Sunday, 23 June 2019

The Iconic ‘Blue’ Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue!


The mid-19th-century cultural monument that’s reopened to the public after a year of restoration - Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue! It is the oldest Sephardic Synagogue in Mumbai, constructed in 1884. The synagogue was designed by Bombay architects Gosling and Morris and was paid for by the Sassoon family, who were prominent philanthropists in Bombay. The synagogue’s decorative interiors featured Victorian stained-glass windows and rich Burmese teakwood furnishings and staircase. In 2010 the WMF funded the re-creation of the architectural structure of the Synagogue and the restoration was completed in January 2019.




The Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue – also commonly known as Kala Ghoda’s Blue Synagogue – received a new lease of life after 20 months of restoration. 



Abha Narain Lambah, the architect for the restoration project said, “The Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue was an extremely challenging and fulfilling restoration project. The entire structure, right from the external architecture to the detailing of the religious symbols used in the interiors is enchanting and tells a story of the years gone by.”

The stained glass and the original Minton floor tiles were restored, the interiors were given a fresh new look in a greenish shade with a tinge of gold, chairs, chandeliers and other artefacts were recreated just they were in the past and the colour of the façade was re-painted.

























The Minton tiles laid at the synagogue today were replicated for the very first time by Bharat Floorings and Tiles with the assistance of Abha Narain Lambah.

Minton tiles are essentially clay, they are glazed on top of the clay mixture itself, then the colours are put into it and mixed. You have the clay mix in which a yellow pigment or yellow organic pigment is added which colours the clay body itself. So, when you fire the clay and bring it up to a temperature where it solidifies, you’ll get that same colour again. That is how the Minton’s at the Synagogue were laid, they are all individual pieces, but they were clay.

“One wouldn’t realise the amount of time and hard work that has gone into restoring the tiles because the outcome is flawless,” says our designer Ashwin Mallya.

Below we interview our designer Ashwin Mallya who gives an insight on one of our most interesting restoration projects - Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue!



What was the process of tile restoration?


The process of the tile restoration went about like this:

On day one, we documented the entire space and asked the restorers to remove and give us one patch of the floor for colour matching. The entire patch went straight to the factory. Simultaneously, we went to, measure the tiles individually. Post that, the drawings were made. Once completed, the drawings were converted into 3D drawings which were then sent to the dye maker who makes dyes. Once the dyes were done, we got moulds. After receiving the moulds, we started colour matching. This was the most tedious procedure as when colours mixed with water tends to be darker or lighter and we were shown specifically what shade was wanted expected from the original Minton tiles. They didn’t want it to look like an odd part of the same floor, it should be in harmony with the rest of the floor.



The challenging part of the project –

The client gives us the area in sq. ft (for example 200-300 sq. ft) That sq. ft is converted into numbers. For one sq. ft or a little more than that, you have around 13 components that go in all different colours. Initially we started off with this in the main Prayer Hall which was around 150 sq. ft. It was the most challenging part of the floor because we had to continue tiling the parts that were broken off as well as the entire border and corner area and the pattern. Getting the tiles manufactured right was not a problem but getting them to fit it right, so that it looks like one uniform floor was a challenging part while restoring the tiles for the Synagogue.

A lot of time went into developing the corner! The entire space has this one corner tile. The entire area is just one corner tile at one point. This is a metal piece that is milled out and then you have a mould which becomes in a mode. The Minton tiles take around five days to make; they are expensive because of the variety of colours used in them. If I make a hundred or two hundred of these tiles, the cost breaks down and evens out somewhere. But, when I’m making one, it’s expensive – one tile costs around 25,000 to 30,000 rupees.

What’s unique about Bharat Tiles?

We make acoustic tiles! Our regular tiles are about 17-18 mm of coloured cement topping material and 10-12 mm plain grey cement backing if you keep polishing you will find the same pattern repeatedly. Unlike a ceramic tile, it does not show the base if broken. The beauty of this is that you get a look and feel that the other tile cannot replicate at all.

What makes the Synagogue a unique project for Bharat?

