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  • Interior Decorator vs. Interior Stylist vs. Interior Designer: What is the Difference?


    Interior decorator, interior stylist, and interior designer are all terms we use interchangeably in normal conversation. However, each designation comes with their own job roles and responsibility with some overlapping in between. While seeking professional help and putting your home together, ensure you choose the right service for the correct job. Below, the differences of a interior decorator versus an interior stylist versus an interior designer.

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    Interior Decorator: The interior decorator largely focuses on the aesthetics of a space, with special attention to how colors and fabrics can work together in making the space look nice and come together. Decorators also advise on furniture ideas and finish options within any given space. An interior decorator is the ideal solution for those who want to change up their home without disturbing the existing structure. In doing so, the decorators work closely with their fellow vendors to deliver exactly what the homeowner is looking for.

     

    Interior Stylist: An interior stylist is the more glamorous occupation out of the three. They are best known for showcasing their work in magazines and other visual media, and their primary job is to make a space look beautiful. Similar to the interior decorator, making a space look beautiful is done by adding and editing various bits without changing the structure. Stylists typically work on a freelance basis or they are seen working at home or furniture stores.

     

    Interior Designer: The interior designer is the most common profession for putting together Indian homes. Unlike the designer and the decorator, the interior designer goes through significant more training, and is more qualified to make a wider variety of home changes, including structural changes such as adding or removing walls. They can design a room from start to finish, working closely with an architect or builder to deliver the best solution for the home. At ModSpace.in we offer full interior solutions with our modular furniture. While choosing the modular furniture, you have the option of adding on the room interiors, courtesy of our interior design partners. Nevertheless, interior designers generally charge more than interior decorators or stylists because they have more to offer and more options to give.

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    Whether it is an interior decorator, interior stylist, or interior designer, all of them are professionals in upgrading a home space to make it look more aesthetically pleasing. While choosing the aesthetic professional for your home, ensure the interior professional is the right, qualified individual for the home.

  • Decorating a Home with Dark Wood Floors


    Dark wood is one of the most elegant and sophisticated interior solutions for a home. Whether it is an entire home of dark wood floors or selected rooms,  it brings richness and classic elegance to a space. However, it is paired with the incorrect furniture, then the space look like dark, heavy and uninviting. Check out some tips below on bringing out the beauty of dark wood.

     

    White Architectural Details: Balance out the dark wood by adding white everywhere: in the home architecture and as well as the furniture. White can be used to highlight a room door, floor and crown moldings, window trims, or simply the color of the wall. Against the dark wood, white automatically catches the eye and is visually pleasing to look at. White can also be added to the walls, to balance the warmth of the dark wood and neutralize the look and feel of the space. As colors, white and dark wood are very neutral. Therefore, any pop of color can also be added to the room to balance it out. More on that idea is given below.

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    Light Wood Furniture: Another way to balance out the dark wood is to add contrast with pale or light wood. Keep the floors dark and add pale wood furniture pieces to create a more cheerful space. It is very harmonious and still adds the same warmth of the hardwood without looking overbearing or stark. Light wood furniture can be added with white accents to create a more homely and inviting atmosphere.

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    Brighter Colors Plus White: Bright colors are always an instant contrast to dark wood. It adds immediate color and makes the room look much brighter. Bright hues can also be added with white. With an airy white tone and a warm, dark wood tone, color is a great way to add instant pops or color and accents in any room. With much brighter colors around the room, the eye line is drawn upward towards the colors and away from the floor. As a result, the dark flooring is barely noticeable, yet serves as a balancing neutral for the bright, bold tones in the room.

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    Dark floors in a home or a room may feel like an obstacle. However, they can balance out the room and allow for a creative space if decorated well. They add that extra beauty to a home that simply cannot be ignored. For the dark floors in your home, add some contrasts and pops for a bright and happy space!

  • Determining the Appropriate Placement of the Television


    These days a home without a television, or even a room without a television, is close to nonexistent. Nearly every home accommodates around one or builds a space designated for it. While choosing the entertainment unit or section for a room or space within the home, it is best to define the most appropriate placement of the television based on the size and shape of the overall space. Below, are some general guidelines to follow in defining the perfect space for your television screen.

