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Lucky Plants For The House

Lucky Plants
We list some plants that home owners can grow, which, according to Vast and Feng Shui are believed to bring good luck, harmony and prosperity

Lucky Plants are crucial in channeling the natural flow of positive energy. They also purify the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide and provide relief from stress.

Nitien Parmar of Vastu Plus, Mumbai says that lucky plants dispel the stagnant and stale energies from the home. They subconsciously connect us to the colour green, which has therapeutic qualities.

According to Vastu Shastra, healthy growing plants placed in the right directions, enhance the ability to attract abundance into one’s life and improve relationship.

Lucky Plants that bring good luck, harmony and prosperity

Tulsi

According to Vastu shastra, one of the most powerful, sacred and auspicious plants that enhances positivity at home, is the Tulsi or holy basil.

Parmar says that this shrub, which has great medicinal value, can purify the atmosphere and keep mosquitoes away. Tulsi can be grown at the front or the back of the house, in the balcony or windows, wherever it can be exposed regularly to sunlight.

Bamboo plant

The lucky plants bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana) is from south-east Asia and both, Vastu and Feng Shui, associate it with good fortune and health. The number of stalks in the plant has a big impact on the meaning of a particular lucky bamboo plant.

For wealth, for instance, it should have five stalks; for good luck six; seven stalks for health and 21 stalks for health and great wealth. Bamboo plants also act as air purifiers and remove pollutants from the surroundings. Preferably, keep the bamboo plant in the east corner.

Areca palm

Areca palm plants, according to Feng Shui, lead to health, peace and prosperity. It eliminates negative energy and attracts positivity. This leafy plant can be grown anywhere in the house, in indirect sunlight.

It has an ability to remove common pollutants from the air and also improves humidity.

Jade plant

Jade plant, with its small rounded leaf, is known to bestow good luck. According to Feng Shui, the Jade plant is the epitome of good luck and favourable positive energy and hence, can be placed in the house or office.

Jade symbolises growth and regeneration and the shape of the leaves bear a resemblance to jade stones. However, avoid keeping the jade plant in the bathroom, experts suggest.

Money plant

This plant (pothos) is known to bring wealth and good luck to the house and helps in overcoming financial obstacles. It act as natural air purifiers, as they filter the toxins out of the air.

This requires very little maintenance. It is said that keeping a money plant at home can help to achieve success in both, personal and professional fields.

Rubber plant

The rubber plant represents wealth and fortune in Feng Shui, as its rounded leaves resemble coins. When placed in the home, it is believed to provide abundance. Also, the rubber plant improves indoor air, as it is a natural air purifier.

Areca palm

Areca palm plants, according to Feng Shui, lead to health, peace and prosperity. It eliminates negative energy and attracts positivity. This leafy plant can be grown anywhere in the house, in indirect sunlight. It has an ability to remove common pollutants from the air and also improves humidity.

Flowers that bring good luck

Jasmine

This represents appreciation, love and good luck and creates positivity in relationships. Jasmine (mogra) has a delicate sweet fragrance and is known to reduce anxiety and bring tranquility.

Srilata Krishnan from Mumbai says that in today’s chaotic world, one needs a calm and peaceful home to recharge and plants help us to relax.

He has jasmine flowers in his balcony, which are the favourite flowers of Lord Shiva. After a day’s work, he enjoy the delicate whiff of blooming jasmine in his balcony and forget all the stress.

Lotus

Lotus is a symbol of wealth, peace, purity, harmony and spirituality. The lotus, which also has medicinal value, is considered an auspicious flower as it is linked with Goddess Lakshmi, as well as Lord Buddha.

Placing it in front of the house is most beneficial but it can be kept inside the house too. A water pond with lotus in it, is ideal in the north-east or north or east direction of one’s garden.

