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How Can You Design Your Home without Hiring an Interior Designer

If you are a little creative and have the time to do research, you don’t need to hire a professional interior designer to design your interior. Actually, you need an interior designer only if you have to make structural changes in your house. All other things, you can decide by yourself.

The following actionable ideas on how to design a home without hiring an interior designer will help you to make your home look beautiful without any help from a professional interior designer.

 

 

#1 Research and Find Inspirations from Internet

The Internet is a vast ocean of information, and now you don’t have to struggle hard to find amazing ideas to design your interior. Websites like Pinterest and Instagram are really helpful to find interior design images and get inspiration.

These websites can have millions of images related to home interior designing. When you go through these photos, you will begin to form your own new ideas. This is the best way to do the design by yourself.

 

#2 Plan What You Want to Achieve

If you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, things will be easier. For example, you need wardrobes for your bedrooms with a distinctive style. Then you can check for cool ideas on wardrobes on the internet.

 

#3 Head on to IKEA

IKEA is a manufacturer and retailer of high-quality home accessories. You can even find modular furniture which you can assemble and disassemble quickly. IKEA is also known for the premium quality of its products.

You don’t need to hire a professional carpenter to create the desk or cabinets. You can get the parts of these kinds of furniture in the IKEA stores and assemble them by yourself.

Unfortunately, IKEA doesn’t have many stores in India and doesn’t provide e-commerce on their website. However, IKEA is selling thousands of items through Amazone.in

There you can find products like small floating shelves, wall shelves, drawer chest, etc. with excellent design and premium quality.

 

#4 Hiring Local Skilled Workers If Required

Some works like creating cabinets, desks or wardrobes may require professional help. If that is the case, it is better to hire local carpenters with expertise and experience in building them. Hiring a local skilled worker is less expensive than hiring an interior design and his/her team to execute the work.

 

#5 Choose Paint Color and Type

You will need to hire local painting workers for this. You can make intelligent decisions about the best color and type of paint for your interior by yourself. You don’t need the help of a professional for that. A half an hour read will give you the basic ideas to choose the best paint color and type for you.

Choose Paint Color

When you choose the color, you need to think about the color psychology. It is not rocket science which ordinary people can’t understand. Here are some of the basic rules for choosing the best colors.

  • Choose white, off-white or extremely light colors to brighten up a room
  • Choose soft and lighter shades of green or blue colors for the bedroom to give a cozy feeling
  • Kitchen and living room require vibrant colors to make you dynamic. So pick yellow, orange or similar colors.
  • Yellow can be great for the living room and choose red or orange for the kitchen.

As I always say, look for ideas on the internet and figure out what others do. If other interior designers use this, it should also work for you.

Choose Paint Finishing

Different paints will create different roughness and glossiness to the surface. You can categorize paints as matte, eggshell, low-gloss, and high-gloss based on their finishing or sheen.

  • Matte: extremely rough, hide imperfections on the wall and no reflection or glossiness, difficult to clean
  • High-gloss: Extremely glossy, smooth surface, highlight imperfections on the wall, easy to clean

Matte and high-gloss are two extremes. You can learn more about the different types of paint finishes or sheen for the interior in this article.

 

#6 Find Inspirations and Save them for Later Use

As I said earlier, Instagram and Pinterest are two great websites for that.

Under some photos, you can find the details of the material they used. You can mark the images that you like. Different websites have different methods to save images as favorites into our profile. On Pinterest, it is called “Pinning.” You can pin a photo by clicking the small heart icon on the top right left corner of any image you see on the website. This will be saved in your profile as your pinned photos.

After saving these photos, you can show them to retailers in your area or a local skilled worker.

 

#7 Install LED Strip Lights

If you think hidden LED strips spreading light from behind can enhance the mood and feel of any house. You can get a LED strips lights from local stores or purchase from websites like Amazon. There are extremely easy to use, and you wouldn’t need a carpenter to install them in most cases.

You can easily stick the LED light strips behind the desk and connect the wire into a plug point. There are different varieties of LED strips. Some LED strips have only one light while other can produce multiple lights. You can choose one based on your interests.

Apart from desks, you can also place the light under your bed or behind the TV. You will get more ideas on where to use LED strip lights from the internet.

 

#8 Get Window Curtains Matching with the Paint

You can walk into a local store and check online to find curtains for your windows that match with the paint color. The curtain should complement with the rest of the interior. You can again go online and find some inspirations for the curtains as well.

