Do your walls need a bit of sprucing up? Plain, pastel coloured walls can be demotivating unless, of course, you have some green foliage or other embellishing artefacts placed tastefully that can divert your attention away from those drab walls. So how about getting them repainted?
Painting, however, can be quite messy and time consuming. That’s when you need to think of 3D wall panels. They are easy to install, non messy and come in a variety of designs. Besides, if you want to change the look and feel of a single wall of just one single room, say your living room, this is a better idea as compared to getting it painted. 3D wall panels can transform any boring wall into an attention grabbing focal point of that particular living space. It adds elegance and extravagance to your walls. 3D wall paneling can be applied to ceilings too.
You will come across different kinds of 3D wall panels in the market. Eco-friendly and biodegradable Plant fibre wall panels(made of bagasse, bamboo pulp etc.) , MDF sculptured wall panels, Gypsum plaster 3D wall panels, 3D Wood wall panels made of solid wood or reclaimed wood and PVC/PU leather textured 3d wall panels.
Cost of 3D Wall panels
Depending on the material used, a box of 12 panels can cost you Rs.4000 (approx.) and above.
Wall Decor Redefined
You can choose from a variety of 3D Designs. These panels add a touch of style and glamour to your walls at affordable prices. Be different…install them on ceilings too. They are easy to install and maintain.
Moreover, you can paint them in a colour of your choice in case you do not want pastel or white shades. If you are an ardent DIY fan, you can install them yourself, it’s that simple. Apply a coat of fire retardant primer after installation if required.
Watch this video to know how to install 3D wall panels in your home.
Need some cool accents for your sofas and beds? Digital printed cushion covers are in. Toss in a few cushions dressed up in these stunning cushion covers and see how your living space gets transformed into a beautiful haven.
From delicate floral designs and serene Buddha faces to historical monuments and cute animals, you can showcase them all using your cushion covers. Ethnic charm gets a touch of modern style in these attractive pieces.
Digital printed cushion covers – What you need to know about them
Usually made with poly dupian, poly taffeta or poly velvet fabric, these covers come with proper finishing and a nice sheen. Available in different size variations – Small Size (12 inches x 12 inches), Medium Size (16 inches x 16 inches) and Large Size (18 inches x 18 inches), you can choose the ones that you want. The best part is they are wrinkle resistant unlike cotton cushion covers. Digital printed cushion covers have a subtle non reflective sheen that is pleasing to the eyes. Most of these have normal wash specifications.
Custom digital printed cushion covers
You can get custom photos printed on a cushion cover or cushion cover fabric. A few sites like www.picsquare.com, www.spoonflower.com let you do just that.
You can buy digital printed cushion covers online at www.fabfurnish.com, jabong.com, zansaar.com and amazon.in, among others. Popular labels are India Circus, Me Sleep, Aawrun, Bluegape and Shibori.
Am totally in love with these stylish cushion covers. What about you?
You get so many coffee mugs as gifts – Tall ones, cute ones, personalized travel mugs, glass coffee mugs, photo mugs – you name it! Or you probably end up buying an entire set as return gifts for birthdays and think of what to do when you have so many of them left. Rather than throwing them away or donating them, why not reuse old coffee mugs and turn them into something more trendy and useful? Think of transforming all those mugs into stunning pieces of art or simply change their basic functionality. Check out what to do with old coffee mugs for home decor.
Use those cute coffee mugs as herb planters. You can also plant cacti and other succulents in your coffee mug. Keep them near window sills or on your center table. Plant tiny shrubs in mugs with similar design. Arrange them in a row on a shelf or on top of a cabinet.
Glass coffee mugs and tiny coffee cups can be filled with perfumed wax. Use these as candles. Use vintage coffee mugs, glass mugs or tall coffee mugs as candle holders for designer candles and aromatherapy candles.
Use old coffee mugs as pencil holders in your study, office or kids rooms. Use a second one to store office supplies like paper clips, stapler pins and the like.
Decorate picture frames
Break an old coffee mug. Simply put the mug in an old cloth bag and hit it with a rolling pin or heavy stick to get the shards. Paste the shards onto the edges of an old picture frame with some super glue. You get a funky photo frame with a ceramic mosaic border.
Take a long piece of felt or cut out a long piece from an old sweater. Roll it till you get a roll large enough to fill the coffee mug. Paste this roll at the bottom and sides of the mug. People who love to sew can use this as a pin cushion. This coffee mug pin cushion can also be used at office for all sorts of pins.
Use an old coffee mug for making a lovely wind chime. If it is chipped, paint it in a color of your choice. Take a piece of strong colored chord and stick it on the bottom of your mug with a super strong adhesive. Now turn the mug upside down. Use another piece of cord to tie together some simple chimes or tiny bells which are light in weight. Stick this cord on the base of the coffee mug, inside. Now you can hang the mug turned wind chime on your front porch or window. Make sure that the adhesive is strong enough.
Coffee mug pot pourri
Add scented pot pourri to a coffee mug. Keep it on your desk, a corner piece or on your center table. Feel fresh with scented petals and flowers in your coffee mug.
I loved these thrifty ideas for recycling old coffee mugs. Do you have any more tips? Do let me know.
A wood rug on the floor can add lots of charm to home and office interiors. It is an ideal alternative to hardwood flooring, especially in a tropical country like India. Hardwood flooring sure looks elegant, rustic and all, but it comes with its own woes for the homeowner. For one, wooden flooring is expensive and needs a lot of maintenance. Wooden flooring is prone to damage in humid conditions and in the presence of termites.
If you are the kind of homeowner who likes to change things as seasons change, why not opt for a wood rug or a wooden carpet instead of hardwood flooring.
Legno-Legno is one such wood rug beautifully crafted by Ruckstuhl, a swiss design house. Legno-Legno makes it pretty simple for you to place wood rugs on your floor and roll them up when not in use. Available in six different types of woods, you can use it to define different areas in your apartment or studio.
This wood carpet is from Bose Industries, Chennai. Looks neat, comes in different designs and is made from good quality wood made to last really long.
This crimson dyed bamboo rug from rugsexpress makes the room look vibrant.
Cork rugs can make your living space look subtle yet elegant. Check out this charming little cork carpet by Corkrug.
Did you know that cork (bark) of the cork oak tree can be harvested without axing down the tree and bamboo take less than five years to grow back. So using bamboo and cork for carpets and rugs is not bad for the environment. Rugs made out of these are versatile – can be used on kitchen floors, bathroom floors and even in passages.
Wood rugs and carpets last long. They are easy to clean – great for busy people who have no time to spare for house keeping work.
So, what do you think? Would you like to buy wood rugs and carpets for your home decor?
Wall decor stickersfor your home are in! It is about time you use wall art stickers to add some life to your boring, plain painted walls! Transform your walls into amazing works of art affordably, using custom wall stickers.
