Five interior designs for life

Sudeep Kolte Jan 4 2018, 21:42 IST
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The fifth wall

When we redo our home interiors, we often forget about the ceiling. A well-styled ceiling can make an impressive statement. What better way to welcome the year by sprucing up your ceiling. Designer ceilings are in trend and are one of the simplest and aesthetic forms of renovation, while gypsum-based ceilings are easy to experiment with by adding the shape and colour of your choice. Whether you use paint or wallpaper, gypsum-based designer ceilings last as long as the building and give a smooth, seamless finish. Whether it's your bedroom or living room, designer ceilings also provide a wide variety of lighting options while concealing all the electrical wiring.

Wall art

Photo frames hung on the wall are long gone and are a trend of the past. Wall designs, paintings and decals are the new kind of wall art becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. However, if you're still looking to hang some of your favourite paintings or showpieces, and don't feel your wall is strong enough to sustain the weight, a new range of plasterboard is available which helps you fix heavy and difficult items such as TVs, shelves, large paintings, etc. As part of a new range of gypsum-based plasterboards, this new wall is strong and durable and does not require any special drills or fixings to be installed.

Cosy up

Your living room is one of the most important spaces in your home. Whether you are entertaining guests or relaxing by cosying up in a corner, walls with good thermal and acoustic insulation are always a plus.

Why not welcome the New Year with a simple change of partition walls? Partition walls create spaces for hosting guests, a play area for children, a TV room to relax over weekend and more. Gypsum-based partitions are time efficient and can be installed three to five times faster than masonry construction. Gypsum panels are also relatively large compared to other materials and therefore, they easily cover large wall and ceiling spaces. They require a few tools for construction and can be fixed within a few hours. While their light weight makes them easy to carry, their durability allows you a lifetime of strong, high-quality walls. Highly versatile, gypsum boards can adapt to any form of decoration and also help reduce energy consumption caused by the air conditioning in your home.

Gypsum walls, or drywall as they are called, also prevent unwanted sound to adjoining areas. You can easily host your guests in your living room without the sound travelling to other areas of the home. They are readymade and provide a long-term affordable investment for your home.

Splash of colour

Colour never goes out of style. When unsure of what to choose between a wide range of vibrant and diverse shades, it is always best to go with a minimalist look. One or two simple, low-tone shades and soft-washed pastels like a dusty rose can work wonders for your ceilings or walls.

Create space

Nowadays, it's all about creating space. If you have a couple of weeks to spare, redoing your ceiling can make your room look taller. Gypsum-based designer ceilings take about one or two weeks, as per the customisation. However, if you are looking for quick and hassle-free design solutions, glass is the answer. Adding glass-based windows or doors makes the ceiling looks higher than usual and makes the room look larger. If you want to go an extra mile, try placing tall mirrors and curtains of lighter material and softer shades to make the room look elongated.

Sudeep Kolte
(VP sales & marketing, Saint Gobain India Pvt Ltd €" Gyproc Business)

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