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Quick Guide For Choosing & Displaying Artworks

July 15, 2016

So we get a lot of queries about how should one use art in their place – how to chose the right art piece, how many pieces to chose, how to display them and best way to care for them. If you have all those questions too, then this is a quick guide to help answer all those queries!🙂

Creating a smart décor is all about utilizing the available space smartly while ensuring that you don’t cramp your décor with too many things. Arranging art can seem to be tough but there is an easy way to get it right and create a décor that is beautiful and pleasing:

  • Art is your reflection. Of your tastes and deeper style sensibilities. Don’t chose art to go with the furniture. Or an art that you want to appreciate in monetary value down the line. No. Pick art that speaks to you and for you. It should become a quintessential element of your home or office that you would like to see every day 
  • Be open to different mediums – paintings, sculptures, photographs and so on. A good eclectic mix speaks of your aesthetics range and breadth. At Art and Decors, we carry a highly curated collection simply because we love art and we want to ensure that you get to experience some of the most exquisite and gorgeous creations painstakingly created by master artists and craftsmen. For instance the Murano Glass decor collection that has a 1,000 year old design legacy behind it. Or the stunning sculptures in Indian and Italian marble that are all single edition limited pieces. Or the contemporary paintings including ready-to-hang paintings from the talented and emerging art house ABA. You can find something that you are sure to fall in love with
  • Invest in quality art, not cheap art. An investment in a gorgeous sculpture, art deco piece or a beautiful artwork is much better then investing in art which is really neither of good quality or more importantly connected to your style sense. For instance, if you like subtle and sophisticated aesthetics, then go in for a marble sculpture/bust or a nice art deco piece. An artwork of vivid colors would probably look out of place in your decor and you would start disliking it very soon. So know your taste 
  • Group artwork to completely transform your space. Make sure you get the basics of displaying art correct:
    • Height and Width – It is recommended that the top edge of the highest frame should be about seven feet from the floor, and the lowest piece should end six (6) to ten (10) inches above the furniture, with the center of the arrangement at eye level. Let the edges of the outermost frames extend three to six inches beyond the sides of the furniture. This arrangement ensures you have a good ‘visual anchor’ for anyone who views the artworks.
    • Size and Specs – Size does matter! For contemporary art, bigger is better to maximize impact. Mix square and rectangular paintings with one painting being about a third larger than the others to ‘ground’ the arrangement. You can have it set either in the center or to one of the sides. If you are going with only one piece, then the a good rule of thumb is to have the art fill two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall. A quick and handy painting sizes reference guide is given at the end of the article. Feel free to use that for your art purchase decisions
    • In-Between Spacing – Our eyes are trained to look out for spaces but when it comes to art, they look for patterns. Therefore the more tightly your paintings are arranged, the more visually appealing it would come off because it would look deliberate and thus not random. Leaving about two to three inches between frames would be good enough.
  • Ensure proper lighting. Nothing makes art lose its magic than bad or inadequate lighting. A dimly lit artwork or sculpture will look lifeless, dull and muted and severely impact your aesthetic sense that you are trying to project. However the right lighting – whether it’s gallery style focused lights (always recommended) or focused lamps, will lift the entire artwork and with it the whole surrounding decor. It will suddenly be the talking point for whoever comes over because the artwork would be ‘breathing’ with the right focus
  • Art needs care and love just like we all do. Here are some simple tips to care for your carefully selected artworks:
    • Marble sculptures – Dust lightly with a goose feather brush or lamb’s-wool duster as it would attract dirt and won’t leave a residue behind like a common cloth rag would. Dusting every day is recommended but if not possible then once a week for sure. Marble attracts dust very fast so you need to shower it with more love!
    • Framed Paintings – It would depending on what kind of frame do you have – metal or wood and the glazing – glass or plexiglass (acrylic) covering the painting. However it is recommended that you should use a soft duster like the ones mentioned above to remove dirt and dust and not water or other cleaning agents as they effect both the frame and glazing. For specific instructions on how best to care, do ask the same at the time of buying the painting
    • Glass Decors – A precious and delicate artwork like Murano Glass centerpieces need to be handled with care. Again wiping and dusting them off with soft duster like the ones mentioned above is recommended. Do not wash them in soapy water as that could affect the finish. For a better cleaning, get professional help

Your decor will come alive once you start using art as a central focus. It takes time and effort but the pleasure of creating a space that is completely unique to you and reflects your taste and design sense is truly satisfying. 

