Archive for January, 2012

Artwork for walls


If the word “Wall Paper” reminds you of your grandma’s kitchen, think again! Wall paper is Back! And in more textures, designs and patterns than ever before. Gone are the days of floral’s, the fruit baskets and ribbons, sunflowers. Instead, chic-contemporary patterns and artwork has taken over. When compared to paint, it is a much more expensive option, but the durability and low maintenance recovers it’s cost. Moreover, it can be used sparingly on focal walls or as surprise elements within cabinets.

Wallpaper is available in several varieties, some of those being: paper,vinyl coated paper, coated fabric, solid vinyl, paper backed vinyl or fabric backed vinyl, foil wallpaper, flock wallpaper and grass cloth. To get into these categories and their specifications is a topic for another day….

But today I want to share with you this fabulous wall paper which is no less than art. Take a look at this beautiful new era wallpaper by “Wall & Deco”. The company has marvelously reinterpreted and transitioned the traditional  concept by adding visually enticing graphics, texture and artwork more suitable for contemporary settings. I had a tough time picking one over the other. But here are some of my absolute favorites. Hope you enjoy them too.



Lighting Design Techniques


Ever thought why you feel gloomy on a cloudy day and more cheerful on a bright sunny day? Ever wondered why your house does not exuberate the right ambiance inspite of pumping in thousands of dollars on furniture, art, and accessories? Well, almost always, lighting is the culprit! No matter how beautifully a space is designed, if the lighting is not appropriate enough to set the right contrast, you will sooner than later start feeling uncomfortable. Lighting is often an afterthought where as it should be a decision made early in design. An architect and a designer should work together on this as early as possible.

Nothing can compete natural light. Ample light filtering in all rooms is an asset to the property and a specialist can suggest many ways of bringing it in. Besides dual pane windows which are energy efficient, with careful planning, skylights, solar tubes and clerestories can be installed to bring light deeper inside the house where windows can not come in.