Category: Interior Design and Decorating

Rustic Luxe

Reclaimed distressed wood furniture is a style that speaks to several styles of interior decor but is must have to the rustic luxe look. These beautiful barn doors are made from wood salvaged from old Indian Havelis or buildings. An old door table immediately becomes the statement piece when added to a room. For the finesse of the reclaimed wood try a buffet with wrought iron railings and original tiles.

Metallics create the modern dimension of this look taking luxe into high fashion. Mirrors encased in old jharokha windows or through accessories like metallic hued fabrics and shiny candle holders. A traditionally inspired silver finished armchair, the Queen Of Hearts adds a touch of luxe classic to the room. This classic stands apart from the more worn pieces and the feminine metallic accessories.The kitchen uses rustic antique manjoosh, an Indian chest on wheels with elephants and peacock carvings as an island combined with crystal wine glasses creates luxury decor, practical yet eclectic.

The luxe cabinet styles with raised edges glazed doors in distressed white finish with a ceiling harnessed with warm cedar beams and planks creates a huge statement. Earth hue granite counter tops and back splash with and rustic bar stools pick up the story started by a professional range and a built-in refrigerator with custom doors made from old distressed woods.

The kitchen pantry is wrapped in rustic panels and a sliding barn door does the trick, working well with the mirrored tiles, and cabinet hardware which is porcelain hand painted knobs.Straight clean lines and the warmth of old woods close the space between traditional and rustic.

Creating a kaleidoscope of ideas, mixing unusual tribal earthy colors, getting away from the norm, yet keeping it classy and sophisticated, rustic luxe is the tribe norm. Warm turquoise patina buffets, smooth textured wood tones contrasting with sleek clean lines, tapestry fabrics with fabulous multi hued texture placed against smooth calf leather, mirrors and glass sprinkled in for decorative elegance.

Rustic Luxe is a lifestyle trend allowing the freedom to put favorite items together so that a person’s individual style shines. Create Rustic Luxe interiors with old antique doors carved by hand, telling the stories of the past, consoles and dining tables in distressed finish and armoires with tribal painting, a design trend that is timeless and as beautiful as you!


Bohemian Interiors

A bohemian tapestry or wall throw pulls in the colors of the earth, filled with embellishments and weaves and designs of ancient civilizations. For a very antique and royal look, you can have some ornately sari embroidered wall hangings also that are filled with zardozi thread work. A Mogul tapestry or an intricate banjara wall hanging are treasures of cultures and pieces of art.

Funky designs, animal prints and mandalas mixed with intricate patterns and sheer gauzy curtains are inviting interiors for the free spirited bohemian designer. Calming Blues, serene greens, vibrant reds and sun yellow create visual spells of design that intoxicate your senses. Ari embroidery tapestries, kantha threadwork blankets, kashmir pillows, pashmina blankets are just a few items that fill up the trunk of the bohemian spirit. Mandala printed handloom cotton coverlets are a refreshing springtime accent throw for a picnic or a garden lunch, Use at the beach, or add a burst of color to your home’s interiors.

Richly-woven colors and enchanting designs of paisley and the tree of life, peacocks and elephants, the bohemian spirit rejoices in the prints and colors from India. Banjara ethnic traditional quilts from India are hand embroidered in rich mirror and kantha embroidery. Each piece uniquely depicts the traditions and art of the region creatively and ethnically. These traditional Indian tapestries are intensely bohemian with their unique designs and extravagant colors.

Tribal designs and rich colors with beautiful motifs create a kaleidoscope of passion and vibrant energy. Bohemian interiors are layered with fabrics all over.Use throws on furniture pieces, banjara wall hangings as window treatments, or antiques rugs for the floor.

Textured or patterned walls and rough patinas on distressed woods come together with richly patterned fabrics. Hand carved wall sculptures and figurines of animals lovingly add character and warmth. Banjara reds and flamboyant yellows dominate the interiors, the gauzy gold trimmed curtains adding the right touch of glamour.


Remove Vinyl Decals

HEAT

As with most sticky material, heating up the surface will help you to remove the decal much easier. If working on a vehicle, you can place it in the sun for a bit which should be enough to help get the process going. Many installers choose to use hairdryers or heat guns and these are an easier option if working indoors. Just be sure not to get the material too hot with the heat gun as you don’t want the vinyl melting. Always work in sections, heating up the entire surface at once will be a waste of time due to the fact that once you get to the next section, it will have already cooled down.

