Category: home design
We, Indians, love opulence and drama in every possible theme. May it be our movies or our novels, we dig for everything grand and larger than life. But when it comes to enjoying a meal with folks, we prefer a soothing ambience with an easy-on-the-eyes setup. A meal is a time when we open our hearts to loved ones, no matter where we are. It serves as a bonding medium for generations to come together and exchange stories and experiences. Why settle for a drab table setting when the conversation is so interesting? So make every meal a wonderful experience by setting up a table. Regardless of what you are serving, let the table decorations add glory to every cuisine. Add drama to the table with little trinkets.
1. Chalk Out a Plan!
Before you take out all your cutlery and serveware, give your table 5 minutes. Observe your dining table and understand how it can act like the epicentre of the meal that you are hosting. Create a mental plan to ensure that every person feels comfortable with it. If you are hosting a soiree, then ensure that you have enough space on the table to place everything you want, without having to move things around at each course.
2. A Subtle Centrepiece
Every table deserves a story! Plan out your table setting around a brilliantly curated centrepiece. Give your table a conversation starter by placing a centrepiece in the middle. If you have a huge dining table, then you can always go for two pieces. For a small-size table, you can go for a longer-than-usual centrepiece to save on surface area. You can play around with flowers, candles, lanterns, mason jars, and much more. For authentic Indian style setup, use tea lights and brass accessories wrapped in colourful strips of cloth. You can also place a long strip of a mirror in place of a table runner and top it with tea lights and wooden animal figurines.
3. Story of Crockery and Cutlery
Placement of cutlery and crockery plays a very important role. This not only nurtures table etiquettes but also helps you in maintaining a clean setup. Cultivate a habit of using separate plates for mains and bread or chapatti to ensure that the bread does not get soggy. Introduce table napkins to the whole setup to eliminate the possibility of accidental spillage. Dress up these napkins with eye-catching holders. You can also tie these napkins with dry bamboo grass or ribbons. When it comes to spoons and forks, always ensure that every plate is partnered with an adequate number. If you are serving Indian cuisines, then you need to place a couple of spoons beside a plate. In case of continental, place a set of forks, spoons and a knife. The type of crockery and cutlery you pick will itself make a big difference to your table setting. You can use authentic copper and brass plates and utensils to give an authentic Indian feel, or you can choose very colourful ceramic plates to give a bohemian personality to your dinner party. When it comes to cutlery and utensils, the choices are endless.
4. Little Shiny Trinkets
To maintain a theme on a table, you can introduce little trinkets. These trinkets should blend in the whole set up but also maintain distinct identities. You can have metal birds holding salt and pepper shakers or a thin stone slab with napkins placed under a glass goldfish.
5. Mismatched Table Settings
Sometimes the beauty is in not trying too hard! You can create a very easy relaxed yet chic table setting by mixing and matching a plethora of colours and design styles. This dash of colour will show your individualism and will also create an easy going, fun mealtime.
6. For those Formal Dinners
Some dinners are very formal, for example, calling your or your spouse’s boss for dinner or having your mother-in-law eat in your new home for the first time. We recommend that you keep the table settings at such times simple, timeless and elegant. For one, it will showcase you as a sophisticated host or hostess who has great taste and also if you keep it simple, you can achieve more without adding even more stress to yourself for this important occasion. We suggest you go with elegant white laze napkins, high-end dishware in classic pastel colours and some simple flowers for the centrepiece.
There are so many benefits of using handmade carpet. For knowing the benefits, you can read my previous articles. In this article, I am going to tell you the perfect and creative ways to use an area rug for enhancing the beauty of a home and making it more attractive.
Layered rug: This is the latest trend of using a handmade area rug in a home. There are so many ways to use this method. Do you want to know that what is a layered rug? Layered rug means to place one carpet on top of another carpet but the thing is the below carpet should be bigger than the upper carpet. For creating the layers you can make the combination of designer carpet with plain carpet or you can also use the different material carpet like wool carpet on jute carpet etc. It will provide extra coziness to your home. This method is suitable for the living area where you can create a focal point.