     

    General Rule: The first rule to follow in designating a space for the television is to consider the viewing experience: including TV size and distance from the primary viewing location. The ideal location of the television is where the the center of the screen is at eye level for the viewer. Depending on the size of the television screen, the center point may vary. However, with the eye level being at the center, it is easy for the viewer to direct their eye line upward, downward, and sideways.

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    Focal Point: The next step in the entertainment area is choosing the focal point. For the most part, the television screen itself is the focal point and the center of the seating area. Therefore, ensure the there is enough seating and spacing around the screen to allow everybody to view it easily and comfortably.

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    Hiding It: The other option is to conceal the screen when it is not being used. To be able to do so, consider an entertainment unit with shutters in front of a sliding door to close when the television is not being used. The entertainment center should be easy to open and close for all members of the home.

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    Style vs. Function: Finally, after determining the general location of the television and whether or not the screen should be a focal point or it should be hidden, the next step is considering the trade-offs. In other words, style versus function. In some homes, the television is not as important, and the homeowners would prefer a very stylish entertainment center, while in other homes the television is a higher priority, and the entertainment unit should be minimalistic around it. Depending on the space and preferences, one can either have a space that is more design focused, more user friendly, or a happy medium. For example, in a design focused room the television can have a beautiful furniture setup around the screen, yet the living space is also suitable for entertaining and conversation.

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    Nevertheless, in the end it is entirely your home and your choice. The primary entertaining space can be as small or as large as you prefer, and it should be reflective of your space and preferences. The above points are simple guidelines to assist in the homebuilding process!

  • 6 Measurements to Know When Planning Your Kitchen


    Designing  a kitchen requires precision. In creating a functional space, every millimeter counts, and there are some basic measurements that a homeowner needs to ensure they take or get done at the beginning of the design process. For taking measurements yourself check out this previous blog post. In the meantime, here is a helpful guide on some of the measurements required for your brand new kitchen space.

     

    Work Aisles and Walkways: Work aisles are where an individual stands to work at the kitchen counter, while walkways are the pathways for users and residents to move around the kitchen. Although the ideal measurements can vary depending on the space and layout of L-Shape, U-Shape or parallel, the ideal work aisle or countertop width should be at least 42 inches wide, while walkways should ideally be 36 inches wide.

     

    Countertop Height: Next is the countertop height. In other words, the ideal placement of the the kitchen counter or worktop within the kitchen. The countertop height should be proportionate to your height and size so it is comfortable for you or the main user in your home to use for a more efficient design space. A general rule to follow for a comfortable height at the kitchen counter is the measure down for the tip of the elbow. Nevertheless, an ideal place to start is at the standard height for a kitchen countertop which should be between 34 and 36 inches.

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    Landing Areas: The landing areas cover the counter tops in both width and depth. A prep area next to the cooktop should be at least 12 inches wide, while the area next to the sink should be at least 18 inches wide. Along with the width, the average depth of a countertop is 24 inches. It is just enough space to have a productive work area within the kitchen. It ideal to place all types of items, including small utensils without the strain of reaching too far to grab anything.

     

    Space Between Countertop and Upper Cabinet: The perfect distance between the countertops and upper cabinets should be just at the perfect space where the cabinet does not get in the way, the items are easily reachable, and the counter top is easily visible for getting work done. A reference point for the ideal distance is about 15-20 inches. However, the final measurements depend on the space and the specifications of the kitchen. Ensure it is not too low that the countertop is not visible, yet that it is not too high that it is difficult to reach.

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    Cabinet Depth: Cabinet depth for upper and lower cabinets can vary. The average lower cabinet depth usually matches the countertop at 24 inches. However, the upper cabinets are typically built a little smaller than the lower cabinets, making a depth of 12-15 inches the most ideal. These cabinets are built smaller to avoid the user from banging their head while using the upper cabinets and the countertops at the same time.

     

    Work Triangle: Finally, one of the most important measurements is the kitchen work triangle. Whether the kitchen is a parallel, U-shape, or a L-shape layout, the distance between the three elements should balanced out to maximize the efficiency of the work space. For more about the kitchen work triangle, click on the previous blog post. The distance between any two appliances should be between 36 and 84 inches. Anything less or more will cause interference within the work space. 

    Overall, the measurements given above are an average or a starting point. The ideal measurements for the kitchen are dependent on space available and proportion and size of the average use within the home. With the list above, use it as a checklist to avoid covering any missing points in your kitchen.

  • 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!

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