Gone are the days when artists struggled to find patrons. Today, the world of design is dominated by art of various types. Interior designers, across cultures talk about fusing décor with modern paintings. If you have the thirst for collecting art, you may have started long time ago. Exhibiting art in the right sense is not something everyone is blessed with. Interior designers can help you showcase paintings that are worth thousand words.
The ‘art and soul of the room
Interior designers say, wall art matters the most in home decor. We plan the entire layout most of the times and leave out the art element. In reality, this should be the other way around. If choosing a colour scheme is daunting, you can pick the art you love the most and plan your colours based on it. Decorating the room with a few prominent shades from the splash of colours on the walls can add both life and texture to the space. Also, bare walls look complete if you design a look with art as the focal point. So whether you are styling on a budget or investing big time in art for your home, you must remember that art is visually appealing and overtakes everything in the room.
Indian Art — the masterpiece in a room
If you think choosing the perfect art is difficult, you can look for something traditional and elegant. The Indian art market is steadily appreciating with every passing year. Intricate paintings, with ornate work and motifs successfully compliment a myriad of furnishings and Indian accents. Indian art is a perfect blend of art work and design concepts. Online stores can offer a plethora of options with prints and creative photographs which can be artistically framed. Colourful history of civilization, sculptures and deities are a few art pieces that can add a traditional touch to your office or home interiors. Tapestry art and vintage mirrors can be perfect masterpieces that reflect your taste and style.
Your art – The window to your personality
A room with relaxing art is best to soothe your senses and calm your nerves. The natural elements in landscape paintings showcase the beauty of colour and are inspiring. Mountains, valleys, rivers, beautiful flowers and the colours in the sunset that are inspired by nature can revive and refresh any room. You must ensure you stir clear from paintings that portray natural calamities and poverty stricken people. Likewise, a large life like portrait of a famous personality or an ancestor is not something you want to display in the room where you usually relax after a long day’s work. A bright and vibrant dose for paintings can never go wrong. What you pick for your room will certainly reflect your personality and style.
August 29, 2018 by Thachcher
Closet space is something we all wish we had more of. Whether you are a shopaholic or one of those ‘I buy only what I need’ types, you have to admit that having as much closet space as you would like would be like a dream come true. Imagine you have all the space for your clothes and your accessories! It would be a joy just to look into the closet and see the various sections within with neatly arranged items of clothing and other essentials.
But alas! Not all of us are blessed with ample space in our rooms to fit our spoils of retail therapy. So, here we are talking about what we can do with the space we have to accommodate our fashion choices.
For the Millennial
A simple wardrobe or a waist high chest of drawers will more than suffice to house the casual clothes and the bare essentials that a typical millennial would need and use. Especially considering the fact that most millennials live in small apartments with barely enough room and generally also have room mates.
For the Busy Bee
If you are someone who is all work and no play, then you barely have any time to indulge in diverse fashion choices and chances are that you have more formal clothing than anything else. And for that you will need a full-length cupboard that has enough room to hang your jackets and suits. With latest design trends you can even have double-racked hanging in the same closet with the pull-down system that allows you to reach the higher shelf easily.
For the Couples
Often, we find that couples who live together, whether you are married or not, fight over the amount of closet space available. In this situation it is best not to share the same piece of furniture to house your garments as it can become very difficult to demarcate a well-defined space for each member of the couple. Therefore, it falls upon the couple to invest in separate pieces of furniture so that there are no unnecessary arguments over who takes up more closet space.
For the Traveller
If you are someone who barely spends any time at home, things that concern the normal individual with the average live-at-home lifestyle would not bother you. Things like closet space or design of the closet space would barely matter. Since, most of your life you live out of a suitcase, it can be quiet handy to have multiple small pieces of furniture, like many chests of drawers, where you can pair up your clothing and set a certain number of pairs in each drawer in such a way that every time you travel, you know exactly what goes where and how many pairs to pack. It also makes doing the laundry a lot easier, as a bonus.
August 14, 2018 by Thachcher
Home Interior Colour Trends for 2018
Vibrant looking interiors with a catchy colours and a statement wall exudes an inspirational feel and creates an extraordinary look to your space, but is that all. Choosing a colour is not easy. We need to plan with forethought before we decide on a colour for a room. The burning hot colours trending this year will certainly give your home a new look.
