Artificial Intelligence and Human Creativity – A winning combo

Artificial Intelligence and Human Creativity – A winning combo

According to Jeff Lincoln, a third-generation interior designer based in New York City, “The ultimate luxury is being able to relax and enjoy your home.” This simple yet powerful definition of ultimate home luxury is possible in every living space with the right medley of artificial intelligence (AI) and human creativity.

It is true that creativity is not dependent on technology, but when they work in harmony, they deliver excellence beyond imaginations. Young and tech-savvy interior designers and stylists are well-versed with the advantages of AI and IoT and how helpful they are in making a place beautiful as well as functional. And, environment-conscious people who love to adopt green buildings, use AI to ensure sustainability and comfort in their dream places.

From sensors in curtains to save electricity to smart focus lights, AI is very useful to contemporary interior stylists. Instead of using led bulbs of different voltages in the living room, they prefer smart lights which illuminate a space inside the house as per timing and need. Similarly, curtains get wrapped and unfold as per the visibility inside the room. Besides, seamless sync between the majority of equipment and gadgets in the house and their quick response on the instruction of a household with no limitation about his/her presence inside the premises make the new-age homes greatly energy-efficient as well as comfortable.

These days, a myriad of AI tools are available in the market to facilitate their creative projects. There are various interior designing apps which can be downloaded easily on their laptops and smartphones. Many such apps are very helpful in designing bespoke furniture of one’s home or office, besides; there are also apps that connect the designers/stylists with domestic as well international vendors to procure the best materials at the best prices. Moreover, before procuring the furniture and décor items, one can also experience in advance the interior of the room using 3D virtual room view from different corners of the room.

The more advanced design tools are the amalgamation of AI, deep-Learning, and image-processing. As they work on advanced algorithms, they automatically suggest various themes and design options to interior stylists after scanning the details of the selected area.  One just needs to click the picture of the particular space, fill the questionnaire with appropriate details, and choose a theme; the app will give so many options and using these printouts, they can be customized as per the feedbacks of the clients.

Antique Heirlooms for a romantic milieu

Every past leaves behind some precious memories; some unforgettable moments and some priceless objects. And, decorating the home with the timeless furniture, paintings and artifacts make a living space irresistibly indulging in the time where technology has become a bland reality in every sphere of life. Then, from the periscope of the panoramic exotica, having a tryst with the elegance and grandeur of the past is certainly an ultimate way to assimilate sheer luxury in one’s lifestyle. Below are some interesting and practically cool methods to animate your space with flashback (heirloom) décor solutions.

Add a dash of antiques : 

The most direct way of using antiques is to go full retro. If you have plenty of antique items, you can group them together and keep the serenity of the past alive in the corner of your modern room. If you’re taking the minimalist approach, an old sofa, some old photographs and a retro style lamp can do the job.

The assorting beauty : 

Items that are small in size may create clutter if they’re thoughtlessly scattered around the room. The best way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to group them together at a single spot. An old wooden table or a wooden bar is the best place to display your collection of small antiques.
Small objects picked up over travels, received as gifts or bought from artists, aptly reflect your tastes and make for interesting conversation starters.

Have some space for heirlooms :

The wonderful thing about heirlooms is that you can use them for a purpose they weren’t initially designed for and they somehow, still look great. An old drinking vessel, for example, can be used as a flower vase. An ebony barstool can be revamped to house your collection of antiques. Indeed, the most sui generis furniture and prosaic of late 19th-century or pre-independence era are the legacies of grandparents which add sublime authenticity and character to the home. In fact, arranging heirloom pieces in one place without creating cluttering or visual chaos, like a traditional console table holding various exotic bibelots, which grabs the interest of passerby. Framing the interior with a family’s old brown furniture, antique silver cups, or random oddments give a touch of the time that impresses every visitor entering there. All you need is a pinch of creativity and the job is done.

