New Trends in Lighting

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Apparently, it’s not just apparel fashions that change every year, but things like lightings too. It is one of the most important aspects of interior decoration and is capable of changing the entire landscape of the home. To a large extent, evolving technologies and the presence of a more discerning clientele drive these newer trends.

You can manipulate the whole atmosphere and mood of your home depending on the way you position the lights and put up the fixtures. Lighting has to reflect the way that room is meant to be used. And what works in the kitchen will not work in the bedroom and vice versa. With tastes and preferences changing with each generation, there are numerous themes available…like vintage lighting, art deco, retro, mid-century modern, etc.

While there are aren’t too many surprises expected in the lightings section of interior decoration, there are a few notable trends being focused upon. Soft gold light fixtures are the in-thing for 2017 and come in numerous shapes, forms and purposes. With wall color emphasis being on pale shades, the soft gold color which is a cross between brushed gold and brushed silver, goes very well in light fixtures.

Upgraded modern industrial styles in rustic finishing are finding takers too; these come in sleeker, metal-rich designs in varied tones. They work well in the kitchen or dining area or even as wall decoration or centerpiece.
Lighting fixtures with clean lines and uncluttered designs are the in-thing this year. These mid-century modern designs as well as art deco designs offer attractive geometric shapes that never fail to add a slightly informal, artful look to the room. Without excessive ornamentation, they go well with modern home furnishing.

More and more people are also changing over to LED lights for their money and power savings; the added bonus here is in the variety of colors, brightness, designs and shapes, etc, that they are available in. The number of lights and the way they are placed can make a difference to the mood of the room too along with the wall color and furniture arrangements. These tiny jack-of-all-trades lamps can be used in both modern as well as traditional fixtures and are getting smarter by the day. Though dimmers and sensors have been around for donkey’s years, these lights are now being made to communicate with other devices too.

Exterior lights are being given more attention this year as people are using outdoor spaces more for entertaining and dining purposes. Attractive outdoor table lamps, pendants and chandelier-like fixtures are becoming part of the norm for exteriors too.

But whatever said and done, it’s you who has to live with the lightings put up, so go for what you are comfortable with, both on the pocket as well as in looks!

 

Latest Trends in Kids Rooms

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Almost everything is governed by trending fashions. And with kids becoming more particular and developing their own tastes early on in life these days, decorating a kid’s room can get to be a little challenging. The age and the gender of the child matters a lot too and needs to be taken into consideration when designing their rooms. The child’s preferences need to be considered when decorating and as the parent knows what their child’s tastes in interior decoration are, keeping them in the loop is important.

While decorating, an important thing to keep in mind is the purpose of the room. Even though the kids room is his/her own personal getaway space where they can let their imagination run riot, its primary function should be for sleeping. So the focus has to be more around the bed.

Things that need to be considered include the color of the walls, the curtains, and whether more of floor arrangements or organized vertical storage and display areas instead. Gone are the days when everything had to be either pink or blue. Enter the new era of bright multi-colored rooms with bold patterns that create a sense of fun along with space. An important aspect that’s missing this year is rooms that scream ‘kiddie’ corner, as kids won’t have it anymore. And we are talking kids below ten years here. Kids now want rooms that are almost similar to teens’ rooms.

The trend this year is on nature with nature-themed rooms sprouting trees, animals, butterflies, bugs and faux animal heads being the in-thing. These can appear anywhere, be it the walls, bookshelves, stuffed toys, storage baskets, patterns on beddings or rugs, etc.

The walls are what catch the attention first and you wouldn’t want to mess it up. The color scheme is the most important part of interior decoration and influences the mood of the room. Not surprisingly, this year the trend is on pastel colors for walls which provide a calming, neutral basis to the room design. However, with the theme being nature, green is the other color of the year for kid’s room. You can create an accent wall in sea-foam green, pale turquoise or muted olive greens, that while providing color also brings about feelings of relaxation that’s perfect for sleeping.

The lighter shades of walls can be hand-painted with animals, birds, butterflies, greenery or flowers to bring kids closer to nature. Investing in ‘Write-On wall paint’ is a great idea too for kids so they can use it to practice their creative instincts – just paint a wide strip at the same height of your child.

