Smart Furniture and Decor Ideas for Urban Interiors

Smart Furniture and Decor Ideas for Urban Interiors

The hustle-bustle, the happening crowds, the party places, and endless opportunities: Big cities have them all.

Doesn’t it seem so perfect?

As appealing as it seems, living in a metro city is not an easy feat, especially in urban cities where there is cutthroat competition for everything, including space. It is almost impossible to find a spacious home in these cities!

Inevitably, to live an urban life, we have to settle for smaller houses. But does that mean you have to cramp up the apartment and have no fancy decor? No way, right…?

Today, we are here with 8 Highly Smart Furniture and Urban Interior Design Ideas for Your Small Urban Home!

Let’s get started!

 

1. Hidden Kitchen / Dining Table That Doesn’t Take Additional Space

Modern problems require modern solutions! Your kitchen and dining spaces are vital for obvious reasons. However, if you merge the two, you can save a lot of room for other functions!

For your dining table, choose a table that fits perfectly into your kitchen fittings. In this way, this one-of-a-kind and elegant solution frees up a lot of extra floor space and gives the kitchen furniture arrangement a more defined visual appeal.

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2. Multipurpose Furniture 

When you live in the city, you have to perform all your functions in your tiny space. When you multitask throughout the day, you need furniture that fits into the hustle. Multipurpose furniture is the best option for your urban decor! For example, you can use a plastic table that serves you during your work hours and then moonlights as a coffee table in the afternoon!

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You can also opt for multi-purpose Chairs like the Italica Spine Care chair that can be used as a Work chair and a Dining Chair.

Italica Spine Care chair is a premium quality ergonomic, comfortable plastic chair used for indoor and outdoor usage. One added benefit is that it helps you to improve your posture with its exceptional lumbar support! 

You can also use this designer plastic chair with the dining table that fits into your kitchen settings and adds a trendy flair to your urban interiors!

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3. Sofa Cum Bed

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A sofa bed is perfect for bachelors and small flats, and it can withstand the rigors of daily life. You can move such furniture around the home with ease. It’s a godsend when you have limited space and need a practical piece of furniture. It is the epitome of utility when it comes to modern urban decor.

Sofa cum beds are soft, comfortable, and easy to put together. The perfect solution for saving space with minimal effort and time- it is a functional unit with its sleek appearance and helps you keep a clutter-free home, as you’d expect from such a lightweight but robust piece of furniture.

We recommend this fantastic sofa cum bed for your urban interiors– Check it out here!

4. Sliding Doors

Regular doors take up a lot of space while opening and closing. Even in a closed state, you cannot utilize the space required to open doors. However, if you opt for sliding doors, you save that space! These doors are super compact and easy to use as well! These doors also look incredibly stylish! You can choose plastic sliding doors, wooden or even glass ones! This is one of the most brilliant urban interior design ideas you can implement for your urban interiors!

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5. Utilize the Height

A lot of vertical space goes to waste when you don’t plan your home efficiently. Instead of crowing your floors, make use of the space high on your walls. Add high shelves to store your books or decor items. This saves you a lot of room, prevents ground-level obstructions, and is perfect for the urban interiors decor style!

If you have storage cabinets, utilize them for miscellaneous items that may clutter your urban interior!

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6. Colors

Colors play a huge role in your modern urban decor! They can make or break the entire look of your home. To elevate your urban decor style and to make your home look bigger and broader, light and cool-toned colors are your best bet! White and lighter colors give an illusion of space and can make your tiny home look spacious!

You can also read more about color palettes and the psychology of interior decor here!

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7. Storage Bins

Your home is always filled with miscellaneous items that you never knew existed! There are certain things you just cannot categorize! These things end up cluttering your space and causing a mess and chaos in your small home.

For such items, you should consider using plastic storage bins. You can keep all the things that are not of immediate use to you in these bins.

Check out Italica’s excellent multipurpose storage bins:

Read more about how to declutter your apartment and redecorate it here!

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8. Mirrors!

This trick is mostly for aesthetic purposes. You can also make your studio apartment look much larger by installing mirrors. Using mirrors to give the illusion of a bigger space isn’t a new decorating trick, but it’s a game-changer. This not only gives the impression of more space, but it also reflects light, brightening the room even more. Without having to renovate, this simple decorating trick makes your room feel brighter and more open. This elevates your urban interiors style quickly!

If you’re thinking about adding leaning mirrors to your room, keep in mind that style is essential. A mirror increases the amount of space and light in a room and doubles whatever is in it. It will help if you keep it simple because you want the mirror to represent a tidy, beautiful space. Focus on decorating a different area to prevent unnecessary clutter because a large statement mirror is already a focal point of the room.

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Are you moving into a metro city and you’ve been thinking about decorating your new place but don’t know where to start? Read our detailed blog on A-Z Guide on decorating your home here!

Did you enjoy this blog? If you did, do not forget to share it with your friends and family. Comment below if you have any other unique ideas for decorating an urban home!