Play with colors : 

This one is especially for the cutlery. It often happens that some piece from a set goes missing. Consequently, you end up with a number of incomplete sets. In such a case, you need to step out of the compulsion to be matchy-matchy and group what you have by colour. This way, you can combine pieces from different sets to create your own unique set.

Restore and relive : 

Many people are sentimental about their heirlooms and want to keep them as they are. But if your precious heirlooms are sitting in the dark attic, collecting dust and rust, wouldn’t it be better to restore them and put them out in the light?

Even the simple act of painting can breed new life into the intricately carved, handcrafted antiques. They can then be boldly displayed out in the open, adding class and comfortable nostalgia to your home.


Redesign Your Home Within The Realistic Budget

If your Wishlist for interior design and décor is realistic, if your décor plan is free from all sorts of ambiguities, and if you have a complete list of priority items, then the idea of redesigning the home will never exceed the budget you made for this purpose. Here, we will share with you some interesting décor ideas that will overwhelmingly spruce up your home without making a hole in your pocket.

Realistic Designs

A minimalist theme with Japandi

In the present time, crafting the interior with an aesthetic hybrid of two design styles is becoming en vogue. In fact, many people are inclining towards this minimalist approach in their living space, relishing the beauty of functional and calm scenery, playing with the sunlight, and complementing simple and natural items with the theme-based interior. Besides, glistening a room with natural scent makes it even more delightful.
Instead of adorning with luxurious items style the interior with earthly colours and materials which emanate the soft vibes in a functionally-driven space, and that is what Japandi style emphasises on. It is the simplicity at its core, and homely at its edges that compose the space not only functional and minimal but also welcoming.

Once you have the grasp of the concept and philosophy of Japandi style, you can go ahead and decorate your interiors. It is always beneficial to incorporate some of the popular, tried and tested trends though:

Use Contrasting colours

Blend dark hues with light woods, by opting monochromatic accents for the walls. And, to add a little vibrancy to the living space, you can place a house plant either at the centre, beside a sofa, or at the corner of the room.

Mix and match furniture

Both Japanese and Scandinavia furniture focus on functionality, however, they do have some differences between too. Scandinavia furniture has clean lines and is mostly in light-colour, whereas Japanese furniture is lower to the ground and comprises a darker shade. Mixing and matching these two furniture styles can create a pleasant looking interior.

Add statement accessories

There aren’t many accessories in either Japanese or Nordic styles since both of them focus on functionality. However, you can still accessorise your house even if you’re decorating in Japandi style. All you have to ensure that embellishment is subtle and in tune with the rest of the interior design. Placing indoor plants is always a good option. In addition to this, you can incorporate stone in decor. A bathtub placed on a rugged stone slab brings out an instant wow! You can also use stone stands to upholster plant pots.

Simple yet luxurious

Bright colours should be avoided in Japandi style decor. You can experiment with different shades of warm or cool greys but remember to keep your palette neutral. And, don’t go for erratic patterns, since the Japandi style focuses on simplicity and minimalism, opting simple stripes or a touch of shibori will be enough to make your interior feel alive.

The art of artistically placing the art

Artistic Wall

Do you know why some names like Leonardo Ds Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, M. F. Husain, and Raffaello Sanzio spontaneously strikes on our mind whenever we think about art and paintings? The answer is simple – they are the creators of immortal art pieces which are unique, age-less, and intriguing to human creativity. Similarly, when the work of these legendary artists and painters is installed on the walls of your home, it also becomes eternally beautiful.

But, placing the art is also an art which requires a great installation sense and lots of creativity. So, below are some useful tips to perfectly place and position paintings and sketches.

For the living room

Choosing the right artwork for the living room is a task as it must match the vibes of the entire house. A large-scale piece or a gallery wall is a good choice. An artwork needs not to be painting but it could also be a large-scale replica of stag horns and also 3D images that can give a chill vibe to the living room.

kitchen painting designs

For the kitchen

One of the most important places of any house is the kitchen and, in most cases, it is the most neglected place. To make the kitchen more appealing, incorporate artworks in countertops or spaces above cabinets where it could be placed. Choose smaller pieces that could complement the space. The best option would be to use funny or social prints that make you smile and start your morning fresh.

