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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Designing the Interiors for Small Spaces

Keep it minimal

With small house, the mantra should be to keep it minimal. You can’t afford to make the place look cluttered and clogged with an overload of belongings. Rather, the focus should be on to de-clutter the space and make it appear light, not heavy. When your space is less occupied, you can move or walk in properly and feel like living in a spacious setting. Why would you stuff the space with items when you know it can take up the same area you need for movement! This is why minimalism works, more so when you deal with space issues in the house.

Furniture with versatility in mind

Furniture does occupy a lot of space in the house. It often creates the visual sparks and elegance of the desired variety. More importantly, the big and bulky pieces not only stylize the area but give a feel of opulence. Sadly though, your small spaces won’t allow the freedom to go full-hog with the furniture of choice. So, you have to go for versatile pieces that serve dual purposes together and that you can double up and fold up to economize the space perfectly.

Subtle use of glass items

Glass is a kind of material that reflects light and make spaces appear bigger than they actually are. This is why some homeowners use it aptly more often than not in order to get the assumption of spacious rooms. Secondly, whatever glass items you have need to be placed strategically in order to deliver the results they are meant for. Never let them occupy areas in front of doors or near the window. You can also use paintings and wall units to get the same effect if you live in small spaces.

Use the colors sensibly

Nothing creates as much visual magic as colors do. If you knew how to harness their hues and shades, your small space would enliven beyond imagination. The best thing about colors is, their effect is no reliant on the shape, size and structure of a house. But yes, you should go with light and warm colors as they make spaces look bigger than they actually are. Plus, they can create a soothing effect in the room, help brighten up the mood and inspire creativity. You can expect a top interior designer to add some darker tones as and where needed to create a more playful appearance.

Spanish Hacienda Interior

Spanish home interiors with bold textures and unique accessories come alive with vintage furniture and architectural design from India. Discover bold eclectic interior decorating design trends for the Spanish Hacienda home. Create a visual style statement of your living space with Mediterranean blue color armoires, hand crafted rustic wood cabinets and turquoise console tables.

Old rustic barn doors crafted into dining room tables with distressed leather chairs, large chakra carved buffet sideboards with teal patina, Indian trunk chests and media cabinets using reclaimed ox carts with iron and brass medallions compliment Spanish style architecture. Majestic oxcart benches with tons of iron and brass work, curved backs and solid teak wood give the eclectic touch. Soften with pashmina throw blankets and patchwork toss pillows.

As ceilings go higher, decorating wall space is a major design focus, accented perfectly with old vintage windows and architectural artifacts from India. Jharokhas are old terrace windows and make great wall art with their unique carvings and iron accents. Rooms with high ceilings feel more spacious and open, create your very own wall art playing with Banjara tapestries and Kutch pillow shams making a collage of color and texture. Using the frame of old Haveli doors accent the hallway and give the room Hacienda style architectural design. In this Spanish Hacienda style living room, wall height demands large furniture and an oversized mantle accented with antique corbels and intricate carvings.

When decorating Mediterranean, revamp the European tradition of using wall sculptures and art to create a focus. Hand embroidered kutch tapestries with small mirrors and sheer curtains gives a romantic feel. Mediterranean blue washed consoles, rustic carved wood wall sculptures and tribal Indian tapestries complement the Spanish theme.

Luxury Interiors Designing Ideas

If you too want to incorporate the grandeur of lavish decors into your home design, here are 10 fab luxury interior designing ideas for your home that will transform them into mesmerizing spaces:

1. Mirror on the wall – There is nothing like an ornately framed mirror on the wall to create a feel of luxurious decor. Not only do they bring a hint of glamour, but also help create the illusion of spaciousness.

2. Light up for the right mood – Don’t skimp on the lighting. Elegant light fixtures, whether in the form of a single statement glass/crystal chandelier or clusters of pendant lights, or even antique finished holders, can create a charming ambience wherever installed.

3. Get a rug – Placing a plush rug in unique patterns can elevate the style quotient of any home instantly. Look for colours and patterns which provide a harmonious balance to the overall decor theme of the room and:

4. Opt for some wall art – Instead of going for plain walls, opt for accent walls. Textures, glimmering colours, trimmings, wall murals, leather panels et all are great ideas for accent walls. Even a single accent wall can make a huge difference for luxurious decor.

5. Bold colour palettes are the way forward – Ditch the classic whites and pastels and bring some glamour to your home interiors with the incorporation of deep and rich hues of red, blue, green, gold etc. Metallic colours are particularly in vogue, and you can use them in walls, accessories and furnishings for a grand interior design.’

