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Industrial chic emerged in the late 70s when old industrial establishments built in the late 19th and 20th centuries were transformed into residential spaces. As time passed by, the raw appeal of these unfinished interiors caught top residential architect’s fancy.
With the arrival of the 21st century, industrial-chic was elevated to become a coveted design aesthetic that was characterized by expansive open spaces, edgy décor, and sparse functional furniture.
Want to give your home a minimal makeover that makes a statement? Here are 5 elements that are quintessentially industrial that will give your home an industrial chic upgrade in a jiffy.
Achieve the stripped-down look with minimal furniture crafted out of wood and metal. Wood that features a beautiful grain pattern that is enhanced with a rich stain brings out the natural beauty of wood.
When it comes to the metal, instead of going for the run-of-the-mill chrome finish, look for –
You can introduce these metallic elements in the guise of furniture, bathroom & kitchen fixtures, decor pieces, chandelier, doors and windows.
Save yourself some cash and skip the wall putty. Exposed bricks exude a no-frills, gritty charm that’s very distinct to industrial-chic interiors. If your walls are already plastered, then consider using faux brick wall stickers to achieve the look.
When it comes to the color palette of an industrial-inspired home, it is best to stick to neutral, muted tones. Some of the best colors that exude the charm of industrial chic are –
Industrial palettes have a rustic appeal to them that miles away from pastels and bright colors. However, if you are a fan of softer hues then consider introducing pops of color and pastels to bring out the beauty of contrast.
Concrete is an integral element of industrial chic that has a stellar impact. Replace polished granite or marble counter-tops with rustic concrete for an uber-cool look. Concrete floors are also on the rise. The coolness of concrete is often juxtaposed against plush leather or faux fur to create a stunning impact. You can also take baby steps with DIY concrete décor elements like
An industrial-chic space is incomplete without the addition of statement lights. Some of the trendiest lighting fixtures to look into are –
Pipe chandeliers: Pipe chandeliers fuse the minimal, no-fuss ideology of the industrial style with the opulence of classic chandeliers to create magical, modern lighting that will have your guests in awe. They look fantastic over your dining area and in the middle of your living room. Smaller sizes are ideal for the bedroom.
Wire cages: Wire cage light fixtures add a vintage allure to your living space. If a bold chandelier is not quite your thing, then a collection of a few wire cages can create a quirky look for your home.
Edison bulb ceiling lights: Swap out the boring tubes with light fixtures that keep the beauty of vintage Edison bulbs bare.
If you are a fan of clutter-free, modern interiors that looks uber-stylish with little upkeep, then industrial chic is your best bet. If you want to give your home a magazine-worthy makeover then consider the top interior designers in Gurgaon to do the job.
We have always professed, Vastu Shastra is a Science, which helps you in deciding the layout and placing of various spaces and items in it. It should be treated as an aide & not a hindrance. In case of Bedrooms too, we should take informed decisions to orient, locate and place the various furniture & furnishings in a manner that it enables healthy and comfortable living.
Bedroom being one of the most private spaces, positive ambiance, which gives good vibes is of utmost importance. Right from the entrance to the Bed, the furniture, paintings, furnishings, clutter, circulation space, all play a role in deciding your state of mind, which in turn affects your mental well being, resultant behaviour and performance.
Master Bedroom & Other Bedrooms. As per Vastu, best direction of entrance to the house is from the North East. Hence, if you see logically, the South West Corner becomes the farthest place in the house, which ideally should be the location of the Master Bedroom. However, if your entrance is from South South East, the Master bedroom could be in the North West.
South East or North East should be avoided. India is in the Northern hemisphere, where Sun always moves from the Southern Side- Dakshinayan. Hence, a bedroom in the Southern side gives ample sunlight throughout the year. It is therefor good to have the daughter’s room too in the Southeast. Northeast is also suitable for children.
Wall Color- a light colour like off white, baby pink or light cream are ideal. There should not be a beam running over the bed. Bedroom should preferably not have your Temple, except due to space constraints. The attached Toilet should be kept clean and without any foul smell. Its door should be kept shut to avoid negative energy entering the bedroom.
Anything that disturbs the calm of the bedroom has no place here. Hence, no television. If you must have one, make sure it is placed at a reasonable distance from your bed. “The TV screen should not work as a mirror opposite the bed.
Entrance & Bed. Although most people living in flats do not have much option, it is better not to have the entrance to the bedroom from the Head end side of the bed. Nor should the bed be so placed that it is visible from the main entrance of the flat. The head side of the bed should not have a window behind it. Most of us understand the Gravitational field of earth. Direction of your head while sleeping, should therefore be South, West or East, in that Priority. Metal Beds are heavy and not very conducive. Unnecessary weight adds to the negativity. Couples’ beds should have a single mattress (double bed size), as the partition in the mattress hinders your comfort as also, zones them into two beds.
Circulation Space & Clutter. Ideally, 3 ft of space all around the bed is good, however, some compromise could be made, specially on the sides where there is less movement. To achieve a better and open feeling, reduce clutter. The bulky huge teak almirah gifted to your mom by her dad, is best avoided in the bedroom. Too many small furniture spread around, which affect free movement in the bedroom adds to your stress and should be done away with; however beautiful / treasured they may be. Find some other suitable place for them. Some aroma candle etc which emanate good smell is also advisable.
