Bring Home Some Accents

Is it a pop of colour?

Or an expression of style?

Or just the most comfortable nook of the living room?

Accent chairs can be all this and more. A living room might see you entertain large number of guests from time to time and you need a variety of furniture, placed strategically to ensure a personal conversation setting. While you are sure to have the prominent sofa set or couch, having more varied furniture around the room such as ottomans and accent chairs are a great way to infuse personality in your living areas.

So what makes accent chairs so great?

They come in a range of shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. With all this variety, you can choose a unique shape or design that can be the focal point of the room. A colour that goes with decor scheme. And comfortable enough to sink in it, all evening with a book. Let us take a look at some great pieces that might inspire you to make some space in your home.

 1Contemporary chairs design by Los Angeles furniture and accessories Great Deal Furniture (Image Credit : Houzz.com)

exclusive-idea-for-modern-accent-chairs-under-design_Stately Blue Accent Chair (Image Credit : http://www.homedecoration-ideas.com/ )

2Contemporary living room design by birmingham architect Erdreich Architecture, P.C. (Image Credit : Houzz.com)

plummers_-_accent_chairs_-_swirl_rattan_chair_super_comfortable_chairs_ Rattan Accent Nest Chair (  Image Credit : http://ihomedecorsideas.com/)

 3Traditional chairs design by new york furniture and accessories Benjamin Rugs and Furniture (Image Credit : Houzz.com)

peacock accent chair pinterestBoho Chic Colourful Accent Chair ( Image : http://www.pinterest.com/pin/391320655092616507/ )

4Transitional chairs design by los angeles furniture and accessories Arcadian Home & Lighting (Image Credit : Houzz.com)

 

And lastly, I have on my person wishlist, the below piece in geometric blue:

Anton-Accent-Chair-from-Cousins-Furniture-UKAnton Accent Chair from Cousins Furniture UK (Image credit : http://www.furniturefashion.com/ )

Happy Decorating Everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Magic Carpet!

It can transport you to a different world, one of fun or style or colour. It can make you feel warm and cozy and bring conversations together as you entertain. And we don’t need Alladin and his Genie to make this true for us! In India, homes don’t use wall to wall carpeting throughout the house as the warm to hot climate here does not warrant such carpeting. However the same does not apply to incorporating area rugs and smaller area carpets, this is often an element of decor overlooked by many home owners in India. Even though many exotic carpets and rugs used world over happen to be manufactured right here in India!

Let us take a look at how we can add area rugs and carpets to make our homes more inviting, stylish and cozy. Area rugs and carpets come in different types, shapes, sizes, textures, colours, prints and patterns, we have many online stores and offline stores as well selling a range of these at different rates. Let us first take a look at some inspiring looks of area rugs in different parts of the house:

The Foyer :

foyer rug 2The earthy toned rug in this foyer adds to the overall cozy nature look. (image credit : www.housebeautiful.com)

Foyer RugThis striking black and white zig zag pattern rug creates a striking focal point in this foyer. (Image credit : www.bozemanbungalow.com)

The Living Room :

rug living room3This patchwork inspired motif rug highlights the white fixtures in the room while adding warmth and glow to the otherwise minimalist design. (Image Credit : hekco.com)

green rug for living roomThis beautiful rug stands out against the lighter wooden floor and is complimented by the throw cushions and the nature outside the window. (Image credit : homesdir.net )

The Dining Area :

dining-area-rugs2The nature inspired dining room has all the elements right including the soothing green area rug. (Image Credit : housearquitectura.com)

dining rug 1A big area rug, cozy dining area and plenty of sunshine! (Image Credit : www.sedu.info)

The Bedroom :

Orange-Asian-Bedroom-Design-Area-with-Cool-Flowers-Wall-Art-PicturesGeometric pattern rugs are highly popular. (Image credit : capda.org)

bedroom rug1This braided rug in multiple colours looks great in contrast with the dark wood bed. (Image credit : Google images)

So how do you go about choosing that ideal area rug for your home?

There is a lot of scientific talk about the material, pile, weave, bunch etc, but let me make it simple for you, go with your senses. The rug is meant to create COMFORT, both in look and feel. So first look for a rug be it geometric or ikat or kashmiri or jute or wool that catches your attention. Once you love the look, feel it with your hand or if possible run your feet against it. Rugs that please the most are those that feel great against your feet. If these 2 have worked out well, then you have a great rug for your home! But after that wonderful first buy, if you decide to buy more rugs for more rooms, then here are a few points to keep in mind:

1. Buy the right size, the rug must comfortably surround the furniture area where you will place your feet. So in a dining table, it must comfortably surround the area even with the chairs pulled out. Similarly in the bedroom, it has to fall over the sides where you get off. In the living room the furniture front legs can sit on the rug to create a compact look. The rug can ideally end 2 feet away from the wall in whichever room it is used, so enough of the floor is seen.

