It is a Chinese knowledge system that dates back to 6,000 years ago. It supports the idea that our physical environment not only has a bearing on our material existence but also on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Feng Shui doesn’t entail a complete overhaul of your interiors. The trick lies in making small changes in your surroundings and optimizing them to ensure balance and harmony. And we help you master the basics through our series of Feng Shui-centric blogs.
This blog focuses on optimizing your bedroom.
Given that one spends a good 7-9 hours sleeping, it becomes crucial to get the placement of the bed right. The ideal position to place your bed is against a wall diagonally across from the door. Known as the ‘commanding position’, it offers a vantage point from which you can clearly see what’s happening, or who’s entering your room.
Area around the bed
For the space above the bed, anything other than a headboard is a bad idea. Shelving units, chandeliers, beams are all unsuitable from an energy perspective. Additionally, ensure that your bed is accessible from both sides. If one of the two people sleeps against the wall, the flow of energy is blocked and they feel trapped.
Placing large furniture like a bookshelf next to the bed also doesn’t make sense. While it may seem like a convenient option, the bulkiness of the furniture can induce an oppressive feeling in the habitant. Small bedside tables that match the height of the mattress are ideal.
Choosing colours thoughtfully promotes a healthy energy that nurtures you both personally and professionally. In Feng Shui, each colour is categorized into one of the five elements wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. What you also need to remember is that different directions favour different elements. South facing rooms, for instance, are in sync with the fire element. So colours like reds, purple, pink will help bring good energy.
Bedrooms, in particular, are meant to have a calm aura that helps one relax and rejuvenate after a long day. To create a soothing environment, warm, earthy hues work best. On the other hand, vibrant pinks, oranges and yellows tend to have the opposite effect. They release excess energy, making you feel restless. It’s best to incorporate bright colours as accents and not base themes.
Use of Electronic equipment
Ideally, you’re better off eliminating all electrical appliances from your room. But if there’s no escaping them, then try to minimize their presence. Your bed, for instance, must be positioned as far away as possible from walls that have electrical appliances. Other small changes include replacing your electrical alarm clock with a battery operated one and switching of your cell phone and I-pads while sleeping. Aside from causing stress, the artificial light from these gadgets postpones the release of sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.Read More »
Cast a look at the ancient wonders of the world, and you’ll witness how great craftsmen from the past created such masterpieces with materials derived from nature. Inspired from the grandeur of history, we recently launched the Duragres Tesoro collection of premium colour body tiles available in Full Polished, Stone, Wood and Metallic finishes. They are versatile, durable, and are styled as a ‘treasure trove’ of tiles which draw inspiration from natural substances.
However, there’s a lot more to the Tesoro collection than what meets the eye.
Originating from an amalgamation of clay, feldspar and quartz, Duragres range of glazed vitrified tiles are exceptionally scratch and stain resistant. Offering exceptional product finishes namely Stone finish, Metal finish, Wood finish, Marble finish, and the Impression Series, Duragres Tesoro reinstates luxury through its eco-friendly assortment of tiles. As the world develops an environmentally-conscious outlook, we are proud to have done our bit in bringing the green revolution in the manufacture of tiles through Duragres Tesoro. Keeping in mind that today’s customers are intelligent and environmentally-responsible, we have crafted our latest range to reflect their excellent choice of eco-friendliness and their refined taste in luxury.
Behind the stunning metal finish tiles, and other impressive tile finishes that borrow from the elements of nature, is our groundbreaking R&D. The new range replicates marble, granite, metal, wood patterns and other exotic stones using the most remarkable closing systems which insert rich colour pigments into the tiles. This prevents any damage caused due to chipping or wear and tear, and remains indiscernible due to uniform colouring throughout the depth of the tile.
Along with the infinitely long-lasting surface designs, Duragres Tesoro provide ease of installation and exceptional resistance to heavy footfall.
The ready-to-fit, pre-mirror polished, thickness-calibrated, computerised edge cut and corrugated box-packed assortment of tiles provides the perfect flooring solution for modern consumers looking to live the close-to-nature experience in the comfort of their homes. The tiles are available at all Somany Exclusive Stores and Experience Centres in 600*600mm and 600*1200mm sizes lying in the price range ₹90 to ₹180 per sq. ft.