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Jobs change, friendships change, relationships change: but the one thing that remains constant in your life is your home. Your home is your little haven. It is that space that brings you comfort in solace on your challenging days; it is also the space that elevates your joy on the good ones. Hence, it is crucial to make your home into a place that you look forward to. 

Every house differs in terms of interior styling. Comfort is essential, but aesthetics are important too. Your home should be a place where your mind is at peace. Whether it is big or small, we have the ultimate guide for you that tells you everything you need to know while decorating or redecorating your home to make it look just ‘Wow’!

If you wish to find a specific piece of information on this blog then feel free to click a link below to jump down to that section.

Seven Interior Design Principles to design THE PERFECT HOUSE

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of upgrading your interiors, you need to be clear with some interior design basics. Only after familiarizing yourself with these details can you understand what will look good in your home. So, let us get started!

1. Balance

You can understand the concept of balance in simple terms. If you enter your home and feel like everything has its own space and everything fits perfectly, it is a sign of balance. It feels visually sound, and there is a sense of calmness in that room.

When every color, texture, and space in a room is correctly distributed in a room to provide visual harmony, it is a sign of balance.

There are two ways to create balance in interior design: symmetry and asymmetry.
I. Symmetry

You can create a sense of balance in your home by arranging your furniture and decor pieces symmetrically. For example, in your bedroom, when you place your bed in the middle and a night lamp on each side, it represents symmetry. If you divide the room into two halves, then each half will be the other’s mirror image.

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II. Asymmetry

Believe it or not, but you can achieve balance in your home by asymmetry too! To create asymmetrical balance, you should use different decor items and furniture pieces. While these furniture pieces may differ, you should develop a sense of cohesion between them. For example, you can add elements that have similar height, similar colors, positioning, or you can use positive and negative space.


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2. Emphasis

Have you ever entered the home of any of your friends or acquaintances and got bedazzled by a beautiful painting or a grand chandelier? The items in a room that act as the center of attraction comprise the element of emphasis. In order to understand this better, there will be certain items in your home that you wish to draw attention to and others that do not need to garner eyeballs!

You can emphasize a few special items. For example, you can use plastic chairs to accent your home and give emphasis. These objects can act as a focal point around which you can design the rest of your home.

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3. Contrast

In interior design, contrast is when two or more objects of opposing elements are placed together in a room. There are different methods to create contrast in interior design. You can add contrast by adding different colors, textures, and styles. We have a few examples of how you can add contrast to your home:

I. Geometric designs vs. organic
II. Dull vs. bright
III. Old vs. new
IV. Plain vs. Ornate
V. Small vs. Big

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4. Rhythm

When we talk about repetition in interiors, it refers to repeated design elements so that there is movement and energy in the room. You can apply rhythm subtly by placing in elements and objects that cause the viewer’s eyes to shift in a specific direction. Rhythm may be used by adding bold statements too.
Here are the five ways in which you can add rhythm to your home:

I. Contrast
When you add contrast in your room, it adds rhythm. Contrasting shapes and colors can directly and very easily add contrast. You can add contrast in terms of textures of materials also. You can add a combination of plastic furniture along with silk drapes.

II. Transition
You can apply transitional rhythm to your home by ensuring that the viewer’s eye moves from one spot to another in an uninterrupted manner.

III. Radiation
If you are creating rhythm through radiation, elements are repeated around one centerpiece or accent piece. For example, you can add a gorgeous circular accent table and arrange the rest of your around that one centerpiece.

IV. Repetition
Similar forms, shapes, lines, and patterns can help you to get a rhythm to your home. If you employ this method, your home will look much more cohesive.

V. Gradation
Gradation is when the elements in your home change gradually from one end to another. For example, if you are using color, the elements will move from dark to light. If you are using size, you can arrange the components from small to large.


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5. Scale and proportion

As the terms suggest, scale and proportion refer to the size of different objects in your room. When you compare an object to other things in the room, it is termed scale. Proportion is when you compare specific parts of a decorative item to its other parts. This is a crucial factor in interior design. For example, if your home has high ceilings, then your furniture and decor items should not be short and stout. They should also be high and tall.
Similarly, for a short-heighted room, the decor pieces should be low-leveled. If your room is small, then adding a large chandelier or a painting will look tacky and out-of-place. Hence, it is essential to assess your home’s dimensions and size before bringing in decorative pieces.

The decor in this room seems scarce when compared to the height of the room.

On the other hand, when you look at this room, there is a sense of cohesiveness as the objects’ size seems to be well proportionate to each other.

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6. Harmony and unity

Harmony in interior design refers to when all the different elements in your home come together to form a cohesive look as per the desired theme or color palette. For example, if all the decor items in your home come together to create the Bohemian aesthetic you desire, it will be a sign of harmony. Unity refers to the repetition of elements to create a harmonious interior. You can’t add neutral shade bohemian items with loud/ bold wall color, making everything stand out and create a chaotic look.
These two aspects are crucial for a beautiful home. If your home does not have harmony and unity, it will look messy and tacky.

Look at this living room. It has harmony in the color scheme and also in terms of decor style.

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As opposed to that, take a look at this living room. It has no cohesiveness in terms of colors or objects. It looks confusing and messy.

