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CHOOSING ART FOR YOUR HOME

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”:
Pablo Picasso

Words: Tillana Desai

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It is Art that adds beauty, serenity and soul to a house. Each painting has its own emotional connect…like an aura that you can feel.

A couple of handful art pieces duly selected for your heavenly abode will not only make your home look more beautiful, but will also add aesthetic value to your life.

When we talk about paintings specifically, they are like a mirror that reflect the character of your soul…and that is why you must personally choose them.

- For those who spend more time at home, paintings with landscapes, fields and mountains are the most ideal.
– For couples, marine life and landscapes are a good choice.
– Party animals can opt for still life like fruit, wine or flowers.
– City landscapes are often associated with fun and relaxation.

Paintings radiate fire, which are conducive in engaging conversations.

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A quick guide to selecting the right art for your home:

1. First, pick the right walls. They should be prominent and visible. Also, it is not necessary to have something on each and every wall.

2. Select art that fits the size and shape of the wall. If you have a long horizontal wall, you can pick a long horizontal piece of art. By accentuating the length of the wall, you can make a room look bigger.

3. It’s okay to cover the entire wall! Go big … experiment with the biggest paintings available.

4. Pick the right colours. Light greens and blues are serene colours which are best for rooms meant for rest and relaxation – like a bedroom. Entrances with warmer tones are welcoming.

5. Art work at the entrance or the living room that is deep in colour draw visitors in. You can place them in family rooms also to invite conversations.

6. Mix and match! Contemporary art can look amazing in traditional homes. Traditional art can look amazing in modern homes.

7. Experiment with different textures. You can blend photos, paintings & canvas art and make your living room look bright and colourful.

8. Frames are the main game. Use elaborate, bold frames to define your art. You can top them with yellow spot lights to illuminate the wall.

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Tillana Desai
Tillana is the Sub Editor of Urban Vaastu, and is an avid reader and creative writer. She can be reached at
tillana@urbanvaastu.com

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PAINTINGS FROM A VAASTU POINT OF VIEW

“A painting can reveal you to others!”

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Every object in your house has its own unique energy and a strong influence on the people staying there. Paintings are meant to connect you to your personal life and your culture. One of the best ways of bringing in supporting energies to your home is by adorning it with paintings and sculptures.

Artwork adds an extra spark of elegance to your house and provides you the vibrant energy that you need to have a great day! Although painting preferences may vary from home to home, there are still some basic rules to kept in mind while choosing a painting.

A painting reflects the sanctity and the decorum of a house. It also reflects the mood of the artist who created it. When a painting is being conceptualised, it may reflect the past, present or the future of the creator. While every piece of art has its own value, a few suggestions which are easy to follow will add to the harmony of your abode:

– Abstract paintings, Brown, Black & Dark paintings are not recommended for residential display.
– Exteriors murals, rustic iron, broken statues are not advisable for display inside homes

- Paintings with devastating or disturbing themes can cause health issues in the house
– Sculptures of wrought iron, rustic iron or one’s in a triangular shape or odd shapes are not recommended for residences, they are better for institutions.

“At one of my client’s house abroad, I saw a huge painting with a broken boat going towards the ocean. The painter had set the mood of a sunset – which to me depicts increased expenses. I told him, it looks like your expenditure has gone up and your savings have gone down since the last one year. He immediately said yes, my wife lost her job. A few minutes in to the discussion and he realised that it was just two months after the painting was brought home… sometimes such stunning revelations come to light and that is why I say you must be very careful before you accept paintings – whether it is a free gift or whether you purchase it yourself.”

Sometimes, we tend to get emotionally attached to paintings – which may or may not be good for the energy in the house, in which case you can put them on display outside the house, in the outhouse or at the place where the stay of the natives is very temporary in nature.