With Tesoro, Duragres aims to expand its portfolio with a strong presence in the niche market of architects, influencers and end consumers.Read More »
A place to kick start your day, to unwind after long hours at work, for gathering with family and friends over the weekend – an outdoor patio is that part of the home that comes to your rescue each time you need a break from the regular. Keeping in mind its importance, it becomes paramount for the outdoor patio to echo the rest of your home design, reflect your personality and be built to last.
Whether your shed needs an overhaul or your poolside deck needs a dose of elegance, outdoor tile is the perfect material to enhance your patio. Here are some tips for incorporating tile in your outdoor oasis.
Walls or half-walls can help redefine your outdoor space. Whether high or low, they can give your patio a private and intimate feel. To make the space more vibrant and inviting, add colourful mosaic tiles or patterned wall tiles. When it comes to finish, slip and weather resistant matt tiles are ideal for use in outdoor settings. Alternatively, wall claddings can be used to enhance the rustic character of the space and add an extra layer of protection.
Love the look of hardwood but worried about its durability and maintenance? Wood-look tiles offer the best of both worlds. Resistant to moisture and also very easy to clean, wood-look tiles resemble the look of actual hardwood. Plus, they don’t require re-staining. With a proper sealant, your wood-look tiles will be as good as new for a long time!
Minute details can make a huge difference to any outdoor space. Whether you use designer floor tiles or those for the walls, decorative tiles are an effective way of personalizing the space. Create an industrial look with distressed finish tiles or a nautical, beach house-inspired look by combining blue and white tiles in interesting patterns.
The outdoor patio or pool deck is the perfect space to add colour to your home. If not a big fan of colourful tiles, opt for a more neutral palette and add a pop of colour with plants or other home décor accents like vases. Try incorporating vibrant mosaic tiles on one of the walls in an otherwise monochromatic set-up; it’ll help break the monotony and instantly brighten up your space.Read More »
Recently, a lot of vintage décor elements like wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and clean-lined furniture have been making their way into modern homes. These elements draw their inspiration from a very popular interior style called mid-century modern.
In this blog, we talk about this timeless style and give you some tips on introducing it to your home:
Get to know it
As the name suggests, this design movement rose to popularity between the mid 1930s and mid 1960s in post-war America. Renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is widely recognized as the pioneer of this movement. However, it is the collective influence of designers from the time, like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and LeCorbusier that shaped the mid-century modern aesthetic, as we know it today.
Designs from this period are commonly described as clean, sophisticated, sleek, and minimalist. A typical mid-century modern house features open floor plans, sliding glass doors, flat roofs and split-level structures. Indoor and outdoor spaces are unified, forging a seamless connection with nature.
Another important design detail is the use of real wood as opposed to pressed wood. Generous use of finished and unfinished wood extends to furniture, floor tiles, door, cabinets and ceilings.
Get the look
Here are some ways in which you can adopt the mid-century modern aesthetic:
Colour Palette: Dark neutral tones with accent colours are central to a mid-century colour palette. It’s key to remember the evergreen 60-30-10 decorating rule. This means that 60% of the space should be dominated by your base colour. 30% is the secondary colour, to be used half as much as the base colour. 10% is your accent colour. Accents in your living room area could be cushions, decorative pieces or artwork.
Furniture: Pick furniture featuring straight, clean lines with smooth curves. Fancy ornamentation or patterns are rarely used, so stick to solid colours and keep it as simple as possible.
Lighting: The minimalist approach also holds true for lighting. Floor lamps and table lamps with straight lines and gentle curves fit the bill. Look for pieces made of finished metal or wood legs. Pendant fixtures are also hallmarks of this style, and because they come with retractable cords, they can be easily adjusted to suit your lighting requirements.
