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.

My Visit To Europe’s Premier Interior Design Destination

DSC03642During a recent trip home to England, I made sure the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, was very much on my itinerary this time. I had read about it several times, but never had the chance to visit. The Design Centre must be applauded for its efforts to bring together top interior design brands and their accessibility to all.

On a sunny afternoon in June, I made way to the Royal borough of Chelsea. Very posh! Having entered the lobby of the design centre, the first thing that struck me, was the building itself. Contemporary yet charming – the centre comprises of three circular structures flooded with natural light. Each is made up of four floors of boutiques and finished with an architectural glass and metal framed dome that opens to the London skies.DSC03643 DSC03641 DSC03618 I was met by Sue at the exclusive Design Club (members only) who then accompanied me on a tour of the centre. Home to the biggest and best names in interior design and decor, the one stop shop started with just 4 showrooms and has since gained immense popularity with designers and direct retail customers. Rental space is hard to come by these days as the centre boasts of a long waiting list.DSC03634 DSC03603 DSC03605 DSC03601 DSC03596Providing pure elegance and luxury, the 98 showrooms showcase over 500 of the world’s prestigious brands e.g. Armani/Casa, Ann Sacks, Fendi Casa, Illuminati Lighting, Romo, Victoria & Albert Baths, Tufenkian Artisan Carpets. Areas of decor include furniture, lighting, accessories, bathrooms, kitchens, carpets, yacht furniture, paint, hardware, outdoor furniture, tiles and wall coverings.DSC03625 DSC03626 DSC03627 DSC03629 DSC03621 DSC03616 DSC03615

The Centre even provides a Personal Shopping Service – tuning into your style and needs, the service can save time and help you make the right choices. To avoid the “needle in a haystack” syndrome, this is something I would highly recommend particularly in the soft furnishings category. Going through books and samples can be a very daunting task.

So, for those of you with a limitless budget or who are simply seeking inspiration on an interiors project, do include the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour on your visit to England.