Prints charm­ing

TROP­I­CAL REVAMP For years, sur­face pat­tern de­sign was rel­e­gated to wall­pa­per and vin­tage fab­ric. Now, in a funky avatar, it’s cov­er­ing walls, cush­ions, cur­tains and ev­ery part of the home

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Imagi net he beast soft he African jun­gle walk­ing across your liv­ing room. Per­haps birds of par­adise by your win­dows.

Or over­sized pe­onies in your bath­room. Prints and pat­terns make a come­back in in­te­rior de­sign, and they’ve brought with them a sense of bright whim­si­cal fun. Pop­u­lar themes fea­ture trop­i­cal, an­i­mal and flo­ral mot ifs. They’re bright enough to jazz up bor­ing cor­ners with­out look­ing like wall­pa­per from your grand­mother’s home. The best part? Clash­ing sev­eral prints to­gether is now cool, mak­ing this a quick, in­ex­pen­sive short­cut to chang­ing the look of a room.


From drag­on­flies sten­ciled on to cush­ions to two-tone ze­bra stripes on the state­ment wall, you’ll find that the va­ri­ety in prints can over­whelm. “Pick a theme which re­flects your taste and pref­er­ence the most,” says Arya Nerker, head of de­sign at Ni­co­bar.

“If you like na­ture, one way would be giv­ing your din­ing room a flo­ral or leafy feel.” Adorn your din­ing ta­ble with pineap­ple print cut­lery and splash your wall with palm tree wall­pa­per.

If you’ re con­fi­dent enough, use a sten­cil and paint your own mu­ral.


While flamin­gos were a pop­u­lar pat­tern in 2017, this year’s stand­out de­signs are an­i­mal prints, and fig­ures of ex­otic birds. It’s per­haps your best op­por­tu­nity to go wild.

“A liv­ing room can be re­vamped with strik­ing wall­pa­pers of birds, tiger stripes or photo prints of flora and fauna,” says Son am Gupta, de­sign head at Tan­ger­ine.

She sug­gests look­ing at lesserused mo­tifs too, like cov­er­ing a wall with mul­ti­hued stick­ers of in­sect sil­hou­ettes – but­ter­flies, hon­ey­bees, fire­flies, bee­tles and ants. “An­i­mal prints com­ple­ment mod­ern dé­cor and gel well with mono chrome de­signs ,” says Vaish­navipra­tima, founder of a chain of epony­mous in­te­rior stores.

“Add an ac­cent chair with ze­bra prints to your liv­ing room for dra­matic im­pact. It will still keep the dé­cor sub­tle.”


Loud prints are good in small doses, but the trendi­est homes are stretch­ing the pal­ette across the liv­ing space. Use them in pas­sages, foy­ers and on cur­tains. Astha Khetan, the founder of The House of Things, sug­gests an off­beat idea: mix­ing two an­i­mal prints of the same colour to achieve a co­he­sive aes­thetic.

Your room could have chee­tah printed up­hol­stered seat­ing, paired with a rug of another tiger print to get a funky look.

In­te­rior de­signer and ar­chi­tect, Mil ind Pai, sug­gests merg­ing an­i­mal prints with stripes and polka dots.

This way the an­i­mal print will have a min­i­mal yet im­pact­ful ap­pear­ance and won’t be too large to dis­rupt one’s eye. If you’re not ready for clash­ing prints, he sug­gests pair­ing an­i­mal prints with neu­tral, tran­quil and se rene op­tions. For in­stance, pair a leop­ard rug with white walls, linens and muted fall shades.


Un­til we have those dig­i­tal pic­ture walls from sci-fi movies, we’ ll have to make do with prints.

How about a colour­ful sun­set view, with a beach and palm trees?

“Palm prints and botan­i­cal mo­tifs are ev­ery­where, from soft fur­nish­ings like rugs and cush­ions to table­ware like plates and even din­ing chairs ,” says K he tan.

Take in­spi­ra­tion from post­cards from the Mal­dives, Hawaii, Bora Bora or the Caribbean Is­lands And think of it as a mini trop­i­cal va­ca­tion in your home. Add to the fresh, botan­i­cal vibe by us­ing planters or huge palm fronds in high-ceilinged rooms.

No space? Use large leaf y-print wall­pa­pers and add trop­i­cal themed ob­jects (a pina co­lada, a grass skirt, a co­conut).

With prints, bal­ance is key. If your wall has the more dra­matic de­sign, then keep your ac­ces­sories min­i­mal and vice versa.

“Use these prints in places which are usu­ally left blank and dull,” says in­te­rior de­signer and ar­chi­tect, Jy­ot­sna Kanal.

“Read­ing ar­eas, the foyer, stair­well or the bath­room are in­her­ently tran­si­tional spa­ces to add prints which you oth­er­wise might grow tired of.” A bath­room can have a bold print which is lay­ered with a size able mir­ror to help break the print visu­ally.

Like­wise in a bed­room, you can have a solid green colour head­board with full length lighter cur­tains on a trop­i­cal themed wall to make it look less over­whelm­ing

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