Peace lily

Peace lilies are a great addition to any room, to help clean the air and evoke a sense of harmony. Feng Shui says that nurturing peace lilies, help to bring about good luck and affluence and it wards off negative energies. Since the plant attracts good vibes, it is also good for emotional wellbeing. It improves the flow of energy in the home by cleansing the air.

Orchid

Orchids are associated with good luck and prosperity. In Feng Shui, orchids symbolise good relationships, happiness and fertility. Ideally, it should be placed in the north direction.

Lotus

Lotus is a symbol of wealth, peace, purity, harmony and spirituality. The lotus, which also has medicinal value, is considered an auspicious flower as it is linked with Goddess Lakshmi, as well as Lord Buddha.

Placing it in front of the house is most beneficial but it can be kept inside the house too. A water pond with lotus in it, is ideal in the north-east or north or east direction of one’s garden.

Lucky herbs for home

Mint

This herb keeps bad vibes away and is ideal for attracting wealth and prosperity. The aroma of mint leaves helps calm one’s nerves and is believed to revive one’s hopes. It also helps in relieving stress stressed muscles and has medicinal value.

Ajwain (carom)

This herbal plant is considered auspicious for wealth. It does not require too much sunlight or water. The beautiful ribbed leaves of the plant are edible and an easy home remedy for an upset tummy.

Lucky trees for the garden

Neem tree

Neem tree creates positivity, a healthy environment and according to Vastu, is auspicious. As it has great medicinal value, the Vedas called the Neem as sarva roga nivarini (the curer of all ailments). Neem trees act as an efficient natural air filter, absorbing pollutants.

Coconut tree

The coconut tree, which is called the ‘kalpavriksh’ or the sacred tree, is said to fulfil all desires and bring good fortune and positive energy. The ideal direction to plant it is in the south or south-west.

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Banana

The banana plant is a sacred plant worshiped in India. It is considered a harbinger of good luck and signifies prosperity, good health and mental peace. This plant should be placed in the north-east.

Ashoka tree 

Ashoka, the evergreen tree with fragrant flowers, is believed to remove suffering and bring joy. This ‘tree of happiness’ brings positive energy and prosperity.

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Tips to grow and take care of plants that bring good luck

  • Select healthy plants with vibrant foliage, to create beneficial energy.
  • Trees like neem and mango, provide good results in all directions.
  • For any house, it is auspicious to have a Gooseberry tree in the north-east direction, pomegranate in the north-west, banyan in the east, gular (cluster fig) in the south, peepul in the west and pakad (ficus) in the north direction.
  • In your kitchen garden, besides growing turmeric which is associated with prosperity, grow herbs such as coriander, thyme and rosemary.
  • According to Vastu, a citrus plant, besides emanating a fresh smell, helps in creating a happy atmosphere.
  • Remove dried and decayed leaves, flowers and weeds, as they attract negative energy.
  • Grow hibiscus, champa and marigold flowers in the garden at home as they are considered auspicious.
  • Except for a few medicinal plants, avoid plants with thorns, as they give rise to tensions in the environment.
  • Do not grow plants in chipped or cracked pots or vases.
  • According to Vastu, growing creepers with support on the house wall, is not recommended.

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FAQs

Which plants are unlucky for home?

Avoid Cacti & plants that have thorns.

Are fake plants bad luck?

As per Feng Shui, Artificial plants are not good.

Where should I keep the Bamboo Plant at home?

You can place the Bamboo plant in a place in a house that received low and indirect light.

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Guidance About Waterproofing Your Home

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Incessant rain can damage your house, if the waterproofing is not done right. Here is everything you need to know about waterproofing.

For any home constructed using concrete, steel and cement, waterproofing is one of the important processes that has to be done during the construction phase. It is done, to prevent damage to the interiors of the house from water seepage. Using the right kind of waterproofing chemical is as important as the process itself. Some of the common problems, such as water seepage problems during the monsoon, water in the terrace, etc., occur due to lack of waterproofing or usage of poor materials or absence of waterproof paints. To help you avoid such situations, here are a few things that you should understand about it.

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What is waterproofing?

