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Studio Humane won a Best of Houzz Design award for this photo in 2019. All the room and landscape photos in this story are from 2019 Best of Houzz winners.Early in the new year, winners will be announced in the categories of Design, Service and Photography – chosen by the Houzz community of millions of homeowners.Here are a few details on the awards and a few pointers on how you and your work can earn a coveted badge in 2020. See the 2019 Best of Houzz winners
4. Natural textureTexture is king (or queen) with British Colonial design. Caning, rattan, reed and sisal were often used to add an interesting contrast against traditional darker furniture. Get this lookWoven window shades, rugs and wallpapers can all help add depth, interest and texture to your space. Look for natural fibres, such as rattan, jute or sisal. If redoing an entire room feels intimidating, start by papering a focal wall or simply adding cane chairs into the room.
Maintain a balance Wood, in its different forms, is an excellent element for introducing texture. This lovely timber ceiling is beautifully highlighted by the grid-like beams and rafters, adding a bit of drama to a plain surface. The warm wooden accents continue in the minimal and classic cane furniture, balancing the cool dark smoothness of the stone-tiled floor in this traditional setting.
4. Shiplap coffered ceilingA shiplap coffered effect in wood is a simple way of inviting warmth and is frequently used false ceiling alternate. Some shiplap designs, depending on the density of the wood ceiling beams, can also offer sound-locking acoustic benefits. This minimalistic Pune living room by StudioHu’māne is accessorised with unidirectional wood ceiling beams that are given visual variety with a coffered pattern.
Go for traditional furnitureThere are various furniture clusters you’ll come across when you probe the Indian furniture market. Shekhawati of Jodhpur, Kashmiri wood carving, and bamboo and cane styles are some examples. Shekhawati furniture from Jodhpur, in particular, comes in several kinds of wood – primarily mango, sheesham (Indian rosewood or Dalbergia sissoo), and babul (Acacia arabica). Tip: Pick a natural wood with the grain and hue that will complement your walls and lighting.
5. With its recessed square panels, a timber coffered ceiling with its distinctive grid-like framework emerges as a focal point in this retreat designed by Studio Hu’māne. The wooden panelling, minimal classic cane furniture, the vibrant carpet and the painting together conjure up a traditional setting. Appealing ceiling: Warm it up with wood
Give it timberIt’s not only for the floors and walls; timber can add zest to ceilings too. You can flaunt a lovely timber ceiling in various ways. Bring in natural wood or reclaimed wood if you crave the perfectly rustic look. Play with levels or make beam-grids, to add a bit of drama to a plain surface. Look-alike and facsimile options are available, too. You can paste wood-finished mica or veneer sheets beneath the ceiling. Vinyl sheets and wallpaper printed with timber grains, too, give the desired feel. Just make sure you hire skilled workers for the job. Bad installation can kill the magic of the ceiling treatment.