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Moroccan Interior Design

Bold brilliant reds, vibrant oranges, lush greens and sapphire blues dominate the interiors, with a neutral background reflecting the rolling sand dunes of the desert or the brilliant Mediterranean ocean. Ornate carved furniture and silk upholstery are a must in Moroccan interiors. Brass cladded chests with camel motifs, or armoires with Arabic calligraphy, the green washed patina of the wood creates a mesmerizing story of the past. Cabinets with brilliant pinks and greens, contrasting with the brass, add in the rustic palace doors and the arched doorway, the opulent extravaganza blends well with muted walls.

Pashmina blankets and throws with beaded zardozi, silk curtains, gold trimmed sheer drapes spin tales of the Sheikhs and harems. Create spellbinding decor with hand embroidered bed throws and matching toss pillows. Dark wood carved armoires and coffee tables with brass and iron are resplendent in their contrast. Rustic dense carved woods and fine inlaid furniture, columns with stone bases and huge benches that are magnificently crafted from old oxcarts. Vivid imagination takes it a step further, using old palace doors as headboards, and a masterpiece bone carved dining table. Intricate detail and a mastery in color patterns, the inlaid bone chests and brass cabinets are a filled with beautiful artifacts.

Geometric symmetry is a must in architectural doors or columns as seen in stars, octagons, along with floral vine motifs and calligraphy. Apparent is the importance of numerology where as you see the 8 pointed star expanding into the 96 pointed ones as in the expansion of the universe, growth multiplied several times.Triple arches line up the courtyard and you enter through a beautiful colored teak door with old rustic patina. The traditional carvings and textures draw you into their old past, the energies multiplying with your lavish care and design. Beautiful serene gardens with a rustic daybed or bench, an old carved swing and brass planters, the setting is perfect for a romantic evening.

Indian Style Interior

This bedroom is from a traditional Haveli palace, with intricately hand carved headboards made from old Indian Doors and draped silk curtains. Although lavish and extravagant, the room is surprisingly easy to decorate. Start by adorning your bed with the handloom cotton bedcover set or the hand embroidered pacca throw. Next, add the sari table runner along the foot of the bed to add some Bollywood jazz. Finally, accent the bed with the sari accent pillow covers in multi color hues. Go for vintage beaded wall hangings which make your walls more interesting. Go for one statement piece, a large wall hanging or if you want the modernistic appeal, stagger three runners on the wall.

The rustic and earthy palette of colors in the exotic vintage table runner, the glamorous bohemian banjara table runner create visions of the far east. Go for a modern Indian ethnic vibe, contrast a clean, white base with an antique Indian Door saved from the palaces of Jaipur. The clean ivory walls create a soothing zen element highlighted with the teak arches with carvings of lotus and chakra, and the use traditional Indian fabrics in cushions, and table runners makes it looks arch-typically Indian.

Uplift the simple plain sofa with colorful patchwork cushion covers. The embroidered pillow covers and the brocade pillow covers with elephant and peacock motifs are breathtaking. Use a dining table made from old doors and rich patinas, the colors, patterns and give a old world charm. Textured walls in parchment with subtle colors amplify the unique quaint rustic woods and architectural detail.

Deep dark wood patinas come to life with vibrant embellished table runners and beautiful handcrafted artifacts. Rustic bowls and candles soften the aura and create whimsical romantic interiors.

Info of Yoga Inspired Interiors

There should be a natural flow of energy in your house with no clutter, the door that you enter from should bring in a flood of positive energy. Antique Indian doors with carvings and motifs of chakra, lotus and peacocks attract the positivity and abundance into your home. Blue washed consoles in the hallway, sunburst medallions carved buffets and vintage furniture made from reclaimed woods, distressed natural metals like brass and iron cladded chests charge the zen as well.

Sun is the giver of life so always meditate facing east or the rising sun, the hues of orange and yellow are associated with the second and third chakra that connects with nourishing and grounding. Sun carved doors were used in India mainly to attract the energy of the sun. Peaceful, serene, energizing interiors, with lush green potted plants of basil and aloe. Handloom cotton blankets can be used as floor throws or wall tapestries. Mandala printed bed throws and matching curtains, create color balanced rooms to infuse your home with peaceful vibrations. Wear recycled sari yoga pants and cotton embroidered tunics, ethnic printed wrap skirts and bohemian kaftans to keep your zen free and charged.

