While decorating homes, candles are often an after-thought, and usually not considered an integral part at the design stage. Yet, they can create such magic and fill our homes with warmth. Today candles come in a variety of shape, colours, designs and sizes and you can use them across the house to ring in the appropriate mood as desired. Let’s explore a few ways of using candles.
Dinner Table: You can use a large candle or a combination of candles to form a centre-piece in a dining table. Add some romance to your meals.
Bathroom: You can cluster candles and keep them in the corner of a bathroom, and keep it fresh. By using bright coloured candles, you break the monotony of a monochromatic bathroom. Lastly you can even burn an aromatic candle, relax in the bath and soothe your senses.
Bedroom: Candles add romance in bedrooms. Light them on a side table, windowsill, or beautiful sconces to create a warm, nightly glow. They add a bit of whimsy and old-age appeal so even the most contemporary and modern rooms.
Living Room hallway: For the ultimate welcome to your guests, create a candle halo at the entrance. Burn an aromatic candle and say hi to your guests.
Family Get-together: While getting together with family, chatting or watching a movie, burn a few candles. It works wonders to create a very warm fuzzy feeling.
In recent times, clients have been asking me about vertical gardens and the feasibility of installing one indoors. We are often seen at airports and other public areas….but can we do it inside our homes and our offices? Yes, we can. Vertical gardens have several benefits, the prime amongst them being:
• Aesthetics: They liven up the space.
• Better Acoustics: They absorb sound.
• Improved air quality: They act as an air filter and release oxygen.
• Reduced electricity costs: They work well to bring down the temperature and humidity in a room.
Installing a Vertical Garden
You can attempt a small scale vertical garden yourself, although a large one may need professional help.
You can start by getting a robust frame which you can hang onto a wall. A non corrosive material like plastic is recommended for the frame. A plastic sheet is recommended to be attached to prevent water leakage.
A layer of fabric needs to be attached next, and this is where the plants will live and grow. A material like felt, which allows good water retention, is recommended.
Now you need to set up a drip irrigation system and here you may want to consult an expert or look up Google. Simply put, you need a tune across the top of your frame, which will drip water throughout the entire structure.
Lastly you need to select the plants that you want to include in your green wall, and this boils down to your personal choice and the overall look of the room.
At times, I face resistance from clients to the use of wood, especially while designing offices. Given the global exposure that people have today, somehow wood is seen as ‘old world’ by a section of people and a steel-n-glass look is often seen as contemporary. I don’t believe so, though! Of course, solid wood is not really an economical option as well.
However, I often end up recommending the use of wood at least as an ‘accent’. It not only highlights spaces, but also brings in a more ‘homely’ feel to spaces.