the rooms of a home, how does one find the right ideas to create a perfect
space? The challenge lies in trying to create the right look by
incorporating the perfect colours, materials and design. At homify,
we make it easy by presenting photographs and tips for every room and
style, whether it’s a Scandinavian kitchen or a country-style
bedroom. With interior design trends changing every year, it’s
vital to be aware of the latest materials, colours and styles for
decorating rooms. Irrespective of the size or the layout of the room,
we present ideas that can be adapted to almost any home. Whether it’s
for an ultra-modern apartment in New Delhi or a country-style house
in Cochin or Pune, you’re sure to find design ideas from the
photographs of rooms on homify.
are some points to consider before designing rooms?
Every room should
look well put together with the ideal mix of elements. Additionally,
the room should be synergistic with the overall design style of the
house. Rather than placing all of one’s favourite furniture and
accessories in the room, it’s essential to plan the layout of the
space so that each object in the room serves the purpose or beauty or
functionality. The purpose of the room will also determine the
design. For example, a bedroom needs to have a bed, wardrobes and
side tables. In a small bedroom, any leftover space after arranging
the essential furniture can hold other elements, whether it’s a
chest at the foot of the bed for pillows and throws or a dresser unit
in the corner for cosmetics. Working with a professional
can help to create a well-designed room where every detail looks like
it has been carefully thought about.
can I find ideas for small rooms?
rooms comes with a completely different challenge. All the essential
furniture and accessories need to be accommodated within the limited
space. Therefore, practicality often takes precedence over beauty.
However, by consulting an expert interior designer or architect, it’s
possible to make the room look good while it serves its primary
function. Space saving design is the key to designing small rooms.
Building customized furniture that brings a unique look to the room
is a simple solution for making a small room efficient and unique. On
homify, we have photographs and tips on space-saving design for small
rooms to provide inspiration.
How do I choose the right colour for my rooms?
Besides the fact
that the colour should match with the overall look of the house or
apartment, choosing the right tone can influence the mood and the
feel of the room. In smaller rooms, using a lighter shade for the
walls helps to create the effect of amplitude. Similarly, in a big
room, a darker colour can make the walls appear closer, bringing
cosiness to the area. The purpose for which the room is used will
also play a significant role when choosing the right colour. In a
bedroom, soothing tones are preferable as the room is meant for
relaxation. On the other hand, in a living room or kitchen, a bright
shade can bring a cheery ambiance to the area. The best part of
working with a professional is that you can get advice on the colours
that are best suited to a room. Alternatively, you can get ideas for
decorating the rooms with the right colour by browsing through the
images on our platform.
do I share my ideas for a room with the professional?
At homify, we
make the process simple. Just browse through the beautiful
photographs on our website and save them to an ideabook. Once you are
ready to start designing or renovating your home, sharing the
pictures in the ideabook makes it easier for the professional to understand the design style that you prefer.
type of flooring is ideal for Indian homes?
purpose of the room and its location, the budget is a determinant of
the type of floor for a house. For bathrooms and kitchens, easy to
clean and moisture-resistant ceramic tiles might be the best choice
whereas, for living rooms and bedrooms, wood or natural stone can
bring in a cosier or earthier feel. The local climate should be
considered before choosing the flooring for the room. In coastal
cities such as Mumbai or Chennai, wood might not be the best choice
for the flooring as it will absorb moisture from rain splashing in
from the balconies, causing it to rot over time. While natural stone
brings a sophisticated look to a living room, it requires coating
regularly to make it moisture-resistant. Otherwise, it can absorb
spills and get stained easily. Ceramic is by far the most
maintenance-free option for flooring in Indian homes. Nowadays,
ceramic tiles come in a range of designs, including some that
resemble wood. They are also economical as they start at around INR
25 per square feet and go up to INR 180 per square feet for designer
printed tiles. A professional will advise you on the pros and cons of
each type of flooring, after considering your budget and lifestyle,
to make it easier to choose the right type.
are the popular styles for decorating rooms?
When decorating a
home, you should choose a style with which you are comfortable as you
will have to live with it for years. While choosing a theme to run
across all the rooms of the house is essential to create a unified
look, it’s not necessary that every room should be the same. By
playing around with colours, textures and materials, it is possible
to create a unique look for each room without deviating from the
Classic rooms are the picture of elegance. Usually, they are
composed of light colours and textures with exquisite furnishings,
exotic accessories or stunning paintings creating a highlight in the
room. It’s not uncommon to find a classic room with picture lights
that put the focus on the artworks on the wall or spotlights on
accessories. While lighter shades are more characteristic of the
classic style, one can use a bolder shade on a feature wall to break
The advantage of
the eclectic style is that it can portray the tastes of the older and
the younger members of the family. The choice of colours, patterns
and even furniture styles can clash in this style without seeming out
of place. Classic accessories can be placed beside modern or chic
paintings even within the same room.
The modern style
is a popular choice in most urban areas, especially for apartments.
However, it might not be for every homeowner, especially those with
young children as the glass, sharp edges and light colours aren’t
child-friendly. This style is popular for kitchens as the metal
finishes are low maintenance and easy to clean. Additionally, the use
of white and neutral shades can make a small kitchen appear bigger
than it is.
When it comes to implementing the Scandinavian style, the idea is to make an impression without using
too many elements. Besides neutral colours with a few splashes of
brighter contrasting tones, a few carefully chosen pieces of
furniture that are functional and stylish complete the look.