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  • Vastu for Home Interiors- 5 Best Ways to Boost Positivity in your Home


    Vastu Shastra plays a vital role in your life and home. Homes designed according to Vastu have been center of happiness and prosperous. The Vastu includes, directions in which your home and all the rooms are built and some do’s and don’ts that you need to follow to keep all the negative elements at bay. Below we have curated some tips and tricks to infuse positivity in your home through Vastu.

     1. Vastu for the Main Entrance

    Your main door or entrance gate is not only a door to welcome your guest, it’s also a path to welcome good fortune and energy. To boost positive energy in your home, it’s important to take care of certain things while renovating or constructing your doorway. The primary thing that need to be consider is, make sure your entrance door is located in North-east direction. Secondly, the wood used in constructing the doorway should be of good quality. Things that you need to avoid are- Do not place a dustbin, fountain or shoe rack on the entrance as it leads to negativity. On the hand, you should decorate your entrance with Torans, aka. Bandanwar and your nameplate.

    Vastu for the Main Entrance-Vastu for Home Interiors

    2. Vastu for Living Room

    Often known as Drawing room, or a place where we generally welcome our guest, living room serves so many functions. The space should be clutter-free and face north-east or north west. Sofas and other heavy furniture should be placed in either west or south-west direction. You can utilize the south-east direction to place your appliances and electronics. Adding a mirror in your living room is an ideal way to make it look bigger, however, keep it on the north wall to welcome your luck.

    Vastu for Living Room- Vastu for Home Interiors

    3. Vastu for your Bedroom

    Your bed room reflects your personality and a positive personality is a way to good luck! The bedroom should be constructed in south-west direction; it is believed to be an ideal direction for your personal space. To avoid quarrels with your partner, place your bed in the south-west corner and your head should face west or south as these are considered most comfortable directions in the room. Make sure you do not place a mirror or TV unit in front of your bed since reflections leads to fights between couple and negative energy in the room. To enhance the aura of your room, paint your bedroom with earthy colors and use mood lightnings to maintain happy environment.

    Vastu for your Bedroom-Vastu for Home Interiors

    4. Vastu for Pooja Room

    A Pooja room, or a space devoted to god is very pious and auspicious, thus, it should be away from all the clutter. North, East or Northeast side are ideal directions for a Pooja room. If you can’t build a separate Pooja room due to space constrains or other reasons, you can plan for a storage unit that can be designed like a mini Pooja room. Do not place your mini temple on the wall, you can place it on the pedestal or roof top. Marble and wood are considered as holy materials, on the contrary acrylic and glass are big NO, when it comes to designing a mini temple. Another Tip-Avoid Pooja space adjacent or below toilet.

    Vastu for Pooja Room- Vastu for Home Interiors

    5. Vastu for Kitchen

    After Pooja Room, kitchen is the most sacred space in the home. In order to keep all the tensions and negativity at bay, plan your kitchen in the South-west corner or North-West Corner. Gas and burners must be placed in the south direction, where as a pot of drinking water or water dispenser should be placed in north-east. Moreover, your kitchen should not be close to your bedroom.

    Vastu for Kitchen- Vastu for Home Interiors

  • Interior Design Trends from Around the Globe


    With world interiors day round the corner, we take a moment to acknowledge some of the home interior designs from different countries that have creating a buzz for a while. These trendy looks are inspirational, if you are planning to refurbish your new home, you know from where to take a cue!

    1. Clean and Minimalist Japanese Home

    Japanese interior design is all about calmness and neat lines that harmonizes the entire design of the home. They opt earthy colors and versatile spaces that can be used in number of ways, for example a bed room can be used as a dining room and living room simultaneously with minimal furniture. Moreover, they are firm believer in nature, taking a cue from their ideology, natural wood, specially bamboo you can use natural wood to design doors, frames, floors or windows.

