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A Sustainable way of adding character: Old wood

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With more and more emphasis on sustainable living these days, reclaimed wood and furniture is becoming a popular option to furnish and enhance spaces not only for the ecologically concerned but also for those who love the feel of the old and seasoned. With its unique vintage character, reclaimed wood is not only beautiful to look at, it is also immensely durable and flexible in terms of use.

If you have some old wooden furniture or accessories but don't really know what to do with them, then hold back on throwing them away as  re-purposing and re-adapting may be the key for you! Be it crisp contemporary homes or rustic-chic cottages, we love how reclaimed wood feels at home in any interior! Here are some amazing ideas:

The old unrefined wooden table and the wooden logs in the ceiling further build on the rustic character of this outdoor seating space. Tip: Use old wood to contrast modern furnishings!

Stairs from reclaimed wood balance out the stark white interiors by offering the right dose of rustic charm!

Flanks of reclaimed barn wood have been used ingeniously to create a unique statement wall in an otherwise contemporary space. We love how it is adorned with art! And you will never guess who is the owner of this Manhattan retreat...: Hilary Swank!

Natural beauty is the emphasis in this polished bathroom where contrast is the key. Loving the wall fixture made out of old wood... it definitely is the star of the space!

An old wooden door used as an innovative headboard punctuates the all-white bedroom and creates an amiable surrounding by offering warmth to this cool all white bedroom...

It's hard to ignore the classic wood-&-white combination! Old wooden objects have been re-purposed as wall decor to create an interesting and warm feature wall

Have an unused old wooden door that doesn't seem to fit anywhere? Who knew it could own the center of your living room as a coffee table! Look below!

Logs of wood that would otherwise be considered scrap become an interesting element through this DIY tripod lamp! We love seeing the subtle merging of rustic elements in modern and polished settings.

An unused rough wooden cart is given a new role as a coffee table in this laid back, pattern ruled living room:

Wood-log is assigned a practical role as a side-table in this bedroom:

This summer house has been adorned with re-purposed wooden logs as furniture to offer that laid-back feel!

Are you going to go the sustainable way at home? Reclaimed wood is definitely the place to start.

Go soft with pastel pink!

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We adore pale colors for their lightness and subtlety but when we think of a pastel color that is comforting and uber-soft, not a better option comes to our mind than powder pink! The comforting hue has obvious references to femininity owing to it's psychological associations with qualities such as compassion, sensitivity and love.

Let's celebrate the blushy hue by looking at some amazing spaces that feature the prettiness of pastel pink...

Thanks to the overall darkness and the lovely soft-pink armchair that punctuates it, the interior below  possesses a mysterious kind of glamour! We love the play of darkness with softness! Interesting space to take your cue from, isn't it?

Never boring! The powder pink hued bedroom below is made oh-so-interesting by the clever incorporation of textures.

Pastel on pastel! We love the pairing of pastel pink and powder blue in the room below. Pink brings a sense of comfort and the blue adds to the serenity of the space. All in all, this space is a quite a cozy abode!

How about a pink feature wall! Pale pink acts as the perfect soft backdrop to hang art in the room below. See how the black masculine frames pop out against the subtle feminine color of the wall!

Pink accents punctuate the white ruled living room to offer a soft, feminine appeal!

Those brilliant spaces have inspired us to dress our homes with some blushy, powder pink! How about you?

Simple or complex: How do you like your patterns?

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It's a no-brainer that patterns play a very important role in interior styling; after all they add personality, style and texture to any space. When it comes to patterns, there are myriads of options available to choose from; be it geometric, stripes, polka dots, plaid, or more traditional motifs. How you mix and match these various patterns and colors is very important in defining your space and style... and while some people prefer to keep it simple with patterns, others like them bold, busy and often eclectic!

We came across two bedrooms decorated with patterns, albeit very differently! Let's have a look at these two bedrooms and decide which one agrees with your style.

This rather simple bedroom in white is adorned with multiple prints, but in order to keep it simple, the patterns have been chosen in a single color: blue, which happens to gel beautifully with the overall light background. Hence, the patterns add interest to the bedroom but at the same do not complicate the calm setting!

Moving on to this glamorous bedroom spangled with Egyptian, Greek and Moorish motifs! Although it may appear too busy to lovers of minimal style, the explosion of textures and patterns actually makes for a very interesting and witty space. The room looks balanced despite of all the contrasting textures.

So how do you like your patterns? Have you made up your mind yet? Which of the two bedrooms would be your private retreat?

A Danish Masterpiece: The Panton Chair

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Often touted as the world's first moulded plastic chair, the Panton chair is the creation of Danish designer Verner Panton and a timeless masterpiece of Danish modern design!

