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When it comes to making your home look stunning, it is not just about decorating the exterior facade or the living space. In addition, you also need to pay attention to other rooms in the place like your kitchen. The kitchen is the most beautiful integral part of any room, and we all spent a lot of time here for preparing meals every day. Thus, it becomes very much essential to design a kitchen that is functionally fabulous and aesthetically appealing. Creating a kitchen space that looks excellent and works efficiently is doable, but there are some vital elements which you will need to consider first.

The layout of the kitchen

The present architecture of the home will usually dictate the layout, but if renovation is on the schedule, the common plans which you can think of for your kitchen are L-shaped, U-shaped, single wall, parallel or an island. Arrangements of your kitchen cabinets are also a significant factor while trying to make the space look contemporary. One of the best plans that you can opt for is an L-shaped setting which can also give you a spacious room. Moreover, make sure that the sink, hob, and fridge are all comparatively close to each other as this helps in increasing functionality.

Style and Design

Style and design of the kitchen showcase your personality and preference. Make sure that the design of the kitchen is such that it can cope with the demands of the busy kitchen. Typical clean lines; modest modern design; or traditional delicate detailing, there are no restrictions to creating the style you want. It is essential to keep fit in mind that the style will influence the look of the kitchen and your overall cooking experience. You can seek the help of the interior designers when it comes to adding style and design to your kitchen space.

Kitchen appliances

It is essential to ensure that all your cooking appliances are at your fingertips as this will help you to save time and energy consumption. The best way to showcase them is by creating an inbuilt cabinet. This is the best way to give your space a modern look that to almost right away. Moreover, you should ideally store away the appliances which you do not use every day. This will help in making the kitchen space look more spacious and functional.

Add proper lighting

To make the kitchen look stunning and aesthetically appealing, you should think about installing designer light fixtures. You can either opt for focus lights or your LED backlights counters. Make sure that the kitchen receives a lot of natural light during the daytime. Task lighting, such as cooking and dining, food preparation can be created with a cluster or a statement pendant. For a compact kitchen, you can choose smaller shades. You can also add floor lights as they are a magnificent way to create atmosphere and light up your space. Also, dimmable lights can be fitted below wall cabinets as they will make the kitchen look cozy.

Create stylish, streamlined storage solutions

Kitchen storage is of extreme importance. You can create fashionable, modernized storage solutions across the room. Using all the space within the kitchen, think about how to showcase the storage containers, glassware, and crockeries. Find out if they can be kept within the open shelves, cupboards or pull out drawers. To make a chic compact addition to your kitchen storage, you can think of adding in-built spice racks. On the other hand, you can keep the dried food and crockery sets in deep drawers. If space is limited, consider trolleys and tall shelves as well as open shelves and wall organizers to keep the crockery, cutlery, containers, and glassware.

Create a focal point within the kitchen

In order to impress the guests and visitors and to make the experience of cooking in the kitchen outstanding, you can think of creating a focal point in the kitchen. This can be done by including artificial plants or artificial floral arrangements. By investing in these fake plants and trees, you can save a lot of time as you do not need to water them or take care of them. Moreover, decorating the kitchen with artificial plants is a comparatively easy task and an incredible way to add stimulating color and a charismatic touch to the area. Faux plants and silk flower centerpieces add charisma and create interest in a kitchen. So, move ahead and create an enjoyable setting in your kitchen area.

Choose the right color

A clean and fresh kitchen is vital, but a little zest of color will bring your space to life. Add splashes of color to the design as this can change the mood of your kitchen and at the same time can draw the eye towards certain features. An intelligent way of incorporating color is through kitchen accessories, for instance, colored stools or patterned flooring can do great wonders.

Add color to the cabinets

To make the kitchen space look more inviting and cozy, it is important to add color to the cabinets. You can choose colors that can complement the color of the walls, ceiling or floors. You can even mix three different colors cabinetry in the kitchen as this will make the kitchen look unique and attractive. However, you can still seek the advice from a kitchen design professional for assistance when it comes to choosing colors and cabinetry styles that work perfectly together.