In simple words, it’s the process of making a structure waterproof or water-resistant, in order to keep it unaffected by water and increase its resistance against water under different conditions. Waterproofing of structures helps in reducing humidity inside the house and minimizes damage due to water exposure. According to experts, this is also important for improving the longevity of the building.

Types in products / chemicals

Grout and epoxy

This compound can be used in existing structures that are already in use and have developed cracks. These chemicals are required to be injected into the cracks, or by drilling holes into the surface to insert the material. A sealant is formed, which results in creating a water-resistant barrier.

Vinyl ester resin

These compounds are used on concrete surfaces as a way to prevent acid and corrosion damage. The resin creates waterproof membranes that guard against moisture and water damage.

Polyurea

Considered as one of the most resilient and flexible protective coatings, polyurea is known for being water resistant, abrasion resistant and very strong. This compound also contains antibacterial properties.

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Poly acrylic

This is one of the most common and superior qualities of material used for concrete structures. This chemical solution is used to seal leakages on walls and for terrace waterproofing. Only experts and highly trained professionals can do this type. This compound is often mixed with cement in the final step to seal the cracks.

Polyurethane

This chemical is used for roof waterproofing. This is one of the most expensive chemical waterproofing methods available in the market.

Bituminous

Bituminous, also known as asphalt coatings, is the best for waterproofing concrete foundations. It’s properties are dependent on the polymer grade used & fiber added to the chemicals.

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Advantages

There are several benefits and advantages for your structure:

  • It prevents unwanted moisture from seeping into your walls.
  • It prevents damage caused due to seepage which may ruin the structural strength of the house.
  • Seeping moisture and water can cause metals to rust and wood to decay. This methods can avoid such damages.
  • Foundation waterproofing prevents the foundation from getting weak, improving the value of your house in the market.

FAQs

What materials are used for waterproofing?

Different types of waterproofing with chemical compounds are used to make the structure waterproof.

What is the best waterproofing product?

It depends on the type of cracks. You may need to seek expert advice from waterproofing contractors, to truly understand the exact needs.

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In 2021,10 Home Decor trends will rule

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In 2021, here is what will remain hot in the home décor world.

In 2021,10 Home Decor trends will rule for spectacular view of the house. As we come closer to the dawn of New Year 2021, after spending the majority of 2020 cocooned at home, it is time to freshen up the home with the 10 interior design trends likely to rule in the new year.

Workspace at home

Due to the pandemic, work from home and home schooling have become the new norm. There is a rise in demand for flexible spaces which can function as comfortable and productive home offices and study areas.

According to Prashant Chauhan, creative director of Zero 9 design firm, Mumbai, with space constraints, innovative and flexible solutions, especially mini-study nooks, are being integrated at home. Well organised working space with ergonomically designed office chair, shelves, proper lighting, attractive backgrounds for video meetings and also a folding chair.

It helps for digital detox after the work, are need-based trends that will dictate the home interiors and will continue to evolve, in the coming year.

Nurturing nature

One of the impacts of the imposed lockdown is the reduced accessibility to open and green spaces. As a result, the need to bring the greens into the home has increased. People will like to nurture a kitchen garden in their balcony, window sill or terrace, to add a dose of freshness and enliven the spaces.

The addition of indoor plants in corners or table tops will increase. Vegetable gardens are trending at the moment, so one would see Tulsi, curry leaves, mint, aloe vera, etc., blooming in container gardens at home in 2021. Be it indoor plants or a vertical garden, green plants known for their numerous benefits will make a big impact in the interior home decor.

Pop of colour

It is a known fact that colours make us feel more positive. In 2021 one will see cheerful hues dominating the home. It could be a yellow or bright cherry accent wall, or bright floral sofa upholstery or a bright impressive artwork that will break the monotony of the space.

Accent furniture and statement pieces

Since people are forced to entertain and have social gatherings at home, interior spaces are going to be reflective of personal style. Prioritising the design of one’s home is a definite trend.

