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  • 6 Kitchen Design Trends we will see in 2018

    The new year is upon us, which gives us an opportunity for 2nd chances and new beginnings. New beginnings definitely start with our home. 2018 brings with it a few gorgeous kitchen trends, which are not only trending, but also timeless. Below are the top 6 kitchen designs we except to see in 2018.


    Quartz Counters: In many kitchen designs, quartz and granite are rivaled as the top countertop options. However, quartz surfaces are increasing in popularity and is expected to continue through 2018. It requires minimal upkeep, and yet provides a slight shimmer to the surface.

    Upgrade Your Kitchen Countertops New Quartz Countertops Image Credit: Sebring Design Build

    Extra-Deep Drawers: Over the last couple of years, we have seen a surge in smart storage solutions. In this regard, 2018 will be no different. More and more kitchen designs are incorporating solutions to make storage and kitchen tasks easier and effortless for the end-user. One such solution is the deeper drawer. We will definitely see deeper drawers in 2018, especially close to the cooking range to store the crockery and cooking pots and pans. The deeper drawers will keep the items organized, yet accessible all at the same time.

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    Increased Use of Wood: Taking a slight turn from the airy, modern kitchen design, a bit of warmth is making a comeback into the kitchen in 2018. Wooden elements such as wooden-looking floors or wooden cabinetry are becoming increasingly popular in the the contemporary kitchen design.  The usage of wood coming back into the is due to its design-friendly aesthetic and the environmentally friendly material.

    Glossy black and white kitchens Image Credit: Digs Digs

    Fewer Upper Cabinets: In 2018, more and more kitchen designs are opening up with fewer upper cabinets. As a result, there are more open all spaces, leading to two different design trends: more open shelves, and more storage underneath the countertops-which is why there is an increase in smart storage, as mentioned above.

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    Integrated Appliances/Appliance Garages: Another trend that we are seeing in 2018, is the increase of integrated appliances. Larger appliances such as the refrigerator are placed behind matching kitchen shutters and smaller appliances are stored below the counter in sectioned-off areas of the cabinetry. Due to the fewer upper cabinets and smarter storage solutions being created both above and below the countertop with "appliance garages", where smaller items such as a toaster or a microwave/oven are being placed for efficient kitchen storage.

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    Two-Toned Cabinets: However, for the kitchens that do have upper cabinets, there is an increase of having two tones in the kitchen rather than one. The monochrome kitchen is going out, and dual-chrome is coming in. Coming into 2018, many kitchen designs will have one color for the wall cabinets and another color for the base cabinets.

    Two Toned cabinets color kitchen cabinets Image Credit: Pinterest

    Make 2018, your year for a dream home. With these timeless design trends, your kitchen design will look contemporary, yet timeless in no time. We at are looking forward to exciting adventures 2018 has in store. Happy New Year to all!

  • 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!!

  • 5 Ways to Give the Bathroom a Mini Makeover (without Renovation)

    We all like to upgrade our spaces from time to time, but refuse to do so mostly do to inconvenience. However, whenever we visit a hotel or a model home, we can't help but admire the beautifully styled bathrooms, which we understand can be a challenge to manage in everyday homes. However there are some easy style tricks one can add to their bathroom space to give it a mini makeover, without dealing with the hassles of renovation. The list below starts with the most simple and easiest ways to upgrade the bathroom, and ends making some moderate changes to the space.

    Adding some Greenery: As mentioned in a few previous blogs, plants are a great way to make a space feel more new and lively. A living plant in the bathroom adds great color and can look beautiful as well. Indoor plants such as bamboo shoots go very well humid environments, which makes the bathroom a perfect space for it! Place it at the corner of the vanity countertop to keep it out of the way, yet still adding color to a space.

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    Changing up the Textiles: Another easy way to make a change is to mix up the towels and bathroom mats. In a bathroom, the towels are the most visible items, and typically fade away with time and more use. Upgrade the bathroom space by adding some fresh bath, hand, and face towels. Either have a set or mix and match and create your own color scheme within the bathroom. Even changing up the bathroom rug can immediately make the room look new. All types of these textiles will add instant color and allow for an immediate upgrade.

