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15 Apr

When home décor transcend borders

Marriage brings together not just two people but also two cultures in many cases; the reflections of which, if weaved into home décor, can transform your house into a culturally-rich home

HOME: A MELTING POT OF CULTURES

In today’s time, home styling has become an intrinsic part of life and one that goes much beyond the visible. The home space is passionately created and re-created to depict and reflect the life and style of the owners. And if a couple comes from different backgrounds, then their home becomes even more exciting, visually-rich and a melting pot of cultures! Subtle yet classy personal touches given by each of the partners not only enhance the interiors, but also convert a home into an exciting world. For example, little knick-knacks placed by both partners immediately depict the fact that although the owners of the house love to explore and experiment, they still respect their roots. “Cultural diversity and affinity, when depicted in home décor, almost instantly tells a lot about the resident’s respect for the country as a whole. If the partners are from two different states, and if their home décor transgresses the boundaries, their home becomes eclectic,” says interior designer Priya Kataria.

PHOTO: SANGEETA K MURTHY AND NARSIMHA KUMAR

UNITED IN SPIRIT AND SPACE

Interiors play a crucial role in the construction of identity. Gautam Gupta, an interior designer, says, “Home décor is the best way to reflect the rich heritage of our country. It can go a long way in setting the stage to showcase the unity in diversity. The culmination of two cultures in interiors can bring about beautiful results. But yes, the fusion has to be subtle and done in a way that it complements the overall look of the house.” Giving your home a touch of you is a trend that has been there forever. Albeit, it has found an all-new meaning in today’s time. “People love to get involved in the process of doing up their homes. Personalising a space is not only about utility and aesthetics, but also adding an ‘emotional’ value. A home is a highly fluid and contested site of human existence that reflects identities and values. It is important to have an understanding of the domestic sphere, its artifacts, spaces and relations, across timeframes and cultures. Your house can only become a home if every corner of it speaks of your love for your roots,” says interior designer Sameera Shah.

PHOTOS: MEGHA AND TARUN KUMAR MATHUR

BRING OUT THE BEST, BUT DON’T OVERDO

Although the process of converting your home into your world is exciting, experts caution against overdoing the décor, especially when both the partners get involved in their own ways. “Even though it is a great idea to respect your partner’s enthusiasm to participate in styling your home, it is good to know where to draw the line. A home is a living, changing reflection of the people who use it everyday; overdoing the décor can make your home look like a museum!” opines Shelly Nanda, home stylist. She suggests the way to put together the best of both worlds in home décor is by creating culturally diverse corners or by dedicating one room to depict the cultural diversity.

Lead Photo: SANGEETA K MURTHY AND NARSIMHA KUMAR

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