Freelance Designer Credits Creativity and Style to Changing Industry

Farah Agarwal, an award-winning freelance home designer, is changing the rules of luxury home space.

“The visual impact can be stunning when different styles, colors, prints, and textures are brought together,” said Agarwal. “Contrasts can create ‘wow’ moments in spaces.”

According to The Hindu, Agarwal was awarded the Young Designer of the Year award at the CMO Asia Design Excellence Awards.

“People tend to mistake contrasts for a quirky sensibility,” she added. “Contrasts are about carefully mixing and matching styles to create stimulating spaces. So, you’ll find all kinds of marriages in my work — local with global, classic with contemporary, European with Mughal and vintage with avant-garde. Diversity in styling is refreshing and such interiors will instantly engage guests — even before you start talking.”

In North America, the National Kitchen and Bath Association is giving out Excellence in Education Awards to 10 schools. According to the Daily Herald, the College of DuPage is one of the most recent recipients.

“The award validates our efforts to maintain the high quality of the Interior Design program,” said Jane Kielb, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of the program. “We are always looking for ways to make the program even stronger because we want our students to have the best preparation possible when they start their careers.”

Some houses are focused on having luxury bathrooms around the country, but in the U.S., as of 2014, roughly 21 million households owned a spa or hot tub to improve their property value.

Each NKBA kitchen and bathroom program submitted two student design projects that were scored using NKBA guidelines. Each award-winning school had a combined score of 90 and above.

Agarwal credits her designing skills to her early years and how she developed her creativity.

“I used to always keep changing the furniture and artifact placements at home and make spontaneous design suggestions to friends,” Agarwal added. “Involvement in creative work gave me a sense of calmness and achievement. Interior design was a natural progression.”

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