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BUILDING HOME LIBRARIES

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book!” – J K Rowling

Words: Tillana Desai

When it comes to curating a home library, it is not just about how it looks; it is also about getting the right collection of books. The next two pages are all about curling up for hours with your favourite books. If you are looking at creating the most perfect library in your limited home space, and want to give book lovers reason for major envy, read on.

Home libraries are becoming steadily more popular as people are getting aware about the sheer bliss of reading. If you too have space constraints at home, yet are looking to create a cozy reading area, here are a few tips that can help:

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The right spot for your books

If you do not have a small room to spare, there is no need to worry. You can pick a quiet spot in the house which is relatively unused. You can redo old store-rooms or closets. Natural light in abundance and scope for artificial lighting are a must. Well-lit corners in your bedroom or dining area can be good starts.

Storing books

Once you have settled upon a spot, you must find a way to store your books well. For large collections, you can build floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. For relatively smaller collections, you can use book cases that are freestanding or modern floating shelves. Secure them firmly to the walls because books tend to weigh.

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Floor support

Like shelves need to be firmly secure, flooring needs to be re-done to support the books. A general contractor can help you figure out if your current floor can support heavy weights. This is important because you do not want your floor to start sagging, or worse, give away.

The ambience

Soothing colours, pastels and a lot of beige – these tend to create the right mood to create the perfect reading ambience. For richer, more luxurious libraries, deep reds, maroons and browns can do wonders. Cheerful reds, yellows and blues are your colours.

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Bean bags, recliners and loungers are the most comfortable to sink in and read away. Chairs and tables can be more formal, but for reading longer hours they might not be too comfy. Plonk a few squishy bean bags with a few pillows and you are all set.

Vertical limits

Space constraints can be solved by utilising the height of the room. Apart from floor–to–ceiling shelving, you can also opt for large tables with drawers and storage shelves or bookshelves above doorways. The oh-so-classic ladder is a must.

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Maintaining books

Once your library is sorted, you will need to look after it. Ensure regular cleaning to avoid dust build-ups. Buy a premium wood polish to keep your shelves shining and brand new. You can also use low power vacuum cleaners or microfibre cloth.


Tillana Desai
Tillana is the Sub Editor of Urban Vaastu, and is an avid reader and creative writer. She can be reached at
tillana@urbanvaastu.com

VAASTU TIPS

VAASTU FOR LIBRARIES

A library forms an integral part of any home. It can be a formal space or a small corner in any room that adds up as a library. Vaastu science says libraries are a positive source of energy if constructed correctly.

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Libraries or study rooms must be placed in the North-West or East direction of the house. In a library the book cabinet can be placed on the West or the South of the room. You may opt for light shelves on the East or the North walls where a few books can be displayed. Wall to wall shelves and full height cabinets must be on placed on the West or the South walls.

The reading chair or the study desk must face the North or East. Facing the North or East direction while reading and having ample light and ventilation will help concentrate better and focus better.Wooden cabinets are considered ideal to store books and volumes.

However, you must see to it that the cabinets are made from good quality wood so that the books stay free of moisture, pests and termites. If by chance the wood gets infected by termites or pests, it is best if replaced immediately.

The glass of the cabinets must be free from cracks and breaks. The study or library must be well lit preferably by natural light. Never place a table directly under a beam.

It is advisable to avoid using colours like black, brown, green or purple in the library as they lead to distraction. It is permissible to use brown as a natural shade of wood or black for leather for chairs and loungers.

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MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL…

“Life is like a mirror,” remarked Mildred Lisette Norman (1908-1981; aka Peace Pilgrim), the American peace and vegetarian activist. “We get the best results when we smile at it.”

Words: Tillana Desai

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A bedroom is always incomplete without mirrors. They not only transform a simple bedroom into a more beautiful one, but they are also the most perfect addition in terms of filling empty spaces. The biggest advantage of having a mirror in your room is that it makes it look bigger.

This is because they lend the room a perception of dimension and depth. Mirrors also reflect light to make your room look bright.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, you look great in bedrooms too, not just the hall.