Paintings, Photos, Mirrors, TV, PCs, Mobile. Paintings / picture depicting happiness is recommended. It is always nice to have your beautiful moments in frames in your bedrooms. Wedding pics for younger couples is very suitable. Those depicting fights, war, blood etc are a strict No no. Mirrors in the bedroom should be so placed that they do not reflect your image while lying / sleeping in the bed. TV is best avoided in the bedroom; remember its the Idiot Box – causes addiction. PCs & laptops need to be avoided. Mobiles & PCs cause high electronic stress. The radiations are inimical. Photos of deceased ancestors are also a No.
Lights. The bedroom should have options for having bright light, eg for dressing up; subdued light for relaxing and some minor source of night light, like foot lights, when one is sleeping. However, light exactly above the Bed is best avoided.
Storage. It is normal for bedrooms to have storage for clothes, shoes etc. Ease of use should decide their placing. We need to get over our traditional mindset of keeping anything and everything for ever. Storing old broken Cassettes / CDs, watches, batteries, clocks or dresses and shoes one has not used for ages, add to the negative energy and are a definite discard. Discard all chipped and semi broken items. Reduce the clutter in your cupboards. It adds to your anxiety and feeling of being disorganized. As a Thumb rule, if you do not use a dress / shoe for 2 to 3 years, give it to someone who would use it and bless you.
What Vastu aims is, at your mind. Anything and everything which adds to the peace of mind is generally good Vastu. If the home atmosphere is harmonious, the inhabitants will be happy and resultantly, successful.
With the Internet becoming a predominant part of our lives, most of us having access to Pinterest, websites, and Do-It-Yourself TV shows, feel we are best suited to do the Interiors for our Spaces. Ideas are easy to get, however, the Information Overload and alignment of these inputs in a usable manner is pretty tough call. Many also assume that creating luxury interior design will be at a huge extra cost. In fact, the opposite is true. We as your interior designers, save you money.
We ensure that our interior designing costs are paid back many times over, with savings made on your project. Our economic optimization of products, coupled with our relationship with the suppliers and by using our in-house team, we get you more than Value for Money. We work out a detailed Schedule of Works at the beginning of the project, which gives you a very fair Estimate of timelines and prevents costly mistakes in execution, as also, continuous increase in cost by putting across items which are sounded as important / mandatory. Our planning is meticulous.
We make budget estimate & compile Schedule of Works with a breakdown of prices for each element of the project; an essential and complex calculation that can be done only by professionals.
We work on all sizes and budgets of spaces. We give you a mood board, floor plan, furniture layout, electrical & plumbing layout if needed, work schedule, budget estimate and if you want, a 3D visualization of the space. After this presentation and upon approval, we plan and execute the project together.
To crystallize a project, we carry out detailed interactions with you to understand the inhabitants, their habits, behaviors & needs etc, E.g.
Based on it, we suggest Economically Optimal Options/ Solutions. If your taste clashes with your family’s (or your spouse’s) tastes, we propose compromises and give a solution that satisfies both parties. Our designer will then work on your space based on your requirements and lifestyle. We are your saviors.
We are an exception that apart from having our own in-house Team of Architect, Interior Designer and skilled manpower, we also have our own Modular & Designer Furniture & Furnishing Manufacturing Unit, which gives you quality, economy & guaranty.
We handle the project from start to finish. You do not have to search for any type of Contractor or Service Provider. We are a ONE STOP SHOP. We have our in house team of architects, top interior designers and specialist workmen like electricians, plumbers, masons, carpenters and other skilled manpower. We also have tie ups with Best Firms in Intruder Alarm Systems, uPVC, ceramics, construction materials and other input materials. For items we don’t make, we help you shop, with assured discounts.
We pay particular attention to lighting plans to ensure they work with furniture layouts and room designs. On a complex renovation, the untrained eye can overlook a simple decision such as where to put a plug socket. It’s too late at the end of a project to realize you can’t place your INR 50000/ Porta Romana table lamp where you want it, because the lead does not reach the power supply. We work backward from the envisaged interior finish, and plan everything meticulously, starting from the furniture plans and go back to basics.
Our Team comprises Extremely Professional & Educated Architects & Interior Designers, suitably supported by highly Skilled and vastly experienced manpower. They are trained to handle interior projects and their challenges and problems, thus eliminating the danger of trial and error—and expensive mistakes you have to redo. Creativity, imagination and artistic flair are their traits. It is because of this training and experience that the team can have a ‘magic touch’ on a project that pulls everything together. They work on hundreds of little details such as choosing what type of lighting switch plates, positioning of electrical outlets, specifying the trim detail of a headboard, and many more.
Above all, we believe in “Building Relationships. Business Happens”.
Invariably, our storages in toilets & wet areas get spoilt over a period of a couple of years. This is the problems with storage in toilets. So what is the remedy? For some time, a solution in the form of WPC is being used successfully. The material is ideal to be used in areas where some water splash on your storages / cabinets are likely. These are a good substitute. Please don’t use it as a water proof material, but as a water resistant material. While fabricating, one must understand that the hinges etc are of metals & would need extra care to prevent them from rust & resultant decay.