Small Rug on Staircase: If you have a problem to measure the exact size of your stair then this is the best method to use for the staircase. Take small rugs which have similar design and color combination. If you don’t find it at any store then you can also customize your rug and place these on every step of a stair.
Joint room together: You can use a handmade runner for combining two rooms in a single theme. You should use all carpets in your home in similar color combination otherwise it will not look good. You can also place a beautiful handmade runner at your entryway to living area. So that if anybody enters in your home then you can impress him quickly by your living style.
Wall Hanging: Wall hanging is another way to use a handmade area rug. It is used to decorate your room wall. For the wall hanging you can take a medium size carpet or small carpets. So you can easily add the carpet on the wall.
Decorate floor: Using a handmade area rug on a floor is depends on the way to use handmade carpet. You can place the whole furniture on the carpet or only the front leg on the carpet. If you have already handmade carpets then use it according to the size of carpet. For Example, you can put your furniture on a carpet if you have a large size rug. If you have small carpet then you can place it in front of your bed or between the furniture in your living room. If you have a circular carpet then you can place it in your entryway or for the dining room or coffee table. You can also use a handmade area rug for the prayer room because it is woven in natural fabrics.
Once you get your own home, there is an excitement to get to the decoration and furnishing part done. All you want to do is paint the walls your favourite colours and add trendy popular furniture items. However, there are few basic décor rules you should follow if you want your home décor to flow.
Here are a few decorating mistakes to avoid.
There is nothing wrong with having a passion for modern and strange decorations and furniture items. It is when you are no longer happy with what you have designed that becomes a problem. This could be due to the lack of functionality an item has or the types of colours and themes are outdated.
Choosing the paint colour before getting your furniture could be a mistake. Your furniture is the focal point in your home. The colour should only be chosen once you have found your favourite and most comfortable furniture. Choosing a colour first will limit the styles of furniture to choose from.
Not measuring the size of the room is another mistake. Everything should be proportional in your house to ease the perfectionist in you. Before purchasing an item at a furniture store, measure the space where it will be placed. This will help you choose the correct sized furniture and keep the room spacious.
It is okay to keep the lounge suite the same style but it might be overwhelming to you to see a constant colour or type of wood throughout a single room. There should be contrasting objects that lighten the room and create an elegant and modern aura.
There are some people that have an obsession with collecting strange items. That’s fine as long as you have an allocated space for these collections. Having strange looking furniture like high tables can also be wasting the space you need for dining room tables. Practicality is important when decorating your home.
Avoid cluttering the room. You might love all your indoor plants, vases and figurines but there will be a point when it becomes too much for one room. Decorations should be there to create a beautiful appearance and not fill up as much space as possible.
Using uncomfortable chairs in the dining room simply because they are the latest trend can be a mistake. They might be the new fad and a must-have item but it’s important to test the quality and comfort levels so that you won’t regret the purchase one day.
It is important to match the size of the lounge suite with the proportions of the room. This is where measuring, depth and entryways need to be considered. If the lounge suite is too big it will take up unnecessary space and cause discomfort.
Most people start cringing as the time to begin house painting draws near. Artistic expression and creative liberty take a back seat, all the planned ideas start seeming impractical, and what stays afore is the laborious task at hand.
A single mistake can render futile – or at least take all the charm away. But, a smart man still looks ahead at the final result without dreading any careless mistake along the way, because he has at hand a few tips that help him work around any problems.
So when painting your home, don’t fear what may go wrong. Instead, wait eagerly for when it all turns out alright with these smart tips as your guide:
• Painting directly over oily, dirty, surfaces will prove to be fruitless as the paint will easily peel off. Clean grimy areas with a heavy-duty cleaner before painting to solve this problem.
• Mix a few cans of paint beforehand to maintain a consistent colour throughout the room. Opening a new paint can while in the middle of a wall might leave slightly varying shades of the colour. Mixing the same paints together eliminates the problem.