When it comes to mirrors, you never run out of options. They come in a lot of wonderful colours, sizes, patterns and designs. Mirrors with wrought iron frames, wooden frames and stone frames are very popular.

Here is a quick check list of the various types of mirrors:

Illuminated mirrors

Most popular are vanity mirrors. They come with lighting fixtures which eliminate shadows. These mirrors are often suitable for modern style bedroom furniture.

Decorative mirrors

These mirrors act as creative design accessories. They are available in various designs and shapes and are mostly used to decorate a room. They are more structured than illuminated mirrors.

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Standing mirrors

These mirrors are perfect for vanity tables and need a little space. They stand by themselves and are huge enough for you to view your entire reflection. Smaller versions can be placed on table tops.

Antique mirrors

Sophisticated and classy, antique mirrors add elegance and class to your bedroom. You can also convert storage cabinet doors and mount mirrors on them.

Wall mirrors

These are versatile and change the overall look and feel of a wall. Large wall mirrors create the illusion of more space and make the room look airy and spacious. A nice wall mirror above a sofa set would be great in your hall.

Vanity mirrors

These are generally smaller in size and are perfect for personal use like applying make-up. There are different kinds of vanity mirrors. Some even have built-in lighting, helpful in certain tasks such as putting on your contact lenses.

Cheval mirrors

The good thing about a cheval mirror is that it can stand on its own and is relatively light, so moving it from one room to another is easy. You can also swivel it to change its angle.

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Swing arm mirrors

These are ideal for small bathrooms. It is also called a pivot or extension mirror because it is composed of a small mirror with an arm that is mounted on the wall which are all adjustable.

Since their invention some 6,000 years ago, mirrors have come a long way today. There are a lot more types than the ones we listed, which you can look up as per your room design.

A few popular mirrors are:

1. Venetian mirrors
2. Tiffany mirrors
3. Beveled mirrors

Never keep mirrors that have broken edges, chipped corners, cracks or crazy corners in your home because these are considered inauspicious.

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Fun Facts:

• The first form of mirrors was invented in ancient times. They were small pools of water filled in a dark coloured container.
• People started making non-water mirrors around 6000 BC. The mirrors they made were of polished volcanic glass.
• First polished copper mirrors appeared in Mesopotamia.
• The German Chemist Justus von Liebig made the first silvered-glass mirrors.
• The belief that breaking a mirror will bring you bad luck for seven years originated from Roman times. Romans believed that by breaking an old mirror you break your soul.
• Some Jews cover mirrors in the house for several days after the death of a close family member. This is because they believe that a mirror will trap the spirit of the dead person, and the soul will be unable to move onto the afterlife.
• Mirrors can reflect sound. Beside the ability to reflect images, some mirrors can reflect sound waves as well. These mirrors are known as acoustic mirrors. They were used during World War II in Britain for detecting sound waves from the enemy.

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BEDROOM MIRRORS

Mirrors play a significant part in our lives and can have drastic effect in changing lives. Placement of mirror should be in accordance with Vaastu norms to reap the
good benefits. If you are looking to place mirrors in your bedrooms the Vaastu way, read on…

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» All mirrors at home should only be placed in the north or east direction.
» Do not keep any kind of glass pieces or other shinning pieces of decor at the main gate.
» Glass or mirror should never be east-facing.
» Glass decorative pieces, show pieces, aquariums and wall clocks must be installed in the east or north direction.
» The mirror must be placed in a way that the bed or image of person standing out is not visible.
» A dressing table with a huge mirror standing by the side of the bed is considered good but if it’s lying in front of the bed reflecting our body or image then it is inauspicious.
» In the children’s room, the mirror should not be placed near the study table as it interferes with their concentration.
» South wall mirror should also be avoided as it tends to make children stubborn and rebellious.
» Never place mirrors on ceilings of your bedrooms in a way that they reflect the bed.
» Avoid mirrors with uneven cut corners and crazy patterns.
» Classical mirror designs are very welcome so are wooden mirror frames with even edges.
» Cracked / broken / chipped mirrors must be replaced immediately as they are considered inauspicious.