Other Décor Elements: Glass is an important element in creating a transparent, minimalist feel. You could also mimic the glass effect by using mirror finish wall tiles in the living area. When it comes to other home accessories like cushions, table runners and rugs, ethnic patterns work best to create the mid-century-inspired feel.Read More »
As easy as it may sound, tackling monotone themed interiors is not the simplest of tasks. With a well-structured plan in place, single tone rooms can look quite stylish and interesting. However, without a proper concept in mind, you may run the risk of ending up with lacklustre interiors.
To make a monotone colour scheme work, various design elements like texture, contrast and pattern come into play. Here are a few smart ways to achieve monotone interiors without having to worry about the end result:
Make use of timber accents to add warmth and life to a room with single coloured walls and flooring. Wood works especially well with neutral shades like eggshell, beige and cream. But you must ensure that all wooden furniture and accessories have the same shade. Varying shades will create clutter and disrupt the harmony of your neutral palette.
The kitchen shown here is a perfect example of how to execute monochrome correctly. The wall tiles, cupboards and shelves are all in the same shade of white but the space looks anything but boring. The wooden platform subtly brings warmth into the kitchen, which would have otherwise looked stark and overly pale.
Use of contrast is a smart and effective way of adding character to a room with a monotone scheme. Opposing colours, patterns, or textures are commonly employed to create a striking contrast. However, it must be carefully done so as to maintain the correct balance.
In the image above, rust cushions are instrumental in breaking the monotony of an all-gray décor. The image also serves as a great example of making block-colour linen or furniture the focal point of the room.
Texture is an essential component of any single tone colour scheme. Varied home décor accessories like curtains, cushions, rugs and designer floor tiles are a great way of incorporating texture into any kind of set-up, especially monotone.
The picture shown here tells you exactly how it’s done. While printed wall tiles add interest to an otherwise basic lounge, the off-white rug brings drama while still maintaining the neutral theme. The geometric table stand is also a unique and playful way of bringing in another dimension into the layout.
Using subtle patterns in monotone interiors is a fail-safe way of livening them up. Not only does it create contrast but also gives you scope to display your personality.
This elegant bathroom meets all the requirements for a classic, clean and sophisticated bathing area. While it would still be beautiful without the wall tiles, we must admit that they impart an extra dose of freshness and oomph – just want monotone interiors need!Read More »
For the longest time, bathrooms were considered mere functional spaces. But over time, their aesthetic value has substantially increased. With more and more homeowners looking to infuse a ‘spa-like’ feel to their bathrooms, it is obvious – your bathroom’s design needs cannot be ignored.
Create a Mini-Retreat
Also known as a soaking tub, a free-standing tub can instantly add a luxe feel to your bathroom. Unlike a built-in tub, the free-standing tub stands alone and is not connected to the shower. In that sense, it resembles the look of furniture and becomes a focal point of your bathroom. The trend was first observed in upscale villas and bungalows, and is slowly making its way to modern apartments.
We personally love the look of clawfoot tubs. They help create space beneath the tub and let you show off your floor tiles.
Gone are the days of restricting pattern to walls. This year, interior decorators all over the world are going for patterned floor tiles to bring personality to a bathroom. Geometric patterns, in particular, make a cool statement when used in monochromatic tones. Extending your wall tile pattern to the flooring is also a fun way to experiment with pattern.
If you’re looking to add more depth and texture, we recommend pairing honeycomb or hexagonal tiles in a dark colour like navy with a contrasting white grout.
‘Greenery’, the colour of 2017, has been making a huge impact on the design world. The colour can be used both as an accent and as a base theme. But if you’re not yet ready to see a whole lot of green, introduce it in smaller doses to give a refreshing look to neutral toned bathrooms. Variations of green like lime green, emerald and hunter green can be infused in the form of plants, a statement garden stool or wall tiles.
Mix and Match Metals
Metal accents enjoyed immense popularity in 2016. Thankfully, they’re back in 2017 with a refreshing spin. Warm metals like copper and bronze that were trending last year, are being mixed with cool metals like pewter and steel to create unique visual interest. The trick is to pick a dominant metal that lends a sense of unity to the space, and accentuate it with small doses of other metals.
