Top 9 Questions Asked By An Interior Design Student

Top 9 Questions Asked By An Interior Design Student

(What are the frequently asked Questions asked by a lot of interior design students to me about interior design practice???
Read on, These are regarding personal homes, business owners, magazines and students etc. I hope these answers will clarify a lot of doubts who are or are not related to the Design profession.)
Hi I am Prashant Kulshreshtha. I am design director at Ogling Inches Design Architects. I have been practicing design since 2009. We work on different kinds of project requirements and scale. 
I have been a juror to various college design exams and presenter of our projects at various forums. With lack of knowledge, school or college students have questions every time I meet them. 

I remember when I was a student myself I had no one to guide me regarding this profession. How much does an interior design earn? Is it an easy course? what all need to be read or learn to practice? etc etc. 

Here I have tried to answer all of the frequently asked questions by a school student who is thinking to join the course, a college student who has already joined but is not clear about the future and a degree holder, who doesn’t know how to approach a company or to start his practice. 
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1. What are your biggest Interior Design problems in Profession?

Re: There are tons of problems we face while we practice. 

The most challenging thing I face in Interior design practice is Time management. 

Its very difficult to handle time when you are working over some projects but at the same time when you design, meet current clients, email replies, meeting future clients, check accounts and analytics, followup with contractors and sub consultants. 

It is the most challenging thing that Interior designers face. Often there’s too much to do and not enough time. 

How I solve It?

I try to plan everything in advance to keep everything on time. Making to do a list a day before and then tick mark the done task while I keep completing the work one by one.

I Love Evernote for this. Its a cool App. It helps me to take notes, quick sketch, record audio messages while I drive for a site visit. 

In Addition to Evernote I use google calendar to mark my days and appointments. My mind and Evernote is always filled up with varied things to do, I try to use Google calendar as it sink all my tasks in one place.  

Being on time for every scheduled meet is also Important for time management, as your clients may not like delay in their work. So you need to be Always on time and don’t take unnecessary leaves.

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2. Can a commerce student do interior design practice?

Re: Of course, one can! If you have the drive for it then your stream doesn’t really matter.

Besides, being a commerce student can help you to understand the firm’s monetary requirements rationally & in-depth. 

Matching client’s requirement and allocated budget is one tough in designing field which can be handled well if you have a commerce background.

After all, running a design business is also about turning what seems a weakness into your strength.

3. What are some budgeted interior design tips?

Re: In case you are on a tight budget, try to keep things minimal. Choose your material palette wisely, avoid adding too many colours to space.

Soft colors for 60% of the walls and one bold accent wall will do the trick. Refurnishing can also be a great idea but not necessarily for all your furniture.

Children's room center bed & room width study table with two yellow chairs

4. Who are some of the best interior designers in the world?

Re: ‘Jean-Louis Deniot‘, based in Paris has been featured in ELLE Decor and AD number of times and recognized worldwide for his eclectic and refined style.

Philippe Stark‘ an Internationally acclaimed French creator takes versatility to a whole new level. His work can be seen in European and American Museums. His interest in furniture design is also very well established. Some of his well-known designs are Flos gun lamp, juicy Salif citrus squeeze, and Louis ghost chair.

5. What are the best books about interior design practice?

Re: ‘Elements of Style’ by Erin Gates is a must-have book for all the Interior design enthusiasts. Its unique and practical decorating ideas show us how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and self-discovery.

You can buy it from Amazon here. 

‘The business of design’ by Keith GarnetFormer consultant at Gensler brings in the basics of managing and running a design firm in his book. With creative illustrations and real-life experiences, this book is divergent and reveals the tools necessary to create and run a thriving design business in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace. This too I bought it from Amazon

6. Is interior design a bit hard?

Re: Let us be honest, Interior Design is hard even if it’s your passion.

This field is not just about creating stunning spaces but it’s more about managing time, delegating tasks, setting up meetings meeting looming deadlines.

Interior designers often end up working in tight turnaround. This is where their management and organizational skills are put to test along with technical expertise.

Cantilevered turquoise tree house made with pine wood on the terrace

7. How do we design offices with industrial interior design?

Re: The uncomplicated part with the Industrial scheme is that you don’t need to focus on making the area neat or perfectly symmetrical in every aspect.

This design scheme promotes raw textures such as exposed brick walls, Open ceiling layouts, and some really bold furniture. You can also go vintage by using your old re-purposed furniture or light fixtures but avoid combining unnecessary things.

8. Why do people want to get a decorated individual home or apartment?

Re: Your house is basically the reflection of your own personality & liking.

Everyone wants to make a good impression on visitors, it also adds up to the value of your house. A nicely decorated house plays a major role in deciding your mood and brings positivity to space around.

9. What is the most important factor that decides the beauty of a room?

Re: The main factor that decides the beauty of a room is its ‘layout’.

A great colour palette with exquisite materials will fail to create an appealing look if the furniture placement is poor & unbalanced.