Custom vinyl wall decals are designer vinyl stickers that you can affix to any smooth surface, not just walls. You can use them on your kitchen and bathroom wall tiles as attractive borders. You can use them on kids furniture too. You get them in a variety of designs and colors, even in 3D. You can order custom wall decals online, specifying the design, color and wall quotes if any. Let us talk about custom vinyl stickers exclusively meant for your walls.
Wall decor stickers – All about them
Why Should I use vinyl wall art stickers?
Vinyl wall decals are made from very thin vinyl approximately 3mm in thickness. It comes with a matte finish, making the design seem as if it is painted on your wall. These are faster and low cost ways of doing up your walls in less than an hour, without the hassles of wall paint and related drying time. In fact, most of them are removable vinyl wall decals that can be taken off easily without damaging the walls underneath or leaving any residue behind.
Wall decals quotes are catchy and immediately draw attention towards visitors. Get a few decals with wall quotes for your kids bedroom or living room. Go for inspirational wall quotes for your study or funny wall quotes for kids’ room, living and dining room. Or better still, create your own custom wall decals quotes with a custom message, color and design. Check out these awesome vinyl wall murals and wall stickers for kids from www.vinylimpression.co.uk
Custom Vinyl Stickers For Walls – FAQs
Will wall decor stickers damage my walls?
Go in for superior quality precision cut vinyl wall decals that come with high quality adhesive which leaves no residue on removal. Such wall stickers do not peel off wall paint either.
How to test if your wall is suitable for vinyl wall decor stickers?
Stick a piece of masking tape on your wall surface and leave it on overnight. If the tape has peeled off, then your vinyl stickers may come off too. These stickers work best on smooth surfaces. Do not put your custom vinyl stickers on textured walls.
How can I ensure zero damage when peeling off wall art stickers?
Gently heat the removable vinyl wall decal with a hair dryer. The heat softens the adhesive and you can easily peel the wall decal off your walls, without leaving any residue or peeling off wall paint.
How to apply custom vinyl stickers on walls?
Your custom wall decals are usually shipped in package tubes. Simply unroll one. Rub the flat surface of the wall decal with a credit card to push out air bubbles. Turn it over. Peel off and stick onto your wall carefully. And you have a designer wall in less than 30 minutes!
Check out this video on how to apply vinyl wall decals on your walls.
Bean bag chairs and seats are simple DIY furniture that you can design yourself. These are affordable pieces of furniture that cost you below Rs.5000. Ideal for students and people living in studio apartments and rented accommodations and for those who are on a shoe string budget. Check out how to use bean bags in multipurpose ways.
How To Make A Bean Bag – Seat
Buy Rexin sheets of your favorite color. Get them stitched from a cushion or mattress maker in the form of seats as shown in the picture. Dimensions of bean bags are 2′ x 2′ x 6″ . Make 4 or 6 such seats.
Attach a zipper for each bean bag. Stitch small rexine fixers with velcro on the zipper side of the seats.
Leave the bean bag – seats as is or stitch fabric covers for these bean bags for a long shelf life. Make sure that these fabric covers are open from the zipper side of each bean seat. Do not fix buttons or zippers to close these covers.
Bean Bags – Multipurpose functionality
Seats For Two
Place the bean bags one on top of the other in two stacks. Now you have seats for two. Place a center table in between. Enjoy a game of cards or a cup of coffee with your friend or partner.
Bean Bag Chairs
Attach two seats with velcro fixers to form a sort of hinge. Place them as shown below to form bean bag chairs.
Bean Bag Bed
Attach 4 bean bags with velcro fixers to form a single line. Cover this with a bed sheet. You have a single bed.
For a double bed, arrange the bean bag seats as shown below. Throw in some colorful cushions and you can call friends overnight or even handle unexpected guests.
Maintenance Of Bean Bag Seats
Maintenance of bean bag chairs and seats is pretty simple. Wash the fabric covers once in a while. If the seats start flattening, it is time to refill the seats with fresh styrofoam beans. You get a medium sized bag of thermocol for Rs.200- Rs.250, which is not much.
Bean bags are multipurpose furniture. You can prop them up against a wall as a chair or even use them as seats, daybeds or beds at night. These save space and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Bean bags are excellent stress busters too. You can comfortably lie on them, watch your favorite TV show or read a book, entertain friends and so on.
Looking out for some funky soft n squishy pieces of bean bags for lazing around when you get back home from work? You are not alone. Bean bags are in. Every home has one or more bean bags. They are affordable, easy to move and lend a casual appeal to your living room, study and bed rooms.
These are multifunctional pieces of furniture.Watch TV, enjoy a drink or read out bed time stories to kids sitting comfortably in a nice, soft bean bag. Relax and unwind. You can enjoy a short nap or possibly use it for collecting dry clothes, to be folded later. Kids can use these as center tables, for playing board games when friends come over. In fact, children love bean bags as they can jump on them.
Bean bags can be easily moved from one area to another. Moving a bean bag is as easy as sliding it from one room to another. You can slide it from your living room to the side of your pool, bask in the sun and enjoy a nice, cool drink. Some people carry bean bags along in their vehicles when camping out or going out for picnics.
Pear shaped bean bags offer great back support as they cover more of your back.
Bean bags have no sharp edges. Their soft nature makes it safe for kids.
Bean Bag – Features
Bean bags come in various shapes – typical shapes are bean bag chairs, cylinder, teardrop or sack shaped. Before buying, sit on these and find out which is the best suited to your body type.
Bean Bag Covers
Bean bag covers come in a variety of materials – you get rexine, leather, microfiber, cotton and denim. Rexine or vinyl and leather based bean bag covers have a firm grip on the floor. However, they are also subject to wear and tear especially with kids around. Microfiber, cotton and denim covers last longer, but require periodic washing to keep them clean. Cotton covers need to be really thick else they will not have a firm grip on the flooring. Rexine and leather bean bag covers require minimal cleaning. Wiping with a damp cloth is all that is needed of them.
Bean Bag Filling
You get thermocol fillings i.e. polystyrene for bean bags. A bag costs Rs.200 in Vashi APMC Market, Navi Mumbai. If possible, go green – use recycled polystyrene from older bean bags or packaging material.
Bean Bag Colors
Rexine or vinyl bean bag covers are available in a myriad of colors. Check out Matta Foam House in Turbhe market. This tiny shop is famous throughout Navi Mumbai for autorickshaw seat covers, foam etc. They have rexine of every possible color under the sun. For kids rooms, use bright colors like red, orange or yellow for bean bag covers. Other rooms, you can co-ordinate bean bag colors with the wall color or color of the furnishings. Throw in colorful or plain cushions to complement the bean bag colors.
