Decorating Tips to Improve the Look of Any Room

Considering most of us aren’t interior designers by trade, designing or refurbishing the interiors of a house can prove to be quite a task. Be it making the most of a small bathroom or selecting the best floor tiles for the kitchen – it can get a little mind-boggling trying to understand the industry lingo. After all, terms ‘bevel’ and ‘balustrade’ don’t really strike a chord with industry outsiders.

So, if you too are in the process of giving your home a makeover but have been left flustered by an overflow of jargons, here is a design guide, simplified. We have included some tried and tested tricks that do not need years to master

  • Use Three Colours or Shades

Colors are personal and have a great impact on the overall ambience of a space. We suggest keeping the colour scheme minimal with a mix of 3 colours or shades – one for the walls, one for larger accents such as couches and chairs and the third for smaller accessories like cushions or flowers. You could also keep it basic with an all-white room with three shades of white.

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  • Add Texture

Whatever your style, try to add plenty of texture by adding numerous textiles to your home. If going for a monochromatic space, accentuate with varied fabrics and prints. An all-white room may have linen draperies, a velvety arm chair, silk cushions or a woven basket. Another unique way of incorporating texture is through a wall with stone finish tiles.

  • Create a Focal Point

To avoid visual clutter, add one statement element to the room and let everything else take a back seat. A dramatic hood in the kitchen, skirted club chairs in the living room or a headboard in the bedroom – choose something that will draw attention.

  • Layered Lighting

A smart way to create interest, intrigue and variety in a room is by adding layers of lighting. In an evenly lit room, nothing tends to stand out. Instead, pick two focal points and highlight those. For instance, light up the backsplash and cabinet interiors in your kitchen. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for an overall appeal.

Jignesh Shah: The other side of the Target

A common Bollywood story has a hero and a villain. A drama has long been playing in the backdrop of politics and stock exchange market. This drama too had a protagonist and an antagonist, but the viewers are still confused about who is who. The curtain unveiled a few days back with a well investigated script ‘The Target’.

The story of Jignesh Shah has been on a road full of ups and downs. It seems he was too focused on reaching the horizon, but again, the road of business never comes with the sign ‘Bumps Ahead’. Shah was awarded US-India businessman of the year in 2006, little did he know that in the coming years life was about to take a U turn. In ‘The Target’ Shantanu Guha Ray mentions:

In less than a decade, DGCX had positioned itself as a global financial hub, adjudged ‘Exchange of the Year 2013’, trading in bullion, currency and metals in Dubai (historically an important center for trading in gold and other commodities).

This was a historical milestone for India, but in Delhi no reactions were forthcoming from the government, even the bureaucrats did not talk about the ground-breaking move. On the contrary, the government sent out feelers through the Mumbai-based Reserve Bank of India (RBI), wanting to know what was happening in Dubai, and whether or not Shah and his men were flouting the rules.

On one side where Jignesh Shah and his company were trying to restore the glory of Indian economy, everything else back home was going wrong. Ray further clarifies this:

That was strange, if not absurd. A country that awards instant stardom to an Indian, who becomes the CEO of a global company, had no words of appreciation for an innovator and entrepreneur, who had achieved global recognition for excellence in building world-class financial institutions and services through lucid, well-regulated and well-audited processes.

However ‘cinematic’ the story may seem, all the events and characters in it are real. A lot of it has remained untold for years, but new facts have been brought in light which help us know more about the other side of the coin.