Showing posts with label Top Interior Designers in Bangalore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Top Interior Designers in Bangalore. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Featured among the top interior designers in Bangalore

Featured among the top Women Interior Designers in Bangalore by Nearfox Magazine :). THe original article can be found at https://nearfox.com/bangalore/e/female-interior-designers ... read on,



Seven Female Interior Designers From Bangalore Who're At The Top Of Their Game

Are you conscious about the aesthetics of your home and do not want to compromise on décor? Get an interior designer on the job to have your home transformed completely. Not only will they keep your needs in mind, they'll also customize the design, the hues, and the furniture of the house specifically according to your tastes to turn it into a real home. And as we all know, women today are leading in every creative field there is, these female interior designers from Bangalore are at the top of their game. Take a look!

Sunita K Reddy
One of the most accomplished interior designers based out of Bangalore, Sunita K Reddy lives with a belief of boundless imagination to create extraordinary decors with divine perfection. Having worked previously with acclaimed designers at Ramoji Film City, Reddy also has experience of working as an Art Director in movies. Currently, she is working as a theme-based interior decorator. She excels in both commercial and residential projects.

Ranjani Yogeswaran
Currently the Creative Head and Founder at ‘Interiors by Ranjani’, Ranjani has varied experience of over a decade with renowned names in Bangalore. Thriving on her inclination for old hues, efficient lighting, geometric designs and custom furniture, she has completed numerous projects spanning from luxury apartments to high-end villas and from corporate offices to retail stores.

Nandita Manwani

Nandita Manwani is the founder of The Studio, a design & interior-works boutique based out of Bangalore that caters exclusively to the needs of Home owners. She is also the author of one of the most read blogs on home interiors in the country. Over the last decade, through her writing and her work, Nandita has helped numerous families realize their dream project called “Home”. Nandita is a regular guest columnist with Deccan Herald & her work has been featured in various national and international print & digital media.

Seema Shukla
Starting off as a rookie with smaller design houses in Bangalore, Seema Shukla has come a long way and is currently the Creative Head and Managing Director at Artis Interiorz. Shukla has a incomparable taste for white interiors and her forte is residential interiors and exteriors.

Suniti Bhimani
With a passion for art and design, Suniti Bhimani grew up to graduate in interior design. Her bent of thought for all things dynamic got her into designing. Starting out with practically unheard of designers and architects in Bangalore, Bhimani is now a well-accomplished freelance interior designer, and she works independently under her brand ‘Interiors by Suniti’.

Menaka Singri
An established designer with almost 13 years of experience, Menaka Singri is a kitchen design specialist. Singri presently works as a home décor and contemporary furniture ideas consultant. She has previously worked as a design head for over half a decade after kickstarting her career as an interior designer.  

Sanjana Gajjar
A young and enthusiastic interior design consultant with over six years of industry experience, Sanjana Gajjar is the owner of Zanyana’s Designers Studio based in Bangalore. A writer at heart and dancer by passion, Gajjar has been involved in turnkey projects on residential interiors.
These interior designers are standard-bearers, their work flows with imagination. Homes they transform appeal on the onset, and are inspiring and intelligently done.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tips and tricks to convert your rental home into a place of your own

Home Interiors and Decorators




This one is for readers who have or are in the process of renting out a home. The simple tips below should help you get your home to reflect your lifestyle and your style without cashing out your wallet.
This article also appeared on the home page of Deccan Herald - Homes & Interiors this morning...happy reading
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Design & Makeover Tips and tricks to convert your rental home into a place of your own



While you may not be able to do much about your nosy landlord, there are lots that can be done to make your rented house reflect your lifestyle and make it feel like “home” without cashing out your credit card.

Each of us has lived in a rented accommodation at some point in our life whether it be due to moving cities, the need for a bigger place or just that it was not yet time to afford a place of one’s own. While a new place comes with its own quota of excitement, doing it up to suit one’s taste and lifestyle is a bit of a tug of war between balancing the costs against the desire. The simple tips below should help you balance this equation.

