Chintz Decor Making a Comeback from the ’80s

Chintz Decor Making a Comeback from the ’80s

What is chintz? This textile, featuring flowery patterns on curtains, couches, and wallpaper, was all the rage in the 1980s. Since then, it’s fallen from grace, hard. In fact, after its long history of ins and outs in fashion, the word “chintzy” has become synonymous with decor that’s considered gaudy or cheap.

But as trends tend to do, the pendulum has swung back. Chintz is coming back strong! So don’t knock chintz until you’ve taken a good look.

Chintz can be tricky. Its bold, old-fashioned flower prints can so easily tip into fusty English bed-and-breakfast if you’re not careful. But if you are careful, it can add colour, texture and a touch of classic elegance to your decor.

Chintz warms things up, and a little goes a long way. But the best thing about chintz may be the feeling that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. With chintz, you can really get comfy.

We at G. H. Karia, adore the idea of Chintz decor because it softens things as using chintz is a great way to both feminize and offset modernism’s hard lines. The nostalgia of our mom’s and grandmother’s houses. We all have great memories of helping our mothers select and coordinate her chintz sofa with chintz pillows and chintz curtains. Chintz is such a happy fabric, don’t you feel?

This bit of chintz on this staid and elegant settee really makes the room. It adds a perfect touch of colour and personality.

A subtle chintz on this plush chair gives the boring beige room a feminine elegance.

The above room is inspired by boho eclectic style in this off-white, greyish room with a simple chintz curtain.

We love the mix of all these patterns: preppy stripes with classic chintz, ethnic cushions and a bit of chinoiserie thrown in for good measure. Bring it on.

A modern black and white chintz pattern. It adds a little warmth to this modern room. But not too much.

Another spot of chintz in a cozy corner. You know it’s the quintessential use of chintz when it looks like it would go perfectly with a nice cup of tea and your favourite book!

Woah! A bold, modern take on a chintz pattern enlivens this little kitchen. Interesting, isn’t it?

Inspired by tiles with chintz designs, the experts created this pretty yet sophisticated bathroom. Here,in the first image the chintz curtain is the perfect balance for the pale blue colour of the walls. The second and the third image shows us chintz pattern on tiles.

The fun thing about chintz is that it can appear practically anywhere in your home: If your decor generally lacks patterns and uses solid colors, consider going big with a chintz tiles or curtains (but probably not both!). If you pick one that ties in colors already present in your home decor, you’ll have a winning look that’s clean yet bold. For a feminine touch, you’ll achieve the same effect by dressing up a mostly white bedroom with a headboard upholstered in chintz.

Some of the examples of chintz tiles:

Maximalism- The big trend of 2019

Maximalism- The big trend of 2019

Though the past few years have been defined by our overwhelming commitment to paring down, simplifying and embracing minimalism in all its forms, 2018 saw us shift away from this movement—and turn toward its character foil, Maximalism. Maximalism is everything minimalism is not; where minimalism forces us to make decisions about what we really need, maximalism allows us to eschew hard choices entirely—inviting us, instead, to stock up on everything we desire. And if 2019 home decor trends are any indication, 2019 will usher us into an even more maximalist era than 2018 did.

The Basics of Maximalism:

  1. Load up on lots of colour.
  2. The more artwork, the better.
  3. Toil for comfort and add only the decor you love.
  4. Don’t strive for Perfection, strive for Personalisation.

According to Etsy’s 2019 trend report, one of the most pervasive 2019 home decor trends is maximalist home decor. Because it’s not enough for our closets to be loaded with texture, print, and colour—our apartments deserve the sensory overload treatment, too.

Here at G. H. Karia, we don’t really care whether our readers follow trends—what makes us happiest is seeing people craft and embrace aesthetics they feel great about. Trends are useful in so far as they establish new avenues for self-expression. So if you’re a die-hard minimalist, keep doing you; don’t let 2019 home decor trends tell you who you are or what you want. But if you’re a maximalist, get excited! 

 

1. Feel Free to Mix Textures and Patterns

The great thing about maximalism is that there are no explicit rules. You’re free to match different styles and décor elements and experiment with things as much as you like. A mix of fabrics, patterns, and textures is what gives maximalism its recognizable look. Be bold when decorating and you’ll achieve a look that’s interesting and full of personality.

When it comes to one of your most commonly used and seen rooms in your home, take advantage of the freedom of maximalism by bringing in a wild range of juxtapositions that’ll make the room feel well-judged and out of this world.

Create a rich look by literally filling it to the brim with piles of statement-making furnishings that each boast a completely unique design while together, they create a beautiful open-ended composition that you can continue to add to in the future. As for once, maximalism is a bonafide design style that doesn’t call for a completely tight edit.

