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    Style Your Home: From Top Tips to Mistakes, National Award Winning Designer From Guwahati Shares It All

    Home is where the heart is. To live in an aesthetically pleasing environment is what we all desire and the icing on the cake is if the renovations come handy and within the budget. Interior Designer Karishma Kakoti is here to save you, Read on...

    It is rightly said – Home is where the heart is. To live in an aesthetically pleasing environment is what we all desire and the icing on the cake is if the renovations come handy and within the budget.

    While these renovations might go a long way keeping in alignment with the shift in design trends and you go haywire over using the maximum space of your interiors the right way, Guwahati-based National Award winning Interior Designer Karishma Kakoti is here to save you from the horror of making things simple and subtle.

    T8: How to design small spaces?

    • Use light colours in terms of wall paint, use light shade for wallpaper, flooring and pastel shade curtains to make the room look bigger
    • Straight line false ceiling in small spaces helps the room look bigger
    • Use strips to make space look elongated
    • Use a clear shower curtain in small bathrooms
    • Use of mirror in wall and ceiling gives the room a wide angle

    T8: Tips to use lights in a room

    • Use spotlights in the ceiling to highlight a picture or the wallpaper
    • Use of chandelier in dining or living room makes the room look more bright including the elements in the room
    • Use floor lamps when you have bulky furniture to keep a dim effect for a soothing space

    T8: Easy and budget-friendly makeover tips

    • Change your curtains, cushions, rugs, carpets, wallpaper for a highlight
    • Go for bright tones like red, silver, black, glittery colours in such elements to match the sofa and other furniture in your room
    • Add accessories to decorate the space giving it an edgy look
    • Change in lighting brings out a new look to the room (any chandelier or hanging lights)

    T8: Design tips for a home office

    • Go for brown and dark tones with the heavy furniture
    • Use sporty colours in furniture which are light and movable
    • Use write-ups and lively posters or an art piece on walls
    • Lighting plays an important role and office designer lights can add up to the theme and scene
    • Use of plain glass partitions with a vinyl work design makes a room more wide and clean

    T8: Design tips for small reading room

    • Use of stainless steel, abstract designs to hold books are quite in these days
    • Use any corner space, frame a pattern with a ply finish of your choice, use colour in polish or laminate the space

    T8: Design tips for balcony/veranda garden

    • Use the space by placing a Buddha along with plants or any other elements of your choice. Paint the wall green. If space adds up, a water flowing scene with brick effect can be created incorporating it with the railing acting as a bucket
    • Use the floor space by placing carpet grass. Hang pots on wall or railing. Place a small bench or outdoor chairs/stools

    T8: Points to note while designing a room

    The main concern is related to health and the environment. Anything harmful to the interior or the people staying in the room is not acceptable. Space utilization is the most important factor

    T8: Mistakes to Avoid 

    • Do not overlook the size of the space and buy furniture. Before purchasing any new pieces, be sure to have exact dimensions of the room on hand
    • Table and floor lamps are secondary lightings in a room to make it look visually interesting, as well as more functional. So do not end up with a room that is too harsh or dim. Invest in a beautiful overhead light
    • Always choose the fabrics and furniture before picking a wall colour. There is a seemingly endless list of paint colours, so it will be much easier to match a paint swatch on your sofa. The same goes for surface materials like marbles, tiles and woods
    • If your home has a generous amount of windows, consider adding window treatments — like blinds or drapes — to add privacy, as well as texture and colour. Be careful in placing floor registers near curtains that hang to the floor
    • Stark, white walls can be incredibly effective in a home, but they also can look very sterile if they aren’t decorated carefully. They can also be a potential disaster for families with kids and pets because they show nearly every fingerprint
    • An easy way to add colour and dimension to a room that feels drab is to add artwork. But beware of turning your home into a museum. Hanging art should make your home feel personal and intimate, and the work should complement the furniture and design of a room, not dominate it.

    Kakoti shared that Northeast has always inspired her designs. “We have so many elements from our region in terms of the bamboo, cane.  I love to mix-and-match these elements in my designs.”

    Guwahati | Edited by: Vairabi Rajbonshi | First Published: Feb 24, 2019


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