PER­SONAL EF­FECTS

In­te­rior de­signer Shab­nam Gupta on how to give your space a char­ac­ter

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As so­cial an­i­mals we live to­gether within a com­mu­nity, and yet, con­stantly strive to make our own mark. De­sign, just like this so­cial as­pect, is com­plex. Re­tain­ing one’s style which re­flects your in­di­vid­ual im­prints is a task when set­ting up a home. With new dé­cor trends com­ing up ev­ery now and then, it is quite nat­u­ral for homemak­ers to get dis­tracted eas­ily, to like a par­tic­u­lar method one day and zero on some­thing else another day. It is how­ever, im­por­tant not to get con­fused by what’s hap­pen­ing around you. When you make a space for your­self, it is your tem­ple. You don’t and shouldn’t owe any­one an ex­pla­na­tion. Don’t be afraid to toe the line and ex­per­i­ment with colours and tex­tures. Ask your­self a few ques­tions—is this home your tro­phy to the world? Do you feel com­pelled to outdo oth­ers or is it only you who mat­ters? If you are get­ting a de­signer to do up your in­te­ri­ors, find one whose work you love and re­late to on a per­sonal level. If you plan to do it your­self, re­search and de­cide on the look af­ter check­ing de­sign por­tals and read­ing blogs. Op­u­lent, bo­hemian, min­i­mal, artis­tic, con­tem­po­rary, fu­sion or eclec­tic—once you know what kind of space you would like to breathe in and out, start piec­ing things to­gether. Here are a few ideas to groom a space in sim­ple ways.

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