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Indian Home Decor – Urban Punjabi Home Décor

Posted by jasnav on April 5, 2011

An aspect perhaps well known about Punjabi city people is their penchant for fashion. The latest trends in Indian clothing are first adopted in this former princely state before they migrate to the rest of the country and even the world. The famous Patiala Salwar Kameez is Punjab’s eternal gift to ladies fashion. But more about that later.

Coming to the cities of Punjab, it is here that the boisterous nature of Punjabis really emerges. Having more money to spend than their village counterparts, the home décor is typically a mix of modern and traditional. While European and other western culture may find its takers in part, most homes prefer Indian wooden furniture.

The sitting space is generally well defined in the form of a separate living room, and colorful curtains and bedspreads would be found adorning the home. Punjabis being fond of color, this generally shows through in their homes.

Traditional seating on the floor is generally not followed, and you would find comfortable seating on chairs and sofas to be popular. Removing of shoes outside the home is generally not followed as the homes are not essentially heavily carpeted. You can wear your shoes inside most Punjabi homes, though of course it would be good if you scrape off the mud or dust. Remember Punjab is pretty dusty in summers and muddy in the rains.

Punjabis are happy to welcome guests and are very warm hearted people in general. Guests generally cannot leave without having a meal or at least a drink, so accepting it graciously would do a world of good to your relations with your host. Unlike several other parts of India, expect a meal to contain at least one non-veg dish of chicken, and drinks to form a part of every social gathering.

Most Punjabi homes are spacious and having well spread out settings. Space is generally not a constraint in Punjabi homes, and children would prefer to move out and make a new home rather than be constricted by tight surroundings. Punjabis love to splurge and show off, and would be the last to be seen staying in smaller homes if they can afford a bigger one.

You can generally make out at a glance the homes of people who have recent migrated to the cities from rural Punjab from those who are traditional city dwellers. The former would have bright colors with material such as ceramic tiles, marble tiles et all decorating their exteriors. Homes of the latter would use more subtle material, such as Granite, or larger slabs of marble, but would be equally attention seeking. Show off of wealth is an important part of Punjabi culture, and what could be a better way than this?

The extremely popular dance form of the ‘Bhangra’ is Punjab’s gift to the world, and no party across the world today is complete without at least a few steps of the ‘Bhangra’.

To put it in perspective, Punjab is generally to India what Texas is the USA, with its large hearted people and rich, vibrant culture. Go ahead and bring the vibrant Punjabi culture into your home with Phulkari cushions and cotton rugs.

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Indian Home Décor – Punjabi Interiors For Your Home

Posted by jasnav on March 30, 2011

If you have ever heard about India, chances are you have heard lots about Punjab. Easily one of the most famous states of India for its vibrant culture and industrious people, Punjab is one of the leading states of the country. Nature’s bounty have made this land the food bowl of India, and the hard working people have made a name for themselves throughout the world.

Other than the green revolution, another thing very famous about Punjab is its extremely vibrant culture. Infectious Punjabi music forms with its rhythmic beat form an essential part of practically every movie that is churned out by the famous Indian film industry, Bollywood. While Punjabis are the butt of many jokes, their ability to turn odds on their head is well respected.

When it comes to Punjabi home décor, there are two distinct trends that emerge – the rural and the urban.
The first being the village or the rural trend, in which the décor is pretty simple. Simple furniture such as beds woven from jute husk and seating on the ground is popular. The kitchen is generally separated from the main house. When food is served the men folk eat first and the women eat later.

The villages of Punjab produce some popular home décor items as well. One being the famous Phulkari, that is a very colorful embroidery using thick cotton thread and made into bed spreads, duvet covers et all. Sometimes traditional phulkari embroidery is also used in part to design smaller pieces such as decorative cushion covers, tea-cosis, table covers and mats. This form of embroidery can be generally picked up in emporiums showcasing Punjabi culture, culture fairs or even online shops.

Another famous produce is the cotton ‘Durrie’. The durrie is basically a simple mat made of course cotton and is usually used as a floor rug. Very often it is also used as bedding, or under mattresses to avoid slipping of the bed clothes. The navy blue color being most popular, colors such as red, green, gray, brown are all available. The durrie is long lasting, versatile in its use and very practical.

Steel utensils are preferred for use in rural Punjab. Expect large sized steel glasses that hold nearly a full liter of ‘lassi’ or butter milk, the preferred summer drink of rural Punjab. Even water and milk is offered in these huge glasses and guests are generally expected to finish the whole thing!

