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How to Layer Rugs

March 27, 2015

Area rugs add texture and warmth — they’re basically the finishing touch in a well-composed room. Rugs come in not only an astronomical array of textures but nearly every shape, size and color as well. Finding the perfect rug can already seem like quite the feat, so finding multiple rugs to layer may seem impossible. However, layering rugs can solve many design dilemma, and when done right, this method can help define functional areas of an open concept floor plan, provide pattern and color inspiration for a room, add inviting texture, or even accent smaller statement rugs. Equipped with a few guidelines, layering rugs can become less daunting. Check out the following creative ways to get inspired!

Defining Spaces

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A large sisal rug spans the entire room, while the layered hide defines the seating area. This look can accent many design styles.

Rustic

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Contemporary

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Try layering a woven jute rug with either a faux hide rug or a gorgeous Kashmir wool or silk rug to lend an opulence to the room.

Color & Pattern

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The texture and color in these rugs is mirrored in the other design components of the room including the bedding, upholstery and even the architecture of the room.

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The colors and texture found in the aztec rug are also found elsewhere in this room. The brindle rug layered on top works perfectly with this Native-American-themed room. All these statement rugs are anchored by a neutral jute rug, highlighting the bold patterns and colors of the prints.

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The blues in this statement rug are found in other accents such as the sofa pillows.

Texture

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This room is overflowing with texture, between the various pillows, sofas and rugs. A large oriental rug is contrasted by a bright white, fuzzy sheepskin rug, creating an inviting, cozy living area.

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To create the above look, layer a natural fiber rug such as jute with a bold, soft sheepskin or wool rug. Alternatively, layer a boldly-printed rug with a neutral-colored sheepskin or wool rug. This look is great in living rooms to create inviting areas for conversation or in bedrooms to create a comfortable retreat.

Small Statement Rugs

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This small oriental rug would be far too small a rug in this large room, but by layering it atop a large neutral rug, it becomes a statement centerpiece in this living area.Artanddecors.com - Dining Room

Here too, a large neutral rug highlights the long, narrow oriental rug that is layered on top of it.

Stick with natural materials such as jute, sisal or seagrass in neutral colors to highlight a bold statement rug.

Do let us know if you liked these tips! And share this with your friends and family if you think you found it useful. :)

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This blog article is part of our “Best Idea’s Series” where we look to bring you refreshing ideas related decor and lifestyle. The original article is attributed to Jane Blanchard. This has been desaturated from the original.

All pictures courtesy Houzz

Art and Decors is India’s premier e-commerce brand for luxurious and affordable decor and lifestyle products. We welcome you to shop with us and experience true luxury of shopping and to enjoy our industry leading VIP Rewards Program.

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Designing an At Home Yoga Studio

March 19, 2015

Building a home yoga studio can be very rewarding, and it’s a great way to increase your home’s value. You don’t need to spend a fortune to build one either. Get started by finding a quiet place to lay your mat down.

How Large Does the Room Need to Be?

When beginning your home yoga studio project, consider how much space you have available for one. With yoga, more space in your room is essential for a proper practice. The room should be without a bed or other large furniture. You want a room that is basically bare. You don’t need to find the biggest room in your house either. Small rooms that don’t have excessive clutter in them will work fine. Find a room that has the least amount of traffic going through it, or a place that has no noise coming from nearby areas. Once you find the perfect spot, lay your yoga mat down. Stretch your entire body across the mat and extend your arms outward. As long as you are not touching anything with your body now, you will have enough space to start a yoga studio. Stand up on your mat and stretch to the ceiling. If you don’t touch a ceiling fan or the ceiling, you will have enough vertical space for your yoga studio. Furthermore, you will want to find a room that has a door that closes behind you.

Type of Flooring

A hardwood floor is usually the best type of surface for a yoga studio. They’re solid enough to keep you stable during a pose, they are not cold when winter comes, and they won’t hurt your knees. Carpet, on the other hand, can be a bit too soft. If you don’t have a wooden floor, you can simply place a large wooden board over your surface. This board will be much easier to do your poses on. When you have an uneven carpet surface, it takes a lot of effort to keep a pose still. Make sure you place a towel down underneath your mat though because your sweat can get into the carpet and make it stink.