Mother Nature is relaxing and healing, old wood chai tables and cart benches beautified with up-cycled toss pillows help you unwind and meditate. Meditation is connecting with the source and old Indian furniture has brass and iron ornamentation that removes the electromagnetic charge around us, thereby creating a space that will help you stay calm. A beautiful natural stone Buddha sculpture with water flowing in the back is zen positive. Water is essential in meditation as it is a great carrier of sound vibration. The balance is essential between Sun, Earth, Air, Water, Space or Ether. Mantra music playing in the background with zen sculptures of Ganesha, Buddha and Shiva, the incense fragrance sets the mood for a peaceful and calm meditation. Om Shanti!

Interior Style Shine With Emerging Technology

There are several latest emerging technologies that make your home shine and let you feel excited about your home. 3D printing, a concept of virtual reality, began recently and already started to show its impact in the interior design sector. Several companies are offering their customers with 3D sketch apps that allows designing their item. This allows a greater transparency between designer and client. By this technology of live streaming, a client is available for input at every stage of a project from any part of the world. What’s next, it’s like your dream come true.

Gesture Control is a part of recent high-tech innovation that allows you to have a super power. Interior designers hold the power to establish a digital environment without moving physically. Point your finger to any part of your home, it will respond. You can control everything surrounding you just by a simple gesture with your finger. This technology works by creating a transparent space around you, which is completely touch-friendly. Advanced technology is readily available for clients which are not far from reality and allows them to have interactive walls to work and communicate.

There are several upcoming business models in which it is not the designers that are stars, it’s all about machines and new innovations that steal the client’s attention. This shows the level of digital revolution around the world. Designers have to think beyond emerging technologies to enhance the quality of living and culture, adhering to their codes and regulations.

Should Use For Easy Revamping

The Kitchen

A kitchen’s look is made through its cabinets and cupboards. So following the trends, you should aim for contrasting hues and colours. Instead of opting for a single colour theme, go for two shades. Also, when it comes to the appliances, the look has changed from the typical white coloured, metallic look. Nowadays, you can go for a more shaded, steely appearance if you are trying to follow the trends. It adds a refined, yet more colourful look to the kitchen.

Also, if you’re thinking about renovating your entire kitchen, you might want to go with some extra drawers. Deep drawers are favourite nowadays, and they seem to be added everywhere. You just can’t seem to have too many of them.

The Living Room

It seems that people are gravitating towards the idea of actually using the living room for what they were named for, living! Avoiding the use of technology, living rooms are now to be used for family bonding and spending quality time with your loved ones, instead of just using your phones and gadgets in there with no family interaction ever happening.

The minimalist approach has gone out the window and so last year. You’re looking at entirely decorated living rooms; nothing left bare. Lots of furniture, lots of decoration items, art on the walls and you’ve got yourself a living room right out of the decor magazines you read daily.

Also, since you will be using your living room for more family activities than just sitting on couches, designers are using more durable, outdoor fabrics for indoor furniture, rather than sticking to the old structures.

The Washroom

Designers have started incorporating new ideas into washrooms as well. Separate toilet bidets are now becoming increasingly common. Another thing that has become very popular is large bathroom mirrors that stand out. Wallpapers in washrooms with bold patterns and colours give a very glamorous look. Big ornaments on the walls that stand out are entirely in.

Hire a Professional Interior Designer

Perfect handling of project of any scale

Experts have a complete familiarity with the art of interior designing and they can create the difference to spaces of any type and magnitude. With them, you are sure of perfect handling of your project regardless of its size and scale. It will also not matter whether yours is a residential or commercial property, top designers know how to use different design elements in a perfect proportion to ensure desired results.

Accurate selection of design elements

The process of interior designing involves a big selection and choices of different design elements such as styles, patterns, colors, hues, light and so on. There will always be a concern in regard to the subtle use of rugs, wall hangings and flooring, which collectively add value to the home interior. Professional designers are familiar with the right kind of shades and hues to be used for interior and bring right results.

Implementation of all your wants and needs

When homeowners hire a professional designer, they know that all their wants and needs will be met easily. They can be sure of two styles to be matched and blended together to create the kind of visual dazzle desires for spaces. They know a lot about the space and flow and circulation together with studying the spaces and coming up with solutions in a right manner. They can create spaces in precisely the way needed.