This S-shaped chair created a sensation during its launch in the 60's owing to its sleek and curvaceous design which reflected the "Space Age" of that decade. The sleek, curvaceous and modern looking chair has been recognized as a design "classic" and is part of the permanent collections of some of the most famous and reputed design museums across the globe. It has even been featured on the cover of Vogue with the equally stunning Kate Moss!

This mid-century gem is not your everyday chair and if you're looking to add a piece of unique yet celebrated design to your space, then it is just right for you! It will serve as a nice conversation starter  and definitely impress your guests!

Have a glimpse of some of our inspiring space finds featuring the iconic Panton chair below!

Wondering why the space below appears so beautifully composed? It has to be the contrasting pairing of the sleek and refined Panton Chair with the rough and rustic furnishings!

This light and airy contemporary home has the perfect dining experience in store for any design enthusiast!

The iconic chair possess the ability to mould itself beautifully to adapt to its surroundings. We love this Panton chair in pale pink. It would look perfect in any girlie girl's room!

Modern, classic, timeless, the Panton chair is a piece of furniture that will add effortless elegance to any space!

Multiple mirrors for visual interest!

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Multiple objects are often used in spaces to create visual interest. A mirror can act as a gem on a plain wall and this effect only increases multi-fold times when several mirrors are used! Hence we decided to list out different strategies, along with interesting images as examples, for using multiple mirrors in a space. Have a look and get inspired!

If you want to keep things glam yet simple, then go ahead and use multiple mirrors in the same styling and design but in different sizes. These circular mirrors look like gems on the peacock green wall...

Like it bold? The following space has been kept quite busy through the incorporation of myriad patterns and array of colours. In view of the eclectic and colorful styling, multiple mirrors with similar frame design have been used to decorate the wall albeit in different colour frames...

You don't always need to use wallpaper when trying to create a  feature wall! You can transform a simple wall into a statement one through the use of multiple mirrors in different sizes and designs but all of them with frames of the same material. Unlike a wallpaper, such frames would lend a nice texture to the wall as well!

And finally, go for the ultimate mix and match! Keep an eye though on the proportions and the distance between the mirrors. Who needs art when you have an array of gorgeous mirrors with the most artistic frames beautifying your walls!

So which wall is it going to be? Go ahead and experiment with multiple mirrors!

Embracing animal print: Subtle infusion or maximal inclusion?

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Animal prints never really go out of fashion. We compare two spaces and let you decide how you'd like to embrace these zesty prints in your interiors.

Subtly:

This hallway is the epitome of luxury with all the glossy, lacquered walls and we just love the subtle incorporation of animal print through the upholstered chairs! So, would you prefer to introduce the prints minimally through accessories and furnishings like in the space below?

Maximally:

The following space is a perfect example of maximal use of animal print in a space! The idea of dressing walls, as well as furniture, in animal print may appear absurd to some, but there are certain people for whom this would be a maximal delight! We think it may be a  good idea for a corner space or a small room but try it only if you're bold enough!

Have you made up your mind... What would be your "decorating strategy" with animal prints? Subtle infusion or maximal inclusion???

Table: re-invented

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Looking to add a new feel to your interiors? You do not necessarily need to burn your pocket every time your space needs a makeover! Look around you and you will always find some old objects that can be re-purposed and brought back to life with the help of a bit of creative thinking.

And there is no better place to start than... tables! Have a look at some inspiring ideas that we collated for you.

This drum has been re-painted and stickered to appear as a Chanel perfume barrel. It serves the purpose of a striking bed-side table!

The reclaimed wine barrel has been fashioned as a coffee-table, and it isn't hard to see that it complements the surrounding wicker chairs perfectly in this rustic-chic space!

This old wooden door would be a perfect flea market find for someone who knows how to up-cycle it! The owners of this space have showed their creative flair by ingeniously using it as the top of a coffee-table for their white living room! Gorgeous contrast, isn't it?

Finally, if you would like to go all green, you may convert an ordinary log of wood into a functional side-table such as the one below!

We hope to have inspired you enough. Your next table may be around the corner!

From classic 'Louis XV chair' to the modern-classic 'Louis Ghost chair'

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The classic Louis XV chair is undoubtedly a furniture "classic". Over the years this iconic chair has evolved into a "modern-classic", the famous "Louis Ghost chair" as inspired and designed by modern day design icon Phillippe Starck. To  see how this happened let's first roll back into history...

In the history of France, the period of Louis XV's reign was a time of peace and prosperity and was regarded as the Golden Age of French Furniture. Comfort and convenience were all the rage at that time and hence the Louis XV chair was born!