Customized Bean Bags
Buy rexine or covering material of your choice. Design a bean bag yourself. Use different shapes like bean seats, bean bag chairs etc. Get it stitched from tailors who stitch mattresses and mattress covers. Stitch a handle on top for easy lifting. Make sure there is an inner lining of a different material – say curtain lining. Fill this with polystyrene filling. The bean bag cover goes on top of this. Both the lining and the top cover must have zippers for opening and closing.
Look at his rabbit shaped bean bag design. You can use similar designs for smaller bean bags that double up as a back rest or arm rest on a daybed or a Diwan. Experiment with different colors and shapes.
Bean Bags Online
Setner Football Bean Bag
You can buy such funky bean bag chairs and bean bag furniture online at www.fabfurnish.com for as low a range as ₹799 onwards with free shipping(check shipping T & C for available locations.)
Bead curtains are sometimes overlooked when it comes to redoing your home interiors the smart way. Simply put, beaded curtains are simple airy curtains made of beads in various materials, patterns and designs. Using beaded curtains is an age old custom followed all over the world. In India, it was and is still a norm to adorn doorways with dainty looking beaded curtains. Let us check out how to use beaded curtains for that much needed face lift your home deserves.
How To Use Beaded Curtains – Top Tips
Door Ways And Passage Entrances
Other than the doorways, you can hang beaded curtains at passage entrances and windows.
Bead curtains act as excellent room dividers and partitions giving an airy look to the room. In case of dining cum living rooms, use bead curtains to divide the dining area from the living area. In spite of being separated into two areas, the living room looks large with ample amount of light. With a beaded curtain partition, the residents get a feeling of a private dining area within the confines of a larger area, without getting alienated from the rest of the living room.
Bead Curtains Outdoors
There are beaded curtains with small metal bells or tinkling metal for the beads, that will double up as wind chimes. Use these curtains at entrances to your front porch or backyard garden.
Bead Curtains On Wall Closets
Hang cute bead curtains on wall closets, like the ones used for storage higher up the walls, which are not opened very often.
You get these lovely hand painted beaded curtains with beautiful paintings on white beaded backgrounds. These can be used to adorn plain walls.
Types Of Beaded Curtains
There is absolutely no restriction on using beaded strings for a curtain. You can experiment with a myriad of colors, materials and designs. You can sew on beads to the end of a transparent white fabric curtain for a calm and serene look.
For instance, use carved, wooden beads for a traditional look. Use a curtain made of colorful yet transparent plastic beads alternating with mirror pieces in a room that has less light coming in. Use fabric beads with embroidered motifs sewn on. Small Rajasthani puppets beaded together in strings can add a touch of old world charm to your home.
Let your imagination go haywire. Get beaded curtains made of pretty seashells and rocks. For Kids Rooms, use brightly colored cartoon characters or balls or alphabet shapes beaded together to form curtains.
Photo Credits: mattmurf
Then there are glass and crystal beaded curtains which allow more light to come in. They look beautiful, swinging away in the morning and evening sunlight. Curtains made from bone beads, amber beads, wooden beads and even metal beads look stunning.
Advantages Of Beaded Curtains
They make a room appear airy and brighter. They can be used to add to the natural light in a room. Use mirrored curtains or fluorescent beaded curtains that shine at night. T
They make your interior decor look charming to guests.
This is a cost efficient way of partitioning your rooms. DIY bead curtain ideas include making thin braids of reused colorful plastic or pieces of colorful cloth. Sew on a few beads of your choice. Stitch these braids on to a main hanger-strip of cloth and voila you have a recycled beaded curtain!
They create privacy in an area without disconnecting you from the rest of the house.
Beaded curtains can be a unique lifestyle statement that reflects your status.
Care For Beaded Curtains
Non-Fabric Beaded curtains can be easily cleaned by dipping them in mild soapy solution first and immediately rinsing them in plain water. Test for color fastness. If you feel they are losing color, just wipe them with a moist cotton cloth.
For fabric beads, wiping with a moist cloth will be sufficient enough.
When To Avoid Having Door Length Beaded Curtains
Avoid door length beaded curtains if you have babies or toddlers at home. They may get entangled or swallow the beads accidentally. Same goes for people with pets. Aged people with limited visibility may not notice beaded curtains at night. Make sure you move them to one side of the doorway and tie them with a string or bunch them together with a clip.
Or better still, use half door length beaded curtains when you have small kids or pets around.
Trundle beds for kids are an absolute must if you have more than one kid sharing a single bedroom. It means investing in space saving features and furniture that can be used by more than one kid at the same time. People opt for kids bunk beds. But I personally feel trundle beds are a better option. Of course, they need horizontal floor space when expanded. However, a bed with trundle can work wonders and find favor with your kids when used in correct places.
Buy this beautiful, multifunctional kids trundle bed from www.vividha.in
All About Trundle Beds For Kids
What are Trundle Beds?
Trundle beds have multiple platforms or trundles, one below the other. Each platform has a mattress. The lower platforms open by sliding out under the top platform. You can have two or even three platforms in a trundle bed. The lower platforms have retractable legs that can be positioned properly when it has been pulled out. Trundle beds are usually box beds with a wooden frame. These beds do not have box springs. You also get these beds in lightweight and durable metal frames that are easy to clean. Some beds come equipped with wheels, rollers or casters. Always go in for trundle beds that can be assembled and moved easily.
Types of Kids Trundle Beds
Simple Trundle Beds
The simplest form of a trundle bed is a basic bed frame on wheels that slides under the main bed. The occupant may feel very close to the floor.
Drawer Trundle Beds
In this type, the main bed will have a drawer underneath. This can be pulled out, serving as a trundle bed.
Pop Up Trundle Beds
This type of trundle bed is ideal for those who wish to sleep at the same height. The lower trundle bed is first pulled out from under the main bed and then propped up to the same height as the main bed. This is done with springs or metal stands.
Advantages Of Trundle Beds For Kids
They require lesser space than conventional beds. You can have two or even three trundle beds in a single box, in your room for two to three kids. During the day, all the beds are locked inside, ensuring maximum play area in the kids bedroom.
Safe For Kids
The kids are safe, closer to the floor as against kids bunk beds. This makes it easier to get down at night, to go to the bathroom or to drink water.
Trundle Beds can act as daybeds. Ideal for smaller homes and apartments. In case your kids’ friends come visiting during the day to play or for a kiddo party, you could pull out one of the extra lower beds, cover it with an attractive top sheet and throw in some cushions. This gives extra seating space for kids during the day. In case you have unexpected guests or if any kids come for sleepovers, you can put these to good use. Kids trundle beds with drawers also provide extra storage for cushions, toys etc.
Easy To Clean
Mattresses that come with trundle beds are usually light weight and easy to clean. The lower bed mattresses can be easily covered with simple plastic sheets for dust protection, when you slide or roll them back in, when not in use. Kids trundle beds need cleaning just like any other conventional bed. You can vaccum and dust the mattresses and wipe the bed frames. This is much easier as compared to a bunk bed. Are bunk beds safe?I don’t think so.
