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New Decorating Ideas for the family lounge

Interior designer Pooja Bhatia says uniqueness of each element in the lounge creates the perfect backdrop for fun and quality time for family members

The family lounge is a section of the house where family spends their substantial entertainment time of the day and should reflect the taste of the people residing in the house.

Pooja Bhatia, a senior interior designer at Design In Vogue, lists the points that need to be kept in mind while planning the lounge’s interiors.

The Basics

  • There should be warm and comfortable couch or seating arrangements since one spends long hours in the lounge. The seating could be a combination of L-shaped sofa with recliners or single seater with foot stools. The colour-scheme should be mainly neutral with highlights of bright cushions.
  • Ensuring lighting to be a combination of indirect coves and general ambient lighting is an intelligent move as it gives a good ambience as well as adding the necessary brightness to a space.
  • Keep a gadget zone which has the necessary wiring for a full-equipped sound system to enhance the regular sound quality. The TV cabinet should be placed in such a manner that it provides maximum direct viewing and makes regular TV experience comfortable. The TV unit should be designed in such a manner that adequate space is allocated for storage of CDs, DVDs, books and a sleek display for artifacts.

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The Accessories

  • Elements of interest in the living area can be family photo wall where a combination of different sizes of photo frames is arranged in an aesthetic manner, with a neutral background such that the pictures catch the attention.
  • Accessories form an important aspect of the family lounge. In an existing family lounge, a lamp, bright coloured rug and some bright cushions can add the necessary statement to otherwise plain and simple room. Carpets can demarcate the play area for the children. A large cushion/bean bag with a small mat can be reading area for adults. Demarcating activity zones is a smart and easy way to arrange and decorate the living area.
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5 Home Decor Ideas for an opulent haven

Organising a home is an art. People these days pay attention towards elaborate details owing to the growing a keenness towards intricate items to transform the basic structure into luxury abode.

Modern homes are no longer constructed with bricks, sand and stones. They are nurtured with perfection by carefully crafting them with vivid design and alluring aesthetic ideas.

 

Here’s five interesting tips and tools to add artistic charm to your home:

 

  • Use matching clothes hangers: Choose the right hangers that can give your wardrobe neater appearance. Though, it may give a bit burden on your pocket but investing in matching hangers can give you instant gratification. These smart hangings hangers can turn you closet into a sleek, uniform hanging system.

matching clothes hangers:

 

  • Try hooks at the back of the door: This small trick can help to optimize unused space of your home. This is one of the hidden storage idea that doesn’t require much money or time to make it usable. These clever hinges can be kept behind the door and proves to be great space saving tool.  Its installation doesn’t require any technical support as it can be easily accommodated behind the door.

hooks at the back of the door

 

  • Utilise space under the stairs: While almost every homes have unused space under the stairs because the space is poorly lit and you can’t stand up easily in the space. This area can be utilised in a more efficient way can be turned into most attractive and useful space of the home. You can put some beautiful furniture like slide-out drawers and cabinets to keep your stuff with no hesitation. This space can be utilised to make mini library.

Utilise space under the stairs

 

  • Art and Accessories: your home is a canvas that can be painted into beautiful colors. You can also add a touch of flair by placing a colorful artistic piece to the wall of the room which can be made the focal point of your home. Framed art, canvas and modern artistic design can create an artsy appeal to the home.

art and accessories

 

  • Create a storage-packed kitchen: Imaginative kitchen design ideas and smart planning can modify your kitchen into storage packed spaces. Pull-out cabinet cookware organiser can be installed to maximise the space. Open shelves are also useful as they provide much space for storing everyday utensils, pots and fry pans. Use hooks to hang measuring cups or knives. Space above the wash basin allow you to hang more items.

Create a storage-packed kitchen

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5 Summer Decor Tips For Your Home

Add lighter patterns: Choose appealing motifs for upholstery which gel with the rest of the house

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Prefer neutral themes: When deciding on overall hues, go for earthy tones

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Balance the nature: Enhance ventilation and put shades and covers where required

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Flowers do the trick: Whether fragrances or patterns, flowers add to the summer charm

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Splash your favourite colours: Use the colours that appeal you generously around the house.

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Smart Designing For The Family Lounge

Interior designer Pooja Bhatia says uniqueness of each element in the lounge creates the perfect backdrop for fun and quality time for family members

The family lounge is a section of the house where family spends their substantial entertainment time of the day and should reflect the taste of the people residing in the house.

Pooja Bhatia, a senior interior designer at Design In Vogue, lists the points that need to be kept in mind while planning the lounge’s interiors.

The Basics
There should be warm and comfortable couch or seating arrangements since one spends long hours in the lounge. The seating could be a combination of L-shaped sofa with recliners or single seater with foot stools. The colour-scheme should be mainly neutral with highlights of bright cushions.

Ensuring lighting to be a combination of indirect coves and general ambient lighting is an intelligent move as it gives a good ambiance as well as adding the necessary brightness to a space.

Keep a gadget zone which has the necessary wiring for a full-equipped sound system to enhance the regular sound quality. The TV cabinet should be placed in such a manner that it provides maximum direct viewing and makes regular TV experience comfortable. The TV unit should be designed in such a manner that adequate space is allocated for storage of CDs, DVDs, books and a sleek display for artifacts.

 

Check Out: 5 Home Decor Ideas for an opulent haven

 

The Accessories
Elements of interest in the living area can be family photo wall where a combination of different sizes of photo frames is arranged in an aesthetic manner, with a neutral background such that the pictures catch the attention.