Get a Beautiful Couch or Sofa that Blends with the Design

A beautiful sofa or couch that blends with the overall design is a great way to decorate your home. There are different types of couches and find the one that best matches with your requirements. You should also consider the overall space of the living room while choosing the sofa.

 

#9 Artworks on Walls

You can hang a large artwork or arrange a collection of framed photographs on your wall to create a focal point. Find inspirations from online to group framed photographs on the wall.

 

#10 Throw Pillows and Area Rugs

Having an area rug in your living room and living room can transform the look and feel of a room. You can also get some throw pillows and use them as accent elements in different rooms.

These are some of the actionable ideas you can do in your home. If you go online and check websites like Pinterest, you can find tons of inspiration.

 

Final Thoughts

These ideas will help you to enhance the visual beauty of your home. However, this is not actual interior design. Interior design is about designing to spaces to improve the living experience and beautifying the home is only a part of that.

 

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Top 16 Smart Gadgets to Improve Your Home

There are thousands of innovative gadgets, appliances, and tools you can use in your home to make your life a lot easier and comfortable. Here we list of top 16 smart gadgets to improve your home. Each item in this list will improve the quality of your living and make your life more comfortable.
While you will need professional assistance to install some of the items in this list, you can use other items as it is.

 

Home Automation Gadgets

Smart home automation gadgets are its infancy. However, there are a lot of amazing home automation gadgets which will make your life a lot comfortable.

#1 Belkin Wemo Switch + Motion Sensor

Belkin Wemo Switch is a smart power outlet which you can turn and turn off using your phone. Basically, you can remotely control anything plugged into this outlet. The motion sensor along with this can be programmed to activate or deactivate the Belkin Wemo Switch if the sensor sense movements within 10 feet.

#2 Smart Voice Assistants

Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant/Home are some of the popular voice assistants in the market right now. You can control various gadgets, appliances, and equipment using these voice assistants. Each of these three voice assistants has their own pros and cons. Each of the can do unique things which can’t be done by using the others. Therefore, the best option might vary based on your needs and requirements.

#3 Smart Home Smoke Detector

There are different kinds of smoke detectors suitable for the home. In many countries, a smoke alarm or smoke detector is compulsory, but in India, we do not use it that much. A regular some alarms will make a big beep sound when it detects smoke inside the house. There are also smart smoke detectors which will send notifications to the mobile phones with the exact source or reason of smoke. It helps you to avoid panicking.

#4 Door Bell with Camera, Mic, and Speaker

Smart doorbells available in the market enable homeowners to see the face of people who are in front of the door and speak to them. This is a cooling device to secure your home.

#5 Smart Newborn Rocker

Parenting newborns can be super hard, but with smart gadgets like a smart newborn rocker, you can make your job a little easier. The newborn rocker with high tech features will enable to adjust the motion, music, sound, and vibration of the rocker using smartphones. This allows parents to change the motion of rocking or music depending on the requirement. This makes parenting newborn a lot easier.

 

 

Kitchen Appliances and Gadgets

The kitchen is one of the most active rooms in a house. Smart gadgets and latest appliances can make working in the kitchen a lot easier. Here is a list of a few cool gadgets you can buy for your kitchen.

#6 Smart Oven

The temperature of a smart oven can be controlled by a smartphone. Samsung Oven is one of the efficient smart ovens out there now. It has a divider which can be used where there is only one food item. This helps to reduce the area the oven has to heat. When you have two items, you can use both parts.

#7 Finger Scoop

This is a very simple but highly useful thing on your kitchen. Most of us a hard time to spread condiments like sauce, ketchup or jam on the food using knife or spoon. When it comes to the children, it is extremely difficult for them.
If you have a finger scoop in your kitchen, you and your young kids can take and spread sauce or jam on the food easily.

#8 Jar Opener

The struggling to open a struck jar is a familiar scene in every house. You no longer need to have a wrestling match with the jar to open it when it is struck. A handy jar-opener will help you to open any jar easily.

#9 Toaster/ Toast Maker

A toast maker at your home will make it easier and faster to make toasts. Even your pre-teen kids can use it prepare their breakfast. This will help you and your family members to make bread toasts anytime.

#10 Coffee Maker

A coffee machine or coffee maker makes it easier to brew your favorite coffee whenever you want. It doesn’t take much effort or time to brew a coffee using coffee maker or coffee machine. There are small coffee makers suitable for homes. This will be an excellent addition to your home.