Painting Sizes Reference Guide

 

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Art and Decors, is India’s premier, affordable luxury e-commerce brand for curated global decors and lifestyle products. It offers a wide choice of products across multiple categories like original fine art, designer décors, aromatherapy, precious diamond, gold and fashion jewellery and others from global brands and independent artisans.

You can enjoy Free shipment, multiple payment options including EMI’s and the industry leading A&D VIP Rewards Program that allows you to earn instant cashback’s and experience a world of privileges like special sales days and others. You don’t even have to buy anything to start earning A&D VIP Rewards Point! Visit the VIP Rewards page to find out how!

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7 Tips for Stunning Interior Decors

July 7, 2016

Your home is your place to make as unique as you are. It’s a place which will reflect your taste and style and is a mirror to your personality and thinking. That’s why it’s important that you design and decorate your home carefully. The decors that you admire carefully in all those pictures and magazines all use the art and science of decor. Today we unlock those secret tips just for you. We do have to warn you though that after reading this article you might feel dissatisfied with your current interior arrangements!

  1. Don’t fill your rooms with everything that you buy! Leave ‘breathing’ space in the room and try to make it comfortable rather than looking like a museum. Most of us are psychologically at ease with less clutter and that’s how your interiors should be. For instance, don’t put too many books and decor pieces in the living room or furniture pieces in the bedroom along with TV and other knick-knacks. 

    Which of the following decor set-up below would you prefer? The cluttered one on the left or the organized one on the right? 

     

  2. Give your living room a free look by removing the sofas and other furniture from against the wall. Pull them a little in front as that will give your room an airy look creating a sense of space and warmth. Since living rooms are the first point of contact for your friends and other family members with your ‘style sense’, it needs to project the sense of gracious living. And a very important aspect of that is the ability to move around freely without bothering about bumping into something or someone due to lack of space. You should go in for high quality décor than cheaper quality because it would always keep fighting for attention and you would always keeping wanting to put in something that naturally gets attention.
  3. Don’t cut corners on lighting. Most of the homes are low on light as most rely on just the overhead lights. Unless you have very powerful lights or multi-level chandeliers, chances are that there is low light in the rooms. This would impact reading ability especially if you have children and will put strain on the eyes. Instead of suffering, you should add standing lamps or table lamps wherever required, particularly around the sitting areas. That would add a discipline to your room arrangement and would ensure that there is always sufficient warm light in the room
  4. Use art to beautify a room. Art is expression captured on different mediums like paper, canvas, marble and so on. Using art is one of the best way to showcase class and style. If you use paintings then make sure you hang them at the right height. Typically art is hung in such a way that the center of each artwork is about 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. You should also be following the same.
  5. Make sure what you buy will fit in your home. Sometimes we tend to look at things in a store or online and buy them thinking they would be apt. However they could turn out to be too big or too small. Therefore make sure you understand the space dimensions before buying something.
  6. Don’t go in for themes. Whether that’s wall paint related or furniture related. Really try not going for it. People have seen them so many times that it no longer says anything about your individual personality. If you really want to still do it, then change elements within the theme itself so that it has some of your individual taste being reflected.
  7. Be bold enough to experiment without sacrificing comfort for cool. The more you try out different things, the more you would start finding what you like and what you don’t like as a style statement. Include art deco elements, unexpected pieces like cast iron water fountains and unconventional touches to really wow people. Sometimes it pays to be different!

Remember the key thing – you won’t really know what you want and like as your décor unless you decide to do it. And once you find what you like, you would know what to do! Happy Decorating!🙂

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About Art and Decors.com:

Art and Decors, is India’s premier, affordable luxury e-commerce brand for curated global decors and lifestyle products. It offers a wide choice of products across multiple categories like original fine art, designer décors, aromatherapy, precious diamond, gold and fashion jewellery and others from global brands and independent artisans.

You can enjoy Free shipment, multiple payment options including EMI’s and the industry leading A&D VIP Rewards Program that allows you to earn instant cashback’s and experience a world of privileges like special sales days and others. You don’t even have to buy anything to start earning A&D VIP Rewards Point! Visit the VIP Rewards page to find out how!