Different rooms have different requirements ex. if the room is small, One should focus on getting the maximum floor visibility, try painting the walls with light colors, add mirrors & use sheer curtains to create an illusion of bigger space.

Conclusion :

Read what I saying here, YES! Thats what you wish to hear from your clients once you start your OWN Practice. 

Dont worry too much about jumping in, Just Jump in the sea of Design, you will quickly learn to swim. 

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All about choosing the right Curtains for Homes in India.

Important things to consider when selecting curtains and why is it so important in design?

Every interior designer for home says the same thing –

“Curtains complete the room. Only condition you have to follow is to select your curtains  carefully.”

  • Heavy classic or dainty prints or sheer?
  • minimal texture or texture free fabric?
  • Dry clean only or washing machine friendly?
  • Vibrant colors or sheer?
  • Muslin, cotton, gauze, nylon, lace, voile or synthetic fabric?

Blue custom sofa set design, TV unit & ceiling light


Sure you are because the choices are endless of curtains, but don’t worry we being in the profession of ‘interiors for homes’ have got your back. Choosing the right curtain for your space can be a little tricky. Here are a few tips and tricks to ease up your work & decide on multiple factors.

  • Fabric and Colour-

Minimal modern bedroom interiors with white curtains


heavy dark curtains behind Huge custom platform bed


First, let’s talk about the type of look you want in your space, heavier fabrics go beautifully with traditional decor while minimalistic decor goes with fabrics like cotton and linen. 

For example, if you see the  image 1, the bedroom follows a minimalistic scheme, which uses a white curtain fabric with thin blue stripes at the bottom. Now for the other image where we have a more luxurious & grand look, the velvet curtains are a stupendous choice.

You have plenty to choose from, sheers to lightweight cotton and medium weight brocade to heavyweight velvets. Another is the amount of sunlight you want to stream into your space, but that can be dealt with the curtain liners about which we will be talking later.

If you are a beginner in the world of curtains & home styling, the safest way is to go for colors as your wall shades or your furniture because then you don’t draw much attention to them and it becomes a fragment of your wall or furniture. Alternatively, if you want the drapes to be the focus opt for a small motif design or pattern to suit your design.

  • Curtain Length and Width-

“The more the better”, hanging curtains higher gives a sense of height to your space and creates a more royal look. 

You can also add two or three inches more to the length, creating a puddle on the floor to enhance the dramatic look. (Why should palaces have all the fun wink). For a modern, crisp look, have the panel fall flush with the floor. Ideally, people like to hang it 6 inches above the window touching the floor.

  • Curtain liners-

Now let’s talk about curtain liners which are an essential part of your drapes, which if not selected accordingly can steal the desired look and feel from the room. 

“A curtain liner is an extra layer of fabric added to the main fabric of the curtain to preserve the original color of the curtain.”

They act as insulation and keep homes warmer during the winter months, also make the curtains more durable and protect the outer fabric from sun damage. There are two types of Lined curtains; first, are lined curtains about which we have already covered in the previous discussion.

Second, are the Inter-Lined curtains which have an additional layer of blanket-like fabric sandwiched between the front face fabric and the lining. It makes the curtain look luxurious and drape elegantly.

Lined and interlined curtains absorb more sound, and provide greater insulation from cold and draughts, than curtains with just face fabric. Ever wondered what home interior designers do? They consider all these minute details while designing & make your home flawlessly gorgeous.

What to look for when buying curtain liners?

 If looking liners for home curtains, go for lines made of 100% cotton, polyester or a combination of the two. 

Apartment master bed room in cool tones & soothing ambiance

Curtain liners are supposed to repel water, resist stains and block the maximum amount of UV rays to enter the space.

Other factors to consider depending on where the curtains will be hung, as draperies in different rooms will have their own needs. While noise and light control might be your first priority in the bedrooms, you’ll need stain-resistant and easy-to-clean fabrics in the kitchen area, where spills and splatters are common.

Protection from ultraviolet lights will be important in rooms that receive full sunlight or for curtains that are made from light-sensitive materials. 

  • Curtain Accessories-

“Accessories make everything better.”

Don’t want to experiment too much with the curtain color, fabric or texture? No worries. Go safe & use stylish Trims and accessories for curtains ex. tie backs, tassels, curtain knobs, hold back, curtain rods & many more. These accessories add magnificence & uniqueness to your curtains & to the overall space.

On the other hand, for a heavily decorated room or gaudy curtain fabric like velvet & satin use simple or no decorative accessories to keep it classy & sophisticated. 

  • Pleat and Track-

When deciding on window coverings, curtain fabrics themselves aren’t the only thing you’ll need to figure out. Depending on the windows, drapery fabric, your personal style and how you want the curtains to hang, you also need to select curtain headings that tell how the curtains are pleated and sewn at the top and rodding you want.