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7. Details

After taking care of the significant interior design elements, it is also crucial to pay attention to the finer things and details. For example, the floor mat in the room should be in sync with the rest of the decor, or the small decorative piece on the self should go well with the rest of the items.

If you ignore the details, your home may appear unfinished. Here are the different types of details that you should pay attention to:

I. Furniture
II. Accessories
III. Lighting accessories
IV. Stairwells
V. Ceiling designs
VI. Color coordination

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Can you spot any intricate details in this beautiful cozy room? Let us know in the comments.

Check out this super helpful video by Zahira Cury,  Architect and interior designer, and founder of the Online Design Magazine “D.Signers,” where she addresses the top 7 interior design mistakes you should avoid while designing your dream home:

 

Top Interior Design Styles

There are probably hundreds of interior design styles in the world. Interior design styles have developed across eras and different geographies around the globe. However, there are a few super popular among these hundreds. Let us check them out:

1. Modern

Modern is a broad word for architecture that usually refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simplistic palette of colors, and the use of aluminum, glass, and stainless materials. In any aspect, including furniture, the modern design employs a sense of simplicity.

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2. Post-modern

At its heart, postmodernism is an effort to break away from modern designs’ realistic, muted, and frequently impersonal approach. Instead, the unconventional, the flashy, and the strange are praised by postmodernism. One of the most characteristic traits of a postmodern aesthetic is uniquely-shaped furniture. If this is the style of your choice, look no further than plastic furniture. Check out this wide range of plastic furniture to fulfill your postmodern aesthetic dreams!

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3. Bohemian

A lack of form distinguishes Bohemian interior style. With this style, you are opting for carefree layers of pattern, texture, and color. Its intimate and comfortable style is the essence of the bohemian aesthetic. This style is also characterized by unconventional furniture such as wicker chairs, plastic chairs, plastic tables, etc.

A rule-breaking, intimate, and exotic style of decorating a living room is the Boho style. Boho is influenced by individuals, including frequent tourists, performers, and authors, who chose to lead an unorthodox life.

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4. Minimalist

This interior design style is characterized by simplicity, clean lines, and monochromatic color palettes. It usually integrates a comprehensive floor plan, plenty of light, and practical furniture, and it focuses on the form, color, and texture of only a handful of components. It is a style approach that is characterized by decorative austerity.

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5. Industrial

When you talk about industrial interior design aesthetic, it is the aesthetic style that takes clues from old warehouses and industrial spaces that have been transformed into lofts and other living spaces in recent years. It insists upon the usage of distressed wood components from the turn-of-the-century industrial period and exposed bricks. This style looks like it will burn a deep hole in your pockets! But that isn’t true. You can achieve this stunning aesthetic by using some plastic furniture. Add a few minimalist plastic chairs to add to this rugged industrial vibe!

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If you wish to explore more interior design styles, check out this blog here on interior design styles through the decades.

 

Understanding Colours

1. Warm and Cool Colors

Colors can be divided into two categories:

I. Warm Tones
Shades such as red, orange, yellow are referred to as warm colors. These colors are bright, vibrant, and dynamic. On the other hand, slightly neutral colors such as brown and tan can also fall under warm tones. Warm tones add energy, power, and vibrancy to your space. Therefore, these colors are best suited for entertainment places such as your living room. One way to add warm tone elements in your home is to add colorful plastic tables or chairs to spruce up your space within a budget.

II. Cool Tones
Shades such as blue, green, purple, and grey fall under cool tones. These colors generally emit calming and soothing vibes. These are best suited for spaces that need to be more relaxed. Cool tones are ideal for bedrooms and home offices.

2. The 60-30-10 Rule

According to this rule, you will choose three primary shades for your home. 60, 30, and 10 are the percentages in which you can use these colors. The 60 shade is naturally the dominant one. To make your home more aesthetic, you should use a lighter and more neutral shade for this color, as this generally serves as a base. The color which will constitute 30% of the space will be slightly bolder, and the third color will be the accent color. You can use fun and eccentric colors for the 10% shade.

3. Complementary and Analogous Colors

Complementary colors refer to colors that sit exactly opposite to each other on the color wheel. In your interior design, you can use complementary colors to accentuate the contrast between the two colors.
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Analogous colors are those that you see next to each other in the color wheel. If you are confused about what kind of colors you can choose for your room, you can use analogous colors and opt for a monochromatic vibe in your home.

Check out this fun and detailed infographic on the colors of interior design:

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Check out this blog, If you wish to learn more about how colors and other aspects can affect your mood

Now that you know all about the design basics and color schemes, let’s dive into the HERO of your house- Furniture and understand how to select the right furniture for your home! 

 

All about Furniture!

1. Select an interior design style/ aesthetic for your home

Do some online brainstorming and analysis on some aesthetics or concepts you absolutely enjoy. The first thing to do is to get on Pinterest and create a mood board as per your desired theme and the color palette. Realize that you can or may not be able to re-create precisely the aesthetic you want. However, you can recreate something similar or better. Add all the ideal furniture in your mood board to check if the furniture is cohesive with the other decor elements.

