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  • Kitchen Design Mistakes and How to Avoid them-Part 2


    previous blog post of ours mentioned the designing a kitchen is quite the challenge, and oftentimes homeowners tend to compromise on one thing or another to get the job done in some way, shape or form. However, cutting corners in a kitchen design process can lead to some major design mistakes within a home. As a result, a kitchen can be a disaster! Continuing on with the previous blog post on common kitchen design mistakes and how to avoid them, check out three more design mistakes below.

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    Compromising on Hardware: One cost-cutting technique many homeowners do is they settle for a more inferior hardware choice. Whether it is handles or drawer systems, compromising on hardware greatly affects the functionality and productivity of the kitchen. As a result, the kitchen is not as pleasant to use. The solution to avoid compromising on hardware is to be aware of the options available. Whether it is a more expensive hardware or a more economical one, be fully informed before making the final decision. Choose a hardware that adds to the kitchen's aesthetics and functionality at the same time.

     

    Rushing through the Planning Process: One of the most common mistakes in designing a kitchen, or any room, for that matter is rushing through the planning process. From the beginning of the home process to the end, we all have a desire to get the job done as soon as possible so we can move in or start using our renovated home. However, planning takes significant time. In rushing, there is a higher risk of error and lesser quality, and the finish is compromised. Avoid rushing through the process, and slow down and take your time. Ensure all the important decisions are well-planned in advance so there is no confusion at the end.

     

    Clashing Style: While choosing the overall design and appearance of the kitchen, often homeowners isolate the kitchen as its own room rather than factoring in the rest of the home. As a result, the kitchen space is a completely different design and theme compared to the rest of the home. In ensuring the kitchen design is in sync with the rest of the home, avoid patterns that conflict between the walls. Go for simple colored walls or patterns that can be complemented in the rest of the home.

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    A brand-new kitchen or renovation takes its own time and comes with its own set of frustration and challenges. However with some due diligence, one can easily have a beautiful home without compromising on design, style, and functionality.

  • 5 Top Interior Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


    In designing a home, we often get overwhelmed in trying to create the perfect space. However, oftentimes, the process is long and there are many decisions to be made. As a result, we sometimes overspend or overdo in the design process resulting in some major design mistakes within the home. Below, are the top 5 interior design mistakes we all tend to make, and how they can be best avoided in creating the dream home.

     

    Impulsive Shopping: All of us are prone to impulsive shopping at some point or another. The home design process is exciting, and we always strive for the most contemporary design. However, before heading to any furniture showroom, have your measurements and budget set. This way, as a shopper you are able to filter out what is not needed and avoid buying an item which does not fit your home interior. Therefore, avoid the impulse trips by going into a furniture showroom after you have your measurements budget finalized.

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    Gathering the Collections: We all have our collections of items we have gathered over the years to display in our home. However, be careful with the collections. Avoid going overboard and scattering pieces throughout the home. Create an area in a room and display an entire collection or a large chunk of the collection in a single area. Dedicate a space for it, whether it is the kitchen, living room or bedroom, and make it a beautiful display. Collections look the best when all the items are displayed together. Avoid separating them.

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    Painting Before Finalizing Textiles and Fabrics: One of the most common mistakes in designing a home is painting before choosing the fabric and textiles. why? Simply because it is easier to find a paint color to match a beautiful fabric rather than the other way around. For example, while designing a bedroom with a color scheme in mind, there are several fabrics chosen for the various season-and they include sheets, covers, rugs, and pillows. Once all those elements are finalized, it is much easier to find a color to paint the walls that complements all these smaller elements. If the room was painted first, then choosing the remaining elements can be a nightmare! 

    Forgetting a Focal Point: Every room needs a focal point. Another common mistake many homeowners do is forgetting to give a room their focal point. Focal points visually give an area for the eyes to rest while they are in the room. In a TV room, the focal point is usually the TV. In a kitchen, it might be a beautifully painted wall. Ensure each room has its own focal point to bring the room together and have a great conversation piece.

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    Going the Generic Route: Finally, all basic design rules aside, the most important mistake to avoid is being generic and doing what everybody else is doing. Ensure that your home shows your personality. It should hold memories of your life and have character that is reflective of you, as the owner. Therefore, even if you do consult with an interior designer, use their advice, but ensure your home is an extension of you!