Blue – The all-time favourite
How often do we say to ourselves, ‘anything blue is indeed beautiful’? Blue is the most versatile colour which signifies calmness. As a colour that can never go out of style, blue has several shades and textures that you can play with. You can pair it up with various complimentary shades to liven up a room. You can make the most of blue by looking at what combinations will go well with blue. A light blue can enlarge a room, while a dark blue with bright pops of other colours can give it a rich n warm look. Royal prints in ornate designs and furnishings in blue will be the look of the year.
The soothing green
Green symbolises nature and exudes positivity and energy. Choosing a relaxing green paint for your walls will help you unwind better. A soft neutral green will give you a feel of being surrounded with greenery. You can mix it with blue or grey for a cool space. Interior designers always talk about green as a colour that promotes health and freshness with utmost tranquility. For a tropical home decor you can bring in the greens in. The earthy tone, green with grey and the emerald green with cherry red is making a comeback this year.
Black decor with contrasting greys
While black decor is for a rich look, when interspersed with greys it can give a subtle elegance. We are aware that grey is the most drabbest colour in the pallete. However, when paired with the bold black, greys can be visually appealing. It can add a style of luxury to the interior decor., Browns , beige and half-whites can also be used as base for black furniture, rugs and accents. Also, you cannot go wrong with patterned wallpaper in grey with striking black and white interiors.
Go gold with mustard yellow
Mustard yellow is indeed a catchy colour. You can add a pop of mustard with doses of other complimentary colours to get the desirable look. Decorating in yellow is not an easy task but with a unique blend of patterns and textures, yellow can certainly stand out. Mustard can go well with a lot of colours so the choices you have is umpteen. White and grey with a blend of teal can create a perky look to your space.
Colour in home décor is everything. Colour brightens up any space. Interior designers all over, believe in the power of colours that can make or break your interiors.
July 30, 2018 by Thachcher
Things to Keep in Mind when Designing a Children’s Bedroom
Whether you are a set of parents looking to welcome a new member into your family or a set of grandparents looking forward to welcoming your grandchildren home, the bedrooms used by children have certain requirements and there should be no compromise concerning the youngest members of your family.
While most of us opt to ease our decision making by allowing more functionality, by often converting a spare bedroom to accommodate the young ones, it can help greatly with the growth of the child if they dwell in the right kind of environment.
Key Factors To Kids Bedroom Design
Therefore, there are some key factors that need to be kept in mind when deciding on what goes into your child’s bedroom. Of course, this applies more to long term residences than short stints in one place because, as we all know, finances are better spent for other things when moving from one place of residence to another, whether to another city or another part of the same city.
Below are a few elements of a bedroom that are instrumental in the functionality and theme of your child’s bedroom.
To begin with, the bed is by far the most important element of a bedroom, hence the name. While a race car bed or a Star Wars fighter bed can really excite a seven-year-old, it will lose its relevance as your child grows older. The same goes for bunk beds. These can come in handy when you have more than one child to accommodate in a single room, but for a more permanent and long-term scenario, it is better to have wooden beds that can serve as decent furniture for young adults as well. What can be done to bring in an element of fun to the beds, is by using bedsheets with cartoon or comic themes. This way, the young ones will enjoy their bed as well as have an appropriate bed later in life as well.
Every child needs a desk in their room, whether to study, do homework or try their hand at some creative activity. While the size of the desk is a factor of the space available in the room, it is still important to have a large enough desk to accommodate a laptop or home computer and have additional desk space to write and place books on. Sometimes in the limited space available, it might be hard to place such a large desk within the room and in such situations, you can opt for wall mounted desks which can be hinged on to the wall and can be folded away when not in use.
The Play Area
While not all rooms have sufficient space to house a separate play area, it will come in handy when raising your child. This can just be some open space within the room or space can be created by stowing away a murphy bed. Either ways, this space can later be used for other purposes as the child grows.
July 25, 2018 by Thachcher
Sofa So Good
Can you imagine a living room without a sofa? It just wouldn’t feel right would it? Sofas are an integral part of living room furniture and can sometimes be accommodated even in large and spacious bedrooms. Sofas often form the centrepiece of most living rooms and have a huge impact on the ambience since most of them are large and voluminous pieces. That being said, it should go without saying that you must be careful when deciding on the right type of sofa for your need. Given below are a few popular types of sofas and suggestions as to where you can best use each type.