 

2. Bold Floral Wallpapers / Tiles

There’s no better time to up your colourful tile game. Forget the white walls and monotonous stripy prints. Shop for unique prints with a touch of luxe or quirkiness to create a conversational nook at home.

 

3. Retro Colours

With maximalism, you can indulge in any decade and historical references for inspiration. Update your bedroom with a French boudoir theme from the neo-classicism period or the velveteen sheen of the 70s for some extra shimmer in your room. Colours like bubble gum pink, coral and dusty hues are all the rage this season.

 

4. Wall of Frames

If you only have one statement piece at home, it’s time to multiply that by ten. Line up prints, paintings, and posters altogether and experiment with spacing, colour, motifs and different frames to get the eclectic effect.

 

5. Add Accessories

If you’ve been collecting fabrics, cushion covers and all sorts of home accessories, this is your time to let it all out. Layer each corner with exuberant colours, textures, and volume. Every now and then, move things around to change the dynamics of the space. Remember, anything goes in maximalism.

 

6. Go Boho-Style

Fans of boho style will probably fall in love with maximalism trend. These two styles share a common theme of gorgeous excess. If you love print fabric, love color and love to immerse yourself in everything beautiful, you can easily embrace maximalism while staying true to your boho-roots.

FEW MORE ASPECTS WHERE MAXIMALISM

CAN BE FOLLOWED:

Kitchen:

“While maximalism is most commonly employed in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms, it can also be incorporated successfully in the kitchen with the right planning”, say the experts. While maximalism doesn’t initially seem to pair well with practicality, when it comes to kitchens, there’s still a sensible way to bring the spirit of the design style in. From evocative porcelain to dramatic lighting features, small notes here and there can make a world of difference.

Create a rich, layered, and mesmerizing effect by simply piling it on while keeping balance in mind.

Bathroom:

When it comes to the heady feel of maximalism, even the most small-scale of spaces can be brought to life with the rich and expressive feel of the design concept. And for your bathroom, all it takes is a rethink of its wall treatments.

From a wild wallpaper to high-gloss unique bathroom tiles, be explorative and go for bold. Just be sure that it’s a colour you can see yourself happily committed to for the long haul.

 

Maximalism trend doesn’t need to be perfect.

 

How relaxing it would be to decorate without the pressure of perfection. Maximalism style works best when it’s imperfect. Organized chaos is key when incorporating maximalism with your home. While your decor should have some unifying colours or patterns, there is absolutely no need to stress over matching furniture or colours — in fact, that’s the best part, isn’t it?

If you’re planning to give maximalism a try this year, go for it! Also, feel free to let us know what your thoughts are on this incredible trend, and whether these top tips were helpful!

 

 

Organic Interior Designs inspired by Nature

Organic Interior Designs inspired by Nature

Organic design is a style of product design that takes as its starting point organic, flowing natural forms. Undulating lines, dynamic curves, and powerful arches stand in contrast to the geometric, functional style as represented by functionalism.

Organic style of interiors uses natural elements for creating individuals designs by minimal use of man-made materials. A natural decorator should know the natural elements available for sale and in nature, you can use to exchange individual, synthetic decorators. It will probably be difficult for usual indoor decorators to go to eco-friendly interior decorators.

Organic architecture emerged in different countries at the beginning of the 20th century. The concept of organic architecture was born from different styles such as Nouveau, Functionalism, and Constructivism. The pioneers of this direction drew inspiration from principles derived from living nature.

 

ORGANIC INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRED BY NATURE:

1. THE NAUTILUS HOUSE

Designed by: Javier Senosiain

This whimsical near Mexico City, Design takes forms of aquatic life to architecture. The Nautilus House, designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain Organic Architecture, combines modern architecture with contemporary art and belongs to the category of “organic work” of the architect, inspired by the seashell.

Completed in 2007, the social life within the housing flows without divisions, with furnishings that are part of the same house, making its inhabitants and guests are integrated and part of natural feel, like a snail indweller.

The rounded shapes and curves mimic the architecture and reinterpret the shells of the nautilus, cephalopod that give a name to the residence. The shells of the nautilus, and inspire protection are synonymous with perfection as the spiral of its shell responds to a mathematical logarithm, having influenced inventors like Robert Fulton, creator of the submarine, or writers like Jules Verne.

This is a free expression of space, in which the main concept is that inside is an organic housing.

 

2. GEODESTIC DOME HOUSE

Designed by: Buckminster Fuller

 

“The purpose of our lives is to add value to the people of this generation and those that follow” – BUCKMINSTER FULLER.

