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How to set up a Guest Bedroom?

Planning home interiors is a task that takes a lot of effort. In addition to the regular bedrooms, there is an upgraded demand for furnishing a guest bedroom.

Guest bedrooms are now a space of equal importance as it becomes an instant touchpoint for your guests to know you better. The lights, spacing, comfort, and effort to maintain the smallest details make them feel special. It’s a great way to get conversations flowing too. 

Know how you can impress guests and express the best hospitality while they’re around with the following easy ideas in mind. 

A welcoming theme

Depending on the overall theme of the home, the guest bedroom looks best when it’s supportive of the same style. However, the colours and furnishings can be tried out in the most exciting ways. 

If you’re looking into casual, easy styles that have neutral-shaded walls and interiors, a bold colour punch to the bed can uplift the room instantly. Imagine a solid printed (or just the plains) bed sheet on a set of neutrally tinted walls. Seems like a beautiful scene, doesn’t it?

Or if you prefer to go all bold in the interiors, then try out lighter shades for the furnishings. This way, there is an equal balance between the colour tones and not too tacky for the room. Quite often, this aesthetic works for the ones who’d like it to be calming and have an undisturbed sleep after a long trip. 

Guest Bedroom essentials

guest bedroom essentials

So what are the most important stuff you ought to keep in the guest bedroom? Here is a checklist:

Bath towels – This is for obvious reasons. You don’t want the guests to be worried about asking how they can dry up or freshen themselves. And not to forget – the better the quality, the better the comfort. 

Hand Towels – A mandatory one to have in the washrooms! Keeping a fresh towel with a mild fragrance is not only a healthy welcome but also a warm one. Cotton hand towels are best in this case as it quickly absorbs and is softer than most fabrics. 

Blankets – No matter which season it is, blankets are a must in a guest bedroom. It could be the thin sheets or the quilts, either way, they complete the comfortable bedroom look.

The perfect guest bedroom

Space-saving concepts work best in the guest bedroom. Since they (the guests) would prefer having it all set up within this one room, your chance to put everything in place can turn out to be fun. 

In-built cabinetry or storage behind mirror shelves are some tricks you can manage to bring in more space around the room. For a quick laidback rest, seating can be planned either with the mirror cabinet as a set or with a cushiony seating arrangement next to the window. This way, extra furniture can be easily avoided. 

guest bedroom styling

The symmetry of the room is key to designing any room aesthetically. As experts say – “One must always go along the lines of the room”. If it’s straight/ diagonal/ circular, we would be able to plan the designs to go with the symmetry based on this understanding. For example, having stripes can look fitting in a bedroom that projects toward the window in the same linear way. So, make sure you know your room’s symmetry before planning the furnishings!

Here’s an extra tip – Set up the room with indoor plants to make it more lively and cosy. The guests will love it!

Try out these simple yet extremely helpful cues next time you plan the interiors. We’re sure your guests would love it all!

Contemporary Design Ideas for your Home

There are so many old and new themes for homes today that as buyers, one can get confused with too many options to choose from. Here’s a look at contemporary design ideas that can help you plan your home interiors in the smartest way.

Contemporary-themed homes are cost-efficient in the long run and keep up with the current trends in the market. Personalising your spaces would be more functional than just cluttered fashion with this theme. 

Let us help you get clarity on why and how you can apply this theme efficiently in your favourite spaces. 

Modern v/s Contemporary

People tend to believe modern and contemporary themes are one and the same. This is true to an extent. But as you get planning in detail, you realise that both are different forms of approach, with just some overlapping features. 

The modernistic approach is more qualitative in nature. There are stark pointers to tell you that modernity lasts for a lifetime but does not have many chances to revive(as a fresh look) as time passes. It could limit you to changes in the future when you plan a renovation or a quick makeover. 

The contemporary theme is a perfect combination of innovation and glam. The style it possesses is in the now and fresh as a perspective. It allows itself to do small makeovers as years pass by. This allows you the space to be creative with your furnishings and decor quite confidently. While “form follows function” for the modern way, “form, function and style” make up contemporary. 

How to plan a Contemporary theme?

For both modern and contemporary homes, minimalism is central to planning. For the latter, however, simplicity blends in with sophistication, creating an edge to the overall design. This design most often leads us to sustainable options in the market. Right from the materials to fabrics to the colours, subtle natural elements within them are preferred. 

contemporary minimal design

Materials like glass and metal are majorly used in architecture for contemporary styles. Large windows and glass designs give a spacious view which can easily be subject to minimal glam. Easily moveable & lightweight furniture play key roles here. Less furniture with space-saving structures catches more attention. 

Fabrics & Patterns

Natural fabrics remain the best choice to keep up with the contemporary quirkiness. There is a flair for elegance with them in place. Cotton, linen and silk are the top fabrics that fall under this. For easy and long-lasting maintenance, cotton and linen are undoubtedly the best of the lot. 

Checks, zig-zags & stripes are popular patterns to start off. There is a twist to the minimal layout with these patterns. These are best used in furnishings like rugs and cushion covers. They can complement the plains and solids in the room rather organically. Neutral shades of greys, blacks, browns, and whites work well for such a setting. 

minimal cotton cushion covers

The Final Touch

As we plan different forms used in contemporary themes, there is always room for some final special touches to turn up the spaces. Lighting is one of those. More than a purely functional placement of lights, a contemporary style looks ahead to have some ‘fun’ in function. It might be through vintage lamps or innovative hanging lights or just large windows. 

Another way to add such small improvements to your home is through decluttering spaces. With less furniture, easily storable and changeable fabrics, etc are some tricks you can try in the book. 

So, in short, the contemporary theme is all about spontaneity. It’s not a permanent solution but hey, it is easily adaptable as trends come up and that pretty much works too! 

Caring for bathrooms the right way

Bathrooms are the most challenging part of any home to maintain. They can get easily stained, dirty, and smelly. This brings us to the question of what magic tools can help us through this dilemma.

Well, if not tools, we do have certain tricks up our sleeves to keep the bathrooms clean. And what are they? It’s accessories! Surprised much? Here’s how we arrived at this breakthrough…

Fabrics & more

We know for a fact that keeping hand towels and bath towels within one’s reach is a convenient way for everyone at home. So, for starters, placing them neatly on the side holders or racks can help people access them right when they have the need for them. This helps in reducing the dripping of water on the floor, the area around sinks, etc. 

Bath towels

How is this important? 

Well, the towels being placed far away from the wash area leads to dripping, which in turn makes the floor wet for a long time. 

Following this, the fabric also plays a key role here. Cotton is always deemed the best to absorb water and that shall always remain the wise choice to opt for bathroom accessories as well. Learn more about why cotton is preferred for bath towels here.

Quick stops

Next comes the bathroom mats. They are really helpful in keeping the floors tidy. Again, a well-absorbable fabric is a necessity. For this accessory, placement is crucial. Based on the area of the bathroom, you can plan where to put them. If it’s a spacious bathroom, you can place them right outside the shower area and the door. 

Bathroom rugs

If you have a luxurious bathroom space, then considering placing a rug could also be a great option. Either way, mats can be a relief. 

Clean & Clear

Now comes the big question. How are these tips in any way useful in maintaining a clean bathroom?

Having such small inputs as accessories allow the bathrooms to be dry at most times, and less slippery. During cleaning sessions, all you got to do is clean up the fabrics or replace them with new ones and reuse them at regular intervals. You don’t have to spend so much time scrubbing and rinsing the floors and slabs. 

These were our quick hacks to let the bathrooms feel fresh and classy at the same time. Not convinced, are you? As we always say, try it to believe it!

How to spruce up your study space?

Most planning of interiors is around bedroom designs, the living and kitchen spaces. But don’t you think it’s high time we start thinking about a dedicated study/ working room? This does not matter if you’re working from home or not. A study room helps set your focus while working on important things at home. Or it could be used as a personal room to keep up functional habits. 

The point is, study rooms are necessary to help you build and maintain the art of focus. It’s a space to lay back and think over creative discussions, thoughts, projects, and lots more. So that’s never a bad investment.

But study rooms can vary according to the needs of each person. Some might need a whole room while some others just a small corner. If you’re confused about it, here’s a quick guide to help you through this.

What’s your priority?

Habits differ with each person. Some may prefer to spend alone on various different habits. So, what is that need that you will need to stick on to? Is it research, crafts, reading, art, or something else? Whatever the habit, plan your room in such a way that you are able to relate to that aspect.

Consider you’re a person who constantly works on a laptop. Plan the table space/corner where you have ample space for a keyboard, mouse, and mainly access to plug points. This way, there will be no worries once you settle down to work.

What if you’re just here to read some good stories?

Then the space can be planned with wall-mounted shelves or even an in-built shelf in the table that covers all your major interests. The desk design and ambience of the room must reflect the enthusiasm of the stories that you enjoy.

Stylish but Minimal

No one likes a stuffy room. Especially for a study, there needs to be enough ventilation to let you focus and not have any distractions. It lets your mind relax and more ‘work ready’ too. So, reduce the amount of clutter in the room and take time to design those clear aesthetics.

Here are some inside tricks – build storage within the table to avoid cluttering the face of it, and have small indoor plants to keep the optimism alive, have subtle indoor colours to resonate with the idea of the study. Reds, pinks and yellows are great for a vibrant fun room. But you don’t want that disturbing the purpose of a study, do you? So, it’s better to keep subtle light shades for the room with a combination of white/ beige tones to have that balance. 

Wall-mounted tables and setup are much simpler to use as their function here are very minimal in the first place. It could also be built as part of an extension to the existing shelves.

No space? No problem

If you’re restricted to having a whole room as a study area, corners work just fine too. The whole purpose of a study is to have that perfect setup for the work done there. This means an ergonomic chair, a perfectly levelled table and enough storage to make you at ease. 

But sometimes, the room wouldn’t be enough, or you wouldn’t prefer to spend so much on a study. Which, we get it! Some alternatives you can try out are the floor cushion setup. A wall reclined floor cushion and one to be seated on, laid on top of a rug. As simple as that!

How can this be compared to a fully-furnished setup? Well, let’s just say it’s the best alternative if you’re looking to save space and money. There is free space to move around, work lavishly, and not to forget, ‘transportable’ in case of too many distractions at your usual corner. 

And that’s as simple as it gets! Your study corner is all good to explore once these easy tricks are sorted. Have a Happy Study Time 🙂

How to set up a dining space with less furniture?

A dining space without a dining table? Is that even possible? We say it’s absolutely possible! It is one of those modern quirky setups that we can proudly claim back to our traditional, old practices. 

Designing modern minimal furniture is a wonderful direction of style to look at. It can either mean you value more space around to move freely or just as a way to make the aesthetics look good. Whatever the case, minimal furniture can be a really hard track to tread on. Especially with our decade-long obsession with classy, heavy furniture. 

That’s where we’d like to bring a change. You do not have to force yourself to buy those heavy pieces of furniture anymore. Let’s take a chance and experiment with the minimal charm for a bit.

No furniture?

The usual dining setup can only be modified to an extent. There are different styles you can try, maybe some quirky upholstery that can bring that oomph factor. But it would still be around the table and chair arrangement. 

https://thoppia.com/shop/kitchen-table/table-cloth/solid-cotton-table-cloth-indigo-blue-with-fringes/

So, where do we start? 

Think of what you have to give more importance to. Is it the food, people, or space? Categorizing them would determine what kind of style you’re looking for. In most cases, the order would be the same as mentioned. 

And just like that, we begin to plan the setting. 

The serving area must be elaborate to accommodate the dishes and delicacies. So, imagine having floor cushions for seating and table runners as the serving stretch. The age-old traditional practice is a proof model for this style to work. For a round model, table cloths and rugs can be add-ons to this ‘ground plan’. 

Why does floor-seating work?

It is a known fact that Asian culture is familiar with the practice of eating on the floor. Families have followed this for as long as we can remember till, of course, age becomes a barrier. It was and is still believed to bring families together for a happy meal. 

That was the history part of it, but what about the benefits of following this in present times? Well, two things – Mindful eating and a Healthy approach. Sitting down and eating mindfully with fun banter around is such a vibe to think of, isn’t it? This is what works here as well. The body understands your food, flexibility and movement – providing a conscious direction to your actions. The Japanese dining style wasn’t successful for this long, without a reason, don’t you think?

Where’s the style?

With less or no furniture, style can be easily blended with any form around the house. Thinking of modern, quirky, minimal, fun? It all fits!

That’s the beauty of this method. 

Colours and prints can play a huge role in setting the tone in place. For example, for a sophisticated touch – bright colours with geometric prints to coordinate might not be the best pairing to think of. On the other hand, sticking with the plains and putting in a mix of neutral tones can be a great option for the same. 

So there’s that! We got the tricks, culture, benefits, and style all in one shot. We know you can agree when we say – “It’s definitely worth a try!”

How to set up a kids’ room

Styling homes have always been a hectic task. Be it a living room or a simple makeover of a corner space. Now, imagine planning a kids’ room! Oh, that surely is a tough one to crack, isn’t it? Well, we’re here to say – Not anymore!

From safety to styling, we have come up with some quick tips that help you set up the kids’ room with ease. We know you’re all curious to know how, so keep reading 🙂

Simple as it can get

Kids are capable of having fun with the smallest of things. Everything makes them curious which gives us an upper hand to work smartly. Confused? Well, think of it this way. When you point the kids to look at bright colours as a marvellous event, they react looking astounded by it, don’t they? That’s it, that’s our play right there!

The more it’s simple and easy to comprehend the surrounding, the more adaptable kids get. So, when you have less/ no furniture in the room, they feel free to move around and enjoy the space more. Kids are more active that way too.

How can we make it simple?

Choose soft, natural fabrics like Thoppia cotton and linen to establish a comforting experience. Floor cushions are a saviour when it comes to this. There is no need to worry about harmful furniture or edges with them in place. It is easy to move, wash and most importantly – cosy to use.
In case you want the room to have a warm corner, throws come in handy here. They are soft and light, making them a perfect choice to wrap around during a quick nap.

Welcome the colours

Is it even a kids’ room if it doesn’t have some fun, eye-catchy colours around? The children need to feel invited and attracted to the room in the first place. And what better way than luring them in with bright colours!

But remember, you don’t want to go overboard with the shades. Neutral shades are the most appropriate ones to go for. Too dark or too light can make the room appalling for the little ones. So, whatever colour scheme you choose, make sure you take their neutral tones. Whites can come occasionally in the colour scheme to maintain the neutral look. Some safe colours to play with are blue, pink, yellow, and green. 

The cheat sheet

We now know our basic rules – make it simple and choose the right colours. But what about style? Isn’t that a necessity too?

Of course, it is!

Style is important to maintain the overall look of the home. It could be classy, modern, or traditional. Either way, it must get along with your other spaces at home. So, how do we do that?

Choosing your products and placing them in the right spot is your go-to goal here. Think of utility, the best material, and where to place them. For example, if you’d like to have kids sit down and play with enough legroom, the rugs come in as the first and best choice. Now, what material fits best here? Undoubtedly, cotton! It’s easily washable, movable, and comfortable. 

Storage is extremely helpful in a kids’ room. Be it storage beds, or enclosed shelves, they help with tidying up the room in a hassle-free manner. In the case of a ‘no-furniture’ policy, you can set specific areas for play, study, and possibly an open stretch to move around freely. They can be defined through specific colour themes, wall art & graphics to make the rooms more exciting too. A mix-and-match play with curtains is a quick remedy to pull off in this styling. 

And that’s how you do it! We are all set with getting the little ones’ room up and ready. Try these quick tips out and we guarantee that you’ll never regret them 🙂

Modern homes with an Indian twist

Are you that person who wishes to infuse Indian aesthetics into your urban house? It’s always fascinating when Indian traditional patterns and modern abstracts blend together. So, if you want to add a hint of Indian culture to your space then you’ve come to the right place! 

Come, let us take you through what must be best for your liking.

Fabrics

The way we do our home shows our personality. Indian products have their own unique look which can create wonders. Doesn’t simple cotton fabric with classy designs a cool combo to look forward to? Especially on your curtains and bed linens? 

Let us introduce handlooms to you, it is a loom that is used to weave clothes without electricity. Hand weaving is done in pit looms generally located in the weaver’s home. Indian handlooms are known worldwide for their richness, variety and quality. It represents our precious heritage. However, with the advent of power looms, the industry has been struggling. What can be done to preserve this sector? Infusing Indian handlooms in modern homes is definitely one solution.

If you are searching for a fabric of perfection you can refer to ikat fabric. It is an ancient textile weaving craft predominantly found in southeastern regions. It is admired very well for its beauty and creative scope.

When it comes to curtains and blinds, patterns, and most importantly ‘fabrics’ can make a huge difference to give that edgy Indian look. Cotton and linens are the most preferred in that case. It gives an exotic look to your windows. Try it yourself to believe it.

Colours and prints

Since our country has been associated with rich weaving and unique textile, our love for colours and prints is legendary. Vibrant colours, diverse prints and related ambience give Indian fabrics an inherent charm that can add a dash of colour to your home. 

What gives the fabric a unique identity is the prints and weaves that are so distinct to the region. Inspired by nature, and the architecture of temples, these prints are rich in structures. From hundreds of artisans throwing different craft ideas, there are various prints to choose from. Bandhani, Patola, Batik etc are some of the most popular Indian prints that have found much love across the world.

Have you ever noticed that we are all very much attracted to deep colours but are hesitant to bring that to interiors? India has always been remembered as a country of symbolic colours. Giving vibrant colours to interiors is an easy way to give an Indian touch.

Accessories and wall art

Like art, the accessories to your home say a lot about you. They actually personalise your home. 

Our country is well known for its luxurious tradition. It is unique from the rest. Stainless glass lanterns and a perfectly placed wall painting sets the right mood for the interiors. Placing a rug with such a design in a modern house is a bold decision. Setting the accessories and furnishings in order just completes the aesthetics that you seek.

The key to the success of a modern home with an Indian twist is the infusion of both styles in compatible measure. Once you are able to maintain the balance, you’ll manage to create a seamless experience at your home.

Easy cleaning with cotton?

Why is cotton so important in your daily life? Is it because it has a great ability to control moisture and provide comfort? Yes, adding to the above-mentioned quality, it is also easy to wash and flexible to use. What more can we need from a cloth material?

Cotton fabric is breathable and absorbent hence it allows you to remain comfortable throughout the day. Also, it is soft and easily stretches, making it a convenient material to use, especially in hot climates.

Worried about stains on the plate?

Oh, kitchen towels are so helpful! From cleaning the dirt to wiping up fruits and vegetables. But why are they so underrated? 

Kitchen towels may seem simple as an accessory, but for the one who loves cooking and baking, this is different. It is the most used and useful item out there. The texture of kitchen towels is supposed to be tough enough to handle all the rubbing and scrubbing. It should also be soft enough to absorb the spills and be kind to our hands.

Considering you have bought a new set of kitchen towels after reading this article, always remember to wash them before use. Pre-washing the product helps it to attain its maximum absorbency and be soft to the touch. Also, in some cases, the colour sticks to the fabric, making the colour fade during the initial wash. This is mostly found in silicone-coated unnatural fabrics. So machine wash can get tricky with those. 

Don’t forget to keep the towel dry or else the moisture becomes a breeding spot for fungus and bacteria. Hanging them out in the sun to get them dry would help with proper air circulation. Or, for some, even the door handle would work.