July 11, 2018 by Thachcher
The Right Kind of Wall
Walls are a critical component of any architectural structure as they form an integral part of the support structure for every type of building. There are primarily two types of walls – external and internal – external walls are used for demarking the inside from the outside, whereas internal walls are used to cordon off spaces within the structure in order to create internal rooms. While external walls serve a more functional purpose and are restricted in terms of design, internal walls are unconfined by such design limitations. There are a multitude of ways in which an internal wall can be designed, whether it is a half wall or a full wall or any other sort of wall. Here are some of the techniques you can use to elevate an otherwise blank wall.
There are so many colors to choose from when painting a wall, from warm hues to undertones and bold and vibrant colors. There is absolutely no dearth for choice when deciding on a color for a wall. In most situations wall color is chosen according to the theme of the décor within the space. While this can bring a much-welcomed flow to the design of the space, sometimes it can be a little too predictable. So it can help to bring in different elements of color throughout the entire structure.
Wallpaper can add a lot of life to the living space. Although it was first created as a cheaper means to adorn a wall than paint, it has now become a go to solution for unique and vibrant designs and luscious patterns of vivid colors.
Texturing a wall can be another way of improving the overall feel of the room. Walls with wooden panels – often called wainscoting – or the use of stone or exposed brick can bring a rustic feel to the space and vastly improve the charm of the space. The use of stone and exposed brick as a design for a wall in combination with wooden or parquet flooring can bring in elements of class and chic and can vastly improve the ambience of a space.
For the more artistic ones there is a unique option of having your wall painted like you would a canvas. Wall art is a trending phenomenon and is all the rage. One can opt for designer wall art for a classy look or simple but vibrant art for a more youthful and fun appeal.
And as colors and textures go, you can even choose to create an accent wall where one wall in the room is a unique color or texture as compared to all the other walls in it. Having an accent wall helps bring the focus of the room onto the wall and can help in creating either a much-needed break in the flow of design or help in creating zones within a space.
June 29, 2018 by Thachcher
The flow of design in your home
While design in general may have set guidelines and principles, an individual’s taste and style are broad and unique. Taste and style are determined by a person’s exposure and experience to various things in life, including travel, lifestyle, attitude, etc.
Then it becomes evident that every individual has a unique approach of expressing themselves in the way they dress, carry themselves and even decorate their homes.
Each of these things is determined by the individual’s identity and outlook. And the environment we create for ourselves plays a vital role in determining how content we are.
The Effect of Flow
This is where the flow of design comes into effect. A haphazard display of items, colors or textures in a home with no proper fluidity or transition from one room to another can make for an unpleasant and jarring sight. The décor of your home is highly influenced by the functional requirement and the individual style that you choose.
Some people prefer wide, open spaces with a lot of natural light while others may prefer cozy and warm spaces with ambient lighting. Whatever your preference is, there must be cohesiveness to the various elements of design and décor within your home. It is not sufficient to just decorate each room with a different theme.
Each room within your home cannot be treated as individual islands while designing the interiors; rather they must be viewed as a collection of spaces that are intertwined with the core of what your home means to you.
If you have a certain theme going on for your home, it should be noted that too much of a certain theme can make your home look gaudy and lackluster. It is wise to have a break between rooms in the propensity to stick to a certain theme. Alternating patterns or using different flooring for different rooms can give a much needed fluidity of movement from one room to another. Creating zones within rooms also improves the overall ambience and can elevate the feel of the setting. Whatever your style maybe, it is important to keep in mind certain design principles while doing the interiors of your home. If you are not familiar with these principles, it is best to make use of an interior designer who can help guide you and transform your vision into a reality.
A lot of us may be tempted to go all out with our creativity but it is prudent to keep in mind that there are some creative guidelines that we must follow to create a cohesive atmosphere within our homes. A fine example of this can be the coordination between the furniture, the flooring and the walls.