Home Yoga Studio

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Using Mirrors

Many professional yoga studios have mirrors on the wall. However, this can make your yoga practice suffer. When you look at yourself to see how well you’re holding a pose, your energy begins drift away from your body. Your energy should be within you at all times because yoga requires focused breathing techniques. You might hold your breath if you get too distracted by a mirror. It’s a personal choice though. Try experimenting with, and without, a mirror to see what option works best.

The lighting in your home yoga studio should be warm. Consider getting a dimmer for the ceiling lights if you have some. It’s wise to make sure your room’s temperature always stays the same. This can help you gauge how hard you are working.

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This blog article is part of our “Best Idea’s Series” where we look to bring you refreshing ideas related decor and lifestyle. This article is attributed to Jane Blanchard.

Art and Decors is India’s premier e-commerce brand for luxurious and affordable decor and lifestyle products. We welcome you to shop with us and experience true luxury of shopping and to enjoy our industry leading VIP Rewards Program.

For more design ideas, visit Modernize.

India’s Largest Art Museum

September 18, 2014

Guest Contribution Article: Nivetha, New Jersey, USA

If anyone has been to Mumbai airport recently, you would know that it is definitely worth the trip to go see. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, or the Mumbai International Airport as it is most commonly known, is an extensive airport full of high-end shops, addictive eateries and the most beautiful architecture and examples of art India has to offer. The Airport is ranked the 48th busiest airport in the world by Airports Council International, which also ranked it third best airport in the world in 2011. Currently, there is construction going on to make a new terminal 2. It is presently in use but is expected to be officially finished some time in 2015. An impressive addition to this terminal is the Jaya He Art Museum which portrays countless images on 18-foot walls telling the history of India. It is, in my opinion, a seamless modernization of India’s more traditional art and imagery. It has been referred to by BBC News as “India’s Largest Museum” and with 40 million passengers daily, is expected to have more guests than the Louvre Museum! This step toward culture and the modernization of our more traditional art shows that India is ready and able to delve more deeply into the art world.

To discover art for your home and office, take a peek through Art and Decors, India’s premier e-commerce brand for luxurious art, decors and designer jewelry. And yes we ship worldwide.

Jaya He Museum

Jaya He Musuem

Mumbai airport

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Mumbai airport at night

Mumbai Airport at Night

Why We Need Art in our Life – Musings of a Customer

July 2, 2014

This is a guest post from one of our customers, Stephanie from NYC, USA. Enjoy :)

My room houses a desk, a shelf, a set of art prints on the wall, a display shelf, and bed sheets that match the unique fan I have at the top. I am currently in the middle of plans to paint my room a color that compliments my furniture better. This has got me thinking… why do we care quite so much about the look and feel of our homes?

Through extensive research, I’ve come up with the following set of reasons:

  • Art is a form of expression for the artist as well as its purchaser
  • Art is interesting – it encourages people to be more fascinated in your home and will lead to memorable conversations
  • Art inspires us to think and visualize. It sparks the imagination for both children and adults
  • Owning art which you enjoy and decorating your home with the things that are visually appealing to you can not only make your home much more welcoming and personal but it will also raise your spirits and improve the quality of your life

I find that through the personalization and visual motif in my home, I receive great happiness and satisfaction. Buying art doesn’t have to be an unknown or scary process. The best way to get started is to check in your local markets or online on sites like Art and Decors and see what type resonates with you. In fact, using sites like Art and Decors and their ArtView showcase, you can ‘try’ out the art on your own wall before buying – this means a more informed decision for me as a buyer. All in all, art is the most personalized form of self-expression and one that everyone should get a taste of.

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Passion Play with Red Color for Your Decor

February 1, 2014

Red, the most eye-catching color represents passion, blood and energy. There is no other color which evokes as many emotions as red. Full of drama and passion, it’s not a color for the faint of heart, but when thoughtfully used — whether on a wall or in a handful of accessories—it can make a room come alive.

Red works to neutralize cooler colors like greens and blues, giving a sense of warmth to the room. Red also brings life and energy to dull and uninviting spaces. You can easily introduce red to a room with flowers, throw cushions, vases or other accents.

So jazz up and introduce red-hot passion in your home with some gorgeous home decor inspirations.

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Inspiring Xmas Decors

December 26, 2013

Christmas is all about family time. Being together and celebrating the spirit of giving. It also is the perfect time for doing up your home tastefully. We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas and don’t want to the festivity to end! So here are some really inspiring and beautiful decor designs that you can keep till the New Year and make your home feel all cosy and warm throughout!

Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year! Ho Ho Ho :)

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Participate in the ‘Get Artistic’ Sweepstakes & Win!

October 22, 2013

Everyone loves a contest. Where not only can you win money but also get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to showcase your beautiful decor to the entire world!

Presenting Art and Decors ‘Get Artistic’ Sweepstakes!

Participate for a chance to win exclusive Art and Decors Gift Vouchers worth Rs. 20,000!! 

Just visit http://goo.gl/J7PHoH, select a painting that you like and tell us why you like it on the form under the ‘Sweepstakes’ tab on our official Facebook page

You can access the form and more information here as well: http://goo.gl/swWpJF

And a few lucky winners will also get the chance of the lifetime to have their decor featured both on our Facebook page as well as on our Pinterest board (http://goo.gl/UoKbJQ).

Let the fun begin! Contest open till 31st October only!

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How To Buy Diamonds- A Comprehensive Guide

June 12, 2013

Diamonds are a women’s best friend! But do you know what is the correct way to choose the right Diamond? Well don’t worry because we got your back. Or your heart! :) So read on….

The  4 C’s to look out for while choosing the right Diamond:

  1. Cut
  2. Clarity
  3. Colour
  4. Carat Weight

Each of the Four Cs describes a diamond’s specific characteristic.

CUT:

The beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other of the four Cs for us to understand.

Cut refers to the proportions, polish, and symmetry of a stone: these three factors are important in creating a diamond with the best possible light reflection. The angles and finish of any diamond are what determine its ability to handle light, and its brilliance.

What to look for?

When choosing a diamond, hold it up to the light and look at the way the light dances around – it should throw out a rainbow of colours and display the diamond’s natural brilliance. Look at many different cuts and shapes so you can try on a good selection to find the perfect one for you.

Cut also refers to the shape of the diamond. Round, princess, oval, square, marquise, pear, emerald, or cushion-shaped are some of the most familiar, but advancing technology continues to offer a larger variety of shapes and cuts to choose from.

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CLARITY:

Clarity, or purity, is a diamond’s ability to let in light and reflect its brilliance. We measure the clarity of a diamond by its size and the number of inclusions and blemishes in or on it.

Inclusions are interior irregularities such as air bubbles, cracks, and non-diamond minerals found within the diamond, which are caused deep within the earth during its formation.

Blemishes are exterior irregularities or imperfections on a diamond’s exterior surface and include scratches, pits and chips. 

The internationally accepted system of grading divides clarity into five distinct groups:

  1. Flawless (FL) diamonds are those with no internal features and no external features or blemishes visible at 10 x magnification. An Internally Flawless (IF) diamond will also have no internal features, but may exhibit a minute scratch left over from polishing.
  2. Very Very Slightly (VVS) included diamonds are those with minute inclusions so small that they are extremely difficult for even a skilled diamond grader to see at 10X magnification.
  3. Very Slightly (VS) Included are those diamonds with minor internal features deemed difficult for a skilled grader to detect at 10X.
  4. Slightly Included (SI) diamonds are those with internal features that are easily seen by the skilled grader at 10X magnification. Divided into SI1 and SI2, even an SI2 diamond may contain internal features that are still not visible to the unaided eye.
  5. Included (I-1, I-2, I-3) diamonds are those with features that are obvious at 10x magnification, can be visible to the unaided eye and may even affect the durability of the diamond.

What to look for?

View and try on diamonds of different clarities. In some diamonds, the internal features may be hidden by the setting and will not detract from a diamond’s overall beauty.

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COLOUR:

When we speak of Colour in a diamond, we actually mean the degree of colourlessness. While most diamonds are white, not all are truly colourless. Many are tinted yellow to brown or silver to grey.

Diamonds are graded on a Whiteness scale or absence of colour scale. Basically, the whiter or clearer the colour of a diamond the greater its value.

As diamond size increases, colour becomes more noticeable. This is especially important to keep in mind if purchasing a diamond of two carats or greater.

What to look for?

  • When buying a diamond, consider the setting and the metal, as it can be used to accentuate or de-emphasise the colour.
  • Make sure you try on the diamond jewellery as the colour may look different when worn.
  • If purchasing a loose diamond, carefully place the diamond on the top of your hand and compare it with a similar diamond mounted in jewellery.