Knowledge to customize your space

Professional designers have an in-depth knowledge of how to create spaces that suit individuals and families with varied tastes. You can convey your specifications easily and expect to get customized spaces that are a blend of beauty and efficiency. More so, they not only help produce an aesthetically pleasing spaces but also ensure a sense of functionality to help realize the designing goals easily.

Design House Interior When Budget Is Low

Choose a style that fits your needs

First of all, you need to choose a designing style that fits your tastes and preferences perfectly. There is minimalist approach best suited to people aiming for clutter free spaces. Then, there is dignified theme which is as much about space economy as use of art in every facet of the designing. When a style is chosen, it gives you a fair bit of idea about the cost to incur on the project.

Good use of decorative pieces

Making a good use of decorative pieces such as painting and wall units is a sound interior decorating strategy. This approach is as valid when the budget is low and when there is no dearth of money. Such pieces lend elegance and style to the interiors together with adding a visual glow to the spaces. So cheap and creative pieces available in the market, you should not face any problem in finding the right one and getting the rooms rightly decorated.

An extra coat of paint

Nothing gives as much facelift to your room as an extra coat of paint. A well-painted well is the symbol of a house whose interior is decorated. You can choose the same shade of paint as done earlier to save cost. To ward off the monotony of the same color, you can go with a different shade and tone for the opposite wall and get the desired results. This is how you can give the home a perky and interesting look even when the budget is low.

Keep it simple

Ask any expert designer and you will know how keeping it simple is the only mantra with the interior. This is how the room or house is lent an organized and spacious look and feel altogether. This approach also works wonders by giving a sense of newness and neatness to the spaces. This is something you can use for any room and let your house glow in less.

Vaastu Interior

Vastu comes from the same ancient scriptures of the Vedas that define the practises of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and Vedic astrology. Vastu is the yoga of interiors, bringing balance to your life, health and harmony to your environment, inner peace and tranquility through order, and unity. Meditation gives the experience of pure consciousness to the subtle spirit; Vastu enhances this and connects us with the source through proper channels of design. Ayurveda, is the discipline of the science of life, creating balance for health of the body. Vastu creates healthy buildings; this so absolutely affects our mental and physical health, happiness, and prosperity —- and the health of the environment. Vedic astrology gives knowledge of planetary influences on our lives, emotions, relationships, prosperity, career, and health. Applying an expert Vastu consultant’s recommendations and remedies helps correct negative influences in all areas of life. It also increases and creates positive effects well beyond the merely decorative.

Sacred Geometry or Yantras which create perfect geometrical three-dimensional energy fields and, when placed properly in the home, help neutralize any negative effects of improper vastu. A yantra is a visual mantra and are great tools for buildings that were not Vastu-designed. They protect from disturbing negative energies in the environment. When we focus upon a yantra mandala, the mind resonates with the energy of the deity and a higher awareness or consciousness is said to be obtained. The planets exert powerful vibratory effects on our bodies, minds, and emotions. Yantras give us help in creating harmony with nature rather than working against the forces from nature. Yantras are beautiful art, the original Vedic sacred geometry from ancient India. These cosmic diagrams generate beautiful energies that instill splendid divine consciousness into your surroundings.

North – East areas of your homes are considered as the energy generators. Placing a Sri Yantra in the North East corner will magnify the energy of prosperity and happiness. Sitting quietly in a comfortable position, allow your breathing to settle into a deep, slow rhythm, meditate and feel the energy of abundance and prosperity flowing through you.

Vastu recognizes five elements of creation that, when honored, enhance the flow of prana, universal life-force energy, within a building. Honoring nature is a sacred acknowledgement. The five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and space are energetically linked with particular directions. Earth is associated with the southwest; air, northwest; fire, southeast; and water the northeast. Space, akasha, is the expansiveness in the center of both the architectural form and each room.

Curtains, tapestry and cushion cover play an important role in interior decoration of the house. Colourful silk curtains, tapestry, cushion decorate the house and enhance the beauty of the rooms. If you choose the colour of curtains according to Vaastu principles, the environment of your house will be calm and quiet. The Vaastu friendly sari curtains bring fortune and gradually the unfavorable circumstances turn favorable.