Outside a lot of Punjabi village homes you would find colorful ceramic tiles decorating the entrance or the main arch. This is again in line with the inherent nature of the Punjabis to try and show off their wealth to the world.

An interesting thing you may well notice about rural Punjabi homes is shaped water tanks. Thus you would find a large sized concrete bird perched on top of one house, a horse on another, numerous footballs, even aeroplanes and statues of wrestlers! I would again link this to the basic Punjabi trait of seeking attention and displaying wealth.

In my next article we shall delve some more into the home décor patterns of urban Punjab. See you soon!

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Chandeliers To Add The Glam Element To Your Home

Posted by jasnav on January 14, 2011

Traditions are changing in the usage of Chandeliers. Today chandeliers find a place of pride in almost every room of the house.

Most of the time, chandeliers are sold without the shades and are often used that way. Adding or changing shades gives you a totally different appearance and reinvents the piece. There are certain basic things to know before you buy one.

• To determine the size of a chandelier that will hang in any room, just add the room dimensions together. For instance, if the foyer is 16 ft by 18 ft, add 18 + 16=34. The proper sized chandelier for this space would be 34 cms in diameter.

• Chandelier bulbs come in up to 60 watts so if you have a 20-arm chandelier, that is 1200 watts. Try using 40 watt bulbs for the right amount of light in your home. Go one step further and install a dimmer to control the glow even more. Better still, use 11 watt CFLs to really save on electricity – that’s a massive 980 watts saved in one go!

• Choose a chandelier with a diameter equal to the width of the table. For example, if the table is 50 cms, select a chandelier with a 25 cms diameter. The chandelier should hang approximately 30-32 cms above the tabletop as it should be low enough to complement the table settings but at the same time, high enough to be out of the way.

• Glass chandeliers require a lot of care. It has high maintenance processes when it comes to caring for the different metal and glass lighting devices. Use a damp or dry cloth while cleaning the chandelier. For cleaning the chandelier, stick to an annual cleaning schedule as for your upholstery and window drapes. Cleaning your chandelier once in a year will keep it shining with its original brilliance.

Go ahead and get a chandelier today to enhance the beauty of your home.

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Enhance Your Home With the Right Curtains and Drapes

Posted by jasnav on January 1, 2011

The interior decoration of a home is never complete without curtains and drapery. Curtains enhance the environment of a home by adding to its overall decor. Curtains and drapes, when done tastefully and proportionately, add to the specialty and uniqueness of a room. An integral part of home décor, curtains and drapes can make or break an entire room. Hence a lot of care and attention needs to be paid to this aspect.

Curtains help in manipulating the light that enters the living room, keep the warmth or coldness inside it or increase the room’s privacy. Selecting the wrong fabric, however, could affect the over-all appearance while failing to provide several necessary functions.

Curtains vs Drapes

Most laymen call any fabric hanging on their windows as curtains while professional interior decorators in the industry call them drapes. The difference is however not limited to just terminology; it includes how they are used to add to the overall look and feel of the place they are displayed in.

While curtains are typically used to describe just the cloth hangings on the windows, the term drapery generally comprises the entire complement of curtains as well as their accessories such as valances and the hardware. When selecting the drapes or curtains for your home, one must always identify the function of that particular fabric type.

We have so much of choice in the wide range of curtain fabrics, tracks, rods, and styles for drapes that it can often be confusing as to where to start looking out which curtains best suit our home.

Curtains are generally made with lighter materials and more functional when compared with drapes. Drapes are usually made from heavy fabrics such as velvet or cotton tend to be longer than regular curtains and add grandeur to any room.

If used creatively, curtains could be used as the main attraction point of the window decoration. Always keep in mind that a set of drapes and valences has to be more ornate, in comparison to simple curtains. Thus they naturally have more elaborate designs and different fabric texture that demonstrate their primary purpose of decoration.

Another criterion for selecting your drapes or curtains is the type of fabric you are most comfortable working with. Apart from your personal taste, the fabric selection also depends on whether you want them to stand out from the rest of the living room or to blend with the rest of the room. Much also depends on the location of the windows.

Fabrics are available in an array of types but not all fabrics could be used as drapes. So be discriminative in choosing yours. In the selection of curtains, it is also crucial that you know the length and the width of the window on which they will be used.

Full length drapes should have the length and width that would cover the entire area of the window, from the top edge of the window and perhaps touching the floor. Apron drapes, however, would only require a modest allowance to the fabric to give it a dramatic flow.

Go ahead and get the right selection of curtain fabrics, curtains and drapes for your home.

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