Once you get your own home, there is an excitement to get to the decoration and furnishing part done. All you want to do is paint the walls your favourite colours and add trendy popular furniture items. However, there are few basic décor rules you should follow if you want your home décor to flow.
Here are a few decorating mistakes to avoid.
There is nothing wrong with having a passion for modern and strange decorations and furniture items. It is when you are no longer happy with what you have designed that becomes a problem. This could be due to the lack of functionality an item has or the types of colours and themes are outdated.
Choosing the paint colour before getting your furniture could be a mistake. Your furniture is the focal point in your home. The colour should only be chosen once you have found your favourite and most comfortable furniture. Choosing a colour first will limit the styles of furniture to choose from.
Not measuring the size of the room is another mistake. Everything should be proportional in your house to ease the perfectionist in you. Before purchasing an item at a furniture store, measure the space where it will be placed. This will help you choose the correct sized furniture and keep the room spacious.
It is okay to keep the lounge suite the same style but it might be overwhelming to you to see a constant colour or type of wood throughout a single room. There should be contrasting objects that lighten the room and create an elegant and modern aura.
There are some people that have an obsession with collecting strange items. That’s fine as long as you have an allocated space for these collections. Having strange looking furniture like high tables can also be wasting the space you need for dining room tables. Practicality is important when decorating your home.
Avoid cluttering the room. You might love all your indoor plants, vases and figurines but there will be a point when it becomes too much for one room. Decorations should be there to create a beautiful appearance and not fill up as much space as possible.
Using uncomfortable chairs in the dining room simply because they are the latest trend can be a mistake. They might be the new fad and a must-have item but it’s important to test the quality and comfort levels so that you won’t regret the purchase one day.
It is important to match the size of the lounge suite with the proportions of the room. This is where measuring, depth and entryways need to be considered. If the lounge suite is too big it will take up unnecessary space and cause discomfort.
Design a Conscious Home: Bring mindfulness into our lives by decorating our house with energy balancing techniques enriched with ancient spirituality, striving to live more conscious lives and evolving in unison with Mother Earth. Become aware of yourself and how you interact with universe leads you with its signs, welcoming us and enveloping us in a huge bear hug. Be self-aware, live consciously, improve you are and how you relate to the world. Let’s begin our journey to living a more conscious life.
So now a question: Does your home enhance your life consciously? Or does it block you?
Our abodes and homes interact with every aspect of our lives and the decisions we take. They can increase stress or when designed with a conscious intention they nurture us and magnify our connection to the world. To live fuller and positive lives we have to feel the positive interaction with the world around us.
Living consciously becomes even better when we create a Conscious Home. A home that is connected to our energy fields or aura and is a reflection of us and our life gives us the nurturing care that we need. Knowing the different fields of energies and how they are connected to the environment and the universe gives us the tools we need to create balanced interiors that inspire our minds and connect our spirit to the Divine.
Creating a conscious home starts with knowing yourself: what calms you, what drives you and what stresses you. You can create a space that supports you, gives you joy and inspires you to excel. Decorating beautifully improves your quality of life. By surrounding yourself with the five elements of nature – earth, water, fire, air and ether, your living space will come alive. Create a space defined with the beauty and charming energy of your beautiful self. Vintage doors from old Indian Havelis carry the energies of the old days, each inscribed with ancient symbols of the sundial and lotus flowers, elephants and vines, bringing the earth and energy elements into your home. Studded with iron and brass they balance the electromagnetic field by grounding the negative ions int to the earth. Armoires and sideboards that are handmade from these old doors are used for the same reason as well, apart from being unique and one of a kind.
Once you create a space, feel the flow of energy. The interiors should engage the senses and enrich the soul. The five senses of sight, smell, touch, feel and hearing should all feel balanced but how do you incorporate each one into your design? Colors play a vital role in sight so the keep colors calming and soothing like blues and greens. Vintage blue Jaipur doors were used to bring in the calmness and tranquility of water as Jaipur is a desert city. Play with water fountains nested with a backdrop of wall sculptures of Krishna and Ganesha, using water as a tool to bring in peace and prosperity.
Eliminate stress with lush potted plants that bring in the earth element. Keep your desk clean and organized, improving the flow of harmony and peace.
