FOR A PHO­TO­GENIC HOUSE

Want to inject some colour in your home dé­cor? Tatha­gata Sen shares some tips for go­ing from an ab­so­lute new­bie to a favourite of ar­chi­tec­ture mag­a­zines in no time

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - LIFESTYLE SPECIAL -

Here’s a small ex­per­i­ment. Think of all the house­holds you’ve been to and note how many colours you saw. In other words, think of the colour pal­ette used in most Indian house­holds. You will no­tice two things in most cases— ei­ther there will be a range of neu­tral colour shades of brown, grey and white, or you will see too much colour! A purple here, some golden there, reds and yel­lows splashed here and there. The for­mer is too bland and un­in­ter­est­ing, while the sec­ond seems too gar­ish and over the top.

There is not a per­son in this world who doesn’t like colour. Even the folks who only use dull shades such as beige, brown, cream and grey love colour! Most of them, how­ever, don’t know how to use it, and hence, choose to steer clear from the rain­bow al­to­gether. Peo­ple who over­load their houses with colour ob­vi­ously love colour. But they tend to overdo it, ren­der­ing a con­fused, er­ratic dé­cor.

How, then, should you use colour to cre­ate some in­ter­est in your homes? Here are some tips to re-do your in­te­ri­ors to en­sure in­te­rior dé­cor mag­a­zines start hound­ing you for pic­tures!

GET IN­SPIRED

As Os­car Wilde, the renowned Ir­ish poet and play­wright once said, “Tal­ent bor­rows, ge­nius steals!” While you should ob­vi­ously not bla­tantly rip-off some­one else’s dé­cor theme, brows­ing pic­tures of home dé­cor can def­i­nitely give you some idea of how to go about it. Don’t singers start by singing oth­ers’ songs? Think of this first step as some­thing like that. It’s ed­u­ca­tional. You’ve got the world wide web. Just go through images that ap­peal to you and save them in a sep­a­rate folder. Twenty, fifty, hun­dred — no mat­ter how many you like, just save all of them in that folder and give that folder a fun name (not nec­es­sary, but hey, why not have fun while learn­ing). Next, find out the pic­tures you like the most and find out why you like them. How have they used colours?

What kind of fur­ni­ture have they used? What are the colours of the walls? How about the floor? Ev­ery­thing.

Now, ask your­self why you like them and what the de­tails you like in them are.

IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD

The trans­for­ma­tion of your home from ‘al­right’ to ‘wow’ needs to hap­pen in your head first. More of it is plan­ning, imag­in­ing and ex­per­i­ment­ing with your imag­i­na­tions than go­ing to the clos­est fur­ni­ture store and buy­ing two of this and three of that. That’s s not how it’s done. Once your aes­thetic sense starts to de­velop, you will no­tice a change in you. You ou will start ob­serv­ing more, un­der­stand­ing colours, pat­terns and nd colour com­bi­na­tions more (yes, prac­tice trumps tal­ent any­day, at any­thing). You will un­der­stand that t when go­ing for a classy look, it is im­per­a­tive to start with a neu­tral base first. Say, off-white walls and a white mar­ble floor. Next you add some es­sen­tial el­e­ments in neu­tral tones such as white, grey, brown, navy. The third step is adding colour pops and in­ter­est­ing pat­terns. It could be a hot pink throw on your couch, or bet­ter still, a hot pink couch! You can have a solid ma­hogany bed in your bed­room, which gives it a som­bre look. You can lighten it up by just a small ze­bra-pat­terned lamp be­side it.

GO­ING PRO

Here are two words that will en­sure you have a fab­u­lous look­ing house: baby steps. Go slow, in­cor­po­rate all your learn­ings from the pre­vi­ous step, but only in your mind first. If the walls in your house are white and so is the floor, in­stead of the light grey du­vet you cur­rently own, re­place it with an orange one. Visu­alise your house as you want it to look. Some­times a tiny tweak can el­e­vate a room’s look from ‘just moved in to­day’ to ‘stud­ied art in Italy’! With prac­tice, you will ace this game in no time!

THERE IS NOT A PER­SON IN THIS WORLD WHO DOESN’T LIKE COLOUR. EVEN THE FOLKS WHO ONLY USE ONLY DULL SHADES SUCH AS BEIGE, BROWN, CREAM AND GREY LOVE COLOUR! MOST OF THEM DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE IT, AND HENCE, CHOOSE TO STEER CLEAR OF THEM.

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