2. Colour : Look out for the right colours to go with your existing furniture or room decor. The rug looks great if it stands out against the floor and unites or compliments in colour with some other item of decor such as the sofa or the accent wall or the decor articles.

3. Shape : Rugs come in many shapes, square, rectangle, oval, round and even many other shapes such as flower or animal inspired such as an elephant shaped rug! Choose something that provides a contrast such as a round carpet for your square room center or as a unifying element with your round dining table.

4. Functionality : Different materials pose different scenarios of maintenance. So look at the room in which you plan to use the rug. In Indian cooking of rich gravy and hard stains, you need a rug under the dining table that is easy to clean. Similarly high traffic areas can do with rugs that age well and not force you to go shopping again in a year’s time! Regularly vacuum/dust the carpet to keep it looking at its best for many years.

5. Budget : How much are you looking to spend. If the carpet costs as much as the sofa, the good quality will ensure it lasts you a very long time. But if you look for excitement in change every now and then, a cheaper rug will do great, as it wont stick around long enough to wear out!

Also remember that the beauty of decor is it evolves with you, so the idea of a perfect rug will change for your home along with other decor elements in some years. Add variety, when you want a new look you can buy a new rug. If not to replace the old one, you can add to it as a layered rug. The best way to make your home unique is to experiment with your own ideas, don’t you agree? I leave you with this beautiful Ikat rug, I haven fallen in love with, while browsing through Houzz, sigh!!!

Demystifying Colour For Your Interiors!

A few years ago there was an amusing commercial on Indian television of a young couple trying to imagine a certain colour for their room, a heady combination of sunshine, summer mangoes and some candy, the spouse desperately tries to visualise the same in her head and fails! Choosing colours for your walls is always made out to be a daunting task. There is fear of being unable to foresee the outcome, lack of conviction in choice of a certain colour and the permanency of the choice of paint, to add to the woes is the cost factor. Which simply means you cant choose the wrong colour, so what do you do? Its quite simple really, lets demystify the most basic tool, the color wheel.

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The above image is one representation of the colour wheel, it explains the few basic things you need to know before you can go on to choose your interior colours. There are 3 primary colours :

1. Yellow

2. Red and

3. Blue.

They are best kept in mind as three family of colours, known to help set different moods. These colours help us derive what is called the secondary colours through combinations of the primary. This gives us :

1. Yellow + Blue = Green

2. Yellow + Red = Orange and

3. Red + Blue = Purple.

So now that we have primary and secondary colours, we can combine these two to get tertiary colours :

1. Yellow + Orange

2. Orange + Red

3. Red + Purple

4. Purple + Blue

5. Blue + Green

6. Green + Yellow

The below image helps get an idea of what these colours look like:

color-wheelSo now that we understand what the primary, secondary and tertiary colours look like from the above image, lets look into what the 3 circle differentiation  means.

1. Hue : The center band of colour in the above image represents the true colour in it’s pure form and is called the Hue.

2. Tint : The inner most band of colour is the Hue mixed with any amount of White and is called a Tint.

3. Shade : The outer most band of colour is the Hue mixed with any amount of Black and is called a Shade.

4. Tone : Adding varying values of Grey to the Hue gives us varying Tones

5. Value : Value is nothing but the amount of black, grey or white added to the Hue to create varying Shades, Tones and Tints.

As far as picking a colour for the walls, we will only be working with these basic elements. Most of us have one or many favorites in colours. The one sure way to find out is to look into our wardrobe, we will have many of our clothes leaning towards a certain favorite colour. Mine is blue and it reflects more in my husband’s wardrobe as I’ve been helping him pick out his shirts! So this helps you find a colour that you like and feel comfortable with. But clothes and walls are different screams your brain! Well yes it is and no, it really is not. It helps to do away with myths that certain colours are not good on walls, like red. Any colour that you like can work beautifully well on a wall, its how, where and with what else, that matter. To understand this better, let us take a look at the room basics that play an important role in picking a colour:

1. Size : In today’s world of diverse real estate options, you might have a small apartment, a big colonial styled house or a medium sized villa with both big and small rooms. Choosing the right colour can have a big impact on the space illusion. For a small room its advisable to paint lighter colours as they give an illusion of increased space. In larger rooms where you want to bring the walls together and create an illusion of close knit area, darker colours do well. Even rooms that are narrow and long can have darker colours painted especially on one accent wall to make it look wider and less narrow.

