The art of jazzing up those interiors
The traditional gets a modern twist and metals match up with silks and satins
Giwali is all about lights and colour, so the hottest trends you are getting to see in home decor as everyone gets into annual cleaning and home makeover mode are mint greens, jazzy oranges, sunshine yellows, hot pinks, poison ivy greens or indigo blues – a whole lot olden peacocks, chanting monks, idols of Ram, Sita, and Laxman returning to Ayodhya on the eve of Diwali, laughing Buddha... home décor options this Diwali leave you spoilt for choice. One common thread, however, that binds the vast andvariedselection of Diwali gifts for the home is that these are all symbols of peace, happiness, wealth and prosperity.
Designer couple Shobhna and Kunal Mehta, owners of brand Kanchi, who have done the soft furnishings for Antilla, Mukesh Ambani’s residence, feel Diwali is a good excuse for simply freshening up the look of a room. For many, replacing all the furniture room by room in one family fiscal year isn’t feasible. That doesn’t mean you can’t make simple, easy and often inexpensive changes to your home for a fresher look, they say.
Lighting has taken centre stage with table lamps, floor lamps and designer lights trending on home decor shopping lists. Where ideas go, Moroccan lanterns at the entrance of the home or verandah can add to the drama of Diwali. Placing candles or floor and table lamps in varying sizes in empty corners can also look terribly roman- tic. of shades in paint or fabric are here to brighten up your life. Even with printed wallpaper or designer walls – you can create your own “eureka moment”.
“With Diwali, the festival of lights coming up, it’s a great idea to welcome colour and celebrations into your home”, says Payal Kapoor, director, Vision Interior Designers and Consultants. “What better way to do it E-retailer Pepperfry has lamps in brass, colourful printed fabrics, glass as well as candle holders. For the slew of lunches and dinners during the festive season. It’s essential that the dining area be elaborately decorated and laid out. Kitchen and dining is a very important category this year too and crockery and cutlery choices are available in metal with floral prints and ethnic designs with a contemporary twist such as those by Krsnaa Mehta’s India Circus. You could also pick from the exquisite range of gold toned crockery for a classy touch. A set of four tea glasses costs then to do up your home and bring in warmth? Accents and accessories play an important role in this. A dining table can be done up with fresh flower arrangements in a nice vase – silver, cut glass or porcelain, depending on the visual appeal one would like to create. A central chandelier above the dining table works too. Elegant crockery, linen, tableware, cutlery etc should be used. The living ₹ 799, while champagne and wine glasses (set of two) comesfor₹1799 and tea light holders for ₹ 499. Traditional designs in Ikat can be used for home furnishings. Bed sheets and cushion covers in soft fabrics in ivory or glam gold will set the tone for bright and sparkly winter celebrations. Use a subtle pattern for table linen with seasonal motifs. Bright printed napkins will also give your dining room a festive look. The aesthetics have become more global with local being the core element, says designer Sarita Handa. “Warm, muted hues like hazelnut and leaf green and indigenous colours like indigo blue will drive the new year,” she adds. Compared to l ast year, the trends are leaning towards minimalism and labour of love. Given the government’s Make in India campaign a push, this year room and bedrooms can have nice floor pots with foliage of indoor plants. Cushions on sofas especially on a muted palette of colours add a touch of elegance.
Even a few select handpicked curios if arranged in an attractive cluster can look nice and act as space fillers. A statue placed outdoors with backlights and plants arranged around it can be viewed from inside, making will be all about handloom and heritage.
Decorating your home this season should be based on a unique useof colourssaysSamiraChopra – creative head, Casa Colour. Use violets, reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and whites to make your home look cheerful. “Festive furnishings can never be colourless. White and black colours for example can make a room look clean but not cheerful. Even if you use white curtains, please drape them with colourful material. Use as many pillows as you can, scatter them all around your house,” she says
Krsnaa Mehta feels that glamour is in the details. He advises: Mix new with old, so a blend of antique pieces like a grisaille (painting in grey monochrome) screen, unique bedside tables and lamps and a knobby chair softens a modern look. an interesting visual appeal.
Use a lot of metal stands, lanterns with tea lights – even hang them from trees or sturdy plants on your terrace or verandah. Art work also looks nice and bright on walls”, concludes Kapoor.
A f ew places one can shop from are Oma, Good Earth, Kapoor Lights, Sarita Handa, MG Stone Art, Fennel, Timothy Oulton, Prakriti, Address Home etc. Choose quirky, innovative, artistic and quintessentially Indiann stuff ... get fun ideas from Desi Jugaad (desijugaad.co.in). Objects of daily use are recreated into multi-functional designs. Stools are made from metal buckets and tyres, lamps from crayons and wooden scales, ottomans from tyres and woks, and key holders from rolling pins. “Desi jugaad looks around for the old and the broken and turns it into something better. As they say, ‘old is the new new’. Look around, every object you see is your new decor piece,” says the team at Desi Jugaad. Prices of these restoration items start from ₹ 250 and go up to ₹ 20,000. Practical and long lasting jugaadu designs can actually educate the customer on the importance of sustainable environment and recycling things. You can copy some of their designs too to bring in colour and brightness to your homes - driftwood lamps; a tired cabinet given a new lease of life with laminate covers in different designs. Artist and passionate photographer Manisha Gera-Baswani’s home at DLF Gurgaon is full of memories - things she has picked up while taking walks, going on trekking trips up mountains or just globetrotting. “Most of the display items at my house are either art or craft bought from various cities visited within India or overseas. I love the idea of discovering local craft and it inspires me when I practise my art. I have these sea shells which I picked up on beaches, bought objects from local craftsmen or at melas, collected random feathers , nests or fallen twigs,” says Gera-Baswani who creatively places these natural things in baskets, on tables and floors or hangs them just about anywhere at her condominium where her pet budgerigars fly around freely. Conversation points: A light shade from Anuj Ambalal design company in Ahmedabad, brass insects from a Rajasthan craftsman, small images brought at Pragati Maidan, music instruments picked from Shantiniketan, sea shells and many other things.
Contrast hot pinks with blues; get brass lamps for tables or shelves of your homes... this season is all about colour and joy (above). Driftwood lamps and chests of drawers from Desi Jugaad (top right). Light shade from Anuj Ambalal design company and a bird’s nest (below right)
Get your light act together: Hanging lights from Pepperfry (₹2500); cushions, candles and tealight holders from Krsnaa Mehta (above); decorative light globe from Pepperfry (₹11,200)
Golden vases by Casa Colour