You can easily move a trundle bed from one area to another. This is very useful when cleaning your kids bedroom.
Where to buy Trundle Beds for Kids online in India
Vividha – Everything Kidshas some cool trundle beds for kids bedrooms. You can buy these online at their website – www.vividha.in,www.firstcry.com or www.hoopos.com.
Take a look at this cute kiddo trundle bed from Vividha – Everything Kids.
You can also buy cool, mutipurpose trundle beds from Kids Kouch, Bangalore. Check out their website www.kidskouch.com for some stunning trundle beds for kids. This drawer trundle bed is from Kids Kouch.
Before buying trundle beds, carefully note the room dimensions and other furniture present there. Thereafter, you can decide whether to buy them online or to get them custom built by a local furniture shop nearby.
Are bunk beds safe – for kids? Now everyone knows that bunk beds are excellent for maximum utilization of space in kids bedrooms. This is particularly true in case of apartments and urban spaces where you have to buy furniture keeping in mind space constraints. Kids bunk beds are available in a myriad of colors, designs and patterns. Parents of two or more kids are often attracted towards bunk beds. However, there are many disadvantages of kids bunk beds which you must be aware of. Take a look at these top negative points you come across while managing bunk beds for kids.
Are bunk beds safe for kids?
Disadvantages of bunk beds – Accident prone for kids
Bunk beds are inconvenient for kids occupying the upper bunks. Going to the bathroom or getting a drink is difficult as kids have to get down before doing so. In case they are sleepy, they may even miss a step while getting down. Bunks closer to the ceiling are dangerous. Kids may stand up and hit their heads on ceiling lights or any electrical equipment on the ceiling. It is particularly dangerous if kids frequently fight with each other, climbing up and down these bunks.
Bunk Beds Gobble Up Vertical Space
Kids bunk beds may save floor space but they look like giant pieces of furniture taking up vertical space or wall space. They make bedrooms look compact and small. The top bunks may prevent ceiling light from reaching the lower bunks. Even if bunk beds are well illuminated with artificial lights, they reduce the amount of natural light in a room.
Maintenance Of Bunk Beds Is Difficult
Kids bunk beds are particularly disadvantageous when it comes to maintenance. For one, it is not an easy task to make the beds of upper bunks, everyday. Certainly not for kids. You have to do it yourself. Mattresses from the upper bunks have to be moved down. Else you end up kneeling on the same bed that you are going to make. Procrastination will lead to dusty beds with dust mites triggering skin allergies. Dust is also a problem with the lower bunks. Dust accumulating underneath a bunk can spell disaster for the occupant under that bunk. Dusting and wiping under the bunks with occasional vaccumming must be done on a daily basis. That is a lot of time wasted every day, don’t you think?
Relocation Of Bunk Beds Is Difficult
You can’t relocate kids bunk beds easily. This is difficult to do within the same room as well. You need to consider the placement of lights, air conditioners and any furniture that is wall mounted. Relocation is possible only by disassembling and reassembling kids bunk beds. People buy kids bunk beds to save up on space and the combined cost of two separate beds. However, you must be aware of the disadvantages before planning to buy them. I would suggest you buy trundle beds for kids. These save up on wall space, floor space and keep your kids closer to the floor. Accidents in the dark can be avoided.
Use area rugs to highlight and accentuate different locations in every room. Use colorful rugs and carpets in your living room, bed rooms and study to add a dash of color and creativity. These are available in a wide range of colors, textures and materials in the market. However, if you have a creative bend of mind and love Do it yourself crafts, then opt for these super frugal area rugs made at home. Listed below are some funky ideas for cheap rugs made of recycled material.
Towel Area Rugs
Buy two cheap thick towels from an economy store. Stitch them together at all the four ends. Make yarn flowers of another complementing color. Stitch these yarn flowers in the center of the towel in different designs. Also make a border of these yarn flowers to hide the stitches.
Video – Make pretty yarn flowers
Cheap area rugs made of T-shirts
Reuse old t-shirts. Cut 3” by 3” strips of different colored t-shirts. Fold and stitch each strip in half. Then stitch together all these folded strips in varying colors to make a larger cover. For the base, cut 2 or 3 pairs of old jeans, old thick bed sheets or any other thick material into short, broad pieces. Stitch these together. Place the other piece of stitched t-shirt pieces over the bottom thick base and stitch them together at all the ends, leaving one end open. Fill in scraps of cloth to make the rug thicker. Finally, stitch the last end securely. Your t-shirt floor rug is ready.
Pom Pom Floor Rugs
Make tiny pom poms with yarn in different colors. Stitch them together. Make a large round layer of tiny yarn balls. As in the t-shirt rug mentioned above, stitch this layer over another layer of thick material, leaving one end open. Fill this with cloth scraps to make the rug thick.
Area Rugs – Benefits
Colorful rugs add warmth and color to any dull looking room. Placing trendy accent rugs to define different areas, is a wonderful idea for people renovating their homes. This is a cheaper alternative to changing everything from furniture to accessories. A single area rug or a couple of floor rugs placed together can cut down unnecessary expenditure during home renovation especially if you are looking forward to change the flooring which is in good condition. An area rug can be an attractive focal point of a room. It is a soft, warm antidote for tired feet after a days hard work.
Area Rugs – Placement
Place area rugs in your dining area, living room seating area or under the center table. Use cute, colorful floor rugs in your kids bedroom to highlight activity area or play areas. A great home décor idea is to hang area rugs as wall hangings as seen in the picture above. I have seen this trend in a few in a few designer boutiques and home décor stores. This can be used for highlighting walls in passages leading from your living room to the inner areas of your home. Use beautiful wall hanging accent rugs or modern area rugs on your balcony walls or front porch.
Using Area Rugs – Top Tips
1. When using more than one area rug, make sure they are not of the same size. Same size area rugs make the room appear divided and smaller.
2. Use area rugs which complement each other. For example, use colors that complement each other, or patterns which match like a small navy blue dot pattern goes well with a medium light blue dot pattern. The trick is to avoid patterns and colors that are disgusting to the eyes.
3. Floor rugs must be in sync with walls. For wallpapered and textured walls with intricate designs, the area rugs must be in plain or subtle colors. If the walls are plain, the area can have intricate designs, oriental patterns and interesting colors.
4. Use easy to clean area rugs. They can cause problems for people with dust and mite allergies. The easy to clean aspect is a must for people with small kids and pets.
5. Rectangle is passe. Enhance your apartment therapy with different shapes of area rugs like oval, round, triangle or let your rug be shapeless with an amoeba like form.
6.Experiment with different materials found at home for making cheap rugs you can use on the floors. Use egg cartons, upcycled clothes or bedsheets, coir, ribbons,old plastic wires, plastic straws, colorful sponges etc. for making good looking floor rugs.
