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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

Beautiful Upholstered Room

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.

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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.

Why We Need Art in our Life – Musings of a Customer

July 2, 2014

This is a guest post from one of our customers, Stephanie from NYC, USA. Enjoy 🙂

My room houses a desk, a shelf, a set of art prints on the wall, a display shelf, and bed sheets that match the unique fan I have at the top. I am currently in the middle of plans to paint my room a color that compliments my furniture better. This has got me thinking… why do we care quite so much about the look and feel of our homes?

Through extensive research, I’ve come up with the following set of reasons:

  • Art is a form of expression for the artist as well as its purchaser
  • Art is interesting – it encourages people to be more fascinated in your home and will lead to memorable conversations
  • Art inspires us to think and visualize. It sparks the imagination for both children and adults
  • Owning art which you enjoy and decorating your home with the things that are visually appealing to you can not only make your home much more welcoming and personal but it will also raise your spirits and improve the quality of your life

I find that through the personalization and visual motif in my home, I receive great happiness and satisfaction. Buying art doesn’t have to be an unknown or scary process. The best way to get started is to check in your local markets or online on sites like Art and Decors and see what type resonates with you. In fact, using sites like Art and Decors and their ArtView showcase, you can ‘try’ out the art on your own wall before buying – this means a more informed decision for me as a buyer. All in all, art is the most personalized form of self-expression and one that everyone should get a taste of.

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Passion Play with Red Color for Your Decor

February 1, 2014

Red, the most eye-catching color represents passion, blood and energy. There is no other color which evokes as many emotions as red. Full of drama and passion, it’s not a color for the faint of heart, but when thoughtfully used — whether on a wall or in a handful of accessories—it can make a room come alive.

Red works to neutralize cooler colors like greens and blues, giving a sense of warmth to the room. Red also brings life and energy to dull and uninviting spaces. You can easily introduce red to a room with flowers, throw cushions, vases or other accents.

So jazz up and introduce red-hot passion in your home with some gorgeous home decor inspirations.

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Participate in the ‘Get Artistic’ Sweepstakes & Win!

October 22, 2013

Everyone loves a contest. Where not only can you win money but also get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to showcase your beautiful decor to the entire world!

Presenting Art and Decors ‘Get Artistic’ Sweepstakes!

Participate for a chance to win exclusive Art and Decors Gift Vouchers worth Rs. 20,000!! 

Just visit http://goo.gl/J7PHoH, select a painting that you like and tell us why you like it on the form under the ‘Sweepstakes’ tab on our official Facebook page. 

You can access the form and more information here as well: http://goo.gl/swWpJF

And a few lucky winners will also get the chance of the lifetime to have their decor featured both on our Facebook page as well as on our Pinterest board (http://goo.gl/UoKbJQ).

Let the fun begin! Contest open till 31st October only!

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How To Buy Diamonds- A Comprehensive Guide

June 12, 2013

Diamonds are a women’s best friend! But do you know what is the correct way to choose the right Diamond? Well don’t worry because we got your back. Or your heart! 🙂 So read on….

The  4 C’s to look out for while choosing the right Diamond:

  1. Cut
  2. Clarity
  3. Colour
  4. Carat Weight

Each of the Four Cs describes a diamond’s specific characteristic.

CUT:

The beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other of the four Cs for us to understand.

Cut refers to the proportions, polish, and symmetry of a stone: these three factors are important in creating a diamond with the best possible light reflection. The angles and finish of any diamond are what determine its ability to handle light, and its brilliance.

What to look for?

When choosing a diamond, hold it up to the light and look at the way the light dances around – it should throw out a rainbow of colours and display the diamond’s natural brilliance. Look at many different cuts and shapes so you can try on a good selection to find the perfect one for you.

Cut also refers to the shape of the diamond. Round, princess, oval, square, marquise, pear, emerald, or cushion-shaped are some of the most familiar, but advancing technology continues to offer a larger variety of shapes and cuts to choose from.

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CLARITY:

Clarity, or purity, is a diamond’s ability to let in light and reflect its brilliance. We measure the clarity of a diamond by its size and the number of inclusions and blemishes in or on it.

Inclusions are interior irregularities such as air bubbles, cracks, and non-diamond minerals found within the diamond, which are caused deep within the earth during its formation.

Blemishes are exterior irregularities or imperfections on a diamond’s exterior surface and include scratches, pits and chips. 

