Plan­ning on in­tro­duc­ing fem­i­nine ac­cents in your home? Our ex­perts tell you how to do it the right way...

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Contents - IM­PRES­SIONS: DELILAH RO­DRIGUES

Lend your in­te­ri­ors a pow­er­ful touch of fem­i­n­ity

Fem­i­nine mo­tifs and ac­cents pieces are in vogue th­ese days. Now, when you talk about fem­i­nine, it is not only about pas­tles and flow­ers, there is a lot more to it. In­te­rior de­signer Nomita Kohli of Wisma Atria In­te­ri­ors says, “One good thing about or­na­ment­ing your space with a fem­i­nine touch is the wide range of decor styles and themes that fall into this style of de­sign. Spa­ces with a fem­i­nine de­sign could be any­thing from chic bo­hemian to sleek and con­tem­po­rary.”

“Adding a fem­i­nine touch to your home al­ways makes it more per­sonal and warm, fill­ing it with a pos­i­tive en­ergy, a great vibe, while giv­ing it a gen­tler look,” says Mumbai-based in­te­rior de­signer Ayushi Kan­odia. She ad­vices, “Opt for sub­tle colours like beige and white for the walls, as this will not only add soft­ness, but will also give an il­lu­sion of space, mak­ing your home look big­ger. You can def­i­nitely add brighter ac­cent pieces or ex­per­i­ment with ac­ces­sories like bright cush­ion cov­ers

in bold colours or var­ied prints.” Serene pas­tel hues like pow­der pink, whites, blues look great. If the room is done up in white, bring in a flo­ral wall­pa­per that will help you flaunt your per­sonal style with­out much ef­fort. “Many be­lieve that us­ing pink is the ul­ti­mate way to give a fem­i­nine touch, but any soft tone can help you ac­com­plish the look. Colours like pow­der pink with emer­ald green and tones of beige make for great com­bi­na­tions. Shades of teal blue, bot­tle green and marsala with sea green can en­hance the look,” re­veals in­te­rior de­signer Shan­tanu Garg.

When it comes to se­lect­ing the right fur­ni­ture pieces, stick to ele­gant ones that show­case re­fined curves. Ab­hishek Kathuria, in­te­rior de­signer and owner, Marigold Fur­nish­ers opines, “To achieve a fem­i­nine look, se­lect fur­ni­ture that has curves in­stead of straight sharp lines.

“Adding a fem­i­nine touch to your home al­ways makes it more per­sonal and warm, fill­ing it with a pos­i­tive en­ergy, a great vibe, while giv­ing it a gen­tler look.”

Up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture is a bet­ter choice. Fab­rics like faux fur or rich vel­vets and silks are just right.”

You can also go big with ac­ces­sories. Shan­tanu sug­gests that hang­ing lights and pat­terned rugs with colour­ful art­work are great. Cre­ate a bold and beau­ti­ful look with hand-painted art­work that fea­ture hints of brass and in­tri­cate stone de­tails. Ayushi adds, “Home ac­ces­sories can make a huge dif­fer­ence. Brighten your space with flow­ers or in­door plants.”

Light­ing is also a cru­cial fac­tor. In­te­rior de­signer Gobind Ka­pur of Mai­son Du Luxe sug­gests, “You can add a pas­tel shade in your room with a beau­ti­ful am­bi­ent light.” In fact, Nomita Kohli men­tions that glass chan­de­liers, ele­gant wall scorns and sub­tle pen­dant lights make for great ad­di­tions. So, while you are at it, en­sure that you don’t overdo. Take in­spi­ra­tion from all that is around you and make smart choices.

Ayushi Kan­odia

Marigold Fur­nish­ers

Wisma Atria In­te­ri­ors

Mai­son Du Luxe

Shan­tanu Garg De­sign

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