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Paint or wallpaper…what’s better for your home?

Raksha Saravanan

Paint and wallpaper are the two most popular wall retreatments for Indian homes. A fresh coat of paint can instantly transform a gloomy space into a bright and vibrant one. A whimsical wall paper has the potential to add unique character to your room. Knowing which of the two works for you requires a careful consideration of factors such as aesthetics, wear and tear expected, customization, and cost. Here is a primer to help you decide what’s better for your home.

Variety

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From water and oil-based varieties to the much newer waterborne enamels, paint comes in different types. While water-based paint can be used on any surface and allows easy cleaning, the oil-based paint has an attractive gloss and is suitable for high moisture rooms. You can experiment and create textured walls with the broad range of finishes available. Matte, egg shell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss are commonly used finishes.

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There is no dearth of variety of wallpapers either. From vinyl, fiberglass, embossed, and non-woven types, to bamboo, textile, and liquid wallpapers made of cellulose and cotton fibre, you have options aplenty to choose from, depending on your needs.

Durability

Although a good quality paint job can last up to 5 years, paint is prone to chipping and flaking, which calls for a retouch or repaint every 5 years. Generally, waterproof paint is recommended for high moisture rooms such as kitchen and washroom.

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Wallpaper is a sturdier option. Although modern wallpapers have a much longer life, and can withstand wear-and-tear wreaked by pets and children, they are not the easiest to repair.

Cost

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Painting a room is much cheaper than papering. But, given the longer life span of wallpaper, it can be a cost effective option in the long run. On the other hand, if you are someone who likes to give your home a makeover every few years, you may prefer paint over wallpaper.

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Get in touch with the Best Interior Designers in Chennai for cost effective wall solutions for your home.

Room

Wallpapers are not suitable for humid areas such as the bathroom and kitchen, as they are likely to peel off when exposed to humid conditions. But, if you insist on going in this direction, there are a few hacks to make wallpapers work in any space. Install tiles for backsplashes, and wallpapers in the area above, where it is less likely to get wet.

Paint, on the other hand, is well suited for almost all areas of the home. The only drawback is that heat affects the life of wall paint.

Customization

There is a whole new category of paintable wallpapers which bridge both worlds. These paintable wallpapers add texture to the wall, and leave it to the buyer to make creative improvisations. You can leave it bare or paint as you wish.

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If you are mulling over the paint vs. wallpaper question, and need an expert tip or two, reach out to Interior Designers in Chennai to help you make the right decision.

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Maintain your leather, make it timeless

Raksha Saravanan

Traditional or contemporary, whatever style you wish to emulate, making a leather addition to your home will give your space the luxurious twist that it needs. It is what you need to make your living room both classy and cozy. The durability is all the more reason to include a statement leather piece to your collection.

Like a fine wine, leather blossoms with time. Here are some tips to help maintain your leather furniture.

Position your couch away from direct sunlight, air conditioning, or radiators

Direct and constant exposure to these elements can cause the moisture and oils in leather to evaporate slowly, ultimately leading to dryness and cracks. Also, the colour is likely to fade and might require frequent re-dyeing. Assess the layout of your room and position your furniture away from harm’s (r)ay.

But, what if you have no other choice but to position your precious under these conditions? Here are some solutions that might help!

  • Give it a regular turn

Rotating your furniture on a regular basis causes the fading to occur in stages, fostering an even, but beautiful discoloration. Turning seat cushions regularly also prevents indentations in particular spots (admit it, there’s a Dr. Sheldon Cooper in every house who never sits anywhere but on his spot!) and ensures even usage.

  • Tint or blind your windows

Tinting your windows reduces the amount of sunlight entering your home. If that’s too much of a commitment for you, then opt for window blinds that match the style of your interiors.

Let it breathe

Yes, you read that right – your leather breaths. We understand that you’d want to protect your expensive furnishings with your life. But, wrapping it up with plastic will do no help. Plastic tarps suffocate your leather. Use a soft fabric throw instead.

Clean the furniture regularly

Leather furniture is the easiest to clean as compared to other fabrics. Brush off dust with a clean and dry microfiber cloth, vacuum in crevices every couple of weeks and you are good to go! Make sure your vacuum has a soft brush attachment.

Blot away!

Leather furniture and binge-watching sessions are a match made in heaven. You are likely to spill your favourite drink when a scary face pops on the screen!

For liquid spills, blot it quickly with a dry cloth. Do not wipe, as it will make the stain bigger. And then, wipe the stained spot with a cloth dampened in distilled water and leave it to dry naturally.

For oil-based spills like butter and body oil, blot it gently with a dry cloth. Do not use water to wipe stains. The stain will dissipate into the leather in no time! Remember, the mantra is to blot, and not wipe.

Say NO to harsh chemicals

If the stain persists, using a mild cleaner is your best bet. The gentler it is, the better the treatment! Apply a small amount to a damp cloth and work your lather in gentle circular motions. Do not rinse, but use a dry cloth to absorb any leftover moisture. Test the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot to make sure that there are no side effects, before using it on the stain.

Call in The Leather Doctors

If the stain still persists, it may be time to call in the professionals. They always know what they are doing, and can get rid of the toughest stains.

There, now that you know how to maintain leather your furniture, shop your heart out and give your space a timeless twist!