Accessories form an important aspect of the family lounge. In an existing family lounge, a lamp, bright coloured rug and some bright cushions can add the necessary statement to otherwise plain and simple room. Carpets can demarcate the play area for the children. A large cushion/bean bag with a small mat can be reading area for adults. Demarcating activity zones is a smart and easy way to arrange and decorate the living area.

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Interior Designing Tips for 2 BHK Flat

Nikhil Aggarwal of Resaiki Interiors explains how slight changes in the interior design of your flat can bring about great results

A 2BHK flat can be made luxurious and aesthetic values with some imagination. Nikhil Aggarwal, CEO and MD of Resaiki Interiors, list some suggestions:

 

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Harmony in colours: Be it walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, furniture, carpets, curtains, or any other component of the house, all need to be in harmony in terms of colours. So, while designing the interior, it is essential to choose the perfect colour combination for walls, floors, and ceilings. Likewise, the colour should be in sync with the furniture.

Using mirrors: Decorative mirrors can render instant light to your living space, and if arranged in a smart manner, they can prove to be great elegance enhancers.

Create perfect combination: Everything, including patterns and texture of the room, pieces of home decors, antique and new pieces, cheap and expensive articles, and hanging objects should be in perfect combination.

Covering and curtains: Changing the furniture covers and the curtains can bring about great change in looks and appropriate colours can further enhance the aesthetics.

Use available items: It is not essential to purchase new and expensive items for decoration. Dexterously using available articles can create an opulent look.

Ad-ons: Go green, paint the bookcases, use rugs and add hanging pot holders and wicker baskets.

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Making the bedroom look cozy and spacious

Interior designer Subhashini Kumar lists the steps one can take to maximize the space of this room and give it an elegant look. As a general rule, a lot of attention and money is invested in the living-dining room when buying an apartment. But when it comes to the bedroom, other than the bed and the wardrobe and a possible mirror, not much attention is given to other things.

Happy Keys spoke to Subhashini Kumar, an interior expert and designer with over a decade of experience, on the steps to take to make this private room comfortable, maximize its space and give it an elegant look. This what she said:

Even if you are stuck with a small bedroom, there are ways to plan your bedroom furniture and necessities so that you can comfortably move around in the space as well as fit in all the necessary pieces.

 

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All it requires is some careful planning and implementation.

The bed
The bed occupies a major part of this room. Although in a small room, one may be tempted to place the bed in one corner, this may mean the person sleeping in the extreme corner may get very little air even if the room is air-conditioned.
A better and more comfortable place to keep the bed is in along the wall adjacent to the entrance. Here is an example: The most visible wall is usually the one opposite the entrance door. The wall that runs perpendicular to the door on the left side is an excellent to place the bed even if it is a double bed. This gives the impression of wider length and breadth to the room.

Fix a full-length mirror on the outermost door and make an area to keep your makeup kit in a niche above the drawers. Beds with storage drawers (about a couple of them at least) are a must in a small bedroom for storing bed linens and other knick-knacks.

Wardrobes
In a small bedroom, space is always a premium. Hence, have a wardrobe that has sliding doors with the rollers on top. Not only does this occupy less space which a normal door requires when opening, the rollers on top ensure dust-free smooth movement.

You can either have four large drawers from the bottom to roughly about two-third part of the cupboard with hanging facilities on the remaining one-third.

Beyond side tables
In a small bedroom, it is a smarter move to have full length cupboards with storage space and an open space to double up as bedside tables on both sides. A low wooden loft above the bed at about five and half feet is also a good option for storage.

Keeping the colors light — off whites, beige, light green or blue or yellow – for walls, curtains, woodwork and bed linen keeps the room from getting claustrophobic. A colorful niche near the windows or on the bedside shelves with a concealed bright lighting makes the room look cozy and comfortable.

Festive Look for your Home

Easy-to-Add Festive Look for your Home

The key is to go for a lasting look by playing with the right colours, being practical and not too fussy

With the festive season arriving, Subhashini Kumar, an interior expert and designer, offers tips to style one’s home for celebrations.

“The key is to go for a lasting look by playing with the right colours, being practical and not too fussy.
First of all, get your home completely cleaned along with the curtains, carpets and vases.
The seating in most living rooms today are in soft colours with a focus area. Expand this concept by adding a glowing copper/gold/brown shawl or even an old festive saree that has done its round strategically on the back rest.

But keep in simple so that the look is bold yet comfortable. After all, you need to maintain this décor for a few weeks and sitting on the sofa is a regular expectation.
Highlight a specific area in each room. The difference is that the focus is on the center table and the corners in the living room, the side tables and the corner table in the bedrooms.
Invest in the painted simple mudpots that you get in the markets. Buy them in different sizes and simply place them in strategic areas with small bamboos in cups or with old brass ware that you have in the house.

 

In case you have the budget, you can also invest in a good Kutch wall hanging which you can use every year.
Place aroma candles and burners, perforated glass jars, and antique vases to the festival mood in strategic places.

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The quickest way to perk up your house is to regularly place fresh flowers, that too mogras and common hibiscus in water-filled urlis or plates. They are not expensive, can be easily replaced and are available easily.

 

Lighting the candles and some incense sticks along with these tips should keep the house at its festive best. You can add rangolis and diyas on Diwali.

 

These bits should save you time in putting up and when taking down as well, as they simply mean folding the festive cloth and packing away the coloured pots for next year.