Tips on Choosing the Right Furniture for Your House

Best Furniture

When setting up a house, selecting the right furniture which is a good combination of your ‘needs’ and ‘style’ is an important milestone.  Purchasing the right kind of furniture for your house is a practical exercise – it encompasses the requirement of a place to sit, an area to cook and eat, a place to sleep and storage options. House construction companies in Lahore recommend that on the outset of a layout plan, furniture placement and spacing must be considered in order to avoid any future complications.

Apart from the practical aspects of furniture selection, it is vital to include your own emotions and personality when buying furniture. After all, your house and everything in it is a reflection of your mood and preferences in life. Considering the fact that you build most of your treasured memories in the space that comforts you, furniture selection for your house must be a combination of your style, mood, the functional requirements along with the quality and cost of the furniture you choose. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you select the right furniture for your house.

First and foremost, you must have a preplanned budget that you have to work around. Having a set budget has advantages in several ways – one, it gives you an exact idea of what you can afford and secondly, it minimizes the risk of any future disappointment in terms of having to let go of something that you really like but can’t afford. With a vast variety to choose from in today’s world, it is important to keep a check on how much you spend on a piece of furniture. For instance, if you spend half of your budget on a single reclining chair for your living room, you may end up compromising on the remaining furniture for that room which will ultimately have an impact on the overall look.

Secondly, try to mentally visualize what you want your house to look like. More than often, people’s houses circle around a certain style or theme. You can easily tell when someone has placed random pieces of furniture in the house and no theme/style has been followed. Although ‘abstract’ styling is a form of art in itself, however going completely random with furniture might not be a good idea.  As an added factor, once you know what style or theme you intend to follow in the house it becomes easier to select furniture accordingly.

Categorize your furniture shopping into two broad categories: Essential Furniture and Complimentary Furniture. This makes life a lot easier! Once you have the basic necessities covered for every room in the house and if that is covered within your budget – then you have all the extra amount of money that you can spend on adding cherries to the cake. Therefore, depending on the size allotted to each room (in square footage) and your basic requirement for that particular space, you can prioritize your furniture shopping.

When shopping for furniture, always keep in mind the space. In other words, don’t purchase furniture items that are a misfit for a particular room in your house – for example; buying a 6 seat dining table to keep in the kitchen when there’s space for only 4 seats. Modern house designs in Pakistan emphasize on the need to have maneuvering space in the house and the same can be achieved with smart furniture selection and placement.

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4 Recommended Kitchen Designs from Top Interior Designers in Lahore

Kitchen Design

This year kitchen trends are leaning towards more personalized and individual styles, rather than the more traditional and formal designs. From quartz counter tops paired with metal and wooden accents, to kitchen islands in monochromatic hues and shaker inspired designs, this year trends are shifting towards modern yet unique and customized styles.

Today we are going to share some of the latest kitchen designs and trends, suggested by the top interior designers in Lahore.

Monochromatic Hues

For a more contemporary and sleek design, consider shifting towards a monochromatic color scheme. Turning towards varying shades of gray and white undertones, while pairing them with bold and vibrant accents can help create a warm and rich appeal. When paired with sleek counter tops and minimalistic designs, dark wooden or tiled floors can help add a modern and contemporary vibe to your kitchen. Most interior designers recommend the use of white backsplashes and white Corian countertops, for a minimal and sleek design.

Mixing Metals

While you might not be inclined towards painting your kitchen in one color, consider the addition of metal accents, for a more personalized touch. As stainless steel no longer has the expensive and exclusive appeal which it once had, most people prefer the use of copper and brass accents, as they give a more warm and homely touch to the interior. The use of metal can help add character and depth to your kitchen, as mixing metals can add visual interest. Copper accents and accessories are often used to add contrast when paired with black or dark interiors.

