Here’s how you can introduce the beauty of nature in your home
Like the mood-lifting quality of green spaces, botanical motifs and influences have a way of brightening up our homes
Whether it’s a festival or a wedding, flowers are an integral part of Indian customs and rituals. They even feature prominently in one’s trousseau reinforcing the fact that nature continues to be an endless source of inspiration for designers across various streams—from fashion to jewellery and even home décor. And if you are keen to incorporate the freshness and beauty of greenery in your space, here are the different ways to do so.
UP THE WALL
The easiest way to imbibe this trend is to choose nature-inspired wallpaper. Depending on the space, look and tone, pick a bold or subtle print for your accent wall. While a bigger or bolder print might create more of an impact, it can get overwhelming, so choose wisely. “Dramatic wall enhancements coupled with equally dramatic furniture is the secret to ace this trend,” says Meenu Agarwal, Founder and Principal Designer, MADS Creations. So, combine the two for a winning combination. “Pick a floral wallpaper with a base colour in ivory or mint and team it with bold coloured upholstery. On the other hand, dark-hued wallpaper will complement soft furnishings in ivory or white and floral print cushions. Be sure to highlight the wall with suitable lighting—warm instead of white—while keeping the rest of the palette muted alongside natural toned floors and a bare ceiling,” adds Agarwal.
DÉCOR TIP: “The other rule of thumb is to juxtapose these prints against a plain or monochrome background—one that highlights the print and offsets the noise and busyness of the pattern,” explains Anu Kumar, Founder, Mora Taara.And with Living Coral declared as Pantone’s colour of the year, it’s a great time to design your home with peony or pressed rose hues.
Apart from your walls and upholstery, highlight oft neglected corners like the entrance of your home with this soothing theme. “Welcome your guests with a floral arrangement of royal blue blossoms placed atop a console, which is placed in front of a framed mirror. Add royal blue accent chairs to enhance the look,” outlines Agarwal.
DÉCOR TIP: Decorate a bare pillar in floral coverings or incorporate a floral inlay or patterned tiles in your flooring.
Art and flowers, both have the ability to enliven a space with much-needed colour, character and freshness, so integrate each element in good measure. Alternately, simply adopt a combination of both—by way of floral art. “Paintings add life to a space and help tell a story. So, invest in floral art and use them in rotation across your home. Another delightful way to add colour is by introducing floral decorations in your home. Ideally, place them at focal points like the centre of the dining table, dressing table, coffee table or cabinet. As a rule, avoid scanty decorations as they look unpleasant,” says Malcolm Daruwalla, Principal Architect, Seedle by DC Group. If you still haven’t got your fill of these gifts of nature, well, there are other avenues to explore.“Floral prints have a universal appeal and can be found in wall plates, planters, vases, cushions and even serveware. Go with bold and large prints for your spoons, trays and platters and ceramic dishes bearing blue and white floral patterns,” avers Kumar.
DÉCOR TIP: Place plants in striking planters or flowers in urlis in different corners of your home.
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