Exposure to nature and increasing environmental awareness is what 2017 is all about- so give simplicity and nature a chance in your kid’s rooms as well!

How can Colors Create an Impact on the Space of an Apartment

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The interior decoration of your apartment can do a lot for issues such as space. To be more specific, the appropriate use of colors can enhance not just the style quotient of your home, but also address issues related to creating a more spacious and airy look.

To get to know the right colors to use, you need to get a little bit into the psychology of colors. Certain hues and color combinations can make even the smallest spaces look large and inviting. Let’s take a look at some of these colors, what they mean and where they are best applied.

White is a versatile color that you can’t go wrong with. It creates a sense of clean, uncluttered space, aside from creating dramatic contrasts with darker colored furniture. If you are someone who needs some more color, then paint in an accent wall without making the other three walls close in around you; cobalt blue, wine or emerald green make bold contrast while still maintaining the open-look to the room.

Pastel colors also brighten up smaller spaces, aside from looking particularly charming! Light pink, lavender, lilac and shades of peach are lovely in almost all rooms. But if you feel they are too feminine for you, try teaming them up with beige, tan or cream for a more interesting look. Painting the door and window light neutral shades adds accents and depth to the pastel colors. And if you still feel the need for color, add in some colorful throw pillows or rugs as they won’t distract from creating a spacious, airy feel to the room.

Blue and green are the colors of the sea that soothe aside from brightening up space. Light shades of relaxing sea-foam green can be paired up with light hues of pink, blue or even pure white to create stunningly stylish impacts. Though these shades are neutral, they incorporate color too, fulfilling all elements.

Since blue is considered a calm and tranquil color, they are excellent for bedrooms or prayer rooms. Pair up this versatile color with white door and window trimmings and you end up with an open, vintage look that automatically expands the room. Team it up with an off-white carpet and you are guaranteed of a spacious–looking room!

Yellow is an attention-hogger and wonderful for small rooms as it adds space as well as cheeriness. The subtle shades of banana, lemon or a creamy yellow look great in narrow rooms; you can even create an accent wall by incorporating a darker shade.

Avoid using dark-colored woods too as they look claustrophobic; go for glass table-tops and metal furniture as they look slimmer and less of a clutter…..small rooms don’t have to look small, after all!

Benefits of Investing in an Apartment

Investing in Apartments

While inflation is going north, so are homes. Vertical homes have been the in-thing since about two decades now and builders are adding more and more features every year to them to make them even more attractive, both as investments as well as homes to settle down in.

Investing in an apartment is one of the best ways of multiplying your capital as it comes with a plethora of benefits. The first being that you don’t have to worry about any of the details that go into its maintenance. The caretaker committee sees to it that everything in the apartment complex is running smoothly, right from the elevators to utilities like water, electricity or reticulated gas. The amenities are also taken care of – all you have to do is enjoy them; the gardens are manicured professionally, the swimming pools are cleaned and the environment is kept neat and tidy. Garbage is taken care of, and security is multi-level with most modern apartments offering CCTV cameras, door video phones, aside from the security guards at the cabin.

Living in apartments is great for those who are often away from home and have to leave their property and family members alone. It’s also easier to give out for rent in case you are going to be away from the city for a prolong period of time, or if you have just bought it for purposes of a second income in the form of rent. Independent villas can’t be left alone for long without being vandalized and are also difficult to give out for rent, comparatively speaking.

The best part about giving an apartment out for rent is that you can pay your home loan EMIs using the rent collected and yet have an apartment to call your own at the end of the day! And in case you want to re-sell, there is always a larger pool of buyers for apartments. Aside from all this, apartments are also easier on the pocket, so lower down-payment is needed. Bank loans are also easier when buying apartments.

The good thing about apartments is that they come in varying sizes like 1BHK, 2BHK, 3BHk or even 4BHK, depending on the needs and size of the owner’s family. Usually 2BHK are the most preferred when giving out for rent. And with most apartment complexes being located within the city, accessing the various facilities and features that the city offers, become easier too.

Apartments are physical assets and not just some piece of paper that claims itself to be an asset, and are considered as excellent inflation hedge. A hardcore truth of owning real estate is that the investment property always gains value over time through market appreciation. So go ahead, and invest with an open mind in apartments.