#11 Water-saving Dishwasher

Water is very expensive in Chennai, and we need to spend it carefully. The water-saving dishwasher will save some water from the wash and use it for pre-rinsing the dishes during the next wash. This way, you can save up to 33% water during dishwashing.

#12 Silicone Lid for Pans that can be used in Microwave and Freezer

A silicone lid that can be used inside the freezer and the microwave will save tons of your plastic covers and aluminum foil. When you have the microwave safe silicone lid, you no longer need to close the pans using aluminum foil. It makes it easier to cover the pans. The silicone lid is reusable which will save your money in the long term.

#13 Spill-free Ice Cube Tray

Walking towards the freezer with an ice cube tray without spilling the water is not a big deal anymore. Now we have spill-free ice cube trays available in the market. Using this, you will never spill a drop of water from the tray again.

 

Other Awesome Gadgets and Tech for Your Home

There are thousands of products you can buy to make your life more comfortable. Here is a list of some more items you can try.

#14 Cooler Coffee Table

The smart coffee table with cooler is a great furniture item for the lazy people. You no longer have to get up from your couch and walk to the fridge to get your cola or beer. You can store them inside the cooler on the smart coffee table.
Smart coffee tables would require power. So you need to be well planned in the wiring if you want to buy a smart coffee table with cooler. Some smart coffee table also has power plugs which you can use to charge your phone and laptop. This will make your life a lot of comfortable.

#15 Remote Control Lights

If you don’t want to automate the lighting, the next best option would be remote control lights. The brightness levels and the colors of the bulbs can be changed using remote control. You can control all kinds of lighting including the ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Philips Hue is one of the popular products among remote control lights.

#16 Self-Dimming Bulb

A self-dimming bulb would work similar to a regular bulb. When the dimmer is activated, it will begin to fade away gradually. Some self-dimming lite fade out in 30+ minutes. This is to replicate the sunset. It will be a great way to take you to sleep slowly.
Some self-dimming lights have moonlight mode which will provide a dim light instead of completely turning off.

 

Final Words

Please let us know which item among these fascinated you most. Don’t forget to comment below if you have purchased any of these items.

Interior Design Tricks to Transform your House

Home designing need not be a daunting experience. It is all about choosing the right things and arranging them the way that works best for each home. Each home and the requirements of the people are different and what works for one room may not work for others.

However, there are some universal tricks in interior designing that would work for most of the houses. Here are a few clever interior decorating ideas from us to makeover over your house.

Trial and Error Method

There are lots of things to consider while positioning various furnishings in a room. If you are not familiar with the strategies, you can rearrange them in different ways and see what works for you.

Fix Mirrors on Wall

A mirror is a great option in decoration for several reasons and it is the first go if you are looking for how to decorate home in low budget. Mirrors reflect light and extend the view. This helps to make the room look brighter and spacious. It can add dimension to the area. You can buy designer mirrors from the local store or antique shops. A designer mirror can also function as a decorative item in the room.

The mirror should be fixed in a way that doesn’t reflect unpleasant views, doors, bed, or cluttered view of the room.

Light shades of paints for Walls

Lighter shades of paints can make a room look bigger. If you think that your rooms are small and feel like stuffed, try a white or other light color paints on the walls and roof. It can make a difference. White color can make the room look airy and give the best results if you are looking for how to soften a modern living room.

Long Curtains for the Window

Buy a long curtain for the window and the bottom of the curtain should touch the floor. A long curtain can make the room appear taller. Moreover, the curtain should wider enough to keep the folds even they are drawn (closed).

Bring Nature Indoor

If you don’t know how to bring warmth into the room, fix a couple of beautiful plants inside the room. It can bring the warmth of nature into your house and it is also a great way to decorate your house. An indoor garden can make the space refreshing and calming. You can place them in the corners in a pot.

Accent Lighting

Use some lighting to attract attention towards beautiful objects. You can use LED strips or pointing lights for this. This should attract the attention of people towards something important.  These kinds of lighting are is called accent lighting which is one of the three types of lighting in interior design. Colored LED strips under the cabinets on the wall and computer table is exquisite.

Sofa Arrangement

Your sofa and seats should be arranged in grouping convenient for conversation.  They can be arranged in U shape or H shape to encourage conversations with better intimacy.

So many people keep their sofa close to the wall thinking that it would save some space. Actually, this is not the case. There should be space on the backside of the sofa and this makes the room appear larger.

However, this doesn’t always work. In smaller rooms, it will be a good idea to keep one sofa pushed all the way against the sofa.