According to Natasha Aggarwal, interior designer and founder, NACL (Natasha Aggarwal Creative Living), the post-pandemic client will look at interior design and especially homes as not just living spaces but spaces to express themselves. Besides, people have been moving towards accent or statement pieces of furniture that are nestled amongst subtle unobtrusive monotone schemes over- elaborate design schemes.

A similar trend is also seen amongst artwork and artefacts as clients prefer to place one statement artwork on a wall other than populating the wall with artefacts.

Earthy materials that are organic, sustainable and recyclable

Earthy colour shades and materials that are sustainable and recyclable are not only a trendy option but also a responsible choice. According to Aggarwal, one should look out for earthy colour tones mixed with monochromes as the new minimal and modern trend.

Earthy tones also create warm and cosy spaces that can be inhabited easily for long periods, a necessity due to the pandemic. Design with conscience is sure to catch up.

Comfort and functionality over aesthetics

With the lockdowns, people have been confined to their homes. Since most people had to rely on themselves for domestic chores, the need for a simplistic, functional and easy to maintain home is a growing trend for the coming year.

Aggarwal stated that houses are now required to meet multiple needs such as that for entertainment, work, exercise, flexible and adaptable spaces will gain priority over aesthetic, high maintenance spaces. Zones that reinforce opportunities to prioritize self-care are more important now than ever in home offices much like our spaces, home owners want the furniture to be flexible and multi-purpose too.

According to Modsy’s Trend Report, in 2021, people are likely to prefer sofas, sectionals and armchairs that have a comfortable look and feel — something that you could really curl up on and binge-watch TV or read a good book. Apart from this, furniture pieces that are less minimal or mid-century and instead, are more traditional, with simple decorative carvings and knotty wood surfaces, would really make a difference.

Technology will be embraced in a big way

Demand for home automation has increased with penetration of smart devices and affordable internet. Technology will play a crucial role in the way we work, practically revolutionising home spaces.

Smart home technology will increasingly appeal to buyers and one will see a rise in dishwashers, robotic vacuum cleaners and AI-enabled kitchen appliances and gadgets controlled through voice commands or remote commands be it music, TV, heating and cooling, lighting or security.

Wellness decor

The pandemic has made people realize that the home is the sanctuary and the focus is on wellbeing. Now, the main aim would be to create a soothing aura through sound-proof windows, fountains and fragrant candles. So, there will be a rise in yoga and meditation areas, restful hobby corners, and spa-style bathrooms with rainfall or jet spray systems.

According to Chauhan, uncluttered and clean open space, less distraction to the eye, minimal sleek furniture, stylish storage will be in vogue. Disinfecting devices, home cleaning equipment antibacterial and antimicrobial surfaces will be in demand. People will like to infuse homes with things that promote peace, calmness and positive energy —such as maximizing daylight, wind chimes and indoor plants to de-stress the mind and body.

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Light up

Besides natural light, creative lighting is sure to dominate homes in a big way. A flexible lighting setup can brighten the home decor. Chauhan said that as they are all spending much more time at home. There is much consideration given to light home offices and work spaces and relaxation areas. One will see growing demand for lights with settings for brightness, colour, and transitions.

Advances in lighting controls and fixtures offer energy-efficiency and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) flexible fixtures, portable lamps and automated controls via mobile applications, in homes allow better adjustments for essential lighting and decorative illumination.

Local lure

People will explore indigenous products that blend the traditional and contemporary elements to create a vibe in modern homes. Designs rooted in the Indian culture but with a modern appeal will be in vogue.

Locally made furniture, handmade crafts will be back – ethnic lampshades, traditional lamps, Jharokha murals, exquisite hand woven furnishings with embroidery, natural textiles, paisley pattern, kalamkari, ikat, terracotta, Madhubani artwork, are surely making their way into urbane homes.

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Sustainable designs in 2018

The year 2018 is likely to witness a change in design scenarios, with sensible and sustainable designs taking precedence.