Personalize your living space with pillows and blankets, soft sari drapes and pashmina blankets. Wall art that gives you a tingling feeling when you when you see it- use them into your design. Select furniture that tells stories and reflects on you as a person, using it as inspiration to drive you to towards your goal in life.
Finally, create a space that enhances your daily practice of meditation and prayer. Harness your spiritual self- the prana, make your home a sanctuary and connect it with the Divine. The beautiful universe and its sacred elements raise your vibrational energies, deepening your connection and enhancing your spiritual growth – allowing the path to the heart to become vividly clear and evolving the person in you to become who you are.
A conscious home will give you joy, peace, and prosperity. You will smile as you enter your home, feel relaxed and secure in its peaceful tranquility and each moment will lead you to an expansion of a blissful life.
Over many years as an Interior Designer, what would be 3 major shifts in consumer preferences during that time?
One thing that comes to mind right away is the shift from stain grade cabinets to paint grade cabinets. White kitchens are back! Clients are trending more towards lighter and brighter over the red/orangey tones of the last decade. Flooring has changed quite a bit with more clients opting for LVP (luxury vinyl plank) throughout their house. LVP has come so far, and is now super durable, easy to maintain and looks crazy real. Thirdly, quartz countertops are now becoming the standard. I rarely spec granite anymore. Quartz is so easy to maintain vs granite and the colors and patterns that are available now mimic everything from natural marble to exotic granites.
What are some future ideas and predictions going forward? Any new trends that may be taking place in 2018/19 and beyond?
Natural woods are very popular right now: hand scraped, wide plank barn board flooring as well as overtly distressed furniture pieces. What is also starting to come forward in design is more of a traditional style again. Details on everything and the use of rich jewel tones are hot right now along with warm metal tones (yes brass is back but in an updated way!).
What are some of the challenges to face in helping customers realize their dream renovation?
A lot of clients are afraid to trust their style intuition. They often fight between their heart and their brain over what they want. Often, they are trying to force themselves to change color palettes or styles from their last house and sometimes its way out of their comfort zone. I always tell clients to listen to their gut. Their home is their sanctuary and they need to feel comfortable, relaxed and love being home.
Are there certain types of renovations that tend to bring the greatest value to the selling price of a home?
Kitchens, Ensuites and basement developments are always the spaces people use the most, therefore increase the value of your home. Those rooms are the ones potential home buyers are looking at predominately because they know those are the areas they will spend the most time in.
How does one get ideas or inspiration to help guide them when considering renovation options?
I will often suggest that clients send me photos of homes, rooms, styles, products that they find on home décor sites. Often clients don’t know what their style is, so if they can show me pictures of things they like, then I can usually understand them better. Visiting showhomes is also an excellent way to find inspiration and new ideas.
The United States is seeing a huge building boom that is changing many city landscapes very quickly. The new style of architecture that mixes modern and contemporary styles seems to be winning. The evidence is easy to see in how long it takes a new home to sell. Today’s buyers want the modern look, and they are paying up for the modern and contemporary style. Here are 4 home renovation ideas that can help achieve that look.
- Open Concept Living Spaces
- Eat-In Kitchens
- Metals and Wood Stairs
- Industrial Accent Materials
Nothing says modern like open concept living spaces. One of the best ways to change a home’s feel is to open up the living, dining and kitchen into one large living space. Not only is this style in demand, but it also is very functional. The idea of open concept living areas gives the home a social environment.Eat-in kitchens are a must, as it works directly with the open concept living space. It is a functional design that allows social interaction between the kitchen and the table. It is perfect for entertaining and if you have children it lets you keep an eye on them while you cook, watch the game, or clean up.
Metal and wood staircases not only give a very modern look but they are also highly functional. They are much safer than wood stairs and they allow for a variety of accent materials such as wood, glass or stone stair treads. Modern styles work well with high end accents and they give the home an elegant feel. Metal stairs can be used indoors and outdoors. One signature look of the modern home is the clean lines of metal handrails that are used on balconies and stars.
The most defining feature of modern style home is the simple use of industrial materials such as stone, concrete, steel and glass. Many modern architects like to use new materials that are strong and last long. Using clean simple lines with different materials give this style it’s clean look. Some accent features that are common in many home renovations are using stone tile for walls, thick glass for doors/ balcony handrails, and even reclaimed materials such as wood from old barns and buildings. Even industrial style barn doors on a open track are used.