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Design Trends To Look For In 2018 And Gyproc’s Innovative Products

In this blog I’ll be talking about design trends and let me take this opportunity to share with you all the theme of  “World Interiors Day” 2018. WID theme for this year is “Design Without Borders”. In my opinion, borders and boundaries are double-edged swords. On one hand, borders are important and good because they provide and define a structure and also because we get along well when there are borders between us. Just like the old saying goes, “good fences make good neighbours”. But on the other hand, borders can’t define us. Whether physical or symbolic, borders restrict and guide our creative thoughts and design choices. Think about the “Design without borders” and what comes first in mind is a well-designed space that reflects the world around your home. I am a firm believer of  Sanskrit phrase “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means the whole world is one family. The concept of design without borders brings the talents and inspirations from around the world together. 
Now let’s talk about the design trends that will rule 2018

Latest Design Trends

Being a design and decor enthusiast I always keep an eye out for the latest design trends. This year we’ll get to see fantastic design trends to be incorporated into our homes to freshen up our interiors. So what we can expect in 2018 in terms of design? Well, patterns will rule the design world this year. Be it timeless floral patterns or contemporary geometric patterns, we can see them in exaggerated proportion and eye-catching high contrasting colours. Neutral hues will no longer be in trend this year though you can use them in furnishings. Be prepared to embrace rich hues that are moody yet soothing for both walls and furniture. Replace the whites and stainless steel with natural elements like brass, copper, stone, concrete and granite. Plants can never go out of trend so add as much green as you can and use fancy decorative and colourful planters for your plants. Artisans will get the due attention this year. Lighting fixtures created by artisans or by small businesses will make their way into our homes in 2018. Ceilings will get the attention too. Innovative designs in false ceilings and dry walls are here to stay for long and enhance the beauty of space.

Talking about false ceiling and dry walls, I have to mention Gyproc. Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of gypsum-based plasterboard. It offers high-quality solutions for false ceiling, dry walls and gypsum plastering for a variety of spaces like homes, offices, hotels, hospitals and other such structures. Not to mention, Gyproc Indian takes care of the environmental impact of each product they manufacture right at the initial stage. Gypsum false ceilings and dry walls by Gyproc are eco-friendly, energy efficient and heat resistant. Are you still thinking what else these two elements can offer in terms of design? Let me share few more details here…

Gyproc Gypsum False Ceiling
While designing our homes and office spaces, all the attention is given to four walls only and ceiling remains neglected. While decorating your space, you can take advantage of the fact that the ceiling is the uninterrupted space spread across the room and can perk up your space easily. False ceilings can beautify your space and add to the elegance. Whereas, dry walls offer you the opportunity to create partitions inside your space in an elegant way. Dry walls are lightweight, easy to install, fire retardant, offer sound insulation and enhance the beauty of any space. They are making their way into design world at a fast pace. Since both false ceiling and dry walls are made of gypsum, they offer several benefits. Dry walls are especially convenient in spaces of business and recreations such as office spaces, hospitals and hotels. Building from this trend, in commercial spaces – architects and interior designers are now exploring its inclusion in future Indian homes

Gyproc Gypsum Dry Wall

Heat insulating property of gypsum keeps your home cool which results in energy saving and cutting down the electricity bill. False ceilings and dry walls are the answer to all your lighting worries. With proper planning, you can get an elegant and better-lit space of your dream. Since all the electrical wires are concealed there will be no more ugly sight of wires hanging here and there that make your space look cluttered.  

Why restrict your imagination when you can do so much with the ceiling. Walls in neutral shades in a big room with plain ceiling can make it appear dull. Turn it into cheerful space by making your ceiling an ‘accent wall’. With false ceiling, you can not only add curves but also coloured lights to the ceiling. This simple trick can transform the look and feel of your space. For example, adding a cheerful burst of warm white light on the ceiling can make a room look bright and warm, whereas blue light looks cool and has a calming effect. There are so many false ceiling designs you can choose for different rooms and areas of your home.