A common problem with bath towels made of poor-quality cotton is that they shrink and become thinner after a few washes. This is why thorough cotton checks on brands are necessary.

Table napkins, the ultimate guide for table setting

Set your table with cloth napkins anytime you host a special meal or anytime you want to make your ordinary meal feel special. Even though cotton napkins have been there for ages, these table napkins seem to elevate the table setting.

table napkins

Is it better to use cloth napkins for tables?

Cloth napkins are more eco-friendly than paper napkins. When you choose cloth napkins over paper napkins, you create less waste. And moreover, they look classier for your table.

How to arrange napkin on your dining table

Whether you are trying to host a dinner party or just decorating your dining table, whether it is a buffet or casual lunch with friends, napkins on your table can do wonders. So it is very important how you arrange your table napkins.

We all know that the fun of being a host to a function is decoration. Being the host, it’s your privilege to choose the colour and theme of the setting. You can experiment with ideas to arrange the table with just the table napkins. Placing them next to the plates is the most convenient way for guests to use the napkins. But why not have a little fun by creating new folds and patterns with it? Imagine cutleries wrapped in cotton napkins, doesn’t that look neat? We say, explore your creative side right here!

Bath towels: The most fashionable towel out there

Isn’t having a fresh hot shower a relaxation for many out there? While talking about showers, bath towels are one of the few main things that come to our minds. Bath towels are one of the most important household tools that we would not remember until and unless when in use. Keep a healthy shower habit by indulging in quality bathing accessories.

bath towel

When you are looking to decorate your bathroom, you tend to opt for cosy, delicate and soft bath towels. Most people opt for cloth made of fine quality and of cotton. The smooth material will provide you with a comfortable and luxurious experience. Body care is an essential routine, and it all starts with basics like bath towels.

Do’s and don’ts of buying a bath towel

Choosing a bath towel is not a simple task because only a few suit your requirement. To do it rightly, you can try considering the following aspects which fasten the process of choosing.

  1. Durability

This is the most important aspect that determines the value of your investment. You can ensure that the towel you choose is long-lasting by doing some research on the materials used in the towel and collecting reviews from customers who purchased them.

  1. Luxury

Bath towels have the ability to make your bathing experience either disastrous or blissful. Towels of high-quality materials enhance a sense of comfort and joy in you adding a refreshing experience. So always be wise and don’t spoil the fun of this experience!

  1. Size

You can choose the size of your bath towel with regard to your stature. Light-weighted ones can add to your convenience.

Inducing everyday accessories with cotton material is the best change that brings us close to the goal of zero waste. You can reuse them as many times as you want. You will save money and it is undoubtedly the best for the planet. We would love to know if you get to use cotton accessories too. 

6 curtain combos to make your home pretty

Curtains are breezy and showy, alright! But styling them in fresher perspectives can reveal their full potential. Wondering what this is all about? 

How often do we experiment with curtains – mix up some colours, try out different patterns, and just have fun with those flowy fabrics? So hard to recall, right? Now, don’t you worry! We have the tools to rekindle your romance with curtains. 

Curtain combos are an age-old practice of decoration. But pairing it up in the right way makes all the difference. Let’s take a look at how that is possible!

The basic check

Think of a solid plain colour with printed sheers to complement – the basics are as simple as that. In this case, both the curtains (plains and prints) are lightweight with an attitude of being carefree. 

Some do misinterpret solid colours to be purely bold. However, subtle shades like a Lark or a Herbal Green would also fall under them. Those who enjoy simplicity both in prints and plains can definitely opt-in for such a mix. The subtlety ensures a kind of richness, adding to a pleasant-looking space. 

Slub Sheer Cotton Curtain Herbal Green

Classic Lines Cotton Curtain Green/Beige

Dreamcatcher Sheer Cotton Curtain Light Brown

Textura Cotton Curtain Lark

The design geometry

Geometrical patterns work well as a home-fashion statement, and curtain prints successfully capture this space too. Imagine a sheer or curtain covered in the most fascinating geometrical shapes. And these can be clubbed with some bold solid cotton colours. A rustic appeal, yet very smart, right? 

You can go even further and try out variants of shapes like how we have the Aztec Arrow design and Magic Triangle curtains. They would easily complement the bold cotton curtains and are ideal in bedrooms. 

Aztec Arrow Cotton Curtain Yellow

Chambray Cotton Curtain Sunflower Yellow

Magic Triangle Cotton Curtain Black

Chambray Cotton Curtain Indigo Blue

The Chevron twist

Chevron strokes are a common design element in fabrics. While hanging up a Chevron curtain can do wonders, try pairing it with a bright and dark supplement. The setting would be as sophisticated as it can be. It’s that good!

The light Chevron strokes easily blend in with the dark-coloured ones (like an Ocean Depth Green or Bright Red), which uplifts the homes to a sleek space. This is a perfect option for someone looking to impact guests in a trendy and savvy manner. 

Vibrant Chevron Stroke Slub Sheer Cotton Curtain

Solid Cotton Curtain Brilliant Red

Chambray Cotton Curtain Ocean Depth Green

Muted Chevron Stroke Slub Sheer Cotton Curtain

With so many options to choose from, you can now feel free to experiment with your favourite curtain combos. Mix, match, style, and try hanging up those breezy little fabrics in your homes. We are sure you’ll love them! 

How solid coloured linens are turning into favourites

Linens are known for their simple and sophisticated style. And when you speak of linen, you instantly seem to imagine white shades or pastel-coloured fabric, right?

While they do look classy with the light tones in place, linens also tend to adapt to bright, bold colours that instantly lift the decorum. And the catch? The traits of the fabric stay unhinged, just like how it’s with the lighter shades.

Surprised? Well, it’s always good to try something new, isn’t it? Keep reading and you’ll get to know their special features as well.

The classic linens

Linen bedsheets

In all its normality, the natural colour that a linen fabric possesses is never one definite tone. The shade highly depends on the type of flax fibres nourished and maintained. From the time of production to nurturing to the harvesting of the flax plants, careful inspection takes place which is why linens undergo an extensive labour process.

Right after harvesting, moisture exposure to plants helps separate the fibre much more effectively. This method is called retting. The more the fibre has exposure to air, moisture, and other filtrations, the more the effect on colour. This means they end up having varied natural tints every time. A standard shade that is often witnessed is ‘light grey’. However, hues of sand, oatmeal, and amber are pretty common in undyed linen fabric.  

Are you still wondering if ‘white’ is the purest form? We say, think again!

Linens can never be pure white unless they are bleached. It’s just how the fabric works. That’s why most of us prefer the cloth in its natural aura. The shrinks, curls, and colour give a rustic yet rich texture to linens, oozing a sense of comfort with them. 

Welcoming the solid linens home

Most people stick to the organic tones (being light/ pastel in essence) as they get dubious about experimenting with such lush fabric. Now, it’s high time we look past the myths and bring in some colours too. Don’t you agree? So, let’s see what the colours bring to our homes!

Solid linen curtains

Linens are quick absorbents of moisture and it goes, without doubt, to say that all colours stick to them rather perfectly. Dyed, solid colours can stay as good as the light shades. The quality of the fabric does not diminish, considering they are bought from a trusted source. And don’t worry about the rugged fancy look (a trademark linen style)! You can still find them even in the brightest of colours.

One great addition or maybe an experiment (for the doubtful ones out there) that cannot go wrong is with curtains. Solid linen curtains are a great way to upgrade the look of any room. As the colours have a luminous effect along with the poshness of the fabric itself, the curtains would be quite the winner there. 

The beauty of linen

Linens are antimicrobial and hypoallergenic by character. Some of the many advantages of a ‘natural’ fabric! It is subtle with the skin and is capable of providing a great deal of comfort in all seasons. This leads us to the next myth…

Do solid coloured linens tamper with the innate qualities of linen in the pigmentation process?

Not at all! If the flax fibres are curated through advanced filtration and bleaching methods, the fabric (qualities) weaved out from them will remain unaffected. For instance, a (solid) linen curtain is dyed in rust orange. But the temperature and moisture regulating features in them will still remain unharmed. The linens would have the same unique characteristics it offers in their light-shaded contemporaries. 

Now, are your perceptions of solid linens clearer? Don’t forget to let us know how your first-time experience was!

Make space for summer

The summer’s just started and it’s already heating up! Most of us depend on electricity to cool us down, which of course is your first easy option. But what if we said there is a smarter way to hold your fight against this season?

Subtle fabric furnishings are classy to look at. We all know that by now. What you didn’t know is that they could also be a breezy solution to summers (and almost, every other season).

Here are some little tricks in the book that you’ll love to try out.

Light and Dark

summer cotton

Right when it’s summer, you might be coming across terms like ‘go light, go fine and nice’. But we say, do not limit yourselves to that.

Of course, light and subtle colours are a go-to option. But for dark-themed lovers or those who have light-coloured walls, solid colours would be the most appropriate choice. So, look for wise fabrics instead. Cotton and linens are fabrics that go a long way to make you feel fresh throughout the day. Both have great absorbent qualities, helping you dry up your sweat/ moisture (…and worries!).

Once the material is decided, the next comes colour. To embrace the season, you could get all the summer colours like red, orange, and yellow into your abode. You can still love your solid colours without compromising for the season. Or a mix and match of both light and dark shades can create an interesting effect on the house.

Like, if you have a dark-coloured sofa set, pastel or white-toned cushion covers will look fitting to the decor. On the other hand, you could also try out bold, bright colours like red or navy blue to stay on the dark-themed wagon.

What to get in summer?

Floor cushion

When you’re a seasonal shopper, picking furnishings can get confusing. What is necessary, what is not…all can be a bit of a haze. Here are some simple make-overs that might help you with this.

Stocking up curtains for the summer is universal knowledge. It sure is a natural practice by now. Solid cotton curtains work marvellously well for those who like the interiors dark and cosy. For most others, cotton sheers deem as a perfect fit, considering they want a touch of the summer sun but with reasonable warmth.

Next comes floor cushions! Since the heat is not spiking down anytime soon, lying down or gathering around on the floors has its perks. That’s where floor cushions are a great help. Quick catchup with friends and family, a short noon nap (with throws in place, of course!), or even have a picnic-style setting in the backyard. All are a no-brainer to plan as you have floor cushions ready to serve your purpose(s). The catch? They only accentuate the spaces wherever placed, which wins brownie points for the overall house look.

Summer essentials

Curtains and cushions have the added advantage of blending into almost every room. Be it bedrooms or living or even balconies. Another important furnishing, which is also exclusive in its usage, is the bed sheets.

Days are longer during summers, and nights can get a bit uncomfortable to sleep. That’s why bed sheets are a necessity. They could get messy very soon, especially if you have kids playing around during summer vacations. So, it’s wiser to choose cotton solids (colours) so the sheets don’t get too dirty too soon. In case you prefer lighter/ whiter tones, regular change-ups may be required. This is to ensure the bedroom stays consistently fresh during the season.

With such simple notes, summer in the house can get enjoyable. There would be less (or no) uneasiness indoors, making it quite relaxing. Just the thought of it makes you want to try a make-over, doesn’t it? (it does for us, at least!)
You’re all set for summer house shopping!

The Do’s and Don’ts of buying bed sheets online

A night of good sleep is the most fulfilling feeling ever! We’re sure no one out there can deny it. Uneven or disturbed sleep can break your peace and even ruin your day (not to scare you…but the truth it is!)

Understanding this, it is only natural to acknowledge that bed sheets carry a huge significance in everyone’s lives. So much care goes into analyzing and deciding the fabrics as it goes on to coexist with us for long hours. 

One of the many reasons why consumers are skeptical while shopping bed sheets online too!

That’s why we have curated a quick guide to ensure you don’t go choosing poor quality-based materials. Hey, and also find out why online shopping may truly be a better option (that’s right!).

The right measure

Have you ever gotten bed sheets that just don’t stay put on your mattress? Or some others being too excessive for your cot? 

Just make sure you measure next time! It’s not as complicated as you think it would be. All you got to do is note down the dimensions of the mattress and match it with the description online.

The king and queen size labels, single and double fitting tags – can be quite confusing when buying through websites. That’s why the dimensions can help you overcome the struggle. In most cases, there will also be an option to connect with the brand’s consultants. An interaction with them would provide ample details of the fit you seek for. 

One of the common mistakes consumers make is ‘adjusting’. Bed sheets cannot be left to fend for themselves without perfect fitting. Due to such instances, sleep gets compromised and the quality (of fabric) becomes unworthy there. 

Remember, survival (of bed sheets) is only through the fittest! 

Fitted bed sheets

Speaking of which, fitted bed sheets are another option that you can opt for while shopping online. But again, choosing a free size wouldn’t still work here. You will have to match the dimensions before you settle with the aesthetics. 

Bed sheet thread counts – a necessity?

Thread count is not a necessary trait to be analyzed in fabrics. Premium brands market their products to achieve commercial stature when they say ‘the higher the thread count, the greater the quality.’

And no, this is not a random statement. A detailed review of this is in one of our earlier blogs as well – Read here

When it comes to bed sheets – fabric feel, comfort, and style matter the most, ensuring they resonate with your idea of ‘comfy sleep’ and nothing else. Each person prefers to cuddle in a certain way. So the product could undergo a quality check from that perspective. 

That being said, linen and 100% cotton fabrics are the most sought-after bed sheets. The reason? The quality it offers! It is breathable, cozy, and adjusts with the temperature around. The material organically adapts to the requirements of the ‘sleeper’. Satin sheets and silk cotton blended (bed sheets) do not have that innate quality, thereby sticking with an ‘occasional’ approach. 

Selective shopping

Shopping online means you get to see unlimited options. There would be block prints, woven patterns, solid colors, pastel shades, and so much more. The task here is to stay focused on what you need. 

You cannot be buying colors or prints that do not go with your abode. Plan your theme, style, and have a blueprint of it in your mind before you get scrolling through designs online. 

If you’re looking to decorate your home from scratch, then you can daringly experiment with pops of colors, threadwork, and whatnot! But in case you are choosing pillow covers to match your existing bed sheets or a whole set of bed sheets to go along with your interiors, selective shopping is the answer. 

Get choosy with tones so you hit the right mark!

Cotton bed sheets

Following these steps will make a great shopping experience online and add insight into how easy, and (more importantly) efficient it is.

Now…you’re all set to enter the field!

Let’s get the carts loaded!

Outdoor Escapes: Setting the scene right

You know, there is one common favorite spot for everyone in any given house. 

It’s the balcony, of course! No points for guessing, sorry! It was too easy an answer!

Guests or friends can always find a problem with nooks or rooms in a house. But when it comes to the balcony, patios, simple backyard, or any outdoor spot, they all just love it inherently. That’s the beauty of this space. There is no pressure of glamour around here (a non-judgemental escape!)

So, having such a wonderful stretch to relax around, it is only natural to think – “what if?”…

We’re here to fill you in with the most thoughtful ideas for the simplest and most functional uses of how you can spruce up the area. 

Yup, food, and dining is the first thing on every mind. A clear winner! It’s time we get creative with our aesthetics.

Let’s take the party outside!

Read your outdoors

Your patios can be small or stretch up to a vast area. As long as you know your style and purpose, the square feet don’t matter.

Okay, imagine this.

A small balcony in an apartment. Setting your tables and chairs for an intimate gathering. Or even just a couple’s retreat. You feel the air touching your high spirits over a neat, cozy dinner, creating memories and laughter for a lifetime to remember. 

Is this too bad a dream? Not at all! You deserve these little pleasures!

The right fabrics and decors can make a huge difference to the smallest of spaces. For a quick intimate date night, a compact table laid out with a beige color table cloth, a contrasting bold-colored napkin sets the moods perfectly. Regular or foldable chairs from your living can be adorned with chair pads for better comfy seating. 

outdoor dining

Now, if you’re into intimate get-togethers and parties, then you can play around with the colors depending on the crowd you gather. Bold prints, fancy table runners, can be an addition to the table setting. The visual impact does create a heartwarming tone for the guests. 

Don’t let the space limit you, creations begin in your discovery of styles.  

A modern twist 

Say, you want to go all out in your backyard. But still, wish to maintain a touch of elegance through all the noise. 

It’s simple! Choose an elaborate dining setup with considerable distance from speakers and other extra-curricular you’d like to include during the party. This way, guests can enjoy their meal undisturbed but also lavishly. 

For gracing the occasion with class, long tables with table runners are the staple decor. But the style matters the most here. Based on the crowd, you can experiment with the colors and textures. 

If the guests are a fun crowd, then quirky prints and contrasting colors on the table would feel fitting. It could be plain colored or minutely printed table cloths, with a contrasting (colored) table cloth or vice versa. Patio chairs are often uncomfortable due to the uneven grounds (a common outdoor problem). In that case, chair pads, especially dark-colored ones can brush off your concern. 

For a twist from the old-school dining, you can always opt-in for a picnic-style setup. 

Floor cushions and rugs are a complete delight to put in place. They have organic hospitality exuding that is bound to bring the friends closer and guests more sociable. 

outdoor picnic

Light evening picnics can have neutral shaded rugs covering an expanse with light-colored floor cushions to complement. For an impromptu brunch, bold-colored print/ non-print cushions can amazingly fit into the affair. Contemporary tiny tables or even antique-style coffee tables can jump in to complete the look. They can simply be decorated with runners and still manage to steal the show. 

An alfresco love-story

At a time when you are always expected to sit indoors, take time off to rejuvenate yourself. Be it with yourself, your partners, or friends. Your spaces define your proactive nature. A relaxing balcony breeze might be all that you need to bring in the spirit.

Just sitting outside, sipping coffee, with a throw to snuggle you in – Can the feeling get any better!

The idea is to relieve you from the heavy deadlines and all-week blues. For that, reconciling with nature is the best solution. This is why theming the outdoors with nature shades works wonders as well. It complements the indoor tones while also maintaining the warmth of soil hues.

Beige and neutral shades fall under this theme. Bold colors like red, yellow, orange also add a bit of spice to the overall look (sunshine colors never go wrong!). ‘Mix and match’ more often function well in outdoor setups. 

Now that you have all the basics in place, go alfresco!

But also…

Let us know where the party is at!

The History of Ikats – A Poetry of Loom

Have blurry cotton prints ever satisfied your aesthetic senses? If that’s a yes, then you are in for more delight. If the answer is a no, then you are about to break into a new level of textile fashion. 

And hey, by ‘blurry cotton prints’, you know we are talking about the Ikats. Honestly, there’s nothing like it. So that was an easy giveaway.  

One of the many obvious reasons it stands out is due to its detailed technicality. The weaves are woven with calculated precision that replicating another would be an extremely demanding task. It takes that much care and effort for the technique to be appealing. Have we caught your attention yet? Let’s take a peek into the legacy of Ikats to find out its grandiose stature.

Where It Began

Ikat, meaning to bind or tie, takes its origin from the Malay-Indonesian region. It has traveled around the world through Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Iran, and Latin America. South and Central Asian countries have a staple distribution of Ikats, which ideally makes them one of the largest celebrators of Ikats. 

They independently came into existence in different versions leading them to differ in the cultural utility based on each country. No wonder they’re so rich in nature! It’s the universality that takes the cup away with this one. Even in terms of usage, they adapt into circumferences rather effortlessly. What started as garments, went on to represent culture, and later into the homes as decors and furnishings. All the while keeping the richness intact. 