 

A spherical shell structure based on a network of great circles. One of the ways Buckminster Fuller would describe the differences in strength between a rectangle and a triangle would be to apply pressure to both structures. The rectangle would fold up and be unstable but the triangle withstands the pressure and is much more rigid–in fact the triangle is twice as strong. This principle directed his studies toward creating a new architectural design, the Geodesic Dome, based also upon his idea of “doing more with less.” Fuller discovered that if a spherical structure was created from triangles, it would have unparalleled strength. How nature’s geometrical pattern can be applied to the design of structures within human society and by doing so could create huge advantages. What a wonderful contribution of genius mathematics.

 

3. SAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH

Following are the Inspirations

Designed by: Antoni Gaudi

One of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous and often-repeated phrases was, ‘originality is returning to the origin.’ 

Sagrada Familia that is considered to be the best work of Gaudi till date and his last as well, was all inspired by nature. The columns of Sagrada Familia resemble trees and are divided into certain branches at certain heights. Each branch of column and column itself supports one specific section of the structure. The roof he designed for the architectural school on the grounds of the Sagrada Familia is shaped similar to a Magnolia leaf, in the form of a conoid. There are turtles supporting the bases of columns, staircases that resemble ammonite mollusks, and the ceiling of the main chamber of the church gives visitors the impression that they are standing beneath the canopy of majestic forest, with light pouring in from small holes all over. Structural elements inspired by nature include catenary arches, spiral stairways, conoid-shaped roofs, and a new type of tree-inspired column that uses hyperbolic paraboloids as its base. Everywhere you look in Gaudi’s work, nature has left her mark.

2. MADH ISLAND HOUSE:

The Madh Island bungalow is given the look of a primitive, cave-like place with rustic surface treatment and dim, natural-looking interiors. Nari has given it a natural feel by providing earth-filling strips planted with vegetation.

As Nari Gandhi often did, he has experimented a lot with unusual design and unusual materials here as well. The glass skylight domes of the roof garden were constructed using stained glass, marble, broken glass chips, and believe it or not, broken beer bottles! Stone is found all over the bungalow in countless varieties- it’s used as a cladding material for inner arches of the vaults, as the flooring material for major areas, and also as broken stone chips glued to cement-coated surfaces.

Designed by: Nari Gandhi

MODERN ORGANIC INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRED BY NATURE:

1. LOTUS TEMPLE

Designed by: Fariborz Sahba

Shaped like a giant lotus flower, this modern architectural wonder was designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba. It is a Bahá’í House of Worship, meaning worshipers of all denominations are welcomed.

According to the architect, the Lotus flower represented by the form of the building represents that idea that ‘out of the murky waters of our collective history of ignorance and violence, mankind will arise to inhabit a new age of peace and universal brotherhood’.

In accordance with the architectural principles stated by Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the religion, the building is a nine-sided circular shape made up of 27 free-standing marble clad ‘petals’ arranged in clusters of three.

With a capacity of 2,500 practitioners, this seminal architectural work is well-equipped to be a global architectural masterpiece for years to come.

 

2BURJ KHALIFA

Designed by: Adrian Smith

Soaring 828 meters above the metropolis of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. The tower’s overall design was inspired by the geometries of a regional desert flower and the patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture. The concept of this building is inspired by a flower HYMENOCALLIS’. This flower has thin white petals elegantly tapering outwards from a central core. As the tower rises from a flat base, setbacks occur in an upward spiralling pattern, reducing the building’s mass as it reaches skyward. At the pinnacle, the central core emerges and forms a spire.

 

3BIRDS NEST STADIUM

Designed by: Jacques Herzog and Pierre De Meuron

This magnificent stadium, popularly known as the “bird’s nest” from the tangle of twisted metal pieces that make up its architectural structure, was built with the primary objective of being the main stage of the Olympic games, the opening and closing ceremonies, and some parties in the Olympic Football Tournament at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Stadium, designed by Swiss Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in collaboration with Arup Sport and China Architecture Design & Research Group, won the international convened in 2002 precisely because of the original settlement proposal, inspired by the plot of a nest and made up a myriad of twigs and entanglement.

The stadium design was inspired by the formation of nesting birds. The architects have succeeded in translating the concept so that their work on the project soon gained the nickname “bird’s nest” almost spontaneously among the Chinese population.

The design is based on the nests of birds, not only aesthetically but also at a structural level. The entire structure, visible from the outside, mirrors the branches of the nests that working together with each other achieve unimaginable resistance to the elements.
At the center of the area that also houses other Olympic structures, the stadium seems to be perched like a spaceship, with a quiet majesty whose appeal is given by its slight undulation.

