Tables or chest of drawers are the most dynamic pieces of furniture in any place. You can spot them outdoors, indoors – in multiple locations each having a different meaning and use.
What is more outstanding is the way each of them can be styled differently on a different occasion. Sometimes you see them styled based on:
Everyday style – something that’s easy on maintenance
Seasonal style – Can be colour based depending on a particular season
Festival style – Like Diwali, Holi, Christmas and more
Special occasion style – Birthdays, Anniversaries, Baby Shower and more
Location – A style of a hotel vs a home
Geographical location – An Indian style may significantly vary from that of an American style
Today, we are looking at some basic ideas on how to style your foyer tables and dining table tables on different days using different elements, and as you do this, along the way you can start adding multiple components and find a right balance that appeals to you.
Foyer / Entry way
In the context of homes, foyer tables usually are stylish pieces of furniture mainly decorative used to keep items like keys, posts etc. They can be styled using decorative items likes vases, flowers, candles, photographs, mirror, frames, books, baskets, and/or artifacts. They can be styled minimally or sometime using multiple elements. Use the below tip to style your foyer table.
You may change the elements based on occasion or season
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Season based style:
For instance, in spring season, you can add some fresh flowers and greens to your foyer table and enjoy the bloom season every day.
When styling a dining table, you will see the elements used here change as compared to a foyer table. Here we can see items like flowers, fruits, candles, table runners, decorated with tableware being used more commonly. You may also keep few smaller items together in a tray or a holder that gives it an overall themed look.
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Décor using Fruits & Flowers for a party day !
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Occasion based style
This is one of the things we encounter most commonly where we do up the table based on a personal event like anniversary or a birthday party for a young one. Usage of tableware along with décor may vary based on what you may be celebrating for instance if you are celebrating a romantic evening, you can use candles, flowers of your choice along with flowing fabrics and tableware of your choice vs for a kid’s birthday you may use balloons, colour paper, and disposable cutlery based on the theme you may choose.
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Centre table or Coffee table
Next most widely used piece of furniture is a centre table and most commonly used items here are small planters, books or magazines, decorative figurines, souvenirs, collectibles, candles or dry flowers and most the most stylish way to combine these elements to find a right match. Like the foyer and dining table, elements may vary based on a variety of factors. Let’s see some examples of centre table décor
A glamourous coffee table décor – the secret tip here is usage of reflective surfaces like mirror or metallic elements like golden, silver, rose gold and such others along with some rare or unique collectibles.
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Remember when you style, it should be a reflection of your personality !
As we evolve, our homes also evolve with us, but what remains is memories of the past in forms of photographs of the best times and best places seen and most beautiful activities experienced.
Creating a gallery wall by adding Painting and artwork makes home more pleasant and attractive too !. Identify spots in your house where you can put up these memories. We have listed down a few below.
1.Foyer wall – ideal for collectibles like souvenirs
2. Sofa back wall – ideal for painting / art work
3. Formal living room – ideal for studio photographs like family photos or photos medal or awards from college & universities.
4. Dining or informal living room – ideal for private and intimate photographs or photographs of children
5 stair case or passage – intimate family and friend’s photos
People wish to buy different varieties of paintings or art work even though they don’t have proper ideas on selection criteria, in that case an interior designer can definitely help you. They can identify the difference between quality art and commercial art and also they can suggest you the right places where you can buy these pieces without making a hole in your pocket.
You should have some creative thinking on this for proper arrangement. In today’s world you will get more expertise’s to add some more attractive ideas to make your ideas more effective.
There is a quick tip to do this – Arrange all the pieces on the floor first and take a snap, compare your options and just go for what you like best.
Commonly used wall décor ideas are artwork, paintings and photo frames. You have to consider these things when you do the arrangement.
1.Selection or Sizing of artwork
Selection of suitable artwork which suits your home and matching with your wall colors. Invest your valuable time for the selection because it is important activity which will impact of your personality and passion. One general criteria if for selection is For narrow walls you can use small frames and if the wall is big you can use larger frames. Based on the wall space you can use multiple frames or one large frame will be more effective.
2.Placement of artwork
Placement of art work require more creative ideas it is better to gather more ideas from your family, friends and designers suggestion add more valuable to ensure the right thing ant right place. A very small painting can be easily overshadowed by nearby furniture. Artwork that is too big for a room will also break the aesthetic balance. Hang your wall art at eye level. If you are placing your artwork over a piece of furniture, then it should not be wider than the width of the furniture. Art should be about 50 – 75 % of the width of the furniture. Place it one hand width above the furniture.
3.Arrangement of wall décor
Before starting decorative activity on your wall try a small arrangement on your table or floor and try multiple rearrangement until you find your perfect combination which is available in your imagination. Take two or three people support to fix your art on the wall and to check the arrangement.