    Clean and Minimalist Japanese Home-Interior Design Trends

    2. Elegant German Home Design

    While Japanese believe in minimalism, Germans believe in functionality! They incorporate lightweight furniture that are sturdy yet elegant. They also use traditional furniture like cocktail chairs, daybeds and screens that have modern touch to give their home a cozy feeling.

    Elegant German Home Design- Interior Design Trends

    3. Vintage Design from Mexico

    Mexican interior design comprises rustic furnishings and bold colors that reflects vintage theme. They include elements of Spanish missionaries and native tribes living in the Mexico. The blend of Native tribal culture and Spanish European architecture has resulted colorful and beautiful decor and art. Mexicans believes in preserving what they have inherited. To mimic the style, you can style your home interior with classic elements of home furniture.

    Vintage Design from Mexico-Home Interior Trends

    4. English Victorian Design

    Most of the home interior designs in UK reflects the classic era where faux leather furniture and Persian rug was prominent. The look is further accentuated with classy shelves for books and a huge fireplace.

    English Victorian Design- Interior Design Trends

    5. Traditional Indian Home 

    Being an Indian I have to be biased towards our classical and traditional interior designs. The contemporary Indian home interior design reflects beautiful blend of bright and warm colors. Though, gradually Indians are shifting towards modern home interiors, but are still intact with their roots when it comes to following their traditions and culture.

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  • Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends of 2018


    With reducing spaces and compact homes, modular kitchens have become a big thing today! Modular kitchens efficiently utilize space, maximize storage areas with minimal footprint while giving the home a trendy and finished look. Whether you want to redo your kitchen or build a new home, you should know what’s trending! So, here we have curated 5 kitchen design trends that you can incorporate into your dream home.

    1. Island Layout

    The first in our list of kitchen design trends is island layout. The traditional dining table is reduced to a breakfast island. An island has much to offer, it can provide that extra space for prepping meals while giving a defined look to your modular kitchen. To add little drama to your kitchen, color your island with dark or vibrant color that is in contrast with your entire modular kitchen. On the contrary, if your kitchen has dark hue, you can choose soft colors like mutes gray and play blue. If you love cooking, you can utilize the shelves of islands for showcasing your cookbooks. Sleek open shelves at the front with colorful books add uniqueness to the space. However, if you aren’t a book lover, you can use the kitchen island to display vases, pots and other decorative items. Alternatively, you can give your display a theme with distinctive style to add harmony.

    Island layout- kitchen design trends

    2. Bold and Vibrant Color Schemes

    Like last year bold and vibrant colors will continue to rule the look-book of modular kitchens. If you are planning to give your cabinets a complete makeover, go for beautiful and bold. However, if you don’t want to add much drama in your modular kitchen, a pastel accent wall rescue you.

    Bold and Vibrant Color Schemes- Kitchen Design Trends

    3. Quartz

    Natural counters made up of marbles and granite have ruled forever but 2018 is all about quartz, a man-made material. Unlike, its natural counterpart it is available in varied colors. Also, it is easy to maintain and gives the kitchen a classy look. To add harmony in your kitchen, you can install composite sinks. Such sinks are made up of the same material as the counter-top of the kitchen. It gives a clean and uniform look, making the cleaning process easy.

    Quartz-Kitchen Design Trends

    4. Kitchen Storage

    Kitchen storage can never go out of the trend. It is one of the best kitchen design ideas, since it offers you an extra space where you can store your cutlery, and other necessary items. To add more storage space in your modular kitchen, you can design more cabinetry, it won’t only maximize the space, but give your kitchen a more organized look as well. If done in a clever way kitchen storage will amp-up your kitchen design.

    Kitchen Storage-Kitchen Design Trends

    5. Open Shelving for Display

    Next in our list of latest kitchen designs is open shelving for display. While storage is equally important in the kitchen, the open shelving gives it more serene and classy look. It offers you a space to display your matching dishware collection. For a large kitchen island, a combination of closed cabinets with open shelves is ideal.