5 binge-worthy shows on home design

Raksha Saravanan

Whether you are an eager beaver of a designer, interested in discovering new paradigms, or your dream of building your own home, or you just want a taste of the creative possibilities of art, design, philosophy and the human spirit in action, here are some TV shows you must binge-watch.

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

This Netflix show, hosted by award-winning architect Piers Taylor and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin, features truly extraordinary homes around the globe. From luxurious subterranean homes in Greece, unconventional homes in the forests of New Zealand, and mountainside retreats in Santa Monica, to life at an island in Norway, the hosts explore homes in different natural settings and countries, through the lenses of architecture and décor. It is easily one of the best Netflix shows on home design.

Minimalism

This documentary questions the American dream that equates things with happiness. Through interviews with designers, architects, creators, and the public, it pokes at the global culture of consumerism to reveal an alternative philosophy of design, and life itself. In the end, it leaves us inspired with its authenticity. If that doesn’t convince you, it’s funny too.

If the ideology takes your fancy but you’re not sure how to implement it in your home, just reach out to the best interior designers in Chennai, and leave the rest to their magic touch.

Grand Design

For those interested in self-building projects, whether it is a home renovation, an interior makeover, or new construction, this show is both good entertainment and inspiration. It is one of the longest running shows with 17 seasons, and each episode tells the story of the making of a home from the first to the final touch. From modernist masterpieces, and homes on stilts, to finding comfort in an abandoned cave, the projects cover homes in different settings, styles, and themes.

Abstract

If you want to learn how design impacts every aspect of life from the experts, this is the show for you. How does one draw from architecture to design game-changing shoes? How do you blend light, film, and sculpture to craft evocative stage designs? How do you unite function, fantasy, and sustainability? How do you create spaces that engage the senses and promote well-being? These are some of the many fascinating questions the series explores.

Stay Here

This show, hosted by designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer, is hailed for transforming tired rentals across the US into showstopping money makers. We think this would be particularly useful for those looking to list their property on popular rental platforms like Airbnb. The hosts also share valuable advice on how to run a business successfully by looking through the eyes of a traveler. From forging winning partnerships to understanding the unique potentialities of your location, there are many lessons to learn from the experts.

We are sure you are intrigued by our short yet stunning list. Happy watching! Meanwhile, reach out to home interior designers in Chennai, if you are looking to design your dream home.

Vastu for a home filled with positivity

Raksha Saravanan

We all want enhanced health, wealth and prosperity. And if our foundation is strong, everything else flows automatically. It’s only apparent that the key to a solid foundation starts with the home. Here are a few Vastu tips to trap the positive energy in our abodes!

Make your home pop with colour

Colours are by far the best translators of any emotion. And bright colours are reflectors of pure positivity. Painting your walls with vivid, radiant hues of sunshine yellow, lemon green and salsa red in a Harlequin mix pattern, or doing a decade of golden palm fronds on a sky blue background will automatically add to the aura of your house as well as your mind.

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A home that is alive with the sound of music

Yes, you read that right! Cue BGM of Julie Andrews running across the Swiss Alps singing the “The Sound of Music”. That one note sets the tone for the entire movie. That’s how important music is, in bringing in positive vibes. Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything (Plato). Studies say that adding bells and wind chimes to your home, or having spiritual music playing in the background, is the perfect way to capture positive energy. Why not give it a try?

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Nature ain’t your nemesis

Staying in close proximity to nature is the ideal way to immerse yourself in positivity. Having a garden with a thriving fauna is a sure shot way to a tranquil mind. Decorating your home with exotic indoor plants such as Algo Silver Leaf Bay, Split Leaf Philodendron or the Fiddleleaf Fig Tree will add the right amount of green balance into your modern abode. If you don’t have a garden, then cultivating succulents like Cactus, Hummel’s Sunset, Aloe Vera and String of Pearls. Place them inside small transparent glass jars, and that should do the trick!

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Get in touch with the best interior designers in Chennai to imbue the soothing essence of nature in your home.

Declutter done right

Clearing unnecessary clutter from your space will automatically set the tone of positivity. Studies show that the human mind gets worked up seeing too much clutter. Avoid a cluttered look when designing your rooms. Too many accessories or too much furniture can make any room feel small and cramped. Be it table tops, kids toys, hall drawers, garage paraphernalia and what not…just the mere sight of large empty spaces is said to instill positivity, not just within your home, but also within yourself too.

Position perfect

Widening the entry of your entrance and placing your furniture facing the open door will not only bring in positivity but also add to the aesthetic appeal of your interiors. Illuminating the hallway with decorative lights, be it lunar fairy lights or large gothic lanterns, will emit the absolute feng shui that your house needs. Adding centerpieces to tables and placing mirrors at vital points of gathering further symbolizes abundance.

Connect with interior designers in Chennai to explore these ideas, and turn your home into a Palace of Positivity! Curbing negativity has never been easier.

Vibrant Interiors 101: From Contact to Completion

Raksha Saravanan

Once you have bought your dream home, the next step of doing the interiors can seem like an intimidating task. But fret not, because we at Vibrant Interiors have got it all under control. Our end-to-end home interior designers in Chennai make sure that you don’t have to worry about your home, once you hand the task over to our skilled designers.

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