Conclusion

You can follow the tips mentioned above when it comes to designing a kitchen which is functionally fabulous and aesthetically appealing. However, you should not be afraid to think outside of the box as it is perfectly fine. For instance, when adding color to the walls and cabinet of the kitchen, there is no such arduous and fast rule that you will have to follow the present trend. You can always choose your preferred color for the kitchen to bring creativity and inspiration to the most favorite room in the house.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

If you live in an apartment, you may be lucky to have a balcony to it. You would like to use it to sit out and enjoy the view around; entertain your guests, or even grow a small balcony garden in it.

Well then, you need to keep these aspects in mind before trying to make a garden balcony that will make your guests go WOW!

1. Planning

See the space available. Measure carefully to see what fits in there. Then budget it out. Finally, purchase the items you want. Don’t create unnecessary clutter on the balcony. It is difficult to maintain and sustain in the long run. It also eats up on our space and wastes money. So list out carefully, mentally fit it in, scout for the price, and then purchase what you want.

2. Privacy

Not all apartments will have enough space between the buildings to give you the privacy you want. Often, you end up unwittingly peeping into the neighbor’s balconies or rooms adjoining them. Thus, you have to do something about it. The best way is to plant some outdoor artificial plants like artificial tree branches with leaves or artificial palm tree leaves. These look beautiful and give you the privacy.

3. Furniture and seating

Try to use bright and colored furniture. It contrasts well with the green plants in your balcony garden. Place some colorful cushions on weatherproof outdoor chairs or wicker chairs. Go in for floor cushions seating arrangement which is welcoming and comfortable to sunbathe as well as take a nap in the afternoon. Built-in benches with cushions, hammocks or cane swings also look good in a balcony garden.

4. Walls

Surely there must a wall adjoining your neighbor’s balcony. It may be low or high, opaque or transparent, made of wood or net. Decorate this wall. Fix some wall panels, red bricks, stone pebbles, etc. on this wall and hang some silk flowers arrangements on it.

5. Weather Proofing

Use materials that are durable and simple to manage. Use as much of natural material as possible. Metals will rust and heat up. Plastic too has the same problem. Use cane and wicker for furniture; and artificial plants instead of real ones for easy maintenance and durability. Place a garden umbrella for that bright sunny day and rain shed for that rainy one.

6. Plants

Your balcony garden need not have only greens, succulents, or flowers growing there. Try to grow some vegetables and herbs too. You will love to pluck fresh tomatoes, coriander, chilies, capsicum, etc. from your little garden and eat them. The best way to avoid mosquitoes and other insects from coming into your house through this garden of yours is to use lots of outdoor artificial plants like;

  • Fake hydrangeas
  • Pink silk tulips
  • Artificial bonsai tree
  • Silk trees and plants

Try to hang them as cascades or inside hanging baskets to save space and enjoy the greens as well. These fake plants add beauty to the balcony and are durable as well. There is no problem like wilting or withering. You don’t have to water them or even add manure. Place the pants in colorful pots. It makes you more energetic and lifts your mood as well.

7. Create space

Most balconies don’t offer much space to play around with. You need to save space by using some smart ideas:

  • Install shelves for planters as well as garden equipment
  • Grow tall plants which grow more in height than in width
  • Plant vertical gardens
  • Hang planters on railings
  • Use adjustable garden pockets which you can move as you wish
  • Layer plants with taller ones in back rows
  • Use multipurpose accessories like a combination of a planter and a laptop holder
  • Use planters which are high and narrow than short and wide

8. Flooring

Balcony gardens look best with wooden or vinyl floors. They are weatherproof, easy to maintain, and connect you with nature instantly. The green plants and colorful accessories look great in contrast to them. Avoid rugs as they will get wet in the rains and fade out in the hot summers. But, you can go in for artificial green grass instead.