The project requirements and the brief were to replicate the exact same Minton tiles. So, the work became kind of a reverse engineering wherein we had to get the actual sample and keep going back and forth to figure out how to produce it. This principle applied to all the stages involved in the manufacturing process, right from the drawing, making the dyes, moulds, colours etc. The factory was involved more in figuring out what type of mix would work best for a flooring. For example, dark colours such as dark blue or dark green, do not really work well in light because the dye in these colours tends to be weaker. That’s why Bharat does not recommend on using white and black colour pigments as the white will be a very strong colour as well as a dye and hold into the cement, whereas the black tends to weaken the cement and will be wash out into the white when polished. For this reason, we do not offer black and white combination.

As the tiles were quite small, we knew that there are no chances of them breaking. Not all these tiles can sit at a 90-degree angle, some of them are aligned. If you notice the Synagogue, the entire floor is aligned at 45-degrees, therefore, the whole pattern is laid at the same angle and not straight. Over the past year, around 7-8 months have gone into developing and figuring out the best we can.

The journey had been challenging but the outcome has been fantastic!

To know more about the synagogue project check out the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK17l9SETWk&t=62s

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Paving the Way for the future!

Completing nearly a century since the beginning of our journey in 1922, there couldn’t have been a better time for us to dive deep into our vibrant past and chart out the various stages in our company’s growth journey. Thanks to our friends who are history lovers and archivists at Past Perfect who helped us in discovering rare archival materials with the guidance of our Chairperson Mrs. Dilnavaz Variava, that brought back a sense of nostalgia and pride in our achievements over the last 97 years. These were displayed at a thematic exhibition called Paving The Way that celebrated the Indian Tiling Industry.

This exhibition threw attention to the untold story of Indian design, enterprise and the growth of the design world. The exhibition shed light on the city's architectural history, to showcase a story that was left untold, put together through original exhibits, images of the old flooring from the 30s, 3-D printed models, newspaper articles and advertisements related to the construction industry! The exhibition covers the history of a few iconic landmarks that are a testimony to BFT's iconic work and how each design has adapted to changing times. The aim was to make people ‘look down at the beautiful floors while walking all the time’.




In the past few years, we have been witnessing an excess of conversations and exhibitions around the architectural diversity of Mumbai. Those stories were unfortunately incomplete and excluded another, less-documented area, which is the interiors of the city’s iconic buildings which were as stylized as the exterior. Floorings and tiles, whether industrial or hand-crafted, have always added to the character, heritage, and utility of the structures they were laid down for. Patterned tiles look attractive and can upgrade the interiors of the space instantly!
What role did tiles play while designing a space? How did different patterns align to the wide variety in architectural styles? How were they made and what ensured their durability? What were the popular colours and patterns? Curated from archival materials from the 20s to 70s sourced from the archive of the Bharat Flooring Tiles, this the exhibition attempted to answer these questions, spark a discussion around the floors we walk on every single day and expose audiences to the nuances of the tiling industry.


The exhibition archives this story of a home-grown enterprise, and how it moulded itself to reflect the changing tastes and trends of the times. BFT’s milestones form the five major modules of this exhibition: Tapestry in Cement; The ‘Moderne’ Home; Commercial Elegance; Floors To Your Taste; and Heritage Renaissance.

We had some beautiful anecdotes on display at the exhibition including the original tile from Nusserwanji & Co. Karachi, Undated. Nusserwanji Mehta, a businessman from Karachi and a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi, inspired Pheroze Shah Sidhwa & Rustom Sidhwa to start Bharat Floorings & Tiles by saying "India needs both economic and political independence" in 1922.


























Along with Ms Almitra Patel's poem recitation inspired by the floor in her childhood bedroom which had the Inverlochy pattern. The vibrant colours and the Heritage pattern has always remained in her mind. You can listen to the entire poem as recited by Ms Almitra herself here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3CKkd3UrEE




The Ideal Home Exhibition in 1937 was the first attempt of any such type in India and was conceived, designed and organized by the Indian Institute of Architects. The exhibition concerned the sphere of life which touches every one of us virtually, the sphere in which we spend more than half our lives. The exhibition, therefore, seeks to bring within the ken of each one of us in a pleasant and easily accessible form. They used the latest devices to make this vital environment of our lives more comfortable, more modern, more congenial and perhaps more artistic. The Ultra-Modern Bar was displayed by Bharat Tiles and Marble Co. in this exhibition. It pays a glorious tribute to Bharat’s skilled decorator-artist, Herr Albert Millet of Berlin – and to their beautiful marble and ‘Colourex’ cement without the designer’s dream this could not have been materialized.



