“A painter yes but a color consultant?” one queries warily. Ashmi Waghela by profession an Interior designer, color consultant and decor stylist, says her art and paintings are not just for visual delight, mental pleasure or even thought but designed to heal, to induce calm and develop positive vibes. Art being Ashmi’s passion since childhood she has realized that any painting may bring joy, perhaps sorrow or at least simple, indifferent observation. Her work is designed specifically to not only appeal physically or emotionally but…
A centre table in the centre of the main seating area in the living room is a common feature. However, some, especially those living in small apartments resist it; usually because they feel it makes the space look and feel constrained and smaller. While that is understandable, even in those cases, one could still consider a small table, maybe made of glass, for it has several advantages.
1. Conversation starter: A centre table binds people sitting around it over a tea or beer. You could place your drinks and snacks on the table and go on chatting for hours, getting up only for refills.
2. Mini library: A centre table can house magazines and newspapers at the bottom level. This encourages the reading habit.
3. Decorate: The table can be used for some decor. You could put up an unbreakable centrepiece like a figurine that you picked up in your last trip.
Of course, the centre table is the most comfortable place to put up your legs when you are tired.
Living rooms were meant for relaxing and socialising for family members as well as with guests. The internet is awash with incidents of people checking their phones every five minutes for their fix of social media when visiting friends. There are also stories of wives throwing away their husbands’ smartphone out of the bedroom window for bringing work to bed. It is thus important to maintain the sanctity of the living room as a place to meet in person and converse. How do we make a conversation friendly living room? Here are three tips of the day:
1. Keep the television away: The television is a conversation killer and should be kept away from the living room. If it is not possible, at least do not house it in the main seating area.
2. Face to face seating: Set up furniture in a manner such that face to face conversations can take place. Otherwise keep some light chairs, which can be pulled in to face heavier sofas, to form a round-ish seating pattern. Do not line them up along a wall, especially when the guests arrive.
3. Get a centre table: A centre table with sofas around it, binds people together and engages them in conversations over a coffee or a beer.