2. Study all the items you want to keep vs. the ones you want to get rid of!

Even if you are refurbishing your entire interior, you don’t need to throw everything away. You can keep certain things if they match your new aesthetic. You can also upholster or upcycle some of these items to suit your unique style. 

However, if these items do not bring you any joy or are not useful at all, it is best to throw them away.

3. Choose the right fabrics and Materials.

The last suggestion is to be mindful of the materials and fabrics you use for the furniture. You would want to pick fabrics that are easy to wash, sturdy, and can bear the test of time if you are a family of kids and maybe more kids on the way. A formula for failure is a white couch with puppies and toddlers. However, since they are highly sturdy and washable, a microfiber sofa is a perfect choice. 

We will now take you through a detailed guide into how you can select the right materials!

 

Let’s talk about choosing the Right Materials!

The right material for your home has a massive impact on overall interior decor and style! Wrong materials can make your home look tacky and leave you uncomfortable. Your materials will also depend upon the style you choose. 

Here are the different types of details that you should pay attention to:

1. Fixate upon a specific style and vibe for your home.
2. Make a budget and narrow down this budget according to your style.
3. Fixate upon a specific style and vibe for your home.
4. Make a budget and narrow down this budget according to your style.
5. Select the kind of texture you want for your home.
6. Decide the geometry and the layout of your space.
7. Think about whether a particular kind of material will be functional for your home.

While there are thousands of materials to choose from, there are a few common materials with which you could never go wrong.

1. Wood

Whether it is indoors or outdoors, wood can be used as a design feature to complement any theme or design style. Envision it on your floors, walls, ceilings, patios, and accessories in your house, in addition to the sturdy, classic charm of fine wood furniture. The only problem with wooden furniture is that it needs to be maintained, cleaned, and polished every so often! Wood is also the most robust building material on the planet in terms of its weight.

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2. Granite

Granite is synonymous with surfaces in the kitchen. This igneous rock comes in various shades. The speckled look it provides to kitchen tops is part of its style appeal. Typically, you’ll see pink, white, or gray tones. Because of its natural look, it’s favored in kitchens. Granite is most often used in building as a very robust and durable stone.

Using it in tiny spaces rather than wide ones, such as a corridor, is a good idea. For your bathroom, you can also get granite vanity units. To add some sophistication without flooding the room, stick to lighter tones in the bathroom.

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3. Silk

Silk is a very versatile natural fiber, one of the best ones. In a bedroom, this material adds grace and elegance. It adds to space some beauty and refinement. You can also upholster some of the bedroom furniture using silk. Steer clear of using linen in the dining room, with silk screens or pillow covers instead of a lighter, more comfortable feel in the bedroom.


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4. Plastic

Plastic is one of the most popular materials today, particularly in Asia. Plastic is affordable, flexible, colorful, sustainable, and quite stylish. It is the best material to make furniture. You can also use plastic furniture for multiple purposes. These are the trendiest items that you can use extensively in your home. You can use plastic chairs and plastic tables anywhere in your home.
Plastic furniture is highly durable too. If you buy a set of plastic chairs, they will last you for several decades.

The best thing about plastic furniture is that they are available in versatile styles and shapes. Also, most plastic furniture items are almost 100% recyclable. Plastic furniture is also relatively low-maintenance.

If you want to spice up your home with plastic chairs, take a look at this blog on the ultimate guide to buying plastic chairs

 

Space is the Key!

Arranging your space in the right way can change the entire appearance of your entire room! We have a few tips for you to check out on how you can arrange your space.

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Step 1: Get the Measurements of Your Room

It is essential to know the area and the measurements before deciding the details and specifics to add to your room. Measure the space and mark out a plan of where you will be placing all individual items.

Step 2: Select a Focal Point

Select an accent item or a centerpiece that will be the attraction for your room. You will arrange the rest of the design around this centerpiece. This center point could be a chandelier, an accent plastic chair, or an antique decor piece. This accent piece will help to set the mood and tone for your place. This piece is also the first thing people will notice when they enter the room.

Step 3: The Traffic Flow

One more important thing you need to keep in mind while arranging your furniture is to ensure that your room’s traffic flow is smooth and unhindered. Traffic flow refers to the negative spaces on the ground in a room on which people walk around. If there are many on-ground obstructions, such as too many furniture items, it can be inconvenient and irritating.

Step 4: Proper Usage of Space

There are two kinds of space in terms of interior design: positive and negative. Positive spaces are the rooms’ occupied spaces, such as spaces that contain furniture or decor items. Negative spaces are the empty spaces that remain unoccupied. For a perfect home, you need the right balance between positive and negative spaces. If your home has too much positive space, it will look cluttered and tacky. Too much negative space will make it look empty and incomplete.

Check out our blog, To know more in detail about how you can arrange your interior items correctly

 

What to do about your decorative items?

As we discussed previously, the details are crucial in designing a home. Once you are done painting your walls and adding your furniture pieces, there is still a LONG way to go! You need to add knick-knacks and accessories to give your home the perfect finish. 