The internationally accepted system of grading divides clarity into five distinct groups:

  1. Flawless (FL) diamonds are those with no internal features and no external features or blemishes visible at 10 x magnification. An Internally Flawless (IF) diamond will also have no internal features, but may exhibit a minute scratch left over from polishing.
  2. Very Very Slightly (VVS) included diamonds are those with minute inclusions so small that they are extremely difficult for even a skilled diamond grader to see at 10X magnification.
  3. Very Slightly (VS) Included are those diamonds with minor internal features deemed difficult for a skilled grader to detect at 10X.
  4. Slightly Included (SI) diamonds are those with internal features that are easily seen by the skilled grader at 10X magnification. Divided into SI1 and SI2, even an SI2 diamond may contain internal features that are still not visible to the unaided eye.
  5. Included (I-1, I-2, I-3) diamonds are those with features that are obvious at 10x magnification, can be visible to the unaided eye and may even affect the durability of the diamond.

What to look for?

View and try on diamonds of different clarities. In some diamonds, the internal features may be hidden by the setting and will not detract from a diamond’s overall beauty.

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COLOUR:

When we speak of Colour in a diamond, we actually mean the degree of colourlessness. While most diamonds are white, not all are truly colourless. Many are tinted yellow to brown or silver to grey.

Diamonds are graded on a Whiteness scale or absence of colour scale. Basically, the whiter or clearer the colour of a diamond the greater its value.

As diamond size increases, colour becomes more noticeable. This is especially important to keep in mind if purchasing a diamond of two carats or greater.

What to look for?

  • When buying a diamond, consider the setting and the metal, as it can be used to accentuate or de-emphasise the colour.
  • Make sure you try on the diamond jewellery as the colour may look different when worn.
  • If purchasing a loose diamond, carefully place the diamond on the top of your hand and compare it with a similar diamond mounted in jewellery.

Art and Decors Diamond Jewelry Article

 

CARAT WEIGHT:

A carat is the unit of weight by which a gemstone is measured. The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement of the 4C’s to determine. Carat-weight is not a factor which denotes the quality of a diamond, but merely its size by weight.

“Carat” is not to be confused with “karat,” which is used to indicate the purity of gold.

One carat is subdivided into 100 “points”. Therefore a diamond measuring 75 points is 3/4 carat in weight, or 0.75ct. There are five carats in a gram.

NOTE: Carat is abbreviated to “ct” or “CT” when describing a single stone. “TCW,” meaning “total carat weight,” is added when jewellery is set with multiple diamonds.

It has to be noted that the carat weight does not refer to exactly one figure. It comprises of stones within a certain weight range. For example:

1 carat – Stones in weight range of 0.95 ct to 1.05 ct

0.75 carat – Stones in weight range of 0.72 ct to 0.76 ct

0.50 carat – Stones in weight range of 0.47 ct to 0.56 ct

0.25 carat – Stones in weight range of 0.23 ct to 0.26 ct

This holds true for all carat weight figures.

What Carat Weight is right for me?

This question has no direct answer. It really depends. Differences in size are clearly visible even to the untrained eye, and weight clearly does matter because it influences cost significantly.

However, size alone does not guarantee beauty.  The quality of a diamond in cut, grade, and diameter should also be considered.

In deciding the importance of carat weight, it is vital to take into account the recipient’s preferences.  If the dream is a one carat diamond, even the most beautiful half carat stone will be a disappointment. If a large carat weight is an important factor, but there is a strict budget, consider a diamond with a good cut, SI1-SI2 clarity, and an I or J colour grade.  This will make room for a higher carat weight.

If quality is the primary factor, once the cut, colour, and clarity grade have been selected, it is easy to determine the carat-weight of the diamond that will fit within your budget.

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And do visit our Jewelry section if you want to buy designer diamond, gold and fashion jewelry and shipped all over the world! To browse, click here: Gorgeous Jewelry For You

Art and Decors Let’s Customers Buy in Facebook Simply By Commenting

March 8, 2013

At Art and Decors our focus has always been to introduce innovation in online shopping so that customers enjoy the experience without too much effort. They should be able to buy our fantastic and unique world class products as easily as possible from the cozy comfort of their home or office. And now we have taken this a step forward. Now they can literally shop while on the move, or on the train or while exercising! Unbelievable? Well keep on reading 🙂

We are proud to announce the introduction of India’s first ever ‘Comment & Shop‘ function from right within our official Facebook page! Yes you read that right. Now buying products is as simple as commenting ‘Sold’!