The name ‘Ikat; comes from the Malay word – Mengikat meaning ‘to bind’. They have been called different names over the centuries like chine in France to represent its market from China, Pompadour silk in Europe due to the alleged Madame de Pompadour’s tryst with the fabric, and abr in Turkish meaning cloud. Flourishing through all these traditions, Ikats bloomed as one of the most unique and artful pieces of work – absolutely no debate there!

The ‘Poetry of Loom’ as it is admiringly called (and sure is a deserving title), was once a symbol of the wealthy. Due to its intricate weaving technique and labor-intensive process, commerce was highly dependent on the elite classes to uplift the weaving industry. Today, the cotton Ikat prints remain a classic favorite for their elegance and comfort.

Types of Ikats

Moving on to an interesting revelation, Ikats are not limited to a monotonous method of making. Ikats usually undergo resist dyeing where the colors do not penetrate throughout the fabric but only on the surfaces. It weaves into beautiful patterns through techniques like weft, warp, and double-ikat printing styles. Not to brag, but Thoppia, as is known for its ‘serious fun’ in weaving, takes up warping print for their products. Now, what are these techniques exactly?

  • For Weft Ikats, the warp yarn is dyed a solid color and the weft threads are given ikat dyes – produced from eco-friendly sources. They are then arranged in the desired fashion on the loom. The weaver weaves them as it progresses and requires constant tweaking to get the final patterns. 
  • Warp Ikats have the warp threads dipped in ikat dyes. Here, the designs are bonded together beforehand and then arranged on the loom to weave beautiful prints. 
  • Double Ikats are the most complex of the three. They combine the above methods and demand more precision (and the costliest of the lot too).  

For Home Decors 

Right when you thought they are only suitable as garments…surprise, surprise! They are way too classy to stop just there. Ikats have popular demand in the home decor and furnishing industries. They easily run out of stock due to its rapid sale. Quite the favorite among the peeps, no kidding!

Ikat prints are widely used to make floor cushions, cushion covers, bedspreads, and so much more. Its highly efficient breathing fabric unveils a healthy atmosphere. And shall I keep going with its trendy looks? (I really can, I don’t mind!) 

They give a quirky twist to the houses and stay modern forever. And that’s something rare to see in house furnishings. They either go dull, boring, or out of style. But with Ikats, a woven marvel, the fashion always remains.

And don’t worry, if you’re still doubtful about carrying it off, I-kat you! (Please tell me you got that…)

Looking At The Bright Side

There might be ample square feet, all the wide windows – and yet, do your rooms still look gloomy? Well, it’s your lucky day you found us! Rooms can get darker than expected without you realizing their change. They may look smaller, faded, or even uninviting. And that’s why periodic cleansing rituals are important. Confused? Keep reading!

Your spaces require routine check-ups to make sure it lets out a fresh breath of air. When you come back home after a tiring day, the rooms are supposed to ease your resting rather than adding another ‘chore to-do’ for the day. However, there can be a mind-block situation when you still have everything placed in the right places. For such a crisis, a simple addition of specific furnishings and decors to your homes can turn up the whole look quite fascinatingly. Here’s presenting all tricks that can help you sail through the dilemma:

Ring in the happy colors

It’s an obvious fact that bright colors can do wonders to revamp your homes. But random colors may not work in favor here. Common eye-catchy colors that designers choose to brighten up spaces are the shades of the sun. These may be tones of red, orange, and yellow. Imagine a beige-colored sofa with red cushions staring at you. They would look classy, fun, and become the instant winner in any room. The shades of the sun (a natural light emitter) are considered a good choice for such simple remodeling. 

Another option, also another extreme of the above shades, is the Neutrals. Beige, brown, cream, black, and white are popular colors under a neutral palette. These colors can be used as an overall theme for the room or only with specific furnishings like cushions, rugs, and curtains. They reflect a natural habitat and provide the illusion of a spacious interior. 

Matte finishes to fabrics can revamp a whole new look to the stretch. Glossy cushion covers and curtains can appear to make the room smaller than actual. Quite relievingly, cotton handwoven fabrics do not have that glitch. The weaving patterns will organically allow a matte finish, complementing a classy decorum. 

Sheers to the rescue

An effortless way to quirk up dull spaces is to install sheer cotton curtains. They are light in texture and appearance, giving out a breezy impression. Even for small windows, nestling these curtains convey an expansive area. During the day, shut curtains can still let in just the right amount of light you need. 

In the case of long balconies or uniquely designed windows, there is always the option to customize them. You do not have to settle for random thick dark ones just because those were the only ones available. Based on the length, width, and fabric selection, uniquely fashioned sheers can spruce up grim areas.

Less means more

You may have all the perfect furniture in your homes, yet they seem to suffocate – leaving no corners idle. This can be disheartening to agree upon but may make sense to your reason. Less furniture means more space and so more light. So, how would you style the house then? Like ‘cushion-walk’ (was worth a try)! 

Floor cushions are an easy replacement for those unwanted chairs. They have better grip, comfort, and flexibility to move around the house. A good pop of style too! 

Rugs are your other solution. They can be laid out anywhere in the house without worrying about the seats (or fighting for it). Bright rugs can be spread out in the living, even under tables if you must, to bring in some color to the expanse. 

Homes can get heavy with all the over drapings and cushioning done. They need to have a breathing space to let out fresh and cheerful vibes. Light fabrics such as cotton and linens have innate traits of an airy and comfy deliverance. Setting them up leads to brighter rooms and even portals for natural light to pass through. 

The Right Match From Scratch – Customized Floor Cushions & Covers

Chairs and sofa sets are often placed under the ‘mandatory list’ of home utilities. But one thing most people miss out on (and turns out it is a significant one) is the Floor Cushion. It serves multiple needs to a house and adapts to the decorum effortlessly. Imagine this, if you plan an intimate party or need more seats or wish to cozy up in your favorite corners, floor cushions can be that sole partner that helps you through all these encounters. 

Now, let’s get into a more exciting breakthrough. As floor cushions can decide the mood of a place, customizations for the same can be quite a relief for you. You get to decide the size, fabric, and color that suit your preferred setup. Still in two minds? Let us run you through the basics and pop up some ideas to enhance your homes better.

How to Customize Floor Cushions?

Floor Cushions can save you a lot of trouble while setting up quiet corners for personal time-off, indoor game nights, quick get-togethers, or just for a quirky twist to your sophisticated furniture. They can blend in every space, in and around the house. Moreover, they lighten the atmosphere triggering an ice-breaker conversation on any occasion. I’m telling you, it has all the right vibes!

If you’re wondering how it would complement a living room (where the sofa and chair cushions are already enough in number), we are here to tell you floor cushions can still look good in the area. They can be placed around the coffee table, for light exchanges. Positioning them in a corner of the living would convey it as the soft spot for resting, and also as a productive nook to get things done. In fact, for a young and lively gathering, the furniture can easily be replaced with just floor cushions.

It warms up the place to be positive, peaceful, and laidback all at once. Any guest would feel welcome where there are floor cushions. The correct term would be that it makes you ‘feel grounded’ (literally).

A Personal Touch

More than finding the perfect fit for your abodes, why not set up cushions to your liking? It is easier and quicker that way and gives you satisfaction without second-guessing.

You ideally start by deciding on why you’re exactly buying a floor cushion – is it for a general purpose or a specific cover-up in the nook? Based on this, you can now choose the proportions for the cushions serving your objective. All that is left is to select the right fabric prints and colors. Beige for a simple classy look, Polka dots for a fun variation, Ikat fabric patterns for a contemporary style, and so many more. The choices are endless and personalizing them presents an impressionable personality to the homes.

Cushion Covers can be tailor-made too. From plush looks to festive aura, weave your wishes into reality by opting for customized fabrics. Why search desperately for a ‘matching set’ when you can organize the set right from scratch? More often, the cushions are bought based on the curtains installed. Custom curtains and cushions solve this dilemma. Let’s look into a few tips on how you could classify your cover picks.

A Guide to Aesthetics

For Fashion:

If your priority is to enhance the style largely, then smaller cushions with a splash of bright color would be ideal. The room lights up with this addition and cannot go unnoticed. Plain designs for a straightforward ambiance, Stripes, or a mix-up of fancy prints for an amusing appeal are some ways to click with the style motive.

For Utility:

Your intention to use floor cushions could be numerous. Some common uses include resting your legs, casual seating, and an improved reading nook. Based on these necessities, a standard 4 x 4 size is one of the most efficient ones. You get the comfort of a lounge with enough expanse to enforce your intent. Floral prints and subtle shades fit flawlessly for a relaxing atmosphere. Bold colors can work out well if the additional decors seem to complement each other.

For Better Posture

Chairs and sofas may be the most comfortable options to choose for seating. But it does develop a lazy posture, with drooping necks and slouching spine. Your body requires to be flexible and Floor Cushions help you achieve that. Active metabolism, upright posture, and a mindful direction to the body are some of the many benefits that you gain.

For such needs, a thicker dimension to the cushions is most reliable. As for the colors, dark shades with an explicit approach is a viable option.

Custom-made Cushion Covers

Organizing cushion covers forms an influential layout for your homes. Eye-catchy cushions can instantly revamp the stretch, especially that of a living room. Customizing them allows you to pamper the fabrics in your special way rather than adapting to the ones already in place. 

Intricate weaves, distinctive colors, and long-lasting prints can all be easily sorted from the range offered to match your specific preferences. As each guest arrives, setting up the cushion covers may be the only thing you’d have to fix. Every fabric tells a story of its own. So, refreshing the covers keeps the air lively, readying a memorable event ahead. 

A new interior theme for 2022

It’s been a long year for all of us, and we have good reason to rejoice when thinking of interior design trends to look out for in 2022 and onwards. Rather than turning the interiors into a decorative space, interior design trends have been gravitating toward a more cosy and comfortable trajectory. The emphasis is on creating a cosy work environment and a space for other everyday activities.

There have also been many interesting takes on material from the growing demand for more sustainable materials to quiet, comfortable and elegant materials which compliment all aspects of your life with a homely vibe, our 2022 trend guide aims to provide you with a simple rule of thumb to help you craft your curated home for the upcoming year with only the best of materials and style.

Let’s take a look at each of the rooms individually and how to incorporate the theme better:

Transport Yourself to a Tropical Climate

Earlier, living rooms were generally considered places of entertainment. Hence, the whole design of the room followed a highly decorative theme, and much of the furniture here wasn’t for relaxation purposes. However, with the pandemic, most of this space has been repurposed to give it a touch of comfort and homeliness. To incorporate this, start by switching up your curtains and blinds. We generally underestimate the huge role these play in the overall appearance of a space. When investing in a good set of curtains, ensure that they combine both style and functionality.

Sheer curtains would give you the tropical vibe as they’re breathable and provide excellent ventilation while allowing light through into the space. Alternatively, picking out solid patterns would give you a warm and snuggly vibe, like deep in the wintertime.

Apart from that, having your cushions match the theme of your interior is very important as it leaves the space with a uniform aesthetic. Pairing your cushion with a comfortable throw for movie nights or reading sessions can be a great start to a great year. 

Maximalise the Bedroom

This is usually the only area in your home where relaxation and rest are integral; setting up such a space can be challenging. Using neutrals or minimal pattern sheets is key to giving your bedroom that slightly fun twist. However, do keep in mind the importance of having comfortable sheets made of suitable quality materials, which can aid the quality of sleep.

To get you started, Thoppia’s Sunrise cotton bed sheets have a great dual-tone theme that blends well with a light minimalist styled bedroom. If you are looking for a more indie-patterned bed sheet, the woven stripes can add a splash of colour and give you that beach-side feel in your room.

Rustic Vogue spaces of Zen

The bath in each house is a room of zen and the only place in the house where you get to hit your reset with a drawn-out bath. However, we tend to neglect the importance of a good bath and how it could give us the right start in the mornings.

Apart from adding dimmer and cosier lights, consider placing scents and candles for an aromatic olfactory experience when you visit the space. You could also consider replacing your abrasive hand towels and bath towels that are much gentler on the skin (such as cotton-based materials). Following a similar theme to the bedroom in the washroom; depending upon your bath’s interior, choose either a simple block-coloured towel or a striped one for a bit more splash in colour.

You can also try pairing rugs in your rooms to protect your feet from the rigid flooring. Additionally, do consider investing in a comfortable apron for all your culinary endeavours in the upcoming year! Here is a pro-tip for you as you’ve made it to the end of the article: consider investing in indoor plants this year. Bringing in authentic greenery will help freshen up your space and complement your natural woods and warm browns in your space.

To India, With Love: The Cultural Fabrics of India

“It [Indian Culture] nurtured the synthesis of those cultures which stayed in this country. They affected the Indian way of life and in return got influenced by it.”


Mahatma Gandhi

Our beloved nation has been known for its unique culture, food, clothes, and festivals for thousands of years. Every year, many tourists from foreign countries flock to India to experience its diversity; one of the areas where you can truly experience India’s diversity is its heritage fabrics. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Nagaland to Gujrat – the Indian clothing legacy is so widespread that it will amaze you.

However, the sad truth is, millennials are more influenced by western brands than Indian traditional fabrics. As a result, thousands of artisans are forced to wrap up their business due to the lack of demand and recognition.

To bring a change, start-ups and fashion designers are trying to revive the almost comatose Indian traditional clothing industry with the help of social media. So, it is high time we brush up on our knowledge about India’s pristine heritage of fabrics and celebrate our culture once again.

So, let’s begin our Heritage Fabric Tour of India.

Pashmina

Pashmina is considered one of the most expensive and exclusive fabrics of India. A meter long, original Pashmina stole might cost you over ₹10,000. The wool of this fabric is made from the undercoat of a rare kind of sheep called Pashmina that is found only in the high altitude, cold desert of Ladakh. Every piece of fabric is handmade as the wool is extremely delicate.

Muga Silk

Muga Silk is the pride of Assam. Once reserved only for royalties, it is known for its glossy fine texture and durability. This silk is derived from a silkworm called Antheraea Assamensis that only feeds on Som and Soalu trees. This yellowish-golden tinted silk undergoes a painstakingly long process. 

It takes 1 acre of land to produce 400 grams of Muga silk at a time. From rearing the silkworm to weaving a Muga silk saree – it takes roughly two months. Therefore, it is so exclusive that its value is often compared to gold.

Linen

Nowadays, almost everyone is aware of Flax Seeds. It is trendy among health-conscious people for its variety of health benefits. But did you know that the flax tree is used to make linen from where the seeds are derived? As the fabric is exceptionally durable, absorbent, and airy, dresses made of linen are trendy among both men and women. 

Furthermore, it dries quicker than cotton and is highly affordable. Therefore, this fabric is now being used to make home furnishings like bed sheets, pillow covers, cushion covers, placemats, table napkins, and many more. 

Chambray

Chambray is often mistaken for denim. It is a type of cotton that is made by weaving dyed warp yarn and white filling yarn. It is commonly used to make home furnishings as well as clothing. Since Chambray is softer and more breathable than denim, it is often used to make pants as its substitute.

Handwoven Fabrics

Handwoven textiles have been a bonafide specialty of Indian weavers, with people from all over the world being passionate admirers for centuries altogether. The variety of handwoven fabrics available in India is spectacular, with every state bringing something unique to the table. 

Sustainable fabrics that are eco-friendly and provide employment to thousands of skilled weavers throughout the country – the Indian handwoven textiles are nothing short of a national treasure. 

Cotton 

The Indian cotton fabric has for long been the insignia of our country’s pride, regarded by many as the crest of fabrics made and sold in India. The cotton fiber is skillfully spun into a yarn that is further utilized to create voguish cotton garments. 

Cotton, a thin, breathable, and airy fabric, is the preferred choice for almost every Indian during the summers. Natural, authentic cotton is entirely non-toxic and does not have any adverse effects on the skin. 

Furthermore, it is highly absorbent and provides boundless comfort in humid conditions. All this, combined with the decent durability of high-quality garments and above all, the love and sentiments of the buyers attached with it, make cotton one of the most superior cultural fabrics of India. 

Rayon 

Probably one of the most versatile fibers you will find in India, Rayon has traditionally been used here even though it is a semi-synthetic fiber made with cellulose. Rayon fabrics are still as popular as in the yesteryears because of their exquisite slippery texture and comfort. Besides being more absorbent than cotton and linen, the fabric can also be dyed very quickly in various colors to design fashionable garments. 

The hallmark of rayon fabrics is that they offer you the best of both worlds. The comfort is as soothing as that of a natural fiber like cotton, while the fabric’s style, drape, and slippery texture are similar to that of nylon. Overall, rayon garments are some of the most luxurious ones that you’ll find in India, offering breathtaking designs, colors, and finesse. 

Jute

A close second in the list of the most widely produced plant-based fibers, Jute is a primary textile ingredient in India. The characteristic roughness and durability of jute fabric make it suitable for the production of curtains, carpets, ropes, rugs, twines, cushion covers, etc. In addition, jute fabrics are surprisingly breathable, with considerable tensile strength and low extensibility. 

The Indian jute fabric is used to produce some of the finest traditional products, primarily because it is versatile, robust, and blends easily with other synthetic fibers. Printing on jute material is yet another trend, producing eye-catching designs for regular products and garments. 

Embroidered Fabric

Embroidery stitches have ruled the Indian clothing industry for thousands of years, be it garments or home furnishing. Universally, there are 15 types of embroidery stitches. 

When it comes to the beautification of fabrics, nothing can compare to a beautifully embroidered material. 

Nowadays, small home furnishings such as embroidered cushion covers are trendy in Indian households.

Over to you!

By now, if you are fascinated by the rich heritage of Indian fabrics and print and want to be a part of the change, consider shopping from a brand that is dedicated to supporting Indian traditional artisans and promises the highest level of quality over everything else – Thoppia. Check out our finest collection of prints and fabrics here

A Detailed Guide to Buying Pillowcases

Pillow covers are household staples. They are both protective and decorative – attributes that make them an exceptional element of every living space. But despite their tangible importance, they are often overlooked!

Buying the right pillow covers and then learning everything about their maintenance goes a long way in increasing their longevity. So much thought goes into purchasing suitable pillows, but everything falls flat if you don’t give enough attention to what goes over them.

Thus, to understand the characteristics of a good-quality pillow cover and ensuring better sleep for yourself and your loved ones, read this guide on how to pick the best pillow covers whenever you go out shopping.

Fabric First

When buying pillow covers, it is best to decide the kind of fabric. Like bed sheets, pillow covers can also be made with various fabrics, comprising natural and synthetic elements. Cotton is often used for bedding material since it is trendy, stylish, and comfortable. As is predictable now, cotton is a highly preferred material for pillow covers, offering a wide range of choices to buyers.

A soft and breathable nature is the highlight of cotton pillow covers. However, cotton develops wrinkles quickly as compared to nylon. But besides its resilience, Nylon might not be the best choice if you’re looking for something light and comfortable.

Other luxurious fabrics used for making pillow covers are silk and satin. These are sleek, lustrous, and also good for the hair. But again, these fabrics are delicate and need extra care.

Ease of Maintenance

The thumb rule of buying pillow covers – always to read the product labels first. Then, read the wash and care instructions to make sure the product is manageable for you.

Fabrics like silk call for extreme care, and most silk product labels recommend careful washing with hands.

Generally, cotton and linen covers are considered ideal for families with busy schedules and kids. The materials are easy to maintain and can be machine washed without any worries. That said, it is also recommended to choose the color of your pillow covers prudently.

Aesthetics and Appeal

The pillow case’s appearance depends on how the pillow is used: comfort or a soft decor accessory.