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How to Protect Your Home & Walls From Moisture

June 29, 2016

The pitter-patter of water outside and that heavenly musky smell. Rains are here! Gorgeous weather, beautiful greenery and an uplifted mood are the gifts of the rains. But it does bring with it issues of dampness and moisture – mortal enemies of a well kept home! Worry not because this is how you deal with this challenge!

There are multiple reasons for dampness or moisture to take place. Plumbing leaks, condensation, roof or basement leaks and even everyday household activities can be a source. Continuous moisture exposure can lead to peeling or blistering wall paint, deteriorated drywall, rotted wooden structures and dangerous mold growth and can also produce persistent odors that can make the people in the house sick.

Usually the signs of excess moisture in your house would be:

  • Peeling and/or blistering paint
  • Stains on walls or ceilings
  • Musty or rotten odor
  • Visible condensation on windows
  • Visible mold and/or black spots
  • Damp basement walls or floors
  • Warped drywall or sagging ceilings

Some of the ways you can protect your home and walls from moisture are:

  • A coat of waterproof cement paint is recommended for exterior walls
  • Waterproof paint is recommended to ensure the exterior walls are adequately protected. This is important because concrete by nature is porous and allows moisture seepage to take place which can get collected within the walls
  • Exterior painting should be done much before the rainy season. Similarly interior paint should be done so that enough time is given for it to dry off contingent that the exterior paint has been done properly
  • Do not paint on moldy surfaces as it is likely to peel. First clean up the mold and dry the surface before painting
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen to increase ventilation
  • Have floor mats to ensure that wet feet are not going all over the home. Feel free to check out our range of colorful floor mats that are for just Rs. 649 and delivered free anywhere in India!
  • Space furniture well to increase air circulation
  • Don’t block wall or floor vents (especially in the newer apartments with central conditioning)
  • Check pipes regularly to ensure leaks are repaired promptly
  • Wash and dry laundry with windows open (if washing is being done inside the bathroom)
  • Wipe away condensation on windows and sills daily
  • Use a commercial dehumidifier in damp areas
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly

A house that is clean, well maintained and cosy is a reflection of you as the home owner. It’s not that hard to get it done. Just needs a little bit of your love and attention.🙂

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About Art and Decors.com:

Art and Decors, is India’s premier, affordable luxury e-commerce brand for curated global decors and lifestyle products. It offers a wide choice of products across multiple categories like original fine art, designer décors, aromatherapy, precious diamond, gold and fashion jewellery and others from global brands and independent artisans.

You can enjoy Free shipment, multiple payment options including EMI’s and the industry leading A&D VIP Rewards Program that allows you to earn instant cashback’s and experience a world of privileges like special sales days and others. You don’t even have to buy anything to start earning A&D VIP Rewards Point! Visit the VIP Rewards page to find out how!

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How to Plan Your Home Decor Budget

June 23, 2016

If you are comfortable in your home then everyone else is likely to be as well. This sense of fulfilled life is what gives your home a soul and shows your design sensibilities to the world. One should ‘dress’ the home in their own taste rather than ‘borrowing’ someone else’s design sensibilities because it just won’t carry for long. This is key to planning your home décor budget. The budget needs to factor all the unique elements that you really want to use in your home décor.

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

  • Always start with a vision of the décor that you want/would like and then plan what all would that include – paint, furniture, wall art, floor and table art, lighting, furnishings and any other elements. Cost allocation can then be done amongst all those items which would then give you your final budget. It is a good idea to factor 10%-15% extra budget to cover instances when you might end up going over because practical challenges can come up during a home décor exercise.
  • Don’t cramp your style sensibilities over money. Your décor is the living embodiment of your taste and personality. And within Indian homes, it becomes the joint embodiment of the whole family and usually stays that way for 8-12 months before changing again or in some cases lasts even longer. Therefore it’s advisable that you spend quality money on quality products. One good décor product like (say) Murano glass art or an exquisite marble statue is worth 10 different décor products. The quality of an exquisite décor product that speaks of your personality will always overshadow the quantity of other products that don’t. That’s the big secret why wealthy individuals and families have homes that are envied and regularly featured in magazines and all. They understand the value of having a décor that is of their personality and then start acquiring décor elements to state and amplify that. The value of their investments actually improves over time because they go in for quality and that always appreciates with time. While for others they are left with items that end up being either re-gifted or stored somewhere for ‘safe keeping’ while in truth they are just too many to be actually put out as they went in for quantity over quality.

