20 Feb

Biggest Design Mistakes People with Small Apartment Make

If you are a designer or a decorator of a house in a Kochi, then you have to take care of a lot of things, for example, the decor of the floor, the paintings or wall-hangings to be put up, the basic ambiance of the room to be maintained and much more. Therefore, it is a heavy duty of the interior designers and decorators to plan and implement proper designing for small and big apartments. If your apartment is big, then designing the interiors, ceilings, is not a big problem. The problem starts cropping for a small apartment. This is because too fewer appliances will not make it look like a family apartment. Too much furniture will make it look messy and will create a negative impression of the homeowners. Therefore, a lot of research needs to be done before designing small apartments by the leading designers of Kochi. Even if you are a homemaker in Kochi, you need to take care of these facts before designing your own house. Here are five facts that you can keep in mind while designing your own house or someone else’s.

Planning 

Before starting the actual work, you should plan the design carefully. You should make a rough draft of how the ceiling will look like, how will be the floor plans of each room, what will be the colors or wallpapers of each of the walls. It is not that the professional designers don’t plan, but sometimes the first layout isn’t enough. There should be rigorous planning before actually doing the work. Sometimes, people don’t plan enough about the designing of their own house. They only think of how much money they can spend maximum after designing. But the truth is, once you spend at least a week on planning and research with the help of the internet, the next steps will become more lucid and easier to handle. The initial rough drafts need to be revisited more and more so that it can be a perfect layout.

Coloring 

After the planning portion ends, the execution part starts. Generally, designing a room first starts from the coloring of the walls or sticking wallpapers. Since the apartments are small, coloring properly is essential. The apartment is small, too loud colors or too many textures may make the rooms look dark, gloomy or messy. Therefore, it is essential to hire professional wall painters who can help you plan the textures and colors. The designer should finalize the colors and textures after taking all the inputs from those professional painters.

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Flooring 

After coloring the walls, next comes the floor plans. This is trickier than coloring. The reason, the coloring needs to be done before doing the floor plans is that the flooring should complement the colors of the walls and ceilings. The floor tiles should be chosen in such a way that they not only match the mood of the room, but also the texture of the walls. The biggest mistake by the designers who are either just starting their career as a designer is that they do all the planning for the flooring before starting the coloring. Ultimately, this kind of execution leads to a mismatched room and messy design. So keep the floor work only after the coloring finishes.

Furniture 

There are two things that can go wrong for the furniture and those are the shape and number. The furniture should be put in such a way that the rooms doesn’t look messy or empty either. The rooms of a small apartment will be small. Along with that, some places like the bathrooms will not contain very extensive furniture. People generally buy too much furniture when they move into new accommodation. This thing should be avoided. One should buy only those furniture that are the needs of the denizens of the house. The shapes of those furnitures should match the borders of the floors. Too many small furniture makes the room look messy. Too many large furnitures deter free movement of the denizens. Too less furniture and that too off odd shapes make the room look dull. So plan and keep furniture that you definitely need and whose borderlines go positively with the room.

Modern vs Traditional 

The designers generally try to incorporate more modern furniture in a small apartment and leave out traditional ones. Whereas, the treatment should be keeping a 60:40 ratio of modern and traditional furniture respectively.

To conclude, if you need to design a small apartment avoid the mistakes mentioned above, and try the solutions stated here.

You will definitely design a wonderfully modern house with a traditional feel.

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11 Feb

How to Incorporate Your Old Furniture into New Living Space

How to Incorporate Your Old Furniture into New Living Space

When you are moving into new accommodation or you are renovating the rooms of your old house, one of the biggest challenges is to accommodate the old furniture in the new space. Sometimes the renovations are done in such a way, that at some point one realizes maybe he or she has to throw away all the old furniture. However, this is not a wise solution. Rather there should be some way out so that you can incorporate the old furniture into your accommodation or your renovated living space. The following are the ways of doing this:

Coloring Methods

  • You can try textures on the walls of the living space if you want to keep your old furniture there. It has been seen that textures go really well with old furniture. One can apply rusty or green leafy texture in the background and keep a sofa in front of the wall. You can also think of keeping old easy chairs in front of a complementary texture. The texture in the background along with the old furniture will give a modern classy look.
  • If you have a vintage sofa or a coffee table, then you can also try keeping vintage characters painted on the wall behind. The look of the room should be as if the vintage characters are about to come out live off the walls and take a seat near the coffee table.

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Keeping Antiques

  • You can keep a lot of antique showpieces in the living room. The number of antique pieces should be according to the size of the room. If the room is small, then one or two big antique showpieces should be on the side table of the old furniture. If the room is big, then you can keep at least 10 antique showpieces on a bookcase or a showcase.
  • Say, the vintage furniture is itself an old bookcase, then you can keep a few classic books in the bookcase. Along with them, you should keep modern books, some related to academics, one or two may be related to social studies and few written by world-famous politicians. This way, your guests will be impressed by your collection and will know that you are a person of good taste. If your furniture is a vintage showcase, then you have more options. You can use one shelf to keep books, one for antique showpieces, one for keeping your mobiles, and other electronic gadgets.

Remodel the furniture

  • I am sure many of us are having furniture that has been gifted to us by our great grandmothers and we are keeping those types of furniture as a part of our legacy. However, there are very little uses of those furniture in today’s world. For an example, I was gifted a TV rack cum showcase by my elders. The look of the furniture didn’t go with my living space. Therefore, I had to alter the look of the furniture. I took the help of professional carpenters and changed it to a modern-day wardrobe. Now, this wardrobe has a modern use, yet a
    traditional outlook.
  • Another way is to change the purpose of the furniture. This can be also be done without remodeling the furniture. For example, a traditional side table can be used as a shoe rack, by just placing a wooden plank or anything similar underneath the table. The living spaces should definitely contain a shoe rack that is good looking and also takes less space.
  • You can also club two or more compatible furniture to make useful furniture. This cannot be done without the help of professional carpenters. They will take off those parts of both furniture which will not be required any further, or those parts that have decayed over time. Then they can join the remaining portions to make them look like an extended cupboard or bed, etc.

Therefore, one can change the old furniture and incorporate them into their modern living space by applying the aforementioned tips and tricks. It will also require some professional help. In order to get that, you must hire a professional carpenter. You can also hire a professional interior designer to do that. The interior designers of Kochi are highly trained in changing the outlook of modern day living spaces or bedrooms using old and vintage furniture. So, if you have vintage furniture and you are renovating your house, don’t think of throwing your furniture as they have lots of good memories associated with them and instead try the above.