The small items that change the whole look of your home are accessories. The finishing touch is accessories. It’s the sparkle and the stuff that offers a fully finished look to your room. It should be fun to add accessories, but we have found that accessorizing is challenging for many of you.

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For this section, we have some exciting tips for you!

      1. Ensure that you always use things that make you happy and improve your mood.
      2. Be sure to keep in mind scale and balance. A tiny decor piece will look strange and awkward next to a big lamp.
      3. Focus on mixing the products’ shapes and measurements.
      4. Do not add items that are entirely out of the theme.
      5. Try not to deviate from the color scheme of your room.
      6. Ensure that all your decor pieces are perched atop safe places and not in corners where they can get easily knocked over.
      7. Odd numbers of objects tend to look better together rather than even numbers.
      8. Layer your objects. Do not add everything in a single file or bundled it in the same place.
      9. Try combining natural and artificial items to create an even combination. This item could be anything from a beautiful piece of driftwood, a fruit bowl, or some new flowers. High-quality fake flowers are an excellent choice if appropriate, too. You can add this decorative piece to your favorite plastic table!

Now let’s walk into each room and figure out the important elements and aspects that you should keep in mind while designing.

 

Let’s Start with your Living Room

Your living room is the room that people first see when they enter your home. It sets the first impression of you in front of your friends and acquaintances. Plus, it is always pleasant to come home to a beautiful home after a long, hard day.

1. Layout

To decide the layout of your living room, first, you have to assess the size of the space. Then you need to create a plan which leaves ample space for traffic flow. You have to decide how much space you wish to allocate for seating, tables, and decorative pieces.

2. Central Accent Piece

The central accent piece will be the first thing people notice when they enter your home. It can be a chandelier, an accent plastic chair, a plastic table, a mantelpiece, or anything at all! You need to ensure that this piece is charming to look at but also utilitarian!

Can you guess which is the accent piece in this living room? (Hint: it is the first spot your eyes go to!)

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3. Walls

The living room walls play a vital role! You can incorporate an accent wall with wallpaper or add a texture. If you add one accent wall, then you should leave the rest of the walls plain and subtle.

4. Seating

Seating is crucial when it comes to the living room. It is the space where you relax and unwind. It is also that room where your guests make themselves comfortable. Your living room should have ample seating, and it should be super comfy too! If you are looking to decorate your home with, you can check out this unique plastic chair that is a perfect blend between a chair and a sofa!

5. Greenery

A little bit of greenery can add so much freshness to your home! You can add small cacti or big leafy potted plants to your home. Most plants have bright colors, and therefore you have to select a color palette that accommodates the colors of the plants.

6. Choosing the Right Accessories

You need to choose classy and elegant accessories for your living room. You can add chairs, recliners, rugs, curtains, candles, throws, artwork, and other knick-knacks for your living room. Do not make this space too cluttered by adding too many accessories. Select the ones that go with your overall theme and style.

If you have a mantelpiece, there are some rules to decorate that too! Check out this infographic by Buzzfeed:

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7. Lighting

Living rooms also serve multiple functions, so you’ll want lighting that can quickly be adapted for relaxed, fun, comfortable movie nights and other events. A good alternative for living areas is versatile track lighting since it can include ambient, mission, or accent lighting such as grand chandeliers.

 

Let’s move on to the Bedroom!

The master bedroom is the heart of any home, and it often reflects your personality. Everyone needs to have their little piece of heaven on earth, and you can make your bedroom a comfortable space for a tranquil and serene escape from your day-to-day life.

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We have a few ideas for you to make your bedroom a perfect combination of luxury and relaxation:

1. Establish a mood

Your room should match your inner vibe. If you are a quiet person, you should pick a calmer aesthetic for your room. If you are a vibrant and outgoing individual, you could incline towards a theme that does justice to your vibe.

2. Choose relaxing color

It would be best to choose soothing tones of your preferred color instead of picking an electrifying shade. Soft, cool, or neutral colors make the room look more spacious and keep the atmosphere serene, which will induce a sense of calm.

3. Headboard

Having a bed with a headboard is right for your sitting posture, plus it gives your room an instant elegant vibe.

4. Bedside symmetry

Maintaining symmetry in your decoration uplifts the character of the room automatically. It looks more polished and classy, and sub-consciously gives more mental satisfaction to people. Add two minimalist plastic tables on either side of your bed to give it a polished and unique look!

5. Lighting

Using lighting, you can completely change the mood of any room. We suggest you keep the master bedroom lightings on the mellower side and not too harsh. Two bedside lights would do the job correctly, and based on the room size, you can add a couple of more light sources in your room.

6. Curtains

Curtains give a physically pleasing element to the room and also keeps the room cooler. Pick graceful drapes to match your room’s aesthetic, either by complementing the color palette or matching them using other shades of the same color scheme, and see your room jazz up instantly.

 

Cooking up the design for the Kitchen

You must have come across stunning kitchen makeovers and the before and after versions! An essential quality of a kitchen is utility. If it is not useful and perfectly organized, there is no use in it looking gorgeous. Let’s check out all the factors you should look into to design your perfect kitchen interiors.