In terms of trends one should definitely check out options available online for home décor. One can now get some of the best décor products from around the globe especially on sites like Art and Decors and get it delivered to their home as well. Online also helps in two critical ways:

  • It helps in educating about different types of décor products available and their uniqueness. This is not possible offline as one either doesn’t know where to go and even when they do, it’s usually limited to one place which doesn’t have the depth of offerings available online.
  • Online helps in providing a crystal clear understanding of your budget as prices are transparent upfront.

Home décor is easier said than done.  Remember that home décor should not be a rushed job. It pays to be patient as it is going to be your reflection and therefore needs to be handled with care than haste.

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About Art and Decors.com:

Art and Decors, is India’s premier, affordable luxury e-commerce brand for curated global decors and lifestyle products. It offers a wide choice of products across multiple categories like original fine art, designer décors, aromatherapy, precious diamond, gold and fashion jewellery and others from global brands and independent artisans.

You can enjoy Free shipment, multiple payment options including EMI’s and the industry leading A&D VIP Rewards Program that allows you to earn instant cashback’s and experience a world of privileges like special sales days and others. You don’t even have to buy anything to start earning A&D VIP Rewards Point!

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Artanddecors.com Launches Easy-to-Use Wedding Budget Planner

June 13, 2016

Art and Decors, India’s leading affordable luxury e-commerce brand for curated global decors and lifestyle products has launched the world’s most comprehensive yet easy-to-use online Wedding Budget Planner.

The planner cum calculator let’s one plan for their wedding budget across 15 diverse categories like:

  • Rings
  • Jewellery
  • Apparels
  • Venue & Accommodation
  • Food & Drink
  • Transportation
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Photography
  • Others

The categories cover more than 160 areas where people typically incur expenses in a wedding but never prepare for it proactively. That’s because most people start with a wedding concept in mind and what they are comfortable in spending overall but never get down to the real specifics of how much to spend on what. It’s only when they start trying to make their dream concept a reality do they realize how under-prepared were they.

The Wedding Budget Planner takes care of this problem. It allows one to track their actual expenditures versus planned ones and helps them understand and see the expenses for each and every category. They can download the data and share with others in their family. This is especially useful if areas of responsibilities are divided and everyone can then keep a track of their planned versus actual spend.

The planner also gives the ability to change the overall wedding budget and estimated budgets per area for each category and to see the impact on other categories. This is helpful if say someone ends up spending more on jewellery but then wants to re-adjust their budget to still stay within their overall wedding budget.

The Wedding Budget Planner can be accessed here: https://artanddecors.com/wedding-budget-planner-tool/

Decor Ideas to Spiffy Up Your Home

January 4, 2016

Beautiful Decor in Living Room

Are you bored of waking up to the same interiors day after day? Well, if you are bothered about the high redecoration costs, worry not. Here are some ideas that will help to spiffy up your home in a jiffy without burning a hole in your pocket!

Paint in Sections

Painting the whole house can take time, create a mess as well as entail expenditure. If you have moved into a new home, repainting is an unnecessary expense. However, to bring a change you can try painting the house section wise. For example, you can paint one wall in bright colors which will add a vibrancy to the living room. A cool color for the bedroom wall that soothes your senses and lulls you to a peaceful sleep. Dashing colors inside the open wall shelves to add a contemporary twist. Paint your kitchen walls to contrast the cabinets and counter-top for a classy look.

Wallpaper is a Good Alternative

Are your walls in neutral shades and you do not have time to be home for supervising the painting job? The best way to add color and beauty to your home is with wallpaper. They come in numerous colors and patterns. You also have a choice of themes when it comes to adding a fun element to your kids’ room. The versatility with wall papers is that they can be pulled out and changed when you are in a mood for a new makeover.

Change your Upholstery

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Did you know that a change in curtains and furniture can give your home a new look? There are reams of drapes to choose from and many of them are easy to just buy and fix up. Mix and match or contrast the fabric with your walls to infuse a fresh look into your home. An attractive curtain rod with tassels flowing down midway to the length of the curtain makes a noticeable change.

Tiles in the Kitchen and Bathroom

Lovely tiles across the kitchen gives a new look and fills you with enthusiasm as you cook your favorite food. Embed colorful tiles in patterns of your choice to give a novel look to your kitchen. Kitchen backsplashes in porcelain can be hand painted to add a personal touch to your home.

