Décor lessons for couples
For couples decorating a new home or looking to revive a predesigned space, these ultimate design hacks promise to make a big impact even in small spaces
Wall about it
As a trend, wallpapers have been going strong for a while now. And it’s not hard to imagine why. For starters, they’re easy to set up; they come in myriad designs, colours and patterns and save a lot of time, money and effort. “Dramatic-themed wallpaper, even across a single wall, can go a long way in redefining your space. A bold and edgy print, in particular, is the key to adding some visual interest. So, reimagine, rethink and redefine. Along with this, a piece of furniture featuring a quirky digital print will energise an otherwise laid-back setting,” elucidates Raseel Gujral Ansal, Founder and Creative Director, Casa Paradox.
Art and soul
A work of art has the ability to not only add character to a space, but also uplift it and showcase a couple’s tastes and personalities. “Art can transform a space with ease. A large artwork or a cluster of smaller pieces arranged in different ways can set the tone of a space and instantly enliven it. Then there are rugs which create a sense of welcome; pick one in a textured combination or pop colours to make a statement,” avers Suparna Handa, Brand Director, Sarita Handa.
Set your art on it
There’s so much you can do with a wall. You can paint it, wallpaper it or simply decorate it with memorabilia, framed photos and so on. And here’s how, “From tapestries to tankhas; pichhwais to plates; antique maps to photographs; clocks to metal or wood sculpted pieces—there are so many art forms and ways to display them. Group them together or hang one remarkable piece—like a trompe-l’œil or a stencilled design— above a bed or mantlepiece,” suggests Bindu Vadera, Head-Interiors, Ahilia Homes.
If you think mirrors are just for vanity, think again. These utilitarian accessories serve more than just your narcissistic needs. When used strategically, they can make tiny spaces appear larger and brighter, and therefore offer multiple benefits. “A floor mirror or a wall-mounted one will reflect light and make a room appear larger, while smaller mirrors, especially antique ones, create a focal point,” adds Vadera.
Colour is probably the most basic yet powerful tool that can alter one’s mood or transform the ambience of a space. And based on the character and qualities of a space—particularly its size and natural inflow of light among others—one can purposefully use colours to conceal certain shortcomings. “Whether it’s a dark or light hue, the colour of a room should be determined based on available natural light. For instance, a room endowed with natural luminescence can take on darker hues, while smaller rooms should have soft and light colours to create the illusion of space,” points out Krsnaa Mehta, Founder and Executive Director, India Circus. Another great idea is to curate a mix of traditional and modern furniture and accents to create an eclectic living space. For instance, team contemporary lampshades and curtains with vintage luggage, which works visually and functionally as a decorative piece and for storage.
Re-invent the design wheel
Old is indeed gold! Old furniture that stands out as a sore thumb can be given a new lease of life with a bit of clever up-cycling. “Introduce recycled or refurbished furniture to add an element of quirkiness and create a conversation piece in your home. Or simply purchase a repurposed piece for instant gratification,” says Shabnam Gupta, Proprietor and Principal Designer, The Orange Lane.
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