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1. Storage

Your kitchen should have ample storage space. It should have enough cabinets, drawers, and storage units to store all your food and ingredients. If you have storage concerns, plastic crates or plastic storage bins could be an excellent option for you!

2. Counter Space Arrangement

You should arrange your counter space in a way that it serves as both storage spaces, but 60% of it is left empty. You need to keep the most important or frequently used items on the kitchen counter, and maybe some decor items! The rest of the counter should be empty for when you need to do the cooking!

3. Kitchen Accessories to Make Your Life Easier!

You can add some fun kitchen accessories such as high chairs or plastic stools to make it function as a small bar too. For some functional and aesthetic accessories, you should check out this plastic trolley by Italica.

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4. Self Organization and Display

Putting them on full display will bring character to your kitchen, whether you collect white porcelain mugs or blue and white patterned serving dishes. To make a kitchen feel larger and lighter, replace upper cabinets with floating shelves. Since you can never have too much room, stash bulky appliances behind a sliding cabinet door, like stand mixers.

5. All the Right Colors!

You can add bright hues or darker ones, depending on the style you opt for. You can choose to use colored tiles for the flooring or printed tiles for the kitchen walls. Alternately, you can use dark shades for your kitchen counter!

Work From Home space 

Owing to 2020, our homes have become our workspaces. Yet there is a way to make this space fun and professional at the same time!

1. Location

Your workspace/ room should be located in the quieter corners of your house. It should be a safe distance away from the hubbub and commotion. The quieter the space is, the more productive you are likely to be!

2. Lighting

Natural lighting is always the ideal choice when it comes to working! However, you may also have to work in the evenings and at night! Make sure you use bright and focused lights in your workspace when it comes to using artificial lights.

3. Furniture

Your workspace furniture should be ergonomic! It should enable you to be comfortable so that you are focused on being productive. Our recommendation is Italica Spine Care Chair, a gorgeous and stunning plastic chair that gives you the ideal posture owing to its excellent lumbar support.

4. Color

Make sure that your workspace has a proper mix of neutral and bright colors. Neutral colors prevent you from getting distracted. Yet, some pops of bright colors help to lift your mood up!

For a detailed insight into how you can create the ideal work from home space, check out this blog: https://italica.com/an-ultimate-guide-to-setup-a-work-from-home-space-with-ergonomic-chairs/.

 

The Lavish Garden/Patio Design

What better place there is to relax than your garden or patio?! You can sit and soak the sun or watch the sunset in the evening. Yet to make the most of your garden space, you need to decorate it a little!

1. Seating Arrangement

Your garden should have some necessary seating arrangements. For your garden space, plastic chairs are the ideal choice for you. Make sure there are plenty of plastic chairs in this space to fit your entire family during barbeque evenings! You can also add a central plastic table to optimize the space furthermore. You can also add a fun plastic sun lounger to soak the sun in winter mornings.
sun lounger

2. Decorative materials

You can add some accessories to your garden to make it look a little more classy! You can add small foundations or ornamental decorations to spruce up the space!

3. Colors

When it comes to your patio, the choices are endless! You can opt for bright and vivid colors or whites and neutrals! Both the options are excellent, depending upon the style you are going for! If your style is minimalist or vivid, check out Italica’s plastic chairs and tables to give your patio a perfect look!

While we are at it, you can also check out this amazing video on useful gardening hacks by 5-minute decor.

 

Styling With Italica

Is budget your primary concern while sprucing up your home? Well, Italica is right here to rescue you with super stylish, high-quality plastic furniture at affordable rates.

1. Plastic Chairs

Whichever room you are looking to decorate, plastic chairs are an excellent option for you. Plastic armchairs work well for any of your rooms, whether it is adding a bit of color to your living room or to spruce up your patio! You can add plastic chairs to your kids’ room or your workspace too! When it comes to the blend of style and comfort, our plastic chairs give you the ultimate combination, regardless of which interior design style you opt for!
If you are looking for some eccentric seating, check out our plastic sun lounger too. It will be the perfect match for your patio, but if you are feeling experimental, you can add indoors also!

2. Plastic Tables

You need to add some spicy yet stunning plastic tables to accompany your seating arrangement! You can add a plastic table as the centerpiece in your living hall or two plastic tables as side pieces on either side of your bed in the bedroom! A plastic table will be an excellent addition to your patio as well when it’s coffee time in the evening or maybe a barbeque night!

3. Plastic Stools

You may get bored of traditional chairs and couches! To spruce up your room’s seating, you can add a few Italica plastic stools! Add them to your living room or your study area just to spice the space up a notch! Additionally, you can add plastic stools to your kitchen counter to create your own home mini bar!

4. Plastic Trolley

Envision this: You have thrown a lavish party in your home wherein all your friends and acquaintances have arrived. The night is young and full of energy. Yet, there is the task of passing around food, condiments, and beverages. Imagine the hassle of carrying around a tray, dodging people, and the whole stress of it! You can avoid all that by merely adding a plastic trolley as your kitchen accessory! With this, you can pass around food and beverages quite easily.