Scrape

Once you’ve applied the heat, you should be to begin scrapping back the vinyl. For this part I use a plastic razor blade or credit card. DO NOT USE METAL! This will only cause damage to whatever surface your decal is on (particularly vehicles). You don’t need to scrape the entire decal back, just enough to be able to get a good grip on it when peeling off.

Peel

Once you’ve got your edges peeled up, you can begin peeling the material back. You want to do this SLOWLY, fast motions will likely cause the material to rip or leave excess glue behind. I also suggest you do this at about a 120 degree angle again to avoid ripping and this helps to ensure you’ll remove the whole decal at once.

REMOVE THE GOO

Once you’re done removing the decal you’ll probably notice a nice dirty/sticky outline of where your decal was. There are a variety of different products you can use to remove this but I am a fan of goo be gone. Be sure to read the back of the bottle before use to make sure it will not cause any damage or discoloration to whatever surface you are working on before you start. I apply the liquid with a terry cloth as it is tougher and will work better to remove any tough grime. You may need to wipe the surface down a few times but in the end you should have a nice and clean surface ready for your next decal project!


About French Interiors Old World Chic

French closets are the old styled armoire, a freestanding storage piece that has drawers, shelves, and the classic porcelain knobs. Old doors styled into cabinets in deep dark wood tones splayed against an ivory wall, so classic French chic! Add one to your bedroom to hold your clothing or to your study for your books.

French interiors are rarely bold but they often have a vintage French chandelier giving the ceiling an old world elegance.

Many French homes have stunning historic architecture taking from their historic beautiful cathedrals and palaces. Celebrate the old traditions with vintage scalloped arches and doorways with finials and brass accents. Beautiful ornate carved-wood detailing against the backdrop of white walls gives the antique sculpture a statement character.

Soaking and unwinding in a deep elegant porcelain tub with old wall sculptures or a huge arched mirror as the backdrop; stay in the realm of extravagant chalky and subdued grays. Antique white, pale mint, sunkissed sand, washed linen, or gray are the pallets found abundantly in French homes. Add color in art or decorative accents, subtle and quiet beautiful jamavar woven pashmina blankets steal your heart.

Antique white provides a lived-in feel to a room with traditional French decor. In dining areas, delicious vanilla softens the hues of the dark palace door dining table. Inspiration goes beyond tradition with salvaged antique barn doors, used as a room divider. The vintage antique washed turquoise chests and consoles made from renewable sources are the splash of subtle color in an otherwise quiet room.

Handloom cotton throws in paisley prints remind you of the summer, yellows and green, a pleasing array of color. Sheer curtains give the room an airy romantic feel, interlace with solid panels and the room has a beautiful aura.

Easy uncomplicated colors work beautifully with vintage washed palace doors and archways, intricately detailed by hand, unique and one of a kind. Old world elegance balanced with contemporary pieces stimulates the five senses, bringing beautiful vibrant energy to your home.


Copper In Interior Design

Copper sinks that are hammered give that old-world feel that set one’s home apart from the rest. Add copper to the faucets and fixtures, like showerheads and soap dishes to name a couple. They can be shined up or left to age gracefully. Both looks are attractive, and the homeowner can feel proud they are using an eco-friendly and recycled material when they invest in copper kitchen range hoods and other items. Following trends has never been smarter and more affordable, and designers are raving over copper.

Anyone looking for an awe inspiring type of lighting will do well by using copper. It’s multi-faceted and can light any space, as well as add a touch of class on fixtures. Consider cozy, nautical, rustic, contemporary and western décor aided by copper lighting. The possibilities are endless. Pendants, desk lamps, chandeliers and up lights are some of the more popular choices.

Though stainless steel has forged the way as far as the choice metal finish in kitchens and bathrooms, nowadays no one needs to feel confided to just this choice! There’s of course, copper, which is the most popular trending metal by proof of copper kitchen range hood sales which are higher than ever. Homeowners also enjoy oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel. Mixing and matching them all makes for a whimsical and fun décor.

Consider using them for hardware, like hinges, door handles and other tiny touches that show whomever did the decorating had a flair for details. Metal backsplashes come in a variety of choices and some contain more than one finish as well. This can tie together copper elements with stainless or others. It looks truly elegant and is rated high on the list for trends to follow this year.

Getting a luxurious look is easy when displaying copper utensils and cooking pans and pots. Hang a pot rack above the island, or on the wall and display several antique copper utensils for a home-like feel.