These chairs satisfied the society's craving for comfort at the time and owing to this very comfort-factor and the antique-look that they offer, these Rococo style chairs still play an important part in today's interior styling as can be seen in the pictures below! The striped fabric, used for upholstering, offers a modern twist to the antique chairs.

Making inspiration from the Louis XV chair, creative genius Phillippe Starck created a modern interpretation of the the neo-classical chair, known famously as the "Louis Ghost chair" (owing to its colorless and soulless appearance). This interpretation offers the same comfort, style and elegance but with a modern twist. Here are some inspiring ideas and ways to use the Ghost chair!

The transparent look of the Ghost chair makes it appear as if takes less space, hence the subtle elegance offered by it makes it the perfect complement for a minimal, clutter-free interior such as the ones below!

The chairs offer the illusion of more space in this small kitchen too and it is quite evident that any other chair would have made the space stuffy! Also, we love how these chairs go beautifully against the more traditional setting of this kitchen!

The Ghost chair adds an impersonal, functional look to this corner office:

Want to go for a contemporary-classic look? The Ghost chair offers a contemporary twist to this master en suite that is ruled by touches of classic furnishings and accessories. How unmatchable yet how balancing!

We hope that by now we have made you love the Ghost chair even more. Go on and incorporate some Ghost chairs to transform your home!

Pink or blue: Which one is for you?

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Pink is for girls and blue for boys, we're told! If you were to be given a choice between two almost identical spaces that are accessorized differently; one in pink and the other one in blue... which one would you go for?

For a moment, let's ignore the cultural gender associations that have been imposed upon these two colors and get into some color psychology to help you clear your mind in order to help you make the right choice!

Pink (being a combination of red and white) stands for the power and passion of red softened by the purity of white. In color psychology pink is associated with hope, positivity, tenderness and kindness. On the other hand, blue is  a color which is mostly associated with peace, tranquility, trust, honesty and loyalty. It is also known to promote mental relaxation!

So, now that you are aware of the respective power of the two colors, let's have you chose one of these two similar spaces!

Would you go for this space accessorized in pink accents...?

...or this one ruled by blue?

...which one is for you?

Achieve visual interest through contrasting elements!

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Mixing and matching similar decoration elements can create and emphasize a certain style of interior design but it definitely is not the only way to create a well-balanced space! Sometimes opposing and contrasting elements complement each other beautifully, bringing out the best in each other. Keeping this concept in mind, we bring to you a few inspiring ideas on achieving visual interest through the mixing and matching of contrasting elements!

Opposing textures

The finish of this space has been kept smooth and we love how the hanging bell shaped lamp has been placed beautifully in this composition with its opposing rough texture... It makes the lamp stand-out and the look all the more interesting to the eyes!

Opposing shapes

If you have an eye for geometric shapes and lines then it's an awesome idea to play with them. For example, imagine sinuously curved Egg chairs, like the ones below, placed in a minimal space ruled by clean lines.... The magic of juxtaposition!

Opposing colors

The pops of random blues, purples and turquoise against the dull gray setup is what gives this space the oomph factor! Imagine this space with only gray accessories, it would have remained so boring and mundane...

The magic of juxtaposition is not just limited to these tips... As long as you are ready to be imaginative and experiment the world is your oyster!

 

Rough or Smooth? Define your space with texture

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When doing up a space most people focus on the obvious: colors! Inadvertently, most of us ignore another equally important aspect: texture! Never underestimate the power of the feel of a space (read texture), because a clever play of differently textured surfaces can help you achieve the perfect interesting interior! Read on to know how to do just that!

If you would like to go for a rugged look for your décor then rough textures like the ones you find on unrefined walls, aged furniture, patina, etc. will complement your style as they are synonymous with aged, outdoors and rustic settings. Do keep in mind though that rough textures absorb more light, so it would be wiser to use such surfaces in large spaces.

We admire the texture play in this space...the unrefined stone wall strikes a beautiful contrast with the white walls, while the grand tufted sofa adds another dose of texture!

As far as smooth textures go... polished, refined and gleaming surfaces are associated with luxury, modernity and sophistication. Hence, go for smooth surfaces to embrace a more luxe feel at your home! Since smooth surfaces reflect light, they can also prove helpful when you need to make a small room appear spacious!

The dark floor of this bathroom may be an unconventional choice however it is its lustrous finish which makes it appear so luxe and elegant!

With textures comes the ability to be creative. And remember, you don't have to use the same texture all through your space! Incorporating different textures creates contrast and visual interest.


So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get creative with textures!!!