Visiting our first module at the Paving the Way exhibition – Tapestry in cement!
BFT produced patterned tiles to stop Minton tile imports for economic freedom and growth. Patterned floors, is an architectural movement heavily influenced by gothic buildings since the middle ages, were once again made popular in the 19th century by Herbert Minton. Known as encaustic tiles, they were made by layering different colours of clay allowing for profusely decorative patterns. Gothic Revival was one of the most influential design styles of the 19th century. Designs were based on forms and patterns used in the Middle Ages.


And then in 1922, fired by ‘Swadeshi’ spirit and inspired by Jamshed Nusserwanji Mehta of Karachi, Pheroze Sidhwa and his nephew Rustom Sidhwa started Bharat Floorings Tiles Co. and thus eventually eliminating the public's reliance on imports. The tiles manufactured were laid in iconic buildings in Mumbai, the Readymoney mansion, Brady flats in Colaba, Darbhanga mansion in Carmichael road and many more!


1. Star and Diamond pattern floor laid in a restored office in Readymoney Mansion.
2. The original black & white tiles in a diamond pattern seen on the 2nd Floor of Readymoney Mansion.
3. The Star & Stripes Heritage™pattern in Brady Flats, Colaba, constructed in the 1920s.

Moving on to our second module at the Paving the Way exhibition – The ‘Moderne’ Home. Post the Gothic period, the Art deco period ushered in, in the 1930s which is also known as the ‘Style Moderne’ period, marking a shift from carpet pattern tiles to terrazzo tiles or plain cement tiles laid in geometric Art Deco style. The vision of the company remained unchanged, and the aim of laying a unique, custom designed floors that would combine beauty with strength and durability was met with each completed project. Right from laying the floors of residences of Mumbai's elite to iconic public buildings such as hotels, cinemas, schools, clubs and hospitals, Bharat Floorings and Tiles was undoubtedly deemed the leading tile manufacturing company back then and even today. Few places where Bharat Tiles are spotted are – the art deco buildings at Oval Maidan, Kamal Mahal at Napeansea Road, Dhanraj Mahal at Apollo Bunder, The Bombay Royal Yacht Club and many more!




1. Terrazzo tiles create an Art Deco geometric design at Fair Lawn, Oval Maidan in 1930s

2. A Piet Mondrian like in-situ grid floor laid at Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder in 1935.
3. Perspective shot of a stairway in Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder in 1935.


As Bombay (now Mumbai) grew in commercial stature during the interwar period, new urban schemes were laid out and construction work bustled. Our 3rd Module is – Commercial Elegance. A range of Indian and Italian marble, in conjunction with plain cement Companies from banking, insurance and finance sectors acquired massive plots of land and built imposing headquarters in Bombay’s business district. Their façade, heavy with ornamentation, bas relief and detailing were complimented by a graceful but minimal interior. The tiles lent a quiet elegance to these stately structures.



1. A zig-zag pattern, to indicate a direction, in a lobby of the Laxmi Insurance Building, 1938. 
2. The walls, floors and top and front faces of counters of the Bombay Mercantile Bank were graced with Italian marble supplied by Bharat Tiles & Marble Co. Today the building is the headquarters of the HSBC Bank which acquired it in 1959.

3. Bharat’s marbles in rich terracotta colour, in conjunction with aluminium strips and coloured cement, branded as Colourex, enhanced the dado work in the lobbies and staircase of the Bombay Mutual Life Assurance building (Citibank branch, D N Rd.) built in 1936.


Floors to your taste
our 4th module which talks about the changing taste and preferences in the design world and how BFT has adapted to it. The advent of the British impacted the way Indians looked at housing. Indians saw the British bungalow living as aspirational and by the 1930s, the bungalow lifestyle was widely adopted. The Bombay Bungalow, now almost exotic to our cityscape was once the choice of the elite. Every element of the home could be handpicked and created to fit the design concept of one’s home. At this time, BFT’s more discerning clients commissioned, and the company crafted. As the city grew vertically and apartment complexes became the vogue, individualism became rare and quality was compromised and replaced by cheaper material.



Our fifth and final module at the Paving the Way exhibition – Heritage Renaissance.