9. Personal space

Personalize your balcony for your relaxation or entertainment in social gatherings. Have a shelf for your favorite books and magazines; fix speakers in strategic places to listen to your favorite music. You could even have a built in stone or a wooden bar an extension of your living room for social occasions. Keep a tiny fridge too if you can afford one and space allows. It will have your outdoor relaxation undisturbed with visits to the kitchen for water, ice, a refreshing drink, etc. If space permits, go in for a small water fountain or even a tiny garden barbeque equipment.

10. Accessories

Your balcony garden will look drab without some displays on the walls or the tables in it. Hang some figurines, handicraft items, colorful pottery on the walls. You could also hang a wind chime or some bells that tinkle with the wind. Hanging lanterns and fairy lights are also good. Place a bird feeder and watch the thirsty birds fly in. Place pebbles of different colors and sizes to add to the beauty.

11. Garden Implements

You will have to buy garden implements for your little balcony garden. Avoid storing them in the open unless you can artistically display them on walls, around plants, on the railings, etc. But, take care to maintain these tools like spray bottles, spades, etc. and keep them looking clean and pretty as well. Hang them with the plant hangers and baskets. If you have to store them, then make dual-purpose arrangements. Have storage cabinets below the benches.

12. Watering and seepage

Watering the plants may be an issue. You can arrange for a tap and water outlet at some corner. Keep the bird feeder or tiny mushrooms near it. Buy a garden hose or a watering can result in attractive colors. Put saucers, pebbles, or waterproof mats under the planters. Keep several pots together as it’s easy to water them. Fix a tiny colorful or glass basin to wash your hands after gardening.

Try out these dozen garden balcony decoration ideas. Make your guests go WOW and enjoy the thrill and peace of sitting out here daily.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

People say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but you do judge a house by its entrance! The exteriors of the building may not be under your control if you live in apartments, but the entrance into your home is under your control. A well done up entry not only pleases the eye of the beholder but also hints at what to expect inside and also at the nature of the people living in it.

So, it’s very important to take care of the entrance to your house. Here are some simple, yet effective ideas to do it up.

Style

The first thing is to decide on the style of the entrance. Is it going to be a contemporary, a traditional look, a designer appearance or a classic style? This largely depends upon your nature and style. As said above, the entrance will reflect on the nature of the people living inside. You can also decide if you want a bold look or a subtle one. Whatever the style you choose, remember to place some pretty artificial plants and trees at the entrance.

Doors

The main door to the house is the protector of the people inside. It has to be reliable and sturdy. Thus, choose a door with the strong and durable material. You can go in for double doors: one with a mesh and one solid opaque. Then you can think of the ways to decorate it. Paint it with bold and bright colors and make the borders in contrast; or paint it in shades of creams and whites and give bright contrasting borders to it. You could even choose neutral colors like grains of natural wood. This matches with any other décor you want to do outside and inside. Try doors with brass inlay designs. Place a faux palm tree near it.

Fittings

The fittings like handles, locks, door frames, etc. depending upon the color and finish of the doorway. Fix easily to handle fixtures. Bold brass knockers or handles look smart and go with most door finishes. There are options of stainless steel or antique look locks and controls as well. Whatever your choice, make sure that these are polished and shining at all times.

Walls

Walls with seepage signs and other patches look extremely ugly and are a real put off. This is not what you would like to see when you enter your home. Keep the walls well painted or distempered. You could even go in for wallpapers which have numerous designs and colors to choose from. Designer walls with a plain bold paint on the door attract a lot of attention too.

Lights

They say that darkness is the gateway to negative energy. The entrance to your home should be very well lit. Dim or diffused lights to save on electricity bills will only attract negative energies into the houses. Always fix a bright light at the entrance. Choose a pretty lamp shade and make it look pretty. Keep the entrance light on the whole night and switch it off early morning. You could also go in for fairy lights along the doorway. It looks gorgeous and even highlights the efforts you may have put on the door. Try the idea of hanging some lanterns or traditional lamps as well.