  • 4 Tips for Ergonomically Designing the Bathroom


    Ergonomic design is essential for making something work in the most efficient way possible. Whether it is designing a computer or finishing up a study table, designing with a focus on productivity and efficiency is the way forward. Ergonomics are even applied in designing a kitchen: starting with what the basic layout will be within a home to maximize productivity and space. Even in designing the perfect bathroom, focusing on ergonomics is the perfect place to start. Check out 4 tips below on ergonomically designing your bathroom to ensure it is the most functional space for use.

    Give some Space between the Sink Rim and Tap: The space where a faucet is placed is a very small area to consider, but it makes all the difference. If the tap and sink rim are not appropriately placed, then one can bump their head while leaning forward to wash their face. If the sink is too far back, then there is risk of water getting everywhere except the sink! Therefore, ensure the tap is placed just right in accordance with the sink.

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    Floating Vanities: Having a floating vanity has a couple of different benefits: the first being that there is significant space underneath for easy storage, which can be placed out of the way. The second benefit of the floating vanity has to do with a small evolutionary fact: people are taller, and therefore, require vanities to be placed slightly higher than average. Therefore, ensure the vanity is at a bit of a higher level to make it easier for use and to add some extra storage.

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    Go for Deeper Drawers: Rather than going for deep cupboards, go for deep drawers. Ergonomically, it is easier to open, organize, and even see the items in a drawer. Deeper drawers also allow for better organization for taller, bottled items. They can be placed standing up, rather than lying down to save on storage space and allow for more items in a smaller area.

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    Correct Positioning of Shower Taps: One of the most common design flaws in a bathroom is the incorrect placing of the shower tap. More often than not, the shower heads are too close to the tap, resulting in water jetting out unpleasantly towards you. In designing the bathroom, ensure your designer knows the correct placement for the shower head in respect to the faucet. 

    Ergomonic design goes a long in any home. With prime functionality and practicality, the home becomes an extremely productive space. Therefore, along with gathering design expertise in aesthetics from the designer, ensure your home is ergonomically fit around you and your lifestyle!

  • 5 Ways to Rescue a Rental Bathroom


    Renting any type of home comes with its challenges. The home is designed to fulfill the minimum requirements with the most basic designs and layout. With rental, the residents are not able to completely personalize the space and customize to their tastes and desires. However, there are several ways to bring add that little extra something to a rental bathroom design to make it unique to you. Below, check out 5 ways to rescue a rental bathroom within the home!

    Add Color-Rental bathrooms are often very drab and boring. Add some color to the space in every possible way. Choose a color palette to match the existing scheme within the bathroom and allow it to camouflage with your colors. Color can be added on the shower curtain, or even in the bathroom towels. Any necessary item that needs to be added to your bathroom, can emphasize and compliment the color scheme you decide for the bathroom.

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    Create Hanging-Rental bathrooms often come with minimal storage or space for keeping the items. The standard bathroom includes towel rods, which work well for bath towels, but not as much for hand towels. Add some more hanging by hanging some towel rings on the larger rod, or attach some stick-on hooks to the walls to hang any clothes or small towels. Along with adding some storage, this practical solution also adds some texture to the bathroom walls, which can break the monotony.

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    Make it Pretty!-Display your bathroom items well. Place an attractive soap dispenser and toothbrush holder. Add some pretty spray bottles to ensure the bathroom looks attractive. The bathroom display can even be changed from time to time to add some variation and keep things visually interesting.

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    Use Creative Storage-Going along with the hanging point above, be creative with bathroom storage. If there is a shelf or shelving space, add a basket to keep various clothing items, or add a small shelving system within the bathroom or behind the bathroom door to keep more items in a single area.

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    Add Bathroom Rugs-Is the bathroom floor ugly? Add a bathroom rug! Whatever color you prefer to hide the ugly floor, add a nice rug for the sink area and the near the shower area. It can be an oversized rug placed and spread throughout the entire bathroom or it can be multiple rugs that can be placed in different areas to add that little extra something to the bathroom floor: camouflaging it or even hiding it totally.