Before you zero in on your rented home

Make sure that the place you are renting has the right amount of fixed furniture. In the minimum, the place should be fitted with the Kitchen and the Wardrobes in each of the rooms. These are your CORE storage spaces and without these, no matter what you do, your stuff will be found lying around in places where it is not supposed to be, giving your home the typical “rented home” look
Also, press upon your landlord to install a decent enough chimney in the Kitchen. Without one, sooner than later you will see black soot accumulating around the cooking area which will be a “no-win” both for you and your landlord.


Just before you move in

There are things that need to be done that need the house to be empty hence a bit of planning may be required for this bit. At least one day before you move in with your truckloads get the floor cleaned – acid washed if it’s too dirty. Additionally get a round of pest control done through a reputed company. Doing this in an empty home is better as you can reach into every crevice and corner, secondly, your kids don’t suffer the inconvenience and the poisonous fumes.

You may also want to get the curtains resized according to the window dimensions of the new home in advance so that they are ready to go from day one.


Now that you have moved in

Let’s start with the curtains where we left off. If you already have them ready then they will define the color theme of the home, else if you are planning on getting new ones and don’t want to spend a bomb then you can look at some of the ready - made ones available in the market. With a broad color theme in place as defined by the curtains decide on the bed linens. Your existing sets of linen will mostly do, however, look at adding small cushions in different finishes and colors to either merge with, or to contrast with the color theme.  Once you are done start adding other things


The Highlight Wall: 

Look at highlighting one of the walls of each room, including the living room in line with the color theme. You can do this by painting, using wall paper or wall hangings & photo frames. Wallpaper and paint may sound difficult but nowadays it takes not more than a few hours to do up a single wall nor is it too expensive. Just this single investment will go a long way in adding a fair degree of the desired warmth to the new home.

Depending on the space available you can look at adding designer shelves for showpieces or books on the other walls. Nowadays there is a wide range of such shelves available to purchase online as well.

A Dash of luxury on the floor: 

Rugs and mats will add that bit of a luxurious look to the place that you need. Look out for ones that go with your color theme. With the weather in Bangalore, you can have the rugs on 365 days, however, be careful not to overdo it since rugs everywhere may make space look smug & small.

Lighting

This is again a small investment that will make a big difference. To most people lighting = having enough light in the room to be able to read which is the equivalent of using a space shuttle to go to Mumbai when it can take you to Mars. Depending on the living space, proper lighting can either make the place feel warm or full of energy and affect the mood of the inhabitants accordingly. In a rented home though you may not be able to do much about the light fittings that your landlord has provided you can definitely enhance the same by changing to warm white LED/ CFL’s and adding floor as well as table lamps. A dimmer on the lamps can help you adjust the brightness in line with the mood you want to set and the time of the day. Do also remember that yellow lighting, also called warm white, will make space feel warm and cozy while white light will make it feel more efficient. In well-designed homes, you will hence find warm white in the living rooms and white in the study

Greenery

Plants, both indoors and outdoors add color as well as style to the living space. If you have the luxury of a large balcony or a terrace then take help of the local nursery to identify the right plants that will thrive in the given space based on the direction of the sun and have a combination of flowering, fragrant as well as fruit giving varieties. For interiors, there are a number of different plants available including bamboo, parsley & ferns that can be arranged in regular pots as well as in vertical stacks available nowadays. Some of these indoor plants also have air purification properties ensuring good health along with a plush look.

The Doors

If your rented place is passing its middle age then the doors will mostly have a worn down look. One may feel that not much can be done about it - nevertheless, there is still hope. First – scrub down the doors with a good cleaner – you will not believe the years of accumulated dirt that will come off them. Now that you have them done and dusted get small trinkets that you can hang from the door knobs. Doors of kids’ rooms can also have some catchy posters. The resulting clean and catchy doors will bring in a substantial change to the overall look of the home.

Once you are through with the above changes you will surely have a place to call your own, hopefully, you have a long enough rental contract with your landlord to ensure that you enjoy it for a long time to come.


As always, will welcome your feedback and comments

Signing off

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"The Studio" - now on Facebook : A photo palate for interiors in the "Indian" context


Thestudiobangalore

Over the last few months, I realized that I have been accumulating a good number of photographs of interior work - both ongoing and finished, on my phone and nearly none had found their way to this blog. The prime culprit - the thought that I will "one day" get a good photographer to cover "finished" interiors of the entire project/s and then put the best ones out here .... a "one day" that is yet to come :(

There is a lot that pictures communicate, not just how good (or bad) the interiors look but also insight into what goes into creating good designs - thus initiating and invigorating the viewers' own thoughts & ideas. What I also found was that while the western world has its  Houzz.com's and other websites, there is hardly ANY place that has insight into home interiors in the Indian context...let me explain what that means.

