Tech: Four web services for your home decor needs

From eye-popping craftsmanship to oddball designs, these four homegrown digital platforms will make your pad a conversation-starter

New FDI policies are clearing the way for some of your favourite international brands to enter India. Ikea is a big one. The Swedish furniture giant is known for affordable, DIY, modern furniture and has fans in India rejoicing at the news. However, before you start planning where to put your next Dagstorp, check out these homegrown online alternatives.

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For a definitive design guide
A guide to the world of design and interiors, Square Inch showcases the best of décor and design by connecting professionals and decor establishments in India with consumers. The aim is to change the way décor brands interact with the online consumer, whether you are a home owner looking to remodel your house or a corporate firm keen to design a new office. It features a comprehensive list of service providers and inventory management systems to aid a seamless experience.

For the entire look
Livspace is India’s first, and only end-to-end home design and décor service provider. This means you simply go to their website and browse designs and décor styles. When you find something you like, you can customise this as per your taste and they will do the rest. They take on all the heavy lifting and grunt work so you can sit back and enjoy your new space! The company employs a combination of data science, algorithms and industrial design to create unique experiences for homeowners. You can even work with an interior designer to get inspiration and ideas.

For discovering new designs
Discern Living is a website (mobile app to be launched later this month) that helps you explore and discover décor trends, designs, looks and products online. With a blog that focuses on interior design trends from around the world, you can catch up on the most relevant and informative ways to breathe new life into your space. The blog also features a categorisation of different aesthetics, so whether you’re more ethnic, modern or industrial; you’ll find something to catch your eye.

For one-stop solutions
Furlenco is India’s first home furniture rental company where you can purchase single items or an entire package that includes soft furnishings and matching decor sets, on a rental plan. Furlenco’s design process is user-inspired, allowing the consumer to pick and choose their style and create looks that will enhance customer’s lives. Perfect for expats, businessmen and new entrants in the city. You can furnish your entire home on monthly plans, get free relocation services and even swap out furniture for newer styles when you get bored. Plans start as low as INR 999 per month.

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