Gyproc False Ceiling

Dry walls, on the other hand, provide privacy and separation. These walls are gaining popularity because they are readily available and speed up the construction process as they are easy and fast to install. Since dry walls are versatile interior walls, they are replacing conventional concrete walls in homes, offices and high rise towers. There are different types of dry walls and depending on the requirement they can be installed in different areas like rooms, shafts, bathroom etc. If you compare it with wooden and concrete wall partition then dry wall wins because it is cost effective and durable. And that’s not all… it saves time and is faster to install when you compare it to the traditional format of brick partitions. In a world where we need to be more conscientious about the scarcity of natural resources such as sand mining and water, this gypsum-based drywall solution is a great replacement of traditional materials that typically need sand as well as water.
Because of faster and easier installation it reduces the overall installation cost.

You can carve out space within space as per your requirement using dry walls. Like if you don’t love an open kitchen or want to separate living and dining or there is a need to create a kids’ room then you can create an elegant partition with dry wall and decorate it to suit your taste. Similarly foyer, walk-in closet, shelving and niches can be created using dry wall.

Gyproc Dry Wall

False ceilings and dry walls are the design elements top interior designers swear by these days. These elements can be incorporated into a variety of spaces like residential, industrial, hospitality and many more.
I hope you will take a cue from this blog and give your interiors a luxurious look.

I’m working on a home tour and a blog on something special for summers. So stay tuned!!
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How To Clean Brass & Copper Quickly

Copper and Brass have made come back as the interior accent in the design world. Warm metals like copper and brass will continue to be on trend for a while. Though these metals have always been an integral part of traditional Indian decor and I have already showcased so many beautiful homes where you must have seen brass and copper embracing every corner of the home. And I know how crazy you all are about these shiny metals. 
Clean & Polish Brass Copper At Home

As a decor blogger, too often I receive a query that how to clean copper and brass quickly at home and especially after I posted a blog on “Copper Decor“. So I decided to make a video and let me tell you it’s not a rocket science with just one or two ingredients you can bring the shine of brass and copper back. Watch the video below for clear instructions.

In above video, I have used two different cleaners to clean and polish brass & copper, natural and commercial cleaners. First, let’s understand the science behind it. Basically, we need an abrasive to clean and polish the hard surface of the metal and an acid to remove the patina/tarnish or grime. So you can use combination of salt(abrasive) + lemon(citric acid) or salt(abrasive) + vinegar(acetic acid).

Other ingredients that can be used for cleaning brass and copper are:
-Tamarind paste and salt
-Butter milk
-Pickle or

Brass And Copper Cleaning At Home

Natural Cleaner:
Salt + Lemon Juice

  • Mix both the ingredients well
  • Apply on the metal surface
  • Leave for 1 min
  • Rub either with soft cloth or scrub pad
  • Wash properly and don’t forget to wipe it off with a soft cloth. 

Commercial Cleaner:
Pitambari Powder

  • Make a paste of Pitambari powder using few drops of water
  • Apply the paste on the metal surface
  • Leave it for 1 min
  • Rub either with soft cloth or scrub pad
  • Wash properly and don’t forget to wipe it off with a soft cloth. 

Metal cleaned with commercial cleaners leave the surface whitish whereas if cleaned with natural cleaners it has a beautiful yellow tint. You can use different cleaners as mentioned above but steps will be the same. To polish brass, you can rub few drops of olive oil on the metal surface. Below are the links to buy products mentioned in this blog:
Buy Pitambari Powder here
Buy Copper Decor accessories here
Buy Brass Decor accessories here

Hope you found this blog helpful to keep your brass and copper sparkling clean. I am working on few more interesting blogs so stick around!!

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Your Home Deserves A Fresh Makeover This New Year

We always welcome New Year with new hopes and ideas. We try to do something fresh when it comes to a new year like we start some exciting work, give ourselves a different look, learn something that we haven’t learnt yet and many such things. Since Design Decor & Disha is all about ‘Home & Garden‘, I will talk about home styling. Let’s kick off 2017 with a fresh home makeover.

Oasis Tiles India

While giving our homes a makeover mainly we consider about changing the theme, decor, paint and furnishing but we forget about flooring. Trust me you can completely change the look of your home by upgrading floors, walls, backsplash or outdoor spaces using tiles. How!! Let’s check out.
Before I start writing on a certain topic, I do a thorough research on it. While doing so I came across an Indian tiles and sanitary ware brand OASIS Tiles India. Oasis Tiles India has stormed into the top 10 club of the ceramic tiles companies in India and has been scaling new heights by each passing day. With a stylish and sophisticated look coupled with great strength, Oasis tiles not only cater to the domestic requirements but are also a perfect fit for commercial spaces. Let’s see how we can change the look of entire space using tiles.