If you want your pillow covers to complement the interior decor, you have to choose your fabrics from that perspective itself. The knit & weave and the prints & patterns of some fabrics can add depth to a room. Moreover, to achieve a cohesive look, they should complement the existing textures in the house. Color also plays a crucial role here, so be mindful of the current color palette in your rooms while choosing the looks of your new pillow covers.

You might also be tempted to level up the glam quotient, primarily if the pillow cover is meant for accent cushions. To do so, you can think of choosing whimsical prints, frills, or cutouts.

The Right Size

In the end, what good is an aesthetic pillow cover if it does not aptly adorn your pillows? When purchasing pillow covers, always check the pillow cover size carefully if you have already purchased the pillows. When revamping your bedroom, you can consider layering as well. It is possible to layer pillows by using two sizes of square pillows and rectangular pillows.

You can also play with colors here, as layering is a quirky and exciting idea to implement with no rules as such. The accent pillows can easily be slid into the drawer when you make your bed at night and put back up the following morning.

Care for Your Skin and Hair

Kids, and even adults with sensitive skin can experience allergic reactions to synthetic blend fabrics. However, regardless of the season, cotton is considered the safest for the skin. Besides, it is naturally hypoallergenic as well.

The texture of silk makes it a precious fabric that prevents hair loss. It can, however, be a bit costly depending on quality and quantity. Moreover, silk pillow covers are cold, so if the weather is hot, only then silk could be favorable.

Thread Count

Thread count measures the number of threads per square inch of fabric, both vertically and horizontally.

Generally, a higher thread count indicates a softer fabric. Every time it is washed, it is likely to get softer. Thread counts between 200 and 400 are suitable for everyday use. Moreover, there are fabrics with thread counts beyond 1000 as well.

However, this does not necessarily imply that the material is superior to those with a three-digit thread count. Low thread counts do not automatically equate with low-quality fabrics.

Sound Sleep

It can be very exasperating to sleep with nylon pillow covers in summers. While sleeping on one, you may feel quite uncomfortable because the thick fabric makes your face sweat a lot.

In contrast, cotton pillow covers that are made with 100 percent cotton are pleasantly soft and breathable.

Durability

Since they protect the pillows, choosing the right pillow cover ultimately adds years to the pillow’s life. Therefore, you must select durable pillow covers only.

Fabric resilience determines the durability and can be assessed by the material’s ability to regain its original shape after being wrinkled.

In addition, ensure that the fabric is abrasion resistant, which means that washing and frequent usage do not destroy it quickly.

Products that bear labels with such information and certain warranties/guarantees may be a good choice. Cotton ranging from 200 to 800 count is generally considered durable, and of course, durability depends on your usage and maintenance.

Sustainable Fabrics for a Conscious Living

With all the healthy conversation surrounding sustainable living, what is your reason for not adopting it yet?

Natural fabrics like cotton and Linen cause much less environmental damage than synthetic ones during manufacturing.

The Takeaway

So, the next time you go shopping, feel free to use this blog as your guide to finding pillow covers that offer everything that is needed. If you do not wish to put in a lot of effort in finding the right pillow covers for your house, head straight to Thoppia.com to check out the best range of pillow covers.

6 Handy Kitchen Accessories That Will Change the Way You Cook

The kitchen is at the center of all your family affairs and day-to-day living. Practically, it’s also where your day begins with a cup of tea and ends with the preparation of dinner.

However, for those who spend considerable time working in the kitchen, merely knowing how to cook and having all basic utensils within reach is not enough. You need some tools, accessories, and add-ons to make cooking fun and easy.

Today, let’s take a look at the must-have kitchen accessories for every household, some of which are commonly overlooked by us, but are certainly important to make cooking easier.

The Must-have Kitchen Accessories

Dish Towels

As if washing the dishes wasn’t tiring enough, drying them later is equally daunting and boring. While there’s nothing complex in drying washed dishes at home, the process becomes difficult when you don’t have the right accessories to make it happen.

Dish towels are used to wipe and dry washed dishes. However, two common issues with such towels are that first, many of them don’t absorb enough water and second, they tend to leave behind small fibers on dishes when drying them.

So, choosing good-quality dish towels is certainly very important. Make sure that they’re not ordinary paper towels with useless absorbing capabilities.

Besides, buy dish towels that are somewhat longer, so that they can cover and wipe the dishes well. A final word on using dish towels in the kitchen – don’t use them for other purposes like wiping hands and keep them separate from other kitchen towels to prevent bacteria from settling on your dishes.

Kitchen Towels

Kitchen towels are high-utility accessories that can be used in a variety of different ways.

At times we don’t even realize how often we use kitchen towels for seemingly menial tasks like handling hot panhandles, wiping the knives, and wiping hands every now and then.

The same towels also come in handy for some wearying kitchen tasks like wiping the stovetop or cleaning any spills on the slabs.

Since wiping off spilled water, milk, etc. is by far the most common purpose for which people use kitchen towels, it is important for them to be best suited for the job. Ideally, a good kitchen towel should have good absorbance so that it helps you get rid of the spillage without adding to the mess.

Cotton and linen kitchen towels have the highest absorbance. Lastly, colors and aesthetics also matter alongside durability and longevity. Look out for thin, durable kitchen towels with colors that do not turn grotty after repeated staining or washing.

Kitchen Aprons

Kitchen aprons are somehow synonymous with cooking and are used in every household.

Cooks who work in the kitchen all through the day sometimes jokingly say that they feel naked when working without an apron. Others might not bother putting on an apron every time they cook, but do find them useful whenever they wear one.

Whatever be the case, the utility and importance of an apron cannot be undermined.

If you’re fond of baking, you just cannot do without a good kitchen apron. An apron, accompanied by a clean kitchen towel are two important weapons in your arsenal while baking.

When looking for the ideal kitchen apron, ensure that it is sufficiently long to cover your clothes adequately. Next, having chest pockets and cross-back straps can be great along with multiple loopholes. Of course, the fabric and make of the apron should be comfortable too.

Oven Gloves

Every cook has burnt their hands at least once, trying to take an intensely hot pan out of the oven and thinking that covering with a simple kitchen towel would suffice.

Oven gloves are important kitchen accessories that allow you to lift hot utensils like cast iron pans without any difficulty. For oven gloves to be really helpful, it’s important that the sizing is appropriate such that they cover your hands completely.

You can easily find oven gloves online, at very affordable rates as well. Just ensure that the thickness of the gloves is good and they are easy to clean and maintain.

Avoid gloves that are too big or clunky, as it’s difficult to get a grip with such oven mitts.

Potholders

Not having or using a potholder can be disastrous, as picking up a fiery pot with just a towel or bare hands can certainly cause instant blistering.

What’s worse is that you can still end up getting those blisters even after using ordinary potholders, all thanks to the cheap quilt quality. So, using high-quality potholders is essential for safe cooking.

Thickness and grip both are important determinants of how well the potholder will serve. From that perspective, a thick cotton potholder that is easy to wash and has been tested vigorously would be a good option.

Coasters

Another useful kitchen accessory, which we often overlook are the drink coasters. These are used almost every day and probably by every member of the family too.

However, if you’ve ever searched for some coasters, you’d know how difficult it is to find some good ones in the market.

Good-quality coasters are highly absorbent and do not let the condensation drip off from the side. They should not stick to the bottom of the glass when the glass is lifted and should be durable enough to not break on falling.

A good design would surely be a plus point.

Here’s the gist.

In our list of must-have kitchen accessories, you might find some items that your household kitchen doesn’t possess, but should definitely be having.

Good-quality kitchen accessories do make life easier, and you really get to enjoy cooking with these items around. If you’re thinking of where to buy all these crucial accessories for your kitchen, head straight to Thoppia’s collection today.

long and make cooking easier. Thoppia offers premium-quality kitchen accessories that have been tested for all standards and are loved by thousands of happy customers.

5 Solid Tips From Expert Designers That Will Help You Ace the Modern Bedroom Look

The bedroom is a cozy escape where we all wish to snuggle in at the end of a tiring day. It’s our personal space where we want to unwind our thoughts and slip into a state of tranquility and composure. 

But just like other rooms of the house, the bedroom should reflect your style- if not in colors, then definitely in terms of its feel. It’s a way of letting yourself enjoy and love your own space. 

Adding a touch of modernity is one of the best ways to recreate your bedroom. Modern bedrooms have sleek interiors that add personality to the room with opulent bedding and a pleasing pop of colors. With the right choices and combinations, your bedroom can become your ultimate source of peace, comfort, joy, and motivation. 

Can’t think of any good ideas for a bedroom makeover? Here are some tips to upgrade your bedroom to a modern and contemporary living space.

5 Simple Ideas to Style Your Bedroom With Modernity

Planning the room with your bed being the fulcrum is a logical way to get things started.

The main attraction of modern bedding is the incredible softness imparted by the plush material. Breathable and lightweight bedsheets complemented by duvet covers best serve the purpose. The bedding being enriched with elegant and straightforward designs just adds to the style quotient.

Pillows, too, are essential soft décor elements that enhance the overall aesthetics of the luxury bedding, besides giving comfort. With the modern lifestyle marked by a hectic urban schedule, having stylish and comfortable bedding ensures a sweet retreat from reality every night. So just put your hair down and get nestled in the soft and comfy bed sheets, duvets, and pile of pillows.

Play With the Curtains

You’ll be surprised to know how curtains play a significant role in modern bedroom styling. Curtains help in bringing the room together, enhance privacy and nurture a peaceful vibe. There are all sorts of options, from thick and opaque curtains to light and translucent ones. The former is best suited for creating a cozy private space with minimal lighting. The latter allows sunlight to peep in so that natural lighting accentuates the beauty and ambiance of the bedroom.

Cotton curtains fit almost all kinds of requirements of modern interior designing. The wide range of cotton curtains from Thoppia will cover all the detailing needed to uplift your bedroom designs.

Don’t Leave the Walls Alone

While we have focused enough on the elements that we can directly add to the bedroom décor, let us not undermine the importance of the walls. We all have our preferences when it comes to walls and colors. From dark and bold colors to light and pastel shades, the bedroom walls can be painted in any color that matches your style and preference.

Besides being aligned with your sense of aesthetics, ensuring that the color and designs of the walls blend well with interior features such as any antiques that you wish to place in the room will have a comprehensive impact in creating a wholesome vibe.

Pastel and light-textured colors help in the refined detailing of bedroom walls. They add a soothing touch to the bedroom walls and help build a sophisticated ensemble of interior designs. In addition, having decor items put up on the walls, such as a big wall clock, a modern art frame, or a mix of big and small mirrors, adds life to the bedroom walls.

Compliment the Bedroom Space With Minimalist Furniture

Furniture items remain unacknowledged quite often, yet they manage to make a decisive contribution as modern bedroom design elements. Clean and unadorned pieces of furniture are now getting a lot of attention, serving as the symbols of modernity and urban lifestyle. Not only do they cater to one’s work-related needs, but they also act as minimalistic embellishments for the bedroom.

Modernity sometimes also means embracing simplicity. For example, having open and straightforward furniture designed with minimal lines gives ample space and makes the bedroom a little airier. This also keeps the bedroom clutter-free, allowing less dust to accumulate and not letting the room get stuffy.

Alternatively, bold and beautiful furniture like a lush velvet sofa-cum-bed or a pair of lounge chairs can also be good décor items for the bedroom. So whatever be your taste or preference- soulful minimalistic furniture or vibrant and charming items, choose what you feel would add visual weight and warmth to the whole bedroom.

Refine the Space with Rugs and Carpets

Before someone plunges into the bed or just before entering the room, a beautiful and appealing rug on the floor is bound to catch the eye. Hence, choosing suitable rugs or carpets is crucial to experience the ultimate combination of aesthetics, comfort, and warmth.

A solid colorful soft mat will let your feet soothe and relax. Once the nerves of the feet are settled, it brings peace to the body and helps you unwind after a long day at work.

Choosing a rug or a carpet that fulfills the dual function of utility and aesthetics is essential. Therefore, you can try wool or silk options. Each material gives a different look and feel. For example, wool would feel warm and soft, while silk gives a regal aura to the room with fine quality and unparalleled smoothness.

Broad striped handwoven cotton rugs that are soft, plushy, and beautiful have also become a trendy new inclusion in the list of bedroom décor ideas. In addition, they are available in a variety of shades, which creates a remarkably charming presence.

Can’t Wait to Start, Right?

Hence, you can recreate your bedroom and ace the modern like a pro with the above ideas. Adding modish soft décor elements will undoubtedly raise the bar and make your bedroom stand out as an oasis of high-toned culture.

The bedroom is the nucleus of the family, and with all modern and voguish components being there, let your bedroom represent the progressive sense of style you possess. Bedroom designs marked by features of modernity and having a solid connection with your personality will allow you to love and take pride in your own space.

If you wish to recreate your bedroom and accentuate its beauty with your sense of style and personality, check out Thoppia’s elegant and equally glamorous collection of bed sheets, curtains, and other accessories. Expert designers curate every item for that perfect modern bedroom look. Contact Thoppia today, and let us help you achieve the contemporary bedroom look.

7 Reasons to Fall In Love With Cotton Bedsheets

Believe it or not, one of the biggest bedtime mysteries is figuring out what’s the best material for bed sheets. Falling for aesthetics and never paying attention to the fabric is the reason why most buyers are disappointed with their choice of sheets. But what if we tell you that the good-old cotton is the dark horse when it comes to bedsheets, offering quality that is unsurpassed by any other fabric?

You’ve probably been ‘sleeping’ on the idea of using cotton bed sheets till now, but we’ll give you enough reasons to not make this mistake again. So, continue reading to know what benefits cotton bedsheets offer, which will eventually make you fall in love with them.

Benefits of Bringing Cotton Bedsheets Home

Cotton is a premium fabric that can add life to any textile. A cotton bedsheet offers a great deal of satisfaction, ease, and comfort. Reasons why cotton should be your go-to fabric for bedsheets are:

Breathable Sheets That Keep You Cool

The need and importance of breathability in bedsheets cannot be emphasized enough. The primary reason why everybody needs good-quality breathable bed sheets is that they prevent the body from getting drenched in sweat, especially during summers. Cotton is probably the most breathable fabric that you can find. Therefore, cotton bed sheets allow air to pass through and help in keeping the body cool, comfortable, and somewhat sweat-free.

Cotton bed sheets being highly breathable allow even allergens and dust particles to pass through. Eventually, it prevents allergens from triggering sneezing and watery eyes, something that is extremely important for those who suffer from common allergies.

Always Soft On the Skin

For those of you who are looking for sheets that remain soft and smooth even after multiple washes, cotton bed sheets are the best solution. Cotton being a loosely knit fabric is extremely soft even without processing, and best suited for those who like a little stretch in their bedsheets while sleeping. Furthermore, cotton sheets provide such softness without the unnecessary slippery texture that you get with cheap-quality silk sheets.

Cotton being a plant-based fabric gives you a very gentle and mushy end-product. Hence, you need not worry if you have sensitive skin and you just cannot sleep on synthetic bedding material.

Decent Durability, Longevity and Sustainability

The comfort and softness aside, cotton fabric is also known to be significantly durable. It is observed that bed sheets made with 100% pure cotton have better longevity, and their fibers tend to break much less compared to other blended fabrics after machine washing.

While it is true that synthetic bed sheets like those made with polyester offer much higher strength and durability compared to cotton, it should be noted that with all its other benefits, even cotton sheets can last for at least six to eight years. Therefore, a cotton bedsheet, made with organic fabric also guarantees a decent degree of sustainability.

No Worrying About Maintenance

There is no taking away from the fact that synthetic fibers have changed the textile industry for the good, but it has to be agreed that the maintenance of synthetic bed sheets takes quite a lot of effort on the user’s part. Irrespective of being made with durable fibers, these sheets are sensitive to washing, wringing, heating, etc. Cotton bed sheets on the other hand are low-maintenance sheets, and they are surely much simpler to care for.

If you have a bedsheet made with 100% cotton, you can simply send it for a machine wash without thinking twice. Besides, there is no need to use fancy expensive washing powders, and any regular detergent would suffice for these sheets. To ensure better maintenance of cotton bed sheets, it is advised that you wash them separately, and then tumble dry them at low temperatures. After a quick wash, simply let them dry up, and even without ironing, you will get the same elegant look on putting them back on the mattresses. Iron them if you wish to, but avoid bleaching.

Alluring Designs and Attractive Colors

The number of exquisite prints and the kind of versatility that you get with cotton bed sheets is simply astounding. The range of options that customers have, in terms of designs and colors, also enables them to match their bedsheets with the color of their walls or with any other decor arrangement that they have specially put in place.

Moreover, it is believed that the color of the bedsheets is instrumental in promoting sound sleep as well. Thus, buying cotton sheets having colors like white, pastel, cream, etc., can help you make your sleep environment much more relaxing. White cotton bedsheets in particular are helpful in calming the mood, and symbolize luxury in their own way. It is easy to find all kinds of cotton bed sheets online today. Cotton bed sheets having contemporary designs and supreme elegance can be excellent gift options too.

Wonderful Stretchability

Bedsheets made with natural materials like cotton will always offer an added degree of stretchability, which ultimately contributes to comfort as well. Since cotton bedsheets can stretch, and show good levels of flexibility, they can adapt to different mattress sizes much more comprehensively. Choose a cotton bedsheet king size if you are looking for sheets with bigger dimensions.

Good for The Planet

Being made from an organic plant-based product, cotton bedsheets are not just good for us, but also good for the planet. Since it’s a biodegradable ingredient, cotton automatically makes your bedsheets environmentally friendly. Thus, buying cotton sheets can be your small contribution to the larger cause.

The Takeaways

With whatever we have discussed so far, it is quite evident that while choosing bed sheets for your house, the fabric is the most important thing to consider. Selecting the ideal bedspread can entirely depend on your personal preferences. However, thousands of people across the globe can testify that cotton is the best fabric for bedding material.

A 100% cotton bedsheet can offer the appropriate thread count and premium quality, that suits the weather conditions of almost all locations. In all, the next time you decide to buy bed sheets for your house, go for cotton sheets because they are easy to purchase, easy to maintain, and easy on the eyes.

If you are unable to find the right cotton bed sheets for your bed, head straight to thoppia.com. Thoppia offers 100% authentic cotton bedsheets in a wide range of colors, designs, and prints.

Get premium king size or Queen Size bedsheets that fit on your mattresses perfectly, offer unparalleled comfort, and are enriched with elegance and grace. To explore an exclusive collection of pure cotton bed sheets that are tested for international standards, log onto thoppia.com today.

Linen Curtains: Add the Missing Touch of Class to Your Home

Linen’s been one of the most trendy fabrics since time immemorial. Of all common linen products, curtains are surely among the most alluring ones. However, people are usually apprehensive about buying linen curtains for their houses.

The main reason for this foreboding is that it’s hard to find curtains made with authentic linen, which are suitable for giving every room a distinct and desirable appeal. Thanks to some discerning brands, it’s no longer a matter of concern, as we now get custom linen curtains online.

Are you considering buying linen curtains for windows? If yes, then stick with us till the end and you’ll know much more about linen curtains than you did when you got here. Follow along!

Getting to Know Linen

Linen fabric has been in use for over a thousand years now. From ancient Egypt to the oldest civilizations of Greece, linen was there at all times. Good linen was considered a premium fabric back then, and it remains to be one even today.

