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Summer-ready homes

Summertime is just starting, and the homes are getting warm already. Don’t you think so too? So, here we are just in time to remind you to stock up on summer essentials. Got to grab them soon, before it gets all tiring and sweaty around!

Before we dive in, we hope you guessed by now what the essentials are. Did you? Yup, our all-time favourites – Curtains and Bed sheets. These definitely need a make-over (or more accurately, a change-over) during the summers.

What to look for in a curtain?

Summer curtains

We often expect curtains to be just pretty and forget their core need in a house. There are different types of curtains that help control lighting and atmosphere (Nope, we are not talking about a digital curtain, here).

Consider this. If you have one room with moderate light coming through the windows and the living room with a brighter setting, it is not practical to buy thick blackout curtains for both rooms. There are specific curtains designed for such purposes. Custom curtains are helpful in this case, especially when you wish for the same curtain in both rooms. All you got to do is choose different linings based on the thickness needed.

For summers, a breezy curtain is clearly preferred. Linens and Cotton are great choices to opt for. The pure version of these materials sets up the space to allow proper ventilation for the room. Putting up linen and cotton curtains gets the room in a relaxing mood.

Getting the bed sheets right

Summer bed sheets

Remember the summer holidays, when you pack your beds and sheets to the terrace for a good night’s sleep? Yeah, those were some good times!

But in today’s world, not everyone has the luxury to turn terrace space into a makeshift bedroom. So what’s the quick solution? Get your bed sheets right!

Settling for an airy bed sheet material (basically cotton and linens again) is the wiser choice. Light-shaded ones may not seem like the ideal ones to settle for. However, neutral shades and pastel shades will allow the ambience to be lighter on the eyes and feel. It’s smart not to go for block, solid colours.

Comfort over Style?

Yup! That’s a good call. But what if we had the luxury to choose both, compromising neither style nor comfort?

Silky and synthetic bed sheets might sound like a heavenly sleep time. But how long do you think that’s going to last? For the summer heat and changing body temperatures, bed sheets and almost every other home furnishing item ought to be forgiving and soulful. The fabric must be able to blend in with the needs of the hour and give you access to a calming and stress-free environment. Trust us, the right fabric tends to do the magic.

So, there you have it! Summer essentials are basically your guide to a happy and healthy home too. Get stocking already!

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. 

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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! 

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

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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!

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.

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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Bedroom Redecoration Simplified

You could be at a new phase in life. Or wanting to give your home an easy update. Or tired of your old aesthetic. Whatever be the case, you are bored with your good old bedroom, and want to redecorate it. Maybe make some changes in how the room looks and feels?

The bedroom deserves an intriguing overall decor, as it is your own personal space. Sure, revamping it can be a great idea. It is a chance to reflect your personal style and create the look you love. But that doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch, or completely change everything in your bedroom. A quick and easy redecor will do just fine. If you feel at a loss of where to start, that’s okay. We are here to help! These tips can come handy during the redecoration.

Pick a color scheme

This first tip is up to you. Picking a color scheme can make decorating choices easier, and decisions more focused. It gives the bedroom a touch of elegance and your individual style. Color will also help you to achieve the feeling you want for your bedroom. But, you need to pick the color scheme carefully. Consider the colors and undertones of existing furniture, cabinetry and flooring. Choose accordingly.

Thoppia cotton bedroom ideas

Yet, choosing your favorite colors without actually following a color scheme is okay. Experimenting with various colors and combinations is okay too. After all, it is your bedroom.

Start with the walls

Play with bedroom walls
Walls play a huge role in home décor and revamp. They impact the overall feeling of any room. You can change the color of your bedroom walls, or put a fresh coat of the existing color. That too can make a difference.
And don’t keep all the walls blank. Blank walls can look unwelcoming. In any one or two of the walls, put on some artwork. Hang some framed photographs. Grab a stitched cloth from Thoppia and put it on your wall. Or pick what you like. Add some warmth, color and pattern. Get creative and incorporate what you think will suit your space.

Spruce up your windows

The windows matter too! Give them a boost with some new curtains and blinds. Get exquisite and durable curtains in linen or 100% cotton. Your children will love to play hide-and-seek behind them! So let the curtains be of natural fabric, soft and safe. You could get them customised as per your header and size requirements too.

And when you order custom blinds, you won’t have to worry about being stuck with ones that don’t fit. Because you’ll get exactly want you want, as per what you specify.