Incorporate this trend in your bathroom through metal finish tiles, mirrors or fixtures. It also helps to remember that warm metals go well with warm hues like reds, browns, and yellows whereas cool metals complement cool hues like blue, green, and violet.Read More »
The living room is where a family spends time together conversing, playing games and watching TV. Other social gatherings like soirées or casual dinners also take place in this part of your house. Clearly then, designing your living room entails close interaction between two key aspects – comfort and style.
For this, is important for you to get the basic design elements right:
When it comes to the living room, a neutral colour palette works best as a backdrop. In addition to opening up the space, it serves as a great canvas for injecting personality through other décor elements. Wall tiles, for example, are a great way of introducing texture. You could either opt for various tones of neutral colours like tan, white or grey; or add a pop of colour to create a striking visual contrast.
Less is certainly more in case of furniture. Look for furnishings that don’t overcrowd your living room and facilitate easy movement. Dainty, clean-lined pieces work really well in a small living room.
If space is not a constraint, opt for a plush sofa and place it in the middle of the room, as opposed to against the wall. By grouping the furniture close together, this arrangement brings a sense of intimacy and cosiness to the conversation zone. Area rugs are especially flattering for this set-up, as they help visually define a space, and divide it from other spaces like media zones or the dining area.
The flooring that you choose must ideally serve both aesthetic and practical purposes. Glazed vitrified tiles are a suitable fit here. Made with a mixture of clay, feldspar and quartz, these tiles are known for their high durability and low porosity. Stain and scratch resistant, glazed vitrified tiles are easy to maintain and retain their shine for years to come. As an added bonus, vitrified tiles come in a wide variety of finishes, designs and styles. So you can easily mimic the look of marble or wooden tiles, while retaining the properties of vitrified tiles.
Lighting primarily influences the ambience of a room. The key to getting lighting right is by layering it. Diffuse multiple sources of light throughout the room, ensuring that they’re in sync with one another. In living rooms, a combination of floor lamps, table lamps, central fixtures and dimmers can be used depending on the purpose. Accent lights are also popularly used for drawing attention to architectural elements like an art piece, mantel, bookcase or wall treatment.
Curtains play a huge role in pulling a look together and creating a sense of grandeur. Plus, if you hang them high above the window and extend them right down to the floor, they bring in much more height and airiness. By contrast, small, ill-measured curtains can make the room appear smaller than it really is.
The other good thing about curtains is that you can change them seasonally, or as per your mood. Prints, for instance, impart a playful character whereas translucent curtains have a more breezy appeal to them. Shades of red, orange or yellow can also be used to liven up the area.Read More »
Tiles and kitchens share a time-tested relationship that has been extensively documented in the design world. But over time, the kitchen backsplash has graduated from being merely a protective feature to a focal point of kitchen décor. Not only is it used to guard the space above the countertop from splashes and smudges, but to also to set the tone of the décor.
Today, backsplash designs come in a wealth of patterns, textures and finishes that cater to diverse tastes. Here are a few ideas that prove that style and functionality can co-exist:
Classic Subway Tiles
Subway tiles instantly come to mind when we think of a kitchen backsplash, and the timeless beauty of these classic tiles isn’t lost on modern sensibilities. Subway tiles still continue to be popular and are open to creative experiments. You could shake things up by playing with size and patterns. The traditionally used 3” x 6” size is now being replaced by larger dimensions of 3” x 9” and 4” x 12”. As an added bonus, larger tiles also help change the perception of space. To further reinvent the look, overhaul the tiling arrangement. Vertical, herringbone and diagonal patterns are much more dynamic than the traditional horizontal layout.
While a typical backsplash tends to run from the countertop to the bottom of the upper cabinet, it is also becoming increasingly common for it to extend all the way to the ceiling. An artful utilization of dead space, a ceiling-height backsplash makes a more powerful impact. As well as adding height, it also brings in continuity by uniting all the features of your kitchen to create a cohesive look.
To create extra drama in your backsplash, make a statement with patterns. Herringbone, checkered, sunburst, floral, chevron, travertine – the options are endless. For the chosen pattern to really pop against your cabinetry, it is ideal to keep the countertop and cabinetry in solid, neutral-toned hues. It’s the contrast between the two surfaces that will create a striking visual in your kitchen.