Infuse a fresh look into your bathroom by the use of tiles. Blue colored tiles contrasted with the silver colored fittings will give you a calming effect that will make you want to spend more time in the bath tub.

Dining Room Makeover

Instead of closed cabinets and sideboards in the dining area, open shelves work wonders in enhancing the looks. Display your bright pieces of attractive cups in bone china and porcelain. Invest in a few glass cutlery to reflect the lights when you are using the dining rooms at night. A bright tablecloth coupled with a muted light on top of the dining table is all that is needed to bring about a welcome change.

Go Green

Line up potted plants in your living room, kitchen, and balcony. You can hand paint the pots to make them attractive. The kitchen ledge can accommodate herbs, which you can use in your kitchen. The aroma wafting from them infuses fresh fragrance into your kitchen.

DIY options include growing a creeper inside a bottle, turning your unused gum boots as a plant holder, using an inverted wine bottle as a lamp holder or transforming a bamboo basket into a painted lamp shade. The best part is that these ideas are cheap but paint a gorgeous picture of your home as though you have gone in for a complete redo.

Do let us know if you liked these tips! And share this with your friends and family if you think you found it useful.🙂

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This blog article is part of our “Best Idea’s Series” where we look to bring you refreshing ideas related decor and lifestyle. The original article is attributed to Naresh. This has been desaturated from the original.

Naresh is working as a content wrtier at Commonfloor, a real estate portal. He enjoys writing informative blogs, articles, and reviews. 

Art and Decors is India’s premier e-commerce brand for luxurious and affordable decor and lifestyle products. We welcome you to shop with us and experience true luxury of shopping and to enjoy our industry leading VIP Rewards Program.

4 Handy Home Improvement Hacks

November 23, 2015

We all want to own a home that is luxurious and comfortable. But in this day and age, we also want an organized and well-designed home that makes life easier. If you love to experiment with a number of hacks for the home, then these 4 ideas for a better home are just what you need. These projects might require a bit of elbow grease but they aren’t highly expensive to complete. Read on.

Add A Kitchen Backsplash

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A kitchen is where you spend a lot of time and the way you maintain and decorate this space says a lot about who you are. These days a lot of Indian homes have well-equipped modular kitchen and if you are lagging behind, here’s one way to make your kitchen look modern and improve its functionality. The walls of your kitchen get easily stained while cooking or sometimes even washing and the best solution for this problem is adding tiles to cover these walls and protect them. You can make this backsplash as creative as you’d like by adding colorful tiles, metallic tiles, marble, or even aluminum ones. You can definitely add a fashionable touch to your kitchen with a simple backsplash.

Organise Your Storage Spaces

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Sometimes you might end up stuffing a lot of things that are just lying around the house into a cupboard or cabinet and cause a massive mess in there. Having a neat and well-organised storage area isn’t very difficult or expensive. All you need is a few wire shelves, a drill, level, and a few basic hand tools, all of which are readily available. You just have to measure out your cupboards’ dimensions and pick up a few shelves and rods that you can use. Plan out how your storage system would work and then remove the old shelves if you would like and create the space you need.

Create Built-In Waste Bins

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A trash can in your kitchen can be a messy sight and it isn’t very hygienic either. However, a dustbin is a necessity and is not easy to replace. But instead of leaving it outside for guests to see it, why not conceal it? Install a built-in trash can in your kitchen, where you can pull out the trash can and dispose your garbage. This idea also works wonderfully if you want to recycle used items around the house. You can add a two or three bins to a cabinet and colour code them, to ensure that you put your garbage in the right bin.

Make Your Bathroom Look Elegant

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Have you ever wanted to get rid of your regular ceramic bathroom sink and replace it with something more clean-cut and elegant? Now you can do that by replacing your sink with a granite bathroom vanity top or sink. Stone basins are available at most tile and marble stores and industries. You begin by getting the material that you need and once you got them, make sure to check them for any defects. Remove your old fixtures and repair any damage you might have created to the walls. Once you’ve attached the sink or vanity top, then all you have to do is paint the walls and add a mirror that you like. Finally, add the faucet, connect the plumbing, and you have a fully-functional gorgeous bathroom.

Try out a few of these ideas and you will your guests will notice a massive change in your home. Each of these ideas is to help you create a more functional and beautiful home.