Revamp Interior Space

Always Pick Light Color Home Accessories:

By picking light or neutral color accessories, one is creating a space that will appear larger than it already is. If one uses dark colored sofa upholstery or paints a dark wall, the space will look smaller and the room will appear compact. So, whether one is deciding the colors for curtains or any other home accessory, it is important to pick light, neutral tones that will enhance the living space of the room.

Always have a Feature Wall:

In order to provide that luxe look to your space, it is recommended to have one main wall that could be a feature wall. One can either paint it in a different color, or have a different kind of wall paper on it. This type of wall is also called the focus wall which further enhances the overall look of the space. One can either place nice wall hangings or even hang some statement art pieces on it which will only add that extra panache to your living space.

Use a Good Quality Handmade Rug:

Imagine a space with no rug at all, even though one might have the best Italian flooring or wooden flooring. It would look empty, bare and would appear as if something is missing. It is mandatory to use a good quality handmade rug to complete the look of your space. It is important to identify what type of rug one wants considering there is a wide variety of option available. Our experts recommend to use a good quality handmade carpet instead of a machine made rug which far less durable. A handmade rug adds that luxury look to ones living space.

If it is a formal kind of setting, one can opt for a pure silk carpet or an original Persian carpet. As good quality silk carpet depends upon a number of factors like knots per square inch, the weave, density and the design pattern.

Less is More

It doesn’t mean that by placing various home accessories in one space, your interiors would look better. The key is less is more. It is recommended to place less stuff in your living space that will only exude further sophistication and would that finesse to your interiors. In a nutshell, it is always quality over quantity.

De-clutter your Living Space

It is often seen that there are a lot of wanted things lying aimlessly in ones living space. Get that Sunday cleaning done now before it starts accumulating and your space looks all cluttered. Whatever is not required, remove that extra baggage and create a haven of beautiful things with less stuff around.


How to Layout Your Bedrooms

Relax, It’s your own personal space

As basic as it may seem but it’s important to know that we do not need to clutter our bedroom. Most often, people focus so much at making the room look great that they start to clutter their rooms with all sorts of decorating items. You should know that for any room to look extra-ordinary is to keep it simple.

So if you feel like redecorating your room, the first step is to de-clutter your room with things that you do not need anymore.

A luxurious bed

For any great bedroom, the bed is always the center of attraction. So you must choose a bed design that suits your purpose and style. In any case, you must find the perfect bedding for your bed and choose the most comfortable mattress you can afford for a premium feel.

Necessary Bedroom Items

As a rule of thumb, whatever makes you comfortable and lets you feel the joyous moments of life, something of it should be part of your bedroom. So what is it? Glad, you asked. Usually, it’s a TV or otherwise CD player. Though It could be anything, it maybe your guitar if you’re fond of it. It might be cards, books, chess-board, coffee maker, mini-fridge or whatever that makes you feel at your own home. It’s time to add your own personal touch.

Sunlight

A number of times great bedrooms become ordinary just because of lack of sun-light. In case you’re suffering from lack of sun-light due to the room structure, then you can use mirrors opposite to windows to make your room shine and reflect more light.

Artificial Lights

Most people often underestimate the importance of an artificial light thinking that they have ample of sunlight in their bedrooms. On the contrary, artificial lights such as candle stand or a beautiful lamp light can open numerous ways of glowing your room. Ideally, you should go for a classic and simple light that adds to the soft and ambient effect of the room. It goes without saying that the artificial lights are mostly adjusted near the bed, around the side tables.


Decorate Bedroom Walls

MACRO LEVEL DECORATION

Wallpapers, to decorate the wall fit perfectly into the Marco section. A big pattern, solid colored wallpaper could totally go with a personality that is bold and gutsy.

However, a small pattern, with subtle pastel work would add more flavor to your house decor if you are the friendly neighborhood kinds.

If you are planning to decorate a guest room, floral wallpaper on the walls can do magic to your ambiance and make your guests feel warm, inviting and special.

MICRO LEVEL DECORATION

When it comes to decorating the bedroom at a Micro level, it is always a good idea to match the color of the wall with your age and the phase of life you are in.