Staircase

There are very few people living in independent homes. Most people today live in high or low rise apartments. Therefore, you would surely have the stairway coming quite close to your entrance door. Try to keep the staircase looking pretty too. Remove all cobwebs and stains from the steps. Place some beautiful artificial plants and trees on the levels. It will brighten up the place. Wood panel it if you can.

Accessories

Everyone likes to decorate the entrances to their houses with beautiful accessories available today. Hang some wind chimes for that tinkling sound. It is not only pleasant to hear but is also believed to ward off negativities from your house. Hang a horseshoe, in the inverted ‘U’ shape, above the door for good luck. Some of you may want o to hang some religious symbols as well. A pretty floral painting also brightens up the look. A clean and colorful doormat completes the look of the entrance.

Sometimes, it’s the fear of someone stealing away accessories that make you hesitate to place expensive items outside. There are always cheaper options available. You could place some colorful pots with plants in them.

Plants

The entrance to your home will look incomplete without any greenery around it. At the same time, you need to take care to avoid mosquitoes, flies, and other insects coming into your haven. The best solution is to place artificial plants and trees at the entrance. Put them in colorful pots or hang them as creepers. There are many varieties to select from, like:

• silk ferns

• silk orchids

• ficus tree

• artificial tall grass plants

• faux palm tree

These plants look as good as real and retain their shine always. It’s effortless to maintain them since there is no need to water or weed. They don’t require any manure, yet are long-lasting and durable. This will save you the bother of cleaning up the mess after watering, weeding, and manuring of real plants. The best part is that you can select the colors, shapes, heights, and varieties of your choice without waiting for the season!

The above ideas hold good for the exterior as well as the immediate interior of the house. When the main door opens into the house, the impact of the quick interior also becomes essential and has to be taken care of. Keep a console if you have space. Place some silk floral arrangements or some silk flower centerpieces on the console. There are options for placing some pieces of fine art; candle stands with colorful candles; a pretty lampshade etc. on it too. Have a couple of comfortable seats in the foyer if space permits. Hang a bright chandelier for a grand look.

If you live in independent houses, you may have the option of placing a water fountain at the entrance. Fix wooden panels or decorative tiles on the floor. Try a carved stone gateway or entrance too.

Do up the entrance and invite people home. Then take pleasure and satisfaction from seeing the awed look on their faces.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

Being the sleeping haven, the bedroom is the most adorable place in the house. A colorful bedroom is what everybody wants. Although there are many bedroom makeover inspirations, you may not have the funds for the same. Making the bedroom stylish on a budget is possible if you know the right tricks.

Here are 10 inspiring ideas to help you out.

1. Rearrange the furniture

Perhaps you have not changed the bedroom layout for long. This is sure to create boredom in the place. This is why moving the furniture in the bedroom is an excellent way of upgrading. It is the cheapest way to change the look and feel of your bedroom.

If your bed is against a wall, try to put it in a corner. This will deliver a more intimate ambiance. You can also drag the sofa to the other side of the room. Such actions can amazingly change the appearance of the bedroom.

2. Dress up the bed

The bed is the most obvious furniture in the bedroom. This is why it needs to be decorated first. Since changing the bed may be beyond the budget, consider spray painting the same.

You need not change the bedding. Just change the bed sheets and the pillow covers. This will improve the bedroom in a significant way. Renewing the cushions will also make the bedroom colorful. Get things that complement the overall décor for creating excellent results.

3. Highlight the bed

The bed should be the focal point in the bedroom. Highlight the bed with something dramatic behind it. The headboards are an excellent option for this. But, this may be a bit costly. Be creative to find alternatives.

For instance, you may get some picture frames. These are not expensive. Fill those up with colored papers and hang in gallery style behind the bed. This will deliver you an unassuming headboard. You can also hang some colorful fabric, behind the bed, from the ceiling. It will instantly improve the bedroom décor.

