Tips to design your dining room

The dining room is a place where the entire family meets and chats either after their long day at work or before they leave for their everyday jobs. This room acts as a unifying force that brings together the entire family, for however short or long the period maybe. Here are a few tips to make your dining room as interesting as possible.

  • The dining table is the primary piece of furniture in the dining room. This has to be carefully selected so as to provide ample chairs for all members of the family. It should also make it easy to pass dishes around the table.
  • The color of paint in the room is very crucial because it can play a major role in developing an appetite. Greens, Yellows, Oranges and Reds tend to make people happy and cheerful, thereby increasing their appetite. These colors also help in creating a lively atmosphere for dinner table conversations.
  • Having a built-in cabinet to store cutlery can save space and also give a sophisticated look to your dining room.
  • Ensure maximum lighting with large windows and light colored curtains. A well-lit dining room is sure to bring a majestic look.
  • Keep the dining room monochromatic to make it look larger than it is. Use the same or shades of the same color to maintain uniformity and add style.
  • Make sure all cloth materials used in the dining area are spill-proof. This will help in easy maintenance and saves time during cleaning.
  • A round table creates a more intimate feeling during conversation than ones with corners. It makes all members feel included and welcomed.
  • You could provide a beautiful view by having a door that opens to your garden from the dining hall.

These tips will help you design a dining room that increases appetite for food and good conversations. Have a nice meal and chat!

Tips to design your balcony

The balcony is the best place to relax during a cool evening or a lazy morning. But how to make it special for any time of the day and year? Here are a few tips.

  • Make sure the materials in your balcony are adaptable to all seasons of the year. Some materials can withstand heat but not rain or vice versa. Choose materials that can adapt to all kinds of weather conditions.
  • Plan a special lighting arrangement for evenings. Fairy lights can adorn the circumference of the balcony or a single lamp can create a nice mood for relaxing.
  • Plan your balcony very meticulously. Since it is a very small area, planning becomes very important. Make sure the furniture or plants don’t make the place too cluttered.
  • Arrange the plants along the edge of the balcony. This will leave room for walking around.
  • Do not place more than three pieces of furniture in the balcony. These could be a reclining chair, a coffee table, a swing, or a combination of any of these.
  • Add wind chimes to your balcony. Their melody will create a calm and soothing effect.
  • Place only one or two flowering plants so that you can enjoy their fragrance to the fullest.
  • Use hanging or suspended pots to save space on the floor. Make sure the hook or provision on the ceiling is strong enough to balance the weight of the plant.

These tips will help you design a beautiful, cozy balcony for you to relax and get away from the busy, bustling work life.

 

Tips to design your living room

The living room is a very important room in your house, mainly so because you spend most of your time here and your guests will be seated here for the major part of their visit. So, it becomes necessary to design your living room in a way that will make you feel truly at home. Here are a few tips to help you do that.

  • Using light colored furniture and drapes can make the room seem larger than it is and also keep the room bright.
  • Make sure there are enough windows in the room to let in light and wind.
  • Keep a cozy corner in your living room for activities like drinking tea, preferably by the window.
  • Put a large coffee table in the center of the room to place snacks or even play games.
  • Place a few accessories like flower vase or a painting to add character to the room. Make sure it suits the color of the paint and the lighting in the room.
  • Follow a certain pattern in the colors, sizes and designs of cushions, drapes and other covers in the room. Use the same kind of cloth and design for all cushions and drapes to maintain uniformity.
  • Make sure all seats are facing each other with no objects obstructing the view across the hall. This will help easy communication when people are seated around the room.
  • If you have a large piece of furniture, push it against the wall so that it doesn’t look too big or occupy too much space.
  • Be sure to place the television at a spot which is visible from the entire room. Arrange other furniture accordingly so that nobody will have to strain to watch TV.
  • Place a pot of plant by the window. This will add charm to the room and elevate the good looks.

These tips will help you design a living room that will cradle you like a mother and serve as the most hospitable host for your guests.

How To Personalise Your Bedroom?

The bedroom is the most important room in the house. This is the place you can personalise and make it exclusively your own. Check out a few ideas to bring your bedroom to life.