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    Replacing Countertop Accessories: Even switching out the countertop items can bring an instant change. Changing the soap dispenser or the cosmetic items on display doesn't even require any extra shopping. One can easily use a mason jar or a beautiful vase to place their bathroom essentials, yet still have them on the countertop.

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    Changing Cabinet Hardware: A more moderate makeover idea is to switch the hardware. Just with a simple switch out the entire look of the cabinetry can change, making it look more modern or classic or transitional. Changing something as small at the bathroom handles can dramatically make a difference and possibly give the look of a whole new bathroom! Changing Cabinet Hardware

    Mixing up the Sink and Shower Fixtures: Just like changing out the hardware, replacing the shower and sink fixtures updates the look and even adds a more comfortable water flow. A brand new shower head brings a fresh feel while using it and creates a more spa-like atmosphere within the bathroom itself.

    Mixing up the Sink and Shower Fixtures Image Credit: Homesfeed

    Upgrading the bathroom space can be an extremely simple task. A few simple and small changes can really transform the space and make it look brand-new. In thinking about updating the bathroom space, remember it is the details that make all the difference!

  • 4 Spots to add Artwork in the Kitchen

    A kitchen is more than just a functional space. It is the most used room in the home, and should even be personalized in that way. Adding decorative items or artwork to a kitchen space is a great way to make it your own, and it adds that little extra something, enhancing the entire room. Placement of any artwork in the kitchen is key to ensure it does not interfere with functionality, yet still adds to the overall design . Even the types and location of the artwork make a big difference. For example, any artwork on the walls, should be hung at eye level, unless the eye-line should be drawn upward. Other items such as colorful pieces should be kept away from direct sun to prevent color fading as well. Nevertheless, the best locations for artwork in the kitchen are given below.

    Above Upper Cabinets: With upper cabinets in the kitchen, there is always some dead space above which looks extremely bare unless something is placed on it. Therefore, add interesting pieces to the upper cabinets to draw the eye-line upward, and create that visual interest. It is a great area to place interesting sculptures or framed art pieces, as they are well out of way, yet still add some character to the kitchen space.

    Above Upper Cabinets Image Credit: Green Virals

    Near the Entrance: The kitchen entrance is a great place to add some energy as soon as you walk into the kitchen. The entrance or doorway to the kitchen typically has empty wall space next to it. Therefore, it is a great space to hang some wall art and add a bit of color to that blank space in the kitchen.

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    Open Shelving: As mentioned in many previous blogs, open shelves are great for displaying collections and storing items. They also great for placing artwork in the kitchen, yet still being out of the way of kitchen activities. Open shelves can be used to display beautiful dishes or framed paintings. The way the shelves are still being used, yet there is visual interest at the same time.

    Open Shelving Image Credit: DIY

    Above the Sink: Hanging artwork above the sink is quite unique. If there is room, the wall space above the sink will create immediate visual interest, and will give an element of surprise. In hanging items above the sink, ensure they are framed and hung a little bit higher to stay out of the moisture zone.

    Above the Sink Image Credit: Pinterest

    Personalize your kitchen with some amazing artwork to create a fabulous, yet functional space! Bring some energy in and liven up your kitchen!

  • 5 Ways to Light Up Your Home Interior Naturally

    We all love some decent lighting at home. However, most homes have a few dark corners and nooks that can add gloom to a space. A poorly lit home can cause an unpleasant space indoors and make being at home less desirable. Although there are a variety of artificial light options, the key is to find the best way to light up the home naturally. Natural light is excellent for daytime hours, as it saves energy and makes a space look more welcoming. Below are 5 ways to add more light to a home naturally.


    Lots of Windows-The most obvious idea is having lots of windows. Ensure every room in the home has a natural light so no artificial light is required to be on during the day! Let light seep in thru the windows in the daylight hours to make a space feel more alive. In having a lot of windows, there are a variety of options: There are the conventional windows, there are clerestory windows, which sit above the eye level, high on the wall-yet still brighten interiors; skylights which are windows that bring in light from the sky! Skylights instantly illuminate a room, and are a great idea for bathrooms. Since they are facing upward, there is still the bathroom privacy, yet there is natural light at the same time!