As Indians our needs are fairly unique and these need to be factored in while designing homes - things such as gas cylinders in the kitchen, a place for storing slippers in the foyer and a provision for people to sit and put their shoes on, false ceilings that need to take care of accommodating the ceiling fan (ask a westerner what a ceiling fan is and watch his expression), storage spaces in the kitchen for lines of boxes containing different spices - the small - small boxes that we have quite similar to the ones in the paan shop :), the puja unit, the jhoola in the living room... I could keep going on and on but I guess you get what I mean by design in an "Indian" context.

So back to the point - if you look around for ideas and pictures of designs that cater to our Indian needs you will hardly find much on the Internet. The facebook page of The Studio is an attempt to fulfill that exact gap - apart from getting all those photographs out from my phone that is :). It is also a forum I am experimenting with for a more continuous interaction with my readers (you).

I will be glad if you visit the page (it's at https://www.facebook.com/homedesignbangalore) and give me your feedback - a "like" if you like it or a comment if you see something amiss and want it added. Just be a little considerate as the content on the page is only what was added this afternoon after the page was created. Based on your feedback it will grow over time.

While it's said that a picture says a thousand words, sometimes those thousand words need to be written down for the best impact. Therefore this blog will continue to be THE medium for exchanging thoughts, questions & ideas. The Facebook page will serve as a medium of conveying some of those ideas through pictures. And both this blog and the Facebook page will interlink to bring you the best of each. Also, if you have any picture that conveys a unique idea/ thought or lifestyle then do please share and I will be more than happy to put that up ... just ensure that it is not copyrighted.

As always will welcome your feedback

Signing off

Nandita


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Friday, May 29, 2015

The Experts you need when making your home - My recent article in Deccan Herald

My article below was published in Deccan Herald last Friday. The free text is pasted below. Happy reading

Cheers
Nandita

The role of an Interior Designer and tips to get the best out of your Interior designer for your home design project.

If you have a house getting ready for possession in the next one year or are looking to do major remodeling in your current home you are sure to have spent ample hours already Googling for an Interior Designer.
A quick Google search for “Interior Designer in Bangalore” yields 3.39 million search results (in 0.47 seconds). This is not surprising because everyone from an Architect, Civil Engineer, Carpenter to a Plumber nowadays informally calls him/herself an Interior designer and sometimes vice-versa, so let’s first start with what is the role of an Interior Designer and how is it different from that an Architect and a Civil Engineer.


The Architect

He is the one responsible to plan the overall internal layout & exterior elevation of the building. This is based on the (1) law of the land - the offsets, Floor area ratio etc. demanded by the authorities (read BBMP, BDA etc.) (2) The needs of the owner such as the room sizes, direction, external elevation etc. and (3) the physical, and design constraints such as the slope of the land, the bathrooms being next to the plumbing lines, the columns need to be straight etc. etc. The Architect is also qualified and expected to do a sanity check on what s/he has designed can be constructed and will be livable.
As an analogy - if one were to be making a human being -  the Architect’s role would be to define that the head will be on the top, hands on the side and the feet at the bottom with a body in the middle  so that the human can function in the best way possible

The Civil Engineer

He is the person who will take the Architect’s designs and construct the building based on hardcore principles of engineering such as the load on the walls, the thickness of the columns & beams to take the load, the type and amount of material to be used etc. Your Architect and the Engineer hence need to be in constant touch to ensure what has been designed 1. Can be constructed, 2. Is being constructed and 3. Any construction constraints that come in are discussed and changes factored into the Architect’s plans based on your agreement
In our human analogy the Civil Engineer will be fitting out the different organs within the body and determining the material that each part will be made of

The Interior Designer: 

Now that your home is constructed and ready comes in the interior designer. S/he will take the space available and make it livable in line with the needs, lifestyle and the outlook of the owner and the “feel” that one would like to give to the space. This would include the space planning , colour schemes, lighting, furniture, furnishings, woodwork including build versus buy decisions for the furniture etc.
Again – in the human analogy the Interior designer will determine how the person will look, talk and behave….and that better be good
In a continuum extending from Science on the left to Art on the right, the Civil Engineer will mostly stand on the Science side, the Architect in the middle and the Interior Designer on the right. That however does not necessarily mean that anyone with a good sense of art can do an interior designers job since there are technical aspects within interior design that one needs to know and be good at… more on that later.

