They say “Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends” and we say when these memories are created the background deserves to be beautiful.
We continue our beautiful home guide series .
Whether you are doing up your new dream home or been inspired to redecorate your house, there are a few secret tricks that professionals use to get instagram ready beautiful houses. Your home is personal and some of us like to crack on the job ourselves, we’ve done the hard work and here’s our list of tips to apply when you have your interior decorator hat on. Your home design concierge has decoded the secret.
MIX IT UP
It can be the smallest detail or item that will amp up your room, perhaps a mirror, a piece of art art, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space.
EMBRACE YOUR ROOTS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
Not all imported please , embracing your history and local artisans can add a fantastic story and richness in the space.”My father found artisans to decorate the bathroom in red limestone, a typical Rajasthani material,” Siddharth Kasliwal, heir to India’s famed Munnu the Gem Palace, explained of the former-cowshed-turned-home he inherited from his father. “All the other elements—the brass sink and hardware, the mirror— are vintage or antique.”
FIND THE KEY ELEMENT
A fantastic crystal chandelier in your modern dining room can make for a very interesting twist. We always like a piece that wouldn’t ideally belong there, it’s all about striking the balance between what you add and what you leave.
Loco Design does beautiful classic wall panelling with a thin inlay of brass . The touch of modern metal is fantastic!
There’s no better art than nature. A drift wood table in your modern sitting room or the beautiful heels you picked up from the Andaman Island on your sleek white table. And the obvious, a beautiful house plant to clean the air instead of the dreaded air purifier.
Who said we all have a style ? We love different elements of different style and genre’s. A little classic, mixed with bit of ultra modern is cool. A modern rose gold chandelier in a room with a classic wall paneling can be drool worthy . “This would often include experimenting with different wall treatments and hand painted murals which is one of my most favourite aspects of the decorating process, not least because it creates maximum impact with minimum outlay.”
Be brave and get experimental with materials, you don’t always have to go with the norm. Play with materials perhaps metal with marble. “Using patterns, texture and varying materials in similar white hues help to create a room with depth and interest” .Don’t always listen to your interior designer, try your hands with something you call your own. This is one cool story when you have your friends over.
Looks can be deceiving. Don’t hesitate to go visit the work shop often and test the sofa out for depth and height. Be involved with the process and ensure its right for you. Better late than never with changes you may need. If you’re tall, for instance, you might want to opt for a depth of between 40 to 42 inches for a sofa (rather than the standard depth of 36 inches).
The number of times that much awaited delivery can turn to sheer disappointment, the wrong shade of grey, the size or the finish. These are details good photography can disguise well. We love just browsing and getting inspired .
If you think you are going to love the same look a years later, boy are you wrong? Your life changes, your taste changes , don’t be afraid to mix it up. Don’t be scared to move things around after your designer has left and you have settled in.
Old is definitely gold when it comes to furnitures as long as they are good quality and hold a memory. Don’t be scared to play around with changing the upholstery to something modern to bring granddad’s favourite reading chair or this old Charpai to a cool corner.
Our Client wanted a just large Richard Orlinski Gorilla in his atrium, and its looks fabulous and thats all his guests talk about. Money well spend he says .
Pick up quirky finds on your travels , your yearly summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to embrace culture in the markets. We pick up the most fantastic quilted table mats and french embroidered table linen from Saint Tropez. Share a container with your friends. TheVeryGirl recommends “From designer fashion and iconic furniture pieces to smaller items like old books and antique doorknobs, the marché (market) is a second-hand shopper’s heaven.”
We can easily be swayed to buying everything to complete your house. Our taste changes and when you find that perfect piece a year later you’d regret not waiting for the right piece. Save up and buy only what calls out to you . “Good things hold their value, and in 10 years you will have a beautiful collectionof 20 things,” Haenisch explains.