• Paint the trim before the walls and the ceiling. It’s easier to tape off the trim than it is to tape off the walls. While painting the trim, one doesn’t need to be neat either as the paint that gets onto the walls is covered later.
• A single coat of paint isn’t usually able to hide the underlying colour on the trim. To ensure a smooth finish, one must sand the trim before each coat of paint is applied.
• Avoid lap marks by rolling up to the full height of the wall and keeping a wet edge. Lap marks occur when one paints over a part that has partly dried already. Maintain a wet edge by reloading the roller often.
• Treat wall patches with prime and texture to avoid a blotchy finish. Wall patches absorb the paint and dull the surface. Primer seals the patches and blocks the paint from sinking in.
• For a perfect edge, let the paint dry before cutting the tape loose. Since paint forms a film between the tape and the wall, removing the tape also tears a little dried paint off the wall. To avoid this, slice through the film with a sharp knife when the paint is completely dry.
Over many years as an Interior Designer, what would be 3 major shifts in consumer preferences during that time?
One thing that comes to mind right away is the shift from stain grade cabinets to paint grade cabinets. White kitchens are back! Clients are trending more towards lighter and brighter over the red/orangey tones of the last decade. Flooring has changed quite a bit with more clients opting for LVP (luxury vinyl plank) throughout their house. LVP has come so far, and is now super durable, easy to maintain and looks crazy real. Thirdly, quartz countertops are now becoming the standard. I rarely spec granite anymore. Quartz is so easy to maintain vs granite and the colors and patterns that are available now mimic everything from natural marble to exotic granites.
What are some future ideas and predictions going forward? Any new trends that may be taking place in 2018/19 and beyond?
Natural woods are very popular right now: hand scraped, wide plank barn board flooring as well as overtly distressed furniture pieces. What is also starting to come forward in design is more of a traditional style again. Details on everything and the use of rich jewel tones are hot right now along with warm metal tones (yes brass is back but in an updated way!).
What are some of the challenges to face in helping customers realize their dream renovation?
A lot of clients are afraid to trust their style intuition. They often fight between their heart and their brain over what they want. Often, they are trying to force themselves to change color palettes or styles from their last house and sometimes its way out of their comfort zone. I always tell clients to listen to their gut. Their home is their sanctuary and they need to feel comfortable, relaxed and love being home.
Are there certain types of renovations that tend to bring the greatest value to the selling price of a home?
Kitchens, Ensuites and basement developments are always the spaces people use the most, therefore increase the value of your home. Those rooms are the ones potential home buyers are looking at predominately because they know those are the areas they will spend the most time in.
How does one get ideas or inspiration to help guide them when considering renovation options?
I will often suggest that clients send me photos of homes, rooms, styles, products that they find on home décor sites. Often clients don’t know what their style is, so if they can show me pictures of things they like, then I can usually understand them better. Visiting showhomes is also an excellent way to find inspiration and new ideas.
Redecorating your home is an essential task and a lot of people fret about it because it is also something which requires splurging on a large-scale if you are thinking of a complete makeover.
Colours play a vital role in everyone’s life and no one in the world is skeptical about it or have a conflicting thought. Well, when you want to make a change in your home and want to be playful with colours, it’s important to know the colour psychology as few of them are vivacious and energetic while others may be cool and calm and relaxing.
Here we are going to discuss about the ways you can bring in colours to you life…
1. Give your walls a life
Adding vibrancy in your room is always a great option to bring in a beautiful positive aura into your space. One of the trendy ways of doing it could be focussing on just a single wall and giving it a complete transformation while keeping the rest in simple tones. Just adding a beautiful floral pattern or a cheeky colourful wallpaper to one of the walls in your room can shift the focal point in no time. You can choose either bold and contrasting colour theme or a subtle colour palette depending upon your personal preference.
2. Giving your nook or alcove a desired splash
Why not splash your reading or resting sessions with amazing rainbow colours for a unique and creative look and feel. These places always catch the attention at first sight and you should be careful in choosing the right colour to give them a revamp in style.