6. Personalization brings exclusivity – Luxury interior design is about exclusivity and there is nothing like giving a personal touch for a unique look. Quality details and a thoughtfulness reflected in the design bring elegance to the settings.

7. Don’t forget the details – Details are what make the difference between the ordinary and fantastic, and this is seminal to designing luxurious homes. Right from making the major decisions like the colour for the walls and the proper placement of furniture to deciding on where a spare side table should go, there are many intricate things that go into creating beautiful, clutter-free and luxury interiors.

8. Go for inventiveness and unusual materials – using little used materials like marbles, stones, onyx and agate brings an air of exclusive design to the interiors. You could opt for inlays or use these materials in furniture for creative interiors.

9. Wood brings sophistication – there is nothing like wood to bring a sophisticated ambience to the home. Whether you use wood flooring, a wooden wall panel, or even wood furniture, the rich warm hues of this natural material are the classic way to create luxury interior decor.

10. Plan for comfort – luxury should imply comfort. Plush seating, carpeting on the floors, high-tech gadgets – whatever fits your idea for luxury should be incorporated to create a personalized luxury statement for your home.

Create Contemporary Interior

The days of eccentric decorating and boxy furniture are long gone and so the contemporary design of today is a blend of livable and comfortable elements that create a sophisticated but fresh feel and look. To create this contemporary look you have to work on essential elements like furniture, color combination, décor, elements and material combinations, texture and lighting.

· Furniture

Furniture forms an integral part of any interior design or style, and it is almost impossible to get any style right if you do not carefully choose your furniture. There are several things that you should consider concerning furniture selection, but the most important ones are furniture material, shape, finishing, and color. All these factors will vary depending on the style, and if you do not get any of them right then, you can completely ruin your interior design. A good idea will be to consult a professional interior designer if you are not sure of how to choose furniture’s that go with the style.

For a contemporary interior, the furniture should feature smooth surfaces and clean lines without adornments or carvings. This might sound a little bit restrictive, but you will be amazed by the many options available for this furniture styles. Italian contemporary furniture is one of the most popularly used in this interior design style and besides from just finishing the look they also give your home a classy look. For the contemporary interior, the silhouettes should be slim and most importantly without being dainty.

If you choose to go with wooden furniture, then they should be made from light colored woods that also have minimal graining. Examples of good wood types that should be used for contemporary furniture include maple and birch. In case you are not a wood furniture person then there are still many other options available for you. These options include nickel, chrome, stainless steel and clear or frosted glass. Regardless of the material that you choose to use for your furniture you still have to maintain the clean lines and smooth surfaces to get a contemporary interior.

· Color Combination

Color combination is the key to a contemporary interior design, and so you cannot afford to go wrong with your color choice. From the color of the wall to the color of your sofa you have to be very keen in color selection if you want to get a perfect contemporary interior look. Since this design is typically offset by neutral colors, some shades of brown, cream or pure white and taupe will be good color choices.

To spice your room you can paint a wall with an accent color, add a colorful sofa and then finish with small but vivid decorative accessories such as area rugs and pillows. However, you should be careful not clutter your space with many different colors because the idea behind the contemporary design is simplicity.

· Décor

The secret behind a perfect décor for a contemporary interior is to keep your space uncluttered. Avoid over doing things and keep the décor as simple as possible. Each item in the room (especially the big ones) should be viewed separately in its own space. As mentioned earlier on items made from chrome, wood, glass and metal will work well for your space but it is important to avoid heavily ornate objects or over-embellishment.

· Texture-Fabrics

The contemporary interior is all about texture and so you have to find a way to add some nice texture to your space. The most effective and perhaps the easiest way to add texture to you interior and to give it a more natural and inviting feel is through the use of fabrics. Fabrics such as crushed velvet, linen, silk or wool are perfect for this design. To offset the smooth lines of the metal accents or your wood furniture you can use furniture upholstery, fabric window treatments, area rugs and linen wallpapers. However, when choosing fabrics, it is crucial to avoid elaborate patterns because they will interfere with the clean, contemporary look that you are trying to get.

· Lighting

Lighting is as important as all the things mentioned above in contemporary design as it is what will illuminate the design of your room. There are many lighting choices to choose from, but you should choose one that not only illuminates your design but one that fits your tastes and preferences. Some of the popular light fixes used in contemporary include pendants, floor lighting, and track lighting. Besides from this the lighting design is also used as an artistic statement in this design style. Table and floor lamps have a sleek metallic finish and straight lines, and this makes them essential in contemporary. On the other hand track or recessed lighting will draw attention to your well-placed décor items such as artwork and other accessories.