GYMS @ HOME

Adding the perfect gym to your home.The truth is that some people are suited to training alone and some people aren’t.

Words: Tillana Desai

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Have you grown sick of the hustle, bustle, and sweat-stained walls of the typical commercial gym? Do you find the travel time associated with getting to and from your local workout centre
affects the amount of sessions you can get in each week? Are you simply fed up of paying through the nose for facilities that you have to share with others? If you answered yes to any one of the above questions, it may be the time to consider creating your very own personal gym at home.

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PROS & CONS

The biggest benefit is convenience. A home gym is never ever closed. You also do not have to deal with the restrictions that commercial gyms impose on users. On the downside however, since your workouts will eventually evolve, adding and upgrading equipment will be an expensive affair.

Before you go ahead and start picking out your equipment, you must visualize and choose your space. A lot of us have fallen prey to purchasing overly expensive and faddish equipment for our spare rooms. Most of these get stashed into the attics and never see the light of the day again! If you’re looking for a better way to construct your home workout space, read on.

Is it for you?

Having a home gym is highly convenient but it is really not for everyone! For some people, working out in a group is motivational. Some need an expert to train them. If this sounds like you, the convenient training at home is really not for you.

Budget

Building a home gym needn’t necessarily be an expensive task. Although people spend a lot of money on heavy cardio equipment and multi gyms, the reality is that they are not particularly useful for home Gyms. It is best to stick to the basics and upgrade as and when needed.

Atmosphere

This is certainly one of the best parts of the process! You can do any and everything you want with your little space. Spruce up walls, put up posters, tailor your environment as per your taste and need…as soon as you walk into your gym, you’ll pique your subconscious mind to work out really hard.

The Necessary Equipment

1. BARBELL & PLATE SET

This will be the most important piece of equipment you’ll need for your home gym. It will be a foundation for most of your workouts. Stick to the classic core exercises than the flashy ones … since they have stood the test of time!
Basic exercises you can do with the Barbell Set:
» Legs: Front squat, Back squat, Lunges, Deadlift
» Back: Barbell row, Upright Row, Power Cleans
» Shoulders: Military Press, Behind the neck press
» Chest: Bench Press (flat incline & decline)
» Arms: Bicep curls, Skull crushers, Close grip bench press

2. BENCH PRESS

If you want to make the most of your Barbell set, you will need a Bench Press too. Go for a bench that has an incline and decline functionality: you may not use these often, but if you decide to go for a split bodybuilding style training phase it’ll come in handy.

3. RACK

The most important element of your gym set is the rack. In terms of size, it is the biggest piece of equipment apart from being the most expensive. If you think you can bypass it, it is not a good idea! You will need one for heavier leg, shoulder and chest workouts.
It will be a good idea to seek racks with attachment facilities so you can add extensions like pull up bars to them.

4. FLOORING

It is very important to plan your flooring right in order to make it last longer. Not only does it make the gym equipment last longer, it also reduces the sound levels that come out of the gym. You can go for a commercial grade foam flooring (you’ll find it in interlocking squares) which will last you a good few years and will also be light on your pocket.

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THE GYM AT HOME

The best place for a gym,
the do’s and dont’s

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These days, Gyms have become more of a necessity than a luxury. Everyone wants to stay fit but does not necessarily have the time to join a health club. In such cases, the best solution is to have a little gym of your own in thecomforts of your home.

Where to have the Gym

The best place for a Gym in the house is the North West and the South East directions. For health and happiness, these two directions are the most appropriate.

Some points to keep in mind:

» A Gym can be on any floor, other than the basements of the house.

» It should be well ventilated, i.e., should get ample air and light.

» The Gym equipment should be in any direction other than South Facing. For instance, the walker should NOT face the south. If so, it must not be put to use.