  • Pinch pleat drapery– This one is an artistic pleating style. As the name suggests, curtain fabric folds  are pinched using pin hooks and attached together facing towards the room to create a stylish top section in the curtain. 
  • Inverse or Reverse Pleat–  The pleat is not visible and hidden at the back.  If you like deep folds in the curtain you should go for this one but keep one thing in mind that this style suits long & full length curtains mostly.
  • Eyelet drapery– The eyelet heading style is gaining in popularity for its contemporary look and low maintenance operation. The eyelets (metal-edged holes) run along the top of the curtain. The even spacing of the eyelets allows the curtain to hand in very loose, soft folds, creating a wave-like effect. A great if you’re opting for a bold pattern as it won’t be greatly interrupted by pleats.

Well, these are just a few common pleat styles you can choose from, for a quick curtain makeover. Now let’s go over some of the rodding options we have. Decorative poles and rings or grommet curtains are good choices for some windows, but there are situations where only traverse curtain rods will do.

Traverse rods have clips or eyes that move along a track embedded in a slot in the rod. The eyes have a small opening for the curtain pins and they’ll run evenly across the rod, with the number of eyes dependent on how long the rod is.

A cord runs through the rod, too, and is attached to a master slide or pulley. The cord extends beyond the rod so that you can use it to open and close the curtains.

If going with traditional curtain rods go for slim rods, they look better than the fat ones. You can look for rods close to 1”, usually rods more than 1” diameter look cheap. 

Now when you have decided on the curtain style, size, fabric, print & accessories the question is from where to buy the best quality curtains? Don’t worry again! We won’t leave you puzzled at all. You can buy curtains online in India from DDecor website. 

If you are in Pune or want to buy curtains in Pune we recommend following furnishing stores. Here you’ll find a great collection, latest trends, quality material & are customer friendly.

 We hope this article was helpful in selecting the right curtain for your home & wish your home a beautiful new vibe & a lot of positive compliments. 
 Ogling Inches Designs Architects

Pune apartment living room design with a dark wall paint

Beautiful Christmas Home Decor Ideas for the Perfect Holiday Vibe in 2020


The Holiday Season is finally here 🙂 (Winter too!!) meaning it’s time for everything red, green, gold & snowy. But before Santa slips down the chimney you need to decorate your home all dreamy & be ready for the festival fun because,

“Christmas isn’t a season. it’s a feeling.” & your home should have a positive, merry, vibrant & harmonious vibe.

Here we are sharing some doable & pretty Christmas home decoration ideas:

The Christmas Tree 

When we talk about Christmas Decor ‘Christmas tree’ has to be discussed first as it’s the star attraction & Christmas celebration can not be completed without one.

  • The base or the tree can be an artificial one & can be bought in different sizes. You can buy an artificial Christmas tree here. Also, you can go organic & with vibrant ornamentation turn a tree in your garden into THE Christmas tree to avoid the extra cost.
  • You can buy an artificial tree which is well ornamented (Or comes with the hanging ornaments) & ready to rock or pick a plain base tree & decorate it with family and friends. This process is fun filled & exciting specially for kids.
  •   Let’s come to the decoration process. Go vintage & stick to the festival’s theme with glitter bells, ribbons, red & golden garlands, shiny Christmas tree balls, star or reindeer shape hangings, fairy lights, wreath (Learn to make paper wreath) & tinsels.
  • You can also go DIY & not only decorate the tree but make the ornamentation yourself. All the kids of friends & family can have a fun time doing it. Learn to make easy & gorgeous tree ornamentation here. This is more sentimental, cost effective & customizable.

Christmas tree with blue star hanging in focus

  • Arrange all the Christmas gifts around the tree & pack the gifts artistically. Learn some easy & intelligent Christmas gift wrapping ideas here.

Christmas gifts wrapped with pink paper & golden ribbons

Outdoor Decoration

  1. Keeping the beautiful Christmas tree in the yard is a great idea. It welcomes the guests & also gives the whole house a festive feel 🙂
  2. Put a letter box & write ‘Letters to Santa’ on it. This will be a fun idea where all the kids can drop their wishes & demands from their favorite Santa Clause.

Red color santa mail box

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  • Put a wreath not only on your front door but also on the front of your car. Go a little over the top! Yay!
  • Wrap & ornament the garden main gate & columns of your home with pine garlands.
  • And the most important – fairy lights; use these magical strings to make your space the winter wonderland which glows all night.

Christmas Home Indoor Decoration

  • Use a  black & red check print fabric & sew 2 -3 cushions ( Learn to make here) or buy the readymade ones & place them on the couch for the Christmas-y vibe.
  • Your table setting & arrangements can set the right tone for the holiday season. Use stunning centerpiece, Christmas theme table runners & napkins. Experiment a bit & use a little creativity to create impressive table setting. Below are few fun Christmas Table Decoration ideas:

Christmas knife & spoon table setting

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Christmas Table arrangement making santa with cutlery

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Napkin Christmas tree shape folding tutorial

  • On a side table (At the entrance or living room) keep a tray & decorate it with one or two aroma candles, pinecones, small snowman, Christmas metallic balls, ribbons & other festive theme items. Try to stick to traditional red, green, white & golden theme of this beautiful festival while selecting decor  items.