The Value of Interior Design and why you may need an Interior Designer

A well designed home is EXACTLY like a well designed car – you just know that’s its well done when you drive/ walk into one, you may not be able to pin point specifically what the difference is but while the car feels great when you drive it, the home just feels "nice" when you enter. I remember this interesting episode of a home owner  who commented “you know whenever the neighbors come in they say that my home somehow feels different and more balanced” – in that project the interior designer had changed the position of the fans in the drawing room to go with the symmetry of the overall interiors of the room. And it does not stop there - things like deciding whether the shutter flap will be a pull up or a pull down, the drawers will be to the right of the kitchen hob, the left or right under based on whether the user is left handed or right, the material to be used in case the home is self-managed or maid run are key things that the Interior Designer will plan for while designing.
Colors & Lighting add an interesting dimension to the interior design and is perhaps the most underrated & under thought design element and one that Interior Designers spend considerable time and effort on. An extremely well-designed home can look ordinary if the color selection & lighting is not done properly and a fairly simple home can look extraordinary with the right color selection & lighting.
In addition to the above when designing the furniture the Interior Designer would incorporate the limitations of both the material, hardware and the workman to get the desired output. While the limitations of the workman can be managed with over-communication or by getting someone better, it is extremely important to know the material & hardware that will bring the designs to life. With the huge Hardware range that’s available on the market today & the Hettich & Hafele Hardware Manuals running into some 1560 pages, this is one area of technical expertise that the Interior designer has to be conversant with to do a good job … remember our science versus art discussion earlier.
Due to the above reasons having an Interior designer by your side is helpful especially when doing “Home” Interiors because a Home needs not just to look good but also be built specific to a lifestyle & need and has to be liveable for years to come.

Finding the right interior designer:

This one is never easy. Even with the most thorough search, going through profiles and past projects etc. I have seen client - designer relationship go bad & the project bearing the brunt of it. Finding the right designer is much like an arranged marriage, beyond how the person appeals to you in the first meeting and the matching of the wavelengths there is not much that can be determined which will have the real bearing on the success rate. The only other thing you may want to check while looking for a designer is whether he has been around for some time and has some grounded experience, whether he will be personally available to you and be directly involved in your specific project and whether he can get the job done within your time and budget constraints.
Getting the best out of your Interior Designer:
While every client, project, and designer are different there is some core do’s and don’ts to ensure a healthy relationship so that the project gets the best treatment from all concerned.

  1. Have the detailed scope, payment terms, and overall timeline clearly defined and stick to these as the project proceeds
  2. Once you have provided your inputs and documented the scope & budgets trust your designer to deliver and do a good job. The Type X Management style may work with the local carpenter but with the designer, it’s got to be Type Y
  3. Don’t visit the project site every day and unannounced. … Imagine how you would feel if your manager peeps into your desk 3 times a day and the kind of respect such a manager will command. Set up work inspection days in advance with the mutual agreement of your designer. This will create a general atmosphere of positive management.
  4. Avoid mid work design changes. Think through all your needs and discuss these with your designer before finalizing the designs. Last minute and on the fly changes are always messy. Sometimes these lead to scope creeps resulting in time and budget creep and heart burn. At the same time if there are key changes that HAVE TO be incorporated then ensure that these are discussed and any accompanying budget and timeline changes are agreed and documented
  5. Due to the unorganized and unprofessional nature of the labor market in India, your designer may not be able to give you a project plan with weekly timelines. However, you should expect that the general pace of work is nippy and there is visibility of the work being completed in time. If not then raise this during your scheduled site visits.

The above should mostly see you through, warm and happy, in a fully furnished home built without any mishaps and within your budget and timelines

Happy Home making