    Open Shelving for Display- Kitchen Design Trends

  • 4 Ways to Add Storage in your Home Office


    In the contemporary home, the idea of a home office has become more and more common. Typically study rooms were study/junk rooms, but now they have become essential work spaces with their own aesthetic and theme. Whether it is a student's study room or a professional's home office, there is always room for storage and the appropriate shelving to successfully place and organise all the items. With the right storage, and shelving, any home office gets an immediate lift, and it creates a more welcoming an aesthetically pleasing space within the home. Below are some storage ideas for your home office. Here we have listed some of the ways to add storage in your home office.

    Ways to Add Storage in your Home Office

    1.) Recreate Wardrobe Shelves

    One of the most prominent storage spaces in the home is the wardrobe. Whether it is a walk-in or a reach-in, organised shelving is definitely an element one can mimic within their home office. The only difference would be, rather than having clothes on the shelves, the home office would be lined with books and folders. Therefore, these shelves get a completely different look.

    Storage Wardrobe Image Credit: Container Store

    2.) Around the Corner

     A home office is often a squared off space, with a desk taking up a corner. Take advantage of the wall space above the desk and add shelving that continues through the corner to add storage in your home office. It creates an immediate focal point and creates a very minimalistic look in the whole room.

    Storage Units Image Credit: Memorable Decor

    3.) Lining the Walls

    Nothing makes a study feel like a study without books. A great way to display the books is to line to walls with book shelves. Having the books on the shelves keep them off the desk, making the space look clutter-free, and yet still accessible by simply reaching and grabbing them. Adding the books on the shelves also immediately adds color to the office space, bringing the home office to life and giving it some visual interest!

    Home Storage Units Image Credit: Pinterest

    4.) Cubes to Add Storage in Home Office

    One of the showcase-style units we at Modspace.in do, is cubed storage. By adding cube-like storage to a home office, even a disorganized individual appears put together. Adding cubed storage transforms a home office into a creative and gives ample storage at the same time. The cubes can be arranged in however way possible: asymmetrical or symmetrical-and it can create a fascinating design spot within the home office.

    "Adding storage within the home office can be a fun prospect in designing a beautiful space. While finalizing the storage for your office, consider both aesthetic and functionality-and you will arrive at a solution to satisfy your unique space!"

  • 5 Ways to Create More Bench Space in the Kitchen


    Bench space or counter space in a kitchen is one of the most overlooked aspects in deciding the kitchen design. However, one can never have too much of it. In fact, having too much bench space is rarely a problem within a kitchen; it is usually having too less space. As mentioned in many previous blogs, the size of an average home is getting smaller, and so is the size of the kitchen. Therefore, there are many clever and smart tactics to create space in even the smallest areas. Below, check out 5 clever tricks in creating more bench space within the kitchen.

     

    Integrate Appliances: Appliances take up significant space on the countertop. It almost appears as if they have taken over the entire bench. Rather than stacking the items on the countertop, add them inside the cabinetry. Make them a part of the storage section to free up the bench space and keep the kitchen looking light and airy. One can even go for an appliance cabinet, where the user simply has to open the shutter and then use whichever appliance is required.

    Image Credit: Pinterest

    Basic Declutter: One of the most apparent ways the countertops get crowded is by placing our electronics on the counter. Items such as phones, tablets, and laptops are simply plugged in for charging and left on the counter while the user is in the kitchen. Avoid cluttering the space with technology by simply decluttering. Have a technology or charging station or drawer to place all items in a designated area, rather than scattered all over the countertop.

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    Pull-out Bench: Any pull-out will create insta prep space within a kitchen. It can be concealed when not in use, yet it can be pulled out whenever required. This way counter space can easily be extended or expanded whenever it is necessary without being too obtrusive within the kitchen area.

