Cloud com­put­ing

Out, damp spot! Get your home ready for the months of rain, leaks, and grey skies ahead. All you need are a few clever hacks

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Estates - - FRONT PAGE - Bindu Gopal Rao ht­spe­cial­pro­jects@hin­dus­tan­times.com

When it comes to your home, the mon­soon can be dou­bleedged sword. On the one hand, the rain washes ev­ery­thing clean, you’re tempted to open win­dows to breeze after the sum­mer, and the views are al­ways greener.

On the other hand, the show­ers can be un­re­lent­ing, the muck gets on to ev­ery­thing, and damp seeps through con­crete walls. If you haven’t weather-proofed your home yet, here’s where to start.

DÉ­COR THAT DRIES

At the en­trance, swap the fab­ric wel­come mat for one made of plas­tic grass to help dust off dirt and mud. In­side your home, fight the hu­mid­ity with plants like peace lily, Boston fern, English ivy, reed palms and spi­der plants.

Shab­nam Singh, founder of Pro­ject Co says they do well in the mon­soon sea­son and are low on main­te­nance. “They add a fresh spark to the place, also ab­sorb mildew,” she adds.

Wher­ever pos­si­ble – on cur­tains, cov­ers and fur­nish­ing, opt for stain re­sis­tant and fastdry­ing syn­thetic fab­rics.

BRIGHT IDEAS

Over­cast months need bright homes. In­stead of strong over­head lights, opt for ac­cent lights such as a floor lamp or up­light­ing fix­tures within your plants. Place them in dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the room and pair them with del­i­cate cove lights to cre­ate a warm, invit­ing space.

Anu­pama Bi­hani, founder and in­te­rior de­signer at Mirabel In­te­ri­ors, Delhi be­lieves warm toned-in­te­ri­ors are a par­tic­u­larly good way to coun­ter­act a cold dull mon­soon day. “Use yel­lows and polyester and ny­lon fur­nish­ings on items that are close to the win­dow,” she says.

San­jay Agar­wal, pro­moter and MD, Sirca Paints picks vi­brant shades like corals and yel­lows, red and greens to cre­ate a dé­cor pal­ette for the mon­soon.

An easy way to achieve a bright look is to mix stronghued linens with solids or place your bright­est art on the walls. Look at mix­ing and match­ing ethe­real wa­ter­colours with state­ment oil paint­ings. “Build it up with 3D pie- ces such as sculp­ture or can­dles,” says in­te­rior stylist Jas­mine Jhaveri. “Or opt for a pris­tine white wall and frame your art in sil­ver and gold.”

A quick fix to beat the gloom: flow­ers. “Flow­ers in bright colours on your study table, per­sonal workspace and din­ing table add cheer,” says Chitra Das, founder of Champs Fleur. “Pick blooms in shades of tan­ger­ine, citrus, turquoise and pinks to match your in­te­ri­ors.”

Don’t for­get to un­wind too. A sig­na­ture mon­soon ac­ces­sory is a hang­ing chair or a swing placed in the liv­ing room or the bal­cony area to en­joy the rain with a hot bev­er­age. “Scented can­dles es­pe­cially laven­der, lemon­grass or vanilla fra­grances in the liv­ing area give the room a com­fort­able and ro­man­tic feel,” says Ar­shi Mukri, in­te­rior de­sign ex­pert at Pepperfry.

WET WIPED

Ishan Thacker, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor at Vec­tor Pro­jects says be­ing mon­soon ready is as much about damp-con­trol as vis­ual changes.

“Place a few naph­tha­lene or cam­phor balls, neem leaves or cloves in your wardrobe and draw­ers. These ab­sorb mois­ture and are an ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion against sil­ver fish, a com­mon prob­lem dur­ing rainy sea­son,” adds Thacker.

And con­sider tem­po­rary switches to ev­ery­day ob­jects if you con­stantly have fam­ily mem­bers troop­ing in from the rain. A bright bucket by the door to hold um­brel­las. A plas­tic shoe-stand by the door just for sop­ping pairs.

Hang­ers for ad­di­tional tow­els (bright hues again). A hair dryer within arm’s reach on a bath­room shelf. And per­haps putting furry toys, white jeans, suede, pa­per and leather items safely stored away.

If you want to quirk up the kitchen in­te­ri­ors, go green. “It makes a room look re­lax­ing to the eyes and re­fresh­ing for your mind,” says Peeyush Bach­laus, gen­eral man­ager of mar­ket­ing at Kan­sai Nero­lac Paints.

Don’t for­get to draw the cur­tains aside on your big­gest win­dow — the sight of the clouds rolling in, a dra­matic evening sky and the view of a shower far away are best en­joyed when you’re dry and happy in­doors.

PRO­JECT CO

Plants like peace lily, Boston fern, English ivy and reed palms are low on main­te­nance and ab­sorb hu­mid­ity.

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