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CARAT WEIGHT:

A carat is the unit of weight by which a gemstone is measured. The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement of the 4C’s to determine. Carat-weight is not a factor which denotes the quality of a diamond, but merely its size by weight.

“Carat” is not to be confused with “karat,” which is used to indicate the purity of gold.

One carat is subdivided into 100 “points”. Therefore a diamond measuring 75 points is 3/4 carat in weight, or 0.75ct. There are five carats in a gram.

NOTE: Carat is abbreviated to “ct” or “CT” when describing a single stone. “TCW,” meaning “total carat weight,” is added when jewellery is set with multiple diamonds.

It has to be noted that the carat weight does not refer to exactly one figure. It comprises of stones within a certain weight range. For example:

1 carat – Stones in weight range of 0.95 ct to 1.05 ct

0.75 carat – Stones in weight range of 0.72 ct to 0.76 ct

0.50 carat – Stones in weight range of 0.47 ct to 0.56 ct

0.25 carat – Stones in weight range of 0.23 ct to 0.26 ct

This holds true for all carat weight figures.

What Carat Weight is right for me?

This question has no direct answer. It really depends. Differences in size are clearly visible even to the untrained eye, and weight clearly does matter because it influences cost significantly.

However, size alone does not guarantee beauty.  The quality of a diamond in cut, grade, and diameter should also be considered.

In deciding the importance of carat weight, it is vital to take into account the recipient’s preferences.  If the dream is a one carat diamond, even the most beautiful half carat stone will be a disappointment. If a large carat weight is an important factor, but there is a strict budget, consider a diamond with a good cut, SI1-SI2 clarity, and an I or J colour grade.  This will make room for a higher carat weight.

If quality is the primary factor, once the cut, colour, and clarity grade have been selected, it is easy to determine the carat-weight of the diamond that will fit within your budget.

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Comfy Spaces for Our Furry Friends

June 4, 2013

Pets are more than just animals. Our furry, feathered, and finned friends require time, attention, and as safe and comfortable a home as we do. When you’re planning a home for both you and your pets, consider their particular needs, how a little planning can go a long way to help you streamline your daily routine and keep your pet safe and happy.

Rethink how you care for your pet’s needs. Learn new ways to keep their food, toys and other necessities accessible, organized and in tune with your home’s style. So to get your started here are some awesomely cool ideas!

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Sleep Spaces

Dogs need a designated sleep space. But if you’d like to reclaim your sleep space, consider setting aside a part of the house that is solely for your cat or dog. This has an added benefit, as many animal experts contend that your pet needs his or her own space to rest and recoup from the stimulation of being with the family. A sleep space can be as simple as a pet bed or crate in the corner of your bedroom, or as extravagant as turning an unused closet into a pet room. “A crate really most closely approximates a den

Repurpose your Nightstand – Instead of having your pet’s bed take up extra space in your bedroom, repurpose an old nightstand into a bed for your pup or feline friend! Buy a comfortable bed cushion for your dog or cat that matches your room’s color scheme to have it fit in with the rest of the room. If your pet likes extra privacy, hang a small pull curtain in front of the opening that can be opened and closed. This is also a great idea for home decor for pets for those of you who have their pets usually sleeping right beneath their bed, as it will prevent you from sleepily stepping on them at night.

Pet food station- Turn an old dresser or other piece of furniture with a pull out bottom drawer into a feeding station for your pet! This will keep your pet from playing with their bowls when they get bored and inevitably prevent a mess. Plus it’s another great space saving idea for your pet’s eating area that would normally take up space in your kitchen. You can even use the other drawers or top of the furniture as a place to put all of your pet’s food, treats, toys, litter, or leashes. It’s like your pet’s very own kitchen storage station!

A Discreet Litter Box – Ah, the downside of owning a cat… the smelly litter box. However, with the right enclosure, you can help control the smell and help your cat’s litter box to blend in with the rest of your home! Any piece of furniture can easily be hollowed out for your cat’s litter box and have a hole and cat-flap installed. This is a great way to help contain the smell as well as hide the box from being an eyesore in your home. Plus it will give your feline companion even more privacy.

