Sunday, 5 February 2017

Timeless Decor

The world everywhere is gaining a cosmopolitan outlook. An intellectual activity of human beings and their aesthetic outlooks both has got transformed enormously during the present decade. While looking our for the latest and most modern themes, sensible minds yearn after the old and golden styles for incorporating into their home décor. Functionality get mingled with tradition in all the facts if home life, filling in spaces, furnitures, fabrics lighting painting and all aspects.

Look Traditional

Visualise your home in modern décor, and what comes to the mind is an unconventional style. Contemporary styles are all about moving away from traditional designs and incorporating new elements like metal and glass. Even the colour scheme are different from the usual, and is the lighting arrangement. Even the furniture forms an important part of the décor. Rather than wood, they now involve metals and synthetic fibres and are light-weight and sleek in design. Ergonomically designed cushion seats, which provide greater comfort, are the norm when it comes to modern rooms.

If you like your home to exude the traditional character and keep up with the times, then opt for décor elements which can easily blend in within this space.

Here's how you can go about it:

Plan Around A Theme

Planning to decorate your inner spaces around a theme helps you visualise the final setup. If you would rather like a setup. If you would rather like a desert theme you can make your interiors look like a potpourri of colours and textures. From patchwork to mirrors and huge fabric murals on the walls-decorate your home in rich Rajasthani style.

Use of jharokas inside the home will add interest. The furniture can be in metal or wrought-iron and you can have a large Dhokra (metal casting) work of art as the centerpiece. Dhokra is by artisans from chattisgarh. Various metal hangings and Worli art pieces can adorn your inner space.

Colour and Texture

Paint the walls in the mid-tone range. Once you have found the range, work combinations of wall colours which blend into one another in a manner that minimizes distinguishable transition lines. Room changes should be subtle as well. Let colour flow through the home. Generally, use the lighter tones on your walls. Introduce slightly deeper hues in your choice of window covering and upholstery fabric. Deepen the hue ever so slightly again when choosing accessory fabric and floor coverings.


Fabrics should reflect the vibrancy of traditional textures, but shouldn't be coarse and too shiny. Commonly used fabrics are silks, cotton, khadi silk, jute, and satin with faintly detailed patterns all over. Cushions that are embroidered, or decorated with beads and mirrors in fabrics such as tussar silk, khadi silk, satin, and cotton give a luxurious look to the bed and add an ethnic touch. Placing rich luscious rugs on the floor adds softness. Indian decorative rugs, unlike carpets, do not gather dust and can be washed easily. However, if you have marble and decorative tiles which you do not want to cover, then opt for the smaller sizes to add an element of visual interest.


Lighting must be direct and classic. Lamps with plain shades, sconce lighting, and lights to highlight wall murals can be added. Hanging handmade lampshades in thick handloom fabric with thread and mirror embroidery and sequin work form Orissa, will look lovely and colourful, especially at night when the lights throw flecks of multihued light all around.

Accessorising the Traditional Way

Strike a distinguishable balance by using objects in pairs. A pair of brass lamps, a matched set of framed prints, etc. Handmade puppets can be suspended from the walls. Patchwork wall hangings, Madhubani paintings, Batik paintings, Patachitra, miniature paintings will add colour.

Stylish yet minimalist in character defines contemporary interior design trends. Contemporary décor emphasises the need for simplicity, while the traditional theme enhances spaces with warmth and colour. Blend in both these styles to make your living space stylish and comfortable.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Thematic Interiors

When a single and specific theme or concept emphasizes the interiors of a home, they turn to become thematic interiors. There are different elements used in the process of decorating thematic interiors, and each one of the elements essentially helps in the form and function of the desired theme to create an uninterrupted conceptual flow. The Theme could either be consistent for the entire house or could vary from room to room.

If one single concept could be the common theme for the entire house, it could look monotonous and repetitive, So to avoid that, it is usually recommended that one opts for different themes for different rooms based on comfort and convenience. For instance, one can select a rustic theme for the living room or the bed rooms, but have a modular kitchen and bathrooms with vitrified tiles because of their functionality and ease of maintenance.

Living Room

The Living room in a house is considered to be a formal area where one entertains the guests. Therefore it is natural that the guests could gauge the concerted and complete personality of the entire house just by observing the theme used for decorating the Living room. Depending upon the personal likes and individual tastes of the occupants, the themes used at the Living room could be Local, English or American.

For instance, if an ethnic Indian theme is wished to be highlighted, then accessories like brass inlaid solid teak or rosewood furniture, low divan style seating and bamboo chics instead of curtains could all be incorporated. The ambience could be further accentuated by placing electric lanterns, hookahs, jhoolas, urulis or even real life bullock carts if space permits as design elements in the room. The colour scheme here would most definitely be earthly greens, maroons, browns and mustards. Extra show pieces showing apt luxury would be bright coloured mirror works, throw cushions, or chics in pochampalli patterns. To consummate the ethnic look in total, one can even get mud cladding done of walls, with matchstick drawings. 

If an English cottage theme is wished for, one can go for white or natural rattan furniture interspersed with plenty of wrought iron and clear glass, with frilled floral curtains. The colour scheme here could be checked patterns in royal blue and yellow, with wooden flooring in white cedar, oak or pine. Plenty of fresh flowers in pristine white porcelain vases, and a curio shelf with small objects of décor would complete the cottage theme.

