Modern Architecture Trends

The United States is seeing a huge building boom that is changing many city landscapes very quickly. The new style of architecture that mixes modern and contemporary styles seems to be winning. The evidence is easy to see in how long it takes a new home to sell. Today’s buyers want the modern look, and they are paying up for the modern and contemporary style. Here are 4 home renovation ideas that can help achieve that look.

  1. Open Concept Living Spaces
  2. Eat-In Kitchens
  3. Metals and Wood Stairs
  4. Industrial Accent Materials

Nothing says modern like open concept living spaces. One of the best ways to change a home’s feel is to open up the living, dining and kitchen into one large living space. Not only is this style in demand, but it also is very functional. The idea of open concept living areas gives the home a social environment.

Eat-in kitchens are a must, as it works directly with the open concept living space. It is a functional design that allows social interaction between the kitchen and the table. It is perfect for entertaining and if you have children it lets you keep an eye on them while you cook, watch the game, or clean up.

Metal and wood staircases not only give a very modern look but they are also highly functional. They are much safer than wood stairs and they allow for a variety of accent materials such as wood, glass or stone stair treads. Modern styles work well with high end accents and they give the home an elegant feel. Metal stairs can be used indoors and outdoors. One signature look of the modern home is the clean lines of metal handrails that are used on balconies and stars.

The most defining feature of modern style home is the simple use of industrial materials such as stone, concrete, steel and glass. Many modern architects like to use new materials that are strong and last long. Using clean simple lines with different materials give this style it’s clean look. Some accent features that are common in many home renovations are using stone tile for walls, thick glass for doors/ balcony handrails, and even reclaimed materials such as wood from old barns and buildings. Even industrial style barn doors on a open track are used.

 

Amazing Tips to Fill in Your Home With Colours

Redecorating your home is an essential task and a lot of people fret about it because it is also something which requires splurging on a large-scale if you are thinking of a complete makeover.

Colours play a vital role in everyone’s life and no one in the world is skeptical about it or have a conflicting thought. Well, when you want to make a change in your home and want to be playful with colours, it’s important to know the colour psychology as few of them are vivacious and energetic while others may be cool and calm and relaxing.

Here we are going to discuss about the ways you can bring in colours to you life…

1. Give your walls a life

Adding vibrancy in your room is always a great option to bring in a beautiful positive aura into your space. One of the trendy ways of doing it could be focussing on just a single wall and giving it a complete transformation while keeping the rest in simple tones. Just adding a beautiful floral pattern or a cheeky colourful wallpaper to one of the walls in your room can shift the focal point in no time. You can choose either bold and contrasting colour theme or a subtle colour palette depending upon your personal preference.

2. Giving your nook or alcove a desired splash

Why not splash your reading or resting sessions with amazing rainbow colours for a unique and creative look and feel. These places always catch the attention at first sight and you should be careful in choosing the right colour to give them a revamp in style.

3. Make good use of pillows and cushions in your living space

Nothing can come out more appealing than few strategically scattered pillows and cushions on your sofa or a chair. Try opting for a multicoloured floral patterned cushion or a pillow to entice in a vibrancy factor in your living space.

These cushions and pillows will bring in the comforting element while adding to the style quotient as well. Choose the right fabric depending upon the right season like for spring, it is recommended to go for linen or cotton as they allow the fabric to breathe.

4. Bringing in the nature is always a good idea

Natural plants and flowers are the best ways to inculcate the best of the colours into your decor. With spring season on the cards, try opting for seasonal flowers like tulips, daffodils and bluebells; three of the most common flowers to spruce up your indoor area. They will infuse the best of the colours while adding a touch of mother nature into your decor.

5. Add some colours to your floor as well

With the rest of the room being taken care of, it is now time to add some colours to your floor. The market is full of modern and designer rugs available in amazing colours to fill in your space with the best of the colours possible. Not just the colours, you have got an impressive range of designs and patterns which can add an x-factor to your room in no time.

 

Ask An Expert: Interior Design

Over many years as an Interior Designer, what would be 3 major shifts in consumer preferences during that time?

One thing that comes to mind right away is the shift from stain grade cabinets to paint grade cabinets. White kitchens are back! Clients are trending more towards lighter and brighter over the red/orangey tones of the last decade. Flooring has changed quite a bit with more clients opting for LVP (luxury vinyl plank) throughout their house. LVP has come so far, and is now super durable, easy to maintain and looks crazy real. Thirdly, quartz countertops are now becoming the standard. I rarely spec granite anymore. Quartz is so easy to maintain vs granite and the colors and patterns that are available now mimic everything from natural marble to exotic granites.

