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Pop cul­ture mer­chan­dise is jazz­ing up home in­te­ri­ors like never be­fore. But how do you in­cor­po­rate the trend without mak­ing your home look like a sou­venir shop?

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In any other gen­er­a­tion, indulging in your love for pop cul­ture– in the form of a TV show, movie, book se­ries or mu­sic al­bum–would have been con­sid­ered child­ish. You’ d be stuck with a poster in your bed­room, never sul­ly­ing the dé­cor of the rest of your home.

But with the global and un­abashed pop­u­lar­ity of Game Of Thrones, The Big Bang The­ory, the Harry Pot­ter se­ries, the Avengers films and other mer­chan­dise-spawn­ing ti­tles, your home can bean in­ter­est­ing show­case for what you love .“In­te­grat­ing pop cul­ture into the déc or helps add a fun el­e­ment to in­te­ri­ors ,” says Ra­jen­dra Kalkar, pres­i­dent( West) of Phoenix Mar­ketc­ity Mum­bai .“The colours are eye-catch­ing, the graphics quirky and whim­si­cal, and the de­signs bring a spark to the am­bi­ence of your home. It’s a great way to ex­press your in­di­vid­u­al­ity.”


The most de­sir­able pop-cul­ture dé­cor item right now is the throne of swords from Game of Thrones. It’s eas­ily recog­nis­able, and will be the ob­ject of in­ter­est in any home.

But when it comes to your favourite fran­chise, the sky is the limit. Themed cush­ions, serv­ing trays, cof­fee mugs, photoframes, lamps, tow­els, sheets and fig­urines are avail­able eas­ily. “The Star Wars BB alarm clock is quite pop­u­lar ,” says A de tee Saw haney, prin­ci­pal de­signer at Al­tus In­te­rio. “The mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion tends to get ab­sorbed by the char­ac­ters in shows and in­di­rectly to their sur­round­ings as well ,” says Yash Kela, founder, Ar­rivae. “A client wanted their of­fice to look like Har­vey Specter’s cabin in Suits. The pur­ple door with the yel­low frame from Friends is a rage among teenagers. But one needs to merge these el­e­ments well within their homes. They need to add value aes­thet­i­cally and func­tion­ally.”

Start sim­ple. Pick a fran­chise you con­nect with and stay within that theme so fic­tional uni­verses don’t col­lide. Then look for well­lit ar­eas to set up dis­plays. Liv­ing rooms, lounges and kid’s rooms are most suited.


Keep­ing in mind which pop cul­ture el­e­ment suits dif­fer­ent spa­ces in your home. “Avoid us­ing bright in­te­rior el­e­ments in the bed­rooms or in the rooms of el­derly peo­ple,” says Vi­neeta Das­sani, Co-founder, Etasaa Home and Life­style. “Don’t go over­board with the theme–if you have a print on cush­ions, avoid it on the sheets or cur­tains.”

Jade Davies, CEO and in­te­rior de­signer at MKM Luxe Suisse sug­gests look­ing at un­usual nooks too. “If you have a bar at home, this is a great place to dis­play your fan­dom in one space,” he says. “Show off your love for an old film with black-and-white framed pho­tographs, have chairs up­hol­stered with a print of your favourite singer, or dis­play mem­o­ra­bilia from your favourite sports star. Choose a glass cabi­net to dis­play the fig­urines in a dust-free way.”

Pop-cul­ture-themed dé­cor should al­ways re­spect the sen­si­bil­i­ties of oth­ers in the home.


Cover your walls in your favourite movie char­ac­ters.


The Iron Throne is a pop­u­lar pop­cul­ture dé­cor item.

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