BFT has collaborated with conservation architects who have played an integral role in restoring the floors of some iconic heritage sites in Mumbai – amongst them Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, The Royal Bombay Yacht Club, and Esplanade House (Vikas Dilawari), Mani Bhavan, Bombay High Court, Royal Opera House, the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue (Abha Narain Lambah) and The Cathedral and John Connon School (Brinda Somaiya), to name just a few.
The Paving the Way exhibition however in this module showcase BFT’s most recent flooring restoration project – the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue under the supervision of Conservation Architect Abha Narain Lambah which left the city bedazzled. Keeping in line with the Neo-Classical and Gothic-Victorian architectural elements of the synagogue, the company developed and laid tiles like the original Minton tiles in its prayer hall. BFT spent many laborious months replicating the exact pattern and colours of this complex design to make its Minton tiles merge seamlessly with the original floors.


We take this opportunity to thank -
- Research and curation: Past Perfect Heritage Management
- Design Partner: Ideas spice
- 3D Partner: Sahas Softech LLP
- The Story of Bharat: A film by Switch Studio
Photo Credits:
- Dr. Abigail McGowan for Mafatlal Bungalow.
- HSBC Archives, London for Interior photographs of Mercantile Bank of India, London and China.
Marvi Mazhar & Associates, Karachi as Creative Research Collaborator for Karachi material.
- Allen Fernandes, Photographer for J N Petit Library
- Institute of Indian Architects.
- Special thanks to all residents and landlords of homes and offices showcased in the exhibition.
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Monday, 22 April 2019

Five ways to Style your Summery Floral Patterns

Yes, the heat is intense; however, you must agree that summer has a charm of its own! The trees come into bud and the flowers bloom! Bright, colourful flowers are synonymous with the season and can be incorporated in many ways to uplift your décor this season. 

Traditional, modern, eclectic, contemporary: the words that best describe a great floral pattern. And much like the wide variety of flora and fauna surrounding us, there is no limit to the number of floral patterns you'll find at Bharat Floorings.


Create an enthralling look in your house by using summery floral prints. Florals are a fast-track route to colourful, vibrant rooms. Floral patterns are an all-time favourite design preferred by everyone - a timeless print that can never go out of style! They make a natural fit for residential as well as commercial spaces. This pretty design can never go out of style and is a safe choice. These patterns can be used as highlights, borders for a statement look, or can be laid to create a carpet look. Floral designs tend to have a sleek and clean aesthetic and are, therefore, evergreen. One can never get tired of looking at them. This pattern makes a room feel more comfortable and creates a homely atmosphere. Patterns consisting of different leaves, buds, and twirls look very appealing.


 Here are a few ways to as to how you can style your floral patterns:

Colour combinations:
Bringing nature to your space is always a good idea! If you choose neutral colours, it can create a calm background for your furniture and accessories. Light and subtle colours like beige, browns, pastels allow you to experiment with brighter colour décor elements eg, cushions and artistic wall hangings, that bring a positive influence on your mood, filling the interiors with a good energy. Keeping to just two shades gives you the freedom to mix a variety of patterns, from traditional floral designs to ethereal abstract prints.





In the image below, the Classic beauty pattern from the Heritage collection is laid at the Pali Village café in Mumbai. The designer Tejal Mathur used the colour combination of fawn and white to create a subtle and neutral tone keeping the decor and patterns used in the space the highlight.



Statement walls: 
Go bold and playful wall décor! BFT has classic patterns in bold, vibrant colours and exaggerated patterns which are perfect to create a bold statement on your walls. These floral designs serve as part of the aesthetics and create a more natural feel. Customization is always a good idea when it comes to designing your own space. You can mix different patterns and create your own unique look, customization option that Bharat Floorings provides our customers with. The very trendy and famous medley Heritage™ tiles mixed and matched together to create a striking look at the balcony area of this beautifully designed residence.




Flooring: 
If you love nature and want your interiors to blossom all year round, florals are your go-to! Flowers bring out a fresh and lively look within any space. Unique floral designs bring life to the floors of your home. Floral patterns like Tulip from the HeritageTM collection complement a vintage décor scheme beautifully as you can see below!





Stair risers:
Why should your stairwell look outdated when the rest of your home decor is on point? At BFT, we have a wide range of stair risers which enhance the décor of your space. A big trend in 2019 is to add attractive patterns with bold colour choices to uplift your décor, and we can’t think of a better way to incorporate this trend! Decorating the risers that make a staircase adds drama to your interior decor. Match the staircase risers to the surrounding furniture but add a little twist by using two colour combinations or patterns.