Floating Cabinet on the Wall above Furniture

If you have any furniture close to the wall, you can fix a floating storage cabinet or bookshelf on that wall above 6 feet. This helps you to save space because that space was already occupied and it doesn’t cost you any extra space for the new cabinet or shelf.

Layer your lighting

Make use of 3-layer lighting strategy for the better lighting of the house. You need ambient lighting for the general lighting of the space, task lighting for particular tasks like reading and accent lighting for highlighting particular elements in the room and attract attention towards it.

Modular Kitchen

Modular kitchen is a modern of kitchen interior design. It is both aesthetically appealing and space savvy. IKEA kitchen is a popular nowadays. It is expensive and if you have the budget, you can go for this. IKEA kitchens worth the money and make the kitchens clutter free and beautiful.

A modular kitchen would have plenty of storage cabinets to keep your things and it would make the kitchen space less cluttered.

Accent Wall

You don’t have to paint the same color for all four wall of a room. It would be exciting if you paint a different color or give texture on one wall. While you choose a texture it is important to choose a texture where you can’t find a pattern in the pattern.

Transparent Furniture

Transparent furniture won’t block lights and hence it will not make the room darker. This is a good for small studio houses. You can choose transparent chairs and dining table. It will give an airy feeling to the rooms.

Avoid Bulky Furniture

Bulky furniture takes lots of space and it is not a good option for small houses. You should select compact and lightweight furniture to save space and avoid making the room darker.

Old Items Makeover

If you have any old furniture or antique item that is faded or full of scratches paint it and give a makeover for that. You can add some additional decorations to it if you want.

Room Divider

A room divider is a cool way to divide a room into sections. You can use a small open shelf to separate the bed and computer area in your room.

Window seat

You can make a small window seat near the windows that gives the beautiful views of outside. An ideal width of the seat is 2-feet and you can have a couple of pillows on the window seat if you want. You can also add some storage space below the seat and keep some books there.

Use of Similar Patterns

You can use pillows covers, window curtains and carpets with same patterns. Sometimes, repetition can add beauty.

Mix up Elements

Don’t be afraid to keep cheap items with expensive and old items with new. It reflects the personality your personality and tastes. Looking at them, your guests can get a sense of your tastes and what is important to you. However, while you arrange them you should consider the holistic effect.

Choose Comfortable Objects

While purchasing the furniture or other items, you should also consider your comforts along with the trend and style. Furniture has particular functions and it should be well fit for that.

Avoid Leather Sofa

You should avoid purchasing a leather sofa if you allow your dog sit on them. The claws of your pet can make scratches on it and it will be difficult to dust off all the furs on it. There are pet-friendly couches and sofas in the market available and you should opt that.

Types of Interior Design Finishes

It is not an easy job to choose one from the different options for the laminate finishes of your wardrobes and storage cabinets. There are many kinds of finishes for cupboards and closets.

The finish you choose for these elements would have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the design.

There are many different things to take into consideration while deciding the laminate finish. Interior designers in Chennai recommend varieties of materials for the laminate finishes. However, you should consider your taste, budget, durability and the nature of your or your kids’ behavior.

There are many choices available in the market, and it becomes difficult to choose one. Here is a list of popular laminate finishes with a detailed description.

Based on the appearances and materials, these finishes can be classified in many different ways. For example, they can be divided based on whether the finish is matte or glossy or natural or engineered. There many different types in between them.

While glossy laminate finishes look great for the modular kitchen, it is not generally used for wardrobes and closets.

 

Acrylic Finish

It is a reflective and high-gloss finish suitable for kitchen cabinets. This finish gives the surface a smooth appearance and is available in different colors. Acrylic finishing is expensive, and it is ideal for high-end kitchens. The reflective glossiness of the Acrylic finish gives the kitchen an elegant appearance and modern style. That is why this is used for modular kitchens in modern houses.

 

High-gloss Laminate Finish

It is an alternative for Acrylic finishes and gives a high-gloss and reflective surface and. It is cheaper than Acrylic and has a low maintenance cost.

 

Matte Laminate Finish

Personally, I prefer matter laminate finishes. This kind of finishes will not be glossy and reflective. However, the texture of the finish is warm and inviting. Matte finishes are available in all sorts of colors and patterns and made of different materials. It is suitable for all kinds of requirements.

