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19 Apr

Home is where heart is

Timeless. That’s what your home becomes if every corner of it reflects love. So if you want your home to come alive, all you need to add is a pinch of emotion and a personalised touch to the décor

Home that’s eternal

Everybody makes an effort to reflect their personalities and love in their home décor. Conclusion: Emotions do form an integral part of home décor. And experts only agree to this. As Ishika Taneja, Executive Director, Alps Beauty Clinic and interior designer, puts it, “Home décor can bring in different emotions like feeling of warmth and comfort in cold, dreary winters, to elegance and excitement during the festive season. Home interiors and décor can go a long way in setting the mood right.” Ishika’s love for travel has been beautifully depicted in the Eiffel Tower wallpaper put at the entrance of her home. While doing up the interiors of her home, interior designer Shibani Chopra made sure she gave the love of her life adequate space.

While her grandmother’s harmonium is given the centre space, right in the middle of the lobby area, her son Zubair’s room is made such that even a young teenage boy would feel at home here. It is a large room with a writing desk, a bean bag and of course, framed soccer posters. The eye-catching element in this room is his first shoes, framed and hung on the wall.

PHOTOS: ISHIKA TANEJA’S HOME

Trend talk

Living personal touch to a home is a trend that has been there forever. Albeit, it has found an all-new meaning in today’s time,” stresses Aditya Sawant, an architect. “People now want to get involved in the process of homemaking, right from the beginning. In fact, as an architect, I make sure I sit with my clients to understand their needs and design their space according to how they want it. The act of personalising a space is not just in terms of utility and aesthetics, but also adding ‘emotional’ value as well. The fact that people dedicate complete walls to family portraits, collages and mood-boards, goes on to show that emotions do play a crucial role in bringing a space to life.”

Experts also believe that the overall environment of the house plays an important role on the mood of the residents of the house. Thus, there are many new concepts, which are being introduced in home design keeping this in mind. “From the light to the sound, the key is to bring joy to your life and bring in positive energy through all aspects of home décor. The thumb rule is to think out-of-the-box and not decorate in the most obvious way. Mix furniture and décor with a wide range of variety, vintage, textures and colours,” advises Karishma Bajaj, owner of Red, Blue & Yellow.

A colour for every mood

Do you want Tuesday to feel like autumn and Wednesday like spring? Want your rooms basking in sunshine while it is grey outside? Well, with all the technology available today, that’s easy to do with just a click of a button! A design expert from Philips LivingColors opines, “With newer light and colour technologies, you can bring every mood alive. By changing the colour of your light, you can actually change your mood. If you are feeling low, a touch of yellow can cheer you up. If you want to relax, turn on the green light to soothe your eyes. For a party, you can boost the energy levels using dynamic colour-changing effects; while for a relaxing evening, turn to soft blue.” With all these and a lot more to explore, isn’t it time then to get up, get in the mood and make your home spell you!

PHOTO: MARK BARNES' HOME

Lead Photo: Ashok and Kavita Singhal’s collection

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