For the bedroom : 

Abstract pieces with soothing colors or tones are the best bet for bedrooms. Hang artworks opposite to the bed which allows for maximum viewing. Opt for bigger pieces or those that could be hung at the eye level. One can also choose framed works of famous photographers or landscape paintings. Frames of the artworks should be minimal — a gallery frame or canvases are good choices.

For the bathroom : 

Many people neglect the bathroom, but artwork could also be used here. Why not opt for fun and bright pieces, or serene or calming pieces? The artworks here would look good in pairs, and one can set them as stacked or side-by-side. Flipped art pieces can also be used. These can be placed over the toilet or bathtub or over the towel hooks.

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effect in interior design due to corona

A Real Challenge Faced By The Industries Due To Coronavirus!

Bhawana Bhatnagar

According to an article by Harvard Business Review, to mitigate the crisis and to prevent it from recurring in the future, risk management principles should at least be applied to tier 1 and tier 2 company supply chains. Beyond tier 2, the risks associated with single sourcing should, at the very least, be understood.

Bhawana is an entrepreneur with passion for interior designing and decoration. She has the quality of instilling beauty and vivaciousness in people’s life.

The Solution
At the very least, the companies should invest in a 24X7 monitoring system. With ever-evolving technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing, monitoring has become easily accessible as well as affordable. Running a globally dispersed supply chain in a world that is consistently in a state of flux and whose dynamics are changing every second, is like driving a million dollar car without an insurance.

While large firms can think about sourcing from multiple suppliers, it doesn’t make much business sense for small firms to do so

As the Coronavirus menace continues to take a toll on humanity and the number of affected people is rising exponentially, it is now becoming clear that Coronavirus is more than a health concern. Industries all over the world have started to suffer and global business has been brought to its knees. The pandemic has also carved out gaping holes in the edifice of supply chain. China is the major supplier of finished and unfinished goods around the world. Coincidentally, it’s also the epicentre of the pandemic, which has led to the shutdown of all manufacturing units in the country. This has majorly affected the supply chains around the world. Also, Italy, which is the major exporter of unique and exquisite goods has taken the brunt of it, making overseas procurement impossible.

Besides monitoring, there are some companies that are going a step further and engaging in the mapping process. Mapping means interacting with suppliers to learn about their global sites as well as subcontractors. This gives them a better understanding of their supply chain and helps them to know which parts are produced in or passed through those sites. By setting up this system, the companies are alerted in advance in case of a crisis and they have an ample time to restructure their supply chain in order to prevent any major losses. Even though setting up this system requires some capital investment, in the times of crisis, it pays off and serves as an insurance policy.

Those companies however, who did not already have such contingencies are coming up with indigenous solutions of their own to meet the demands of their customers to keep their business afloat. Many companies have resorted to producing the required products locally and are customizing those products as per the needs of the customer. Obviously, it is not an easy alternative but for many small business owners, this is the only option. That being said, there might be a silver lining here as well.

Having been forced into a corner to set up their own production houses, these small business firms have come across an opportunity to produce the goods locally. Difficult as the process might be in the initial phase, once the machinery is set up, it could greatly reduce the costs they incur in procuring the goods from overseas. They can then sell these locally produced goods at cheaper prices and still derive more profit than they did before – in essence, good for both the customer and the seller.

The Causes Of Crisis
As the supply drought hits, many organizations are regretting their decision for relying on a single supplier. The supply-chain managers are well aware of the risks associated with single sourcing, but they still do it to meet the demand or to secure large supplies in a short duration.

Often, due to the nature of the goods being imported, there are only a handful of suppliers available, and unfortunately, most of them are based out of China. Also, while large firms can think about sourcing from multiple suppliers, it doesn’t make much business sense for small firms to do so. These small business firms are also the ones that are suffering the most because in many cases, their only supplier has gone off the map without any warning.

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