Prashant Chauhan, creative director of Zero 9 design firm, Mumbai said that they are in an age of limited resources and we need to make the best of it. Inclusion of nature and natural materials, will become trendier.

Eco-friendly home decor will become the norm, as more people opt for energy saving devices, natural, biodegradable materials and solar panels.

Green elements will remain an integral part of décor, with architects and interior designers focusing on providing ample greenery in buildings and atriums, through vertical gardens, terrace gardens, vegetable gardens, etc.

Multiple styles

According to Shantanu Garg, founder and creative director of Shantanu Garg Designs, interior décor in 2018, is likely to focus on specific objects. Objects like art pieces, chandeliers, sculptures and artifacts of various styles, will be used and blended together, for a homogenous setting. There will be a contrast of multiple styles, on a modern backdrop, said by Garg.

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Dark themes

Home owners are likely to have greater acceptance of dark tones in the new year.

Shades of grey and taupe will act as neutral colours, while turquoise, pink, green, blue and violet will be used as accents. Also with home decor trends focusing on a fusion of contemporary and traditional styles. Metal accessories will become an obvious choice, to add glamour to a space.

Metals like copper, brass and steel and silver and golden accessories and different metal techniques (leafing, gilding, cladding, etc.). It is used on furniture and walls, will be in vogue.

Smart homes will be in vogue

Chauhan said that digital technology will impact home décor in a big way, influencing our choices and lifestyle. With several companies offering ‘home assistant’ technologies, transforming a home into a smart home within a budget range, will become possible.

According to Garg, from home automation to kitchen appliances, people will turn to technology. Décor trends will be ruled by lifestyle, from having ultra-modern kitchens with organic gardens, to party spaces & wellness spaces.

There will be a more unconventional approach, towards designing bathrooms, kitchens and layouts. The choice of furniture will also be towards pieces that offer comfort, as well as aesthetics.

Made in India

Chauhan mentioned that now a days, the clients want a slight desi touch, in the home decor. Hence, we will see more of Indian furniture and crafts, in contemporary avatars, in 2018. There will be an increase in awareness about furniture, crafts and textiles that are indigenous to India.

With greater sensitivity among consumers, towards the artisans who spend hours creating handmade products, ethnic influences in modern homes, will increase. Designers too, are striving to create home décor products using ethnic crafts and art forms.

Garg claimed that home furniture in 2018, is likely to have a ratio of 1:2:3, in terms of traditional: classic: modern. People may also do something off-beat,. Just like having modern international furniture but upholstered with fabric which is traditional Indian.

Ultimately, home owners need to remember that good design never goes out of trend and they should choose their home décor, keeping this basic principle in mind.

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FAQs

Is Brass coming back in style in 2021?

Yes, Brass is trending these days and is being used to add warmth & style to overall space.

What decorating style is in for 2021?

The year 2021, will see wide and varied decor trends taking over. This includes pop of colour, lots of greenery, accent of furniture & statement pieces.

Are accent walls out of style for 2021?

Accent walls have been replaced by pop of colours which breaks the monotony of the space.

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Gardening of Balconies for Indian homes

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Discussed in this article are some important tips, to set up and nurture a garden in your balcony

For those who love greenery & gardening, the balcony is a wonderful space to nurture plants. A balcony garden can give some calm, hope and inner peace to home owners, especially during troubled times like the present COVID-19 pandemic.

With a bit of planning, one can easily set up a balcony garden filled with colourful flowers, fresh vegetables and green foliage. All you need, is some sunlight, soil, manure, sapling, water and a love for plants. So, here are some balcony garden design ideas for your home.

How to choose plants for a balcony gardening

Assess how many hours of direct sunlight the balcony receives and then, select sun-loving or shade-loving plants, accordingly. Also, if one lives on the higher floor and if the balcony is windy, avoid plants with thin stems that can bend easily.

