THE MIDDLE GROUND
Go beyond the usual and give your space a makeover. VINITA CHAITANYA shares mid- budget décor ideas.
22 Expert tips on how to give interiors a makeover within a limited budget
While laying the foundation of your abode or redoing it completely, what matters most is the look and style you want it to have. Be it a budget home, an opulent high- end pad or a mid- segment apartment somewhere between the two, everyone has a budget before starting out. The first and foremost rule in interior designing is to plan the final budget beforehand. It is terrible to work under stress towards the end of the project when funds are dwindling. That’s when one starts focusing on accessories and most people run out of money, leaving room for loose ends.
I think there are a few points one has to keep in mind especially when planning midsegment interiors. As it is going to be a mix between budget and luxury, one has to be extra cautious while selecting materials, fixtures and overall accessories. In case you are planning to begin with a skeleton and build on it, remember that strong bones are important if this is going to be a long- term investment. You need quality products to sustain the look and durability of the home. Just because you are doing a mid- budget one doesn’t mean you have to settle for low quality material and fittings. Spend wisely on doors, windows and hardware and choose plumbing and electrical very carefully. It is dangerous to cut corners here because of price. My suggestion is to check on the brand, warranties on products and hire a contractor who isn’t a fly- by- night operator, but one who has technical knowledge and will service your home for years to come.
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
Next in line are sanitary fittings as there are quite a few in the market and choosing them is a mind- boggling exercise. Rely on branded goods and expert help only. You might get tempted to go for unbranded cheaper options but I would say don’t touch them at all. A price- saving tip here would be to spend a little more cash on a
decorative tap and sink and go for a durable WC. And yes, all fixtures in white would help as you can save a few thousand rupees. To pep up the bathroom, pick an interesting mirror frame— from your collection of picture framers or from a home store. Another idea is to tile only floors and wet area. Leave the walls around the counter painted and add prints to enhance walls. seen lovely colours available in yards around Delhi. Also a great idea is to use laminated or engineered wood floor throughout the home. Again, I prefer the pale shades especially if your space is small. Some lovely distressed greys, creams and whites are readily available.