What are some future ideas and predictions going forward? Any new trends that may be taking place in 2018/19 and beyond?

Natural woods are very popular right now: hand scraped, wide plank barn board flooring as well as overtly distressed furniture pieces. What is also starting to come forward in design is more of a traditional style again. Details on everything and the use of rich jewel tones are hot right now along with warm metal tones (yes brass is back but in an updated way!).

What are some of the challenges to face in helping customers realize their dream renovation?

A lot of clients are afraid to trust their style intuition. They often fight between their heart and their brain over what they want. Often, they are trying to force themselves to change color palettes or styles from their last house and sometimes its way out of their comfort zone. I always tell clients to listen to their gut. Their home is their sanctuary and they need to feel comfortable, relaxed and love being home.

Are there certain types of renovations that tend to bring the greatest value to the selling price of a home?

Kitchens, Ensuites and basement developments are always the spaces people use the most, therefore increase the value of your home. Those rooms are the ones potential home buyers are looking at predominately because they know those are the areas they will spend the most time in.

How does one get ideas or inspiration to help guide them when considering renovation options?

I will often suggest that clients send me photos of homes, rooms, styles, products that they find on home décor sites. Often clients don’t know what their style is, so if they can show me pictures of things they like, then I can usually understand them better. Visiting showhomes is also an excellent way to find inspiration and new ideas.

 

Design a Conscious Home

Design a Conscious Home: Bring mindfulness into our lives by decorating our house with energy balancing techniques enriched with ancient spirituality, striving to live more conscious lives and evolving in unison with Mother Earth. Become aware of yourself and how you interact with universe leads you with its signs, welcoming us and enveloping us in a huge bear hug. Be self-aware, live consciously, improve you are and how you relate to the world. Let’s begin our journey to living a more conscious life.

So now a question: Does your home enhance your life consciously? Or does it block you?

Our abodes and homes interact with every aspect of our lives and the decisions we take. They can increase stress or when designed with a conscious intention they nurture us and magnify our connection to the world. To live fuller and positive lives we have to feel the positive interaction with the world around us.

Living consciously becomes even better when we create a Conscious Home. A home that is connected to our energy fields or aura and is a reflection of us and our life gives us the nurturing care that we need. Knowing the different fields of energies and how they are connected to the environment and the universe gives us the tools we need to create balanced interiors that inspire our minds and connect our spirit to the Divine.

Creating a conscious home starts with knowing yourself: what calms you, what drives you and what stresses you. You can create a space that supports you, gives you joy and inspires you to excel. Decorating beautifully improves your quality of life. By surrounding yourself with the five elements of nature – earth, water, fire, air and ether, your living space will come alive. Create a space defined with the beauty and charming energy of your beautiful self. Vintage doors from old Indian Havelis carry the energies of the old days, each inscribed with ancient symbols of the sundial and lotus flowers, elephants and vines, bringing the earth and energy elements into your home. Studded with iron and brass they balance the electromagnetic field by grounding the negative ions int to the earth. Armoires and sideboards that are handmade from these old doors are used for the same reason as well, apart from being unique and one of a kind.

Once you create a space, feel the flow of energy. The interiors should engage the senses and enrich the soul. The five senses of sight, smell, touch, feel and hearing should all feel balanced but how do you incorporate each one into your design? Colors play a vital role in sight so the keep colors calming and soothing like blues and greens. Vintage blue Jaipur doors were used to bring in the calmness and tranquility of water as Jaipur is a desert city. Play with water fountains nested with a backdrop of wall sculptures of Krishna and Ganesha, using water as a tool to bring in peace and prosperity.

Eliminate stress with lush potted plants that bring in the earth element. Keep your desk clean and organized, improving the flow of harmony and peace.

Personalize your living space with pillows and blankets, soft sari drapes and pashmina blankets. Wall art that gives you a tingling feeling when you when you see it- use them into your design. Select furniture that tells stories and reflects on you as a person, using it as inspiration to drive you to towards your goal in life.

Finally, create a space that enhances your daily practice of meditation and prayer. Harness your spiritual self- the prana, make your home a sanctuary and connect it with the Divine. The beautiful universe and its sacred elements raise your vibrational energies, deepening your connection and enhancing your spiritual growth – allowing the path to the heart to become vividly clear and evolving the person in you to become who you are.

