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Style guide for white theme lovers

When you think of a white-themed space, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

Will that be boring?

Wouldn’t that be hard to maintain?

It’s impossible to pull it off!

While we don’t deny the possibilities of these doubts, whites are in actual, pretty cool boosters to spruce up your homes. But to master the art of owning a white-themed space is not easy and that’s where you will need a style guide.

Get to know how to choose, blend and improvise your intimate spaces with the whites in place.

(PS: You can still experiment with your personalized style inputs while nailing the white theme fashion)

The right whites

Although termed as ‘white-themed’, there are several shades within them that can have the same impact as the whites. It could be sandy white, tinted white, ivory, almond white, or even cream white. Nope, not here to confuse you more (But I can hear you!)

These tones are basically proposed when you opt for a white theme. They are chosen based on the furniture designs, decor colors, and even the lighting. Quite often, plain whites are neglected due to their doubts about maintenance. But have you thought about this – that your ceilings look their best when white is painted over them? It’s brighter and simpler in style too.

Now imagine the whole house adorned in white? Not so bad now, is it?

The undertones are mainly based on convenience for the other supplements of the house. If you wish for bright rooms with a pinch of natural shades (to not look artificial, that is), sandy white is a good choice to start with. Cream whites are for those who wish for the qualities of a white base but a bit more cut down for a subtler ambiance. 

So, choose your whites by answering three simple questions to yourself:

  • Why do I need a white theme?
  • Should I go all white (with furniture, decors, etc)
  • If the answer to the previous question is a… 
  • No: Which shade of white is more suitable?
  • Yes: Can the house withstand the fashion

If you’re still pondering on ‘Where do I start? How do I know if it’s right? – Worry not and just keep reading!

Choosing color palettes

One of the most crucial phases of going white-themed is deciding on the whole color palette. There is no particular pattern to stick to. But of course, the palette must tell your story and create a hospitable environment indoors.

So, what are we looking for?

To match a white base or backdrop, the most satisfying and guaranteed winner would be with beige and pastel shades. Say your curtains are all pure white cotton sheers, then the cushions and their covers can be in brown beige. If you’d like a little bit of color – pastel pinks can help you out here. Even for white cushions, the color palette works vice versa.

The quality of pastels and beige is that they are simple, classy, and elegant. There is no pressure of an impression with these shades on point.

The neutral shades bring in a darker undertone to the beige textures. A standard set of colors include brown, black, and white. Mixing up among these shades with different accessories around the home will look well-planned and cozy for every curious eye. Some more colors that complement well under this category are colors inspired by nature – like green, orange, yellow, red, and so on. They not only give a bold touch but also a serene ambiance to settle in.

Coming to another standard doubt…

Should I try on a black and white theme?

Well, why not? 

The retro classic palette adds drama to your homes and is kind of a fun motivator for conversations. If not for a bold black and white theme, you can make it interesting with patterns and designs in those colors. Like a plain white cotton rug having a checked black detailing, black prints on white sheers, stripes on bedspreads, and so much more. 

Wait…so does that mean only contrasts are good?

Not at all. If you like to mix the colors up, then going bold, retro, or for a standard beige palette is something you can consider. 

If you would like to hold on to an all-white theme, then you can tune it out a bit with different patterns. Say a white sheer with thin blue checks, white floor cushions with a beige undertone, white table cloths with a neutral runner to complement, or even table cloths with minute detailing on a white base. This way, you get to have the poised look of an all-white backdrop with just the perfect amount of intricacies. 

The home looks glammed up already!

Pick your style

What’s next? 

Choosing your preferred style for the home, of course. Now that you have an idea of a color palette, it’s important to pick your style right. I know what you’re thinking – isn’t that already done with! Well, yes and no. 

The color palette has allowed you to choose a basic coloring of how you’d like to view your homes. Say you wanted the wall in white for better lighting, then the style you pick later gets easier to sort out as you go, letting you cancel out on the extras. Get it?

So, what exactly are you aiming at while decorating this space?

To appear graceful but with a tiny element of surprise in the corners?

How about going modern but still highlighting old traditions?

Neat but rustic in approach?

Fancy but also fun?