4. Add throw pillows

Throw pillows are great for adding color and style to any bedroom. Adding a few trendy throw pillows can uplift your bed and the bedroom itself. Pick a base color that does not outshine the rest of the room.

Mix different styles, shapes, and prints for delivering a new look. Place the throw pillows on the bed and the couch in the bedroom. Better arrange these symmetrically on the bed for an improved look. Display these asymmetrically when you prefer a casual and effortless look.

5. Improve with an area rug

An area rug can bring in fantastic effect in a bedroom. Available in plenty of colors and designs, this is a brilliant solution for adding texture to the bedroom. It makes the bedroom warm and comfortable. This is also great for defining a space in the bedroom.

Placing the furniture atop the area rug delivers nice anchoring effect. Play around with the shapes of the area rugs for complementing the furniture.

6. Upgrade lampshades

Illumination matters in the bedroom. Replacing the lampshades is an affordable way of improving the bedroom. Plenty of colorful lampshades are available in the market. Get one that matches the base and the overall décor of the room.

Also, consider the function before you procure the same. Place two lampshades on both sides of the bed for an asymmetric look. Hang a pendant type lampshade to make a nice décor statement.

7. Replace the curtains

Curtains ensure privacy and can block outside light when not needed. These are also great to set the right mood in the bedroom. Get colorful fabric curtains that match the bedroom interior. Hang it high above the window frame for making the bedroom look taller. If fund permits, you may opt for velvet curtains.

8. Adorn with a mirror

A mirror is the best decorative piece in the bedroom. Mirrors reflect light from all sources and make the room bight. They also produce an illusion of more space in the bedroom. Include a medium to a large mirror in the bedroom.

There are no hard and fast rules for this. You may hang mirrors almost everywhere in the bedroom. You can also build a focal point by including a sunburst mirror.

9. Decorate with tapestries

Tapestries have immense decorating possibilities. You may attach it to the wall, or can also make a headboard with these. You can use these on the bed, or the center table for creating a beautiful focal point. This inexpensive option is available in a myriad of colors and designs and can improve your bedroom beyond imagination.

10. Harmonize with greeneries

Live plants can develop a bedroom like anything. They add style and make people relaxed and refreshed. But, these require dangerous maintenance activities. Having no such maintenance demand, the artificial trees form an ideal alternative.

The faux landscaping elements are available as trees, plants, topiaries, flowers, palms, etc. Passing through many evolutions, these now look like the real plants. You can choose the artificial plants, trees and flowers based on varieties, sizes, colors, and collections.

Fill an uninhabited corner of your bedroom with artificial palm trees. This will spruce up the place and make the bedroom appealing. These are made from superior quality foliage and color pigments. As such, these are durable and do not fade. Some of these are also made fire retardant by impregnating particular chemicals. Thus, you get a safe environment in the bedroom.

Including faux flower arrangements also improves the bedroom ambiance. These do not require sunlight or air. So, you can place them anyplace in the bedroom. They come in fully grown sizes and need no waiting period. Moreover, as they are independent of seasons, they maintain equal shine throughout the year.

Conclusion

Everyone needs a restful and relaxing retreat to end up the day. This makes the bedroom the most loveable place in the house. These natural and simple ideas can make your bedroom look awesome on a budget. Try these and have a good night’s sleep.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

It is a very well known fact that, if you don’t fuel your body in the right manner then you can’t expect your body to be functioning correctly. The kitchen is the place where you prepare your fuel for the day, and if that place doesn’t look good enough, you and your family members are less likely to spend time in the kitchen, which will encourage the consumption of readymade fast food.

Recent surveys have proved that the decor of your house has a direct link to your mood and thought process. Most people start their day in their kitchen, and this is the most functional part of your house. Thus, it is crucial to keep your kitchen clean and well maintained. Kitchen makeover projects are costly, and if you don’t choose the products carefully, then the project cost can dig a big hole in your pocket. You can try some innovative ideas, which will help you to make your kitchen look more attractive and that also without breaking your bank.