Wooden Garage Interior

Lack of adequate research

Mistakes made when choosing a wooden garage all boil down to a lack of sufficient research. People start looking around for options on the internet or in local shops without thoroughly looking into factors to consider when getting a garage. As such, decisions they make do not reflect their needs, and they end up spending money to make adjustments to their investment, something they could have avoided had they conducted extensive research on their needs and the garages on offer.

There are very many styles and designs on the market. Though this is a good thing such that you do not have to settle for something that you do not like, it often gets confusing and can lead to bad decision making. As such, there are some things that you must take into consideration during your research stage. If you live alone, then this is something that you can undertake on your own. In a case where you will not be the only one using the space, then sit with your family and discuss your needs.

Factors to consider during research

The vehicles

The number and kind of cars you wish to store in the garage should be the first thing that you take into consideration. The last thing that you aspire to do is to get a garage only to realize that the cars cannot fit, thus calling for the need of another room.

Space requirements

Garages are part of the house, and as such, they do more than just housing vehicles. Children use these spaces for other activities such as playing music and practicing their crafts, and you must consider this when settling on a design. The design you choose should also have adequate space to store items used in the maintenance of vehicles.

You must also consider if you want to use the garage for storing things that are no longer in use. Some people also use these spaces to entertain guests, and if you wish to follow this route, then you will need a lot of space. Think of all the things you would like to do in the garage and ensure that the size of the garage can accommodate such activities.

The budget

The amount of money you are willing to spend must come into play. Sometimes people get carried away in the search for a garage that they forget to make considerations on the amount of money they should use. Not having a budget exposes you to overspending and can have detrimental effects on your financial health.

Inadequate lighting

A wooden garage is more aesthetically pleasing when it has adequate lighting. As such, when you fit one lamp in your garage, you leave some places dimly lit, and this can lead to accidents. Someone may be looking for an item in the garage, and they might trip in the dark and land on tools.

Also, look into the kinds of lights that you use as they affect the temperature of the room. Many manufacturers recommend that you use fluorescent lighting in your garage. They use little energy, and they keep the temperatures down.

Little or no ventilation

Many people may not realize how significant ventilation is in a garage. Ensure that your garage has adequate windows which you can open when it gets hot inside. The windows will also add to the amount of light that the interior has, thus making it safe. You can also consider getting an exhaust fan which helps get rid of scents emitted by the vehicle. It is essential that air is in circulation at all times.

Bad electrical fittings

Electricity is very dangerous and must get handled with caution especially in a garage. If you do not pay attention to the wiring and there are open wires or extension cords on the roof, then you are exposing yourself to electrocution. If petrol and electricity get into contact, the results are devastating so keep this in mind when making your installations. The best way to conduct your fittings is by having the wires fitted in the walls as this reduces their exposure.

Inadequate insulation

Your vehicle will be in the garage for extended periods, and thus the environment must be conducive enough to keep it fresh. Also, remember that you will be working in the garage at times and you will require an atmosphere where you can stay for a long time without running hot. People may not give much thought to insulation until the summer comes and they begin regretting their decisions. Save yourself the discomfort and get the insulation done at an early stage.

Common Interior Design Mistakes

No regard for a messy appearance

We’re a people with a materialist approach to life. We don’t hesitate in buying gadgets and items hoping them to herald to the world our arrival. Every opportunity prods us to stuff the house with more accessories and items. This would be acceptable if you had a big and spacious house but it can clear clutter and a messy appearance when there is space constraint. With items fitted and strewn here and there, we lose the living space and it gives us an unorganized feeling. So, the focus should on buying only the items that are essential and leaving the rest right there at the shop.

Not giving custom furniture a go

Most of us get it bang wrong in choosing the furniture and end up spoiling the aesthetical charms of the interior. We generally buy the item even without mapping out the spaces; so we either end up having too large or too small for use. We should understand that custom is a concept to suit spaces perfectly. So, we can go with custom furniture, choose own design, pattern and color and style with furniture and help with space management. Plus, we can enhance functional and visual appeal of the areas by getting created furniture as per own specifications.

Selection of wrong color coordination

Most home owners trip on the all-important from of selecting the right colors for the interiors. They mess up the whole color scheme affair and are left with an unimpressive design for the interior. They get it all wrong with the shades and tins for the wall paints and don’t get them in sync with the furniture and fabrics. Similarly, they fail to choose the color matching with the theme and mood of spaces and reflecting the sensibility of the habitants. They should look to add different contrasts in the color scheme to get the right hues and effect for the interior.