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22 Feb

Let your home decor define you

The sky is the limit for those who want to explore and experiment! Explore the unexplored and find designs and inspirations that define you

Minimalist and multifunctional

Contemporary interiors trends will see reinvention and innovation. There will also be a mix of classic, retro and contemporary design ideas. “The risk-taking, travel enthusiasts will opt for versatility and multifunctionality in furniture design. Awareness about the environment, which is growing by the day, will further reflect in creatively recycled furniture design,” says Manu Goel, an architect and interior designer.

 

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The old with the new

Low-on-maintenance and easy-to-clean furniture will dominate most of the design elements in interiors. No scratches and re-polishing definitely mean no worries! “With space and resource crunch a growing problem in metros, people are now gradually turning to recycling. Wood, stone, metal fixtures and fittings from derelict projects or buildings are being reused in new projects where cost and space are constraints. Think modern interiors, where contemporary design ideas are combined with gilded antiques, velvet and silk or carved wood accents are mixed with industrial metal details to look stylish, original and unique,” feels interior designer Punam Kalra.

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In the raw

This year will continue to witness an amalgamation of traditional materials like bamboo, wood and stone with new materials like acrylic, plastic and processed wood. A bright yellow painted metal staircase in the midst of serene white interiors can be used to create effect and artistry. Similarly, bar counters and tables and other furniture items will use stones like onyx, with backlit LEDs, to create a clever translucent effect.

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The buzz

Quirky is the way to go! “Small changes in small spaces can have a greater impact. Be it posters or quirky DIY décor pieces—anything unique is a good conversation starter,” says Binita Shah, a freelance interior designer. Offbeat is the new buzzword of the furniture industry. “The market, today, is full of furniture pieces that are fashionable, stylish and yet extremely comfortable. These are multifunctional modular works of art with curvilinear forms and detachable backrests that enable endless reconfiguration, making the designs a modern benchmark. From a bed to a couch and a lounge sofa, it’s the first all-in-one hybrid of its kind. This level of flexibility helps one mould the furniture into any living room landscape,” explains Goel.

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A bit of you

Home décor is no longer limited to trends and design codes; it is also a reflection of the owner’s personality. “With people increasingly feeling the need to stamp their personality on their home, home décor is becoming quirkier. No one prefers predictable décor; each piece needs to be unique. A one-of-a-kind chair or cushion cover is always a treat for the eyes,” avers Krsna Mehta, Founder and Creative Director, India Circus. To make a space look vibrant and fun, Mehta recommends an aesthetically pleasing yet unique piece of artefact or furniture. “Include bursts of colour at the right spaces. To add some texture to a room, you can also use great artwork or quirky artefacts. These give dimension to a room as no two pieces are the same, therefore highlighting interesting perspectives,” adds Mehta.

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