Replacing Granite with Quartz

Most interior designers and construction companies recommend the use of quartz in kitchens. Although the two materials nearly give the same look and finish, quartz is preferred as it is durable and resists scratches, burns and chips. Quartz, unlike granite, does not have to be sealed annually to prevent stains, while its subtle color gradation lends itself well to sleek and contemporary designs.

Sleek Countertops and Handless Units

This year interior designers are moving away from decorative and glazed styles, and are instead turning towards modern and sleek designs. Contemporary countertops while maintaining the impression of non-cluttered and clean spaces, are slimmer and thinner in their designs. Pairing these countertops with solid gray or white accents, can help add a compelling, and refined touch to your interior.

One of the more highly recommended kitchen trends includes the addition of sleek, handless units in gray or earthy tones. With a streamlined and uncluttered look, these units are excellent for adding a simple, yet modern finish to your kitchen.

We hope that you enjoyed these design trends and were inspired by these kitchen styles. For more design trends and household tips, stay connected to our blog.

The Smart Technology: Home Automation Achieves New Levels of Innovation

Home automation is the next big thing in home construction and design. The concept has already established a footprint globally. Recently, architectural companies in Pakistan have also started tapping into the world of smart homes. Some control activities such as turning off a light or disabling an alarm are rather simple and inexpensive. Other complex operations such as advanced surveillance and security controls require more investment of both technique and money. So, is it as good as it sounds? Let’s go through a few things you can control right from your smartphone, and you can then decide for yourself whether it’s worth the investment.

Lighting Management

Lighting Management Through Mobile

Yes, you no longer have to get up from that couch to turn up the lights. A simple tap on your smartphone or a voice command is all you need to do and voila, you can now remotely control the lights of your entire house all from that smartphone in your hand. Shell some more rupees and you can even alter the intensity and color of the lights. All you need is a home automation device to be wired with the lighting system you would like to remotely control, and the device can be easily synced to your smartphone. If we have a look at the latest home construction in Pakistan we’ll notice that the architects always leave a room for automation systems to be installed in electrical sockets and distribution boxes.

Surveillance Systems

Surveillance Systems Through Smart Phone

Security being a major concern in Pakistan, surveillance systems have the highest demand when it comes to home automation. Basic surveillance systems are already being widely used, especially in the corporate sector in Pakistan and advanced possibilities are being explored. Smart cameras are directly connected with your home’s internet connection, making real-time surveillance possible from your smartphone. The premier home construction in Lahore and in other urban cities of Pakistan includes pre-installed surveillance systems.

Temperature Control

Temperature Control Through Mobile

Installing a temperature control system in your home is a technology rather common, but managing it with your smartphone is undoubtedly an innovation worth attention. With a smart temperature control system installed in your home and a complimenting control app installed in your smartphone, you can remotely manage the temperature of every single room in your home. Whether it is turning on the air conditioner before arriving home on a hot day, or turning off the heating system while your kids are asleep at home, it is all possible.

Curtain Mechanism

Curtain Mechanism Through Smart Phone

Curtains are no exception when it comes to smartly controlling your home. Yes, curtain automation isn’t restricted to installing motors and controlling them with the given remote device. You can now automate your home curtain mechanism to an extent that they are completely operated through your smartphone. By managing curtains, shutters, blinds and awnings right from the palm of your hands, your life would become far more convenient than you had ever imagined.

The modern-day technologists are constantly working on making life easier for us; let’s see what else enters the list of smartphone automation in days to come.

Why Use Steel Railings Instead of Wooden Railings?

This is a question commonly asked by people who are about to invest in their home or office design, construction or renovation. According to the leading architectural firm of Pakistan, Amer Adnan Associates, the answer to this question lies in the kind of investment you’re willing to part with and what design you have in mind in regards to your space. If we keep personal preferences aside, there are other factors that need to be considered before you can make a choice between the steel and wooden railings for your house/office. For instance, budget, longevity of material, installation cost and time, and much more. The modern home construction companies in Pakistan suggest that any house that needs to become a home, it is crucial that its elements come together seamlessly to display grace, warmth and unity. This will be in respect to the structure, design and most importantly, durability. For majority of homeowners, the first home that is constructed will be a residence for at least one or two generations. So every detail has to be mapped out and thought out thoroughly.