Pinecones painted in white

  • Wrap the staircase with big garlands in green & place ribbons & other small decorations here and there.
  • Place a snowman or Santa figurine on the TV unit along with string lights & pine garlands.
  • Welcome the holiday with a ‘Merry Christmas banner’ on the front door or on the living room side wall.  The banner is available here.
  • Take a string & place your family pics, Christmas santa socks & santa caps with the help of clips & you can use this beautiful festive display in the kitchen, bedroom or any other wall. You can also buy a Christmas Wall hanging instead of making it.
  • No decor is complete without balloons. Yes, Decorate your home with Christmas theme balloons. Not the regular ones, get some Christmas theme balloons from here.

May your home be filled with laughter, contentment &  harmony. We wish you merry Christmas & a very happy new year 🙂 Team Ogling Inches Design Architect

Christmas tree with blue star hanging in focus

6 Ideas to Transform your Rented House into a Beautiful Home in India.

A renter’s life often swings between ‘Making the house feel homely’ & ‘What if I have to shift soon’. Never mind! There are many ways in that are balanced, do not dig a deep hole into your deposits & transform your rental into a cozy, gorgeous & lively abode.

Keep your chin up, this does not necessarily be expensive. Remember ‘Even the hardest puzzles have a solution.’ 🙂 

1. Paint one wall

Yes, we understand that repainting the entire room or house would be a costly affair & a ‘too soon to commit’ situation considering the uncertainty attached to a rented home.

No worries! You can dress up your home in a classy and sophisticated way if you just paint one wall in the room or in other words use an ‘Accent wall’. Pick a unique color, brightness or texture for the accent wall. If the entire room is in lighter tones a single wall painted in turquoise, teal or cobalt blue is going to add extraordinary glamour & charm to the room. 

Pune apartment living room design with a dark wall paint

2. Vibrant statement furnishing

The accent wall is an easy & obvious option but in case painting a wall bright is not feasible in a rented home or you are keen on spending for things that are long lasting, invest in vibrant furnishings. Based on your priority & comfort select which item would you prefer to invest in ex. Sofa set, side tables, beds, dining tables, a designer dressing or wardrobes. It’s completely okay to go slow & create your ideal home in bits & pieces. 

A magenta boss chair in front of a neutral wall or a bright yellow side-table can instantly warm up the ambiance.

Mustard yellow custom sofa

You might already be having few statement possessions with sentimental values, consider renovating them. For example, your grandmother’s cushion chair can be completely transformed with a vibrant floral printed fabric. Also, there are so many bright & artistic furnishing pieces are available in the market. Exploring them itself is a pleasure 🙂


3. Art & Decor 

Modern apartment decor

Sadly, there is no other way to put this: A Tenant rarely has the freedom to do whatever he wants to do with the rented house. The good news is this does not stop one to transform his space according to his personality & unique ideas. A place called ‘Home’ is incomplete without some art & handpicked decor which reflects you.

“Holes in the wall” is often a reason for your deposit cuts or tussle with the landlord (If not, yayy you are one lucky fellow) When it comes to wall art or paintings. Don’t worry! Following are some clever ways to avoid or limit them:

  • Use a shelf or table to showcase your paintings 
  • Opt for stick and peel wall papers or wall stickers instead
  • A picture hanging strip can hold the wall frames perfectly
  • Use adhesive wall hooks for hanging purposes instead of drilling the wall
  • If you want to add photo frames You can opt for a hanging picture display that needs one hole and will showcase multiple pictures. 

living room reflection in a Mosaic mirror

Additionally, add some exclusive art pieces, figurines, vases, rugs, light fixtures (Removable) for a personal and warm vibe & to feel at home. If you have a tiny place use contemporary mirrors to create an illusion of a bigger space & to enhance home aesthetics.

4. Prettify your bathroom

A clutter-free bathroom is essential for a soothing bath time also an impressive bathroom creates a positive impact on your home.  

  • Collect & group all the bathing essentials & cosmetics together and put them in attractive baskets. 
  • Install a modern & stylish vanity & try to hide not so good looking items & tools.
  • Add one or two small indoor plants or succulents with quirky planters.
  • Invest in a classy washable shower curtain. Vinyl curtains are a good idea which keeps the water in the shower & not on the floor. They also dry quickly. 
  • Use a big cozy & cute bathroom mat to add glamour to your bathroom.
  • Use some quirky and humorous washroom poster quotes. Tada! It brings a smile 🙂
  • If the bathroom walls are messy & stains are permanent use a temporary stick and peel printed wall-paper or tile.
  • Buy & Install a new shelf or use an old one to keep fresh flowers, books & not to forget aroma candles. 