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    Smart Sink: Nowadays, in kitchen designs even the sinks are getting smarter. There are several options for removable sink inserts that can be added across the sink to add to the counter if ever necessary. They automatically add extra work surfaces and make the space more productive.

    Image Credit: Better Houseware

    Island: In the occasion of having more floor space within the kitchen design, one can expand the bench space by adding a kitchen island. The island can be an actual extension of the kitchen or it can be in the form of a moving cart or dining table. Either way, more work space is easily created to spread the kitchen tasks and create a more open and welcoming design.

    Image Credit: Pinterest

    Use a couple of these tactics to conjure up space in your kitchen, and you will get an automatically expanded space in no time!

  • A Guide to Choosing the Bathroom Mirror


    No bathroom is complete without a mirror. We certainly have not been into a bathroom without a mirror, and we do not anticipate that many people have. The bathroom mirror is essential for daily activities and also adds that extra bit of light to the entire space. Getting the best mirror for the bathroom is a challenge itself. Check out the quick guide on choosing the ideal mirror for your bathroom space.

     

    Sizing: First and foremost is the sizing of the mirror. To find the best size for your space, consider both function and proportion to ensure the vanity area is well balanced and visually pleasing. For design purposes, the mirror above the vanity is usually not wider than the vanity unit itself. Ideally, a mirror and vanity are the same width so both the items line up perfectly in the bathroom. Along with the width, the height of a mirror only has to reach 30 centimeters above eye level. However, if the bathroom space allows for more height, it is always better in viewing different angles. The larger, the mirror, the more open a space appears to be.

    Image Credit: Memorable Decor

    Single vs. Multiple: The next step to consider is whether to have a large single mirror or multiple smaller mirrors within the bathroom. In bathrooms where there is a wider vanity with more than one sink, there is the option of having a mirror that goes with each sink. This is usually an option for two people sharing a bathroom, where there are two different sinks. With taller, slimmer mirrors, the heigh of the bathroom is emphasized, which can complement high ceilings within the bathroom . However, a single, large mirror adds more light to the bathroom space.

    Image Credit: De-Lune

    Lighting: One particular factor which is not always considered regarding the bathroom mirror is the lighting. The main lighting above the vanity, which includes the scones, can either be place alongside the mirror or on the mirror itself. Oftentimes, homeowners opt for narrower mirrors to fit the sconces on either side. However, there is the option of placing the fixtures directly on the mirror itself.

    Image Credit: DD Hearts Love

    Framed vs. Frameless: Framed vs. frameless mirrors ultimately comes down to design preference. Frameless mirrors are great for adding a modern touch. The are also more economical, while framed mirrors give some character and make the space appear more ornamental and decorative.

    Image Credit: Indiagoa Hotels

    Shape: Finally, shape also comes down to design preference. The most conventional and popular option is the rectangular mirror, which can be custom sized to suit any space. However, round mirrors are a great option to bring some softness to a bathroom. They make a great option for a powder room or a guest bathroom, which is used less often within the one. Round mirrors are also a great choice to showcase the wall finish. The curved lines tend to emphasize the shapes behind it.

    Image Credit: Pinterest

    Choosing a bathroom mirror comes down to preference, purpose, and proportion. Once these three factors add up, then the perfect mirror will be added to your bathroom!

  • 5 Tips to Hosting the Perfect Christmas Party


    Monday marks Christmas day, which calls for celebration and festivities with friends and family. It is a great time to get together over food and drink and enjoy each other's company. If you are hosting a festive get together in your home, check out the tips below on throwing the perfect Christmas Party in your home, without the stress!