Make your bed look great

Your bed is probably the largest item in your bedroom, and you love it the most there. So, it deserves to take the center stage. The bed covering and pillow shams make the largest difference, so start with them. Get some new bed sheets. If you’ve chosen a color scheme, shop according to it. You could choose 100% Cotton sheets. They’re natural, breathable and skin-friendly. Plus, cotton cellulose does not lose strength when wet. So, cotton gets stronger with every wash.

Make your bed look great with Thoppia

Also get nice duvet covers for your bed. They’re classy and comfortable. And at Thoppia, they come with the goodness of combed cotton. Make your room look elegant, and nestle into the duvet cover after a long day.

Put in a plant, a vase or a lamp

Depending on what you’d like to have at your bedside, put in a plant, a vase or a lamp. All these items can refresh the look of your bedroom and give it a sophisticated feel. Choose any one of them.

For a plant, pick a small one. A dash of green can give your room a lift. Plants filter and humidify the air, while also removing pollutants and dust. You’ll sleep better and feel better.

For a vase, you don’t have to be a design wizard to create floral arrangements. Find a pretty vase, glass or jar – and fill it with pretty flowers. If you don’t want flowers in your room, then get a big and beautiful vase or jar. One that is a wonderful stand-alone piece, and doesn’t need flowers. You could also choose a tablecloth for the table on which you keep the vase. Or turn a stitched cloth into a vase mat.

For a lamp, choose a simple yet elegant one. Bedside lamps are particularly cozy, and they’re useful. A small bedside lamp, or even a nightlight will do.

Move the furniture a little bit

This tip is one of the easiest ways to change the look of your bedroom, and won’t cost a dime. Just rearrange the furniture in the room. For example, you can put the bed in a corner instead of against a wall. This will also make the room look more spacious. Also, for ease of movement, leave a minimum of three feet between the bed and side walls or large pieces of furniture.

A modern, well-decorated bedroom can easily impress anyone. It can also instill a sense of tranquility and a good night’s sleep. You have the choice to make your bedroom look as wild and wonderful as you’d like to. So use the above tips, pick what you love, and get going! Create a balance between cozy and classy. Enhance the look of your bedroom – give it the much needed revamp.

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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100% Cotton VS Pure Cotton

While picking your favourite shade is a snap, choosing the right fabric to suit your preferences is a bit complicated. Because if you are looking for a ‘pure cotton’ tag, let us tell you one thing. Even that doesn’t authenticate the quality of the cotton that you are using. Yes. The label ‘Pure cotton’, especially in India, doesn’t mean that the fabric is only made of cotton. Rather, it means that the amount of cotton that has been used in the fabric is pure.

If you are looking for cotton garments that are not blended, what you should ideally go for is a 100% cotton tag. This will ensure that your home furnishings are going to be 100% environment-friendly, hypoallergenic, strong and comfortable. Your ‘100% cotton’ fabric is a natural product only consisting of cellulosic fibres. It is biodegradable and can withstand as many hot washes in its lifetime as it needs to.

The ‘real’ pure cotton

Cotton is the most popular fabric used to make home furnishings, and for a good reason. A 100% cotton bed sheet or cushion cover will be durable, soft and easy to care for. This fabric is also going to be breathable –allowing your skin to breathe, and eliminating the possibility of rashes and boils. Good cotton is dust-mite resistant, thus reducing the chance of any skin allergies. Unlike ‘Pure Cotton’ fabric, 100% cotton fabric keeps moisture from building up between your skin and the material.

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The International Forum for Cotton Promotion (Livestrong) stated that cotton can take up to one-fifth of its weight in water before getting damp. Blended cotton too can feel roughly the same but is sure to get sweaty during hot summer days.

In Thoppia, we procure contamination-free combed cotton yarn for bed sheets. The process of combing the cotton makes the yarn stronger & softer. It also cleans batches of shorter fibres and impurities resulting in finer and more compact cotton. Our tightly twisted yarn can create a lighter fabric that is ideal for hot weather conditions – when your body needs more cooling & comfort. They are also good at springing back, which means they’ll remain wrinkle-free and excellent to drape for a lifetime. This is the reason why our bedding allows your skin to breathe and doesn’t trap heat under the covers.

Above all, our 100% cotton fabric ensures that your home furnishings have a crisp and fresh look throughout your lifetime – because good cotton is going to be in it for the long haul.