With the above implemented imagine your bathroom & a long warm bath!! Already feeling it? Go for it. 

5. Plants and flowers 

Eternal truth: Plants are beneficial for your home as they purify the indoor air as well as look gorgeous. The good news is these are a big trend nowadays!! Our trend setters have officially accepted that houseplants are unique statement pieces & create a beautiful vibe. Thanks. (Pun intended)Fr a rented home an economical and the easiest way to decorate a home is opting for indoor plants.

Apartment bedroom with indoor plant

Be it the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room, guest room or dining area – with some stunning plant space is going to emit not only oxygen but also luxury & elegance. Choose plants that grow quickly & are easy to maintain.

Ex. Spider plant, pothos, aloe vera, jade plant, dieffenbachia and velvet plant. Know more about the Best Indoor Plants for a home here.


6. Flexible furniture & storage

is your best buddy if you are living in a rented home. If your house has a space crunch or your job requires shifting frequently opting for pliant modular pieces is a good idea. Ex a sofa cum bed will adorn your living room & can serve the purpose of a guest bed too. Folding tables, Wall mounted Invisible beds or dining tables, folding bed tables, study tables with storage & a lifting top for the coffee time, etc are extremely handy & multi functional in a rented home. Pack your bags peacefully & empty the home hassle free when the time comes to move on. 

Wall mounted piano table cum bed

wall mounted folding bed

In the end, it’s great to have your own house but happiness and beauty can be achieved anywhere 🙂 Be a little patient, selective, practical & recall the fact that you might have to leave this space before investing in any home furnishings or decor. You can get more of such ideas on our website here.

“A house is not a home without Love.” so spread love & be happy <3

Team Ogling Inches

Finding the Right Interior Designer in India Easily.

Are you worried about finding the right interior designer for your home/ office design?


We have helped hundreds of our clients getting their place designed as per the latest Interior design trends and best possible finishes.

Look at the Infographic presented by recent International study below:-


Almost 65% of the interior design clients are not happy with what they get over the amount spent on their place.

The real sad part is – finding right interior designer for your home in india is not so easy, because, Either Interior Designers in India are getting the projects from ‘So-called SEO agencies;’ hired by them. Faking fan following and showing Likes and comments on their Youtube. Both ways they are spoiling the possible well-designed houses and most deserving relations.

Well, this is just a part and parcel of the world. We cant help people regarding that, but we can definitely help you keep out of the vicious circle of bad design!
We Love making people happy. 🙂  

First of all congratulations!

You have your dream home/Office/Restaurant or cafe & we understand it wouldn’t have been a cake-walk but it’s worth it. Isn’t it? 🙂 Now let’s come to the next part: making it functional, beautiful & most importantly fit for your taste, daily activities, personality & basically turning it into a space that is YOU. 

Whether renovating an old house or getting the new one designed, it’s always better to hire a professional interior designer for the task. Before you rush to consult the first name you find, get a checklist to ensure you choose a credible and experienced right interior designer for your home in India. Interior designer who can deliver a result that you’ll love & cherish for years to come. Perplexed with the idea of finding the right interior designer for your place in India? Let us help you to make a wise decision.

There must be around 1000 Architects and Interior designers in your city. Out of which trust me only 3-4 designers are the ones we are looking for. And why not, let us compare their experience, approach to design and quotes. Now the one you find the best out of these three is the one you want. 

Below are the steps to find that one designer. Be with me, We will be taking step by step approach to findind that guy!

Step 1: Get the specifics 

Decide on the critical aspects –

Style – which is the basic design style do you like? select one only.

You may feel all are good. but NO. As we are looking for one designer, we need only one style.


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Modern Eclectic

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Modern Vintage

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Mid Century

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I am not talking about the rest of the design styles as it makes no sense to do those in today’s homes.

Watch closely at the above images. They are perfectly balanced, some wood, some colour, some texture kind of places. This is what you want.

Also understand what a cheap, ugly, and non-sense design looks like.

Why ugly? too much of wood, too much of cladding, cheap glossy laminate finish, and unplanned decorative items.

You don’t want to make it look like a wood house made of cheap dark laminate! In interior design, Taste matters. Taste of you and taste of your to be hired designers. That’s the key.

Do you like Contemporary? Hanh Insta fan? Or Eclectic?

Decide One.


Now, the Next step is to move from Emotions to calculations.

I will show you how to fix your budget.

Check your carpet area.

Now as a matter of fact, whoever you consult, get design built the following cost per square feet is the minimum cost you need to consider as budget. 

If your budget comes to 1600/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get-

The main priority would be to get the essentials at the place. It would be comfortable, less costly, but less life of the furniture. finishes you will get- Laminate/ modular furniture, Fake wall finishes with an incomplete look. But anyhow, This will feel awesome.

If your budget comes to 1900/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get

Complete look, with decorative light fixtures, comfortable fabric sofas, Veneer finishes, decorative elements and heavy sun block lined curtains.