June 19, 2018 by Thachcher
5 Ways To Liven Up Your Living Space
Are you bored of seeing the same old things in your home? Do you need ideas for rejuvenating the life of a room in your home? Well here are some fun, creative and inexpensive ways to improve the décor in your living environment. We show you our very own creations, using these elements
Ask any interior designer and he/she will tell you that the use of mirrors and other reflective surfaces improves the way light disperses into a space. With the abundance of light that a room derives from the use of mirrors, polished metallic surfaces and other such materials, the ambience is brightened up and presents a more wholesome feel. Here, you can literally see the room space double with the grand big mirror rested against the wall.
Be it wool, hair on hide, natural fiber, Persian or any other type, a rug or carpet can really vitalize any given space. A colorful piece of fabric on the floor to throw into contrast sober furniture or untextured walls can improve the visual appeal of a room, especially a living or dining room. Rugs and carpets can also be used to designate areas within a room to mark a boundary to a space which serves any required function. And what is even better is that rugs and carpets can even be draped over walls! This method of using them can serve as a work of art that can drastically improve the interiors of your home.
In this room, we used a big, heavy rug like carpet to add a hint of contrast in the form of a lighter shade to these dark brown cupboards.
Art is an expression. Whether it is done by a seasoned artist or a DIY project, art can be used to bring to life a wall or sometimes even an entire room depending on the size of the piece. Effective use of art can really do wonders to improve the aesthetic appeal of the space it is used in. Art can even be done directly on a wall which brings us to our next tip. This light and bright design concept of ours used the help of framed pop art posters as well as a more dignified artwork to balance the interiors and make them pack a punch!
4. Utilizing colors effectively on your walls
Changing the color of a wall to match new furniture or to accentuate existing furniture can make a huge difference and energize an otherwise bleak setting. Bright colors and the use of more than one color on a wall will definitely improve the charm of a room. As you can see in our interior work here, we used contrasting colours in a muted set-up to keep the elegance and still be impactful.
5. Placing Plants
Plants can really help liven up a room by bringing a bit of nature into your home. Creative placement of plants can be used to raise the attractiveness of a room that they are placed in. If the use of indoor plants is too much of a hassle for you, you can even use faux plants that are very easy to maintain and clean. In this project we used small, miniature plants in pretty white and neutral colour pots to add some life to the cool blue interiors.
And there you have it, 5 easy ways to liven up your living space.
June 1, 2018 by Thachcher
The Kitchen Work Triangle – What, Where & How?
In the backdrop of the ever-expanding demand for modern housing and the corresponding lack of space, it has become exceedingly important and relevant for architects and interior designers to make efficient use of the available space. The kitchen is one of the most often used rooms in our homes,, second sometimes only to our bedrooms, the need for efficient and optimal layout and design has become a key consideration in present times. And the most important aspect to keep in mind when doing this is intelligently planning out the KITCHEN WORK TRIANGLE.
What is it you ask?
As we all know, the most often used interior components of a kitchen are the sink, cooktop or stove and the refrigerator. The theoretical lines between the spaces occupied by these components form the kitchen work triangle.
Most modern residential kitchens are single user kitchens and therefore are planned accordingly. There are a number of layouts for a kitchen and the most commonly used layouts are as follows:-
One Wall/Pullman Kitchen – as the name suggests, all appliances in this type of kitchen layout are placed along the same wall and as such, it becomes impossible to form a kitchen work triangle.
Galley Kitchen – This kitchen type is the most efficient in terms of utilization of space. This layout is characterized by two countertops on either side of a walkway. Here, you will find that two components of the kitchen work triangle or along one wall and comprise part of the same countertop and the third is on the other. Most open kitchens use this layout as it provides for a very lean flow of movement.
L-shaped Kitchen – This layout also makes use of two countertops although, they are connected to each other in such a way that they form an L-shape or a right angle. Here, the corner spaces are also made use of and can sometimes become a little more complicated and expensive in trying to make the best use of space.
U-shaped/Horseshoe Kitchen – This type of kitchen layout is basically a galley kitchen which also has third countertop that connects the two other countertops on either side of the walkway. Here one countertop is always against a wall and the other two countertops can be enclosed by walls or be left open to more than one side and can thus accommodate more than one cook. This kitchen layout can accommodate the most number of different combinations for a kitchen work triangle and are generally used in larger spaces.