Even on regular days, this compact plastic trolley will act as an additional storage space. And let’s admit it, it is quite stylish too!

We hope you found this blog fun and useful! If you are reading this right now, it is a sign for you to upgrade your home! So, follow our tips and get the decorating started!

Do leave a comment and let us know what kind of design style you prefer for your house, and Don’t forget to share this blog with your friends and family! 

Have a happy home!

 

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Tips to Spice up a Neutral Colour Palette in Your Home

Tips to Spice up a Neutral Colour Palette in Your Home

Choosing the right color palette for your house is much more important than you may realize, as it has different psychological effects on you. Have you ever tried a beige color palette for your room but ended up feeling drab and unexciting?  That’s precisely what we are talking about.

Well, this is the perfect opportunity for you to be creative with your home decor! In this blog, let us take you through tips on how you can spice up neutral colors in interior design!

Try Multiple Neutral Shades that Complement Each Other

Pick a neutral shade of your choice, and make sure you add different items in various shades of that color. Whether it is cream, grey, beige, or taupe, adding multiple shades will add layers to the room. For example, you can use four or five different neutral shades. You can use one shade for curtains and upholstery, another for the wall, one for the floors, and another for the furniture. Neutral furniture helps your home to get closer to a minimalist aesthetic. 

Try Multiple Neutral Shades that Complement Each Other

Include multiple textures and materials

If all the textures in the room are the same or similar, your room might appear drab. Make sure you use a proper permutation and combination of textures to elevate the look of your room. 
If your sofa is made of faux leather, you can use the same material for your chairs. However, it would be interesting to use silk for your drapes to create a slight contrast.

You can do the same for furniture by alternating them between furnishings with a glossy and matte finish. It is always advisable to invest in high-quality textures. They add a vibrant look to your room, and they last longer too.

Include multiple textures and materials

Add a Pop of Colour

After you have fixated upon a neutral palette, you should consider adding a pop of color to your room. This pop of color adds a fun element to the aesthetic. It would also help in breaking the monotony of the neutral textures. You can use a variety of items to bring in the pop of color. A few bright colored furniture pieces can do the trick! It can also be an art piece or a decorative item for your mantelpiece!

Add a Pop of Colour

Add Black

People are often skeptical about adding black to their interiors. However, if you use it in the right amount, it can make your home look elegant and classy. It adds punctuation and accent to your home. You can add a piece of black furniture or paint one of your walls back and top it off with a nice painting. Black lamps, decorative figurines, and other decor pieces also add a subtle elegance to the decor!

Add Black

Mix Your Neutrals

It is a risky option, but you can also try mixing your neutral color palettes for home. You can attempt to combine beiges with browns or greys with taupe or whites. For this, you need a little bit of creativity and a good internet connection! Try to envision the colors together, look at samples available online, and create a pinteresty mood board. Find the right neutrals that complement each other, and it will make your home look stunning! For instance, add beige upholstery to brown-framed sofas. Or add grey curtains with an off-white rug!

Mix Your Neutrals

Use Beautiful and Unique Shapes

You can employ elements other than color to break the flatness of a neutral palette. One of these elements is ‘shape.’ Have you ever seen those homes on Instagram which have unembellished white interiors but still look classy and extravagant due to modernist forms? While you don’t need to follow that exact aesthetic, you can draw inspiration from the idea. You can add some uniquely shaped furniture or build fittings that have distinctive shapes. These decor pieces will enhance your home aesthetic and help you to level up your home.

Use Beautiful and Unique Shapes

Use Different Patterns 

Many people believe that pattern mixing can clash with their overall decor and appear disruptive. However, if you pair up with the right patterns together, it can give your home an elevated appearance! You can stick to a neutral palette yet still use different patterns within that palette. 

You can add a bold design to your rugs or throws. It is not advisable to use large block patterns for your sofas or curtains. This is because bold patterns can take away from the rest of the room. Softer and muted patterns can work better for that purpose.

Use Different Patterns

Add Artistic Pieces

If you wonder how to use neutral color palette and add just a little bit of glam, investing in art or other items purely for decorative purposes can be a good idea! It’s never advisable to go overboard, but a few pieces can elevate your space. Consider adding an accent piece to your room. It may be a piece of art or an accent chair. It will also help you to position your furniture better. Accent pieces can be the room’s focus, and you can arrange the rest of the furniture centered around it.

 Add Artistic Pieces

Use Plants

Adding plants, big or small, is always right for your home! It makes your house look fresh and adds a calming vibe to it. Plants are known to purify the air of your home and make your place look beautiful! Plants add that green pop, which is soothing for your eyes. The colors also give a break from the neutral palette. Plants are also known to enhance your mood and mental state, which is a bonus! You can use different colored plants that complement your existing palette.

Use Plants

That’s everything you need to know about spicing up the Neutral colors in interior design. If you found these tips useful, use them in your home and see how your house brightens up immediately! Let us know in the comment section below if you have any other tips you would like to share!

Psychology of Interior Design: how furniture affects your mood?

Psychology of Interior Design: how furniture affects your mood?