     

    Stock up on Nibbles: The first thing to do is the stalk up on the nibbles. Any selection of small plates and appetizers to get the party started. With this, one can go for thematic, Christmas-like food items for guests to simply reach and nibble on as they arrive.

    christmas appetizers Festive Cheese and Cold Cuts Platter Image Credit: Pinterest

    Keep the Bar Unit Well-Organized and Ready: It is definitely not a party without a well-organized bar unit. Whether it is a party with alcoholic drinks or non alcoholic drinks, a drinks section is definitely important. A previous blog post discussed the best way to organize the bar area. However, to cater to all guests, stock up on sodas and mixers; yet also coffee and tea. Since it is a Christmas party, Christmas-themed drinks such as cider, hot cocoa, and various options of wine are definitely in order.

    Diet Coke Holiday Image Credit: The Southern Style Guide

    Make it Festive!! For a Christmas party, decorations are definitely essential. Decor can be kept simple with with a bowl of colorful ornaments in the enter of the table; or it can be elaborate with a well-lit Christmas tree in the corner. Decorating for Christmas is very simple. One can add wreaths to the walls, or light white candles for a bit of a festive touch this Christmas holiday. For more Christmas decoration ideas for your home, check out the previous blog post.

    DIY Candles Threads Image Credit: DIY Candles

    Create Comfort: Any home Christmas party should exude comfort. Add festive, yet comforting touches with thematic cushions on the couches and keep the food accessible with buffet style. By doing so the Christmas party is given a more homely touch.

    Red Accent living room Image Credit: Comfort Works

    Music: Christmas party or not, a party needs music. Set the mood with a holiday playlist. Keep the music on low so conversation is easy and the mood is light.

     

    With a Christmas party, celebrate the holiday your way. Add some joy and cheer to your home this holiday season, and we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  • Choosing the Best Rugs for your Home


    It is that time of the year where we bundle up in our warm clothes to stay cozy inside our homes. During these winter months the home interior gets cold and drafty, making it a little chilly indoors. However, there a few tricks to create a warm space within the home, and even specifically the kitchen-without costing too much. One of the most common ways to warm up a space is to add an area rug. With most of our floors being marble, it is extremely cold on our feet. Therefore, an area rug can definitely warm up the area, both visually and actually. However, the key to choosing the perfect rug- based on the type of room is the challenge. Below are a few tips in choosing the ideal rug, depending in the rooms within the home.

     

    Bedroom: One of the most luxurious feelings in the winter is waking up and stepping onto a plush rug. An area rug in the bedroom instantly adds richness and coziness to a space at the same time. When choosing choosing a rug for the bedroom, neutrals are a great option as the bedroom space has many patterns all over with the wall hangings, sheets, and covers. However, pattern rugs work very well to add some visual interest of the remaining bedroom elements are a bit more subdued. In terms of rug placement, it should be as long as the bed, and placed approximately two feet away from the bed itself. In the bedroom, rugs are also great space dividers, For example if there is a small sitting area within the room, having a an area rug designate two different spaces within the entire room.

    Bathroom bedroom or including basement or media room Image Credit: Kylie M Interiors

    Kitchen: Many people don't think of placing rugs in the kitchen. However, being one of the most active rooms in the home, it doesn't hurt to make it a little cozy. As mentioned in a previous blog, the best rugs for the kitchen are the flat weave rugs, which can easily be cleaned, yet still be comfortable to stand on while conducting kitchen tasks. During the winter months, kitchen rugs can easily add warmth with a pop of bright colors on the floor!

    Riviera stripe stripe kitchen rug Image Credit: Williams Sonoma

    Living Room: In a living room keep in mind that small rugs make the room look even smaller than it is. With larger furniture in a larger room, the smaller rugs make the furniture look awkward and cluttered. Therefore, it is best to go for a larger rug, where the legs of the couch and the chair sit on top of it. The living room is a great place to play with colors and textures to complement the furniture and create a designer appeal.

    Decorative rugs living room rug in a living space Image Credit: Mommy Essence

    Area rugs are a great way to tie a space together and make the home look more cozy. Through these winter months, consider area rugs to design and define spaces, yet still add warmth at the same time. Keep these tips in mind to give your home that instant designer touch!!