Pure and authentic linen is made with fibers obtained from the Flax plant. Flax fibers are durable and versatile. Moreover, these fibers are like a diamond in the rough. They have great potential, but processing them into linen is a highly professional and difficult job that takes a long time to complete. At the end of it, it is the magic of this craft that gives linen the qualities that no other fabric in the world possesses.

Why’s Linen So Popular?

Talk about luxurious and elegant fabrics, and linen will be on top of the list. Moreover, even with such flamboyance, linen instills a remarkable comfort and simplicity in garments, curtains, etc.

Durability

The strength and durability of the fabric are also common reasons why people prefer buying linen products. It has great thermal strength and can withstand high temperatures easily. A stable fabric like linen does not wear away easily even after vigorous washing. Besides, linen does not stretch a lot, thereby retaining its original shape for a long time.

Great Absorbent

Amidst other key features, linen also has excellent water absorption properties. It even allows excess water to evaporate quickly. Being a good water-absorbent helps the fabric in remaining cool and soft for long. Its softness in particular is the main reason for its selection for preparing premium-quality bedding material.

Dust-Resistant

Being anti-static, linen does not get stained easily. It effectively resists dust from settling, and hence, is the perfect choice for people who suffer from allergies. With time, lint usually makes a mess out of textile fibers. However, linen is resistant to all kinds of lint as well, and thus, its original design remains preserved for long.

Linen Curtains: The Best Choice

Linen as a fabric is much superior to cotton or wool on certain parameters. Therefore, buying linen curtains for your home will be a great choice and you will enjoy the following benefits with these curtains:

Soothing Vibe

Modern-day home decor ideas are focused on making the living space look more relaxed, spacious, and airy. Since linen curtains are lightweight and do not have a bulky appearance, they can act as a soothing decor accessory. These curtains give a calming vibe to the room and also allow a fresh breeze to enter. In all, they’re the ‘coolest’ curtains you can get.

Linen curtains are the most sumptuous and exquisite curtains one can find. Aesthetically, there are very few kinds of curtains that are as fascinating as linen curtains. The decorous charm of linen curtains are unparalleled, and their overall look and feel simply transform the atmosphere of the room.

Long-lasting

Linen curtains certainly last longer than cotton ones. Moreover, they are resistant to dirt and do not allow lint from getting accumulated on the surface at all. This helps in keeping the curtains preserved for quite a lot of time, and hence, linen curtains have a considerably longer life span.

Best for All Weathers

Since linen curtains are lightweight and do not block much of the air coming through the windows, people avoid buying them thinking that they’ll not be able to keep the room warm during winters. However, the same lightweight properties allow linen to be a good conductor of heat. So, even though they do not block cold winds completely, linen curtains are still able to keep the room warm. In all, using linen curtains will keep your rooms comfortable in all seasons.

Easy Maintenance

Linen curtains do not get dirty very soon, and even if they do, their maintenance and cleaning is quite hassle-free. Simple rinsing at regular intervals throughout the year will keep them new and fresh. Overall, once you buy them, you do not have to worry much about their upkeep.

Go For Custom Linen Drapes: Here’s Why

Quality Linings

Most of the pre-made curtains available in the market do not come with a suitable lining. Even if a lining is present, it withers away and shrinks in no time. That’s why, customizable curtains are better, as customers get an option to choose good-quality linings, and are made with good quality material.

Size Is Not An Issue

It’s better to buy custom size linen curtains. The design of ready-made curtains is meant to fit standard-sized windows only. In most cases, these curtains do not fit well and look quite awkward. On the contrary, custom-made curtains are designed to match the size perfectly. Hence, the concerns related to sizing are resolved completely with custom linen curtains for windows.

Custom Headers

On buying ready-made curtains, customers usually get limited to only a few common drapery header styles. However, with customizable linen curtains, you get a chance to explore many more custom header styles to find one that matches your taste. Backtab, Rod Pocket, Ring/Eyelet header designs can be some exciting options. Getting custom headers can help you discover the exact look that you want for your house.

Drawing the Curtains!

Simply put, linen curtains are timeless decor accessories that give a classy finish to even the dullest of rooms. Besides a strong aesthetic presence, linen curtains are durable, fresh, and long-lasting.

Thoppia is the best site to shop linen curtains online. With a strong focus on quality, we offer tailor-made curtains with customizable sizes, quality linings, and suitable headers. You can also buy our special curtain tie-backs, and add some premium soft furnishings to your home decor. To choose from an elite line of customizable linen curtains, visit Thoppia today and give your home a thoughtful makeover with custom linen drapes.

Elevate your WFH space, in style

Someone wise, at some point must have pondered about how a person’s work-desk defines their personality at work, or otherwise. Be it cluttered, clean or dressed up in themes, everyone loves to add a little bit of themselves to their space. While this has its feelings in the right place, sprucing a workspace up does indeed require a tactical approach to ensure the right amount of formal decor alongside the fun bits. We assure you that this is not The Great Interior Design Challenge and hence, we bring you a couple of quick fixes to ramp up your space.

As another year of WFH approaches, it is only right that you pack up the old and bring out the new! At Thoppia, our collection of fabrics and range of products are just about enough to make your WFH station, a place you’d love to hang around. With our style guide, you can now seek inspiration and add your own elements, skipping a strain on the pocket 😉

Step 1:

Pick a space that inspires you. This is important because you will be spending most of your day indoors throughout the week. Perching on a dingy corner of the room might turn out to be a lot more unmotivating than a mundane weekday. Pick up the table and set it close to a window for a good view.

If not a window, we suggest a good part of the wall, just for you to deck it up with accessories to look at, and feel good about. The point is to let your eyes know that they have more to see than the screen.

Step 2:

Know the importance of colours and use it smartly in your decor. Reach out to your fun side and try to match the colour of the elements you see. Take a look at bright, sheer curtains that welcome enough light into the room. What’s great about curtains is that it can instantly make your space look a lot more comfy. If you like simplicity, we think you’d love some light, linen curtains.

Patterns on sheer curtains, or solid curtains can help balance the rest of the room as well!

Step 3:

Move on to where you sit. The chair might look sturdy now but a few hours in, maybe not. Investing in a good cotton chair pad is a good idea. These fluffy little pillows are perfect to support your posture and keep you up straight. Patterned chair pads work well for that ‘burst’ of colour amongst your furniture while solitary, muted shades complement them. 

Step 4:

We swear by soft, handwoven rugs! Work from home doesn’t have to be uncomfortable; Treat yourself to simple rugs that you can place underneath your desk, on the floor. These are subtle ways that elevate home decor up by a few notches if done right. We suggest striped rugs for some texture on the floor. 

Step 5:

You see the desktop, the coffee mug and the files – what’s missing? A good, warm source of light. Lampshades are the best decorative items for any room, in the evenings. Unlike glaring bare bulbs, lampshades are friendly, they don’t hurt your eyes and can instantly make your workspace look sophisticated!

A small lamp, with good shade fits perfectly on the work-table with considerable functionality. Big lampshades on the other hand, are for those who love a good statement piece of decor. Experimentation is fun with these as you can hardly get it wrong with dreamy lights.

Step 6:

And the most important, is to customize your decor to the best of your imagination. There are no right or wrong rules: just guidelines to help the designer in you. We love a pretty Thoppia-themed WFH station and would love for you to handpick the right product and fabric from our range, for your space!

The Winter Wardrobe for your Home Decor

Winters are about associating your days with the best sources of warmth and comfort, be it your hot chocolate, socks seasons or the sweater weather. At Thoppia, we love to see your space get its own little winter upgrade that keeps you and your favourite spots warm. Some of the easiest ways to do this is to incorporate subtle winter accessories around the room, so they are right in your reach, bonus points if they add to your style!

Check out our top winter must-haves from the Thoppia collection:

Sink into our Duvet covers

The best bit about cold mornings and colder nights are the extra snuggle time you can get in, without excuses. Duvet covers by Thoppia are soft, made of 100% cotton and tested to be the best companion for a good night’s sleep. Our duvet covers only get more likeable with a wide range of colours and designs to choose from. This means that there is one (or more) for every space! Each duvet cover comes with the option of matching pillow covers. You can now choose your duvet covers that match or complement with your bedsheets. Superior quality and skin-friendly, guaranteed.

Duvet Covers in bed room

Head to Toe in Throws

One can truly never get enough of throws, owing to their versatility, comfort and style packed into a single product. Throws by Thoppia are soft, handwoven fabrics that can be used as an accessory to your home decor by simply placing them nonchalantly across chairs, sofas and beds. Keep them close during the cold seasons and you have your very own warm wrap. These intricately woven throws come in beautiful, classy colours and designs that lend a great look to your space. This is a must-have.

Reading snuggling in Throws

Get floored with the Rugs

Another accessory to keep you warm through the winter is rugs. Rugs are essential in any house, even more when the floors are most likely to be very, very cold. The rugs add a subtle hint of chic to your decor without calling for attention. They are ideal for bedrooms and living rooms. Handwoven to perfection, these rugs are just as durable as they are pretty.

Floor Cushions on top of Rugs

Take a seat with Floor Cushions

A Thoppia staple, our floor cushions are a showstopper in any corner they are placed in. Our floor cushions are square-shaped, large cotton cushions that offer great style and support. This makes them an adorable choice to make your home decor look warmer and cozier. Place them in your balconies, bedrooms, favourite lounge areas and living room too…the options are plenty. In addition to having a variety of colours and designs, we also offer custom floor cushions so you can be the boss of your own design.

Floor Cushions, Rugs in living room

Give your decor the winter upgrade that will assure praises galore! Choose from our handwoven, cotton products that promise style and sustainability. Own your piece of Thoppia and let your decor shine through.

Fixing the Patterns vs Colour Block dilemma

One usually misses out among the many things while dressing up a house or space. An important factor among these is to find a fulfilling union between colours, textures, and patterns. Home decor is a sneaky yet relatively simple game. A little splash here, flowy texture there, and you can end up with a personalized look that elevates your bare walls and dull furniture.

The secret here is to figure out if you have a soft spot for colour blocks or patterns. Add that to the marvel of the colour-wheel and designs. Stir it up, and you may have just begun brewing a beautiful look. 

We will help you navigate these little, yet essential decisions in your theme sooner than you can say “visual balance.” Let’s step in

Incorporating patterns

If used smartly, patterns can be fun, innovative additions that uplift the vibe of your home. If you have empty, vacant spots around the house, patterns can make startling changes to make it look intimate and friendly.

While incorporating patterns, you need to be looking for ways to make layers. Layer your patterns using different styles and scales. A patterned couch or bed-sheet can do good with another layer of patterns in their cushions or rugs.

Suppose you have neutral no-nonsense furniture, geometric patterns like Aztec designs, stripes, and checks and easily invite colours and depth to the room. Prints often look their best on curtains, pillows, cushions, and throws.

Pair your large patterns with similar but smaller patterns. Follow the larger scheme and include a compact, tinier, or lighter version of the same. Thick stripes on table runners do well with muted stripes in complementary colours in the form of table mats or pot-holders.

Got a textured/patterned wall? Try matching its primary shade with the curtains, bedspreads, or covers. This makes it look very organized, contemporary, and sleek.

Lastly, don’t let rules hold you back. If you feel like rainbows and brushstrokes, then combine them by all means!

Incorporating colour blocks 

colourblocks do everything to your home that drab, off-white home decor refuses to. It fits well with any theme you choose to welcome. They are generous with small spaces and contribute to making it look more spacious too.

Monochrome colours are a brave choice. Here, you pick a primary hue and match your home accessories with the closest shades and tints you find. A beige couch can help caramel brown curtains to come alive. Similarly, dull grey tiles in the washroom can be spruced up with black bath towels.

If you want a colour to shout attention, arrange your decor scheme in monochrome and add a loud splash of bright colour from either a cold or warm palette. The surprise element lies in its ability to stand out from the contextual crowd. Think: yellow in a room of browns, green in a place of whites and greys…and so on.

Trust the colour wheel. Visual balance, through the viewpoint of design, is indeed achieved when colours reach a harmonious equilibrium. Analogous colours help the best when trying to identify a suitable palette for the room.

Pick a theme (warm/cool/earthy/glam) and select one primary, eye-catching colour from the category. Look around for analogous colours that lie adjacent and pick what feels right. Trust your gut.

While popular palettes are all over the internet, it can seem intimidating. Our recommendation? Use mood boards for inspiration if you’d like but always pick the product that speaks to you best. If you feel your pinks go better with the blue than the peaches, then we say you are spot on! Don’t forget to have fun with your space.

How to pick Curtains for Every Wall

It is astonishing that such a small piece of furnishing makes such a huge impact on our homes. A simple thing such as curtains often gets neglected and is hardly given any thought. Curtains make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of the room when they are curated perfectly. Complementing your home décor and the elements in your room make your home all the more beautiful as the whole. 

Analyze Room Elements

Paying attention to details about any theme that may be running in the room or the colors and shades of your interiors like the rugs, cushions, furniture, etc. are key focal points to take note of. As colors make a significant impact on the ambiance of the room, it is also important to note the color palettes that are already present in the room to turn things around and make it a feast for the eyes. Choosing the right color of curtains for your home transforms the entire look of the room depending on the shade of the wall.

Different Wall Types

Full White Walls

White walls are blank canvases that carry the potential of being a masterpiece. Narrowing down on your color tones for your curtains is easy when you have white walls. The way forward for white walls is to choose solid colors for curtains that complement your room. You can always go monochromatic by choosing different tones of the same shade by layering them. On the other hand, you can also design your interiors to reflect different shades to bring a sense of peace and serenity to the room as well. The advantage of having a white wall is that it is going to make the room look bigger than usual. Using dark tones for your curtains help you dial down the bright tones and contrast the room which is helpful to highlight any elements in the room.

Beige Tone Walls

Choosing softer shades of blues and greys for your curtains, work wonders on beige walls. And in case your furniture and interiors are also beige or neutral, you can use cushions that are turquoise or blue and match them with the curtains to add a pleasing look. White sheers paneled with browns drapes are another favorite to complement a monochromatic beige wall. For dual tones and contrasts, bluish-green tones are your go-to option. The blues and greens of your curtains add a beachy vibe and a calming effect to everyone who walks into your home. For lighter beige tones, using solid maroons with golden lining may be some options for you to explore.

Colorful Walls

There are a few general guiding principles that will help you choose the right color for your curtains. For walls with single tones, you can simply choose to layer them with similar shades or contrast it with complementary colors. Choosing the right colors for your interiors bring an aura to the room. Colors like soft turquoise bring a sense of harmony and peace to the mind. And Layering your bedroom walls and curtains with pale pink palettes bring a calming effect for a quiet relaxation.

Depending on the number of shades you want your room to gleam, you can decide on various complementary colors to welcome energy into the room. Using yellow curtains over turquoise walls, maroon curtains with mustard walls or brown curtains for walls painted in olive green are a few examples that you can try out. You can also choose to match your curtains with elements in the room like paintings, rugs, or cushions, etc. to highlight them. There are many combinations of color that one can experiment and get creative with to bring the right feeling into their homes.

Walls With Textures or Patterns

Opt for solid curtains to complement the wallpaper in your rooms that are filled with designs and patterns. Hanging solid curtains with some beautiful solid weaves for your window treatments will make your home a bliss. When deciding on the color of the curtain, you can draw inspiration from the base coat of the wallpaper design to keep the prints and patterns as the focus. You wouldn’t want to over-do your living room with designs on every furnishing as this would distract the attention and make the room look a bit clumsy. Keeping it simple and sticking to solids for your curtains is sure to bring a pleasing effect that calms the mind.

Dark Walls

Dark walls capsulate an ocean of opportunities for combining beauty and elegance together. Depending on the look you want to go for, you can choose to layer darker shades to blend in with the room, or contrast it with complementary shades of the wall. There are advantages to both, having dark curtains in a dark room make it a bit more closed-in for a feeling of coziness and comfort. Whereas, using lighter shades of grey or whites for your curtains will help draw the eyes towards the window treatment and focus their attention elsewhere. And if you are an avid color lover, choosing curtains in the shades of mustard, gold or tangerines are sure to uplift and enhance your space and reflect a sense of pure elegance.

Curtains or Blinds – what works best in each room

There are numerous ways to style your home and give the windows the treatment they deserve. Choosing the right windows treatments for your home spruce up your style statement and bring a fresh new look. And of the different styles of window treatments that are available, the most popularly known types of window treatments are the Blinds and Fabric Curtains.

Window treatments are all around us, we have all been acquitted with several styles like curtains, blinds, blackout drapes at different places like homes, restaurants, offices, etc. However, we hardly spend any time in exploring these styles and understanding the differences. While we may feel that the only major difference is light control, privacy, etc, there is so much more to it than just that. Be it the cost of installing the window treatments, the way it is used or handled, or the ability to control the light that comes into the home. Different window treatments bring a different flavor by themselves.

Difference b/w Blinds and Fabric Curtains

When we look at the differences between the two types of curtains, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably the cost they entail. In terms of affordability, blinds tend to cost a little less in the long run as the costs only comprise of the initial setup and installation. However, the costs tend to vary depending on the material used in the slats of the blinds. Slats that are made of wood would cost much higher compared to vinyl or plastic which are cheap but not environment-friendly. On the other hand, cotton curtains are fairly affordable and eco-friendly as well. In terms of the light control, fabric curtains provide a minute amount of light when closed, as opposed to blinds that shut out every bit depending on the material used for the slats. In terms of handling, learning how to use blinds might take time and may seem difficult initially. While fabric curtains on the other hand are universally used and hence are easier to handle.

Living room

It is a common sight to see curtains as window treatments in the living rooms of most Indian homes. Of course, there will be a stark difference in this for homes with a western twist or modern styling since both these window treatments have a distinct purpose. While the treatments may seem peculiar to the place you travel to or stay in, they are generally styled with a specific purpose in mind. Depending on the usage, cost, and visual appeals, most people opt for fabric curtains for their living rooms as opposed to blinds. While professionals in their work environment, office buildings, or board rooms would prefer using blinds for their window treatment. For a home setting, it is advisable to opt-in for fabric curtains as are more comfortable and soothing to the eyes when you gaze into the outside spaces from your windows.

Bedroom

Known to be the sacred spaces of every home, privacy plays an important role in the bedrooms of our homes. When it comes to privacy, blinds are best suitable as they completely block out the light once they are shut. However, since blinds use an impermeable material, unlike fabrics which use a porous material that allows some amount of light. Fabric Curtains become a favorite in a bedroom where you want to set a relaxing vibe that calms the mind. Also, fabric curtains provide a unique aura through its beautiful intricate designs and weaves that allow the sunlight to gleam through during the day. They also do a fair job of shielding the light when closed to take care of your privacy concerns as well.

Kids room

The most fun place to decorate is the kids’ room. Creating a space filled with color is an exhilarating experience that can be complemented with both curtains or blinds for window treatments. While blinds offer lesser creative options unless you invest some money to customize them, curtains give you an exhaustive list of opportunities to play around with fabric, colors, design, prints, etc to create the necessary vibe for your children to feel comfortable. Another aspect that needs to be mentioned is the ease of use. You would not want your kids to hurt themselves by playing with the blinds and possibly damage them as they are a bit delicate and could fall apart if not handled carefully. It is sensible to install fabric curtains to avoid causing harm to your children because of blinds as they are easier to handle and have little or no chance of causing any harm to your little ones. And not just that but curating fabric curtains with the right design patterns, and the right choice of colors is sure to add a fun vibe for your children to enjoy.