Take a cue from your floor tiles, and incorporate wood in your backsplash. Wood-looking tiles mimic the look of wood, except that they’re made with ceramic or porcelain, so they can be easily wiped clean. It makes sense for the cabinet to be in a solid colour, instead of wood, to avoid visual overkill. The same goes for natural stone looking tiles; they bring in a rustic feel that offsets contemporary aesthetics beautifully. Alternatively, you could choose from a range of other finishes like matte, glossy, metallic, marble, weathered and so on.Read More »
As tiny as a bathroom may be, it does include necessities like the sink and faucet, toilet and the shower area. And while a small bathroom may seem to restrict your design options, it doesn’t have to.
If every design element is planned logically and carefully, your bathroom can be functional and beautiful in equal measure. Here are a few tips that will help you work with limited space:
Plan Your Colour Scheme
The colour palette you pick can either visually expand or contract the chosen space. Neutral colours make for a suitable base theme owing to their calming effect. For effect, use textures in the form of wall tiles.
It also helps to have both the wall and floor tiles in the same colour. Merging the two surfaces minimizes contrast and lends continuity to the space. Contrasting colours, on the other hand, tend to visually chop up the space. The lesser the contrast, the more expansive the appearance.
Opt for Glass Enclosures
Shower curtains tend to visually divide the space. By contrast, glass shower enclosures allow you to see from one end of the room to another, thus creating an extended space effect. Sliding glass doors also complement the clean, sleek aesthetic of a small bathroom.
Keep It Organized
A floating vanity not only makes a small bathroom look bigger but also provides for open storage option under it. You could either stack towels and bathrobes or store other bath and body essentials. The idea is to keep the countertop as clutter-free as possible so that you’re also left with some empty space.
Avoid Dark Areas
Ample lighting can trick the eye into seeing larger space. Avoid restricting lights to the mirror area and illuminate the corners as well. This way, you don’t create dark areas that end up making your bathroom appear much smaller. It also helps to have natural light and steer clear of dark drapes to exaggerate your bathroom’s sense of space.
Use Compact Fixtures and Sanitary Ware
To make the most of the length, mount a narrow, rectangular basin sink on the wall. Place a mirror on the rest of the wall to add height and turn it into a focal point. Alternatively, to further save on space, you could put the corner to use by installing a small ceramic sink in round shape. The trick is to keep it as simple as possible by opting for space-saving and well-proportioned features.
With its minimalist yet striking vibe, your small bathroom will make a statement with its simplicity.Read More »
Whether it’s sleeping, studying or playing – kids spend most of their time in their rooms. This makes it imperative for this space to echo their personality and ensure their comfort.
Involving your kids in the decorating process is a great idea. And while your kids can help get those creative juices flowing, you can ensure that the décor also serves its functional purposes.
Here are a few ideas to get you started-
Old Meets New
Combining modern and rustic elements can add a dose of character in your kid’s bedroom. If you’re inclined towards modern furniture and design elements, balance it out with wood-looking floor tiles. You could also infuse the raw element in the form of a wooden stool in the workspace or a barnwood dresser. Ultimately, it’s all about striking a balance between the two design aesthetics.
Crisp white interiors make for a perfect canvas to inject bright bursts of colour and patterns. This can be done in multiple ways using bright curtains, bedspreads and rugs. You could also tile your way to a feature wall and breathe life into an all-white space. Wall tiles in punchy colours and playful patterns work really well in in a children’s room and allow for endless creative experiments. Going with white as a foundation also means that the bedroom can grow with your kid by changing accent hues from time to time.
Storage Made Fun
Clever storage options are essential in every kid’s room to help keep it tidy and create more space. Built-in cubbies and bed births are practical solutions, and so are flip-top ottomans that can be used to store clothes or stuffed toys. It also makes sense to have a laundry basket placed right next to your kid’s bed to minimize clutter and encourage tidiness. To make things quirky, you could use a wall as an effective storage spot. Hang a string of wire baskets along the perimeter of the wall or pick a corner to hang a colourful toy net. This hack is especially useful if you’re short on square footage.
