floor in bathroom and kitchen makes it dangerous. Carpet in dining room is too hard to clean. White color floor in kitchen is too hard to clean and shine. Little rugs in a big room and wall to carpet in bedroom don’t look nice.

                    Too much decoration and pictures: Too much of decorative pieces can make your home look cluttered and messy. Do not put too many paintings, sculptures and cushions in room. Some times single decorative piece is sufficient for room decoration. A big sculpture in bedroom and too many small sculptures in living room make room messy.

                    Stylish furniture but not comfortable: Buying stylish furniture without thinking about how comfortable it is; is a common mistake. Just think about stylish sofa that gives you backache. Modern dining with uncomfortable chairs only decorate your room, you may not take your meal there. A stylish study chair should not be your choice. Comfortable and durable furniture should be your choice.

                    Curtains: Curtains are very common problem in house decoration. The most common problems are too short or hung too low curtains. Buy curtains longer rather than short otherwise it looks cheap. Curtain style and design should match room decoration style; cotton curtain in modern room and window blinds in traditional room looks cheap.

                    Themed Room: Themed room may be your choice, but a themed living room or dining room is a big decorating mistake. A themed kid room will look beautiful, but a soft theme like fairy theme in girl’s room and cartoon theme in boy’s room will be a great choice. Too bright theme in kids room can make this room messy.
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                      Re : Its Now the Turn of Fine Home Design

                      Looking up to the fifth wall

                      Ceilings are no longer the plaid plain spaces hanging over an impressive decor. These are now the new canvas to display your creativity. Check out some ceiling styles that are rocking the home designs these days

                      2013 is the year of design and colour. It stands for vibrance and variety in décor and interiors. Designers are coming up with collection of ideas quiet unheard of before and the best part is that all of these are workable and have been widely accepted.

                      When we talk about the role of ceilings in home décor, a very familiar picture strikes our mind — a picture showing flat and white space stretched over the length and breadth of rooms.

                      Ceilings have always been ignored while planning interiors but now this area is emerging as a vital component of interiors. Interior designers and architects have come up with a clever terminology to break the décor — myth of “white evergreen ceilings with handsome walls”, by renaming ceiling as the fifth wall. This expression has changed the way people look at ceilings now and has given enough food for an image makeover.

                      PLATTER OF OPTIONS

                      Ceiling design has given a new dimension to home spaces. The main elements to play with rhis space are the basic structural look and the use of colours and textures on it. There are many options available in both of these depending on the project status, the budget and of course personal preferences. Here are types or choices available to play with the ceiling design:

                      Dropped ceiling: The drop in the ceiling level is picking up like wild-fire in new house projects. These flat ceilings with bulk heads are a perfect way to carve a specific niche for a special purpose and provide a great sound and energy control. The bulk heads are further highlighted with ceiling lights and colours.

                      Cove ceiling: This has round concave curves at the entrance of hallways to create a continuous effect. A cosmetic makeover with clean lines and beautiful curves, it brings out the feminine persona of the place. These compliment the creative tinge in a living space perfectly.

                      TRAY CEILING

                      As the name suggests these are built to take the shape of a common tray with a certain depth which actually adds more space to the room. These start at the standard height with a deep cut upwards. The tray can be done in steps vertically or with angles with each step done in specific colours different from the larger spread of the tray. These are the most appealing of ceiling ideas and are more commonly used in open spaces of drawing or dining areas.

                      BEAM CEILING

                      This type of ceiling stands out for its rugged-look and unmanaged appeal. The flat white ceilings are covered with equidistant beams, generally of wood. These wooden veneers can be stained with dyes after an instant-aging application and to exude a rustic appeal. The unfinished wood or bamboo add a tropical touch to the chic interiors done with well-lined furniture and floral upholstery. The idea brings the old barn appeal to life, though the option of polished mahogany beams is not untouched.

                      FUN WITH FUNDAMENTALS

                      -Now, with all the knowledge at your disposal and so many avenues to explore one needs to be well-equipped with the basics of the game. Here are some power-capsules which will aid your imagination to be more realistic.

                      -Height-factor: The ground rule common in designer circles clearly states "the more the space, the higher the ceiling". This is a very useful tip as the reverse can lead to maddening image.

                      Colour-factor: The ability of colours to convey special meanings is even more pronounced in terms of ceilings so choose with care.

                      Architectural cues: Ceiling should be in tune with the predominant trims and details of the building. The rhythm can be enhanced by adding curves at the right corners at different levels. This play of patterns is like a live drama and makes the place more happy and contended.

                      COFFERED CEILING

                      These remind one of the checker board with ceiling beams constructed in horizontal and vertical lines covering the entire length. These are generally covered with sheetrock and are given a normal finish. The traditional appeal can be further accentuated by working with the checkerboard as the coffers can be layered. The tip is to use subdued colours for the base and whites for the coffers. These are generally good for living room area, but have also been experimented in the kitchens. These are a little heavier on the pocket and hence are yet to find widespread popularity.

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