How to incorporate tropical colours for winter decor

If you find yourself curling your toes inside warm blankets just before sunrise, then know for sure that the winter is here. When we say winter, we mean gloomy mornings, cold floors and colours that really don’t inspire the positivity you had a few months ago.

This is usually where we’d recommend a change of tones in home decor. But, at Thoppia, we believe in making the best out of what we have. A little inspiration and hint of colour from your summer wardrobe may just be what you are looking for – a lasting mood fix. 

What does incorporating tropical colours for winter really mean? Think warm. Colours, in any space, tends to evoke certain emotions in the brain. Warm colours like reds, oranges and yellows are known to make a room look cozier and more homely. Here are a few ways you can try this out:

Curtains and Blinds

Trust the ability of a fabric to brighten up your space. Curtains and blinds, if chosen well, can make the room look a whole lot more homely and comforting. Since they are a primary source of colour employed in a room or space, it helps to invest in a good set of curtains at all times.

There are a plethora of options today: sheer, solid curtains, patterned curtains, curtains with lining, cloth blinds and more. What helps best is to use a combination of two or more kinds of colours and/or textures to add dimension to your decor.

Winter days and nights often mean gloomy days and cold nights. A suggestion here to seek out options that offer style and functionality in one. Sheer curtains are great for a sunny, tropical vibe. It allows for ventilation and light. Solid curtains and cloth blinds, on the other hand, are insulating and keep snuggly.

Colours and patterns

To incorporate tropical colours means to strategically place your personality on the couches while at the same time shooing away any dampening winter mood. Popular tropical palettes include yellows and oranges, blues and greens, pastels, shades of just one colour or going crazy with many.

Warm tones are the keywords here. Anything that reminds you of bright summer mornings or the cool breeze of spring is the colour you should go for.

Patterns are tricky to choose from. Small patterns are best suited for small spaces as they make it appear more spacious. Patterns can also mean what you have going, in terms of textures. A well-balanced look comes to life even beyond just the upholstery.

Using small green plants and saplings around your room also contributes greatly to a welcoming tropical vibe.

This, however, doesn’t disregard the fun of big and bold prints. Tropical prints paired with pastel colours form a great balance. Don’t let convention hold you back!

Rugs and Throws

Here is a life hack that’ll keep your home decor on-trend, while at the same time keeping you from the cold. Rugs and throws ar ultimate winter saviours and hence, it only makes sense to have to lay in your space right in time for the winter shivers.

Throws look best when complemented with our couch colours and/or the overall theme of the room. Try to pair throws with cushion covers, curtains or rugs. You can do this by either picking similar fabric or choosing colours that closely match.

Mutes shades and rugs go really well. This doesn’t mean that they are in the shadows but are rather a silent hand to help balance your styling. The presence of muted shades also ensures a sense of permanence and groundedness. Nude, earthy tones with specks of colours do the job just as well.

Ideas to decorate(or design) your home with Fabric

We are careful and sometimes very particular about certain things in our homes. We spend a lot of time thinking about how to redesign our homes to reflect our personalities. While the task of redesigning the home may seem tedious, there are a few ways in which you can use fabric to reflect your style.

Fabric is an affordable smart tool to harness when you want to style your home interiors with the look you desire. It is a piece of art by itself that has been trialed and tested to bring much delight to many homes.  With a vast range of fabrics so easily available the way you use them to style your home is only limited to your creativity.

Design & Style

The first step to styling is to decide on the look that you are going for. Once you have a consensus, you can start narrowing down on the colors, designs, and patterns of the material. Just plains or solid colors are sure to leave a subtleness to the room without distracting your attention, while some design patterns like florals, prints, or Aztecs, are sure to attract some attention in the room.

Living Room Ideas

Fabrics can work wonders as decorative pieces. Some of the ways to use them in the living room could be to sew a nice cover for your bolster cushion and add them to your couch. And if you are an art lover, you can frame fabrics that have fine hand-block prints or weave patterns that fascinate you or reflect your personality.

Hanging some beautiful fabrics placed in embroidery hoops on your walls is sure to enhance the look of the room and speak volumes in terms of interior design. You could also frame pieces of fabric and display them as decorative items on your walls. And if you are someone who likes to spend time sewing your own home décor; magazine baskets, hanging pocket organizers and utility baskets are some fabric DIY projects you could explore. Making embroidery over some plain fabrics and framing them could be a fun way to display your hidden talent.

Dining & Kitchen

The Dining & Kitchen areas have great potential when it comes to fabric home decors. Be it a coaster, table runners, or table mats, you could select a piece of fabric and get sewing. Of course, you can always buy them straight off of a home furnishings store down the road or online. Or, you could choose to get creative in customizing the shapes and sizes.

Another creative use of fabric could be to line it over the food tray or sew a cover for your dining chair to restyle them into unique pieces of furniture. If you have an open kitchen, lining your kitchen cabinets with design fabric is sure to add contrast to your dinnerware and uplift the look of your kitchen.

Bedroom, Balcony & Outdoor Spaces

From the fabric of the curtains to the lampshades at the bedside, there are many elements in the bedroom that can showcase your style. If you are someone that fancies bolster or custom-sized cushions, you can use some beautiful fabric to stitch up covers for them. Covering a plain old photo frame on the study table with some fabric is sure to enhance its look. 

An outdoor setup could be a fun project to work on when you have the right tools and ideas. You could decorate your patio with plant hammocks made out of fabric, use fabric covered bulletin boards in your study room, or even add a hanging book storage unit to give your home a new makeover. Adding a bed skirt or using sheer fabrics to make a bedroom canopy is surely going to add an aura to the room.

We have understood that there are many ways you can use fabric to enhance the look of your home. We have shared a few ideas that could be the answer to your much-needed remodelling project. Or these pointers could be the starting point for a new makeover. The key to styling your home is to start without hesitation and change without restrictions. Let the creativity in you flow into your home. Happy Designing!

Sustainable Fabrics for a Conscious Home

The Eco-friendly movement is not a new concept anymore. It is catching up with the world quite quickly, as many people are opting for organic alternatives for their lifestyle needs. The real deal about this movement is in making a conscious decision to live sustainably and choosing products that don’t take a toll on our planet, or its resources.

The movement to sustainable living isn’t a far-fetched dream, as many households are adapting to sustainable and eco-friendly living. While everyone desires to make their homes look more stylish and modern, many conscious manufacturers are meeting these needs by providing natural alternatives for people’s needs. Caring for the planet is all the more important now, than ever before because global warming and climate change are becoming the real problems of today.

You might wonder how you and your household can be a part of the solution here. And there’s good news for that, we can all change the course of history by welcoming a few adjustments to our lifestyle. One of the immediate and easy adjustments is to switch to natural fabrics at home. Some of these natural fabrics listed below are great alternatives to the synthetic fabrics that you generally buy.

Naturally Produced Fabrics

Linen

Linen, a popular fabric known to stay stiff for several hours once pressed is a favourite among many who like light, crisp, and stiff fabrics. The eco-friendly fabric is obtained by processing flax plants, which is a sustainable plant that doesn’t need much water for its growth. Unlike other fabrics, Linen has a very good moisture-absorbing property and hence comes in handy for clothing and home furnishings. Its property to absorb moisture and dry it away quickly makes it a worthy clothing material for the summers.

Jute

One of the most well-known organic fabrics that are easily available is Jute. Its sturdy nature makes it the multipurpose fabric that is used in many home furnishings like bags, table cloths, pouches, picnic cloths, sackcloth, etc. Jute is an excellent example of fabrics that can be grown without the use of any fertilizers or pesticides. A fascinating fact about it is that it can be harvested in six months with a great yield in any small piece of land. Jute is extremely sustainable and eco-friendly as it absorbs atmospheric carbon-di-oxide and releases oxygen at a much higher rate than most tall trees. It’s bio-degradable nature makes it an easily compostable and recyclable fabric of its kind. This eco-friendly natural fabric makes sustainable living an easy switch and makes us immediate agents of change.

Cotton

The most common fabric that is naturally grown and used a lot is cotton. Known to be the biggest contributor of fabrics for clothing lines and home furnishings, it is estimated to comprise 60% of the world’s clothing. What makes this natural fabric so special is its property to suit every skin in every season.

Cotton being hypoallergenic in nature makes it a fabric that’s free of rashes from pollutants and suitable for all age groups in all parts of the world. Also, there isn’t any season that restricts you from using cotton clothing or home furnishings. The comfort and breathability that cotton offers makes it a suitable fabric for every season all year long. The fabric’s soft, gentle, feel to the body makes it an all-time favourite among many around the world. Cotton is no doubt a winner in the world of natural fabrics and holds a special place in every heart.

Bamboo

Wouldn’t it be amazing to find a soft, smooth natural fabric that’s similar to silk? Well, that’s something that fits the bill for a fabric made out of bamboo. This eco-friendly fabric is easily available, uses less water, and doesn’t need any pesticides or fertilizers. Its antimicrobial properties make it a fabric that is most loved by people who have allergies or skin conditions. Its nature to provide protection against UV radiation makes it a favourite among many who have sensitive skin too. This highly durable fabric is eco-friendlier and more recyclable than others. Its natural ability to prevent odour is an added advantage for sweaty workout sessions and hot summer days. Overall, it is a superb substitute to synthetically made fabrics as it is entirely biodegradable.

While the synthetic fabric may be cost-effective and much cheaper than natural fabric. The benefits of choosing a natural fabric outweigh the costs of giving you a better lifestyle.

Benefits of Natural Fabrics

Most things that are manufactured commercially are not good for the body. Some products even cause a lot of irritation and damage to our bodies on using them. Chemically treated fabrics are known to harm the body, especially the ones with sensitive skin. However, unlike the synthetically manufactured fabric, naturally grown fibers used in fabrics are known to suit all skin types.

The benefit of choosing a naturally grown fabric material is that you become a champion of the environment and an agent of change. In choosing a natural alternative to synthetic fabrics, you welcome a healthy atmosphere. Unlike the synthetically grown fabrics, natural fabrics are biodegradable and cause much less harm in the manufacturing process. And even when you dispose of them after its rugged use, the material causes no harm to the environment as it is biodegradable.

By swapping out the synthetically manufactured fabric to something that’s naturally grown; You not only bring delight to the environment and your skin. But also contribute to the livelihood of many dedicated weavers and handloom workers. They are respected heroes of age-old traditions who are committed in keeping different art forms alive through their efforts. The impact you make as a consumer to swap out synthetic materials to natural ones is huge. And while you are at it, it is all the more important for you to make others known about these natural fabrics so that we all live life sustainably.

Design Ideas for a Small Living Room

Everyone loves to stay at a home that is well organized to just laze around and sit. And there are all kinds of homes that we live in. Sometimes we may not get the best bargain and end up compromising on the space and find difficulty in organizing the furniture in the house. After a tired day of work, everybody sure wants to just relax and rest in a comfortable place. And imagine you could create that space of rest and relaxation at home without having to dread the way things are in the home. Most people wouldn’t appreciate a cramped and cluttered room that needs organizing and cleaning. Nonetheless, what can we do to change this? How do we manage the space in the house? And how do we go around getting the right furniture for the house – Are some things that we will be addressing here.

Debunking Mysteries to Save Space

Fasten your seatbelts and ride along as we debunk the mysteries of saving space and getting organized. Be advised that these tips and ideas might bring you an uncontrollable excitement and joy to take the plow and clear the plight. Let us dive in.

Colors and Mirror

Colors play a vital role in the visual appeal of the room. Be it a small or a big room, the colors that we use affect the light that comes into it. You can choose to use this light to your advantage to either brighten or dim the room. It is advisable to avoid using dark shades for the walls as they may not be of help in brightening up the room, however, they are great at damping the light in case you need a dim damp look. On the other hand, the use of lighter shades and pastels are sure to light up to every corner and brighten the room. And the advantage of a bright room is that it makes the room look a bit bigger.

Another famous trick up the sleeve is the use of mirrors. Placing a cluster of regular-sized mirrors to form a large one or using a large mirror itself makes the room seem big. And not just that, this little trick also brings a lot of light into the room as even a little amount of light gets reflected by the mirror throughout the room. Better yet, place one large mirror right opposite to a window and it will surely make an optical illusion of another one on the other side too, making the room look more airy and spacious.

Switch to Space Saving Furniture

Space saving furniture

Small living spaces constrain you to limited furniture and could be a turn-off when you want to have people over for meals and get-together parties. Swapping the traditional large sofas and tea tables for something more compact is sure to accommodate more people in the room.

Nesting side tables, floor cushions, and multi-purpose Ottomans that can be used as a tea table with tray, storage for sudden declutter, and a comfortable seat to sit are some options that are a sure yes when the space in the room isn’t your best friend. Using stools that go under the tea table is also a great way to make the room look more spacious.

Go Vertical on Shelves and Storage

It is hard to fit everything into a small room when you own a lot of stuff and don’t know where to put them. Though the task of parting with some stuff may be heart-breaking, here is a clever way to organize your stuff and hide them in plain sight. Cabinets at the ceiling height are a good option for these instances of clutter storage, it is all the more better when you camouflage them with the color of the wall paint, making it hard to notice.

Space saving furitures

Most people paint their walls in plain colors, which is good. However, you can get a bit creative with some artwork and vinyl to draw the attention of people to the walls and not the space in general. Which then adds to the overall appearance of the room.

Another way to use space wisely is to go vertical with storage cabinets or standing shelves. Often, people tend to restrict the shelves to a certain height. However, don’t make that mistake as going all the way to the top is sure to make some extra room for clutter or storage, which is again a clever way of using space.

Item-in, Item-out Mantra

In our adventure to tear-down and redesign the living room. There is a strict mantra that we must consider for it to be the same lovely room that you imagined and designed. The ‘Item-In Item-out’ mantra. This is probably the most important thing that will help you in the long run.

With our spending habits natural leaning towards making the most of the deals that we can’t turn down. Buying and hoarding stuff becomes a challenge. Though some of these items may add value and bring finesse to the room. It is better to always think on the lines of ‘item-in item-out’, which means that you intentionally think about replacing an object in the room before you buy another. This mantra goes a long way as it helps you avoid adding to the clutter that is already there.

And honestly, all of us love it when our homes look modern. Which is a compelling reason enough to buy that pretty lampshade, the wall decor, or a fancy showpiece that’ll look great on the side tables. However, when you make that decision to upgrade, think of what you are going to replace it with, and then go ahead with your purchase. Else, you are more likely to hoard stuff that you never needed in the first place and find difficulty in making room for it.

Happy Remodeling!

Make the most of the time that you have at hand because you never know when you will get it back. Take the time out to redesign and give your living space a new look. Let this excuse of self-isolation be a worthwhile use of your time and the added advantage of making your living room a home again. All the best with your remodeling efforts, and yes there is never a space that you can’t tame. So go all out and move things around to make the most of the space that you already have. Happy Remodelling!

Choosing a curtain for Spring season

Every season calls for a change. It is an excuse to make our surroundings and home look new again. There are many ways you could make the home look new. Simple things like rearranging the furniture, or changing covers of cushions, or even simply changing the curtains that are draped on the windows and doors are a great way to bring change to your home.

Drape to bring the spring

And when you think of curtains. What curtains to get this season might be a question you are stuck with. With the smell of freshness right around the corner and new flowers blooming all around us. It’s time to change up and drape some cotton sheers perhaps or get some nice cotton curtain going on the door frames. Well if you are thinking about it, you’d be surprised to know that there are multiple types of curtains and curtain fabrics to choose from. And If you are someone who is wondering how to go about choosing the right curtains for this season, just relax, because we’re here to help choose the right curtains to drape and welcome the season of Spring this year.

Elements to keep an eye on

Well, understanding the purpose behind choosing a particular type of curtain. Should help narrow down a few options here. And picking the right one that adds to the class and finesse to your home is something we’ll learn. But, before we venture straight into the type of curtains, we need to remember to consider some things. Like, the overall look of the room, the color, wallpapers if any, the amount of lighting you need in the room and etc.

Once you have an idea about the overall look and feel of the room. It is easier to boil down to a few options with colors as such. And among the many curtain types that are out there. Solid curtains are always a favorite and the safest option. However, choosing the right shade for the curtain is important too. A little lesson on color psychology will help you get the right vibes going around at home. So, let’s read and explore some. 

Color color, which color do I choose?

The color Red activates energy and appetite, and hence many would advise you to use red curtains in the kitchen and dining area to get the energy going. The color Red is meant to enhance the expression of the emotions. While orange is more comforting to the eye and plays a role in bringing in a rejuvenating spirit. Yellow on the other hand, brings a sense of relaxation and an aura of comfort to build friendships. So if you are someone who loves having guests over quite often, yellow is the go to color for the living room space to get chatty in your comfort zone.

The Blue and Green hues are known to bring some relaxing peaceful vibes to your tired self. And makes a good fit in the bedroom for a time of rest and relaxation in the night. Light brown on the other hand is known to increase your concentration level when it is complemented with bright interior accents. Purple curtains are meant to pop the bright interior elements in the room and make the room come alive and energised, while Pink promotes tenderness and intimacy in relationships. So choosing the right colors are sure to help get the right vibes going.

Curtain styles

Choosing the right colors might take some significant time. However, it is equally important to dwell in the type of curtain that you want as well. From Solids to sheers to black-out drapes, different curtains have different functions to perform and have different ways of weaving the curtain of your choice. Solids are by far the safest option as they don’t involve any designs or patterns. However, when considering solid curtains it is always advisable to choose a color that is darker than the walls to blend with the interiors or choose white or beige if you don’t want the curtains to be the focal point of the room.

In rooms that you want light to invade the space and make it airy, sheers are a great option to choose. Sheers unlike the solids provide both privacy as well a view of the other side. With its nature to provide optimum amount of light. Sheers welcome the right amount of light into the room to make it airy and bright during the day.

Featuring: Slub Sheer Sunflower Yellow and Papaya Peach curtains.

The Black-Out drapes on the other hand are used to block the light from entering the room. Also it does the job of keeping the room cozy as it blocks out the cold breeze from entering. However, Black-Out drapes come in a satin or silk fabric making the room look a bit more royal. But if you are someone looking for a cotton casual look and yet want a black-out curtain. Thoppia has options of customizing the cotton curtains with a lining to transform it into a black-out drape, giving you the casual comfortable look of 100% cotton while blocking the light. 

Well, there is always something for the artistic mind in you. You can always get creative to choose curtains that have some patterns or designs weaved or printed onto them. This adds a unique look to the room unlike the plain solids or sheers. Speaking of sheers, you can always layer your curtain with a combination of sheers and solid or blackout to keep the casual classy look going.

Fabric Weave

Different types of weaves give you a different look and feel of the Curtain’s material that you choose. For all the lovers of 100% cotton, there are various weaves that you can choose from at Thoppia to give the look you desire for your home. Chambray being one of the popular ones, is a plain weave of cotton fabric that’s made of dyed yarn and white filling yarn. And because of this beautiful plain weave, you are sure to get pleasing fabric that is easy on the eyes. 

While the white welts of the Chambray are visible on the cotton fabric, thoppia offers another cotton fabric called the Textura. Which is again a plain weave of the dyed yarn and some white filling yarn. However, the white filling is not as visible as it is in a Chambray fabric. The Textura gives you the color that lies between the Chambray and a solid. The solid curtains are a plain weave too. However, it is weaved with the same dyed yarn vertically and horizontally, which gives it a uniform look and color throughout. The way any fabric is weaved plays a significant role in the way it looks and feels. A uniform solid curtain will give you a tightly packed fabric that captures a solid color throughout while the Chambray and Textura will give a different feel which some adore. 

