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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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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.

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

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.

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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Fancy DIY Kids Room Design Inspirations

May 27, 2013 2 Comments

Kids are full of creativity and you should help them live in their world of imagination. It helps with their growth and creates a stronger bond between the kid and the parents.

So how do you do creativity without spending a bunch of money? Well we have some awesome designs for you that can help you can transform your child’s room into something magical.

  • Create Mini Art Galleries – The wonders of great artwork! Walls adorned with gallery style wall décor celebrate all styles of art. Monochromatic or filled with color, an accent wall featuring photos, pictures and wall decor is a great way to kick it up a notch in any kid’s room. And who knows, maybe you’ll inspire a mini Picasso in the making
  • Accessorize with Patterns – An easy way to add flair to any child’s room is with patterned accessories. Any playroom comes to life with the addition of colorful and vibrant pillows
  • Collect Pieces Over Time -Use individual pieces accumulated over time instead of buying a matching furniture set. Not only is it an excellent way to save, but it achieves a colorful and eclectic look, layering in the new with the old
  • Do- It- Yourself – It certainly pays off to start thinking handmade even if it’s just the smallest of details. Creating your own headboard with easily accessible materials such as MDF (Medium density fiberboard). All you need is Foam, Fabric glue and a staple gun which will have you feeling like a true craftsman in no time
  • Add Wallpapers – Instead of wallpapering every square inch of a child’s room, consider using it more sparingly as an accent. Paper lanterns hanging in the corners are also an affordable touch of whimsy
  • For a striking piece of art, enlarge a favorite photo at an office supply store (make sure it’s to a standard frame height), then cut it into even sections and frame it
  • Stock cubbies with all the supplies your children would need for arts-and-crafts or school projects: poster board, construction paper, markers, crayons, glue, etc.
  • Perk up a dresser with colorful ribbon remnants
  • Create a warm place for your shared reading time: a bookcase stocked with favorites, good lighting, and cuddle-worthy seating
  • Multi-pocket organizers on a closet door displaying hair ties, sunglasses, trinkets―and reminder notes from Dear Mom
  • Items that are custom made will not only make the room feel special but help make it unique
  • Choose a soothing wall color, like lavender, that gives a room an ease-into-sleep feel

Check out the album below to see these ideas come to life!

Happy decorating your kids room! And do send us pics of your designs that you would want to share with the world. Email us at customerservice@artanddecors.com.

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Art and Decors Launches Exclusive Line of Decorative Porcelain Vases

December 12, 2012 1 Comment

Curvaceous bodies, narrow necks and stable bases. Hand painted and carved by master artisans on soft porcelain using skills that are increasingly becoming rare in India. The new and exclusive line of decorative vases recently launched by Art and Decors promises to add a whole new dimension of style and color!

All the vases feature artistically drawn paintings in a multitude of colors. Some of the pieces are so unique that even the master artisan who has done them can not replicate them with 100% accuracy! This makes all those vases one-of-the-kind and a true collectors item! The vases come with a Certificate of Authenticity for providing peace of mind about the quality and genuineness of the work. And in proper indoor conditions, these vases will last for more than 10 years!

The vases also reflect the rich tradition of Indian handicraft making with decorative pieces like the exquisite Radha Krishna vase or the intricate Peacock vase with their brilliant coloring on beautifully drawn paintings. So let your imagination be bold and get creative with these dazzling and evocative decorative pieces to infuse an extra layer of visual appeal and class to your decor! You can access this new line of vases by visiting http://goo.gl/3ZILs.