  • The best way to personalize your room is by pasting photographs of yourself, your friends and your family on the walls. The basic idea is to fill your room with memories. You could put these photographs in different frames, make your own collage or even your own chain of photographs hanging on the walls!
  • Another way to personalize your room is to add lighting. Use fairy lights to adorn the walls along the sides or make your own table-side lamp.
  • Pick and print out or design quotes from your favorite people and stick them on your walls. You could even paste pictures of your favorite celebrities.
  • Select the bedding that goes with your personality. The color of the rugs, pillows and bed covers will reflect your character, making your room as unique as you.
  • Put up a display cabinet and arrange all your prizes, medals and other collections.
  • Make sure you frame and hang your best pieces of art to show off to guests.

With these tips in mind, start personalising your room today!

 

 

Choosing The Right Furniture For Your Home

Choosing the interiors of your house is one of the major decisions. You are going to spend most of your time looking at these pieces of furniture. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice.

  • Measure your room. Consider all spaces like cupboards and display cabinets.
  • Before deciding the kind of furniture you need for the room, consider the purpose of the room, the members of the family who will be using that particular room and the frequency of usage.
  • Start with the basic furniture and then think about additionals.
  • Make rough sketches and determine the amount of free space you need in the room.
  • Distribute the remaining space into the various furniture you require in the room.
  • Make many sketches, arranging and rearranging the furniture to see which looks better.
  • Consider other parameters like the placement of doors, windows, ceiling fans and tube lights.
  • Get to your room and imagine the furniture placed in it. Walk through the room and evaluate.
  • Look for solid furniture made of high quality wood that have good resale value.
  • Make sure the cushions are stain-resistant and are made of wrapped foam.

Keep these points in mind while choosing the furniture for your home and enjoy optimum utilisation of space with a sense of style.

HIRING A CONTRACTOR – QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU FINALIZE

If you’re adding a room, renovating your house or even doing some major repair work, hiring a good contractor becomes very important. Identifying a good contractor is a task in itself. The following points will guide you to identify the right contractor for you.

  • The first recommended step would be to check with friends and relatives to ask for contractors that they know and would recommend.
  • If you are looking on your own, the first step would be to look at their history in the business – how long they’ve been in the industry, what projects have they handled, etc.
  • The next important step would be to check for licensing and other qualifications.
  • Once you shortlist a few contractors, ask for a quote and get bids.
  • You could also talk to former clients and enquire about the quality of the construction and whether the contractor sticks to timelines.
  • When you have decided the contractor to work with, decide and negotiate payment schedules.
  • Get a written contract signed before the contractor begins work on your property. Be sure to detail every step of your project in the contract.

In this manner, you can easily identify the contractor who will meet all your needs the way you want. Don’t forget to note down your experience so that it can be useful to any of your friends when they need a contractor!

COMPARING AND SELECTING THE RIGHT TILES

Most of the times, the seemingly never-ending confusion is about what tiles to use in your new home. The posh-looking marble or the pocket-friendly vitrified?

Here are a few pros and cons of vitrified tiles and marbles. These will help you make the choice that will suit you best.

There is a wide variety of tiles in the case of vitrified tiles and not many options with marbles. In terms of size, shape, color and texture vitrified tiles offer a huge range of tiles to choose from. On the other hand, marbles are the hottest trend in the industry and they give a very sophisticated look to your house.

Marble flooring is extremely hard and hence durable. In the case of vitrified tiles, chipping, cracks and breaking of tiles is very common. But, vitrified tiles can be easily installed and maintained while marble flooring requires professionals to work for a minimum of a couple of days and very easily gets stained.

Marble can lose their color and texture over time, but vitrified tiles retain their appearance for decades. Also, marble requires polishing at regular intervals.

To clean marble flooring, it is advisable to use stone cleaners or mild detergents in order to preserve the finish. On the other hand, vitrified tiles can be washed with any tile cleaner and in any method.

Marble flooring gives a gorgeous, classic and elegant finish to your house that vitrified tiles cannot give. During the hot summers, marble flooring gives a cool feel, which has therapeutic values.

