Month: July 2018

Tips To Choosing Ceramic Tiles

Get into the spirit of adventure and work on the home entrance, patio and garden to elaborate the dream. Find happiness in decorations with DIY approaches if preferred. A lot of grit goes into the construction, purchase or maintenance of the home, anyway. Persevere.

Start with the floors

Floors are crucial and expensive too. Wooden floors in the past may have been exposed to plenty of wear and tear. Nowadays, ceramics would be delightful in a range of pretty colors and designs, cost effective too, and easy to maintain in comparison to real wood. Ceramics may be used just anywhere and even in the wet areas. Yet, ceramics will not retain heat and you would need carpets to beat the cold in harsh winters. Pots could damage ceramic tiles too. Glance at 6 ceramic tile patterns and decide where to install them.

Matching designs

A very popular, though simple design, is the parallel pattern. Starting from a point, the tiles are patterned parallel to each other with uniform stripes.

Linking patterns

Shaped like a T, the row of bricks starting from the wall creates joints and links to each other. The aesthetic pattern produces a rustic ambiance that reminds of the far away and long ago amidst urban scenes. Rough finishing on ceramic with a faded surface sets the tone.

An irregular approach

Though it does appear complex, it’s different and inexpensive too. The tiles in abstract shapes are joined with mortar. The tiles with curving edges are fitted together. The design is called Prague in honor of the Brazilian designer, Renata Rubim.

Go section-wise

Contrast is the key with the use of two patterns of tiles that create two dissimilar sections. It often resembles a carpet pattern with dark and classic tiles for a striking effect.

The geometrical minimalist approach

Imagine a tiny, stylish kitchen floor. Wood imitation ceramic tiles are arranged in the herringbone V-shaped pattern. The wooden cabinets and counters blend in well. The herringbone is getting popular after long in a modern setting.

Intangible images

Get familiar with a bold and different approach. Many tile designs work together randomly. Do you find that interesting? The remaining variety of mosaics could work well together. Replacing the ones that crack up is no problem either. If the walls and furniture are of neutral shades, such a pattern would work.

How To Furnishing Your Home

Don’t overdo but don’t forget color when you add or replace furnishing items in your home

When you have plans to add some new furnishings in any room in your home you need to think of your color scheme before you begin. If you are replacing some items, the colors that surround those items may also have to be replaced. You need to choose wisely so your room or rooms will not look in complete disarray. You may pick some of the loveliest items, most comfortable furnishings, but if they do not complement the other furnishings, you may end up with something that will not be pleasing to your eye and could ultimately make you feel very uncomfortable.

Some colors go together well, and some, of course, do not.

For example, let us assume you are adding some pieces to your living room.

You might have a neutral color sofa and you would like to add an accent chair or two. If your sofa is a light color a tan or perhaps light grey you might look for a chair that has a hint of that grey or tan but is a floral pattern or perhaps a geometric style. That chair can be any color that will look good with the other furnishings in your room and will go well with your sofa particularly if there is a hint of the sofa color in the pattern.

Don’t go wild.

If you are starting with a sofa in a neutral color you can, of course, add a vibrant color to an accent chair without regret, but if you are adding two chairs please do not make each one a wildly different color or pattern. You will regret it if you do. Your two chairs need to complement each other as well as your sofa.

If your other furnishings are dark then the lighter colors with work wonderfully to bring out a sense of warmth and comfort.

If you are starting with a very dark sofa, then you can add a more vibrant color with accent chairs and that will make your room more cheerful. Be careful there also, you do want to add color, but you never want to overdo with too many different colors in the same room.

You may be interested in adding or replacing some other items such as a lamp or perhaps a footstool. These can also add color to your decor, but again choosing colors that will complement each other and not clash, is your goal.

One other important thing to always remember, the wooden pieces in your room need to be considered when adding bright and vibrant colors to any of your furniture choices. If your end tables and coffee tables, or bookcases are dark wood than almost any color scheme of bright colors in your other furniture, your sofa, accent chairs, lamp shades, footstools, etc., will usually be okay and will add an uplifting feeling to that room. But if your wooded furniture pieces are of light wood, such as white oak, birch or pine than your color choices for your sofa and accent chairs as well as other pieces will need to be a little more subdued so there will not be a feeling of chaos which could happen if you pick colors that clash with your wood pieces.

A good idea before selecting a chair or sofa or whatever furnishing you are planning to acquire would be to try placing several small pieces of material, of the different colors that interest you, near your wood furniture pieces to see how they blend with each other and hopefully not clash and make your room look disorganized. It always pays to make certain of your colors before you add them to an established room.

If you are just starting to plan and furnish your home then you will need to carefully choose the whole color scheme for your rooms. It takes the same kind of thought to plan it all as it does to add in new pieces.

Do add color, but do try to add the right colors. You will know when you have selected a piece that will complement the other pieces you have chosen. Colors that do not really go together will give you a feeling of discomfort.

If you visit a few furniture outlet stores you will notice that their displays will usually contain furniture items that complement. You will not see a display that has a green sofa next to an orange chair, but you will often see, for instance, something like a tan or brown sofa next to a light green chair with a small tan or brownish flower print. These furnishing store displays can illustrate better than anything just how a room will look if you plan carefully do add your colors, but choose with care to complement all the other pieces in your room to highlight and delight, not to challenge and collide with each other.

Guide To Design Your Dining Table

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.

How To Spice Up Your Dining Room

Did you know that a centerpiece can be a generic item that is not only used for events or a dinner party? Centerpieces give the dining room a more interesting and homely atmosphere. Plus it can add to the decor of the room.

Before starting with the decoration, you should decide on whether to use a tablecloth or runner. Many people will choose a runner to protect the wooden furnishing from scratching and staining plus it looks modern and elegant. The tablecloth and runner also does not need to match the curtains but if a carpet is present, make sure that the colour suits the carpet. Alternatively, you can use contrasting colours such as black and white, yellow and red, or perhaps purple and green.

Centerpieces can be more than just flowers and candles. They can also be a combination of decor items or something completely out of this world and abstract.

The item that will be used as the main focus should be in a different colour than that of the tablecloth or runner. Try to avoid blending the same colour decor items so that guests can actually see the distinctive decor elements. The only exception to this decor rule is the use of transparent glasses and vases.

A trend that is taking wedding venues by storm is the upside down wine glass containing an item of sentimental value and a candle placed on top. This centerpiece is placed on a dark plate that accentuates the glossiness of the wine glass. This should be done in sets of three for a wholesome look.

Filling a tumbler (a tall glass) halfway with beads in the colour of your choice might seem generic. So try topping the bead filled glass with water and placing three of these tumblers on a reflective plate. This is a simple yet gorgeous centerpiece that won’t take too much effort to construct.

Sometimes people travel to different parts of the world and tend to buy souvenirs such as a bottle of local gem stones. However, when you get home you realise that you don’t have any use for these gem stones. Filling small mason jars with either a specific type of stone or mixing them could give the room a rustic appearance. You can either top the jar up with water or place a tea candle on top of the gems.