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“No human masterpiece has been created without great labour” – Andre Gide , French Author
Before you begin this journey of finding the right team to do your home, office or interiors for any commercial use, it is very critical that you understand that you are going be a part of a onetime process, an ongoing process and that it is not an over the counter sale.
As you have an understanding of this, you also acknowledge that you are going to build relationships along this process with people including your contractors, vendors, designers and also labours.
For the masterpiece that you are going to be creating (feelings that you are going to experience) at the end of this process is intangible and for some of you it may be a home of dreams or an office that you always wanted to have a café that everyone must know about, so the key is to be patient while you follow the process and make the right decision.
Let us look at the technical aspect of this process now. In India there are many traditional and modern ways of doing this job, however I am only listing down the professional ways of doing it. I will be talking about:
Ways to go about doing the job right
Importance or role of a contractor
Setting your expectations
Things to know – Do’s & Dont’s
WAYS TO GO ABOUT DOING THE JOB RIGHT
1. Turnkey solution- This is the best case scenario, where you hire services of one team who does both design and execution of work for you which includes design, drawings, co-ordination with all the teams and delivers the project within the committed deadline. Work against a plan of action and keep your contact with a single person to avoid any confusion.
2. Designer + Contractor – This is another way of going about this process where you have one expert designer and their team with whom you interact, share your thoughts and feelings about the house and your requirements. Indulge in this process to an extent that even your wardrobe’s drawers and shelves should be planned. As the market for home interiors is so dynamic, there are new products being introduced every now and then, these guys are the ones who are updated with the latest materials in the market. After this you find a professional team who can execute the design that your designer has made and a BOQ (Bill of quantities or estimate of work) that co-relates to the design.
IMPORTANCE OR THE ROLE OF A CONTRACTOR
It is very important that you hire the services of a contractor. This individual is your one point contact between various other teams like civil, plumber, electrician, carpenter, false ceiling, painter and such others that may be involved in the process. The contractor is the person who knows the sequence of works to be done as most of these are inter – related. He/She has knowledge in all these fields and is the one who can guide you right through this process.
A contractor or his/her representative (site supervisor) is responsible of the progress of work and keeping all the parties in loop and keeping them updated with the latest progress at site. A contractor can suggest places in the market from where you can source the right material at the right price.
Believe in your contractor as you may be doing this for the first and last time, but this contractor is doing it on a daily basis. They come with tricks to handle labours too!
SETTING YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Remember that communication is the key.
Before you start, communicate what your expectations are from each other in terms of following the 2D and 3D drawings, ensuring the finishes are acceptable, timeline and deadlines, pricing or any other aspect that may be relevant in your case.
Since the process of home interiors is a team effort of various people from different fields of work, you may not understand everything at once, but if you wish to know and understand, ask your contractor or designer. This will avoid last minute surprises.
PRICING OR RATES
Here we are going to be talking about the various methods in which you can finalize the estimate or work order.
1. On square feet basis – This is widely used and most common way of calculation. This is also a great way if you want to compare rates between 2 or more different contracting companies.
Eg- you wish to build a wardrobe where the dimensions are – width – 3 feet, height – 7 feet and the depth of the wardrobe is 2 feet. For square feet calc you will multiply 3×7 = 21 sft.
Understand that the material used to construct the depth of the wardrobe is included in the rate quoted.
2. On percentage basis – A contractor will charge you a certain percentage of all the material procured. This percentage covers the labour cost and the profits. Material bill will be clearly shown to the client and he/she can verify if they wish to. You must clear in the beginning the percentage rate and on which items will it be calculated on.
Eg – The agreed percentage is 35% on material. Material is procured by the contractor.
Project value – Rs 2,62,000/- + total payable to contractor – Rs 91700/- = Rs 3,53,700
(35% of 2,62,000 i.e. Rs 91,700)
3. A fixed amount – Once you have the designs and a BOQ ready go through them thoroughly with your contractor discussing each and every item in detail and then at the end you may agree to close it a certain fixed price mutually convenient.
Remember – extra work other than agreement = extra payment.
Above are professionally accepted methods of pricing or rates in this market, and we recommend you stick to one of these.
THINGS TO KNOW – DO’s AND DONT’s
1. Hire services of a professional interior designer – everyone who knows how to use CAD software are not interior designers.
2.Do not work with individual teams – a contractor is a must who can co-ordinate between teams so you can go to work without worrying about site conditions. Follow this tip and save yourself from the trouble of blame game and co –ordination between teams. Please understand that you are at the losing end in this never ending blame game.
3.If possible, meet the heads of various teams like carpenters, false ceiling etc so you can establish a human connection with them and they also feel a sense of acknowledgement and respect.
4.Gain some knowledge about the material and its behavior before you decide you use them. You may want to consider factors like your geographical location, your style, your taste and preferences, and do not go by anything and everything you see on the internet. For e.g. – if you live in a cold place, you do not want to choose marble as a flooring material, you may choose wood or other material with good insulation properties.