 

Stain Finishes

It is the best option if you love the natural feel of real wood. A kind of stain is sprayed over the surface after finishing it with the sandpaper. The stain is then wiped with the hand which will create a pattern and grain of natural wood. This finishing is durable and beautiful. Stain finishes are suitable for both wardrobes and cabinets.

 

Paint Finishes

Paint finishing gives the opportunity to choose any color for your wardrobe or cabinet. Your favorite color can be painted as the topcoat after a first coat. Paint finishes are suitable for both cabinets and closets.

 

Glaze Coating

A semi-transparent paint can be applied over the stained finish or paint finish to give it more depth and make it glazing. While glaze coating is used to add the beauty of the cabinets, it is not usually used for cabinets.

 

PU Finish

PU Finish is available in low-gloss, satin, and high-gloss finishes. PU paints painted over the MDF boards would have a royal look finish. PU finish helps you to keep your cabinets looking new for years, and it got extended durability. This paint is a kind of plastic sealing, and hardly anything can penetrate it, and so it is resistant to water and chemicals.

There are oil-based, and water-based PU finishes available, and the water-based PU is not recommended for kitchen cabinets because it can’t handle heat as oil-based PU can. Water-based PU is used for bookshelves and wardrobes.

 

Veneer Finish

The closest material to solid wood among the various finishes is veneer. It is made of thin layers of natural wood, and it gives the warmth of wood to a small extent. It comes in a variety of designs and color shades. However, Veneer is prone to scratches, and you will have to re-polish the surface to keep its shining.

 

PVS Foil

This kind of finishing is achieved by pressing PVS foils on the MDF board’s surface. There are scratch-resistant and semi-gloss finishes available in this segment in a wide range of colors and shades.

 

Solid Wood

Solid woods give the warmth and feel of natural wood. It is costly and has several demerits since it is not a chemically engineered product.

Everyone loves the warmth of natural wood, but it has its demerits. Solid wood might expand or shrink based on the changes in the temperature or humidity which may cause small problems. Moreover, it is expensive and difficult to clean. Still, some people use solid wood for cabinets and wardrobes.

 

Membrane Finish

Membrane finish is suitable for both cabinets and wardrobes, and it looks like solid wood. One can get a smooth finish by using membrane foil wrapped around MDF. There are varieties of patterns and colors in matt finish. They are very soft to touch and easy to clean. Membrane foils are water resistant it has a long lifespan. It is the best option if you want the look of solid wood but doesn’t want to use it for any reason.

 

Varnish Finish

Varnish is a transparent and hard solution that can be applied to wood to give it a glossy finish. Along with the glossy finish, varnish also creates a protective film around the wood which prevents the wood from decaying due to the water or UV rays.

 

Lacquer Finish

It is an incredibly intense gloss finish which is durable and resistant to damage. The solution is applied using a sprayer, and that is why it gets its high-glossiness. Although most of the Lacquer finishes are high-gloss, it is available in satin and matte finishes also.

 

Leather Finish

The leather finish also becomes favorite for wardrobes and cabinets. The warmth of leather is inviting, and it won’t have the sharp edges and corners. It will be great for closets in contemporary houses. It would be great if there are some decorations on the surface above the leather.

These are few common types of finishes for cabinets and wardrobes. While you are determining the finish, you will have to consider the style of your general interior design of the house. You cannot have a glossy acrylic finish for the cabinets in a kitchen with traditional design.

 

 

How to Make Your Home Look Bigger

The average size of an apartment in Chennai is decreasing each year, like in most of the cities in the world. The scarcity of land and growing demand for houses increase the price apartments and average people are forced to be content with small homes. The lack of space has its own difficulties since we don’t have enough space to bring necessary furniture and other items. However, interior decorators in Chennai use several strategies to make their clients’ room look bigger without compromising any facilities or necessary furniture or other items.

White Colors for the Walls and Ceiling

While the darker colors absorb lights and make the room cozy, lighter colors reflect the lights and make the room look airy. Due to this, using white color or similar tones in a room will make it appear larger. If you don’t like the white color, you can try light greens and light blues. These are cool colors and will give a similar effect.

Same Color for Everything

Choose furniture, fittings and curtains etc. with different shades of the color of the wall. It is important to choose lighter shades. This reduces the contrast and blends different elements.  The eyes would flow through the elements since there is no contrast in the colors. The color is an important factor in interior design and it can be used for several purposes.

Clean Your Windows and Let More Lights in the Rooms

The brighter a room, the spacious it would look. Moreover, a window takes your vision outside the house which prevents the people from noticing the tine size of the room. There are many other tricks to make the room brighter. We will discuss them later.