  • 3 Tips to Get Your Wardrobe Winter-Ready


    It is that time of the year where we take our winter gear our of storage and place in the accessible areas of our wardrobe. Although the task is tedious, the chill in the air calls for a refreshing change within the wardrobe, which can be completed with a few easy tasks. The tips are given below.

    Store the Summer Clothes: If there is limited space, place the summer-only or off-season items in the loft or an unused shelf in the wardrobe. Typically the top shelf is the least-used shelf within a wardrobe. Therefore, it is best to place the off-season items there so they are out of the way, yet still accessible when it is time to change the season again. If the wardrobe has loft storage above the main wardrobe area, place the off-season items over there so they are out of the way for the winter months.

    Top Shelf being used for unnecessary items. Image Credit: Pinterest

    Fold vs. Hanging: Another organizational tactic is to decipher which items should be folded and which should be hung. Large bulky sweaters and sweat shirts can take extensive space if placed on hangers, and usually lose their shape. The best way to store them is by folding them and placing them on shelves or in drawers. When it comes to organizing shelves within a wardrobe, the heavier stacks or piles should be placed on the lower shelves, while the lighter clothing items should be placed on the higher shelves. However, items such as coats are best stored by hanging them. They can be hung in the existing wardrobe or in a different wardrobe, depending on the availability of space.

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    Filtering through Hangers: To maximize space in the closet, consider space-saving hangers to place all of the necessary items. Winter clothing is much heavier and thicker, and therefore takes up more space. Therefore, if space is a constraint, then use the space-saving hangers for your necessary items.

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    Use these tips to work out your winter-friendly closet for the next few months!!

  • 5 Ways to Make Your Indoors Pollution-Free


    The air pollution in our beloved city has been horrendous this whole week. The toxic air definitely affects our health and we should all have a safe place to come, where the air is clean. The best way to do so is by making the indoor air of your home clean and pollution free. With extensive pollution outside, chances are that the pollution inside is even worse-which can really impact the physical and mental health. To make your home pollution free, check out the tips below:

    Ventilation: Ventilation in homes reduces the moisture levels. The best way to allow for ventilation without opening the windows is to install vents that cycle and purify the air. Another form of ventilation is the exhaust fans which help carry the pollution form inside to the outside. One of the most common areas where ventilation becomes an issue is in the kitchen: due to extensive cooking. The best way to avoid indoor pollution is to ensure the chimney fan is on.

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    Dust Furniture: Dusting furniture is a daily activity in Indian homes. However, it really works in reducing indoor pollution. Keeping furniture clean reduces mildew, mold, and bacteria from developing within the home. Therefore, with dusting furniture ensure the every service and crevice is clean to a pollution-free zone within the home.

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    Keep Dustbins Covered: Dustbins can get disgusting and full of nasty particles. Ensure that all dustbins and trash cans are covered for hygiene purposes and to prevent any exposure of bacteria. To avoid indoor pollution, also ensure the dustbins and trash cans are cleaned on a regular basis.

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    House Plants: In preventing indoor air pollution, houseplants are your best friend. They can purify and rejuvenate all types of indoor spaces and clean the air within the home. It recommended to have at least one plant per 100 square feet within the home for efficient air cleaning. One of the best plants to filter the toxins in the air is the Peace Lily-which requires moderate sunlight or the Lady Palm which prefers bright, but indirect light. Another plant is the English Ivy-which is ideal for rooms with computers-or even the Spider Plant, which is ideal in the kitchen around the gas stove.

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    Essential Oils: Essential oils such as cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, clove, lemon, and tea tree will keep indoor areas bacterial and mold free. When the essence of oils is released into the air the atmosphere automatically becomes easier, fresher, and cleaner to breathe.

    Image Credit: Aroma Web

    Indoor air pollution is even more harmful than outdoor air pollution. With a few simple precautions your home can become the pollution-free zone to escape to at the end of the day.

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