A conscious home will give you joy, peace, and prosperity. You will smile as you enter your home, feel relaxed and secure in its peaceful tranquility and each moment will lead you to an expansion of a blissful life.

 

Using Lattice Panels to Update Your Design

As homeowners, it is not unusual to want a way to make your home stand out from the rest. As a result, we might look for unique yard art, choose paint colors that exude personality, have art work and architectural elements that show off our style or perhaps create custom art and design pieces that keep us from blending into the crowd.

It is this individuality of design that can cause us to scour the Web, salvage yards, and other resources to find the perfect piece to show off our style. But there is an option that many might overlook, and yet it is one that is not only functional and fun, but a great way to be unique – the answer? Lattice panels.

Lattice panels have long been associated with architecture. Although it is often viewed more as an outdoor element used as part of the foundation of a home, as possible shutters, or perhaps a fenced in area, lattice work has much versatility than that! Today’s homeowners and interior designers are finding that lattice panels can be implemented in a wide variety of ways for both the interior and exterior of a home.

When used outdoors as design elements, the lattice can be pressure treated so that it retains its original color, or so that it keeps the stain you chose for a long time. Then, the panels can be used in numerous ways. Some of the ways that it is implemented in a landscape include:

  • Hiding ugly elements such as an HVAC unit, yet still providing access for repairs.
  • Providing privacy for an outside shower – especially helpful if you have a pool, jacuzzi or other space where people may wish to rinse off before coming inside
  • “Siding” for outdoor structures such as gazebos or pergolas
  • Creating planter boxes or planters for your deck
  • Trellis, gates, arbors and other stand-alone architectural elements
  • Garden fencing
  • Deck skirting, exterior step banisters – yes, these are the expected uses, but they are popular because the panels work so well!

But, the lattice panel is not just for outside. It is also great for home interior décor, too. Some creative ways to use it inside includes:

  • Separating rooms without building a full wall
  • Decorative wall art
  • Moveable panels
  • Headboards

Lattice is a beautiful and practical way to add more style to your home. Take some time to explore the many designs and choices available. Who knows, you might find yourself looking for more unique ways to implement this versatile product in your home.

Tips To Make Painting Your Home Easier & Efficient

Most people start cringing as the time to begin house painting draws near. Artistic expression and creative liberty take a back seat, all the planned ideas start seeming impractical, and what stays afore is the laborious task at hand.
A single mistake can render futile – or at least take all the charm away. But, a smart man still looks ahead at the final result without dreading any careless mistake along the way, because he has at hand a few tips that help him work around any problems.

So when painting your home, don’t fear what may go wrong. Instead, wait eagerly for when it all turns out alright with these smart tips as your guide:

• Painting directly over oily, dirty, surfaces will prove to be fruitless as the paint will easily peel off. Clean grimy areas with a heavy-duty cleaner before painting to solve this problem.

• Mix a few cans of paint beforehand to maintain a consistent colour throughout the room. Opening a new paint can while in the middle of a wall might leave slightly varying shades of the colour. Mixing the same paints together eliminates the problem.

• Paint the trim before the walls and the ceiling. It’s easier to tape off the trim than it is to tape off the walls. While painting the trim, one doesn’t need to be neat either as the paint that gets onto the walls is covered later.

• A single coat of paint isn’t usually able to hide the underlying colour on the trim. To ensure a smooth finish, one must sand the trim before each coat of paint is applied.

• Avoid lap marks by rolling up to the full height of the wall and keeping a wet edge. Lap marks occur when one paints over a part that has partly dried already. Maintain a wet edge by reloading the roller often.

• Treat wall patches with prime and texture to avoid a blotchy finish. Wall patches absorb the paint and dull the surface. Primer seals the patches and blocks the paint from sinking in.

• For a perfect edge, let the paint dry before cutting the tape loose. Since paint forms a film between the tape and the wall, removing the tape also tears a little dried paint off the wall. To avoid this, slice through the film with a sharp knife when the paint is completely dry.

With these few tips ready at your hand and quality house paints ready by your side, your experience at house painting is going to be a memorable one – even if it’s your first try.

 

The Art of Minimalism in Modern Day Decor

Today, modern decor is all about simple and clean lines. It’s less about sheer aesthetic value and more about functionality.