» Cycles, Presses etc. should be on the East West Direction instead of the South North Direction.

» The TV / Music system can be on North – East – West walls respectively.

» The best colours for the Gym are: White, Red, Blue, and other light shades. Never use black, brown or greens in the gym as they may break your regular visits to the gym – which is more damaging to your health.

» The shower, steam and Jacuzzi should be on the West or the South East of the Gym.

» The flooring can be anything as per your choice; wooden / carpeted / synthetic and so on.

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PLANNING WOODWORK IN YOUR NEW HOME?

PLANNING WOODWORK IN YOUR NEW HOME? It can get simpler if you have the basic idea about the kind of woods available, the finishes used, cost and plenty of other aspects. Read on to understand the basics to get a great job done.

By Sangeeta Sinha

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Woodwork done the right way using the appropriate wood and finish can do wonders for your home. Wood comes out as a popular choice because of its cost effectiveness, ease and efficiency of construction, versatility and sustainability.

With unlimited design possibilities you can play around easily with wood and create a masterpiece – be it your kitchen cabinet or living room furniture or garden chair or simply a wooden jewellery box. You can do just about anything with wood. But it is important to select the right wood for each project.

Before you venture into any project the most important thing is to know the kind of woods available in the market. Based on your project and budget you can select the right wood. Today, the market is flooded with plenty of varieties like teak, rosewood, pine, mango, cherry, maple, oak, mahogany to name a few.

Each has its own strengths; some are used for beauty, some for economy, while some for strength. Largely they are differentiated by degree of colour and hardness and these differences help the carpenters to get the right one for your project.

Plywood and Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is something which is commonly used to make cabinets and cupboards but make sure you use good quality product, says Manoj Kumar, director, Rahul Enterprises,

Delhi. For finishing, laminates or veneer is used but if you desire material for a longer life with less maintenance, laminate is a good option, he adds.

Wood finishing

Finishing is the final step in any woodwork project which enhances appearance and also adds a protective layer. Finishing plays a very critical role in any woodwork project. If the finish is not right, even the best of material and hard work can go down the drain. The right finish can turn any project into a masterpiece.

Plenty of finishing techniques are available with each having its own functional and aesthetic values. Different finishes offer varying degrees of protection, durability, ease of application and aesthetics. Whatever be the project – be it a small box or a chair or a huge cupboard; check out the right finishing technique so that your project comes out great.

Different types of finishes include wood finishes, oils, varnishes, stains, dyes, waxes, water based finishes etc. But none of the finishes excel in all parameters so you need to make your choice diligently says Kumar. According to him, wax polish is a good choice as wax will not attract dust and therefore your furniture will remain in good condition for 3-4 years without the need of polishing.

KNOW YOUR WOOD

When it comes to selecting wood, the choices are plenty. Check out some of the popular woods available and make a wise choice based on your preference and budget.

Teak – Commonly known as ‘Sagwan wood’ or ‘Saag’ in Hindi, teak is the most popular natural solid wood. Highly weather resistant with an oily feel and golden brown colour it is a popular choice for furniture. Teak grows naturally in different parts of the country and apart from local varieties some are imported like Burma teak or African teak. Local varieties include Nilambur, Konkan, Adilabad, Dandeli, Mysore etc.

Rubberwood - It is essentially the wood that comes from the rubber tree. As the wood of a rubber tree, one would expect it to be soft like rubber, but rubber wood is essentially a hardwood. Though rubberwood is not much suited for outdoor use it is good for kitchen as the dense grain is easily controlled in kiln drying process. Further since it is a recycled wood it is more eco-friendly. A new entrant, rubberwood is sturdy and cheaper.

Rosewood – This particular hardwood commonly known as sheesham never goes out of style. Resistant to termite with beautiful golden brown colour it is mostly used for making solid wood furniture like wardrobes, cabinets, bedroom furniture, etc. It is strong and durable and comes in a variety of shades.

