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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!

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! 

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!)

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.

Chairpads Online

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.

Spruce up your living room with cushion covers

You have perhaps always tried your best, to make your home comfortable and stylish. Who doesn’t love to live in comfort and style? And we know you have given special attention to your living room, because that’s where people enter your home, and guests are welcomed in wholeheartedly or reluctantly.

You chose the perfect furniture, you bought the classy décor pieces, you got the walls painted in a lovely color. But hey, what about the cushions that lie on the sofa?

Cushions infuse comfort, while cushion covers evoke style. If you want to change the look of your sofa or add a fashionable touch to your living room – without spending too much – then change the cushion covers. How can you pick the perfect cushion covers, for a sophisticated look? Scroll to know.

It’s not a match!

polka-cushion-covers

When you buy a sofa, it usually comes with matching cushion covers. So if the sofa is grey, the cushion covers are also grey.

Now, picture this: The sofa is still grey but the cushions are of a different color, say red. Or mustard. Or dark blue. See how it lifts the look immediately? So if you have got cushion covers that match your sofa, put them away now, you need more color.

The number and the size

First, decide on the number of cushions you want. 3 to 5 cushions in one big sofa are considered to be ideal. And pick the size(s).

Today, you can easily get customized cushion covers online, as per your required dimensions and choice of stitch. You will have a wide range of them to choose from. And if need be, you can avail a free swatch before buying too.

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The choosing and styling

Picking your cushion covers not only depends on the look and feel you are aiming for in your living room, but also on how your living room already is – the elements existing in it.

  • If your living room has more of neutral colors, you can pick bold colors for your cushions. This will usher a nice contrast, and bring some depth into the room.
  • If your living room has many complementary colors, like red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple, then you can go for horizontal and vertical patterns.
  • If strong prints are your thing and you want them in your cushion covers, go ahead. But ensure to make the rest of the living room neutral. You don’t want the strong prints on your cushions to become part of visual clutter.
  • If you are someone into floral prints, that’s good too. Just make sure you coordinate them with the colors in the rest of the room.
  • If you are aiming for an urban modern look in your living room, opt for colors like black, white, grey, olive green, burnt orange, or purple. Getting a cotton cushion cover in burnt orange or a linen one in silver grey could be perfect for that particular feel. Incorporate smooth textures on solid fabrics, as well as geometric or graphic patterns on cushions and throws.

Comfort and style can be integrated in any room, by choosing the right furnishings. So keep your heart open to trendy, classy cushion covers. Accessorize your home with them, and represent your personal style.

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.

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!