Option for plants with thick stems that can withstand the wind, such as succulents, crotons, bamboo, thyme, cacti, etc. One can also secure a trellis or windscreen to the side railings of your balcony, to shield the plants.

How to choose balcony garden vegetables

If one is restricted for space, one can grow plants like tulsi, mint, curry leaves, lettuce, lemongrass, aloe vera, fenugreek, spinach, coriander, etc. If the balcony area can accommodate larger pots, one can grow larger fruit-bearing plants such as brinjal, tomato, beans, okra, etc.

How to dedicate space for a small balcony gardening

Decide on how much space to dedicate for designing a balcony garden – whether to fill the entire balcony with pots and plants or to keep the garden in a small section of the balcony. Utilise space to the maximum, by removing all the clutter.

Also, consider the weight that the balcony space can safely carry, to decide on the size and number of pots. Ensure that the balcony has proper waterproofing and drainage. If one dries clothes on the balcony, have a flexible partition from the ceiling to the floor, to separate it from the garden.

Arrange the balcony furniture and the pots, such that there is adequate space to water the plants and to walk freely.

Vertical balcony gardening

Planting vertically is the easiest way to maximise balcony space. Vertical gardens in balcony and green living walls are a huge trend in 2021. Even if one has a tiny balcony, one can create a green garden. There are different ways to create a balcony green wall.

One can have various shaped vertical frames or planter stands. Depending on the budget and your choice, select metal trellis stands with a potholder or one can use a brightly painted wooden ladder, wooden panels or boards to place plants on them. Pothos, spider plants, fern and philodendrons can easily be grown.

Hanging pots and planters on a metal grill on the balcony is another way to use the space. Even the ceiling can be turned green with a wrought iron grid fixed below the ceiling to put hanging plants for the balcony.

Balcony garden accessories

Make the balcony space more appealing with wind chimes, bells, glass danglers, or lanterns across the ceiling of the balcony. Paint the balcony wall in a bright colour. Use mosaic, geometric flooring or even faux grass to make it appear like a green lawn.

Choose tones and textures of the furnishings, wooden furniture, terracotta pots or marble pots with meenakari work, to create a relaxed feel. You can add a bright parasol, or garden props such as colourful toadstool, ducks, butterflies or a birdhouse, for a DIY balcony garden.

Place pots on a saucer with small colourful pebbles in it to enhance the beauty of the pots.

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Pots and containers for balcony garden

Balcony planters today come in various shapes and sizes, in materials such as ceramic, terracotta, fibreglass, stone, wood and plastic. The pots need to complement the colour and size of the balcony and add visual interest.

For a small balcony, opt for high and lean balcony garden planters that occupy less space. Decorate the pots, to give them a personal touch. Repurpose items in your home, such as old food containers as seed trays and tin cans for seedlings or small plants.

Instead of keeping all the pots in one place, arrange them in different areas of the balcony, or categorize them on the basis of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and plants. Ensure that the planters have a hole, to let the excess water out.

Balcony garden seating

Opt for creative seating options in the balcony area. One can have hammocks and swing seats, hanging bubble chairs or cocoon seats. Keep a bench for those quiet morning breakfasts and romantic conversations.

Small balconies require compact furniture – so slim tables and chairs or simple foldable chairs are perfect. Also one can make floor seating with bold geometric outdoor rugs and vibrant cushions.

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Lighting ideas for the balcony garden

To enjoy the balcony space at night, illuminate it with soothing lights. There is a wide range of lighting options to choose from, including garden lanterns, wall sconces, paper lamps, LED lamps, colourful, twinkling budget-friendly fairy lights that can be draped on the railings and more.