Pine – Low cost and light weight, pine is popular and good for kids’ furniture. It takes paint well and blends well with other home furniture. This sturdy type of wood is gaining popularity because of its low cost too. If dents and scratches are your concern then maybe pine is not for you as this soft wood is prone to scratches.

Cherry – It is a hardwood, easy to work with and ages beautifully. This wood is in demand and little expensive compared to other domestic hardwoods. It has a rich beautiful colour and is in demand for making solid wood furniture like shelves, cabinets, tables, etc. It shapes easily and polishes well too though the colour darkens with age.

Maple – One of the hardest wood species, maple has fine texture and great strength. Due to its strength it is often used for heavy-use items, like dressers and kitchen cabinets. Affordable and durable, maple looks great for years. It is often used to mimic expensive wood like cherry or mahogany. But it needs to be sealed well to avoid the blotchy look after staining.

Oak – Often used for art and craft, oak is a hardwood available in two varieties – red and white. White being more moisture resistant is preferred for outdoor furniture. This durable wood blends easily and tends to grainy giving it a distinctive look.

Walnut – Though expensive, walnut is a rich brown wood easy to work. This straight grained hardwood ranges between chocolate brown and yellow. Being strong and stable it works well for intricate carving; the colour looks beautiful too. The colour variation may not be liked by some.

Plywood – Unlike natural woods, plywood is a type of manufactured wood panel. It is made by gluing together plywood layers, also called veneers. Compared to traditional woods plywood is flexible, inexpensive, workable and re-usable. Plywood is preferred by many carpenters because it is cheap, resistant to cracking and shrinkage and has a high degree of strength. Furthermore, it can usually be manufactured locally.

WOODEN FLOORING

Wooden flooring not only provides your room a great look but also a clean environment. It does not harbour dust mites or moulds, thus creating better air quality. Quality wise you may not find lot of variety but you can go for different patterns like plain, stripes and chequered.

You could go for lighter or darker shades based on your choice. But darker shades are better for high traffic areas while lighter shades can make your room look spacious. Though it is a little expensive people go for it for aesthetic appeal.

Caring for wooden floor calls for a little more attention compared to tiled floors. Follow the instruction for durability. It is a good idea to vacuum your wooden floor and avoid using normal household cleaning agents. This natural beauty can make even plain looking interior amazing.

PAMPER YOUR WOOD

» Clean them every day so that they don’t gather any dust
» Don’t use general household cleaners; generally moist cloth followed by dry one will do
» Know about the wood and the finishing and clean accordingly
» Keep them away from sunlight
» Get them polished or get professional cleaning done regularly
» Try not to spil water or other liquids on the surface and if it happens clean it immediately with a damp cloth
» Dirt left on the surface can leave a stain and make it grimy
» But before trying any liquid to clean your surface, test on any hidden spot
» Don’t ever leave a damp cloth on wooden surface

WALL DECORATION

You don’t always have to spend a huge amount in decorating your walls. Use a little imagination and make a great statement through your walls. Check out for simple yet effective wall decoration ideas and tips

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Rightly done walls can change the mood of any room. You may have a lot of ideas, but make sure that you do it right. If not done properly it can make your room turn into a gallery which you don’t want.

There are two aspects to wall decoration: what you want to put up and how it should be put up. There are unlimited options to what you can put up on your walls but make sure you put them up the right way.

Whether you want to hang pictures or use canvas or any other idea the best way is to go by your gut feeling. It mostly works and helps you make a style statement.

Right height and size

Just hanging a few pictures or artwork can give a completely different look to your room. These subtle additions can give your room a designer look but make sure that you hang the pictures at the right height and also the size of pictures should be appropriate. Go wrong on these two aspects and you spoil both the picture and your room décor.

One of the common mistakes we do is hanging our artwork too high. As a general rule you should display artwork at eye level. Hanging them too high may make the proportions look awkward and too low will make the viewing difficult.

