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Decorating Your Living Room with Neutral Colours

October 30, 2019

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When we say “neutral colours” many people think of it as a boring color scheme, but nothing could be further from the truth. For many individuals when neutral color schemes are mentioned, they immediately think of only beige. First of all, there are hundreds of shades of beige to choose from and there is a lot more to using beige in your living room’s interior design. Think about the way you will combine colors, neutral and otherwise. No matter what color scheme you end up choosing, the key to having a successful living room design is finding the right balance. There are a few simple, but creative strategies that can help you transform your living room into a beautiful space.

White and Dark Neutrals

Who said that all neutrals had to be lighter shades? You most likely think of beige if asked to name a neutral color, but darker hues can be neutral too. Some of the dark neutrals include dark brown, navy blue, some blacks, charcoal, gray and even deep gold. Some of these darker neutral colors work perfectly to bring balance to the living room and can be the perfect choice for sofas or recliners. If you prefer, you can use a dark neutral to anchor your living room by using it on an accent wall, area rug or for window treatments. Offset these with a lighter colored sofa or living room set and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Dark neutral shades are going to look best with lighter neutrals.

Using Monochromatic Neutral Colors

If you’d like to go for a more sophisticated look in the living room while not worrying too much about making everything match perfectly, you might want to try a monochromatic neutral color scheme. Start out with a base color that you prefer and really love. For instance, how about a deep, espresso brown? This is a classy color for living room furniture. Then you are going to use lighter shades of this dark neutral for other room elements. To achieve a balanced look, remember to use shades from both extremes lighter and darker.

Using Neutrals with Splashes of Color

Maybe you’re the type who prefers neutral furniture and walls but want to be able to express a more creative side. You can achieve this goal by using a neutral color as a backdrop and adding in brighter colors. The neutral shades tend to make splashes of colour literally pop visually. To keep this style balanced, you will want to use two or three accent colors max. If you add too many colours in it can become too busy and you’ll lose the effect. Choose neutrals for your furnishings and add in splashes of colours with your accessories like throw pillows, rugs, lampshades or window treatments.

Five Design Ideas For Your Living Room

October 30, 2019

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If one says that the living room is the heart of a house, I indeed agree with that. The living room is the place where you spend most of the time of your day. Trends keep on changing day by day, time to time, and country to country. What’s found perfect in the New World may not be fit on the perfection scale of the old world and vice versa. So, the designing and furnishing of the living room should be according to the demand of the locality and of course, keeping an account of your comfort level. 

Play with colors, schemes, themes, patterns, styles, and leave an imprint of your perfection on every single inch of your living room. Décor your living room in a trendy and classy manner and believe me, you will fall in love with your innovation. Let’s have a look at some better design ideas that would help you uplift your living room. 

Colorful seating arrangement

Light walls with vibrant colored seating, make a perfect look for your living room. Accent chairs, sofas, barstools having bold shades are trending these days. These dark colors are complimented by light wall color and soft texture of the surrounding with these jewel tones like emerald green, ruby sapphire blue colored seating blazing in the center. 

Large-scale wall art

Art has always been in home décor fashion for decades, but in the last few years, the artwork has set a big splash. Big, bold and carefully chosen wall paintings and large-scale designs are trending these days. Corner art designs, illustrating portraits, and simplicity in artwork has the sole power to give your living room an entirely different look. An ideal wall painting should cover four-seventh of the theme wall of the living room. 

Light up your living room

The brighter it is, the more elegant look it gives. A well-lighted living room offers a classy look. You can put on a glamorous chandelier, fairy lights, or simple recessed lights to add to the beauty of your living room. Light fixtures add more space and enhance the elegance of the desired place. If these lights are complemented with light walls and mirrors, it will give an indescribably magnificent look to your living room. 

Cushions and pillow selection

Cushions and pillows though seem like accessories, but they add up a lot in beautifying your living room. More cushions on the sofas and floor cushions are flattering to the comfort and finishing of the designing. Swapping up the cushion covers and adding a variety of textures, motifs, colors, and prints can give your living room an energetic and the desired look. 

Play with the pattern

The pattern is the basic component of a theme. Wrong and mismatched patterns with the theme can make your layout look a bit weird and unattractive. The complimenting patterns in rugs, curtains, cushions, and walls with the item will make everyone praise your choice and designing ability. Colors should be carefully chosen while working on interior designing.  To give your living room, the best look, you don’t always need an interior designer. Just think wisely and choose carefully what you think suits your home and goes best with the theme of your living room. A pleasant living room would be a guarantee to make you love your time at home. 