Highlighters:
When you keep all the elements in a room sleek and uncluttered, it's important to make sure there's a focal point in the room to add visual interest and you can incorporate such a look and feel by using highlighters! One can use highlighters by designing them in multiple ways. For instance, alternating patterned tiles with plain tiles, adding a border around the plain tiles, or creating a carpet look and surrounding it with a plain tile, amongst other ways. This can be decided as per the design scheme of the space.





The beauty of floral designs is that it enhances the overall look of the space instantly. Hope this article is helpful in designing and incorporating floral patterns effectively in your space.

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MUMBAI – HEAD OFFICE Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44E-mail: info@bharatfloorings.com

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

SUMMER SPECIAL HOME DÉCOR TRENDS 2019!


Summer is finally here, and it’s bringing along some interior design trends that we’re very excited about! This is the perfect time to refresh your home for the season. Embrace the summers and uplift your home with trending patterns, bold prints and colours. Your home interiors should bring out the identity of who you are! Beautiful leafy and floral prints, statement designs, pastel colours and classic furniture help in up-lifting your décor.




Here are a few tips as to how you can upgrade and create a relaxing summer vibe in your homes –
Décor elements:
Minimalistic décor is the way to go this summer to make your room feel airy and bright. Details are essential for acquiring a ‘wow factor’. For instance, the right furniture, wall frames, cushion covers together bring out the perfect look. Light and bright colour combinations reflect light throughout the space making the room chilled and cosy. Cement tile is a great flooring option as it is neutral to extreme climatic conditions for instance tiles don’t get too hot or cold and it’s easy to your feet.
In the image below Studio Momo combined a modern and vintage décor scheme to create this beautiful villa.
One of the biggest positives of summer is the very bright sunlight that lasts almost throughout the entire day.
Tip - Replacing heavy drapes and blinds with some soft, thin and lighter colour curtains to allow more natural light to come in, materials recommended – cotton or linen.



Colour palate:
Yellow hues have been the go-to shade over the warmer months. Bright colours such as yellow look great and create a summery vibe. Don’t just stick to one colour though! Experimenting with different colour combinations is one way in which you can design a creative space. While layering neutrals in your space, adding a pop of colour is always a good idea. It adds a refreshing burst of joy to your living space.



The key, however, is to keep the colour palette the same tonally, for example, in the image below you can see the flooring and walls have the same level of softness with just the colour block cushion standing out, so it’s all balanced visually.





Beautiful bedroom textures:
Bedding makes all the difference when it comes to creating a cosy feel in the bedroom. Mix your textures and team them up with throws and cushions. There is no need to shy away from bold textures and patterns if you keep the rest of your room relatively simple. For a
simple-looking space, you can incorporate elegant furniture and neutral colours to make the space look lighter and feel more expressive while keeping it intimate.




Outdoor spaces:
Summer is here! Maintain and decorate your outdoor area in a way that makes it conducive to unwinding sessions that include a book, a chilled beer and some soothing music in the background. Let your spirit run free and your mind wanders off during the summer days!



Make your outdoor areas more inviting by simply adding some fresh planters, bright cushions, a neutral but statement flooring pattern and comfortable furniture in your patio area. Install fly-screens and nets to keep bugs and insects outside while still allowing the cool night air to ventilate your home.



Greenery:
Tropical planters used in this private apartment give the space a fresh look and they help to keep the temperature relatively cool in the summers! Flowers and indoor plants are the perfect antidotes to beat the sweltering summer heat! They also brighten up the house and bring cheer to the space.




Raw and Unfinished Textures:
Another interesting summer interior trend that will most likely be seen this season! Designing a space that is sustainable is very essential. Sustainable interior design creates interior spaces using design principles such as functionality, accessibility, and aesthetics. Raw unfinished textures like this stone finish used by the interior designer Sarah Sham looks rustic and the material is very durable and weather resistant. Organic textures and natural fabrics like jute and cotton also fit in perfectly with the summer sizzle. While the heat is buzzing outside, this material helps in maintaining a cosy and cool look inside!



Summery Floral Blooms:
Patterns come and go but florals are forever! They make a natural fit for residential spaces. This pretty design can never go out of style and is a safe choice. These patterns can be used as highlights, borders for a statement look, or can be laid to create a carpet look. Minimalist spaces tend to have a sleek and clean aesthetic and are, therefore, evergreen. One can never get tired of these spectacular, colourful floral-patterned tiles from the Heritage collection.