Touch of Vintage
Showcasing antique collectibles from your childhood will envelop the space in a nostalgic charm and give soul to it. Alternatively, a vintage piece of furniture like an iron bed or vintage fabrics and frames also make striking counterpoints to the otherwise contemporary vibe of the room. Something as hassle-free as crocheted bedspreads or patchwork blankets are also powerful ways of adding a vintage charm.Read More »
Kitchens, over the time, have evolved from a space meant just for cooking. As opposed to a traditional closed kitchen, the concept of an open-plan kitchen allows the space to be both, a functional and a social area. Thus, a kitchen’s tiling requirements deserve special attention.
This is where we come in to help you get the basics of kitchen tiles right, with some time-tested tips:
For more reasons than one, ceramic tiles are a clear winner among homeowners when it comes to kitchen flooring. Their ability to withstand high humidity makes them a fail-safe choice for a moisture-prone area like kitchen.
Available in a vast array of finishes and designs, you can also create a unique look with tiles that resemble hardwoods and natural stones. When grouted and sealed well, ceramic tiles can resist the harshest of spills and last you a lifetime.
Vitrified tiles slightly differ in its composition. In addition to clay, vitrified tiles contain elements like silica, quartz and feldspar. The process of vitrification creates very low tile porosity, giving them a low water absorption rate. Being stain and scratch resistant, vitrified tiles are well-equipped to deal with the ever so inevitable cooking spillages.
When it comes to deciding on a finish, there are some practical pros and cons to be considered. Matte tiles lend themselves really well to kitchen flooring. Along with providing optimum traction, they bring a rustic, natural look to the floor. Glossy tiles on the other hand, are not ideal for kitchen flooring because of their slippery surface. Instead, they are a popular choice for kitchen walls and countertops thanks to their light-reflecting properties and easy to clean texture.
Patterns define the character of any space and with a range of available patterns like herringbone, honeycomb and checkered, to name a few – you can turn your kitchen into the prettiest room of your home. However, it’s wise to restrict pattern to one surface, either the floor or the wall. This way you create one focal point and avoid visual clutter. If you have an open-plan kitchen, with no concrete divisions between your kitchen, dining and living areas, it makes sense to have the same flooring pattern running throughout. In addition to lending cohesion, this will make the space look larger.Read More »
When it comes to their modern homes, people generally adopt a less-is-more attitude. Clean lines with a neutral colour palette are preferred for their calming and inviting influence on the interiors. However, this sometimes lets a sense of visual monotony creep in.
One way of bringing character to an otherwise modest space is by creating a feature wall using wall tiles. Wall tiles instantly add depth and texture to a wall, thereby elevating the overall appearance of your living room.
Here are a few wall tiles design ideas for your living room to set the ball rolling:
Patterned wall tiles have always ruled the décor world. Classic and vibrant, they inject a sense of personality to your living room. It’s a good idea to go for prints and patterns that tie in with other design elements of your home space. The key to getting patterned tiles right is teaming them with neutral, toned-down tiles. The living room above cleverly incorporates a pattern that is striking, yet easy on the eyes.
Making a statement, and being dramatic don’t have to be mutually exclusive; and this monochromatic living room shows exactly how! Harmonising your wall tiles with the floor tiles, makes your living area look bigger. Opt for hues of white since they reflect light and accentuate the extended space effect.
Wood-looking tiles make for a welcome contrast to modern furnishings. An ideal option for those shy of colour, wood helps infuse natural warmth and cosiness. Aside from its rustic appearance, wood-looking tiles also bring a historic, old-world charm to a contemporary space. Take a cue from this living room and further enhance your feature wall with artworks that complement its character.
Digital elevation tiles can instantly add a rich, luxuriant appeal. If your living room already has a TV unit or a fireplace as a focal feature, it makes sense to treat the backdrop as an extension of the focal feature. The feature wall above, combined with neutral colours of the space, creates a cocktail of texture and visual interest, leaving behind a lasting impact.Read More »