THE MID­DLE GROUND

Go be­yond the usual and give your space a makeover. VINITA CHAI­TANYA shares mid- bud­get dé­cor ideas.

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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.

MA­TE­RIAL MAN­AGE­MENT

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.

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