In this article, we will focus on why a majority of architectural services in Lahore and nationwide recommend steel railings over the wooden railings.

Durability to Withstand Forces of Nature

No matter where the steel railings are installed, be it stairs or be it in the balconies; they will always be durable enough to withstand direct exposure to sunlight, rain, storms and other natural destructive forces. The wooden railings, on the other hand, would require a great deal of care and maintenance. This includes polishing at least twice a year, spraying with chemicals to protect against pesticides and constant cleaning to avoid development of mold/fungus during the humid weather. In case of steel railings, all that is required is a wipe to clean and restore it to its original form and sheen.

Economical Than Its Wooden Counterpart

Due to overproduction of steel, the steel railings cost considerably less than its wooden counterpart. They are manufactured in factories in assembly lines and always made in bulk, which is why the end price is always cheaper than wooden railings. On the contrary, the wooden railings may get expensive depending on the type and quality of wood being used. Moreover, the additional cost of skilled craftsmanship in case of details motifs and designs will cost you extra. Ideally, any material utilized in construction in Lahore or any other city for that matter will automatically have the price at the cheaper end if it is manufactured and purchased in bulk.

Easier to Install and Maintain Over Time

When it comes to installation, steel railings are far easier to install than wooden railings. The entire unit can be assembled on site with ease. Unlike wooden railings, none of its components require building it onsite. Instead, steel railings can be brought onsite straight from the vendor to be installed within a very reasonable timeframe as opposed to making a pretend workshop for wooden ones. Steel railings contain spare parts, screws, nuts, bolts, etc., all things that can be assembled and disassembled at the request and requirement of the client. It is feasible if you wish to relocate and use existing railings at your new home/office.

Ethical Responsibility towards the Planet

Apart from all the reasons mentioned above that go in favor of steel railings over wooden ones, the biggest and most critical reason is the wood used. It is usually mahogany or oak, which are heralded as environmental and historical treasures of the forests. Every time you choose wooden railing over steel, you are becoming an unintentional accomplice and contributing to deforestation which is gradually destroying our planet. The final choice, as always, remains in the hands of the homeowners who want to spend their money on every aspect of the house/office, from construction till the end which is interior design. The burden of choice remains with you.

Floorboards: A Trend that is Becoming Popular Again in 2017

Whether we take a look at home renovations or new home construction in Pakistan, 2017 is witnessing many revisions in building construction as well as decoration trends. Out of many new things that have recently made their mark in home construction trends, floorboards stand apart to make a great impression. According to a recent survey, the home flooring is all set to experience the biggest increase in investment, with an average of 29% of homeowners looking to spend more on it. They are taking a great deal of interest in the selection of floorboards with the reason being that this flooring is considered a statement of elegance for the home and homeowners. Below are three types of floorboards that have become most popular in 2017.

Dark Floorboards

Dark Floorboards

If we take a look into the past, the light or blond wood flooring was quite popular and was considered an element of sophistication and class. However this year, bolder colors are pretty much in trend because brighter accessories have made their position in the market. The gray and dark brown shades of floorboards are the hottest trends for this year.

Brushed Finish Floorboards

Brushed Finish Floorboards

The brushed finish floorboards include those which are either natural or band-sawn. If you are among the homeowners who are more inclined towards ensuring natural wood look for your floors, the best idea is to opt for brushed finish floorboards which showcase ingrained texture. We have seen many people opting for this floorboard design this year.

Cork Floorboards

Cork Floorboards

The cork flooring is increasingly becoming popular in 2017. One of the primary reasons behind the comeback of cork floorboards is their design flexibility, eco-credentials and health benefits for the residents. The cork floors do not absorb dust and they are resistant to fungus as well as bacteria. One of the interesting facts about this flooring is that it greatly reduces noise in home.