Painting your home interiors is quite an uphill task when it comes to selecting interior wall paints. Confused between emulsion paints, distemper and luster paints? When buying paint for your interior walls, check out the different types of wall paints besides estimating the average cost of a paint job. Asian Paints, Berger Paints, Kansai Nerolac and Dulux offer a wide range of interior wall paints in attractive colors.
Interior Wall Paints – Types
Distemper paints are water based paints, made up of chalk, lime, glue size vehicle and coloring agents. They may have natural or acrylic binders. Ideal for cost effective painting jobs that need to be finished fast enough. They give an elegant, matte finish to the walls. However, distemper paints come without the benefits of other expensive enamel and emulsion paints – Distempered walls cannot be washed or cleaned with water or liquid soap and cannot fight fungal growth.
Emulsion paints are water based paints. For Example, Asian Paints Royale. They impart a rich matte look to the walls. They are durable. Most of the stains on the wall can be wiped away with a mild liquid soap solution. Emulsion paints resist fungal growth and mildew.
These paints are solvent (usually oil or alkyd) based paints. Thinners are required to clean enamel paints whenever repainting is necessary. They dry very slowly and usually emit strong odors. Enamel paint is available in different finishes – eggshell, satin, semigloss and high gloss. Some enamels are also resistant to heat. They make the walls glossy and washable. Enamel paint is usually used in the kitchens, especially on counters and walls bordering the sink, and in bathrooms where humidity levels are high in addition to the constant washing / scrubbing.
Luster paints are solvent based paints. On drying, a tough and durable wall coating is formed that is washable, easy to maintain and stain resistant, as it repels water. Luster paint gives off a beautiful soft pearl like sheen. Most expensive of all the above wall paints, luster paint is extremely long lasting.
These paints are used to impart beautiful patterns and special effects on interior walls, when used with texture tools meant for the purpose like rollers, brushes, spatulae or combs. Texture paint is used in combinations of two or three different paint colors. Ideal for highlighting a particular wall in every room.
For people who are allergic to paint odors and VOCs, go for an eco friendly interior paint with low VOC content. Nerolac ‘Eco Clean’, Berger’Breathe Easy’ and ‘Odour-less Premium all-in-1 interior paint’ from Nippon Paints are eco friendly wall paints that have almost zero levels of VOCs.
Finally it is necessary to get an approximate estimate of the total paint cost plus labor charges. This is even more simple when you use online paint calculator tools provided by Asian Paints, Berger and Dulux.
Note: Other factors like natural and artificial light in your rooms and humidity levels must be considered before finalizing the type of wall paints for your interiors. Glossy wall paint in a room with lot of natural light, will reflect more light and will be hard on the eyes. Also, walls in rooms with less natural light must not go in for matte finish with dark shades, as more light will be absorbed and not reflected.
Kerala home design is well known for its unique wooden construction with intricately carved designs, gabled roofs and extended open verandahs. Southern India is famous for its traditional homes and temple architecture, especially Kerala. However, all wood constructions are now impractical as wood is very expensive. Lifestyle changes have further encouraged modern architects to intelligently synchronize traditional wooden architecture with the present day construction techniques. This unique blend of styles has metamorphosed into some stunningly beautiful homes in Kerala.
A modern home incorporating old style Kerala architecture
Modern homes in Kerala are made from a mix of concrete, bricks and wood. The main building is made of concrete with some parts of the house showcasing intricate wooden designs and structures. These constructions have still not parted ways with the ancient principles of Vaastu.
Lawrence Baker, the late English architect was fascinated by Kerala architecture and settled down in Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala. These are his own words “The various styles of architecture are all the result of thousands of years of ordinary people trying to make buildings that keep out the rain, wind and sun by using locally available materials. So I see what principles have developed over centuries and then apply these principles to what I want to do for my client. Sometimes, the local architecture is so beautiful and so apt that I feel it would be foolish and an affront to try and design in any other way.” (Source: http://lauriebaker.net)
Kerala Home Design – Traditional features
Every traditional home in Kerala had a small door called ‘Padippura’ with a tiled roof, forming part of the compound wall surrounding the house. In modern homes, ‘Padippura’ has given way to a wider gate system facilitating the entry of cars. However, some gates still have an arch or padippura like framework in wood, towering above the gates.
Poomukham, Chuttu Verandah and Charupady
Poomukham is the main entrance to the house, characterized by an open area with a sloping roof supported by pillars, leading into the house. Old style poomukhams were wooden pillars with carved designs. The same effect is achieved now using concrete pillars and POP designs.
Chuttu Verandah is an open verandah joining the poomukham on both sides, supported by pillars, thru which you can walk around the house. Many modern homes still feature an open verandah surrounding the house. The wooden pillars and wooden floors have given way to round, concrete pillars and modern flooring like marble, granite etc.
Charupaddy – carved design on wood
Charupady is a resting area, adjoining the poomukham and the chuttu verandah, characterized by wooden seats with carved wooden back rests. This traditional feature is still preserved in modern homes. The seats are usually granite or marble with back rests made of carved wooden pieces.
Nadumuttom is a traditional open courtyard right in the middle of a traditional home. Being square shaped, this leads to the house interiors on all the four sides. This ‘open to the sky’ feature lets in ample amount of sunlight and fresh air into the house. These houses are called ‘Naalu kettu’ meaning a structure with four sided distribution. In modern Kerala homes, due to security reasons, this open courtyard is covered with a sloping roof higher than the roofs over the other parts of the house in such a way that proper ventilation is still achieved in spite of not being open to the sky. Pergola, Stained glass or safety grills may also be used for as roofing over the open courtyard. Wooden or concrete pillars made to look like wood, are used to border this courtyard.
Kerala Home Design – Wooden Staircase
Modern staircase with carved wooden railings and glass balusters.
‘All wood’ staircases have been replaced by marble, stone or granite stairs with wooden railings. Some stairs have veneer or laminate coverings on a concrete base. The intricately carved teak wood railings and balusters of old style Kerala architecture have been retained in modern homes.
Carved Wooden Doors and windows
Beautifully carved and polished teak or rosewood doors and windows are still a part of every Kerala home. Often, the designs have gold colored enameling, etching or beading work done. This is one feature that has not been done away with. The door handles and fixtures also have intricately carved designs in shades of gold.
In addition to the above, North east placed Pooja rooms with wooden paneling and mural paintings are still seen in modern houses of Kerala. The traditional pond or ‘Ambala Kulam’ is seen on large properties.
With a few design changes, features of traditional Kerala architecture can still be made a part of modern homes.
Some History first!