3. Make good use of pillows and cushions in your living space
Nothing can come out more appealing than few strategically scattered pillows and cushions on your sofa or a chair. Try opting for a multicoloured floral patterned cushion or a pillow to entice in a vibrancy factor in your living space.
These cushions and pillows will bring in the comforting element while adding to the style quotient as well. Choose the right fabric depending upon the right season like for spring, it is recommended to go for linen or cotton as they allow the fabric to breathe.
4. Bringing in the nature is always a good idea
Natural plants and flowers are the best ways to inculcate the best of the colours into your decor. With spring season on the cards, try opting for seasonal flowers like tulips, daffodils and bluebells; three of the most common flowers to spruce up your indoor area. They will infuse the best of the colours while adding a touch of mother nature into your decor.
5. Add some colours to your floor as well
With the rest of the room being taken care of, it is now time to add some colours to your floor. The market is full of modern and designer rugs available in amazing colours to fill in your space with the best of the colours possible. Not just the colours, you have got an impressive range of designs and patterns which can add an x-factor to your room in no time.
Are you scared of color because you are scared of committing? Color is an effective way to bring personality, and create a focal point in your home’s spaces. Unexpected utilization of colors speaks volumes about your personal style as well as sets your home apart.
Decorating your space, in terms of color, shouldn’t be challenging. Actually, it’s as effortless as 60-30-10. If you look at some of the example rooms in a designer’s portfolio, or in magazines, you’ll confirm this to be true – most rooms are invariably divided in percentages of 60-30-10. So why is this the case? It’s because of the human tendency to view an overall theme in 60% hue, unifying the coloration, followed by 30% that entails visual interest while the remaining 10% adds some little spark.
When handling your home décor, you should divide them into these percentages:
- 10% of an accent color
- 30% of secondary color
- 60% of a dominant color
The following are some of the creative ways to add colors to your home décor:
1. Use Color to Get Emotional
Everyone associates colors with something they represent. For instance, red can represent warmth, yellow; the sun, blue; the sea and air, and green often represents trees. Generally, all these are considered to be emotional responses to color, compared to intellectual responses. Therefore, you can utilize the emotional associations to bring out their greatest effects within a space. You can do so by deciding on the emotional impact you desire in a room. Do you want it to be lively? If yes, then yellows and reds are the ideal choices. Do you desire subdued? If yes, then browns and blues are the best.
It’s really important to note is that the color you settle for ought to reflect the activities performed in its space. For instance, if it’s for rest, such as a family room or a bedroom, you need to settle for darker values of color which relate to restfulness such as browns, blues and greens.
2. Consider Contrast
High contrast spaces appear clearer as well as more defined compared to a space that includes low contrasts. A high contrast space is one that utilizes dark and light values of color in combination with light gold. Low contrast rooms, on the other hand, utilize sage green with saffron yellow. The golden rule is to use high contrast to improve your room’s formality and high contrast colors to introduce soothing qualities.
When paired, white and black are formal in appearance. They’re not like a tuxedo. Combining black and white is less of a color value and more of subtracting or adding light. However, white with beige boasts a low contrast coupled with a feeling of calmness. By combining black and white with gray, you’ll enjoy a low key atmosphere and it also helps to create a restful space.
3. Flow with Color
For you to create a color flow from a single room to another, all you need to do is select a color you use in one room and then restate it differently in an adjoining space. For instance, is your sofa green? You can utilize the same green for seat fabrics in your dining room. Utilize the color in smaller and larger degrees as you move around the home. The same green for the living room sofa, earlier mentioned, also applies to lampshades in your family room. You can also choose to place mats inside the kitchen.
4. Consider Adding Color to Your Furniture Pieces
Bold color choices are not restricted to walls. Therefore, why not jazz up your old furniture piece(s) that you might have fallen out of love with? For instance, you can paint your walls yellow, and then accent your furniture with pops of aqua. Regardless of your locale’s color, it’s possible to select colors that reflect the region you live in. The other painless way to select colors is by opting for seasonal color variations. Fall colors such as browns, russets, and mustard yellows will create a subdued and calm space that’s ideal for resting. On the other hand, spring colors tend to be more uplifting. Saffron yellow, lilac and pinks impart a fresh and naïve look to your room.
