Current Trends To Show Off This Season

 The Explorer trend has been edging its way into the interior designing and decoration scene for some time but it is now that it is currently grabbing a lot of attention.pixers43_42172365_-820x1024 As the name suggests, it’s is all about global travel which of course incorporates the more obvious maps and globes in their many forms. But this trend has evolved to include items such as scientific instruments, bell jars and terrariums, as well as botanical influences, giving the look much more of a Christopher Columbus.Terrarium Wedding Centerpiece, Terrarium Centerpiece,wedding centerpiece The colours in this trend are quite muted, with beiges, creams and browns predominant. I, as an interior decorator, believe that black is also a key colour and gives it a much more modern feel.

An extension of this trend that has the same vibe is the library look – reminiscent of a men’s club and works particularly well in sitting rooms, offices and of course libraries! old_library_design_interior_design_home_library_11139_1600x1200

whisky-room-LST073036Leather and club chairs are very much part of the decor.  Both the library and ‘The Explorer’ are quite masculine trends, but as with any interiors trend, you can take whatever suits you and add it to your personal style.  You can have a row of bell jars with some pretty flowers in or go the whole hog and display unusual artefacts that look like original pieces from the explorer days.original_mini-glass-dome-bell-jarKnitted motifs and modern quilting are also big news for winter.img57o

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They’re everywhere from knitted pouffes, chairs, sofas and stools to the obvious knitted chunky cushions and throws.7881871144_0479b36508_o

There are even knitted ceramics with the classic cable pattern. How novel indeed!

Velvets are also very popular at this time of the year. This sumptuous fabric is ideal for adding a touch of old fashioned luxury and glamour to your home. inky-velvet-hag-28oct13-pr_b

Choose jewel like tones of peacock blue, turquoise green and rich purples for a modern look, and layer them up with luxurious silks.

There are some beautiful new tartan fabrics too – stylish wool tartans with stripe and a textured plain that work perfectly well together along with the plaids.wooolarmchair_2701541b

A staple of winter, faux fur is usually incorporated as either a rug or throw, but more recently we’re seeing it draped over hard backed chairs in the kitchen and study.FaveFurThrowElleDecor2006Jan

leopard-2 If you want to include fur, you don’t have to turn your room into a hunting den. A single piece can add an instant feeling of warmth. Because of its luxurious appearance, fur is often viewed as a statement feature in the home so think about how it will fit in your home and choose the size and colours accordingly.

A few tips to help you while shopping for tiles

Tiles….what size, colour, finish?? With the vast choice of tiles available today, selection can be quite a task. Bathrooms and kitchens primarily have seen an injection of new designs and materials recently.  So what’s new?

Technology has propelled tile design to another level. Methods such as digital printing and ink jet printing are transforming less expensive tiles like porcelain and ceramic and giving them looks of marble, limestone, granite, stone, and wood.

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Wood finish is gaining immense popularity, particularly petrified, aged and reclaimed wood finish. Manufacturers are pushing all boundaries in perfecting that look for example traditional hardwood planks and patterns like parquet and herringbone. This is fabulous for those of us who find authentic hard wood floors to maintain. Sizes available are huge and different widths and lengths can be mixed. Thus, providing you a wide range of choices for home interior designing and decoration.

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The industrial look is still a favourite with urban homes and look alike concrete slabs are now available in wall and floor tiles, providing a much quicker and cleaner installation.

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Current interior designing trends also show that the floor tile sizes are increasing to as much as 3’ x 6’, a less expensive alternative to traditional slabs of marble and fewer joints means less maintenance.

Glass tiles are a good option too, giving an eccentrically rich and bright look. Sizes range from 1” x 1” to 18” x18”. They have different shapes such as small round circles called “pennies”, mini, medium or large rectangles, mini, medium or large squares and sticks. They are smoothly non porous water tight and their super glossy finish reflects light giving a sense of space. When used sparingly, vivid glass tiles can provide exciting visual highlights to the interior design of your home and bathroom. Conversely, when covering an entire bathroom wall, glass tiles can create a luxurious spa-like atmosphere.

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3D and textured tiles in a predominantly monochromatic scheme are great for adding another dimension to an interior and perfect where pattern is a minimum.

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We also see the return of the classic ceramic subway tile in various glossy colours. These can look equally good in the traditional running or stacked method or even herringbone applied.

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Artisan tiles are also enjoying a revival these days too. Usually handmade with Moroccan or Spanish influence and a traditional pattern, these tiles can break up a block of colour by adding a depth of character. A very popular design is Arabesque, which is available in a variety of colour, size and finish and even a bevelled design.

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Every tile has its unique design factor and marrying it up with additional elements of interior design of a place doesn’t have to be so daunting. Just bear in mind your two basic considerations: design concept and budget. Happy tile shopping!

I hope this blog would have provided you some insight that would help you in shopping for tiles. If you would like to ask a question or want to share some thoughts of your own on this topic then please leave a comment below. Further, you can also contact me if you require an interior designer in Chandigarh or nearby locations.

A Global Look At Home Interiors

This week I thought I’d share home interiors from around the world that I just love. Costa-Brava-luxury-home-4

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This Costa Brava home on the east coast of Spain is a beautiful modern structure, very different to the rustic colonial ones we’re accustomed to. Making the most of the magnificent views, the home is constructed largely of glass, giving it a very spacious and airy feel. The sophisticated cool white interiors compliment the blue sea and greenery surrounding it. From Trendland.com, property originally listed on Sotheby’s International Realty.

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This home is situated at The Peak, Victoria with its panoramic views of Hong Kong Island. The interior design of living room serve a warm neutral palette and make excellent use of its tall walls to accommodate decor accessories. The silver sculpture sits so appropriately between the wall-mounted shelving. From 15 Super Expensive Villas in Hong Kong on Architecture-Beautiful.

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When I hear the word conservatory, it evokes images of ornate structures with Victorian influence. This particular one in South England, however, is actually Georgian styled. Love the architectural windows and the simple yet elegant decor with its timeless colour scheme. From How to Choose the Ideal Garden Room on HousetoHome.co.uk.

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In South Brazil, this summer house enjoys an eclectic mix of design styles. The home combines brick, glass and wood wonderfully, and the unique accessories inject understated luxury without taking away the laid back ambience this home exudes. From Ilha Dos Marinheiros on Busyboo.com.

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This American living room has a relaxed elegance about it. I just love how the centre stage is occupied by a fabulous royal blue ottoman and everything else just follows – the classic furniture, the raised fireplace and alcoves and the perfect choice of upholstery and soft furnishings. From Garrison Hullinger Interior Design.

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And finally I’d like to comment on this home near Toronto, Canada. It boasts of a double height ceiling in its main living area framed by rich sweeping drapes adding grandeur to an urban property. The fully landscaped rear garden with its maintenance free two tier stone patio is the call of the day. The fire pit and built in lighting makes for great outdoor entertaining. From a Cottage in Woodbridge, Ontario, listed on Comfree.com.

All these homes show great interior designing work by some of the best interior designers from all across the globe.