You can trace the origin of vases back to several centuries B.C. Initially meant for holding cut flowers, they went on to be a part of home decor in the homes of both, the affluent as well as the middle class. Vases have been used as collectibles and centerpieces in ancient China, India, Greece, Egypt, England and across many other cultures. Artists have used vases to depict various scenes from ancient mythology. In fact, in ancient Greece, they were often decorated using the red and black figure technique, depicting Gods and mythological heroes. In ancient Egypt, they were made of clay – usually silt from the river Nile and were often symbolic, adorned with figures of animals, birds, Egyptians and sometimes with hieroglyphs inscribed on them. Ancient Indian vases were royally crafted from precious metals like Gold, Silver and embellished with precious stones. Intricately carved, these ones had designs of deer, horses, swans, beautiful women, Maharajahs and their courtesans, flowers, royal gardens etc.
Choose the right vase for the right place
Make your living room corner lively with a simple porcelain vase arrangement on a designer stand made of wrought iron. Put in a few long stemmed fresh flowers or artificial ones, with colors complementing your wall and furnishings. If the vase is light colored, place it against a dark background and vice versa.
If your home decor is mostly traditional and Asian, go for intricately carved traditional vases, like Japanese, Indian or Chinese – designer wooden vases, you also get Chinese ones with lacquer finish.
In modern living rooms, most often, a neutral color scheme is implemented with colors like off white, grey,beige etc. In such cases, use stylish glass and metal vases with modern designs and abstract shapes, with colorful flowers or fillers like colorful beads, jelly balls (in case of glass vases) to stand out against the plain background.
Check out a thrift store nearby for some pretty containers or antiquities that double up as flower vases, to adorn your living room corner. Make good use of old wine bottles, glass pen stands, painted tin cans, paper mache containers, rum and milk bottles. Decorate them with 3d outliners, acrylic colors, colorful fabric etc. to make your very own DIY vases.
A vase is a must have accessory in every home. You can make the dullest of all interiors come alive with this simple accessory. Vases let you experiment with their contents – You can put in dry stems, colorful flowers, paper mache flowers, reeds, pebbles and what not. And most important – it does not burn a hole in your pocket.
Looking for some cool wacky DIY furniture made of old tires, magazines and other recycled materials? Well, there are a lot of repurposed furniture ideas for those on a small budget, that you can easily assemble at home, in a jiffy. Make a list of things lying around plus a list of things that you will need to fix these things together like Super glues, adhesives – Fevi Bond or Fevi Quick or a glue gun, left over ropes etc. Then get going. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
DIY furniture ideas
DIY Magazine living room chair set with center table
Magazines – We all have dozens of them lying around. Why not put them to good use – Make affordable, cheap chairs and center tables for your studio apartments or home offices or even PG accommodations.
For the chairs – Collect a lot of magazines of approximately the same length.The number of pages can vary. Roll each magazine tightly and bind it using strong transparent adhesive tape. Arrange all the rolls vertically to form a seat. Bind it together tightly with rope.
Now for the back rest, cut waste PVC pipes. The length of these pipes must be measured from the base of the magazine seat till the desired height. Roll them in newspapers. Close the open ends with round cardboard pieces. Tie these PVC pipes together using rope. Next, bind the magazine seat with this PVC pipe backrest. And you have a strong chair made of recycled magazines and PVC pipes.
Place a few fluffy round seat cushions on the chair seats to make them comfortable.
The center table also has magazine rolls bound together with rope. You can get any old glass sheet cut from a local glass shop or by using a glass cutter yourself. Use heavy duty velcro straps for binding the glass sheet to the magazine base. Stick one side of of the velcro straps with super strong glue to the magazine base and one under the glass sheet. And then just press them together.
DIY seat made from recycled tube tyres
Now for DIY furniture from tube tires – we do not have tires at home. But just go over to the nearest car mechanic or dealers of tires or scrap dealers. They would not mind giving away a few tires for free or even for a small fee. Get three of these tube tires. Make sure they are in fairly good shape with proper air pressure. Get some old pieces of fabric. Cut 10cm wide long strips. Stitch these strips together to form a really long strip of fabric. Now wrap each tube tire with such long strips. This will form the first layer of fabric covering. For the next layer, you can buy some cheap, soft, colorful terry towel fabric. Cut long strips and stitch them as mentioned earlier. Then wrap these strips around the tires.
Place two tube tires one over the other. Bind them together with a small strip of terry towel, from the proposed back side of the seat. Fill in lots of old pieces of foam and fabric. Stuff in nice round seat cushions at the top.
Now for the backrest – Bind the remaining terry towel wrapped tube tire to the base using nylon rope, to form the back rest. Stuff in an over sized round cushion into the back rest, for added comfort.
This DIY furniture made of recycled tires need wall support. The magazine chairs are free standing, though. All in all, a neat idea for repurposed furniture.
Simply put, ‘Recycled lighting’ is a term defining light fixtures constructed from stuff lying around your house/basement that you are probably trying to get rid of, but don’t know how to. Now instead of trashing these things, why not just get the best out of recycled materials? Devise creative ideas to reuse a few items of trash lying around to make stunning lamp shades and other light fixtures. Featured here are several DIY lamps and lampshades that are sure to accentuate your home interiors!
DIY lamp ideas
Take this recycled lamp shade for instance. It has been artistically made out of left over yarn wrapped around a metal wire framework to form a spherical shape. And to top it, cute little muffin wrappers have been pasted all over. Then you put in a zero watt bulb or energy efficient light fixtures like CFL.
This lovely free standing recycled lamp shade is made of paper cups glued together. Make good use of left over paper cups from a birthday party or any occasion. You can even place this upside down to look like a lit up dome. Spice it up with a few tiny cuddly cushions or other accessories thrown in.
This affordable ceiling light is made of PVC pipe fittings and multicolored zero watt bulbs. All you need to do is cut the pipe fittings and attach them, adhering to a preconceived design. The number of branches in this ceiling light can be increased to form chandelier shades. Lovely ceiling lights for studio apartments, hostel rooms and PG accommodations.
If you have an old wooden box or crate to spare, go for this neat looking fabric and yarn lamp shade. Remove a few planks of the crate or carve out holes in it. Use multicolored left over fabric, crepe paper or tissue paper to wrap around the wooden box. Add a layer of colored yarn and you have a fabulous looking floor lamp shade to show your friends and all.
This accordion lamp shade is made of a recycled cardboard box and gateway paper. Cut out a fold-able flap from an old cardboard box. You can even use mount board for this. Cover it with colored paper or decorative material. Cut a hole, small enough to hold a zero watt bulb. Make an accordion with gateway paper. Paste the accordion over the hole meant for the bulb. Turn the light on and voila – you have a nice innovative accordion lampshade . Make pyramids, cubes or any 3d shapes with gateway paper, for lamp shades. You can use these instead of the accordion.