5.Visit places, look at the internet or any other medium so that you know your style. Every individual has a style. Try to identify yours. I like floral walls you may like a city skyline or a superhero!
6.Ensure that you work with a registered vendor/contractor.
Note – Above thoughts are keeping in mind Indian market for home interiors and my experience in the last 6 years. We are – Abode & Beyond based out of Bangalore. Please visit our website for more details.
Balcony is that spot where you can breathe and unwind from a full day of activity.. Our tips on balcony design will make your balcony functionally and aesthetically attractive.
Few things you can arrange and rearrange in this place every time giving the whole space a new look is by adding outdoor plants, some furniture, carpet rather durries, decorative lightings and decor.
Balcony design would vary from type of the house and type of the room it is attached. How you want to design your balcony depends on the area size.
But no matter how small it is, there is always some room for greens.
You can add table and chairs in your balcony to enjoy your leisure time. These furniture can be either fixed or foldable. If you have the luxury of space you can use swing for sure.. Do not hesitate to add pillows and cushions. Make sure they are colorful to make the space look vibrant.
2. Bring in Greenary
Slowly start adding a few plants, and as you learn the habit of taking care of them, you may go all out and add and many of them as possible. There are different ways in which you can add them, we will write about that too !
3. Flooring Styles
Designer tiles, pebbles and carpets are commonly used in modern balconies. Artificial grass turf carpets are one of the best option in the balcony floor.
4. Adding some Privacy and Shade
Waterproof curtains are great for closing off your space a bit and adding some shade too… You can even buy bamboo curtains that will create a more private space.
5. Decor Lighting
Hang some décor lights or lamps to make the balcony shine. Lanterns and candles, bulb and fairy strings and chandeliers are some of the lighting options in the balcony.
There are countless ways to design a stunning balcony in your home. I hope these tips will help you to design your balcony in your own way.
Foyer is the welcoming space for a home. Some people are not ready to do the foyer design because of the space constraint. Depends on the people’s interest we can go for the foyer design. There are so many varieties of entry way design ideas in Abode & Beyond.
There are so many ways to decor a foyer. Some prefer decor items, tables with some decor items on top, mirrors, artworks, and plants.
Placing large mirror or large piece of art work is also trending. Consider the floor and door too. Make them more attractive.
If you are looking for home decorating ideas or decorating tips, here are some simple tips to help you create your dream home. We want each space to reflect your personality and sensibilities. At the same time it should be practical and comfortable.
As bedroom is your private space, no one else sees it. But from our design ideas you can create your own perfect resting space. Here are some designs that you can try in your bedrooms. By changing your bed headboard, rugs, paint color or adding some elegant wallpapers you can make it more functional.
As the living rooms are welcoming space in the home, the paint color for the room should be relaxing. For better look each object in the living room should match. Choose some elegant wallpapers which reflects your style or you can use some decor items shown above. This brings warm texture to the walls.
Kitchen is the heart of a Home. You can try some decorations there also. Arrange some small plants in the shelves. Your kitchen will be more brighter when you use lighter colors for walls and counter tops. Metal vessels are very good for attraction. For any kind of kitchen whether it is modern or traditional we will help you to design.
Abode and Beyond – the complete interior solution for your home and office. Customized interiors in an affordable budget. For more ideas and inspiration visit our website or book an appointment with us
Every room having some design challenges. In the case of living room, it is the one which you spend most of your time. Also this is the room that visitors will seen first. Everything matters, what type of furniture is using and also where to arrange the furniture. The arrangement is difficult if the space is small. So try to do something to make it spacious.
Flooring in Living Room
Hardwood, Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Porcelain tile, Marble, Concrete, Vinyl, Laminate, Painted wood etc are some of the flooring materials. These are commonly used flooring materials. The flooring materiel color should match with the wall paints used in that area. Then it will be more good to see and also gives sufficient light in the room. Use good quality and affordable materials. If you need any help our team will ready to give the guidance.
Living room furniture
Furniture in the living room creates a welcoming look. Choose an attractive sofa as the centerpiece. Then introduce pattern with a mix-and-match collection of patterned cushions and a geometric rug. Place a bookshelves in any corner and arrange your reading collection there. That will be the main attraction for your guests. The modern TV units are arranged in a large space. Most of the people preferred wall mounted TV unit with a table below containing gadgets, books and other accessories.
Wall arts in the living room
Wall arts are one of the main attraction in the living room. You can use paintings, Photo collage or wallpapers for decorating the living room. There are some rules for placing the arts in the wall. The dimensions are important. The painting size should not be larger than the furniture near to that. It should be same or smaller than the furniture piece. Otherwise it looks weird. The height of the wall art from the floor is 6 to 8 inches. It is better to place it in the eye level.
False ceilings are one of the latest trends in modern interior. They are light in weight and moisture resistant. False ceilings can be made from different materials including Gypsum, Mineral Fiber and Metal. By using this we can do some decoration in the ceiling also.