6 Ways to Make Your Dining Table Design Worthy

October 30, 2019

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We, Indians, love opulence and drama in every possible theme. May it be our movies or our novels, we dig for everything grand and larger than life. But when it comes to enjoying a meal with folks, we prefer a soothing ambience with an easy-on-the-eyes setup. A meal is a time when we open our hearts to loved ones, no matter where we are. It serves as a bonding medium for generations to come together and exchange stories and experiences. Why settle for a drab table setting when the conversation is so interesting? So make every meal a wonderful experience by setting up a table. Regardless of what you are serving, let the table decorations add glory to every cuisine. Add drama to the table with little trinkets.

1. Chalk Out a Plan!

Before you take out all your cutlery and serveware, give your table 5 minutes. Observe your dining table and understand how it can act like the epicentre of the meal that you are hosting. Create a mental plan to ensure that every person feels comfortable with it. If you are hosting a soiree, then ensure that you have enough space on the table to place everything you want, without having to move things around at each course.

2. A Subtle Centrepiece

Every table deserves a story! Plan out your table setting around a brilliantly curated centrepiece. Give your table a conversation starter by placing a centrepiece in the middle. If you have a huge dining table, then you can always go for two pieces. For a small-size table, you can go for a longer-than-usual centrepiece to save on surface area. You can play around with flowers, candles, lanterns, mason jars, and much more. For authentic Indian style setup, use tea lights and brass accessories wrapped in colourful strips of cloth. You can also place a long strip of a mirror in place of a table runner and top it with tea lights and wooden animal figurines.

3. Story of Crockery and Cutlery

Placement of cutlery and crockery plays a very important role. This not only nurtures table etiquettes but also helps you in maintaining a clean setup. Cultivate a habit of using separate plates for mains and bread or chapatti to ensure that the bread does not get soggy. Introduce table napkins to the whole setup to eliminate the possibility of accidental spillage. Dress up these napkins with eye-catching holders. You can also tie these napkins with dry bamboo grass or ribbons. When it comes to spoons and forks, always ensure that every plate is partnered with an adequate number. If you are serving Indian cuisines, then you need to place a couple of spoons beside a plate. In case of continental, place a set of forks, spoons and a knife. The type of crockery and cutlery you pick will itself make a big difference to your table setting. You can use authentic copper and brass plates and utensils to give an authentic Indian feel, or you can choose very colourful ceramic plates to give a bohemian personality to your dinner party. When it comes to cutlery and utensils, the choices are endless.

4. Little Shiny Trinkets

To maintain a theme on a table, you can introduce little trinkets. These trinkets should blend in the whole set up but also maintain distinct identities. You can have metal birds holding salt and pepper shakers or a thin stone slab with napkins placed under a glass goldfish.

5. Mismatched Table Settings

Sometimes the beauty is in not trying too hard! You can create a very easy relaxed yet chic table setting by mixing and matching a plethora of colours and design styles. This dash of colour will show your individualism and will also create an easy going, fun mealtime.

6. For those Formal Dinners

Some dinners are very formal, for example, calling your or your spouse’s boss for dinner or having your mother-in-law eat in your new home for the first time. We recommend that you keep the table settings at such times simple, timeless and elegant. For one, it will showcase you as a sophisticated host or hostess who has great taste and also if you keep it simple, you can achieve more without adding even more stress to yourself for this important occasion. We suggest you go with elegant white laze napkins, high-end dishware in classic pastel colours and some simple flowers for the centrepiece.

If you wish to bring together your family every night, even then try to dress up your dining table. As, humans, we crave for something new every day. Then why not give your eyes little treats every day in the form of creatively done dining tables. It can also act as a bonding exercise if you include your kids, siblings, mother, or any loved one in the decoration process.


Five Design Ideas For Your Living Room

October 30, 2019

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If one says that the living room is the heart of a house, I indeed agree with that. The living room is the place where you spend most of the time of your day. Trends keep on changing day by day, time to time, and country to country. What’s found perfect in the New World may not be fit on the perfection scale of the old world and vice versa. So, the designing and furnishing of the living room should be according to the demand of the locality and of course, keeping an account of your comfort level. 

Play with colors, schemes, themes, patterns, styles, and leave an imprint of your perfection on every single inch of your living room. Décor your living room in a trendy and classy manner and believe me, you will fall in love with your innovation. Let’s have a look at some better design ideas that would help you uplift your living room. 

Colorful seating arrangement

Light walls with vibrant colored seating, make a perfect look for your living room. Accent chairs, sofas, barstools having bold shades are trending these days. These dark colors are complimented by light wall color and soft texture of the surrounding with these jewel tones like emerald green, ruby sapphire blue colored seating blazing in the center. 