This one is the simplest DIY lamp to make. Take an old transparent glass or transparent plastic jar. Make a few patterns with Fevicryl 3d outliners. Fill in these patterns with glass colors. Make a tiny hole at the bottom. Fix an LED light strip at the bottom and pass the connected electrical wire through the hole. Else just drop in some tiny string lights into it. Economical and beautiful, this lamp looks stunning and livens up any corner of your room.
These are affordable, nice and thrifty ways to make recycled DIY lamps, lamp shades and light fixtures. Anyone can make these at home. So get your creative juices flowing and make one this instant!
Note: All the lamps and lamp shades featured here were made by the students of Interior Design and Fashion Design at INIFD, Vashi, as part of their annual exhibition – Saksham 2012.
Before you decide on how to decorate your kids room, get this straight! Designing a kids room needs careful consideration of several facts. Kids dabble in the art of imagination, especially kids in the age group of 5 years to 12 years. They are still exploring the world in their own sweet little way. For them, Disney cars, aliens, mermaids, sea creatures, cartoons and their favorite TV characters are hot topics of discussion. They love role playing and games. They have many activities like drawing, painting, jigsaw puzzles, paper plane making and other crafts, music etc. Kids room decor must accommodate a vibrant and colorful atmosphere complementing the tremendous energy kids have. Keeping this in mind, you can plan an awesome looking yet super functional kids room. Photo Credits:Shanti Iyer – Interior Designer,Mumbai
Note how this kids room has been done up in bright yellow and blue. I liked the steps leading to the bed. Optimum use of space is a plus point here with drawers on the bed side and under the steps leading to the bed. The study area is comfortable and convenient, with a funky chair kids will love!
How to decorate kids room – Top Tips
For a kids room accommodating more than one child, bunk beds, wall beds or triple bunk beds would be ideal as they save floor space. Use bedroom furniture that can be folded away or space saving furniture, like foldable trundle beds. Photo Credits: Jingdianjiaju
Play area / activity area in the kids bedroom must ideally be free from furniture. Lay a colorful rug on the portion of the floor meant to be the activity area for kids. Rugs prevent injury from fall and lend a soft touch to the floor and the overall kids room decor.
Decorate walls with colorful murals related to a theme which your kid loves. Note that it is important to make the child a part of your discussion on the theme to be selected. Your kid(s) may come up with many suggestions like Underwater theme, Jungle theme, Soccer theme, Walt Disney World theme, Finding Nemo theme, Magic kingdom and many more. Take a look at the beautifully done wall murals below.
This wall is painted to resemble the cockpit of an aeroplane with a beautiful blue sky and two cute little planes flying in the sky. Bright colored curtains complement the cockpit look! Ideal for boys bedroom.
The Ultimate Wave Adventure
Photo Credits: Jeffery Wong
Look at the giant wave and the surfing turtle, the jolly surfboard and the distant lighthouse! This mural looks great for a kids room with a beach theme.
You can have lots of knick knacks and lights dangle or hang from the ceilings. Go for bright colors if your kid loves it.
Teenage Bedroom Design
For grown up kids, bedrooms can be a little more sober with neutral or muted shades of wall colors. They need a dedicated study area and space for pursuing hobbies like music, painting, reading and the like. Teens love dressing up as they are more image conscious. There has to be a dedicated wardrobe and appropriate bedroom furniture for this purpose. They love inviting friends over. Unlike younger kids who love squatting on the floor rug, grown up kids need appropriate seats like may be small ottomans or bean bags. Keep a provision for additional bean bags or foldable stools(for smaller spaces).
Storage chests for toys which double up as a small stool for sitting.
Chalkboard walls that are writeable, made of dry-erase decals or chalkboard paint. You can paint a small part of a whole wall with chalkboard paint. The kid can write, draw and do math on this chalkboard wall.
The kids beds must be quite low. Use plump and soft mattresses as kids love to jump on them. These will also help your child sleep comfortably.
Use long lasting and washable rugs and curtains in the kids room. You can get stunning curtains with cute glow-in-the-dark designs on them. Fairies, aliens, angels … you can use curtains with these glow-in-the-dark designs.
Asian Paints take up kids bedroom decor work. You can visit
for lots of fun ways to plan creative and functional kids room decor.
A staircase is a connecting element between two floors. Staircases maybe constructed from metal, timber, bricks, stone or reinforced cement concrete.
It is the portion of a stair which allows ascent and descent. A step is composed of a tread and a riser.
It is the upper horizontal surface of a step on which the foot is placed during ascent or descent.
It is the vertical portion of a step which supports the tread.
It is an unbroken series of steps between landings.
It is the level platform at the top or bottom of a flight, allowing for change of direction and taking rest during use of the staircase.
It is the vertical distance between two successive tread faces.
It is the horizontal distance between two successive riser faces.
It is the projecting part of the tread beyond the face of the riser.
Scotia It is a moulding under the nosing that improves elevation of the step and provides strength to the nosing.
These support the steps in a stair. They run along the slope of the stair.
Newel post It is a vertical member which is placed at the ends of flights to connect the ends of strings and hand rail.
It is a vertical member or wood or metal, supporting the hand rail.
Consists of a row of balusters surmounted by a hand rail, to provide protection for users.
It is a rounded or moulded member of wood or metal that is fixed on top of the balusters.
Header It is the horizontal structural member supporting hair stringers or landings.
Desirable qualities of good staircase designs
In domestic buildings, staircase must be centrally located to provide easy access to all rooms. In public buildings, staircases must be closer to the entrance. Staircases must be enclosed by fire resisting walls, floors, ceilings and doors.
The stairs must be wide enough to carry the user without much crowd and inconvenience. 35 inches wide stairs are good enough for domestic buildings while in public buildings, 60 to 70 inches width may be needed.
Length of the flight The number of steps in a flight must not be more than 12 and less than 3, in a straight flight.
Pitch of the stair
The labor of moving vertically is twice as much as moving horizontally. The best pitch is that inclination which is got when doubling the rise and adding the going equals 23(when rise and going are measured in inches). Pitch should be limited to 30o to 40o.
The clear distance between the tread and the soffit of the flight above it must not be less than 82 inches to 90 inches so as to accommodate even tall persons walking with some load on their heads.
Step Dimensions The going must be between 9 inches to 11 inches. The rise can be between 3 inches to 5 inches. The width of the landing must not be less than the width of the stair.
Straight Flight Staircase Here the stairs run straight between two floors. These may have one or two flight of stairs with a landing.
Quarter Turn Staircase
This type of stair changes its direction either to the left or to the right, the turn being affected by either introducing a quarter space landing or by providing winders.
Bifurcated staircase Bifurcated stairs are commonly used in public buildings at the entrance.The stair has a wider flight at the bottom which then bifurcated into two narrower flights, one turning to the left and one to the right. Photo Credits:Gary Birnie Spiral staircase
Spiral staircases are usually made of R.C.C or metal, and used in locations with space limitations. Sometimes used as emergency stairs, they are also provided at the backside of the building. All the steps are winders.