Kitchen Islands & Peninsulas – The use of kitchen islands & peninsulas in conjunction with any of the above layouts can also help in maximizing the efficiency of space and movement within the kitchen. They are generally used in larger kitchens and provide for more counter space and easier definition of multiple kitchen zones if planned and used effectively.
How to best plan a kitchen work triangle?
There are many things to take into consideration when planning out your kitchen layout. And to best utilize the space available for any given requirement, there are certain factors to keep in mind. Some of them are listed below as follows:-
Measurements – As we have read above, the kitchen work triangle is made up of the imaginary lines drawn between the stove, refrigerator and sink. Keeping these three appliances as vertices of that triangle, there is an optimum range of measurements that determine the length of each side or in more accurate terms, the distance between each of these appliances. The distance between these three appliances should be within 4 to 9 feet and the total length of the path covered by these three appliances should be between 13 and 26 feet.
Space – Most kitchens in apartments range from 50sqft. to over 200 sqft., depending on the type of project and the appropriate square footage that has been designated for the kitchen area. Taking into account the measurement parameters given above the kitchen work triangle must be structured in such a way that the flow of movement should be unhindered.
Walls – The number of walls available within the space allocated for a kitchen plays a vital role in determining the layout of the kitchen and thereby, the kitchen work triangle.
Numbers of cooks – Most home kitchens are used by just one cook and thus have given rise for some interior designers that have optimized a handful of different layouts which make the best use of space.
April 27, 2018 by Thachcher
Who doesn’t like a clean, dust-free home?
Dust floating around in our vicinity can be a potential health hazard with allergies and asthmatic symptoms that can
make breathing difficult and can cause several respiratory diseases. While outdoor pollution is a grave concern,
research has proved that indoor air quality is also important for good health.
Listed below are 9 smart ways to get rid of dust, giving you a moment to breathe.
Keep your floor spotless
Cleaning your floor on a regular basis can keep dust levels low. For effective cleanup, vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters can be used. Dust mites on the floor can be instantly tackled by mopping it clean daily. One should ensure the crevices between the floor tiles is also maintained well.
Tiny dust particles, mold, dust mites and dander can be kept under control by regularly mopping the floor. Microfiber cloth removes dust effectively and can be used dry or wet on dusty surfaces.
No to at home smoking
Smoking indoors is never a good idea, especially with others around, this can contribute to passive smoking. A house
contaminated with smoke can be a health hazard. Smoking on the balcony or terrace is a better option.
Homemade air fresheners
Indoor air quality can be improved naturally by using homemade air fresheners and simmer pots. Infusing your home with essential oils can be more natural in comparison to the fragrances available in the market. While the ready to use sprays give your home a clean and fresh feel, they have harmful chemicals which can be detrimental to health.
Houseplants – a breath of fresh air
Indoor plants can be both decorative and can significantly improve the quality of the air you breathe. Peace lily, English ivy, rubber and bamboo plants are known to remove toxic agents and harmful gases present in your home. Houseplants are easy to grow and have air cleaning abilities.
Maintain your appliance
Electric appliances generate harmful gas, if not serviced regularly. Planned maintenance for safe and efficient usage is important. While periodic maintenance ensures your appliance does not emit gas detrimental to health, it also extends its life.
A dust free home is impossible to achieve. Regular cleaning can definitely keep the dust levels down. However, a deep cleansing process is essential to ensure you are free from dust allergens. Bedding, furnishing and tall furniture pieces often get overlooked. These can be cleaned up effectively with a damp microfiber cloth.
Choose paints carefully
Paints used for walls are associated with respiratory illnesses due to the volatile organic compounds in them. .The VOC paints contain toxic chemicals which can be a health hazard. Thus, it is important to pick good quality paints for your interiors.
Keep windows open
The dust level in the house minimises when you keep the windows open in the day. Asthma, allergies and respiratory
problems arise with increasing indoor dust in both children and adults. Eliminating dust can prevent dust allergy
reactions. Sunlight and ventilation go hand in hand in keeping dust levels low. Healthy air means a healthy, happy
Using an air purifier with HEPA filters ensures removal of dust particles even before they can get the chance to settle
down and accumulate. Research has proved that the filters are effective in reducing indoor dust which can trigger long-term allergies. So invest in one and keep your home dust-free.
March 6, 2018 by Thachcher