Do let us know if you liked these tips! And share this with your friends and family if you think you found it useful.🙂

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This blog article is part of our “Best Idea’s Series” where we look to bring you refreshing ideas related decor and lifestyle. The original article is attributed to Sonia Sinha. This has been desaturated from the original.

Sonia Sinha is working as a content strategist at Commonfloor, a real estate portal. She enjoys writing informative blogs, articles, and reviews. She likes to think of her writing as an online resource; helping end-users answer questions, while guiding others in the direction they seek.

Art and Decors is India’s premier e-commerce brand for luxurious and affordable decor and lifestyle products. We welcome you to shop with us and experience true luxury of shopping and to enjoy our industry leading VIP Rewards Program.

4 Home Renovation Ideas That Drastically Boost Your Home’s Value

October 28, 2015

“Home renovation is an art! It’s about transforming a dull place into the attractive one. If done properly, a perfect home renovation can drastically boost your home value. Here are 4 exclusive home renovation ideas that could significantly take your home’s value to the next level.”

Kitchen Remodelling

Ok, let’s start with the kitchen, after all, ‘Kitchen is King’, that at a very first sight, magnetises the buyers, especially, to the families. Depending on the value of home, considering the neighbourhood and look of the overall infrastructure, you can spend around 40% of you investment in upgrading your kitchen.

Kitchen Remodelling

Start with the little paint that actually goes a long way. Use fresh paint with modern colors. More possibly, the low-VOC paint for an eco-friendly environment so that you family doesn’t have to breath in the hazardous chemicals Benzene. Also, bring in the energy-efficient appliances to save on electricity bills. Consider opting star-rated appliances only that consume less power than ordinary one. It’s a onetime investment and you’re done!

Room Reinvention

Arranging new rooms is very expensive. So you can cut down this heavy cost with the little tweak. Simply, reinvent the existing space of your home and make it look fresh and flourish. Go for the versatile rooms that could appeal to your potential buyers in a unique way.

Room Reinvention

You can also transform basements into alternate living rooms where some people also utilize this as the rest room for the old family members as well as tenants. Going ahead, you can also reinvent the attic space to use it as the game rooms and craft rooms, especially when they’ve the lofty ceilings. For the home with kids, you can also add rafters and swings to this place for your little ones.

Deck Addition

With outdoor living spaces have turned more enviable, adding deck to your home can amazingly escalate your home’s value, especially for the people staying home for the particular vacation. Beautifying your backyard or deck can result in maximum number of potential buyers, if, sometime you intend to put it on sale.

Outdoor Deck

Depending on the size and how you want your deck to be, the expenses on this renovation can vary a lot. So, to save more money on this, get at least three quotes from different contractors.

Basic Updates

Once you’re done with the biggie things done, it’s time to look at the basic ones to beautify your home. Go for the throughout painting in your home choosing basic neutral colors. Check out the roofs and fix them if leaked. Also, look out for the mold and get rid of them if found, replace the wood that rots.

Don’t forget, a solid, healthy, and safe home is what buyers actually want, so it’s good for your potential buyers as well. Change the home wiring if it’s too old, paint up the interiors, and replace the plumbing.

Do let us know if you liked these tips! And share this with your friends and family if you think you found it useful.🙂

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This blog article is part of our “Best Idea’s Series” where we look to bring you refreshing ideas related decor and lifestyle. The original article is attributed to Lynelle Thompson. This has been desaturated from the original.

Lynelle  has worked at In:Style Direct for over seven years and has extensive knowledge of both the home improvement and rental furniture packages market.

Art and Decors is India’s premier e-commerce brand for luxurious and affordable decor and lifestyle products. We welcome you to shop with us and experience true luxury of shopping and to enjoy our industry leading VIP Rewards Program.

How to Layer Rugs

March 27, 2015

Area rugs add texture and warmth — they’re basically the finishing touch in a well-composed room. Rugs come in not only an astronomical array of textures but nearly every shape, size and color as well. Finding the perfect rug can already seem like quite the feat, so finding multiple rugs to layer may seem impossible. However, layering rugs can solve many design dilemma, and when done right, this method can help define functional areas of an open concept floor plan, provide pattern and color inspiration for a room, add inviting texture, or even accent smaller statement rugs. Equipped with a few guidelines, layering rugs can become less daunting. Check out the following creative ways to get inspired!

Defining Spaces

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A large sisal rug spans the entire room, while the layered hide defines the seating area. This look can accent many design styles.