If your budget comes to 2700/- Rupees per square feet. then you will get

Brass, Genuine Leather sofas, Solid wood and Veneer finishes with PU coatings and decorative.

The more expensive the project is the far better options of finishes are.

Do not get confused with the designer if he says he can get the things done in less than the above mentioned cost.

It’s not possible! Either you are going to get duped or going to get a cheap- looking place.

So now as we know our budget.

We move to the person who can get the place completed in your required time.

Generally, a 1500 square feet house takes  3 months right from hiring to handover.

Checklist for hiring the right interior designer

Step 2: Where to find the guy- 

Look for them on Google/social media, speak to your friends, a family who recently hired an interior designer or another key source is décor magazines and blogs that feature architecture and design works. Shortlist the ones that fit your list of filters. This way you would have a handful of them to approach.

 Facebook reviewsGoogle Reviews

 Once you have shortlisted some designers, do a background check. Know about their education (specialization, institution), projects they have worked on, people they have worked with, people they have worked under if any, and their experience. Look for their reviews by their previous clients. Google & Facebook reviews are two of the best and non-modifiable sources to check their authenticity. 

Through here you will be able to shortlist seven eight Interior designers max. which you like to consider based upon your style (looking at their past works/ images) and budget.

Step 3: Portfolio and Credentials

 When you have an eye on the one, do a background check about their qualifications, company. previous projects. Take a look at their portfolio, go through the different range of design styles.

woman surfing the internet & social media on laptop

If everything in their portfolio has a similar design concept & feels almost the same Then you know that your home will also end up looking like a close copy. Always remember, a lot of companies show off with 3D images or software designed pictures rather than showing the actual work after execution. Always check their authenticity and work profile before proceeding.

This will help you to reach next four designers, which you may consider.

Step 4: Discuss

The discussion shouldn’t only be focused on the project budget but it should also reflect the design expert’s work style. Does he/she listen to your questions? Are they trying to persuade a bit too much?, Will he/she accomplish your goals within your budget? Can he/she adapt to your liking, schedule, and other requirements?

Please Keep everything transparent & communicate well. Designers or architects are like doctors, you lie, they might not be able to handle your condition, additionally, it may be a bigger mess than you have thought of. These guys are professionals in their field and want to make beautiful/ landmark projects for their clients. Hiding, budget, timeline or your taste from them could be a total disaster. 

You may also ask the questions below for clarity from the designer:

– Is there a particular style that you like or that you don’t like?

– How many projects do you work on at a given time?

– What’s your internal structure, and who would I work with on your team other than you?

– How long would you anticipate the project to be completed?

– Does our availability line up?

– What is your project management style and what will you expect of me?

– How do you charge and what does your fee include?

– How do you keep track of my budget, payments, and refunds?

– How do you resolve problems during the project? (Furniture arrives damaged, the wrong piece was shipped, etc.)

For Example we (Ogling inches design architects) are a very adjustable and transparent design firm for the mentioned questions. In the beginning itself our clients always share all of their queries directly to us to let us help them if they get stuck somewhere & this makes the project journey comfortable for both the parties. 

Happy client giving checklist to the professional


Now the time we were waiting for.

This discussion would tell you who is the guy who will help you get your dream place designed and executed in the best possible way and budget.

Step 5: Sign the contract

 If you feel that the interior designer is listening closely to your ideas, is able to interpret your style, has a vibrant portfolio, has great reviews – High five! you’ve found a winner. 

In India often we take things a bit casually & discuss some or all the conditions verbally which results into bitter experiences, arguments & confusion. Thus we recommend that before any work is done and before you pay anything, make sure you sign a contract.

It should specify responsibilities, a deadline, budgetary limits and all the other important aspects. Your home must reflect your personality and have unique touches. Clear all possible hidden terms, loopholes & possible troubling elements with the designer in advance.

Usually, interior designers charge their fees for the number of visits, out of your city visiting charges, printing site visits, communication fees, etc. Settle all of these amounts before signing the contract.

 contract with client's signature

We wish you a smooth & satisfactory design process & great time after the project handover as well.

Team Ogling Inches 



Best Indoor Plants in India for your home & office

reasons why I love Plants?

It’s a Plant (Over)

Living room center table with three plants & succulents.

If this rule resonates with you, Congrats! 

You are a nature & gardening lover with a variety of houseplants already enhancing the beauty of your place & would be interested to explore further.


You sure love to keep your home green but have had few failed attempts & can not bear the guilt of killing plants that you brought home so enthusiastically. Sigh!

No worries. We assure you (coming from professional Interior Designers & Architects :P) it’s no rocket science & ANYONE can maintain indoor plants in India particularly, with minimal care & basic knowledge. In case you haven’t given a thought about adding greenery to your home/office ever: Hmm Here we need to persuade you a bit by sharing immense benefits & positive impact of these magical things called ‘House plants.’ 🙂 Also, If you wish to give a makeover to your place on a budget, Plants should be your first pick as they bring luxury, aesthetics & class to your home & are economical.

