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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.”
DOING IT RIGHT
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.