2. Natural Light : Any colour looks different during the different hours of the day depending on the light. It also looks different under lamps of varying types. A bold colour such as red or even a grey can make a room with less light seem even more dark and suffocating. Warm colours such as yellow, amplifies light in the room and cool shades such as light blue soothes a very sunny room. Try the hue in 3 varying shades or tints across different parts of the room such as near the window, opposite to the window and in the darker corners of the room. Check to see how the colours look during the different parts of the day and in different areas of the room before you finalise.

3. Wall or Ceiling or Floor : While it is easy to imagine just about any colour for the walls. The ceiling and floors cannot afford such treatment. Ceilings are usually best kept light with less dark colours. Floors on the other hand can try more dark colours for a bold statement, that is of course if you need a painted floor. In India we hardly paint floors, unless someone has gone the traditional method with a red-oxide flooring.

4. Purpose of the room : Understanding the purpose of the room also helps in deciding the colour, as it sets the mood for the room like little else. The kitchen/dining area and the hall can do with different colours, so can formal and informal areas, or even intimate spaces such as the bedroom.

Let us take a look at what colours ideally mean and the moods they help create:

1. Yellow : Warm, playful, bright, positive, vibrant, high energy

2. Orange : Rich, in India it is also a very ethnic color and goes well with brass /silver and bronze accents. Summery and energetic.

3. Reds : This is a bold shade, glamorous, passionate, solid, dominating, elegant and stylish

4. Blue : Cool, water inspiring, beach love, sky, winter, the darer tones are rich, exotic and unique

5. Green : Nature inspired, cool, mystery, dark shades represent masculinity, glamor and allure

6. Pink : Feminine, subtle charm and elegance, pretty

7. Brown : Solid, hardworking, warm and rich, comforting, reliable

8. Black : Sophisticated, dominating and stylish

9. Grey : Dull yet versatile, calm, reminder of the monsoon times, great pair with another cool color.

10. White : Blank, reflects light, airy, empty, clean and precise.

While choosing colours for the interiors, we use a certain colour scheme, to provide us with enough variety that each room may develop its own personalised mood, at the same time providing the house with a cohesive and unified look. There are multiple colour schemes to choose from, the more variation in colour the more exciting the interiors. The same colour throughout the house or room can make it look boring. Three aspects contribute to the range of colour and texture in a room, the view available through the door/window, the wall colours and the decor items, all of this have to form a well connected whole. Sounds easier said than done? Let us look at a few ways to accomplish this:

Familiarising oneself with the colour wheel is the best way to get started, which has been mentioned at the start of this blog. Here is the colour wheel again:

Decorating-101-color-wheel-value-and-balance-1There are multiple methods to choose colour combinations or colour schemes. The complimentary colour scheme is the opposite colours that seem to make each other stand out more prominently. As seen in the colour wheel that would be the Blue and Orange, the Red and Green, the Yellow and Purpe/violet. They need not refer to the colour combination on walls but rather the elements of decor. Such as, a blue accent wall, grey companion walls and orange accents in the decor in the form of throw cushions and lampshades.

The combination can be analogous, which is the colours next to each other in the colour wheel. Such as the  blue and blue greens or the yellow and yellow greens or orange and red orange. So the room can have an accent wall in the colour 3 under the Orange and companion walls of the colour 1 under yellow orange. It can also be Monochromatic, which is represented by the tints and shades of the same hue, as shown in the colour wheel, it consists for example the dark to very light colours in the blue palette. The accent wall can be a 1 under yellow and the companion walls in 8 under the same yellow. You just need to pick another colour while adding the ceiling into the mix.

While initially testing waters, pick a bright colour of choice for the accent wall,  a light colour from the same family range (analogous) for the companion walls and pick compliment colours (opposite colours in the colour wheel) for the decor accents. Let us take a look at some colour schemes that work beautifully.

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Green theme with white and gold accents work beautifully in this striking living room.

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Blue, yellow and white provide this vibrant and colourful living room.

Red theme diningRed accent wall, rich wood texture and orange companion wall adds style and royal look to this dining room.

Bedroom-Decor-Ideas-with-Brown-Color-SchemeBrown and red come together in this bedroom to create a sense of vibrancy along with calmness.

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Yellows, greens and browns work cohesively in this inviting kitchen.

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Yellow, purple and white work well in this living room through different elements ranging from the walls to the room decor items and curtains.

teal blue grey

This living room is absolutely chic in a combination of Teal and grey with pops of colour in orange, green and white.

blue grey green

Blues, greens and grey tones come together with the right proportions to ensure this living room does not feel less warm!

brown grey green

Brows, greens and grey tones set the earthy feel to this modern living room.

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A warm and striking room in orange, white and touches of blue.

(All images are taken from Google image search, credit goes to respective image websites/owners, the blog and images enlisted here are not for any commercial purpose and are purely for information only)