    Lots of Windows Image Credit: My Decorative

    Intelligent Window Coverings-Going with a lot of windows in the home, the next step is choosing the right window covering because that can make all the difference in how much light the windows give off. Drapes can be heavy or light depending on preference. However, lighter colored drapes allow light to reflect through when it is daylight, without being too interfering or disturbing any sleep. In more public areas of the home, sheer drapes are an excellent solution. They also provide the same, natural light without being blinding.

    Intelligent Window Coverings Image Credit: Shades of Beauty Decor

    Gloss Finish: Whether it is the kitchen cabinets or flooring, gloss finish is brilliant for bouncing light around the room. As a finish, it is reflective, instantly brightening up a space and giving the illusion that there is more light than their actually is. Therefore, in adding more light to your home interior, consider a gloss finish for the kitchen, wardrobe, or even the floor. For more on the gloss finish in comparison to matt, click the previous blog post.

    Gloss Finish Image Credit: Estro Kitchens

    White Walls: In naturally lighting a home, colors matter a lot. While choosing the general color scheme for a particular room or a home, lighter colors, especially white work very well in adding instant light to a space. White walls make a space look open and airy, and it brings in extra light without adding an extra light bulb!

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    Mirrors: We have definitely mentioned mirrors in many previous blogs. Nevertheless, just as what was stated before, mirrors are a great way to transform a space. A large statement mirror adds glamour and reflects light. If the mirror were placed opposite or next to a window, then it would create the illusion of more light than there actually is.

    Mirrors Image Credit: Light and Wire Gallery

    Natural light in any interior is a definite must have. It creates a more welcoming space and adds some beauty indoors. While considering the interiors for your home, find a way to bring in the light....naturally!

  • How Home Decor Affects Your Health

    For decades, countless psychology studies have proven that our mental health greatly depends on our surroundings, including the places we live and the inside or our homes. In fact, practices such as Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui circle around the concepts of having the best possible interior solution for good energy and positives. Therefore,  within the home, certain types of interiors are meant to uplift or de-stress us. In other words, interior design is more than just decor and aesthetics, it affects our mood, behavior, and mental well-being. Below are some key aspects of interior decor and design that can affect our well-being


    Lighting: Lighting is key within a home. The best form of lighting is natural lighting, coming in through the windows. It creates a more welcoming atmosphere and instantly brightens up a space. Natural light has also been known to increase productivity. However, for darker days and evenings, the right type of lighting is essential. In a place like the kitchen, having task lighting is needed for moving around and doing chores. For more on kitchen lighting, check the previous blog post. However, for areas such as the living room or bedroom, lighting is best if certain locations are lit up rather than the entire room at once. Overhead lighting makes it difficult to relax at the end of the day, but if a specific area is more lit whenever required, then it allows for better relaxation and de-stressing towards the end of the day. Spot lighting works very well for those who require a brighter light to read a book or get some work done.

    Lighting Dim overhead lighting with spot lighting in living room. Image Credit: Interior Design 4

    Textures: Many textures bring a calmness to a space. For example, natural wood adds warmth and also signifies strength, but stone signifies health. Even the types of textures within a space subconsciously affect the thought process. If a room has countless rough textures and uneven surfaces, then it is a sign of independence. A key example is the hard flooring and stiff furniture that is visible in an office lobby. That whole ambiance automatically creates a tense atmosphere.

    Textures Image Credit: Architecture Art Designs

    Colors: As mentioned in countless other blogs, colors definitely impact the mood. For more blogs on color, especially within the kitchen, check out our colors blog category. All colors have different meanings. Warmer colors such as red, orange, and yellow, are bright and vibrant and give off a lot of energy. They even increase appetite and creativity. Greens and blues and pastel pinks are more calming shades, making them optimum choices for more private or quieter space such as the bedroom. Then the neutral shades such as whites, greys, and browns add an elegance and communicate stability and comfort, which is why these shades are always used to balance out the brighter shades within a room!

    Colors Image Credit: Pinterest

    In a home, all colors, textures, and lighting come together to create a cohesive unit. This cohesive makes an interior solution your home. Therefore, finalizing your home interiors, start at the first point: what makes you feel good and go from there!

  • 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 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.

    Light Wood Furniture Image Credit: Pinterest

    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.

    Brighter Colors Plus White Image Credit: 41UP Design

    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!

  • 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!

  • 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. Kitchen Work Triangle
    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!

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