The possibilities are endless. And that’s why you gotta make up your mind about the styling. A contemporary makeover works best with contrasting colors. For an ivory setting, grey floor cushions and rugs would look magnificent in the living. Bold colors like a purple cushion cover on a white sofa set, navy blue table runners over a white table cloth, daisy yellow bed sheets with linen white sheers, etc got that extra punch for an eye of admiration. 

Now for a modern but culturally rich setting, whites with a touch of ikat weaving would look just fitting. They refreshingly exude the blend and keep up with the fancy checklist. Be it for table napkins, cushion covers, or curtains. 

Minimalism is something that you can fascinatingly experiment with. Replace the heavy extra furniture with easy, straightforward cotton furnishings. The rugs and floor cushions not only look diverse but feel extremely comfortable for every occasion. That’s something that every one of us seeks while furnishing homes, right? 

For a lighter design approach, minute prints or beige tones can work in your favor.

Textures and Decors

All that is left to think now is visualizing the final picture. Well, almost.

The shades of white in homes, although influential, come alive when certain traits are embedded over them. 

Can you think of a house that is without curtains or bedspreads or cushions? 

They are home essentials and their uniqueness blooms when certain designs are imprinted on them. Or even when a particular color scheme is followed. They blend into your idea of charm, which is rather exciting if you think about it. 

So, how would you choose the right ones, especially with a white theme in place?

Let’s see!

Throws! A cotton fabric that is used for various purposes and still equally offers comfort beyond expectations. They are the most elegant characters that can instantly liven up a space, even for a white backdrop. Plain bold/ beige colors and even printed ones work excellently for this requirement. 

Floor cushions have an underrated existence (pun unintended). Their quality is that they succeed around every stretch. Want cushiony seating, a private corner, an intimate get-together, or a lazy time-out for yourself – floor cushions win you over. No matter what theme exists, they are a necessary element in the house. The size of the cushions is easily noticeable and so for a white theme, beige and pastels go best for a subtle atmosphere; while bold prints establish a quirky punch. 

Rugs are another allrounder. They make bold statements and are a quick solution to add power to the overall theme. Bedspreads, duvet covers, and curtains look neat with a white base. Small neutral prints, stripes, and mellow tints uplift the rooms while still holding to its base color scheme. 

Together, they just sound perfect!

There is a general misconception that whites go with every color scheme and design. Certain features are responsible for livening the essence of whites and that’s how a character is built around them. Identifying them gets easy with a style guide at your service. 

Take a glance through Thoppia for more ideas your way! (You know you want to!)

The Ultimate Guide to Revamp Your Home this Diwali

The most awaited celebration of this year is round the corner; only a few weeks until Diwali celebrations keep you engaged!

We are assuming, you’ve already started prepping for the festivities and you’re here to peep at some Diwali decoration ideas in trend. We get you!

However, let us give you a quick warm-up before you start scrolling.

This post is not your regular Diwali decoration guide with tips on arranging diyas and colourful lights; it’s more than that.

If you are willing to do a complete makeover for your home and not just organize a few things here and there, continue reading.

Be ready to replace a few of your unused, out-dated stuff with new accessories.

Diwali decorations are not limited to bringing new diyas and lights to cover your floors, walls, and stairs. They do hold a significant place in aesthetically improving your interior decor, but the feeling is real when the entire home looks like you have just moved in.

Don’t misunderstand this post to be a pocket-draining checklist! Trust us, it’s budget-friendly. 

Moreover, the act of replacing old items with new is traditionally considered to be symbolic of tossing away all the accumulated negativity of the past year. Hence, you will be welcoming positivity and new forms of happiness.

Alright! Let’s get started with our guide.

Clean your space

As they say, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” a clean and neat home attracts joy and positive energy in abundance.

Repaint your walls, doors, and bathroom. Rejuvenate kitchen fixtures wherever they are necessary. It is strongly believed that Goddess Lakshmi graces the homes that are clean and tidy.

In addition, from a scientific perspective, a clean surrounding keeps you organized and peaceful and increases your attention span. 

Get rid of unnecessary items

We know it might be challenging to throw away the cushion covers you bought at your mother’s behest with your first salary.

But ask yourself this; Do you need it?

If not, then it is time to remove it and welcome new accessories.

So often, we refuse to throw away extra items from our homes and it ultimately leads to congestion. However, periodical decluttering is essential to maintain the elegance of your home. 

Look INTO the living room

The most exposed part of your home is the living room. It is a space that offers your guests the first impression of your sense of style. Moreover, it is where people spend more time with you than anywhere else in the house.