Clean the windows inside and outside using glass cleaners. If you have vinegar in your home, that can also be used to clean the window.

Avoid Hiding the Floor with Bulky Furniture

If you are looking for tips on how to make a living room bigger and brighter, don’t buy bulky or thick furniture. Bulky and heavy furniture takes more visual space because it hides a huge part of the floor and makes the room cozy. You can use sofas and tables with naked legs or exposed legs which make the room look more open. Moreover, furniture with exposed legs passes light between the legs which make the room brighter. As I said before, a brighter room looks spacious. Boxy sofas and chairs take lots of space.

However, you can buy a boxy sofa if it has additional functions like storage spaces because that save you space in a different way.

Hidden Storages

You can install some storages and cabinets in the hidden places to keep your things. If things are not organized properly the room will be cluttered and it will make the room appear smaller. Storages help you to keep things neat and tidy.

Breathing Space for the Sofa

If you have your sofa touching the wall, pull it a little away from the wall and give a little breathing space behind it. If you keep the sofa like this, there will be shadows falling on to the wall which adds depth to the room size.

Highlight the Corners

If the attention of people is drawn to the corners of the room, the room will appear bigger. You can put a floor standing light or tall bookshelves in the corners to attract attention towards corners. Additionally, you can use accent elements with brighter colors to attract attention towards the corners.

Use Mirrors

Mirrors can reflect the light and extend the views. This can make the room appear brighter and bigger. You can use one bigger mirror or several small mirrors grouped together. You have to be strategic while placing the mirror to give a maximum extension of the view.

Multipurpose Items

While you purchase furniture or other items, get things that have two benefits. This way you can reduce the number of items in your rooms. This helps you keep the rooms uncluttered which is important to not make the room look smaller.

Hanging or Floating Shelves near the Ceiling

A hanging or floating shelf near the ceiling can draw the view of people upward which would make the room appear larger because they won’t notice the lack of free space in the room. It is better if the shelf doesn’t have a door. This has dual benefits. This gives you more storage space and it works as an accent element if you put some books or other items which can attract the attention of the people towards.

Large Couch instead of Sofa with Multiple Pieces

In small living rooms, multiple small pieces sofa makes the room cluttered. Instead of this, you can choose a large sofa. It has its own demerits like difficulty to move. However, it is a great option when t comes to saving space and making a small room appear bigger.

This strategy works for other elements too. Lots of small pieces would make the room cluttered if it is smaller. The bigger is better if it can replace multiple small pieces.

Leave Your Windows Uncovered

Keeping the curtains of the window uncovered would give more depth to the room. If you think this is not going to affect your privacy, you can keep it uncovered and you can always cover it when you want. As I said above, windows will take your views outside which extends the vision and brings more light into the room. This helps you to keep your room brighter and spacious.

Transparent Items

You can buy transparent chairs and tables which take less visual space and pass the light. If furniture or other items takes less visual space, the room looks less stuffed. In the market, there are dining tables and console tables made of glasses.

Foldable Furniture

There are so many brands selling foldable or stackable furniture item. You can unfold it when you want to use it and fold it after the use. When it is folded it doesn’t take much space.

Table Mate is a popular foldable table in India. You can slide it under the sofa or in the closet when it is folded. This is easy to carry and can be used for various different purposes.

Strips on the floor

If you are thinking how to make a narrow room appear bigger, you can have contrasting strips on the floor in the narrow dimension. The strips draw the eyes and it will appear longer. It would be better if the strips are thinner.

These are a few strategies you can use to make a small room appear bigger. All tricks may not work for you but inspirations from these points and try to apply this while you design or decorate your home.

Importance of color in interior design

One of the fundamental, basic and easiest ways to transform any room is the use of colors.

You may already know that color has psychological effects and that is why certain colors evoke certain moods but what if I say you that colors can have effects on your bodies. It’s true. There are lots of studies proving the physiological and psychological effects of colors.

Interior designers in Chennai tell that there are many factors to consider while deciding the due to the importance of colors in interior design psychology. A color can be used to set a mood for an area. A white or very light shades of blue or green is required to create a peaceful atmosphere. That is why you can’t see red or yellow walls in a hospital.

Psychological Effects of Color

You might have noticed, most of the fast food restaurants use bright red or orange colors. It is proved that red color can increase our pulse and induce appetite. People will have a desire to eat when they see a restaurant in red or similar color and that is why restaurants use red or other bright warm colors.