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    The bathroom can be an irritating area to design. However, with a few tricks, you can easily make any bathroom your own! Use these tips above and bring your rental bathroom to life!

  • Removing Turmeric Stains from Kitchen Counter


    Cooking is one of the many aspects of a home we all tend to enjoy or spend time doing. However, while spreading out in the kitchen, the task of cooking can get quite messy, which can cause some spillage on the countertops and cabinets. Especially in Indian cooking, the use of spices can lead to some extremely stubborn spice stains that are difficult to get rid of. This is especially common with the yellow spice: turmeric or haldi. Nevertheless, there are a few home remedies to get rid of the stains and leave the cabinets looking nice and clean! Check out some of the home remedies below!

    Vinegar and Lemon: Vinegar and lemon are two staples that are in every kitchen. Both ingredients can be combined together to create a solution. Dilute the vinegar and lemon in water and place the solution on the stained area. The solution will soak the stain, causing it to loosen up. Next, simply wipe away with a sponge and voila! the stain is gone.

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    Detergents: Another solution is using the regular detergent. Whether it is a laundry detergent or a dish detergent, it is an excellent solution for any kind of stain, whether it is a turmeric stain or any other food stain. A drop of the detergent should be diluted in water, and placed on the stained area, then gently scrubbed with a sponge to make the stain disappear from the countertop.

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    Baking Soda: Whether it is cleaning teeth or jewelry, baking soda has become one of the most-used home-cleaning solutions. Therefore, it works very well with food stains also. A water and baking soda paste should be applied to the stained area for a few minutes. Then the area should be wiped with any clean cloth. Then the stain is gone!

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    Multi-Purpose Cleaners: There are many other home cleaners in the market for different surfaces. All-purpose cleaners can be used be used to clean off food stains as well. As long as the cleaners are mild and non-abrasive, then they can easily be used for removing stains from a surface. 

    Overall, whether it is a turmeric stain or another spice stain or a curry stain, the solutions above work for all. They are ideal for the stubborn stains and are excellent and economical solutions. For removing those stubborn stains from your cabinets, try some of the methods above!

  • 4 Ways to Monsoon-Proof the Home


    The monsoons are definitely upon us! With the misty, yet humid air, all Indian homeowners have concerns of damn walls or moisture seeping through. There are risks within many areas of the home, including the bedrooms and kitchen. In fact, in the kitchen, one has to be careful of hygienic food storage. For more on food storage in humid weather, check out this previous blog post. Nevertheless, there are some precautions that can be managed in the rest of the home as well. If these precautions are taken care of, then the moisture can be taken care of without doing some serious damage to the walls.  Below are some easy ways to monsoon-proof the house and get through the rainy season.

     

    Seal the Cracks in the Walls: Overtime, many homes develop cracks in the walls. These cracks are usually around the windows, doors, and door frames; and they lead increase the risk of moisture seepage within the home. Before the cracks get too severe, fill the gaps and get the wall repainted to keep the home protected through the monsoon. 

    Change Sheets and Linens Every Alternate Week: Moisture in the air can ruin the linens. To avoid them from spoiling, change them every alternate week. Whether it is a bedcover or bed sheet, remove them after two weeks and add a new one. Ensure to keep the sheets clean by getting them washed or dry cleaned to have proper hygiene.

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    Keep the Furniture Clean with a Dry Cloth: Wipe down all furniture, including, tables, wardrobes, and entertainment units.  Avoid the collection of moisture on these surfaces, and ensure they are wiped down daily during the monsoon months.

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    Roll up the Rugs and Carpets: Whether it is a rug under a coffee table or in a bedroom, roll up the rugs and carpets during the monsoon months. With constant moisture in the air, and the floor tends be the place where moisture stays. Moisture will get into the carpet as well, which can cause some discoloration. For those couple of months, roll up the carpets, and ensure the floor is cleaned and dried regularly. Store those carpets away and get them out ready for festival season!

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    Follow these tips and get your homes ready for the upcoming festival season!