It goes without saying, but the living room must be decked up according to the importance it holds.

Start with replacing curtains on your windows. We don’t always realize the role curtains play in the way a room looks.

At Thoppia, we provide a vast collection of curtains of various colors, fabrics, lengths, and styles. Linen curtains will be a great choice if you want a highly durable, easily washable, dust-resistant fabric for your curtains.

If you need any help with the selection process, check out our blog on “How to pick curtains for every wall.” Finally, to make your job easier, here’s a list of living room items that you can add or replace.

Replaceable items

  1. Curtains
  2. Cushion covers
  3. Bolster covers

Add-on items

  1. Plush pillows 
  2. Chair pads
  3. Floor cushions 
  4. Throws
  5. Rugs

Give a makeover to your bedroom

The bedroom is a place of comfort for you, your family, or your overnight guests. So to give it a good makeover by replacing the old bedsheet with something new. After all, we all know how comfortable a clean and fresh bed sheet feels. The same goes for floor rugs, lampshades, and cushions.

Don’t forget the kitchen

The kitchen is probably that corner of your house which often gets dirty because of edibles and their stickiness. If this is the case with your kitchen, too, then it is time to get new equipment and kitchen towels to clean them since you cannot use dirty towels, can you?

Similarly, the food you cook lands on the dining table, which is the most vital part of your dining space. You wouldn’t want it to look shabby.

We, at Thoppia, can take care of that. You can browse and select from various kitchen items like towels, oven gloves, table cloths, etc. Paired with the right accessories, you can make your kitchen aesthetically appealing, the one that they show on cooking shows!

Here’s a list of items that you can add or replace in your dining room and kitchen. 

Replaceable items

  1. Dishtowels 
  2. Aprons 
  3. Kitchen towels
  4. Oven gloves
  5. Chair pads 

Add-on items

  1. Potholders
  2. Coasters 
  3. Tablemats 
  4. Table cloths
  5. Table napkins
  6. Table runners

Light up the “ins and outs” of your house

The most important element of Diwali is the light. Every Diwali, whole India lights up from dingy streets to the metropolitan.

That said, lamps and diyas are the most traditional forms of decoration for lighting. Along with lighting diyas in your house, you can also place beautifully decorated lamps in your living room to impart an entirely different scene in your space.

At Thoppia, we provide lampshades that help you diffuse lighting effectively across your room and are available in multiple shapes and sizes. In addition, you can choose a lampshade that complements the base of your lamp. 

Send gifts gift cards

Finally, celebrate Diwali by bringing joy to your friend’s and relatives’ houses.

While gifting your friends and family during Diwali, you may not know the ideal present to be given on such an auspicious occasion. In times like this, when you have an uncertainty of the gift to be presented, Thoppia offers a simple solution. 

Customers can easily gift Thoppia Gift Cards to their friends and family, so they have the liberty to choose from the wide range of products according to their preference and style choice.

The gift card options offered by Thoppia include E-cards and Printed Cards. 

The bottom line

The primary motive of all the festivals is to get together with your loved ones, spend quality time, and exchange delicacies! In addition, these festivals give you the perfect excuse to deck up your living space, and of course yourselves. 

So, what are you waiting for? 

Celebrate this Diwali with a rejuvenated home and the new you! 


7 Ways to use a chair pad for ample comfort and style

The chairs in your home help you sit comfortably – as you go about your daily routine, recreation, and relaxation. However, sometimes a chair may not be comfortable enough. To imbue comfort, a plush chair pad can work wonders. Here are a few ways how you can use a chair pad, for abundance of comfort and style.

As your work-buddy

A chair pad can make a great work-buddy. Or office-mate, call it what you like. Use it upon an office chair, or just use it to lean on. Chair pads in various colors and patterns will not only look elegant in your workspace, but also give you ample comfort and backrest as you work.

As a bed for your pet

If you have a pet, especially a pupper or a cat, chances are that it is almost always resting on your furniture – more so on your dining room chairs. It loves comfort too. So do yourself and your pet a favour, and get a plush cotton chair pad. Let your furry friend make the chair pad its own spot for relaxation – either on the floor or on any chair.

On your dining and kitchen chairs

Chair pads are often found on dining room chairs, this being their most common usage. Because dining room sets are considered as one of the most uncomfortable furniture pieces, that chair pads can add comfort and sophistication to. And they help you sit comfortably as you whip recipes in your kitchen too.