4 Home Ceiling Styles to Pick From

As you set off on a journey to construct a new home for you and your family, there are numerous things you need to choose carefully. The ceiling is one of them. The crucial element greatly adds to the interior of your home.

Whether you opt for plain, simple or contemporary ceiling design, it is important to make sure that the style you choose is in line with your home’s interior theme. If you look at modern house designs in Pakistan these days, you’ll come across some amazing ceiling designs that will leave you in the state of awe.

Today, AmerAdnan Associates will share some unique and stylish home ceiling designs for your new abode.

1: Exposed Beams Ceiling

Exposed Beams Ceiling

The ceilings with exposed beams were a norm if we get back into the seventies or eighties, however, in the modern day, we can hardly find them in residential settings. The interior designers in Pakistan and around the world have now come up with a new way of adding statement making ceilings.

They have incorporated real or artificial exposed beams in the ceilings that are painted in wood-grains pattern or in solid colors. The exposed beam ceilings give an open feel and are considered a blend of classic and contemporary home décor.

2: Coffered Ceiling

Coffered Ceiling

The coffered ceiling appears like a grid with repetitive sunken squares, triangles, rectangles spread across the ceiling. If the grid boxes are given a wood-like paint, they look more amazing.

The centre part of grid boxes in a coffered ceiling is where the interior decorators usually install flush-mount lights. It could be in plain white or any other color that is in conformity with the room’s theme.

Some interior decorators also suggest installing wallpapers in the grid boxes. The coffered ceiling is ideal for halls like dining rooms, living rooms and drawing rooms.

3: Tray Style Ceiling

Tray Style Ceiling

The tray style ceilings have been around for quite a while now. As the name suggests, the tray style ceiling appears just alike the inner side of a tray.

The simpler tray-style ceiling design could mean something like a single inverted tray, whereas a complicated one boast more detail work and cut-out designs.

The inner portion of a tray ceiling with intricate design is recessed. A tray ceiling can make a small room appear big.

4: Domed Ceiling

Domed Ceiling

To some, the domed ceiling may seem like an obsolete idea, but the modern day domed ceilings are not at all the traditional kind.

They are usually made of fibreglass or wood and offer good inflow of light from the rooftop. It is said this ceiling can give a spacious feel.

Window Designs That Would Prevail Home Construction in 2017

Whether you are on a mission to re-do your home exterior or are constructing a home from the scratch, choosing the right windows is always crucial. It’s not about selecting the classic arch windows over the modern horizontal sliders, it’s about picking the design that is in line with the latest home construction trends.

According to architects in Pakistan and around the world, windows are among the key elements that make up your home’s elevation. Although every window design comes with its unique set of advantages, the front windows of a home need to be selected carefully.

Here we have listed 3 window design trends that will be the hot picks of 2017.

  • Horizontal Sliding Windows

These windows have been popular since the start of twenty first century and are likely to top the list of architects and property owners throughout 2017. An overview of today’s modern homes will reveal to you that over ninety percent of the dwellings have used horizontal sliding windows.

Owing to the fact that they can seamlessly merge with any home exterior design. These windows open with the sash sliding. Another major reason behind their popularity is they are easy to open and close.

  • Jalousie Windows

Jalousie windows are among the most popular choices, especially when it comes to luxury homes in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Apart from their popularity in homes, the jalousie windows are also highly appreciated in commercial settings.

According to architects, these windows are best suited for cities with mild winters. One can install them with cedar slats and with the multiple glass options. Another good thing about these windows is the louvers of Jalousie windows open and closes conveniently.

  • Bow Windows

This home window design is works well for bungalows and helps to add a dramatic extension to a home’s elevation. For all those who highly appreciate classic architecture and want to add an architectural accent to their home’s exterior, the bow windows, also known as bay windows, can be an excellent choice for your abode.

These windows are constructed out of wood or metal frames. If you want to ensure your windows can withstand direct exposure to all kinds of weather, you should opt for the aluminium frame.