Balcony garden design tips

  1. Do not let water stagnate in the balcony, as it can turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  2. The right mix of soil will help the plants to grow well. So, use regular soil, compost, coir peat and vermicomposting, in equal proportions.
  3. If space permits and you have a big balcony garden, place a Buddha idol and candle stands in a corner, to create a meditation space or yoga corner.
  4. An earthen bowl filled with water lilies or small portable water fountains, can be a great addition.
  5. Add colourful flowers in the garden space like rose, periwinkle, hibiscus, pansies, adenium, etc.
  6. Certain plants have a delicate scent and are easy to grow in pots. Plants like Jasmine, Mint, Champa, Rosemary and Raat Rani will fill your home with fragrance.

FAQs

How do you start a garden on a balcony?

If you are a beginner, start with a small number of plants that are easy to grow. If you are faced with space constraints, railing planters can be an ideal option. If you have a big balcony, you can add more plants as you become more experienced with gardening.

How do you prepare soil for balcony gardening?

For the soil of balcony gardening, use equal amount of regular soil, coir peat & compost.

Which vegetables can you grow in your balcony?

One can grow plants Mint, Tulsi, Curry Leaves, Lettuce, Lemongrass, Coriander, Fenugreek, Brinjal, Beans, Spinach, Okra, Tomato etc.

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Concept of Modular Kitchen Installation

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Here is a detailed guide about modular kitchens and how to choose the right one for your home.

Modular kitchens have become a popular concept in contemporary homes. A modular kitchen is an ideal combination of beautiful décor and space utilisation. However, its installation may come as a big challenge for home owners, as it involves considerable decision making and planning.

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What is a modular kitchen?

A modular kitchen is a contemporary concept, which has its origins from the idea of a ‘module’ or section. Such a kitchen includes small sections or modules, which could be attached together to build a complete kitchen. It consists of drawers, cabinets and shelves that can be arranged to save a lot of space and to create an organised kitchen. Such kitchens are a convenient décor solution for all kinds of homes, especially smaller ones with limited space.

Different types of modular kitchen

Modular kitchens are a big investment and should be well-thought out, before you bring in the experts. While independent houses offer more freedom to select the type of kitchen you want, there are limited choices for apartments and flats, in terms of layouts. There are majorly four types of common modular kitchens and each one has its own advantages.

Straight kitchen

A perfect option for studio apartments and a bachelor pads, a straight layout keeps the kitchen space to minimum while maintaining efficiency.

L-shaped kitchen

Ideal for smaller homes, this kind of kitchen makes maximum use of the available space and gives you sufficient storage options. Depending upon the size, you can also accommodate a small dining table.

Parallel kitchen layout

This is another efficient kitchen layout, as it could be easily divided into two separate units when required. It provides a lot of counter and storage space and plenty of room for movement. Parallel kitchen layouts are usually found in large apartments.

U-shaped kitchen

Mostly seen in large homes, this type of kitchen is one of the most efficient layouts to work in. Abundant storage space, plenty of upper, lower and tall units and a lot of counter space, make it a perfect place for cooking if there multiple people using the kitchen at a time.

Pros and cons of modular kitchens

ProsCons
Adds a distinct style to your home.Repairs and replacement are expensive.
Easy to clean and maintain.Installation is expensive if you are customising it for your specific needs.
Offers clutter-free and highly organised spaces.Requires frequent cleaning, especially in Indian homes where the steel fittings are prone to rust.
Easy to assemble and can be easily transported from one location to another.

Modular kitchen: Pricing and cost

The cost of a modular kitchen may vary greatly, as per the requirements, size, brands and quality of the materials used in the kitchen cabinets and sections. Here is a rough estimation of a modular kitchen cost:

Kitchen shapePrice range (per sq ft)
L-shapeRs 3,000-4,200
Parallel shapeRs 1,200-1,750
StraightRs 600-2,250
U-shapeRs 225
MaterialPrice (per sq ft)
PVCRs 200-2,200
WoodRs 300-1,800