  • 4 Ways to add a Table in the Kitchen


    Whether a kitchen is an open kitchen or a closed kitchen, adding a table or a small dining area is a great place for allow friends and family to gather, or even have a quick bite before moving on with the day. Many of us aspire to have the huge kitchen table, but the space does not allow. However, there area few ways to create seating within the kitchen without disrupting the layout. These few ways are given below.

     

    Folding Table: One of the easiest ways to add some seating is to add a folding table. Whether it folds up or it folds down from the wall, a table can easily be added in an unobtrusive way and taken out when it is required. A small seating area can be conveniently tucked away when it is not in use. To add to the small table, one can also add compact seating in the form of stacking stools which can be placed against the wall unless they are required for use.

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    Circle Time: In a narrower kitchen design, such as a parallel or galley kitchen, a larger table will definitely disrupt the work flow. However, if a small circular table was to be added at the end, then the storage and workflow would run smoothly, along with the small seating area.

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    Breakfast Nook: Adding a nook works very well with the open-plan kitchen design. A table can be placed neatly against the wall and allow space for 2 or 3 diners. This table style is an excellent choice for the straight kitchen design or the L-shaped kitchen design. It can be added across or at the end of the layout and still appear to be a part of the kitchen. A nook is a also a great way to add some color. With colorful chairs and a fun centerpiece, the kitchen has a small dining area!

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    Window Seat: Finally, another option of adding an easy table in the kitchen is by taking advantage of the window. A small table can be placed right next to the window to allow for that meal with a view. A seating area creates a distinction between the kitchen and the dining are within the space. Another way to take advantage of a window is by having a seating area along the windowsill. Most kitchens have a window. Therefore,  allow for  some seating to face the window within the kitchen. It is perfect for that morning coffee or easy snack before going about your day.

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    Adding a seating space in the kitchen can really elevate the space and make it feel more communal. Whether the table area is big or small, any seating can give that little extra something to the kitchen.

  • 4 Ways to Mentally Prepare for Home Renovation


    Renovating a part of or even the whole home can be a daunting task. One of which is often continuously postponed to avoid dealing with the inconveniences. However, if a home remodel is due, then it is better to get it done sooner than keep putting it off for later. However, before physically getting ready for a remodel, the first steps are to get yourself mentally prepared. Have a plan with a budget and timeline to keep yourself and the entire project in check while it is happening. Below are 4 key thoughts to plan the renovation and prepare for it mentally!

     

    Start With the End in Mind: One of the best ways to get ready for renovation is the visualize the end project right at the beginning. Browse online, talk to our interior designers to make the vision for your home come to life. Become familiar with trends and ideas you would prefer and get inspired! This creative exercise allows you to envision the home the way you prefer and begin the renovation process as soon as possible.

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    Set Priorities: The renovation process requires constant decisions. The decisions can sometimes get stressful. However, to reduce the stress, prioritize which areas of the home should be completed first and focus on the necessary decisions accordingly. For example, if the kitchen is to be renovated first, ensure the everything is finalized in that particular space before moving on to the next part of the renovation project.

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    Know the Limits: Unfortunately, renovation does not have the simplest system of trial and error. Therefore, before even starting the project, know the limitations of the entire process. Limitations include budget, space, and overall layout. To define the scope of design within the home, get an expert to do your measurements and provide some options to ensure you can maximize the space and optimize its usage fully. The limitations allow you to come up with an acceptable interior solution that does not harm the home space or your wallet!

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    Be Realistic: Finally, be realistic. The time that goes into renovation is often underestimated. Ensure you have enough time for the entire process and even allow for more time for any delays or mishaps along the way. Although it is exhausting, it is definitely worth it in achieving your dream home. Another aspect of being realistic is the images versus reality. The renovations seen in celebrity homes or home makeover shows are not practical to everyday life. Therefore ensure your home design reflects your, your personality, and the overall size and style of the home. That is the best way to achieve what you exactly want.

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    Renovation is a major challenge, and the best way to combat them is to plan for them. At ModSpace.in, we are here to make the remodel process as painless as possible to ensure you get exactly what you desire for your dream home!