Large-scale wall art

Art has always been in home décor fashion for decades, but in the last few years, the artwork has set a big splash. Big, bold and carefully chosen wall paintings and large-scale designs are trending these days. Corner art designs, illustrating portraits, and simplicity in artwork has the sole power to give your living room an entirely different look. An ideal wall painting should cover four-seventh of the theme wall of the living room. 

Light up your living room

The brighter it is, the more elegant look it gives. A well-lighted living room offers a classy look. You can put on a glamorous chandelier, fairy lights, or simple recessed lights to add to the beauty of your living room. Light fixtures add more space and enhance the elegance of the desired place. If these lights are complemented with light walls and mirrors, it will give an indescribably magnificent look to your living room. 

Cushions and pillow selection

Cushions and pillows though seem like accessories, but they add up a lot in beautifying your living room. More cushions on the sofas and floor cushions are flattering to the comfort and finishing of the designing. Swapping up the cushion covers and adding a variety of textures, motifs, colors, and prints can give your living room an energetic and the desired look. 

Play with the pattern

The pattern is the basic component of a theme. Wrong and mismatched patterns with the theme can make your layout look a bit weird and unattractive. The complimenting patterns in rugs, curtains, cushions, and walls with the item will make everyone praise your choice and designing ability. Colors should be carefully chosen while working on interior designing.  To give your living room, the best look, you don’t always need an interior designer. Just think wisely and choose carefully what you think suits your home and goes best with the theme of your living room. A pleasant living room would be a guarantee to make you love your time at home. 

5 Types Of Coffee Tables

October 30, 2019

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When it comes to the conventional coffee tables, you should consider reclaimed wood tables. These coffee tables still have their importance. They can be a great choice for you even if you have a modern or vintage style room. Given below is a description of different types of coffee tables.

Coffee tables have been around for years. As a matter of fact, these are the staple of western homes. You will find one in every other home in the west. However, some people go for the reclaimed wooden tables instead. Let’s talk about different types of them.

1. Wood

Wood is a versatile construction material. That is the reason it is commonly used to make furniture articles. Working with wood is easy as it can be molded to various shapes and sizes.

While the surface of a wooden table is not smooth initially, it can be made smooth with the right tools. If you are looking for a vintage look, we suggest that you go for wooden tables.

2. Metal

Aside from wood, metal coffee tables are all the rage nowadays. Just like the wood, metal tables are sturdy and lightweight. The legs of a metal table are thinner than the top. Moreover, the legs are made into different weird shapes for style. Since metal is strong, the table provide better support than wood.

Metal is resistant to water damage as well. Another great characteristic of a metal table is that its surface is smooth and has no ridges.

3. Glass

Nowadays, coffee tables made of glass are increasing in popularity. Primarily, this is because they have a classy touch. Again, the versatility of glass furniture makes it more attractive. Often, glass furniture features metal joints. Therefore, they are sturdy. You can find some tables that are made purely of glass, but they can be dangerous, especially if they are made of the glass that is not tempered.

4. Rattan

Wicker or rattan is an ideal choice for patio furniture. However, they are also used for home furniture because of their tranquility. The top of wicker furniture is smooth. So, the things put on the table won’t topple over. The color of wicker makes it different from the rest of the furniture. Often, these tables are placed in gazebos or open spaces.

5. Acrylic

Apparently, acrylic tables look like glass tables. What makes these tables stand out from the crowd is their price and weight. As far as the design goes, these coffee tables are simple, which makes them a great choice for you if you love simplicity. Moreover, they are easy to carry from one place to another since they are lightweight.

So, this was a description of 5 types of coffee tables. If you are looking for one for your room, we suggest that you go through this guide. Also, you can discuss your needs with your friends and neighbors. They may give you suggestions as to what would be best for you. Hopefully, you will be able to buy the right coffee table now.


Tips To Choose the Best Coffee Table for Your Home

October 30, 2019

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All the furniture that you keep in your house has a specific function. A coffee table is also an important piece of furniture. A coffee table goes well with your sofa set. When you are going to the market you will find a wide range of coffee tables. For choosing the best one out one has to maintain certain things that are essential. They are as follows:

Space Where the Table Will Be Placed

The space you intend to place them should be enough. You need to keep adequate space between your sofa set and the coffee table so that you are able to stretch your legs. But it should not be too far away. When you sit on them you should be easily able to reach the table. You also need to maintain a sitting arrangement between other sitting arrangements.