Check out the screen grab below to understand how childishly simple it is:

Comment & Buy on Art and Decors!

 

Yup you saw it right:

  1. Head over to the app bar on our official FB page and click on the ‘Comment & Shop’ app
  2. Register by logging in either with your FB id or by typing your email and pressing ‘Register’
  3. Comment “Sold” on the products that are currently being offered as part of this unique shopping experience
  4. Return to the ‘Comment & Shop’ app to complete your purchase. We will send you the invoice that you can pay with your PayPal account
  5. You can stop shivering with unbridled excitement now. You just bought something just by commenting on a post! How cool is that! And while you consider that your product is flying out of our warehouse and on it’s way to you. Time to grab a relaxing cup of coffee 🙂

Currently we are offering the products through this service to our international Facebook fans. However we are working to open to this our Indian Facebook fans as well. Till then our Indian Facebook fans can use the ‘A&D Online Shop‘ app to browse and buy products. Or they can just head straight to www.artanddecors.com to buy.

So what do you guys think about this? Your feedback means a lot to us and every bit helps us grow and learn everyday. So do let us know. 🙂

Happy shopping folks! And don’t forget to spread the word to your friends. That’s why you are so awesome 🙂

Art and Decors Launches India’s 1st FB Loyalty Program

January 23, 2013 2 Comments

We have been blessed to have so many loving fans on our official Art and Decors Facebook page. They have been our strength as we tirelessly work to build a luxury brand that brings some of the most unique and fantastic products to discerning customers from all over the world.

Our loving Facebook fans have participated through liking our page, posts and commenting on our posts. And it’s time we want to give back some of that love! Therefore it gives us immense pleasure in announcing the launch of the A&D Shining Stars” Program!

Arguably India’s first ever Facebook loyalty program, it will allow all our Facebook fans to earn points every time they contribute in any of the following manner:

  • Like our posts
  • Post something relevant on our wall
  • Comment on our or others posts

One can qualify for this program by simply liking our official Art and Decors Facebook page. 

And the best part? Apart from having their name published on our official Facebook page for everyone to see, the top 3 monthly ‘stars’ will also get a gift voucher worth Rs. 400!! You can check the top 10 shining stars on the A&D Shining Stars app page on our official Art and Decors Facebook page.

Here’s a sneak preview of how the fans are trending as of today!

Art and Decors Shining Stars Facebook Loyalty Program

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Art and Decors.com to Retail World Famous Murano Glass Products

January 1, 2013

We are delighted to announce that Art and Decors has tied up with Murano India to retail the world famous Murano glass products on its e-commerce website, http://www.artanddecors.com.  It has been our stated mission to offer some of the most unique and fantastic lifestyle products for our discerning customers and we are proud to bring one of the most sought after lifestyle and decor products on the planet to India!

Art and Decors is the only e-retailer in India to sell these absolutely stunning pieces of art in glass which are a pure testament to the thousand-year-old tradition and techniques of glassmaking by master Venetian glassmakers. All of the Murano glass products on Art and Decors bear the “Vestro ArtisticoÂŽ Murano” Trademark that certifies with certainty that the product has been created on the island of Murano by master glassmakers.

Authentic Murano glass products have been known to appreciate in value over time and are therefore favored as both an exquisite luxurious decor product as well as a precious family heirloom. This is why these are considered as the perfect asset for true connoisseurs of style and luxury.

All the products will come packed in a beautiful box that has been designed to both protect the unique work of art during transit as well as serve as a stylish storage vault when the product is not in use.

For more information and to check out the complete range of these exquisite works of art in glass and to order one for yourself or for your friends, please click Here.

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Welcome to our Facebook Shopping Store!

December 26, 2012 1 Comment

It’s been quite a week at the office! With the holiday season coming up we thought we could wind down a li’l bit but hey things only getting busier! And frankly, we like it this way! 🙂

We had so many people contact us and ask us when can they see the fantabulous products that they see on Art and Decors on our Facebook page. So we started looking into it and after weeks of research, planning and doing are super-excited to announce the launch of our Facebook Store! Ta da! You can now browse some of the handpicked awesomest products right from within FB and show us some love by liking the products or sharing them with your friends and family. You can view product details and when you are ready to buy just click on the ‘Buy Now‘ button on the product page. That will take you to the Art and Decors website page for that product where you can checkout as always!

Let us know if you would like to see anything else and we will surely work on it! Happy Shopping and keep the love coming! 🙂

Do smile and stay safe this joyous season!

Art and Decors Facebook Store