5. Consider Adding Some Mother Nature
Green plants, as well as flowering ones, usually add personality, fragrance, color, and great feelings to a living room. For those that lack a green thumb, they should ask a home center, or nursery, for recommendations of plants that need no or little care. If you are far from your home for long, you should settle for the incredible ones available in the market now. Look for great looking flowers, foliage and plants that only require dusting.
6. Have a Color Scheme
Choosing the right color scheme for your room can be challenging. Fortunately, there’s a way to simplify the process. You can do so by utilizing a color wheel, and then narrowing down your selection to two color schemes. Of course, there are more. However, the following are not only effective, but are also excellent places to start:
- Analogous color scheme – Rooms that utilize this color scheme are more muted, restful and casual when it comes to coloration.
- Complementary color scheme – Rooms that employ this color scheme offer a clear separation of colors.
7. Think about Seasonal and Local Colors
By studying past color schemes you’ll surely be able to create a room’s color by incorporating the already accepted color schemes.
When it comes to decorating a home, not everyone has the time and money to conduct a complete makeover. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative ways to pimp your home décor using colors. Employ the above strategies and you’ll certainly be able to transform the look and feel of your home. There’s no doubt about that.
Whenever you are up for decorating the nursery, you should know that there are few ideas that never grow old. In this article, I have made a list of five super cute ideas that you can use in the decoration of your home nursery. Have a look:
- Let’s Get Back to Pastels
There is nothing cuter than pastel colors so the first tip for today would be to set a theme of pastel colors for your home nursery. You can choose all mild tones of pink, green, blue, yellow and more. From the furniture to accessories, try to keep everything light in color. Keep in mind that the nursery should be soothing for the eyes of the baby so avoid any sharp colors.
- Wooden Accessories are Always a Good Idea
When we talk about decorating the nursery, we can’t forget about using wooden accessories. Try to choose the crib with a solid wood frame that can also be turned into a child’s bed as your baby grows up. You should also invest in some good wooden rocking chair for yourself such as a glider chair. A glider style rocking chair will make the nursery look simple and cute. The glider will also provide comfort to the parents for the long feeding sessions.
- Floral Designs are Super Cute
Yes, floral designs are super cute. Flowers are not meant for girls only; they can be used in the nursery for a boy as well. You can paint the walls with some nice floral print, or use the floral wall stickers as they will cost you less than paint. You can also use artificial flowers to decorate the nursery. They will make the nursery look perfect and the artificial flowers will stay the same even if the baby grabs them or plays with them.
- Try to Personalize the Nursery
Making your baby’s room more personalized is always a great idea. You can use funny bedsheets and glider slipcovers with cute prints to give a room more personality. Also, you can go for some funky curtains or get personalized curtains based on what you’d like your nursery to look. Other than the bedsheets and curtains, you can customize accessories like lamps. You can cover the lamps with some cool textured pieces of fabric so that it looks customized.
- Wall Art
Wall art is again a great idea. You can use different wall hangings or paintings that make the room look cute overall. If you don’t want to spend money on paintings or wall hangings, you can use large stickers too or fun pictures and paste them on the wall of the nursery.
Today I have decided to talk about the inside of my home renovations rather than the outside at this time. This will be a fairly short comment as we are only going to discuss the changes that we are now starting to see in our homes living room. To start our discussion off let us talk floors. Previously, the floors were covered with some sort of wooden laminate veneer however they were essentially ruined, likely as a result of the dog which was in the home with the previous tenants. An examination of the floors will reveal how some sections of the flooring were starting to buckle. This room, like all the other’s in the home stunk to high heaven and needless to say we did not spare the bleach and deodorizer when cleaning it. For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would allow their home to deteriorate as this one has. A house is usually one of your most costly investments therefore it should be carefully taken care of and preserved.