Textura Cotton Curtain Wind Chime White
Textura Cotton Curtain Fog Beige

Well, it is surprising how much one can learn about curtains and fabric. We can go all day reading tons of books on it and still not find our cups filled with knowledge. However, to choose the best cotton fabric and furnishing. It is vital that you touch and feel the fabric. Thankfully, Thoppia has an option to send swatches your way. If you fancy a cotton curtain and want to customise it. Knowing what to get is half the battle won, the other half is to set it up once you get it.

Happy curtaining!

Paving Cozy Comfort Spaces at Home through Floor Cushions

Running out of creative ideas to upgrade your furniture for a classy casual look? Well, here’s some suggestion that’ll not just give your home a new look and feel, but also make it very easy on your pocket. Transform your living spaces with floor cushions and pillows to get that classy and comfortable feel at home. With a few rugs, a coffee table and custom floor cushions. You can escape the traditional living room setup to unconventional these times moving your furniture around would be a daunting task isn’t it? Floor cushions come handy to rescue you in these situations, as they can be tossed and moved around with such ease. They are so easy to carry and move when you have switch places or need the large floor space to play any game.

Planning a lazy brunch at home is with some of your close friends is always a craving of the weekends. Catching up with each other over some wine, toast and sausages is sure a delight. And we’re sure that at these instances the dining area might not be the best casual setup to look forward to. Getting out the floor cushions for people to enjoy a nice brunch is definitely going to be a bliss to make memories count. So go ahead and get some floor cushion to enjoy a chill casual catch up brunch.

Every home has ardent readers who often adjust to different positions for comfort while reading. They can spend all day going through the pages of their favorite book sometimes. Some even change up and move to the floor from the bed or sofa depending on the most comfortable posture at that time. At instances like these floor pillows in the rooms of the house makes it easy for your passionate readers to transition to different spaces of comfort without having to disturb their flow and enjoy a pleasant time. So much so that the reader’s eyes are filled with the joy of finishing the book.

Be it just lazing around, watching some TV or reading a book. Floor cushions are a superb replacement to the chairs and study tables. It is a restful furnishing for you to lose track of time in the world of books and entertainment. Floor cushions make a great fit when you want to grab a cup of coffee and read your favorite book, watch a TV series or have a casual catch up with friends. You can simply relax and rest on the cushions in your comfortable space, while your coffee brews. With a comfortable seating space, you can say goodbye to the rusty chairs or your traditional furniture. And get cozy on the floor cushions, while you read away, watch movies, chill and have fun with family.

A guide to Eco-friendly Living – Changes you can make to live an eco friendly life

The World we know, brings us such joy on a sunny morning and puts us off when things like climate change and global warming are alarming its survival. But questions like what can I do? and how big of an impact can I make? Are something that everyone is asking. The good news however is that there is hope if we act now. Every little act of kindness towards our environment, seen or unseen contributes to a healthy world tomorrow. Which perhaps our children will get to see if not in our lifetime.

When we care for the world, the world cares for us

There are so many different ways in which we can be the agents of change in our little spheres of influence. Be it bringing awareness amidst our neighbourhood or participating in ecological drives. We can do a lot to help the environment. I am sure we would enjoy a nice boat ride in clean waters, or a stroll in a lush green path. And there are places like these that are so beautiful just a stone’s throw away. We can just look around our surroundings and see so much potential around us. Things will get better for sure, however they start from us, they start from home… Here are some ways to start small at home for a big bright world tomorrow.

Curbing Air pollution

Amid all the choking polluted roads in India, the need to switch to electric vehicles has been a perpetual cry of many. Till a time when cars that run on water become a reality, which isn’t too far either. We can make a difference in switching our set of wheels to an eco-friendly, electric vehicle. And by choosing a car that gives out lower emissions than others. We don’t only enjoy a comfortable commute but also become the agents of change to the environmental air pollution.

Fighting Plastic

Now with a ban on single use plastics, the growing need for an eco-friendly alternative has always been on the rise. Well, this is how you can make a difference in this sphere. Carrying your own bags for your groceries or shopping is sure to help curb pollution caused by single use plastic bags. Which either end up in a landfill for thousands of years or cause harmful pollutants in the air for being burnt. And here’s a simple solution to avoid these single use plastics. Look around and either find a bag at home to carry stuff or invest in a nice tote bag from Thoppia. Tote bags are a great replacement for this ecological menace and puts you at a better place in the spectrum of solutions.

Saving Paper

Did you know that everytime a ream of paper is used up, a 22ft tall tree is cut down? Alarming isn’t it? One of the main reasons for cutting down trees is the production of paper. The answer to such a problem is to simply reduce the use of paper. And how to do that is to recycle, reevaluate and restrict. Recycling used paper instead of trashing them is a good way of caring for the environment. Sometimes we get so caught up and misuse paper by printing it only on one side, reevaluating this practice and making sure we use both sides is something we can think through. Also making sure that we print paper only when it is deemed necessary will definitely bring down the utilization of paper and in turn deforestation.

Clever Lighting & Conserving Resources

The use of electricity has become the norm both in the rural and urban setup. The primary source of generating electricity has been by burning coal and other fossil fuels. Which, not only emits harmful pollutants in the air but also depletes our non-renewable resources. Reducing the amount of power consumed at home could help in slowing down the depletion of coal and other fossil fuels. Designing homes for natural lighting could possibly reduce the use of electricity during the day. Using solar water heaters to heat water could be a step further to conserving energy. By reducing the cost of heating water for hot showers, and implementing clever lighting solutions, the money saved over the long term is quite significant and also energy saving.

Cleaning with Cloth

Speaking of paper. At homes, the use of a kitchen cloth over paper towels helps reduce the cutting of trees for paper. Using kitchen cloths to clean up after cooking, is a fine replacement for the regular paper towels. A helpful tip, is to make your own kitchen cloth by recycling an old piece of clothing that you don’t fit into anymore. You can cut them to different sizes for different purposes, that way you don’t have to spend money on paper or on the kitchen cloth itself. Consequently, you are sure to end up with a smile on your face for being part of the change.

Being Water Wise

The depletion of water has been a problem for many years now. We can take little steps to save it by simply installing a rain-water harvesting unit at home. And also using recycled water for flushing toilets or irrigating your little garden and plants are some ways of becoming a water savior. Showering instead of baths in a tub or bucket baths instead of showering are things that we can do wisely decrease the consumption of water while taking a bath. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth is another little tip that might seem small but goes a long way in saving the environment.

Waste Management

One of the most common and easy ways to take the plunge of sustainable living is to simply start by segregating waste. There are so many things that we bin before actually taking a second look for its reuse or up-cycle. Take for instance old wine bottles, we don’t even give a second thought to trashing them. Though they are potential decorative items at homes and restaurants. Giving away recyclable material to the recycling mart rather than to mix it up with other waste is a wise move of sustainable living. Separating the dry and wet waste helps speed up the recycling process and goes a long way in avoiding the contamination of landfills. And in case you are someone who enjoys gardening and has plants around the house. Wet waste can be your go-to ingredient to make compost for your plants at home. Recent innovations in waste management technology have brought out durable material that is made out of waste itself. Using these cleverly designed materials brings a full cycle to the balance in nature and reduces the consumption of natural resources. Which in turn reduces the amount of waste that is generated.

Using Sustainable Material

We are often drawn to get the best of things for our home. Leather and marble from Italy, wooden furniture made of teak, and so on. Some homes settle for low-cost materials at home by adopting objects made of plastic. However, using sustainable material for your home is the new mantra. Sourcing locally and purchasing durable material will not only save you money in the long run but also take away a great deal of environmental stress off of the planet. Durable organic materials like cotton, jute, bamboo, and clay are some of the best alternatives to plastic that contribute to the well-being of the planet.

Be the Agents of Change

The cost of environmentally friendly materials or fittings for your home might be expensive initially. However, the long-term savings will far outweigh the initial cost. The cost of living is rising, so be conscious of your decisions in the home and save our planet. A practice toward saving the environment today will become a habit tomorrow and make you a recipient, of a clean and green environment. So why wait, let’s start now. Change is good when it starts at home. Maybe you could start with one little thing today, and who knows how big of an impact it could bring in the neighbourhood and the world around us? Just like the saying – “little drops that make a great ocean”, the little changes we make today will bear great fruit tomorrow.

So act, and become the agents of change that we need today. Live an eco-friendly life that leaves a legacy for generations to follow. Happy Eco-Living!

Reasons to get a bed sheet made of 100% pure cotton

If we were to ask you whether you slept well last night, what would your answer be? If it’s a yes, that’s lovely and we are happy for you. If it’s a no, it’s still okay and we understand how you must be feeling. If you don’t sleep well for a night, you know how it affects your mood the next day. Who doesn’t love uninterrupted sleep, after all? And it is best enjoyed with the right bedding. But finding that, can sometimes be tricky.

When it comes to bedsheets, you need one that is comfortable and breathable. So you can sleep well, and wake up fresh. While also something that is easy as pie to care for. And what better than 100% pure cotton bedsheets?

‘As soft as cotton’

You must have heard or read this phrase somewhere, some time in your life. Cotton is naturally considered as something soft, and so are cotton fabrics. Even more so when they are totally made of cotton. 100% pure cotton – without any blending – means the most softness.

A 100% pure cotton bedsheet is skin-friendly and comfortable, while also being dust-mite resistant. With hypoallergenic qualities, it reduces the chance of any skin allergies. It does not irritate the skin. If you have very sensitive skin or skin that’s prone to allergies, then a bed sheet like this must be yours.

Lets your skin ‘breathe’

Nobody likes to sleep on a bedsheet that feels heavy. Even in the winter, we would like to have some breathing space as we sleep, and not sweat. Cotton is a natural, light and breathable material.

100 percent pure cotton bedsheets will absorb your body heat, to the max. Which helps you stay cool and dry throughout your sleep. Hello, happy summer days and nights! But they are also great for the winter, as they absorb and retain the body heat – keeping you warm. Hey there, happy winters! Opt for natural ventilation while you sleep, and let your skin breathe.

Simpler to care for

Unlike other synthetic bedsheets like polyester, 100% cotton bedsheets are easier to care for. They require low-maintenance, and even washing them is a piece of cake. You don’t need to wash them by hand. Just put a 100% cotton bedsheet in your washing machine, and you won’t even need fancy powders. Your regular detergent will do just fine.

We do suggest that you wash it separately, and not with your other garments or sheets. So it gets a better wash. And tumble dry it on a low temperature. If you don’t want to iron it, just dry it flat and it will be good to go back to your bed.

Stretches easily

One reason why pure cotton bedsheets are easier to make and use, is because of how stretchable the material is. A 100% pure cotton bedsheet stretches easily. Making you feel very comfortable when you sleep on it. And comfort is the true luxury!

Lasts long

Cotton bedsheets give you good sleep, and they also help you save money in the long run! Because cotton weaves have stronger durability. Meaning, pure cotton bedsheets last long and you won’t have to replace them frequently.

That said, when a bedsheet has cotton blended with other materials, it won’t be as durable as a pure cotton bed sheet. High-quality 100% pure cotton bedsheets may cost a little bit more than their synthetic counterparts. But considering the lifespan of your bedding, it is always better to choose something durable. Something that will last longer, and get stronger with every wash. Something that you won’t have to spend more on replacing.

For the best cotton bedsheets, contamination free combed cotton yarn is procured. Just like at Thoppia. The cotton also turns out finer as it is combed and cleaned to remove shorter fibres and impurities. The fabric is tightly twisted, great for hot weather conditions. It is enzyme-washed and vat-dyed for consistent coloring too.

You must be wondering where to buy 100% cotton bedsheets. Or how to get bedsheets made of 100% pure cotton. One of the easiest ways is to get 100% pure cotton bedsheets online, at thoppia.com. Where you will find a range of options in several colors, designs and prints. You can also explore bedsheets with a twill weave and satin finish. All while sitting in the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you are.

The rich cotton bedsheets from Thoppia are also tested for international standards. They remain wrinkle-free for long, and are always wonderful to drape. All this means these 100% pure cotton bedsheets are carefully crafted, and different from other bedsheets out there. For long, they will stay as lovely furnishing gifts that you give to your traditional or modern home. And to yourself!

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3 Ways How You Can Make Corners To Relax at Home

Sometimes, our lives get so fast-paced, that we begin to find them chaotic. We are constantly doing, being, thinking, or on the go. However, it is important to have some responsibility-free time in our day, when we can rest and relax for a few minutes. Or just breathe.

And having that time is a lot easier and better in those nooks and corners of your home, where you can just sit, chill, engage in a peaceful or self-care activity, or take a comfortable nap. If your home doesn’t even have one such nook, here are some easy ways you can create such spaces in your home – any kind of home! Scroll.

By the window

A corner to read

If you want a cozy spot by a window, and are up for some sunlight gracing you, so be it. It would be great if there is a window seat built. Just make sure it’s a space where you can have some peace, with a soft breeze blowing and a good view outside to behold.

Place your favorite chair in front of the window, and put plenty of oversized pillows on and around it. Make yourself comfortable. You could meditate, read a book, enjoy a bar of dark chocolate, or just sit gazing out. Relax for as long as you want to.

A corner to read

a-corner-to-read

What if you need some space to curl up with a book, or a magazine? That too can be achieved, making it a relaxing nook. Pick an empty corner in your bedroom, or any new spot you want to claim as your own. Place a lounge chair, a plush pillow with a pretty cotton pillow cover over it, and drape a luxurious cotton throw over its arms.

Keep a lamp close-by. You may have some things at home, that make you feel happy and soothed, right? Bring those elements into this space, and use it to spend some quality time on your own – reading and relaxing.

With the people you love

Sometimes, you may love to take a break from your busy life, by spending time relaxing with others. Maybe through a board game with friends, a movie night with family, or a casual dinner with someone special. And you need a cozy space for the same, perhaps?

Pick a spot you like – it could even be a slightly large, clean area under a staircase – and stuff it with colorfully striped floor cushions. Keep a small round table or an ottoman in arms reach, on which you can keep snacks, or glasses of wine. And ensure that each of you have a soft and smooth throw blanket, for an even more comfortable and luxurious feeling. If you want to make the aura more interesting, light candles! Scented or not, is your choice. With such a snug setting and the people you like, you can take your time to unwind.

Floor Cushions for Home

Some relaxing is good – regardless of how young or old you are, how demanding your career is, how many chores you have to do at home, what your gender is, how many things are on your to-do list, and what somebody else thinks. Choose the right spots, put together comfy and cozy things and furnishings, create relaxing spaces in your home for those moments of recline, and cozy up!

4 Home décor trends that are now outdated

This year seems to be quickly passing in a blur. Trends come and go, fads rage and fade away. Amidst everything, it is a little difficult to keep track of everything new and trending, especially in home décor. But you still want your home to look and feel modern and stylish, don’t you?

For keeping your home modern and stylish, it is not only important to know what is in trend, but also what is out of trend. Think of it – you want your house to have the latest and trending pieces and demeanor. But for that, you need to know what pieces and demeanor are outdated. And finding that out is not easy!

But guess what? We have got you covered. Scroll to know 4 home décor trends that are currently out – what you should say no to. And the hot trends that you can replace them with, and say yes to.

A single shade of a single color

You have seen plenty of “all white” or “all beige” or “all grey” rooms. Now, this trend is fading. So get your home a rich blend of colors and materials, in various hues. Perhaps get a sheer cotton curtain in a color like Sunflower Yellow for your living room, or a Blue duvet cover for your bedroom.

Bedroom Decor Ideas

Okay, maybe you really love this passed trend, and you don’t want to play around with other colors. Fine then, we suggest you go for various shades of the same color. Every color has many shades, even white. You can also try incorporating chic stripes and patterns keeping the color the same. Like using White linen curtains in one room and having fine striped linen curtains in Grey and White in another room.

Repetitive Accessories

Interior Decoration

Using the same designs and pieces all through your home? Nope. You live in a house, not a corporate office. It is important to follow color schemes, if your home has them, but you can play a bit with accessories and the overall décor.

What you can do instead is display items with a character, a personality. Like books, small sculptures, handwoven cotton cushions, intriguing artwork, stitch cloth, framed poetry, etc. Or limited edition pieces if you’d like.

Textiles and furnishings that just softly lay around

We have all bought something for our homes, that just looked pretty and had absolutely no functional benefit. Especially something in textiles and furnishings. Now, it’s time to rethink that buying habit.

You need furnishings and textiles that do more in your home than just softly lying around. Like a cotton throw, or a floor cushion. Functional and versatile pieces that you can use in many ways for various activities in your daily life.

Too much artificiality

The world is changing. People are leaning more towards sustainable, organic, nature-inspired forms, materials and textiles. So it’s high time you avoid, or at least reduce, the usage of synthetic stuff in your home.

Go for cotton table mats and lampshades. Make use of 100% cotton bath towels and rugs. All the more better if you use handmade and handwoven products. Try to go as natural as you can for your home décor and the things you utilize at home.

Now that you know what trends you need to give up or stay away from, and how to replace them, try incorporating these changes in your home to give it a more contemporary look and feel. Decide on what kind of appearance and aura you are aiming for, and start the process. It might take you a while, but it will totally be worth it.

On the Floor – Plush Pillows for a cozy time

A quick look at Instagram, and you’ll figure that something in home decor has been trending for a while now. We’re talking about some extra seating where you and the ones you love (or invite) can chill in comfort. We’re talking about your home looking super cool. We’re talking about freedom and coziness. We’re talking about floor cushions.

Floor cushions, also called floor pillows by some, are not just pillows on the floor without any purpose or intention. Far from it. They’re handy decoration pieces for any indoor or outdoor living space. But they’re also very functional, and can be used in several ways to simplify your daily life and activities. How? Read on!

Relax, Refresh, Recharge

A soft landing for you, your loved ones, or the guests you invite? Sure. Floor cushions radiate comfort and coziness. They come in handy especially in spaces that may be a little compact for a conventional seating arrangement. So, maximize your seating space. Or relax alone on a floor pillow while you daydream.

Shop Striped Floor Cushions

Place one or two multi-color Vintage Weave Cotton Floor Cushions, and watch them add a pop of color to your seating space. You can even easily put them away if you want to – they’ll fit neatly in a closet or under a bed.

Or are you in the mood to sprawl in your lawn? Change the way you chill outside, with a selection of floor cushions that are truly versatile. Take a chill pill, a glass of your favorite juice, lean on the floor cushion, and relax.

Make your own Reading Nook

How many times have you heard someone (read your mom) say that you’re always on your phone or laptop? It’s time to prove to them that it’s not always the case. Put that phone down for a while and pick up an actual book or magazine. Your home will surely have some small nooks and hidden alcoves. If not, your bedroom or verandah is great too.

Those nooks can be turned into treasured areas. And they’re perfect for having lots of floor cushions! Unwind with a Handwoven Stripe Cotton Floor Cushion, something soft and handwoven will be best for your moments of uninterrupted reading. Curl up on it or lean on it, and focus.

Floor Cushions for Living Room

Give Your Pet a Present

Your pet is a part of your family, so you definitely want it to live happily and comfortably. Your furry chum knows what it likes and dislikes, just like you do. And we’re sure it will love a plush floor pillow to curl up on – be it outside your home or on the inside.