  • A DIY photo collage with strings of light could be a fantastic idea for a college goer or a bachelor. While an antique, rustic wall decor could talk volumes on your classy settled rich lifestyle.
  • If you have a bent for modern styling and decoration, you can choose the bohemian geometric pattern style to decorate your bedroom walls.
  • Folks who have a bent for creativity can for sure add a touch of handmade work to their wall decor.
  • Quilted art, wooden mosaic wall art, wall mounted painting, vintage letters, handmade personalized signature paintings, Instagram photo’s,concept art work, glass painting, Painted glass vase, Honey comb wall art, graffiti, glow paintings, texture painting, gold polka dots, Plate art can bring some more life to your bedroom walls.
  • To make the bedroom more blissful, one could have the perfect mix of bright and dim lights to on the wall to match the ‘mood transition’. Soft feather hangings in pastel colors can distress and help in mental relaxation.
  • Kawaii painting could be another form of cute art that you could add to your list!


Purchase of Vintage and Patterned Tiles

Both are similar in being manufactured from clay and other natural materials. Porcelain has the more refined clay that is denser and stronger than ceramic. The colors are deep all the way through and thus suitable for heavy traffic areas. In kitchens and bathrooms, they are successful without absorbing much water as compared to ceramics. Arabesque and Gatsby would suit bathrooms.

Ceramics consist of red or white clay compositions and the glaze carries the colors and patterns. They suit the walls and floors with moderate traffic since they are not so durable. They look fine anywhere and Devon Stone decorates the halls and lobbies very well.

The Vintage and Patterned Range of tiles suit walls and floors equally well. They may be installed in the hall or living rooms, and in kitchens and bathrooms. After sealing, they may be used in wet rooms too. LTP Mattstone is recommended as the best sealer.

Period designs or avant garde, find every style of tile design out here. Victorian Collection reproduces the art of the age that would suit a traditional layout. North African traditional designs painted by hand like the Moroccan Collection are also available.

For those who love the intensely modern, go for Ted Baker’s collection of stylish designs or the sharp Windmill Geometric. Sloane Square or Illusion tile has optical adventures for those who think out of the ordinary.

The majority of the vintage tiles has a matte surface that looks antique. The pretty and traditional Parisian Chic is made in both the finishes. Glossy is made of some tile designs.

Plain monochromes are also striking like Bertie or complex patterns like Manor. The trendy patchwork could be wildly colorful. Kasbah is good, but Comillas is more colorful.

Porcelain tiles are smaller like the Arabesque at 20x20cm and Ted Baker Geo Tile Deco at 15cmx15cm, suitable for walls and floors. Ceramics like the Metropolis collection may be 45cmX45cm. Find your right size.

Souk 15x15cm Ceramic, the Hexagon 17.5x20cm Porcelain, and the Baroque 22x25cm Porcelain are different. Marrakech Mosaic is a superb glass tile.

Use the vintage tiles indoors, in wet areas with sealing. Eastern Patchwork is very strong and may be used outside in patios and along paths.

Knowing the important aspects of vintage tiles, choose the family heart’s desire among many cool choices.


Home Textile

Blankets, especially throw blankets are used very similarly to decorative throw pillows; they are placed on leisure furniture, placed in baskets and used for comfort. Blankets, due to their versatility, are made from several different materials each allowing for various levels of warmth and softness. Most commonly blankets are made from either a wholeness or a blend of materials; usually cotton, wool, nylon, polyester and acrylics. Blankets that are made from wool tend to be warmer but do have a scratchier consistency, whereas blankets made from cotton are not as warm but much softer. A blanket and a decorative throw pillow are the ideal way to dress up your couch, bed or accent chair.

Add some sheets and a blanket together and you’ve got yourself a delightfully comfortable bed. Put simply, sheets are the inner lining of bedding made to protect your mattress while you sleep. Since comfort is key when making sheets only the softest materials are used. Most commonly the fabric is woven with a weave of cotton or a blend of cotton and polyester. Not only do these materials make the sheets soft but easy to care for as well; these materials are machine washable and extremely durable.

Another commonly used home textile is yet again another home essential, towels. Towels are made from a blend of cotton and polyester, which makes them both durable and soft. When purchasing towels, it is extremely important to make sure that you are purchasing terry cloth towels, which are a blend of these materials. This is due to the fact that terry cloth is specifically created to absorb moisture and remain durable after numerous washes and rough use. Towels are no longer just for used for their functionality, they are commonly used to decorate both kitchens and bathrooms by placing a decorative hand towel on the oven handle, or hand towels in a basket in the bathroom.

There is a plethora of home textiles that we all use on a day-to-day basis. From our grooming needs to our comfort home textiles are scattered all throughout your home, you just need to know where to look.