Don’t you agree that every space in our homes serves a different purpose and hence the tile flooring we choose for a particular space should meet the demand of it? Let me show you room by room how one can choose the perfect tile flooring for a particular space. Let’s start with the living room!

Oasis Tiles India

The living room is the most important part of our homes where we entertain our guests and love to spend time with family. And in my view apart from the decor of the room its flooring also reflects the personality of the homeowner hence tile flooring for living room should be elegant, clean looking, durable, pleasing to the eyes and should not be too loud. If you wish to add an elegant and sophisticated touch to your space my suggestion would be marble tiling. Marble tile is actually a tile that looks exactly like natural marble and it is making its way more and more into everyday homes. It lends a luxe touch, easy to care for unlike real marble and it sure is durable. Whereas for a contemporary look, vitrified tiles in natural shades are the best. Light coloured tiles can make the room look bigger and brighter. Oasis Tiles India recently launched Maxima double charged vitrified tiles that can add a sense of luxury to any room, with a natural finish or detailing and come in a variety of colours and designs. However, if you fall for an ethnic Indian look, terracotta or patterned tiles can be a perfect choice. Let’s move on to the space where love is cooked and served along with food. Yes, you got it right! Kitchen!!

Oasis Tiles India

Kitchen should not look boring. The easiest way to take the kitchen flooring to an entirely different level is to choose patterned tiles by Oasis Tiles India. Tile in dark tones that mimics the look of wooden flooring is in vogue and lends a sophisticated touch. You can use tiles to create an artistic presence too. Tiles in different shapes and colours can be laid in a manner to form beautiful patterns and to create a focal point in the kitchen.  For a clean and chic finish, go for tiles in a particular colour combination that goes well with the existing theme of your kitchen.

Oasis Tiles India

You can add a wow factor and texture to your kitchen wall with a tile backsplash. For kitchen backsplash, mosaic tiles are always a good option. If you are choosing the tiles with borders and patterns then make sure that the motifs are not broken by electrical sockets and switches. Create an accent wall in the kitchen too why restrict your creativity to the living room and bedrooms only. Choose tiles in an accent colour and install them between worktop and wall units and use complimentary colour for other walls.

Oasis Tiles India

While renovating or constructing new bathroom, one should be extremely careful about the tiles selection. What should you look for when you are renovating your bathroom or getting tiles laid in a newly constructed bathroom? Well, it is the fact that tiles should be anti-skid, long lasting and beautiful. You can combine function and beauty both with Oasis tiles India. Their tiles are anti-skid and add visual depth in an effortless manner.

Oasis Tiles India

For smaller bathrooms, tiny geometric tiles on the floor and large tiles on walls can bring in a lot of interest. Go for lighter shades to open up the space while you can opt for darker shades for a bigger bathroom. These days tiles are not restricted to indoors only. Variety of tiles are available to adorn your outdoor spaces too.

Oasis Tiles India

Outdoor space is considered as an extension of living room especially in apartments. We all love to spend time in the outdoor spaces available in our homes. Beautiful tile flooring in outdoor spaces can certainly increase the duration of that time by making outdoors inviting and appealing. Faux concrete tiling is just perfect for outdoors as it is not only comfortable but lends an edgy look as well. To add a personal touch to your outdoor space you can opt for different shapes of tiles like a hexagon, round, rectangular to form a design of your choice. You can add a dash of colour by putting hues on the floor. Choose bright coloured tiles and there you are with an outdoor space with a lot of drama and interest.

Now you know how important tile flooring is in changing the entire look and feel of the space. I hope after reading all this you might want to consider upgrading floors, walls, backsplash and outdoor space of your home and don’t forget to check out Oasis Tiles India on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

Dear readers, stay tuned to meet an extraordinary talent in my next post 🙂 You will get to see something about India but this time it will not be ‘Indian Folk Art Forms‘!!