Floor cushions are suitable even on patios and hardwood floors. They make excellent pet beds for any area of the home. So let your pet(s) find some refuge and relief, in style.

Get creative, or immerse yourself in a movie night

If you’re thinking of getting creative someday, floor cushions will give more power to you! And if you’d like to call home some artistic or inventive friends, all the more fun. Something you’ve been wanting to try, paint, make, put together, cook, DIY, – go ahead with it. Get your creative juices flowing, while chic floor cushions will allow you all to enjoy your own space and creativity. Did we say comfort?

Floor Cushions for Home

Be it solo or with others, taking some relieving refuge on plush cotton floor cushions, can be such a retreat. At Thoppia, you can shop for whimsical floor cushions in delightful designs, textures, and colors. You can even avail Customized Floor Cushions by just specifying the dimensions, and we’ll even send you a free swatch if you’d like. So why wait? Get on the floor.

Let your home tell a story with Handwoven products

They say home is not a place, it’s a feeling. Every home is made of stories, and has a charm and personality of its own. And then there are those homes, that always carry a sense of distinct character. Because they are filled with hand-made and handwoven products. The homes that evoke uniqueness and a feel for aesthetics.

Handwoven products, such as furnishings and other fabrics, are made by hand using a handloom. They are not like typical machine-made, factory-made goods. Maybe that’s why they make a home look and feel more sophisticated. But that’s not all. Read on to know how handwoven products are different from, and better than machine-made products.

Sustainability

Pollution, global warming, climate change, environmental degradation. These are words you hear or read on a regular basis. But how many of us are actually being able to do something about them?

What if we told you that handwoven products have been promoting sustainable living for centuries? As these products are woven by hand, they don’t require electricity and don’t pollute the air. Plus, there is less waste generated and less Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission due to the lack of automation.

The weavers have plenty of opportunities to adopt sustainable practices, while you can practice sustainability in style.

Quality

Farm-grown cotton is collected, cotton fiber is spun into yarn, and then it is woven into cloth on a handloom. Post this, the cloth is treated with environmentally safe, natural dyes.

Weaving by Hand
Handwoven – the name itself suggests that the tap of the loom is controlled by a human and not a machine. So, each weave feels different. The loom creates a character. And the professional weavers give great attention to detail. All this make handwoven products boast of superior quality. And why not!

Comfort and Style

What is luxury without comfort? Handwoven products are definitely comfortable. Now, we know comfort is subjective. What is comfortable for you, may not be comfortable for me. And vice-versa. But people generally find handwoven products soft and comfortable.

Handwoven Floor Cushions

Handwoven products made of 100% cotton are much more breathable than polyester and other synthetic fabrics. And they are also super stylish! The kind of style where you can see and feel the difference. Handwoven fabrics immediately make any room look chic, and bring the traditional and modern world together.

Of the people, By the people, For the people

Producing fabric via handloom uses 9 times more labor than producing fabric via power loom. This means it gives jobs and income to more people and families. Hence, your buying of handwoven products can help so many families and will help to keep traditional livelihoods going, while giving them the value they truly deserve.

Now that you know better, consider shopping where you will find a carefully curated range of exquisite handwoven furnishings – at thoppia.com

5 things in your kitchen that can enhance its look

The kitchen is a truly functional space. It wouldn’t be wrong to call it the center of a home. After all, it is where the food that keeps you and your family going, is made. It offers a social hub for couples or families who love to cook or to eat together.

Which is why, kitchen styling is more important than ever – to create a seamless flow from one room to another. One area you need to focus on while styling your kitchen is the products you will put in there. And the best thing you can probably do is to incorporate 100% cotton products in your kitchenette.

Read on to know about 5 things that you often ignore, but still, have an influence on the overall look of your kitchen. The little things that matter, when it comes to style.

Aprons

Let’s start with you. You’ll need an apron if you’re going to be whipping up recipes. Your apron is important not just for you, but also for your kitchen. A cotton apron can protect your clothes and skin from stains and marks.

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Cotton is gentle, breathable and doesn’t retain odors like oil-based fabrics. So you won’t need to give it for laundry or wash it often, and you can save money, water, and energy.

These days, aprons are used for decorative purposes too. Hang your Satin Stripe Cotton Apron behind the door, or drape it on the arm of a chair. See how it adds a subtly sophisticated touch to your kitchen. Style is an expression, after all.

Kitchen Towels

You’ve probably never thought of this item as something capable of ‘adding style’. Though they’re very useful, kitchen towels are one of the most overlooked (read underrated) items in a kitchen. It’s about time we start giving them the credit they deserve.

Like everything else in your kitchen, quality matters when it comes to kitchen towels too. It is important to be aware and not end up constantly buying cheaper lower quality towels.

Go for cotton kitchen towels. They are durable and will make your life in the kitchen easier, while also saving you money in the long run. Choose from a range of options in Honeycomb Cotton or Twill Stripe – they’re as gorgeous as they’re functional. Place them neatly stacked on a table, in a kitchen drawer, or hung over the door. If they’re clean and colorful, they’ll make your kitchen look pleasant.

Cotton kitchen towel by Thoppia

Dish Towels

There’s a high chance you use dish towels at home if you’re someone who washes and dries dishes by hand. There’s no doubting the fact that dish towels are handy, but how handy they are depends on their quality.

Using 100% Cotton Dish Towels will make your dish cleaning and drying experience more efficient. Quick. Stylish. They’re the perfect blend of utility and fashion.

Oven Gloves

Oven gloves are designed to be used while handling hot items – to get things in and out of ovens. They’re used by people at home, or by people working in businesses and professions that utilize ovens. It is a staple in the food industry.

Oven Gloves for kitchen

If you’ve got an oven at home, try Cotton Oven Gloves. They’re very widely used, and come in a varied range of colors, patterns, and styles. They’re skin-friendly and provide you with all the benefits of wearing cotton. What’s even better, is that you can wash them in your washing machine. Convenient? Totally.

Tablecloths and Table Mats

A kitchen will definitely have a table, maybe two. Also, more and more families are embracing the ‘kitchen-diner’ way of eating their food together. What’s on the table should delight you, and that does not have to stop at food.

Table Cloth and Placemats

A table cloth protects your table, but it’s your choice that will enhance the look and feel of it too. And it needs to be complemented with table mats, that go so well with your kitchen and brighten up your mood.

Pick a Chambray Cotton Tablecloth. It’s safe, skin-friendly and totally classy. And go for Handwoven Striped Table Mats. Because stripes in various colors reinforce the pleasant quality of design. Decorate your table and relish the food you make, with stylish and durable table essentials from Thoppia.

While you spend a lot of time and money in making decisions about cabinets, flooring, walls and the other stuff in your kitchen, do not forget these 5 essentials. You tend to ignore them, and they seem subtle enough, but they’re definitely not trivial. Pay attention to the little things, and they can go a long way in adding personality to your kitchen.

Cotton Throws Are Truly Versatile – 6 Reasons Why

Imagine having a furnishing that you can use in more than one way! You must have come across a throw blanket somewhere or the other. And given that it’s the winter, people just can’t have enough of them! Throws are smaller than the everyday blankets, and tend to be more associated with decoration. That’s why, they are often used over the back of a couch or chair, or draped over the arm of a sofa.

But that is not all they can do! Whether on chilly winter nights or blazing summer holidays, throws can be used for a variety of purposes which makes them extremely functional pieces. Read on to find out how you can incorporate a throw in your home, and use it even after the winter is over.

Accessorize your furniture with it

Let’s start from the basics. Regardless of the season, you can use throws in your home decor. Here are a few ideas how:

  • Drape a throw over a chair after folding it lengthwise.
  • Place a throw over a sofa or couch. This can help to protect the cushions, especially when you have pets whom you love too much to move them from the couch.
  • Drape it across the end of the bed. This could induce a more personal feel.
  • If you have a minimalistic window seat, a gorgeous cotton throw is an instant way to add style and warmth to it.

Handwoven cotton throws

Arrange a throw as a stylish addition in your living room or bedroom. Choosing the right type of throw depends on where you’ll use it, the look you want to achieve and your colour scheme. For a variety of delightful options, you can buy throws online India.

Snuggle in it

This is probably the point you will love the most. On a chilly night or a rainy morning, throws can come handy. Use them instead of using large winter blankets. Drape yourself, and have your warm cup of coffee, or read your favorite book. Nestling in a warm throw whose texture you love can be addictive! More power to you if you can get a handwoven one.

Apart from snuggling in them at home, you can even use them outside in another interesting way. Instead of worrying about which sweater to wear above your shirt or top for an outing, wrap yourself in a small plain throw that is cozy-as-a-cloud when the wind is cold.

Care for your kids and newborns

Yes, you read that right. Children love to play with blankets. The throws we offer are hand-woven and cotton, which means that they are a lot safer, softer and smoother than other throws. Hence, these throws are also perfect for the newborns. It provide them with safe and ample warmth and comfort – whatever be the season.

Give it as a Gift

Gifting a throw
Everybody loves presents, especially those that are thoughtful. Hand-woven cotton throws make a great gift for any occasion – be it one throw or more, for one person or several members of a family. And when the weather is cold, a throw as a present would surely be appreciated!

Take it with you as you travel for long

Do you go on long drives often? Do you think it’s too cold outside at night? If you’ve answered yes, we suggest you to keep a cotton throw in your car. Because throws make beautiful shawls. They insulate against a chill. Let them be in your car all the time. That way, you won’t have to look for a hoodie or jacket while you grab your car keys.

And if you’re soon going to travel by bus or train, do not forget to take a throw with you. It is a perfect size to drape around your shoulders. It will keep you warm as you travel, and feel so soft on your skin. A bonus point, if it’s a stylish one with pretty patterns!

Picnic on it

If it’s a pleasant weather day and you want to go picnicking with your family or friends, take a throw or two along as you travel. Sit on them as you picnic on the beach and share sandwiches. You can even use them if it’s a garden picnic or a children’s tea party that you are throwing. (pun intended)

Throws can be used both inside and outside your home, and make a style statement whether it’s winter or summer. As they are smaller than typical blankets and can be used for multiple purposes, they are truly versatile items that you can own. And if you’re looking for a cotton throw with a beautiful pattern and touchable texture, shop now at thoppia.com/product-category/living/throws/. You will also find several handwoven throws that you will love.

Brighten up your home with Sheer Curtains

Gone are the days of flashy and gaudy furnishings. Today, people prefer light and subtle materials. Fabrics that are minimalistic, elegant and feathery are liked better. And this applies to the window treatment as well. A timeless and beautiful option for the same would be sheer curtains.

Although they’d been quite neglected for some time, sheer curtains have gained their place in home décor. People are finding them advantageous. They impart aesthetic value. And they’re functional. How? Here are ways how they can benefit your home.

Brightening up your room

Who doesn’t love a home filled with natural light in the day? It makes the room airy and bright. If you’re looking for some filtered vitamin D and a room that gives out happy, sunny vibes – sheer curtains are your best bet.

Advantages of using sheer curtains

Their translucence allows natural light to pass through, not entirely, but just enough. They’ll also give you essential UV protection. They can blend well with blinds and blackout curtains too.

Giving you the privacy you need

Most people sadly describe closing their curtains as darkening their room. No, not with sheer curtains. With them, you can still have a bright room, without having to compromise on the privacy you need.

The sheer fabric is thin enough to allow sunlight, and thick enough to disallow the eyes of those on the outside of your room. It blocks the inside view.

Letting you enjoy the outside view

Sure, they block the inside view. But not the outside view. Sheer curtains’ translucency will help you enjoy the view outside while covering your windows.

They can boost the ambience of your room, add an uncanny charm to it, and let you appreciate the scenic landscape on your home’s exterior.

Adding style, effortlessly

Timeless, dreamy, romantic, sensual — sheer curtains help you achieve all these feelings for your room. Their versatility is their true power.

Sheer Curtains online from Thoppia

If you’re looking to create a calm and relaxing aura, go for neutral colors like grey, white, cream, beige or soft pink. The breezy sheer curtains will very well complement your bright bed sheets and other bed linen. Or if you are keen on using bright colors, go ahead. You could team them up with brighter colored solid shades curtains too.

Making your room look bigger

This is a loveable reason indeed. If you feel that the ceiling in your room is too low or your room is too compact, pick sheer curtains.

Install them from floor to ceiling, if you want to make the ceiling appear higher. It’s a plus, if the curtains have vertical stripes. Get them customized longer than your window pane, if you want to make your room appear bigger. Sheer is a light and subtle material, so it will also feel clutter-free.

A smart fabric with a simple yet sophisticated style – that’s sheer for you. Sheer curtains that are made of 100% cotton or linen feature natural fibres and have varied choices in color, print and style.

Pick the shade that’ll match or complement the color of the rest of your room. That includes furnishings like sheets, bedding and cushion covers. Set a relaxed vibe, fill your home with energising natural light and style. Get some sheer!

Cotton goodness for your modern Indian home, from Thoppia

Thoppia is a brand established in 1998, which sells soft home furnishings that are 100% pure cotton. Not just ‘cotton’ or ‘pure cotton’, but 100% pure cotton products for every modern home. The name is derived from ‘Thoppian’, which is the name of a renowned traditional weavers’ family from Kannur. Thoppians are one of the most authentic cotton fabric manufacturers in India. Thoppia offers products that are durable and modern by combining traditional handicraft with the latest fashion trends.

The dedicated weavers associated with the brand are from Kannur, which is rightly called ‘the land of looms and lores’. The weavers’ commitment to quality is ingrained in every fiber of the fabric they weave. The entire life cycle of the fabric – from choosing the yarn, dyeing it, weaving it, to stitching it – is done in-house under close supervision. This gives scope for greater control over quality standards.

Loom of Thoppia in Kannur

Thoppia began as a home decor retail company in 2010, but in 2017 it transformed itself into an online store. Starting with a brick-and-mortar retail model in Bangalore, it moved on to the online retail model completely by shipping products all across the country and promoting the skilful products and meticulousness of Kannur’s master weavers.

Custom made furnishings from Thoppia

The Thoppians wanted the whole of India to experience their quality products. Thoppia online was established with this aim. Thoppia ships its products all over India, including the customized ones. That brings us to a unique and exciting feature about the Thoppia’s online store- the Customization feature. Every home is different, deserving a unique character and a personal touch. So Thoppia’s customization page lets you to choose the fabric, dimensions, the desired lining and stitch too to make your home look unique.

However, it does have a Home decor experience store in Bangalore – established in 2018. Those looking for home décor in Bangalore can always visit this store to find something genuine in cotton furnishings. Curtains, cushion covers, throws, bath towels, bed sheets – you name it. It’s got a wide range of 100% pure cotton as well as linen furnishings for every customer, anywhere in India.

Make your living room feel more relaxing

Make your living room Zen

Today, our lives have become fast paced and frenzied. We hence crave a calm and peaceful space to come home to. Usually, the first space we enter as soon as we set foot into our homes is the living room. That’s why, it’s recommended that you make it look and feel Zen.

Here are a few simple yet useful tips on how you can pervade peace into your living room, sitting room, lounge – or whatever you call it.

De-clutter to de-stress

Whether in your life or in your living room, clearing clutter is essential. Clutter is of two types- the one that gets accumulated and the one that our eyes interpret as visual clutter.

Think of the places in your living room that end up accumulating the most amount of clutter. The coffee table is usually one – what with all the newspapers and magazines. And also those corners where you hide the stuff you no longer use or rarely need. Clearing out such clutter can make a huge difference in your living room.

Thoppia Living Room Styling

Then you could also minimise the visual clutter. By that we mean the things you added on purpose, and went a little too overboard – perhaps with use of color or pattern, collections or attempts at styling.

Opt for natural, comfortable fabrics

Cotton curtain for your living room

Stick to natural, light and comfortable fabrics for your living room. It is best to use the ones that are 100% Cotton.

The curtains should provide a sense of intimacy, while reducing noise. Go for natural textiles like linen or cotton. Soft, flowing curtains are your best bet. Moreover, floor-to-ceiling curtains look elegant and add a touch of warmth.

Associate them with customized blinds that modulate light, to obtain a different atmosphere. And pay attention to the fixation systems too. You wouldn’t want to fix beautiful curtains on poor or non-matching rods.

Throw a throw

Handwoven Cotton Throw
Kaithari Handwoven Cotton Throw Red/White

A throw is something that adds texture and warmth to any space. It can also make your guests feel more at home. And you’ll love to curl up with it when it’s a little chilly. According to the color of your sofa/couch, enhance it with a throw that is light colored but has a beautiful texture and patterns. Cotton ones are great.

Go for neutral and tranquil colors

The colors you choose can have an impact on your mood. For your living room, embrace neutrals like white, grey or cream. Or go for light, tranquil shades of blue, green or beige. This holds good for the color of your walls as well as furniture and fabrics.

Because bright and jarring colors like red, yellow or purple actually compete for your attention. They energise, instead of giving a calm and relaxing feel.

Layer with comfy cushions

If you’d like to add warmth and calm to a leather sofa, pick minimalistic cushions. Keep their colors neutral and their covers of a natural fabric, like cotton. Cotton will keep them soft. Make sure they’re super plush as well.

Comfy Cushion Covers
Handwoven Cotton Cushion cover – Golden Yellow, Star Triangle Cotton Cushion cover Grey/Yellow and more

You can also keep peaceful-looking floor cushions in corners or wherever you want to. They can be great to relax. Get them customised if you’d like. And keep their colors tranquil.

Add natural scents that calm you

Some scents and fragrances just soothe your soul, and can do wonders to create a peaceful aura. Linen sprays, beeswax candles, rosemary or lavender essential oils – are all natural ways to enhance your living room with fresh scents. Or if you know of a natural scent that can calm you on a personal note, bring that scent in.

Your peace is in your hands. Although it’s an inner thing, outer atmosphere can also have a huge impact. As your life is busier than ever, implementing the above tips in your living room can help to calm you. Pick your colors and fabrics wisely, organise your home, and see what that does to you.

Why is it important to invest in a good night’s sleep?

You think good. You look good. You feel good — only if you get a good night’s sleep! Getting enough sleep is as significant as your any other healthy lifestyle choices. Fundamental to best sleep is a comfortable sleeping environment.

Investing in quality sleep is as significant as investing in a gym membership or right diet plan. Achieving that perfect 7-hour slumber is easier said than done. If you don’t choose the right textiles, you might be setting yourself up for poor sleep.

Bold Stripes Cotton Bedsheet

The comfort of the fabrics used for bedding plays a major role in determining the quality of your sleep. Challenge is in achieving that perfect balance between keeping our bodies cool enough to drop off to sleep and warm enough to feel comfortable. And that’s why cotton is considered as one of the most comfortable bedding fabric ever.

Cotton bed linens are soft, lightweight and breathable. The fabric allows ample air circulation to your skin, keeping it dry and clean throughout. Being a hypoallergenic fabric, cotton is impervious to allergies and skin irritations.

The type of weave and quality of the fabric are the key factors you should be looking for before investing in a bedding. Therefore, make sure that you look out for 100% cotton tag.

Investing in high-quality bedding will guarantee you years of use and comfort. But choosing the right one could be tricky. Learn how to read the packaging & label carefully. Understanding the quality of the product will give you a better indication of the price differences. While heavy price tags accompany genuine cotton fabrics, their benefits far outweigh the usual cotton varieties that rule the high-streets.

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