The utility, the practicality of the space, the decor is what makes its aesthetic and not the other way round. Minimalism, from an art form has now progressed to a lifestyle. A lifestyle that more and more people are increasingly adopting. You see, the moment you declutter your home, free it from all the tangible additional baggage; a certain sense of ‘being free’ is felt at a very innate level. People tend to feel lighter at a very philosophical level.

One solution for those looking to declutter their homes is to get storage boxes. Today, one finds a lot of storage boxes online. It is thus advisable to purchase such boxes which clear up maximum clutter while taking the least space. In fact, look for boxes which serve multiple purposes. Look for ways to seamlessly integrate the storage boxes that you purchase, with the rest of your minimal decor.

Here are some steps that you can take to live more minimally, and in extension, more happily-

1. Make it Count-

Consider your home to be a beautiful puzzle. Let the decor be such that every product fits within it in a perfectly balanced way. Let there be no extra piece, however pretty it may be. Anything that doesn’t serve a purpose of fulfilling that puzzle is a piece that doesn’t count and so should simply be disregarded.

2. Quality vs. Quantity-

One must rather have key pieces which make a statement rather than multiple baubles that do nothing but create noise. Getting carried away by sweeping trends may sound quite alluring at first but will only prove to be a waste in the longer run. Instead, invest in timeless decor products. For example, of all the options of storage boxes online, it is advisable to buy vintage storage boxes rather than many other boxes for decoration. This will ensure that your accents look classy for years to come. Remember, the principle of quality over quantity to always maintain a cleaner, de cluttered home decor.

3. Left door in, Right door out-

Often we get so caught up in buying all the pretty things that come our way, we forget how we have a lot of similar stuff already. It thus, makes a lot of sense for all of us to follow a basic rule of letting something go for every new thing we bring into our homes. This ensures that there is no ‘junk’ as such lying around our homes. Things that we haven’t used in ages, broken decor accents that we can’t seem to let go, etc should all be shown the door to make way for newer, better things.

4. Small Steps Count-

If the modern home decor with its minimalist values is something that you are sceptic about but still want to have it introduced in your life, it’s best you ease into it slowly. For all new things in life, taking a sudden, complete plunge doesn’t always bode well. Taking small steps towards adopting a new philosophy is a sure shot way of sticking to it for a longer duration. This way, you are able to pay attention to details and slowly but steadily get accustomed to a new lifestyle. A lifestyle that you’ll realise soon enough declutter your life figuratively just as it does literally, giving you a clearer head along with a cleaner space!

 

Impact of Laminates on Home Furnishings

Before we dive into the impact of laminate on home furnishings, let us first grasp the true essence of what makes a laminate. Laminate is nothing but an extremely thin plastic sheet created by soaking two to three different kinds of paper in resin. The end product can be used as a layer of coating on almost all materials. Though more popular with furniture items, its use on curtains and sofa coverings is increasing day-by-day. The reasons are its impact on enhancing the designability, durability, and longevity of home furnishings.

Designability – The dictionary would have us use two words – design and ability, but every designer knows that ability of a design to stand the wear and tear of usage adds to it designability. Since the process of lamination delays fraying of edges and seams, it will enable designers and homeowners to give flight to their imagination. Its impact on home furnishing will be felt in décor demands as customers clamor for truly unique finishes and designs.

Durability – The durability of interior furnishing products is bound to increase as lamination makes them scratch and stain proof. Customers can relax, enjoy and not tense up as kids run their toy cars over a favorite cushion or best friends spill wine on the new sofa. After all, each item of the home is bought with love and hard-earned money. Laminate coverings will make it easy to clean stains and spills. Since each item can be easily maintained, it will enhance the durability of prized possessions.

Longevity – Indians are famous for covering everything in plastic to increase its lifespan. Customers are also fraught to buy expensive furnishings for high use areas. The smart marketers and practical designers thought, “Why not cover expensive curtains or cushion/sofa covers with laminates?” A coating enhances the life of expensive home furnishings especially vintage products and recently bought luxury items. Increasing the longevity of laminate is the way forward for the industry.

The Home furnishing industry in India is dynamic, with demanding customers and lamination of home furnishing products is the new way to offer quality products. As designability, durability and longevity of the range of products increase so will the quality of products on offer and the type of demands from customers.

In conclusion, Laminates today are used as coverings for most products including the window coverings. They are the way forward for the cost-consciousness and fashion-forward people of the country.