 

4. ALDAR HEADQUARTERS

 

Designed by: MZ Architects

Inspired by the clamshell that has a deep meaning for Abu Dhabi with its maritime heritage and the symbolism of the geometric round shape, the architect imagined two giant circular curved walls of glass that evoke an open shell. This thinking was born a pure, geometric but extremely ambitious: a skyscraper round with a curved glass skin.

 

PRODUCTS INSPIRED BY ORGANIC INTERIOR DESIGN:

1. AXOR MASSAUD

Water, the principle of all things. Also, a source of well-being and serenity. The collection perfects the bond between man and nature. Consistently adhering to the principles of organic architecture. The body is inspired by a blade of grass and the gush sprays like a natural waterfall. A waterfall directly from the shelf seems as if directly out of the wall. With the form of the products, you can recognize the gently curved line of a blade of grass and observe water falling as naturally as if from a spring. In between clear, geometrical forms and ingeniously hidden technology lies Axor Massaud.

Design and technology excellently combined. Impressive.

 

2. FREE STANDING TOWEL HOLDER BY AXOR MASSAUD INSPIRED BY NATURE

The towel rack resembles a branch.

 

3. AXOR STARCK ORGANIC

AXOR Starck Organic is a tribute to the natural world in organic design. Taking the natural world as inspiration in its beauty and efficiency. AXOR Starck Organic combines both, consistently in avant-garde fashion. Sculptural in appearance. In sensuous, organic shapes. In the water arrangement, the Axor Starck Organic’s handle – one for water volume and one for temperature- merge seamlessly with the fixture body, like a tree branch.  And in the minimalist use of resources. Revealing the best of nature. Perfection.

 

4. TAILWATER BY ARTIZE

A signature product like the Tailwater faucet, calls for ceramics that do justice to its iconic design. Envisioned by London firm Danelon Merloni, is inspired by the abstract visual of a bird perched at the edge of a pool. The sculptural brass fitting’s tail act as a mixer lever and follows the line of the spout, creating a graceful arc. Uniting lever spouts in a single form, the curved lever is both intuitive and inviting to the touch. We think of tailwater as a unique and graceful sculpture that functions perfectly. It’s an award-winning signature product like no other.

 

5. FAUCETS, WASHBASINS AND WC’S BY STERNHAGEN

Kristall Washbasin by Sternhagen

Kristall Faucet by Sterhagen

Dune by Sternhagen

Pent WC by Sternhagen

Basins tend to be one of the most underrated elements in a bathroom. So perhaps it’s time you upgraded this component of your daily routine. The German label Sternhagen’s new range of premium basins are to die for. Their seven distinctive offerings include Pent, Kristall, Dune, Golden Cut, Seerose, Kirs and Sand, each named after the inspiration it took cues from.

While Kristall makes rays of light reflect and refract on every cut and corner, Dune takes the form of ripples on the ocean floor or sand-swept desert. The beauty of Pent basin is drawn from the geometric shapes that naturally exist in the world. Available in monochrome hues and edgy shapes, these would be ideal for a contemporary wash space.

 

6. MY NATURE BY VILLEROY & BOCH

The My Nature bath collection from Villeroy & Boch is characterised by the longing for a natural airiness. Every product in the My Nature Collection combines the dynamism of nature with sensuous airiness. The softly curved forms in the My Nature wash basin project an aura of natural purity. The soft curving shape of the baths, combined with natural wood gives the design a unique and harmonious airiness. The modern interpretation of natural forms and materials invites users to linger and relax. Sensuously light, the forms of the My Nature baths create a sense of release and relaxation, and complete bathing enjoyment.

All these designs and trends are accessible at G. H. KARIA.

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Ice Cream Colors: The 2019 Home Decor Trend

Ice Cream Colors: The 2019 Home Decor Trend

If your home’s been decked out in dark decor and saturated colours for years, it could be time for a refresh. Or maybe we should say a refreshment. This season, it’s all about light and airy pastels in the home. Pastels? For spring? Groundbreaking, we know. But designers say there’s a whole new reason these colour shades are hot right now: They resemble your favourite warm-weather treat, ice cream.

Light pastels are a great way to add character to a home in a soft, subtle way. These colours are perfect for people who are afraid of going bold, especially if they don’t love bold colours. They are also perfect for those who want an airy, spacious look.

If your mouth is watering for a new look, then go ahead and paint all of your walls light and cheery ice cream shade; it can work in nearly any room in the home.

Not ready to commit to ice cream colours inside your home just yet? Consider painting the door instead. While using an ice cream colour on the outside of your home may sound daring, a colourful door is one of the best ways to welcome guests and impress your neighbours.