It is all about getting these little things right to create a warm and relaxing vibe! Hope this article helps to get you summer ready?
For constant updates on ways to design your home follow us on our Instagram account - @bharatfloorings and Facebook page - @Bharatflooringsandtiles for more updates!

Check out our patterns on – www.bharatfloorings.com MUMBAI – HEAD OFFICE Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44E-mail: info@bharatfloorings.com Come visit us at our stores in Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Pune and Bangalore (by appointment).

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Designing a Grand Entryway!























Your entryway is one of the most important areas to welcome guests or customers, be it a residential or commercial space! No matter what the size of the space, when the front doors open it’s the first thing your customer in an office or a restaurant, or a guest who visits your home sees. You never get a second chance to make a great first impression! It’s therefore important that your entryway is welcoming to guests, makes them feel comfortable as soon as they walk through the door and, most importantly reflects your personal style.

Create a space in a way that makes sure the entryway art, furniture, paint colour, and seating you choose to generate a positive reaction.
Here are a few tips as to how to create such incredible and attractive entryways –

1) RESTAURANTS

Photo-friendly area:

Your restaurant is not just about how delicious the food is, it’s also about the interiors of the space and the vibe it generates! Nowadays, people don’t just go to a restaurant to eat but also to showcase their experience to their friends and family through pictures on social media. As a restaurateur, it is important to keep this in mind.

You can create a photo-friendly space by adding quirky and fun décor elements at the entrance like you can see in the image below. The designer Studio Wood created this statement wall and used custom-made bespoke Momo pattern flooring and unique interior concepts at Café Ciclo in Gurugram to create a dramatic look and feel that is totally Instagram-worthy!


Entry Seating:

It’s very important to put up a bench or a chair at the entrance of a restaurant. A small seating area will not only create a cosy feel but also makes a customer comfortable while they wait for their table. The seating made of jute/ cane at the entrance of the British Brewing Company reiterates the classic setting at the restaurant. The artistic décor elements used by designer Tejal Mathur create a whimsical vibe at this friendly neighbourhood gastropub.


2) OFFICE/ STORE

Statement flooring:

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! Putting on our styling hats, we’d suggest using a statement pattern on your floor that can enhance and highlight the remaining décor and furniture of the space instantly! The designer Brinda Somayya created this look at the entrance of the Phillips Store to get the desired effect. This Star and Diamond pattern from the HeritageTM collection is a classic design which gives a very soothing and vintage effect to the interiors!

























Large front doors:
The first thing someone sees before even entering a house or store is the front door. Add some drama with a large front door that makes people go ‘Wow’ instantly! This antique furniture store has a very vintage inspired door which appropriately reflects the kind of space you’re walking in to.


RESIDENTIAL SPACES

A decorative and plant -friendly space:

The entry of your home sets the tone for the rest of the space. Artistic wall frames, planters, antique furniture all blend in well to create a stunning entrance! Planters help to add some greenery and freshness to the space like you can see in the image below.

This design scheme of artistic décor elements and vintage furniture in the image below creates a perfect balance of old and new, luxurious and accessible, looking fresh and evergreen!

This apartment designed by Rubel Dhuna Architects has a wide entrance so she used the classic and traditional floral design to give it a statement look. The home imparts a vintage vibe right from the entryway!
Pattern - French Classic pattern from Grande collection, Heritage™ Tiles


Add a touch of wood:

Wooden furniture is nothing but a classic and artistic way to amp up the décor of your foyer! The entrance of this private apartment looks as luxurious as ever with beautifully crafted side tables harbouring artistic décor pieces and wooden shutters on the side incorporating colourful painting designs. A foyer is a great place for a tall mirror so guests can check themselves while entering or exiting the apartment. It also adds a nice decorative touch. This foyer designed by Studio Infinity Project is decor goals of all sorts!


The aim while designing the entrance or front door should be to make it as inviting, welcoming, and attractive as you can! Avoid creating a cluttered area, it should look spacious. We hope these tips will be useful to anyone looking to do up their entryway!

For constant updates on ways to design your home follow us on our Instagram account - @bharatfloorings and Facebook page - @Bharatflooringsandtiles for more updates!

Check out our patterns on – www.bharatfloorings.com MUMBAI – HEAD OFFICE Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44E-mail: info@bharatfloorings.com Come visit us at our stores in Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Pune and Bangalore (by appointment)