The living room, like all the rooms in the house was in dire need of painting, so we started out by painting the walls and the wood work. We decided on a shell color for the walls like all the rooms in the home would be painted. I liked the uniform look with all of the rooms being painted the same color. As you can imagine, I purchased the paint in five gallon containers rather than by the single gallon. It also provides a seamless transition from one room to another. For some reason, I dislike looking at corners of one room being a different color then the next. It just feels incomplete to me. In a similar manner, we painted all the woodwork in a dark brown to keep it looking the same in each room. The dark brown color gives the impression of a rich wood finish. Some items such as cabinets or doors were left in natural wood when possible in order to break up the color scheme a bit.
Speaking of paint, I don’t know if you have recently priced the cost of paint at stores like Lowes or not, but it has jumped sky-high now. Once we started the beautification program for this home we realized what was going to be involved in painting. It is not cheap to restore a home to its previously charming condition. The cost of paint is unbelievable. I went to Lowes in Seaford Delaware and purchased one five gallon bucket of paint for the walls and a single gallon of a darker color for the woodwork. Total cost was $175.99. Folks the amount was for only the paint. We had previously bought the brushes, rollers, etc. We finally ended up using a grand total of ten gallons of paint for the complete home. That’s two of the five gallon containers. Whoever said paint was cheap is grossly mistaken.
As we painted the living room wall we decided that it really did not matter if we got paint on the floor or not since the floor in the living room was in such a deteriorated condition. As a result of the poor condition of the floor the decision was made that it was best to install a carpet over it and believe me it certainly made a drastic difference in the mood of the room. We still need to put the floor transition strips in place once we get the kitchen area completed but slowly it is starting to look like home. All that is needed now is to add some of our furniture and accessories to the room. As you can imagine the change was unbelievable.
Pam, my wife still has to put her paintings on the wall and add some of her living room items to the area that she plans to use but that will come slowly as she continues to empty the boxes from storage. It certainly looks a group better than it did when we first moved in. I will see you another time with more updates and information.
Getting a small area around the house or the entire house to look bigger is possible by following some simple steps.
1. Repaint the ceiling or use a wallpaper to give the room a taller appearance
It doesn’t matter whether it is your living room, or your bedroom, repainting the ceiling or making use of wallpaper can make a room appear bigger. The trick is that a brightly painted ceiling tends to make you raise your brows upwards which make the room appear large and spacious.
2. Use light color paint on the walls
When the walls in a room are painted with dark colors, it makes the room seem a bit cozier due to that they absorb light. Whereas when the walls are painted with bright colors, it helps to make a room more spacious since light easily gets reflected around the room.
3. Ensure furniture’s aren’t placed closed to the wall
Creating space between the wall and furniture creates the illusion of a large room; this makes the room look more open unlike when you place them close to the wall which makes the area look cramped.
4. Use light colors on the floor also
Just like in the case of a brightly painted wall, a brightly colored floor also gives a room a spacious outlook. You can opt for a floor remodeling if you are up for it or simply just get a brightly colored rug or carpet.
5. Place shelves close to the ceiling to get people to look up.
You can make a small space look bigger by putting structures in place to draw the eye towards the ceiling. And one effective way you can achieve this is to hang a shelf close to the ceiling. It can be a book shelf or one with an array of decorations that are pleasing to the eyes.
6. Make use of large decorative accents
Accenting a room with large decorations such as tall vases or handcrafted items can get it to look large. This is because few large decorations in a room give it a detailed outlook unlike when you cramp it up with smaller decorations scattered here and there.
7. Go for furniture’s that makes a statement
So you want the living room to be a lot spacious to make room for air and light, a simple way to achieve this is to make use of a large couch instead of several small pieces which makes it look a lot cluttered.
8. Place a striped rug on the floor
This works perfectly in a small bedroom. Placing a striped rug like that of a zebra makes your room appear bigger.
9. Use color coding on shelves
Arranging items on shelves according to colors makes space looked structured and organized which ultimately gives the room a spacious appeal.
10. Improve a tiny bathroom with a clear shower curtain
You can give a small bathroom a spacious look by getting a brightly colored shower curtain.