Read on to get more ideas on low maintenance, easy indoor plants with multiple benefits apart from ornamentation. 

Apartment main door with nameplate & a plant with white plant holder

The best way for a better quality of sleep is to fill your home with beautiful indoor flowers and plants. Not only do they look great and bring vitality and life to your living spaces, but also they have fantastic relaxing and purifying benefits – which in turn can promote a healthy sleeping pattern.

A Recent study shows that plant makes living 17% more ornate, 17% more interesting, 17% more cheerful, 17% more attractive, 16% more welcoming, 15% more relaxing, 11% less stressful, 11% tidier, 8% quieter. These days, there are lots of options available to clean the air in your house, from humidifiers to air purifiers. But did you know that you can breathe fresh air by just adopting house plants?

Sadly As Indians we all are facing air pollution constantly & it has become an unavoidable  part of our lives, these air purifying plants can provide us much needed clean air at least at home & office :

 Snake Plant

Snake Plant in the dining room of one of our residential design projects

Snake plant emits oxygen at night time whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep. The Snake Plant also filters some nasty but common household toxins from the air.
Snake plants drive away insects, snakes and these are one of the few plants that can endure extremely harsh conditions. They are easy to grow and need low light and a little water.


2 Rubber Plant

 It is very interesting to know how baby rubber plant swallows unpleasant smell and harmful chemicals from surrounding air.

Living area ceiling painted in bright orange, white planter on white side table, marble white flooring, wall artistic circular mirror, wall art frame with a terrace view


While baby rubber plants are grown as easy-care houseplants, they also improve indoor air quality, according to studies conducted their large leaves can absorb airborne chemicals and break them down, rendering them harmless. With this, they absorb stinky or unpleasant odors also.

This one over the left is rubber plant in our one of the recent project.


3 Bamboo Palm

Green bamboo palm plant in white holderThis small plant is a fantastic air purifier. Ditch your chemical-laden air fresheners in favor of a few of these pretty palms and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins. Closed kitchen redesigned and transformed into an open kitchen
  Not only will you be able to enjoy your home’s pure, fresh air during the day, but you’ll enjoy a fantastic night’s sleep too.

4 Aloe Vera

One of the most common indoor plants, aloe-vera is very easy to grow, and takes very little effort to maintain. Just mild sunshine and moist soil are enough for this plant to thrive. Not only does it clear formaldehyde and benzene, but it’s also an excellent natural remedy for many hair and skin problems.

Cantilevered turquoise tree house made with pine wood on the terrace

By keeping an aloe-vera plant at home, you get clean air, besides being able to use the plant extract on your skin and hair.

5 Areca palm

If you’re looking for a plant that will decorate as well as purify, choose areca palm. They grow to a height of 3 to 5 feet, need little watering, and sunlight through a window is usually enough.

Since these plants are big, you can keep them in a corner of any room, and watch the space immediately come alive.

They not only clear gases like xylene and toluene from the air, but also act as a natural humidifier.

6 ZZ plant

ZZ plant, with its wide, attractive, dark green leaves, boasts many favorable traits for offices and homes. ZZ plant tolerates neglect, is drought tolerant, and accepts low-light conditions without throwing a fit. Its waxy, smooth leaves reflect sunlight and brighten rooms. ZZ usually grows slowly to a height and width of two to three feet so it is not a plant monster that outgrows containers quickly.

(At the office even without natural lights its grown well in our one of the office project.)


7 Bamboo palm

This indoor plant is also known as reed palm, and grows well in shady places. It also produces small flowers and berries, and adds to the beauty of your interiors. Bamboo palm is best known for its air purifying qualities, and is particularly known to filter benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also be placed in areas that give out formaldehyde like kitchens, bathrooms, and around furniture.

8 Peace Lily

Keeping flowers at home brightens up any space. Peace Lily is one plant that can make any space look beautiful with its white flowers. It is also known to be one of the best plants to purify air for breathing. Peace lily is especially helpful in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. The flowers also look slightly different than usual – the upper part is somewhat like the hood of a snake. Overall, this is a great indoor plant for air purification.

9 English Ivy

English ivy indoor plant 

If you have the problem of molds in your house, then English Ivy is the remedy. This evergreen climbing vine has the ability to reduce molds in your house, and minimize chances of airborne diseases. However, there is one big disadvantage for this plant–its leaves and berries that can be poisonous for animals and humans. If proper care is taken, there is no reason why English Ivy cannot be kept as a natural air purifier.

10 Chinese Evergreen

One of the easiest houseplants to have and maintain, Chinese evergreen is a tropical plant that thrives and blooms even in low light. It grows even where most other plants won’t grow. The plant filters out a lot of toxins and pollutants with more and more exposure to the air.