Size of the Table

The size of the coffee table should be based on two factors. The first one is the size of the room and the second one is the sitting arrangement of the area. The height of the table should not be more than 1 to 2 inches than that of the sofa. The size should be good enough to enable you and your guests reach them easily to keep or keep their plates and glasses.

Shape and Style of the Table

The shape is important and so is the style. For an L-shaped sofa, a rectangular coffee table is a good choice. And for a compact sofa set, the compact table will be perfect. It is safe to keep rounded tables when you are having infants and toddlers in your home.

When the style is concerned you can choose them from formal, informal, vintage and modern styles. The table should match your decors. For a contemporary look you can choose a metal table with a glass top and for a classy look, you can go for the wooden tables.

Material Used To Make Them

Like we mentioned two types in the earlier point there are different materials that can be used to make the tables. They can be made of wood, of metals or of plastic. You can choose anyone that you feel would go with your interiors.

These are the qualities of the coffee table that you should keep in mind before buying them. While you buy, be sure about the purpose of buying them so that you get the maximum value out of it.


5 Benefits of Wooden Furniture

October 30, 2019

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Furnishing our living space with wooden furniture has plenty of practical and stylish benefits. Wood is rarely beaten when it comes to all-round strength and appearance. It is a practical choice for both modern and traditional designs. Plus, it can be made into unique designs with the possibility to engrave it, bend it and carve it.

Here are five benefits of wooden furniture:

Durability

Wooden furniture has the ability to offer long-term durability and is made from hardwood or softwood. The hardwood is the most expensive and includes mahogany, rosewood, teak, cherry and oak. This type of wood has a rich, dark finish and has the potential to last for generations. Softwoods can include cedar and pine which are more susceptible to marking and scratches. But, this can add an extra layer of character to the furniture. The softwood is lighter in color, but is likely to take on a darker shade if left exposed to sunlight.

Sustainability

There are certain woods like mahogany that are being over harvested, which can have long-term consequences. For this reason, it makes sense to buy the item of furniture that relies on the sustainable wood. This is certain to appeal to those homeowners that are looking for an ecologically safe way to furnish the living room or dining room.

Easy to maintain

Wood is a material that is relatively easy to care for. A regular dusting session will keep the item of furniture clean. A natural wax polish is a practical choice to maintain the items with a polished finish. Any non-treated or treated furniture should not be cleaned with water. Wood is very absorbent and letting the furniture get wet often can cause long-term damage.

Great versatility

Wood is a higher versatile material and easily complements the rustic, modern or traditional home. Adding a few items of furniture in cherry wood to the dining room is a great way to create the traditional look, while pine is useful for the rustic inspired theme, and ash is favored for the modern kitchen. Also, it is possible to mix and match a few styles of wood to create a really eclectic room.

Great for outdoors

Wood with its natural strength and beauty is a favorite choice for garden furniture. While there are plenty of other options like rattan, metal and plastic, the wooden furniture is the most striking and is also relatively easy to maintain. This type of garden furniture only needs the occasion treatment to maintain its good looks for the long-term.


The Benefits of Using Stoneware Dishes and Dinner Sets

October 30, 2019

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Stoneware dishes and dinner sets are just as popular and valued by today’s cooks as they have been for centuries gone by. Stoneware is a safe material for cooking food and it is also one of the most admirable kinds of material that has been used throughout centuries as a cooking vessel. The artful designs found on stoneware have always been very appealing to many people. And things are no different now. Stoneware has made a big comeback recently due to its multiple uses in today’s kitchens. Some cooks prefer to buy their stoneware dishes individually while other choose complete dinner sets but they all buy for the benefit of the wonderful material.

Stoneware dishes and dinner sets are durable and this increases their value in the kitchen even more. These cooking and serving vessels are actually made from clay that has been treated at very high temperatures. They keep the food warm for a long time because the material has an inherent ability to store heat.

They are even more resilient than dishes made from china or porcelain. The heavy coating of glaze applied to the clay base makes these dishes so much more resistant to cracking or chipping.

Stoneware dishes and dinner sets are dishwasher safe and are very easy to maintain and clean up. And to make it even better, you can use stoneware dishes in the microwave! That is one benefit that makes the sale for so many families today.

You can safely keep it in the oven or even freeze it if you would like to store something in it. But one caution when freezing in stoneware – care should be taken when taking the vessel out of the freezer. If there is too much of a sudden temperature change the dishes are likely to break. To get around this, just be sure to allow some thawing time on the counter or overnight in the refrigerator before heating in your microwave or oven.