We love how pastels can give the kitchens in a modern home a vintage feel! Introduce ice-cream shades to give a whole new twist to your interiors. Cabinets in yummy pinks and powder blues are such a rage! Give it a shot.

So, you are a fan of pastels, but not bold enough to embrace this style as a permanent fixture at home? We have the perfect solution for you. Bring in some soft furnishings like cushions and drapes in delectable pastel shades to give your interiors an instant uplift. It will create a dreamy atmosphere at home!

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Earthy Tones

Earthy Tones

Earthy tone is a colour scheme that draws from the colour palette of browns, tans, warm greys and greens. The colours are an earthy tone scheme are flat and muted in emulation of natural colours found in dirt, mass, trees and rocks.

Many earth tones originate from clay earth pigments, such as ombre, ochre and Sienna. A slower way of life, back to natural roots, a more conscious living that reflects in green and earth interiors. So welcome to beige, neutral tones and warmer tones such as terracotta and Sienna.

Design schemes featuring earthy tones are warm, rich,  and invoke a sense of unparalleled comfort.

Whether you yearn for a modern or more traditional home, earthy tones work well with almost any plan. Rooms can be decorated entirely in complementary earthy tone colours, and as neutrals, they can also host a bold splash of primary colour for added interest.

Earthy tones in home design have been popular for decades due to their versatility and beauty. In a well-designed home, this colour palette will always impress and is a safe choice for those looking for a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere that is as comfortable as it is pleasing to the eye.

Light hardwood flooring contrasts beautifully with the beige and brick walls. While an inviting grey sofa complements the darker accent pieces beautifully. An area rug breaks up the monotony of the hardwood flooring, and in season, a gorgeous lilac bush can be spied through the window adding a splash of colour and beauty.

A beautiful bedroom space rich in earthy tones and varied textures. The earthy tone is a colour scheme that draws from a colour palette of browns, tans, warm greys, and greens. The colours in an earthy tone scheme are muted and flat in emulation of the natural colours found in dirt, moss, trees and rocks. 

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Japandi: The New Interior Design Trend

Japandi: The New Interior Design Trend

WHAT IS JAPANDI?

Japandi word is the fusion between Japanese and Scandinavian words. It’s the name of a rising design trend and philosophy which blends both styles. Experts say this is the year of Japandi interior trend and it’s not difficult to understand why – Japandi interiors are clean and minimalist but warm and cosy at the same time. And absolutely beautiful.

More than just an interior style, Japandi is a philosophy. Indeed, it puts together Scandinavian minimalism with wabi-sabi Japanese ethos, that finds perfection in imperfection. This is translated into the beauty of craftsmanship and of traditional decor, of raw materials and simple and natural elements.  In the Japandi aesthetic, the neutral pale tones of Scandi style are balanced by the richness of Japanese palettes, while the polish of Japanese design is softened by Scandi’s eclectic, rustic nature.

Space is created with functionality in mind, with a few statement pieces rather than an abundance of décor. The fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian simplicity makes Japandi the ultimate take on minimalism. With so much in common, it’s easy to see how these two styles team well together.

ELEMENTS OF WOOD:

A hallmark of Japandi style is mixing the light wood tones of Scandinavian style with the dark wood of traditional Japanese design. This tonal contrast adds depth to any room. Create it in your home with a sleek dark wood dining table and chairs, set against light wooden walls.

Japandi is a hybrid aesthetic, so it requires mixing elements of Japanese and Scandinavian furniture. To achieve true Japandi style, clean lines are essential to all furniture pieces, colour palettes are kept calm and subdued, and plenty of open space is left around furniture items.

MINIMALISM

Japandi interiors are simple, functional and impactful. Japandi homes are decluttered and every object has its own purpose, no space for frills and useless decor.

Furniture pieces are chosen carefully and they are themselves statement and bold accessories. They have clean and minimalistic lines, quite low to the ground as for the Japanese philosophy which encourages the connection of people with the earth. Decor and accessories are minimal as well, mostly with plants, glassware, books and handmade ceramics. Wall art is also reduced to a few statement pieces, no space here for gallery wall but just one big abstract framed art or maybe with a natural landscape is enough to decorate the space in a harmonic way.

MATERIALS

Choose furniture in simple and natural materials but with high quality, such as wood with exposed gran in mid-tones. Match furniture with natural and textured fabrics, without decor and pattern, like for example linens. You can also play by adding some traditional Japanese fixtures, such as handmade lacquered  ‘urushi’ wallpaper, shibori fabrics, as well as dipped and handmade ceramics and textured paper lamps.

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