A small pet haven – Have a smaller furry companion in your life? Why not give them a shelf in your bookcase? For hamsters or mice, a square cube on a shelf makes the perfect size habitat! Simply find and install a plexi-glass box with small holes that fits snugly into the shelf, and you have a perfect tank for them that doesn’t take up extra space in your room! Find a clear box with only sides and a bottom (no top) so that you can pull it out of the shelf for easy cleaning and play! For bigger pets like snakes, lizards, bunnies, guinea pigs, or even chinchillas, do the same but with a wider book shelf.

Side dog bed – Do you hate sleeping away from your pup but find that they take up too much room on your bed with you? Why not create a bed for your dog that is level with your own! This way, your dog can have its own bed but still be within petting distance from you. This is great for people who love to sleep with their pets but hate having dog hair and smell all over their blankets. Make sure to put in some stairs so your furry friend can get up there!

An Aquarium Coffee Table – Maybe you’re more of the pet fish kind of person. Fish are great pets when it comes to home decor because they are beautiful by themselves. The possibilities for creating the perfect aquarium for your home are endless, but if you want your pet fish to be the center of attention in your room, this glass-topped coffee table that contains an aquarium is perfect. Its acrylic sides provide clear viewing of the interior, while the removable tabletop is large and sturdy enough to accommodate almost anything you want to display on it. Lights in the base illuminate the tank from beneath the bed of blue glass gravel to give it even more of a deep sea feel for your home.

Cat cases – Love books? Love your cats? Combine the two! A Cat Case is a bookcase playground hybrid for your feline friends. It stores books, DVDs and more, while at the same time being the ideal playground for your cat. Inside the Cat Case your cat can sleep or jump like they would with stairs from shelf to shelf in order to finally reach the top level, where there is a great and comfortable lookout. If you are looking for a bookcase as well as a play area for your cat, then this kills two birds with one stone! Talk about being an amazing space saver your cat will love!

Unique home decor for your pets is mainly about trying to blend in your animal’s items with the rest of your family’s. Your pet’s bed, food, or play area should mesh well with the rest of your home and not stand out on its own.

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Fancy DIY Kids Room Design Inspirations

May 27, 2013 2 Comments

Kids are full of creativity and you should help them live in their world of imagination. It helps with their growth and creates a stronger bond between the kid and the parents.

So how do you do creativity without spending a bunch of money? Well we have some awesome designs for you that can help you can transform your child’s room into something magical.

  • Create Mini Art Galleries – The wonders of great artwork! Walls adorned with gallery style wall décor celebrate all styles of art. Monochromatic or filled with color, an accent wall featuring photos, pictures and wall decor is a great way to kick it up a notch in any kid’s room. And who knows, maybe you’ll inspire a mini Picasso in the making
  • Accessorize with Patterns – An easy way to add flair to any child’s room is with patterned accessories. Any playroom comes to life with the addition of colorful and vibrant pillows
  • Collect Pieces Over Time -Use individual pieces accumulated over time instead of buying a matching furniture set. Not only is it an excellent way to save, but it achieves a colorful and eclectic look, layering in the new with the old
  • Do- It- Yourself – It certainly pays off to start thinking handmade even if it’s just the smallest of details. Creating your own headboard with easily accessible materials such as MDF (Medium density fiberboard). All you need is Foam, Fabric glue and a staple gun which will have you feeling like a true craftsman in no time
  • Add Wallpapers – Instead of wallpapering every square inch of a child’s room, consider using it more sparingly as an accent. Paper lanterns hanging in the corners are also an affordable touch of whimsy
  • For a striking piece of art, enlarge a favorite photo at an office supply store (make sure it’s to a standard frame height), then cut it into even sections and frame it
  • Stock cubbies with all the supplies your children would need for arts-and-crafts or school projects: poster board, construction paper, markers, crayons, glue, etc.
  • Perk up a dresser with colorful ribbon remnants
  • Create a warm place for your shared reading time: a bookcase stocked with favorites, good lighting, and cuddle-worthy seating
  • Multi-pocket organizers on a closet door displaying hair ties, sunglasses, trinkets―and reminder notes from Dear Mom
  • Items that are custom made will not only make the room feel special but help make it unique
  • Choose a soothing wall color, like lavender, that gives a room an ease-into-sleep feel

Check out the album below to see these ideas come to life!

Happy decorating your kids room! And do send us pics of your designs that you would want to share with the world. Email us at customerservice@artanddecors.com.

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