The best approach would be to make sure that viewing of your art pieces should be at comfortable level. Like in a dining room you need to fix your piece a little lower for seated viewing. Staircases look good if you measure every third step to form a diagonal line to hang pictures.

Right layout is an art too

Beautiful pieces can look lousy if the layout is not done properly. To get an idea of how pictures would look on the wall you can always mock it by cutting cardboard pieces of the same size and paste them on the wall. This will give you an idea as to how the wall will look. Keep taking pictures while you paste the cardboards on the wall so that you compare and decide on the best layout.

These are some of the basic rules, but the best is to follow your judgment. Let your imagination run wild and you can have beautiful walls. You could hang anything like cane and wood basket or string art or hats or different shapes of mirrors or a jewellery tree or just a collage of your family pictures.

Right proportion

The size of the artwork should always be in proportion to your room and the things in your room. Too many small things in the room can give it a cluttered look. It is a good idea to go for a single large piece to make that style statement and give a focal point to the room, but make sure that you have enough space to stand back and view the piece.

If you wish to use small pieces place them as a cluster or use a small wall to display; they may get lost on small walls. The size should always be in proportion to the size of your furniture. If you are fixing art pieces above your sofa it should be 2/3 of the width of sofa.

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TIPS

» Choose art pieces in relation to the theme or mood of your room.
» Hang your pictures at appropriate height
» Choose the size of your art work keeping in mind your furniture and size of doors and windows
» Don’t hang too many pictures; some free space on the walls gives a spacious look
» If you wish to hang a group of pieces together consider it as one piece
» Don’t fill all your walls; often bare walls also look beautiful
» Before you put up anything on your walls make sure you will be able to keep them clean
» Even the most expensive artwork can look lousy if it gathers dust
» Put up things which can be cleaned

WALLPAPERS

Wall décor is no more limited to hanging pictures on the wall. Today people believe in making a statement with the help of wallpaper. And they are not just simple wallpapers. The trend is getting artistic and is customised with modern digital prints.

You could either convert your wall into a landscape or match it with your room furniture to create a unique décor. Options are plenty and they are easy to do and also easy to take off and redo. Since it requires expertise to paste wallpapers it is advisable to get it done by professionals in the field. Also avoid wallpapers near stove or sink as heat and water are not good for wallpapers.

REINVENT YOUR WALL DÉCOR

» Painted canvases go a long way in brightening your walls
» Different coloured plates arranged well makes excellent wall presentation
» Wicker makes the room look good and is not expensive
» You can even photocopy art and place them
» Shells look beautiful on kitchen walls or staircases giving a rustic look
» Use of coloured hanging lamps in the corners also gives visual beauty to walls
» Pictures of memories from your wedding or any outing is a great idea for your walls
» Showcase a collection; could be vases or shells or any thing
» If you are a music lover, hang your musical instrument or CDs on the wall; they will look beautiful and will be your style statement as well
» If it is flowers that you love, plant them into recycled bottles and hang them on walls and there you have lovely garden wall inside your home
» For wild variety plenty of funky art is available to be put up on the walls
» Even cutlery can be put up interestingly on kitchen wall
» If you have lot of trophies put them up as wall décor
» For children’s room cutout made of butterflies or cartoon characters can be done
» Different kinds of clocks can add beauty and elegance to your rooms
» Give your wall a personal touch by picking some paint from your local shop

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STENCILS

Stencilling is something like sketching on the canvas of home walls. You could replicate an image on the wall using permanent marker or you could use a stencil for outlining and then later fill the space with colours.

Depending on the texture of your wall you can select a stencil design and do it on your own. A stencil can be self-designed also, but for amateurs it may not work as that would require skill.

A stencil is more original, imaginative and cost-effective compared to wallpaper. It can easily highlight the features of your room and make a plain room look interesting. You can easily add novelty to your room by using this technique.