Did you know that your home interiors can literally control your feelings? 

There may be several subliminal triggers in your home design that cause changes in your moods and mental health. 

When we think of decorating our house, our primary goal is to achieve a certain kind of aesthetic. We want our homes to look beautiful and pleasing to the eyes that can wow everyone. Some people also focus on utility.

But what most of us don’t realize is that there is a psychological aspect that connects us to the style and decor that we choose that gradually affects our mind as well.

In this blog, we will take you through all the different aspects of your home decor that may be affecting your mood and overall mental well-being.

Psychology of Colours

The colour of your interior may have a profound impact on your psyche. Psychology of colour is a vast area of study for interior designers. Different colours can have distinct effects on your mood. Hence, it is vital to understand the proper usage of colour in interior design before deciding upon a colour scheme for chairs, tables or decor items for your home.

  • Red is an eye-catching colour and also raises the energy level of a room. However, it is a colour that can also induce anxiety and nervousness in many people.
  • Yellow is a warmer shade that is known to evoke positivity and energy. While using a lot of yellow in your home might make your decor look loud and bright, a pop of yellow with neutral tones might be a good idea!
  • Green is one of the most soothing colours for your home. It stimulates thoughts of peace, balance and immediately brings the idea of nature into our minds. Green shades are known to have a calming effect on one’s mind.
  • Blue tones can bring a sense of peace to your mind. This colour is the most recommended colour for bedrooms as it is often associated with trust, serenity and success.
  • Neutral colours such as black, nudes, browns, and whites make your interior colour palette flexible. You can pair these with other colours quite easily. Neutral colours are known to evoke feelings of balance, contentment and security.

Psychology of Colours

Positioning of your furniture

The positioning of your furniture in your home determines your movement in that space. It is crucial to arrange furniture in a manner that is aesthetic as well as functional. If your house is very crowded, you might feel a sense of suffocation and anxiety more often than you realise. But at the other end of the scale, it is also not the best idea to line up your furniture against the walls and keep a large space in the middle. Set a focal point to arrange furniture, and a hero piece to set the room to organise it in a way that makes it comfortable to move around and enhances its utility without cluttering the space. If your home has ample space, it gives the illusion of abundance and makes the person feel satisfied and pleasant.

Ergonomics

Whether it is your home or your office space, the importance of ergonomic interior design is undeniable! Your workspace needs to be suited ergonomically to ensure maximum productivity. If you buy a fancy chair that goes perfectly with your decor but hurts your back within a few minutes of usage, it will make you irritated. Hence, it is advisable to use seating that offers excellent lumbar support. This aspect of comfort applies to other furniture as well. If you buy cabinets that do not have enough space to store your belongings, that may also cause anger and annoyance impacting your mood and behaviour in the long run. Hence, it is essential to focus on designs that are comfortable and functional for your workspace.

Natural Elements in Modern Interior Design

Being in proximity to nature can lift your mood and mental health in many ways. Having wooden interior settings not only elevates your style, but it also brings in the feelings of calmness. Indoor plants and greenery add to your mood. Like we mentioned earlier, green shades tend to have a calming effect on people and hence having a decor with Natural Earthy elements like indoor plants can make you feel fresh, rejuvenated and peaceful. The sight of plants also enhances your memory retention and inspires productivity.

Natural Elements in Modern Interior Design

Not only do plants look good in your home, but they also keep the air fresh. Floral prints, tropical prints or rustic prints are also known to boost your morale.

Health and Safety in Interior Design

If your home is not designed with safety as a priority, then it can build up a lot of irritation and anger. If your home is full of accident-prone sharp edges which keep causing minor injuries, such as the constant banging of your toe against your furniture, you may not be able to feel very safe in your own space. High Quality and Aesthetically pleasing Plastic furniture might be a great option to avoid such injuries and accidents.

The overall safety of your home may also affect your mental wellbeing. Hence, it is advisable to keep a proper locking system in your homes and install additional locking mechanisms on your windows and balconies so that you can live at peace without worry about the safety of you or your family.

Shapes and symmetry 

Symmetry and shapes can also affect the overall vibe of your home. If you want your home to feel welcoming, you should steer clear of more angular shapes and use curves and circles instead. Curves and rounded shapes denote harmony and completion. Angular shapes represent efficiency, professionalism and balance. Symmetry also adds to the sense of balance and harmony. It is also aesthetically pleasing and enhances your mental peace.

Shapes and symmetry

Lighting in Interior Design

Whether it is natural or artificial, lighting is an essential aspect of home design. Extreme brightness can cause an overpowering feeling making you may feel suffocated and anxious. On the flip side, if the lighting is too feeble and dull, it can cause depression and anxiety. Your living room should be the most brightly illuminated, best if it’s natural light in the morning and strong artificial lights in the latter half of the day. The bedroom should have soft and cosy lighting to radiate comfort and relaxation. 

Lighting in Interior Design

It is imperative to design your home in a way that pleases both your mind and body. These are some of things that affect one’s psyche in terms of interior design that needs addressing during the planning stage itself. Your space should bring in comfort and make you feel like a safe haven!

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