  • 4 Practical Home Design Practices to Follow


    Home design is one of the more challenging tasks in creating a new space or renovating an existing home. Oftentimes, one does not know where to start, who to talk to, or where it should even end, and it gets overwhelming. However, before designing the home, there are a few basic practices one should follow to maintain some organization and order and not get confused within the design process. Those 4 principles are below.

     

    1. Organize the Wiring: Wiring is inevitable within a home. Particularly behind the entertainment unit, the wiring can be a chaotic mess of television, DVD Player, Speakers, satellite box, and even gaming consuls. Within extensive wiring in such a small space, it is best to ensure that there is some way of organizing without interfering with the overall design. Whether it is setting panels or grouping certain wires together, keeping the wiring in order eliminates a wiring mess from view and allows for much easier usage of the entire entertainment center.
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    2. Wardrobe Shutters: As mentioned in a previous blog, there is a variety of options in wardrobe shutters, one of which can save on significant space. While planning your own home design, consider the space where the wardrobe will be placed, and then decide the shutters accordingly. While hinged shutters are the most conventional, sliding shutters are major space savers which can allow a wardrobe to fit even into a narrow passageway or smaller bedroom. The sliding shutters allow for more movement within the small space without having anything extra get in the way.
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    3. Kitchen Work Triangle: Another factor mentioned in a previous blog was the Kitchen Work Triangle. In the design phase, planning a kitchen design around the work triangle is a major lifesaver. Whether the kitchen has one cook or multiple cooks, it is essential that the kitchen space is planned for easy work flow and maximum efficiency. The work triangle should designate the three most important tasks within the kitchen: cooking, cleaning, and storage. In other words, the location of the hob and chimney, location of the sink and dishwasher, and location of the refrigerator. Ensure that the kitchen layout allows for an easily function work triangle for a smooth-running kitchen space. 
    4. Mindful Vertical Storage: One of the more space-efficient tactics in smaller homes is the use of vertical storage. While it is a great space-saving solution, in designing a home one has to be mindful of its practicality. Especially in modular units, the storage should stay below 7 feet in height, otherwise it is extremely uncomfortable to reach and the storage space goes unused for everyday use.
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    Designing your home should reflect you, your lifestyle, and your preferences. In this taxing design process, the basic principles are can get forgotten. As you begin your home design, remember the fundamentals to have a smooth design!

  • Organizing the Bar Unit


    One of the elements of a typical Indian home is being able to entertain. Entertaining or having guests happens very often in Indian homes, and they should be built and organized accordingly. One of the elements of building a home to entertain is by having a well-stocked and organized bar cabinet. One of the modular furniture pieces we, at ModSpace.in, do is custom bar cabinets or units. The bar cabinets are custom-sized and designed to the space provided within the home. So whether it is cocktails or mocktails, check out some tips below on keep the bar cart ever ready and organized for entertaining.

     

    Separate the Types of Items: The first rule is to separate the types of items that go into a bar: the bottles, glassware, and any bar tools. All types of items should have their own designated storage area within the bar cabinet. Wine and champagne glasses can hang upside down, while tools, such as shakers can be placed in another section of the cabinet. All items should be separate for better organization and easier reach for yourself or guests to access easily.

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    Categorize Bottles by Type: The next step is to organize the bottles by the type: whether it is liquor bottles or even juice boxes, all bottles should be organized by their type: wine bottles in one area, hard alcohol bottles in another area, and any other elements such as sodas and colas in another area.

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    Organize bottles by Frequency of Use: Place the more frequently-used bottles on the more accessible shelves. Depending on yours and your guests preference place the more frequently-used or asked for items on shelves where guests can easily access them without interfering with the rest of the organization. If there is space on the shelf for more bottles, after placing the frequent ones, then organize the shelf by the type of liquor and keep the organization consistent throughout.

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    Ensure bottles look attractive: Finally, practical organization is one aspect, but a good bar cabinet should also look attractive. After the basic organization elements are taken care of, ensure cabinet looks attractive. The bottles and glasses are dusted and cleaned before use,  and the labels of each bottle are facing the front, making them better visible to any user at the bar, whether it is yourself or your guest.

    Keeping your bar cabinet well-stocked is one of the first steps to getting your home ready to for entertaining. Ensure yours is ready to be a hit at your next house dinner!

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