All said, there are many factors like cost of purchase, cost of maintenance and one’s likes and dislikes that ultimately make the choice of tiles. However, you might want to consider all of the above points before making the decision. The floor is the main attraction in a room and making the right choice of tiles is extremely important.

HOW TO SETUP A TERRACE GARDEN?

Most people want a terrace garden, but don’t know how and where to start. We have a few steps that will help you to get started with your terrace garden.

The first and most important point to consider is getting the right space for your terrace garden. Make sure the house is built as per the books and in the right way. If this is done, you can grow pretty much any plant on your terrace. You could even cover the entire area in soil and experiment by growing a lawn. But, ensure that the terrace is water proof to avoid leakages.

Hybrid seeds are the best for terrace gardening. These seeds can be sourced from any nursery. The soil required to grow these is a mixture of regular soil, compost coir peat (or sand) and vermi compost in equal quantities. You can add compost every week so that the soil retains the nutrients. You can also prepare our own manure using kitchen waste.

Use plastic buckets and bags to keep the plants so that you don’t add too much weight on the terrace floor.

Once you’ve planted the seeds, it is important to water them twice a day, regularly. It is also important to consider the positioning of the plant. Most of the plants do not require lot of sunlight and might require some shade, while flowering plants can be kept in the open.

With these, you can setup your terrace garden. It is advisable to start small, with a single or a couple of plants and then expand the garden as you get used to the routine. Maintaining a garden keeps your house cool and is also a wonderful hobby to have!

IDEAS TO DECORATE YOUR KID’S ROOM

Thinking of ways to decorate your kid’s room? Here are few ideas to decorate the room as well as keep your kid active and entertained.

  • Chalkboard paint makes a fun, interactive backdrop for any bedroom.
  • Create a warm place for your shared reading time: a bookcase stocked with favorites, good lighting, and cuddle-worthy seating.
  • String a wire from wall to wall for a smart, inexpensive way to showcase your child’s beautiful drawings.
  • Use a whiteboard sunmica on cupboard doors so that they can draw and write to their heart’s content without you being worried.
  • Stick adhesive glow-in-the-dark stars and moon on the ceiling wall. This will be an interesting visual to watch as your kids fall asleep.
  • Paste or stick posters of their favourite cartoon characters. This will get them excited and keep them on their toes.
  • Try and use a common colour for everything in the room. The most basic colour theme is blue for boys and pink for girls.

Use the above tips to pep-up your kid’s room and watch as their excitement levels rise.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAINT COLOUR

Colour plays a huge role in influencing our mood. Hence, choosing the right colour for the room becomes very important. At the same time, it can also be a humungous task to confront. We have here for you a set of guidelines which will make this seemingly huge task of choosing the right colour for your room an easy task.

  1. An important thing to consider while choosing paint colours is the mood of that particular room. For example, a bedroom will necessarily have a very relaxing and warm mood. So, the use of cool and neutral colours will enhance the feeling of intimacy. In the dining area, contrasting colours, blue-greens and neutrals will add to the cordial atmosphere. The kids’ room can be made to look energetic and active by using bright hues.
  2. Also consider the lighting in the particular room. The placement of the window, the number of windows in the room and other lighting factors have to be taken into account before deciding on the colour of the paint for that room. It would be useful to note that natural daylight shows the colours in their truest shade, incandescent lighting enhances the warm and yellow tones and fluorescent lights cast a sharp blue tone.
  3. Don’t hesitate to try out colors on a larger surface of wall. Try deep, vivid colours, or neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as the main colours. Tinted ceiling adds a very dramatic effect to the room.
  4. Transform flat, dull walls into interesting and personal spaces with subtle or dramatic visual texture and broken color. Burnished mineral/metal finishes and layered colored glazes add depth.
  5. While considering colours, view each wall in comparison to adjacent walls and how they interact. Make sure the colours in the various rooms complement each other so as to complete the feel of home.
  6. Try and create bold or subtle variations within one color group with contrasting paint finishes. Use closely related colors, or try a single color in different finishes, for walls and trim in one space.

By following the above tips, you can easily decide upon the colour for each room. Your rooms will then understand you and converse with you like a friend.