Thursday, 9 February 2012

Stylish Spaces

It is truly said that  'Home is where the heart is'. This transformation from 'house' to 'home' should always be a passion project. One can easily create a delightful and cosy  home just by following a few simple home decor tips.

In today's jet-setting life an ideal home should be a no-nonsense,  practical, clutter free and easy to maintain whether contemporary or eclectic.

 Effective space planning and innovative ideas are very important since living spaces are getting smaller everyday. Don't get obsessive with any 'recent trends' just because it is 'in' ;  focus instead on creating a personalised space. 

Remember, a home speaks volumes about the home owner.

Always try to create a personalised look. Home is about an expression of individuality. Make your 'home' more of 'You' . Listen to your own heart and never get afraid of experimenting with new ideas. Add a personal touch with accessories, art and books.

 A home may not be 'picture perfect' always. Rather, a comfortable and practical home is       desirable, where we can unwind with family and friends. At least for me comfort comes first. A crisp, functional and easy space is really inviting after a long day.

Add a little 'Whimsy' to your decor. Effortless style is the best and the so called 'perfect' look is too monotonous at times. Finding beauty in the 'imperfect' is the real fun in design.

 Colour...colour and colour. Colour can make a space cosier. Use seasonal colours and concepts for your home. Mix and match the heavy, bright coloured upholstery and fabrics with the lighter ones.

5. Bold and beautiful fabric can change the flavour of a room completely. Take maximum advantage of natural light. 

If you are opting for vibrant colours for your rugs, pillows and other upholstery, use lighter shades on your walls. It gives the perfect balancing effect without going overboard.

   Mix and match : Use antique pieces and artifacts from different periods and mix them with the modern ones. It adds an unique character to any space.

 Always incorporate plants and fresh flowers into your decor. It can do wonders.  A simple floral arrangement can instantly uplift your mood and transform any regular space.

Keep moving things around until it gives you the desired look.  Use of mirrors is a smart and innovative way of making a room look bigger and brighter.

Incorporate things that soften the look, such as rugs, cushions and beautiful window treatment.

  Mix  different texture and material. Do not be afraid to experiment.

Try to avoid too many of tiny patterns. They make a room feel smaller.

Never underestimate flea markets and local fairs. Who knows you may find a treasure!!

Think out of the box and add some zing to your style.

Display your possessions artistically instead of tucking  them away into a cupboard. Be around things you love.

Know when to stop, it is your home and it should not look like a museum .

This article was published on Prismma Magazine Jan/Feb 2012.
 Do check here (Page 14 to 23).

Enjoy this post as I'm leaving for Cambodia...yes,  Angkor Wat  calling! 
Will be back with loads of 'Sunny''s a promise. Till then Happy Blogging :)

All pictures are photographed by me . Please, do not reuse them in any form without my written permission. Thanks.


Sudha said...

lovely pics and great snippets S...have a wonderful trip..cant wait to see ur pics from the travel!!

GB said...

Such pretty pictures! Off to check out the article for now. Have fun in Cambodia...... :)

Reshma at said...

Love the chrysanthemums and all those teapots too!

rama said...

Beautiful pictures and sensible tips. Enjoy your trip.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Very pretty pictures.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Thanks so much girls...Sudha, Gagan, Reshma, Rama, Anu! A big hug to you all:)

Nayana said...

great tips..Happy valentines Day...

Claire said...

What beautiful shots-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!!

Jacqueline said...

What gorgeous pictures! Your closeups are stunning! I always love your color and such great ideas for decorating. Now if I can just get past the clutter - that is my one stumbling block - never ending - wish they would stop sending mail!!!

Texas Tea Party said...

The photos are so dramatic! This is a rainbow of colors. The teapots caught my eye! I am going to go back and view your post again for there is so much to see. Happy Tea Party! Pam

Aledia said...

Gorgeous colors and your pictures are really great!!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Alycia Nichols said...

Gorgeous colors and fabrics and textures and flowers....all just so pretty! I have been asked to create a birthday dinner table for a friend who is from India. I am SO scared, but I'm going to just take a cue from you and use lots of color and texture. I'm sure I'll have to pop over to your blog several times for inspiration!

Diane said...

How could anyone ever be depressed looking at all of the gorgeous colors! Thanks for sharing!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh your India colors are just lovely!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

This is a great post, Sanghamitra! Love of the pictures and great tips, all of them. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Lovely pictures. Thank you for the visit and the sweet comment at TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Hope you're having a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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