Chaid pad for dining room chair

For the back of chairs

You can get chair pads for the back of chairs too, it need not always be on the seat top. This is more appropriate when you want extra comfort while using wooden or wicker rocking chairs. Just see to it that they are of the required size and have proper cushioning. Then comfort is a sure thing.

Chairpad for Backrest

To enhance the look of your home

Chair pads can very well be utilized for aesthetic purposes. Use alluring chair pads to enhance the look of any chairs or boring furniture in your home. They will upgrade the look of any room when you mix and match, contrast or co-ordinate the colors or designs of the chair pads – with the curtains, blinds, rugs or the table linen. You can also bring in color into a room, by picking chair pads in a vibrant color if the room has more of light or neutral colors. Play with colors and patterns to get the look you desire.

On a spare chair

There’s often that one chair in every home, which is not parted with for some reason. Maybe it was a dinner chair with an old dinner table that is no longer in use, or a chair that is kept in memory of a departed loved one, or a chair that has been with the family from the time they had their first house. It now rests in a corner of the house, probably unused.

Now top it with a lovely and fluffy chair pad to give it a distinct charm, and use it whenever you need it.

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Outdoors

Outdoor Chairpads

If you are someone who loves spending time enjoying nature, and live in a place blessed with nature’s beauty and calm, then you can use chair pads outdoors too. Cotton chair pads can take sufficient sun exposure, while giving you dollops of comfort and style. Use them on chairs, ottomans, lounge chairs, or on the grass.

The easier way to find the perfect chair pads, is to get them online. Chair pads can be used to usher not only comfort, but also both traditional elegance and modern stye in any space – depending on the colors and patterns you choose for their fabric. So go make your choices.

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.

Customize your curtains, as you like them

Your home is nothing like another, it deserves a unique character and a personal touch. And if you are someone who is very particular about home decor and furnishings, something like buying curtains for home can make you think a lot.

Because you will always have certain questions – if they will fit for the size of your window, if they will match with your furniture, if they are durable, and so on. But, if you have noticed, these questions usually arise when you are buying ready made curtains, but not customized ones.

Why would somebody ‘customize’ their curtains, you ask? Well – when they can enjoy the freedom of custom size curtains, to create a style that is exactly what they need – why wouldn’t they?

Let us elaborate on that for you, with three major pointers – the sizing, the choices, and the finish.

The Sizing

Buy custom cotton curtains online

Sometimes your windows may not be of a standard width or height, or you may have an unusual requirement, like a window seat. Though ready made drapes come in different sizes, they mostly stick to a standard fit. That could give you the extra burden of curtain alterations, if your windows are larger or smaller.

But custom made curtains are made to measure. Which means, you can have curtains made to the exact dimensions you need. And you won’t have to compromise on design, or quality. Be it living room curtains, bedroom curtains, or blackout curtains, there will be no burden of alterations! Hence, this is one of the most prominent reasons why people opt for customized curtains.

The Choices

Customization gives you the power to choose. And when you have the power, you can choose wisely. You are presented with a variety of choices, so your curtains can truly look, feel and fit like you want them to.

Custom curtain header
Featured: Solid Cotton Custom Curtain Brilliant Red

At thoppia.com, you can avail high-end customization of home decor and furnishing products online! No hassle here. You get to choose the to-be-customized curtains’ fabric material, color, design and the lining. You also get to pick the header type (heading), dimensions of height and width, and if you require tie-back on curtains. Plus, there are free swatches available, so you can touch and feel the material before you decide to buy it – all this while sitting in the comfort of your home. Why not give yourself the benefit of choice?

The finish

Custom made curtains are made with a lot of attention to detail, by a single maker from start to end. And they’re made for you, not mass-produced. The care taken ensures supreme quality finish for your curtains, meaning your curtains will look and feel beautiful for a very long time. That makes customized curtains very durable.

Now that you know better, if you are thinking where to buy online custom-made curtains, you should definitely consider Thoppia. You’ll have a variety of gorgeous options to choose from. Green curtains, blue curtains, or curtains with patterns – whatever you want, they can all be tailored for your windows.

If you would prefer going the extra mile to have something lasting and unique for your home, charming made to measure curtains can be made to please you!

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.