Now you know the importance of color scheme in interior design. The color of the interiors should be decided based on the ambiance, mood and emotion you want for an area.

How to Pick the Best Colors for the Interior

Commercial buildings, retail shops, restaurants, coffee-shops and residential buildings have different colors of schemes that would work. The color scheme is determined based on the character you want to have for the building.

When it comes to residential buildings, there are different styles of architecture and interior designing. This also determines the color scheme for interior designing.

For example, warm colors like red, maroon and brown would be great for the interiors of a traditional house. When it comes to a modern building, it needs white or lighter shades of the cool colors. If you don’t know what cool and warm colors are, you can check the graphic below.

                                             Simple Color Wheel Explaining Cool and Warm Colors

 

While you decide the colors for your interiors, you also need to pick a shade for these colors. All shades of the same color are not the same. Bright and dark red are red but they are not the same. A color can have different variations it is determined by it saturation and lightness.

Color has three properties: Hue, Lightness, and Saturation.

Hue is color like red, blue and green.

Lightness is the brightness of the color. A color with less light looks dark and dull while a color with high lightness looks bright.

Saturation is the intensity the hue is. The same color may have different saturation and based on that the intensity of the color change. Based on the lightness, the color becomes white, black or gray based when the saturation is decreased.

The character of the color change when the lightness and saturation are modified.

                 The  Graphic Of Color Wheel Which Shows Lightness And Saturation

 

If you are interested to know how to make use of color wheels in interior design, you can do the following.

Choose complementary colors for contrast and drama.

Choose different shades of the same color for monochromatic.

For more information and make color palettes, you can visit: https://www.sessions.edu/color-calculator

There are many practical aspects to consider while picking the colors

Light Colors for Small Houses

Small apartments lack space and so it would look stuffed even with basic furniture items in the rooms. Painting the walls and ceiling with white color or lighter shades of green or blue can make the rooms look appear larger. Lighter colors can expand the boundaries of space and the rooms get more depth.

A ceiling with a darker color would make the room appear like it has less height.

The objects in the lighter colors have less visual weight while darker colors make objects appear heavier.

Moreover, white colors reflect light and the room will look brighter. A room appears bigger if it brighter also.

Therefore, lighter colors are a great way to make a small room appear larger and less cluttered.

Remember, all these are visual illusions and it has nothing to the physical space of the room.

Cool Colors for Relaxing

Lighter shades of cool colors like blue and green can make the rooms appear cooler and so it is good if you want to make a room suitable for relaxing and calming. Therefore, these colors are great for bedrooms.

Yellow for Joyful

Yellow color can make a sense of warmth and well-being and is associated with happiness and optimism. This color is great for living rooms where you spent time with your family. However, bright yellow is not recommended. Yellow makes people cheerful and energetic. Moreover, it improves the mood of people, makes them forget their troubles and encourage conversation.

The yellow color is also good for exercise rooms or gyms.

Color Scheme for Contemporary Architecture

White, gray, black and soft shades of green and blue are generally good options for modern and minimalistic interiors. Use of different shades of gray can enhance the style and if it is used with soft shades of any other color. The atmosphere has a neutral and formal mood.

Color Scheme for Traditional Style

The rich tones of brown, red, golden etc. are generally used for houses with traditional design. Deep shades of the warm colors and colors of trees, soil and other natural elements associated with tradition would be best options when it comes to the interior design of traditional houses. White and light shades of cool colors would be weird if you want to keep a traditional feel in the interiors.

Classic Royal Style

A classic house requires rich colors to amplify the personality of the house. Colors like golden, yellow, purple and dark grays would be great options for classic luxury homes. A house with royal style can have wooden colors, brown and darker shades of red and in the color palette.

These are few importance things that you should consider while picking the colors for your interiors. Along with the colors of paint and items in the room, it is also important to consider the lighting. The tint of the lighting shouldn’t be contradictory to the color you want for your interiors.

Types of False Ceiling

A false ceiling can enhance the aesthetic appeal of the interiors. Some people prefer to fix concealed LED strips between the false ceiling and actual ceiling which would transform the room into a new level. This is also called drop ceiling or suspended ceiling because it is hanged under the roof slab supported by rods suspending down from the roof.

Benefits of False Ceiling

The primary function of a false ceiling is the decoration of the room. A beautifully designed false ceiling can enhance the overall appearance of the room. Lighting frames, LEDs, and other small materials can be fixed under them to make it more beautiful.

