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VIJAYAWADA: Women are said to be crazy about decor. Be it a big house or a sweet little home, they always try to have the best interior for the house. Home stylists say interior designin

Published: 12th March 2012 08:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:33 PM   |  A+A-

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VIJAYAWADA: Women are said to be crazy about decor. Be it a big house or a sweet little home, they always try to have the best interior for the house.

Home stylists say interior designing is not just decorating homes; it is also about utilising the space properly.

Designing concepts are not new, but they are reworked from time to time.

Earlier, interior designing was an alien term for many. Now, there are institutions teaching it as a professional course. That being the trend, Vijayawada is not immune to it. People appear to have grown keen on making their homes look good and make an impression on the visitors.

The mushrooming home decor and furniture showrooms in the city testify to this.

In just two months, more than four interior design showrooms have come up in the city and the number of places which sell house furnishings has grown vastly in the last two years.

“Being an interior designer is not an easy thing. It involves creativity, skill and commitment. Living up to someone’s expectations regarding their very special place like home is really a challenging job,” said Prerana, an interior designer in the city. A good interior is combination of wall colours, furniture, household articles, glassware, figurines, paintings and other articles which are placed carefully so that they create a positive impression.

Ultimate, a gift shop in the city, has a variety of products made of glass, marble, plaster of Paris, crystal, swarovski stones and saturated silver from Venice, the US, UK, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Singapore China, Bangladesh and other countries. People visit the shop, select an item and go home to find an appropriate place for it to place. Then, they come back to purchase.

Price is not a problem for many of them, says Romit Jain, owner of the shop.

“Home is where we can truly be ourselves.

Making it lively is what brings happiness. Spending time to deck up the house can never be wrong,” said Bommasani Vasantha Lakshmi, house wife and resident of Gollapudi. Kanaparthi Prabhavati Devi buys raw material and her own teddy bears, door hangings and wall decorations.

“Designing a home is not an expensive affair if you can put in a little time and creative effort,” she says. Sale of fabric for sofas, doors curtains and diwan sets is growing steadily in the city with people opting for a makeover more frequently. Wallpapers are also in demand.

“People here do not bother about the price if they like the quality and design of the fabric,” said Abdul Aliya, sales executive at Studio Orion, a decor shop chain. “We design mostly for retail showrooms. We suggest the budget and there is never a ‘no’ to it. Designing homes does not cost more than Rs 2 lakh for a double bed room flat,” said J S R Murthy, manager, Vijayawada branch of interior designing house Concepts. “Home buyers ask for a variety of interiors and wall paint textures,” said B Sambasiva Rao, a builder.



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