Dining Room

Since apartments usually come with a living-cum-dining concept, in most of the modern day houses the dining area is an extension of the Living room. The theme and the colour scheme used in the Living room can hence be extended to the dining space as well. 

So if one has an ethnic theme, one could go in for a solid hardwood six-seater or an eight-seater dining table and chairs with intricate inlay work. Or alternately a very low dining table can be tried using chowkies or wicker mats instead of chairs.

Master and Guest Bedrooms

Of all rooms, the bedroom will be the coziest and private of the places. The primary importance is given to comfort. Whatever be the theme, this aspect has to be considered. If the Moulin Rouge theme is liked and wanted to be highlighted, then the bedroom could be done up in fuchsia pink bedspreads with matching sheer or lace valances as window treatments. Even one could go in for a four-poster brass or wrought iron cot and it could be upholstered with a canopy and lace curtains. To complete a romantic picture, soft rugs, lots of throw cushions and soft lighting could be added. 

Children's Bedroom

It will be comparatively easier to find themes for children's bedrooms. The available space is the main yardstick for following and experimenting with any theme. The fuse of bright colours is always recommended for the healthy and overall mental growth of a child. One can play around with a variety of themes like an aqua theme, a jungle theme, a sky theme, or a space age theme.

If an aqua theme is intended to be installed, one can create the illusion of an underwater world through the use of green and blue colours, colourful cut-outs of aquatic animals, carpet like a seabed and a bed that resembles a ship, wall to wall posters of the sea, ships or the shore, lamps made out of sea shells and conches, and an actual illuminated aquarium can add the required special effects and also heighten the aqua theme.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Gardens at Interiors


Green Plants, wherever they grow, are not only visually pleasing and mentally soothing, but also help in unfolding freshness and spreading pure air all the time. These could be brought to the interiors also in the form of miniature gardens. These living corners at home look like miniature

gardens, green jewels or emeralds. Miniature gardens could make for green spots in both outdoor and interior spaces.

In a miniature garden, a group of plants are grown together creating a special landscape. It. is grown in a container that can range from a shallow tray to a rubber lyre. The uniqueness of this garden is that an entire spectrum of plants and blossoms could be had on the table top if required. The choice of plants depends on the theme to be projected. This refreshing concept is normally employed to create Interest within an existing garden, terrace or balcony. All the main features of a garden are present in this novel idea that can ornaments. Miniature gardens are not the same as either of the terrariums or individually different from the other.


A miniature garden looks deceptively simple. In addition to the selection of plants, the most crucial aspect is placing them in the right manner which makes all the difference. If planning to set it on a table or in the centre of a lawn or garden, the viewing angle is 360 degrees. Therefore, the plants should be placed in such a manner that the viewing pleasure is pretty much uniform from any direction. If the location is in a corner or against a wall, the viewing pleasure must be optimized for an excellent frontal view. The below eye level setup must have appropriate landscaping with ground cover getting more prominence. It will be better to make a few rough sketches before deciding on the design. Next the concept of the theme could be decided. A theme will make the selection of plants and accessories easier. Microclimates can be created in this garden by having shady plants growing in the shelter of tall plants. The themes can range from magical to abstract. Creation of stony pathways or grassy mounds could be formed. A herb-filled miniature garden will be lovely for the kitchen's window box.


The bane of the miniature garden can be as exotic or creative as per individual liking, A flat iron or cement tray is a good choice to create a landscape that has more ground cover than foliage. A basket or a big plastic bowl can take in sweeping foliage. A choice of slightly bigger plants needs comparatively bigger stone .sink. For an eye-level view, one of the available cement birdbaths will be a perfect selection. Odd and unusual receptacles which are easy to move around could be thought of. An iron bucket, a wheelbarrow, or any such garden relic that has been discarded to the comers can be reclaimed for this purpose. The base must be filled with a mixture that is usually used for potted plants.


Selection of plants for a miniature garden is an extremely difficult preposition than for the usual garden. Plants can either make or mar this kind of garden. As with any garden, some plants arc chosen for ground cover, some for foliage and some for colour. The miniature variety is hard to find. From what is commonly available, green moss, clovers, miniature variety of ixora, ferns like maiden hair and birds next, and certain succulents like agave stricta nana and crassula or the jade necklace are suitable. Foliage is taken care of by having baby's tears, kennilworth or thyme. Ground cover can be laid with moss, ivy, wheat germ grass or corsican mint depending on the topography. Blooms like Pratia bring in colour.


After the designing part is done and selection of plants is over, it is time to lake stock of accessories for visual appeal. But nothing has to be unnecessarily filled in a miniature garden. Pebbles, seashells, and geodes are good to create a pleasant ambience.

Unusually shaped rocks can be covered with ivy. Cocktail umbrellas and satay sticks are also useful. One good source for accessories is aquarium shops where miniature bridges, figurines and animal figures are available. An old doll house, castle or any such whimsical accessory will be nice to create a fairyland theme. A trellis can be fashioned with a gutter cover and a pergola can be fashioned out of suitably shaped stone slivers.

After the creation of the miniature garden which has demanded all the efforts and creativity, it has to be looked after well by regular watering and pruning whenever needed.