Stairlifts are for the aged and wheelchair bound to move up and down stairs without having to climb them. You can even install a stair lift for dogs and pets – especially for overweight dogs.
Glass floors are gaining popularity day by day. The reasons are many.
Properties of a glass floor
The reflective properties of glass make it an excellent choice for floors. Glass floors make the most out of natural sunlight, making the room look brighter and bigger. Many a time, it is not possible to break down existing structures and change direction of rooms so as to accommodate more sunlight. In such cases, it is a better idea to change flooring from a light absorbing surface to a surface that reflects light. This makes the room brighter and enhances the mood. Glass floors are used in commercial and domestic interiors to increase light flow and the view from above or below the floor is loved by visitors.
Glass tiles are far more water-resistant than ceramic,wood or linoleum floors. Glass floor tiles are resistant to heat,water, stains and other chemicals. Glass floor tiles are available in different shapes. They are available in different thicknesses and have a wide range of finishes, colors and textures.
Many people doubt the strength and durability of glass floor tiles. They wonder whether the glass floor tiles will support weight, are scratch-free etc. Glass floor tiles shatter only when they are subjected to sudden impacts. There are glass floor tiles that are floor rated for high traffic areas and high impact areas. So you may choose the ones that suit your requirement.
Glass floors can be used in the bathroom, living room, study and in the upper floors to give a view of the floors below.
Types of glass floors
These are hollow glass blocks are used together with a steel or aluminum frame.
This type is used to get a strong base in areas of high traffic like malls and other commercial complexes. Such type of glass flooring used in busy areas is strengthened and very safe.
Glass floor blocks
These are used to provide light to a room when lit from below. They are often installed in 4-foot by 4-foot panels.
Glass laminate panels
These are used for flooring. They are textured. This eliminates slippage and also hides scratches.They are made with layers of tempered glass. They are available in different colors, are transparent and can be illuminated from below. They can be used in high traffic areas.
Glass floor tiles
These floor tiles made of glass, are applied to a base like porcelain tiles. Glass floor reflect light back from a floor thereby making good use of existing light in a room. They have a rough and cloudy texture that hide scratches and have anti-slip properties.
Types of glass floor tiles
Fused glass floor tiles
They are translucent. They are textured, to provide anti-scratching and anti-slip properties.
Smalti glass floor tiles
These are made from a paste mixture of silica, metal and metal oxides. They have a rough and cloudy texture that hides scratches. It also provides the floor an anti-slip protection.
Sintered glass floor tiles
These are made with a die filled with glass powder and heated until it melts together.
Cast glass floor tiles
These are made by putting pieces of glass together in a mold and melting them.
Care for glass tiles
Glass tiles must be swept clean of dirt and sand. They must be mopped well, else the dirt and grit may etch marks on the floor finish over time.
For glass flooring in India, you can check out www.tradeindia.com and www.navkushindia.com among others. Or do a Google search for glass flooring in your city as in ‘Glass flooring in Mumbai’ .
Wooden floors render a very elegant, warm and natural look and feel to your home interiors. A well-maintained, highly finished wooden floor is more appealing than any other floor covering material.
Woode Floors – Types
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is available in three basic styles.Plank wood flooring is usually three to eight inches thick.It is cut into long pieces. Strip wood flooring is similar to plank wood flooring except it is usually less than 3-1/4 inches wide. Parquet flooring involves placing pieces that will create a repetitive geometric design on the floor. Solid wooden floors can come finished or unfinished.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is produced by adhering three to five layers of wood and plastic laminate veneer. Each layer is switched so that the grain alternates directions, making it more stable. Do not confuse this with laminate flooring. Laminate does not have any real wood.
Acrylic Impregnated Wood Flooring
Acrylic impregnated wood floor is made by injecting with an acrylic material that seals and colors it. The process makes it very durable, moisture- and scratch-resistant and harder than other types of wood floors. Acrylic impregnated wooden flooring is ideal for commercial use and areas accustomed to high traffic.
Laminate Wood Flooring
Laminate flooring is manufactured by using fiber board materials coated with a photographic print layer and a top coating of melamine resin. Laminate floors give a realistic wooden appearance.
Hardwood floors are made from an assortment of special and domestic wood. They can be laid easily. The price varies according to the type of timber used like wood from Sheesham, Acacia, Oak, Maple, Cherry wood etc.
These wooden floors must be laid by professionals as the sanding and finishing part of this flooring is very important. Regular wear and tear of this floor warrants regular sanding and refinishing every few years. A rug may be used over this flooring. This flooring has to be maintained with utmost care as it can retain moisture and also attract termites.
Bamboo flooring is more insect and moisture resistant than any other kind of wooden flooring. It strongly resembles hardwood flooring in appearance. It is more Eco friendly than the latter. It takes 120 years approximately for an Oak to mature, while it takes just 3 yrs for the Bamboo. But bamboo flooring is also prone to dents and scratches.
Another Eco friendly flooring option is cork flooring. Cork is a sustainable and renewable resource harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. This is done every nine years or so. Available as planks and tiles, Cork flooring is just right for your study, office, conference rooms etc, due to sound insulation properties. Cork flooring is insect resistant, comfortable and durable.
Where to install wooden flooring
Wooden floors are ideally suited for living room, bedroom, study, home offices, family rooms and kitchen. Wooden floors must be avoided in bathrooms, as there are chances of damage due to moisture. High relative humidity in the atmosphere matters a lot, as it can damage the wood flooring.
Taking care of wood floors
Wooden flooring must be kept clean by vaccumming, sweeping or damp mopping. Do not use wet mops. Avoid wooden floors where there is excessive grit and heavy traffic. Preferably, use cleaning products that are recommended by the manufacturer. Heavy furniture leaves its mark on wooden flooring. So use furniture pads always. Oil soaps and products containing wax cleaners are to be avoided. Light sanding and re-coating is required if the wooden floor finish loses its shine. This must be done by professionals only.
Types of finishes for wooden floors
Your lifestyle and the type of maintenance you choose determines the right type of finish for wooden floors. Different wooden flooring finishes decide how your floor will look in the long run.
Acrylic impregnated finishes
Acrylic impregnated finishes are injected into the wood to create a hard and extremely durable floor. Acrylic impregnated finishes are very rarely used in residential applications. They most often are used in areas of high traffic like retail floors in malls, restaurant floors etc.
Water based finishes
Water-based finishes for wooden floors are clear and do not turn yellow over time. They have a mild odor and usually dry in a few hours.
Oil based finishes
Oil-based finishes are amber in color. They have a moderate odor and generally dry in seven to eight hours.
Other finishes are acid cured, moisture cured and wax finishes.
Wooden floors impart old world charm to your home interiors.