The art of jazz­ing up those in­te­ri­ors

The tra­di­tional gets a mod­ern twist and met­als match up with silks and satins

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Nam­rata Kohli

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 (de­si­ju­ 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

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