It conceals any ugly electric wires or other material beneath the roof slab.

A false ceiling can be designed in any texture you want which is helpful to add a personality or style to the room.

Moreover, a false ceiling can reduce the height of the room if you think the height is too much. That is why the false ceiling is not recommended for small houses because it can make the room smaller.

Additionally, a false ceiling helps to reduce the capacity size of the AC because it reduces the size of the room.

False Ceiling Materials

Types of the false ceiling would vary based on the weather of the area and style of the architecture. The common types of false ceiling include gypsum ceiling, synthetic leather ceiling, glass false ceiling, Thermocol ceiling, wooden ceiling, metal ceiling and PVC ceiling. Each of these ceilings has its own pros and cons. You would have to use particular material if you want particular style.

Therefore, it is important to have an idea of what do you want before you choose the type of false ceiling. You can browse through Pinterest or Instagram for to get inspirations and ideas.

What Type is good for you?

Probably you already know different types of the false ceiling but don’t know why you should prefer one over another. You need to be aware of the pros and cons of each of these false ceiling, in order to make an informed decision; so here is a detailed description of different kinds of false ceiling.

Gypsum Ceiling

Gypsum comes as boards or tiles and it can be cut and shaped based on our design. This material is light-weight and it made the job installing a false ceiling easier. The gypsum tiles or boards are supported by iron framework hanged down from the actual ceiling. It has become increasingly popular because it is relatively cheaper and we can make any design we want using this.

This material is fire resistant which makes this one of the safest materials for ceiling and it is used for interior finishing in regions like North America where fire resistant safety measures are strict. Additionally, this material is soundproof which helps you to get more privacy and freedom from outdoor disturbances.

Since gypsum can be decorated and refinished easily, this is also used to construct walls and partitions. Gypsum is strong, durable and economic which make it the best option for false ceiling.

However, gypsum ceiling is not free of demerits. This material might be damaged when exposed to extreme heat. Therefore, it is not recommended to keep things like heating appliances, electric lights producing a huge amount of heat adjacent to the gypsum.

Additionally, water or continuous presence of small moisture can also damage the gypsum ceiling.

These are not highly problematic because both of these adverse situations can be easily avoided.

Plaster of Paris

This material made by heating gypsum at 150-degree Celsius and then mixing a plastic powder with water. Plaster of Paris (POP) is very popular in construction as well as sculpting art because it can be molded and carved easily. The durability of the POP is almost same as gypsum.

While gypsum board available as sheets, POP boards are made at the construction site. Since this made locally, there will not visible joints in the POP finishing. We can achieve even complex designs and textures using this material because it is easy to sculpt. The finishing of the POP boards can be made smoother than gypsum boards.

Laborers make the POP boards at your home using the raw materials which may make your room messy for a while. Moreover, this process takes time and you will need more days to complete the construction.

Metal Ceiling

Aluminum and galvanized iron are the most commonly used metals for the false ceiling in residential properties. This material is cheaper and light-weight. The metal sheets are attached to the panel hanging down from the roof. The surface of the metal false ceiling would be shiny and reflective.

Fiber

This is extremely light-weight and one of the cheapest materials for false ceiling. Fiber is a sound-proof material which makes it useful to reduce the noise in the room. This kind of ceiling is used in large halls of the companies and offices where noise can be a big problem.

Fiber false ceilings come in a variety of designs and textures and they are easy to install. However, this can’t be molded or shaped like we could do with POP or gypsum.

PVC

Although it is not attractive as POP or gypsum, it is highly popular because it is cheaper, water-proof and durable. This material is suitable for any kind of weather and doesn’t require much maintenance. Some low-quality PVC sheets may produce toxic gases in small amounts.

Wooden

A wooden false ceiling would be a great option for houses with traditional style. The pattern and texture of the wood gives an elegant appearance to the room and add the style to the room. Plywood is also used instead of solid wood for false ceiling.

Wood is a natural and material and so it may warp based on the difference in temperature in different seasons. This may create unpleasant finishes after some time. However, there are people preferring wooden ceiling even they know it may warp over time.

A false ceiling has both functional aesthetic benefits which made it a popular trend. The material you would choose for false ceiling should be based on the style of architecture and other requirements.

For example, if your house has a traditional style, a metal or fiber false ceiling would be weird. POP or gypsum painted with matching colors would be a great way to add personality to a traditional house. Houses in contemporary style can choose any of these materials; however, gypsum and POP is the best if you would have the budget.