11 Weeping fig

weeping fig plant in a grey small planter

This can be a tricky plant to take care of, since it prefers bright but indirect light. But once that is managed, it is a really beneficial plant to have indoors. Weeping fig improves air quality by filtering out pollutants that come with furniture and upholstery. Weeping fig comes in different varieties with differing leaf colours. The all-green type,   F. benjamina, is the most common variety, but there are other varieties as well, though they may only be available with few plant nurseries.

12 Warneck Dracaena

Warneck Dracaena plant

Commonly known as Warneckii, this plant has the potential to grow up to a height of 12 feet. This dracaena is striking with its striped leaves forming clusters, and can be used to beautify any living space. In addition, Warneckii is a natural air purifier, helping to filter out pollutants that come from varnishes and oils. Even with minimal water and sunlight, this plant grows well indoors, and provides several benefits.

Follow these tips to maintain your indoor plants like an expert gardener:

  • Never allow an indoor plant to sit in water, always drain the excess away immediately after watering.
  • Fertilizer Most houseplants benefit from a dose of fertilizer,but only during the growing season. Liquid or powder fertilizers made specifically for houseplants are the best choice.NPK chemical fertilizer of a spoon monthly will help boost plant growth.
  • Top view photography of a cafe designed with a forest theme
  • Notice where you are placing the plants and not just anywhere. Spots that are near heat or air conditioning ducts, or near TV or between curtains are not good for the plants. So avoid these places.
  • Make sure the plant is getting sufficient light as per its need. The best way is to choose houseplants that will thrive on the amount of light that your house can provide.
  • Healthy plants are better able to ward off pests and disease much than the weak plants. You can follow simple Vaastu tips. Those plants that need full sun you can keep near a south facing window.
  • For partial shade plants, use East or West facing windows, these get moderate sunlight. However, windows that face north gets very little sun. However, windows that face north gets very little sun.You can also mist the plant with a spray bottle.
  • Dust on houseplants not only looks untidy but it is also bad for your plant. Dust clogs the pores of plant leaves, making it difficult for the plant to breathe. It also decreases the amount of light getting absorbed hence the photosynthesis of the plant also goes down. Dust and dirt will also attract pests, mites, and insects. You can wipe large-leaved houseplants with a wet and soft cloth with some light soap, or you can use neem spray. For plants which have small leaves, use a hand sprayer to drench them with water.

Where to buy best breed Indoor plants in Pune?

We have found the best resources of live plants are these. They sell perfectly priced plants considering the plant health, which you will never get onver the road side shops.

    1. Jagtap Nursery Garden is one of the Pune’s biggest place to buy plants, pots, accessories everything.
    2. If you are tight with time, no worries, Nursery live provides wide range of indoor plants in pune. We have largest collection plants like Annual flower, Aquatic Plants, Aromatic Plants, cactus, Ferns, Indoor Plants, Landscape Plants, Bamboo and more along with 6000+ seeds, pots, planters, pebbles & garden accessories online in pune
    3. Girme Farm Baner, Pune
Disclaimer: We do not receive any commission from the products/ categories mentioned here. The blog is just for the well being of our viewers & our insane love for plants 🙂


Apartment entrance with a beautiful indoor plant in Pune

Can a 2 BHK Apartment be decorated within a budget of 2 Lakh in Pune?

Hey Yes why not,

Ogling Inches has experience of designing and decorating well balanced interior design themed apartment. Being one of the top Interior designers and architects Ogling inches has come up with few of the handy decorating ideas for pocket friendly projects. As we are talking about only decoration here is the breakup of what interior design elements you will need and for how much design budget-

  • Painting, plastic ceiling and lusture wall paint – 60000/-

Select Interesting solid wall colours (viz. mocasin yellow, turquoise, or amethyst etc. with base colour (viz. light beige, light grey, creme etc. )

(Here we used Marine blue as wall highlighting colour, and creme for rest of the walls)

  • Lighting fixture – 35000/- In interior design of an apartment, Lighting fixture is like salt. It cant be more or cant be less to make the food perfetly tasty. You can use these combos to make it impressive. (one crystal hanging light fixture over dining, wall mounted light fixture with 6 watt LED bulbs in rooms instead of tubelights, and study lamps)

  • Photo frame from amazon (20 pcs) – 6000/-
  • one wooden false ceiling in dining – 15000/-
  • indoor plants or wall elements – 5 nos – 10000/-

Total cost of Decoration – 146000/-. Being on a strict budget and making it lively and exquisite, just use these tips and impress people. Still in case you find any difficulty or have any doubts, we would be happy to help you. You can contact us through this link.

few more of our work to impress you 😉

Apartment bedroom with white cupboard, wood temple, cobalt blue door & a custom bed
Designer wall mirror & multi color stool, sheer curtains & wood door in the bedroom
Modern apartment modern kitchen kitchen with white cabinets & custom hanging wine holders

Happy Uplifting Ambience 🙂