Rustic

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Contemporary

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Try layering a woven jute rug with either a faux hide rug or a gorgeous Kashmir wool or silk rug to lend an opulence to the room.

Color & Pattern

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The texture and color in these rugs is mirrored in the other design components of the room including the bedding, upholstery and even the architecture of the room.

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The colors and texture found in the aztec rug are also found elsewhere in this room. The brindle rug layered on top works perfectly with this Native-American-themed room. All these statement rugs are anchored by a neutral jute rug, highlighting the bold patterns and colors of the prints.

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The blues in this statement rug are found in other accents such as the sofa pillows.

Texture

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This room is overflowing with texture, between the various pillows, sofas and rugs. A large oriental rug is contrasted by a bright white, fuzzy sheepskin rug, creating an inviting, cozy living area.

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To create the above look, layer a natural fiber rug such as jute with a bold, soft sheepskin or wool rug. Alternatively, layer a boldly-printed rug with a neutral-colored sheepskin or wool rug. This look is great in living rooms to create inviting areas for conversation or in bedrooms to create a comfortable retreat.

Small Statement Rugs

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This small oriental rug would be far too small a rug in this large room, but by layering it atop a large neutral rug, it becomes a statement centerpiece in this living area.Artanddecors.com - Dining Room

Here too, a large neutral rug highlights the long, narrow oriental rug that is layered on top of it.

Stick with natural materials such as jute, sisal or seagrass in neutral colors to highlight a bold statement rug.

Do let us know if you liked these tips! And share this with your friends and family if you think you found it useful.🙂

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This blog article is part of our “Best Idea’s Series” where we look to bring you refreshing ideas related decor and lifestyle. The original article is attributed to Jane Blanchard. This has been desaturated from the original.

All pictures courtesy Houzz

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Designing an At Home Yoga Studio

March 19, 2015

Building a home yoga studio can be very rewarding, and it’s a great way to increase your home’s value. You don’t need to spend a fortune to build one either. Get started by finding a quiet place to lay your mat down.

How Large Does the Room Need to Be?

When beginning your home yoga studio project, consider how much space you have available for one. With yoga, more space in your room is essential for a proper practice. The room should be without a bed or other large furniture. You want a room that is basically bare. You don’t need to find the biggest room in your house either. Small rooms that don’t have excessive clutter in them will work fine. Find a room that has the least amount of traffic going through it, or a place that has no noise coming from nearby areas. Once you find the perfect spot, lay your yoga mat down. Stretch your entire body across the mat and extend your arms outward. As long as you are not touching anything with your body now, you will have enough space to start a yoga studio. Stand up on your mat and stretch to the ceiling. If you don’t touch a ceiling fan or the ceiling, you will have enough vertical space for your yoga studio. Furthermore, you will want to find a room that has a door that closes behind you.

Type of Flooring

A hardwood floor is usually the best type of surface for a yoga studio. They’re solid enough to keep you stable during a pose, they are not cold when winter comes, and they won’t hurt your knees. Carpet, on the other hand, can be a bit too soft. If you don’t have a wooden floor, you can simply place a large wooden board over your surface. This board will be much easier to do your poses on. When you have an uneven carpet surface, it takes a lot of effort to keep a pose still. Make sure you place a towel down underneath your mat though because your sweat can get into the carpet and make it stink.

Home Yoga Studio

Picture Courtesy: Estately

Using Mirrors

Many professional yoga studios have mirrors on the wall. However, this can make your yoga practice suffer. When you look at yourself to see how well you’re holding a pose, your energy begins drift away from your body. Your energy should be within you at all times because yoga requires focused breathing techniques. You might hold your breath if you get too distracted by a mirror. It’s a personal choice though. Try experimenting with, and without, a mirror to see what option works best.

The lighting in your home yoga studio should be warm. Consider getting a dimmer for the ceiling lights if you have some. It’s wise to make sure your room’s temperature always stays the same. This can help you gauge how hard you are working.

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This blog article is part of our “Best Idea’s Series” where we look to bring you refreshing ideas related decor and lifestyle. This article is attributed to Jane Blanchard.

Art and Decors is India’s premier e-commerce brand for luxurious and affordable decor and lifestyle products. We welcome you to shop with us and experience true luxury of shopping and to enjoy our industry leading VIP Rewards Program.

For more design ideas, visit Modernize.

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