Do the New Year makeover

A sea­son-wise guide on do­ing up in­te­ri­ors that score high on style

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The New Year brings with it new be­gin­nings, new vi­sion, new mem­o­ries, year-long res­o­lu­tions and an over­haul­ing of in­te­ri­ors at home. So if you’re plan­ning some changes, here are some trends 2016.

Win­ter after-ef­fect

Touch wood: The best rem­edy for a win­ter hang­over is to sur­round your­self with smoky wooden in­te­ri­ors. Whether it is your bed­room get­ting a dark wood floor or your study get­ting a faux lam­i­nate touch, wood im­me­di­ately en­livens the space.

Cre­ate an un­clut­tered and ur­ban am­bi­ence us­ing rich, con­tem­po­rary and con­trast­ing ma­te­ri­als in your living area. For ex­am­ple, a wooden ceil­ing made from light ve­neers con­trasted with ebony the ex­posed col­umns with a matt fin­ish can be paired beau­ti­fully with a chandelier.

Wel­come spring

S a y i t w i t h f l owe r s : Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief flo­ral dé­cor is not re­stricted to rooms of the lady of the house or ba­bies. The lat­est trend in home dé­cor is aimed at bring­ing back fem­i­nine dé­cor — pink hues, flo­rals and bright pal­ette. De­sign­ers are call­ing the trend ‘ the new fem­i­nine’. While most women love blooms in dé­cor, men stay away from it, per- ceiv­ing it to be fem­i­nine.

If done right, flo­ral ac­cents make rooms look charm­ing. You can also get a cus­tom de­sign wall with a pat­tern of your choice. A de­sign wall greatly en­hances any drab in­te­rior space.

Sum­mer saga

Punch of pas­tels: It is no secret that pas­tel shades are i deal f or s um­mers. How­ever, you can take the sooth­ing pal­ettes a notch higher by com­bin­ing i t with neon ac­ces­sories and designs. Bal­ance is ev­ery­thing when work­ing with th­ese pow­er­house hues. If you have a big and colour­ful per­son­al­ity and re­ally want that bed­room or bath­room to glow, then go ahead and paint the en­tire room with a bold colour of your choice. How­ever, bal­ance it with white, black, grey or pas­tel shades. In­clude a mo­tif wall in your room which com­ple­ments the pas­tel shade of the base colour. You can even com­bine re­ally mild pas­tel cush­ions on a bold coloured draw­ing room theme.

Hello au­tumn

The rugged look: Put your best foot for­ward with rugged wooden in­te­ri­ors giv­ing the home a rus­tic ap­peal. One such favourite is smoked wood, es­pe­cially in the oak vari­ant.

It’s pre­ferred by imag­i­na­tive and artis­tic in­di­vid­u­als as it of­fers dra­matic, rich and al­lur­ing vis­ual el­e­ments to a room.

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