Glimpse of INDIA and green home

Now that all of you know that I am an Architect. So, where ever I go, I pick up the authentic fabric, colours, artifacts of the particular place. I have travelled a lot across India. Incase, I am asked to build a house with all the things I have collected and seen, it would look like the following.  Of course i would design house which is green in nature. An eco-friendly building.  let me explain starting with creativity on the looks, interior and colours and end with ecofriendly at end in just 10 points.

I made 3 collages, would explain all the picture starting from first left clockwise.

1. bright colours from Rajasthan  for the fabric on beds. they are the natural colour dyed and Cane furniture of India combines simplicity and comfort, with high aesthetic appeal.

2. Green colour boxes are hand painted kept on the wooden dressing would bring it more colour and green creeper would add life to the room.

3.traditoanl photographs depicting indian ppl will be used as cushion cover. Indoor plans would be kept as contract to plan paint on the background.

4. a green colour painted buddha kept on aluminum trunk would give the ancient feel to the garden. all the artifacts are handmade of recyclable products.

5. a royal magenta colour silk saree is used as curtain and sofa cover adding on colour and royal look to the Shah jhahans photograph kept in the room.  old silk saree which has been lying in the wardrobe for years will get new life with the creativity.

6. a variety of silk fabric and colours are used as cushion cover to emphasis the colours in the house.

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6. I used carpet tile flooring. which is made of recycled wood and can be replaced in parts when damaged. it would qualify as a green material for flooring.

7. I use big windows, like the arched one shown in the photograph, which would bring in more light, I think all of know the importance of natural light and its effect on the paint used in the interior. with this I bring in more light and air inside my home.

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8. I use recycled wood to make my furniture. would paint it with bright colours to give it a contemporary look.

9. use pebbles in the center courtyard, which would also act as rainwater catchment for rain water harvesting.

10. last but not the least, I would use ASIAN PAINTS -Green Assure from Asian Paints is more than just VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Safe.

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Now a good news, you dont need to be an Architect or interior decor to make your house look beautiful. what you just need to do is just a phone call to a toll free number.  Just read the above steps, follow it, your dream home is ready. In fact the website give you various designs available, colour theory, shade cards, patterns that can be implemented and what not?? So guys, you just need to finalize on the budget, rest is all at your door steps.

This entry is a part of a blogging contest organised by women’s web in association with Ripple Linksand Asian Paints.

note: all are googled images.  I could have written more on green building, that would take away reader interest, and it’s not much related to the contest. hence stopped with the interior. Hope you like my post.

why colours??

This Blog post is the part of The Asian Paints & Ripple Links Beautiful Home Blogger contest

how about a black and white house.  why colors when you can create beautiful space with everything and nothing. So let me share an idea on black and white house.

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here the basic idea is make the house look chick and elegant. let be professional meeting place, or add a pinch of colours in form of fabric and furniture to detail, the house had be made of monochrome.

living space:  when you have clean white wall, with white sofa, it automatically brings in a posh and business like look. I would combine it with zebra pattern fabric for curtains and cushion to emphasis the formal look. Of course would splash in colours during the festive time.

kitchen and bathroom: I know how hard it is to maintain anything white in kitchen and bathroom. still, when its white, we are inclined to clean it frequently or get cleaned. now did you get the idea, why i need it white?? so, i am into making my home perfect for every visitor and feel proud for the spec clean maintenance.

bedroom:  polka dots fabric would make it retro style, and colourful carpet would add life to my room. I would add color and life to the rooms with colour flowers and photographs.

so what do you guys say?? dont we have more and more creative options to do with accersories, furnitures and fabric, when we have base, BLACK AND WHITE as background??  the following are given by ASIAN paints for chosing of the wall colour combinations. So, keep it in mind while selecting.

  • The three primary colours- red, blue, yellow are also known as the parent colours.
    • Background colour: The colour with the largest proportional area covering three walls of a room.
    • Dominant or feature wall colour: The colour of the feature wall.
    • Accents: The colour used in the least proportion to enhance the overall décor.
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    Colour interactions

    • Colours look different on different backgrounds, in different contexts.
    • The grey chip looks much lighter on the black, whereas on white it looks darker.
    • The yellow looks cleaner and brighter on black than on white. The green chip on the blue seems to resemble the first and third green chip on the left, when in fact it is the same as the second one on the left.
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    • If you want a colour to appear lighter in value, surround it with a colour darker in value and vice versa.
    • If you want a colour to appear intense or bright, surround it with a less intense or dull colour.


now hope you understand why I decided to main major surfaces as White, only few as Black. and also why I added the little tint of other bright colours to enhance the beauty?? Thank you Asian paints for the clear ideas on colouring and how to choose the colours.. 

Chalk the ideas..

with age, everybody seem to forget things. How many of you write down the ” TO DO LIST”, and get pleasure striking the done things. Oh well, how about a house which provides a wall space for it. Imagine a big black wall for you to write on in every room. the wall is either to write down the things to do, or can become a creative platform for the kids to show their imagination. How about the wall displaying the important dates of life or a cute proposal or love note from hubby. I am getting really excited thinking about things that can be done on a clean blank wall.

its always in our hands to chose the colour. If we can carry anything elagant, even black on nails can look fab.

barry-m-matte-nail-paint-espresso-002 Asian Paints does have a product called ‘chalkboard paint’, but it uses acrylic and not chalk as the medium. This paint is designed for blackboards or green-boards (as seen in classrooms). It can also be used on surfaces that are to function as a board, ie written on with chalk.

coming to bedroom, here are sample pictures. either you do it everyday, change according to the mood. write captions, or draw smething to complete or complement the bed. So, i would write a beautiful qoute everyday on the wall, read it, and relive it.

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My dining and kicten would have the days menu. i would like the recipe which i would like to try and write important information which needs to be shared with my family.  it just no the corner, but the complete wall becomes mine and has scope to decorate and re-do.

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my study, would filled with formulas. yes, i would like feel likeEinstein when i am studing.  I would keep a bright light to make me focus on work with walls blank or written to minimun,  keep really contracting furniture fabric or colour like cyan blue or bright pink and red to compliment the monotous black wall.

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make it romtic with qoutes and candle light.  keep rest of the thing white and make it a great black and white combo to increase the elegance.

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Hope, you liked my haouse of board and chalk. This post is written for The Beautiful Home Blogger Contest in association with Asian Paints andRipple Links. hey looks like a popular post would also win some goodies. dont know how they would check on it. anyways dont forget to like my post and write a comment.