Tips for installing modular kitchen

  • identify the ‘golden triangle’ of the kitchen, which includes the stove, the washbasin and the refrigerator. For a well-planned kitchen, these three elements should placed such that it maximises efficiency. You can draw a rough sketch to plan everything, beforehand.
  • The standard height for the counter in the kitchen, is usually decided by the average height of people in the family. Also, ensure correct spacing between the cabinets and the countertop.
  • Indian homes should avoid an all-white décor, as it requires high-maintenance and regular cleaning. Opt for a combination of colours that are easier to maintain and does not get stained soon.
  • The kitchen should have effective ventilation. The gate or window in the kitchen should open into a balcony or washing area, to vent out the fumes. There should be enough space for fresh air to come in.
  • Ensure that there is ample light in the kitchen. Overhead lights are the best option. You can also opt for under-cabinet lights.
  • Make sure the tiles used for the kitchen flooring are skid-proof. The countertop edges should be curved to avoid accidents.

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Top modular kitchen brands

The market is currently flooded with modular kitchen brands that can offer your decent quality materials at a fair price with long warranty periods. Here are some of the brands that you can consider, if you want to opt for best-in-class modular kitchen and after-sale services:

Sleek: Sleek is a subsidiary of Asian Paints and provides a variety of modular kitchen options, which include innovative designs and quality finishes. Sleek offers all modular kitchen accessories, including cabinets, wall units, pull-outs, open cabinets, breakfast counters, chimneys, etc.

Hettich: Hettich is a German brand and also the world’s leading manufacturer of furniture fittings. While this is one of the expensive brands available in the market today, the on-site warranty and after-sale service make it a worthwhile choice for people who do not have budget constraints.

Godrej Interio: A furniture brand of one of India’s oldest companies, Godrej Group, Godrej Interio is a popular service provider in this category. Godrej Interio has better reach than any other company, which makes it a leader in the country. All major accessories are available with Godrej Interio and a number of options can be explored online, for better decision-making.

What are modular kitchens?

Modular kitchens are the modern concept, which includes drawers, cabinets and shelves organized in an efficient way.

How much does modular kitchen cost?

Depending upon the area, requirement, brand and quality of materials, the cost of a modular kitchen may start from Rs. 50000 and can go up to Rs 10 Lakhs.

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Nostalgia Meets the Future in New Kitchen Designs

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In kitchen design, the kitchen has taken on even more prominence in a home since the pandemic, as it has become a place not just for eating but for Zoom calls and schoolwork, too.

Recently asked top designers nationwide to chime in on some of the hottest kitchen trends of 2021. “We’re seeing some dramatic shifts as a result of the pandemic,” Janice Costa, president and founder of KB Designers Network.

Here are a few highlights of new trends that designers noted:

1. Supersized kitchen islands.

The island has become a central place and focal point in the kitchen. It’s not just a place for food preparation but also work, school, and a place for households to gather. That means the bigger, the better. Many new-home floor plans are incorporating larger islands into their new builds due to demand. Enlarging the kitchen island has also become a popular remodeling project since the pandemic.

“Larger kitchen islands are here to stay,” Ariana Lovato, owner and principal designer of Honeycomb Home Design in Shell Beach, Calif, “People want to have as many workspaces as possible, with the kids now doing virtual school.”

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2. Wood finishes.

Natural wood finishes are making a comeback into the kitchen—a vintage trend dating back from the 1970s. Upgraded wood veneer paneling with subtle or light grain finishes are adding a natural element into kitchen designs, designers note. “For years, homeowners have been ripping out old wood paneling, but with a rise in affordable synthetic or engineered wood alternatives, the possibilities of adding wood are now endless,” Georgina Borneman-Street, CEO and principal designer at Cobalt Blue 1802 in Los Angeles. “It’s a nice mix of retro meets modern.”

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3. Handleless cabinetry

Keeping the cabinetry free of any hardware is becoming trendy, too. It can give kitchen cabinets a cleaner, futuristic look, and it can be easier to clean. “We’ve all heard the suggestion that adding hardware to cabinetry is considered an upgrade, but when done right, handleless design feels high-end,” Borneman-Street. “The totally seamless design creates an effortless flow throughout the kitchen.”