Get Your Lighting Right:

Ambient lighting plays an essential role in your mood, and most people are not aware of it. Make sure your kitchen gets a lot of natural daylight, and for that purpose, you can install big French windows. It will make your kitchen look more significant, and you will be easily able to track all the essential things in the kitchen. If your property doesn’t have enough space for big windows, then you can install artificial lights. Install a false ceiling, so that you can install modern LED lights. Also, fix the lights inside and outside the kitchen cabinets. It will help you to find the utensils and containers easily. Use of energy saving lights will dramatically decrease your electricity bill, and it will help you to save money in the long run.

Use Plants To Decorate Your Kitchen:

Using faux plants and power pots can be a great way to decorate your kitchen. Green plants and beautiful flowers can elevate the appearance of your kitchen, and also help you to maintain peace of mind. Natural plants require a lot of maintenance, and you need to check the soil and environment regularly. On the other hand, faux plants look similar, but you can have them without shelling off much of your valuable time and resources. By using faux plants, you can make your dull and old looking kitchen into an exciting place. The artificial plants will elevate the aesthetics of your kitchen without creating a whole in your pocket.

Choose Colours Carefully:

Before choosing the colors for your kitchen, you need to consider a few things like how many times you are going to use the kitchen every day, the pattern of your cooking, etc. Depending upon the usage, choose the color of your kitchen. Using a bright color for your kitchen will reduce your electricity consumption, and it will also make your kitchen look more prominent. If you are going to use the kitchen for more than three times a day, then you should opt for darker shades. The only downside of using a more unlit shed for your kitchen is, it will make your kitchen look a bit smaller. Due to the high oil and moisture content inside the kitchen, it is best to use oil paints on the walls of the kitchen and the cabinets. The oil paint will make the cleaning process easier, and it will help you to save your valuable time.

Choose the Materials Carefully:

Moisture and the oil content in your kitchen remain high throughout the year. That is why choosing the durable and strong materials for your kitchen renovation is important. Hardwood is considered as the best material to build kitchen cabinets, and granite is ideal for building the countertop. There are plenty of costs saving materials present in the market, which will reduce the kitchen renovation cost. You can choose particle board, or engineered wood to build the kitchen cabinets as they cost less compared to hardwood. Also, the particle board and engineered wood require less maintenance and care which will help you to save money in the long run.

Choose The Builder Wisely:

Choosing the right builder can help you to reduce your kitchen makeover cost. Previously people had to hire their local builders for any construction. Now, there are plenty of options present in the market. Just a few clicks on the mouse can provide you the contact details of the best builders available in your city.

However, you need to think a few things if you want to get the job done cost-effectively. Before hiring the builder make sure that his workers are trained enough, and they have sufficient experience in their respective field. Also, collect reviews about the particular builder from his previous clients. These simple suggestions will help you to avoid multiple complications.

Choosing Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances:

Your kitchen appliances are one of the most critical parts of your kitchen. Try to buy the energy efficient kitchen appliances for your new kitchen. The modern kitchen appliances will elevate the overall appearance of your kitchen without increasing your monthly electricity consumption.

Choose Cost useful Flooring Materials:

Flooring is one of the costliest parts of your kitchen, which can increase your kitchen construction cost by 30%. Most people prefer marble for the floors of the kitchen. If you want to keep your kitchen renovation’s price low, choose cost-effective materials like concrete, or anti-skid ceramic tiles. These tiles are made artificially and cost less than natural marble blocks.

If you consider these tips mentioned above, you can easily renovate your kitchen without breaking your bank. Though, you need to keep in mind that building the kitchen is the initial cost only, and you have to maintain the kitchen for your lifetime. That is why it is essential to choose materials that require less maintenance and attention. Apart from helping you to build your kitchen at lower costs, the above-mentioned tips will also help you to save money on its maintenance.

Posted in Silk Plants Blog By Ashwin Iyer

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