IN­TE­RI­ORS

This Di­wali don’t just dec­o­rate – rein­vent your home with on-trend fur­ni­ture and decor that will form the heart of all cel­e­bra­tions.

Friday - - CONTENTS - By Shreeja Ravin­dranathan

From met­als to vel­vet, your home will be the cen­tre of chic vibes post this re­vamp.

PROVEYOURMETAL

Take a hint from your fes­tive en­sem­ble and chan­nel Di­wali’s gold rush into your in­te­ri­ors – fur­ni­ture and decor gold and brass are the metal­lic picks of the sea­son. Lama Awa, Head of In­te­rior De­sign at Al Huza­ifa Fur­ni­ture, says they’re a great ad­di­tion to cre­ate an il­lu­sion of space as shiny sur­faces ‘re­flect light and add di­men­sion while also lend­ing class and el­e­gance to a room.’ Mir­rors on the wall are your best friends: ‘place a large mir­ror with a metal­lic frame on a bare wall,’ says Ranim Man­sour, de­signer at In­te­ri­ors.

Stephanie Lim, Home Box’s con­cept VM man­ager, ad­vises play­ing with tex­tures, by bal­anc­ing sleek brass vases with rough golden mo­saic tealights. Matte fin­ishes are eas­ier to work with than glossier sur­faces, says Mei Al Hakim, in­te­rior de­signer at ID De­sign.

Narita Man­garan, In­te­rior De­signer at ID De­sign cau­tions there’s a thin line be­tween taste­ful con­trast and a com­plete clash. ‘Just like with jew­ellery, don’t over-ac­ces­sorise or com­bine too many dif­fer­ent metal­lic shades.’

For those who want to be bold, in­vest in corner pieces such as metal­lic book­shelves or cof­fee ta­bles. Or opt for eas­ily re­place­able pieces such as metal­lic lamps, door han­dles and vases, sug­gests Lama. Sayed Habib, gen­eral man­ager of buy­ing at Danube Home sug­gests cof­fee ta­bles, so­fas or chairs with just their legs done in brass or gold.

COLOURMEFESTIVE

Noth­ing fresh­ens up the look of a room like a splash of colour and navy blue, bur­gundy and turmeric yel­lows are the reign­ing shade for the fall sea­son. Time­less neu­tral navy blue takes on the moniker Sara­gasso Sea in the Pan­tone Fall/ Win­ter ’18 pal­ette and the stormy, deep blue is a hot favourite with in­te­rior ex­perts. Moor rooms to the ground­ing colour with an ac­cent wall, sug­gests Home Box’s Stephanie Lim. ‘Match it with a neu­tral sofa to get a good bal­ance of light and dark colours and throw in some deep or­ange cushions to give it a fresh vibe.’ Com­bin­ing navy blue walls or state­ment chairs and ac­ces­sories with cold whites add drama and el­e­gance and soften its brood­i­ness, ex­plains Narita Man­garan.

For Amit Ya­dav, mar­ket­ing man­ager at 2XL and Mei Al Hakim of ID De­sign, bur­gundy re­mains the ul­ti­mate fall clas­sic. ‘Bur­gundy mixed with beige or gold is a match in heaven,’ says Amit.

‘Deep reds can be in­cor­po­rated through small ac­ces­sories or cushions or even a car­pet that can be­come the room’s main fo­cus,’ sug­gest Mei. If you tend to favour warmer shades, turmeric yel­low can in­stantly spice up your dé­cor. ‘In clas­sic pat­terns like flo­rals or damasks the shade has a warm­ing uplift­ing ef­fect and you can use navy blue to cool off rooms that re­ceive ex­cess sun­light and heat to cre­ate an at­mos­phere of seren­ity,’ sug­gests Ranim Man­sour, de­signer at In­te­ri­ors.

ALL’SWELL THAT ENDS IN VEL­VET

Fur­ni­ture up­hol­stered in vel­vet can do won­ders for a space, in­stantly adding rich­ness, warmth tex­ture and colour – all rea­sons why the plush, lus­trous fab­ric is in de­mand on the run­ways and the de­sign scene this fall. As far as lux­ury goes, vel­vet is the fab­ric equiv­a­lent of gold, ex­ud­ing glam­our and style, but just like gold it fol­lows the less-is-more rule. ‘A sin­gle foot­stool, state­ment cush­ion, or a corner arm­chair are all sub­tle ways of mak­ing your room look re­gal with­out be­ing loud,’ says Sayed Habib of Danube Home. What you can never go wrong with is a vel­vet sofa. ‘There is some­thing mag­i­cal about a red vel­vet sofa,’ says Imedla Dimapiles, in­te­rior de­signer at BoCon­cept Jumeirah.

Vel­vet adds per­son­al­ity to a room but it’s a fab­ric with a strong per­son­al­ity, which is why Mei sug­gests avoid­ing vel­vet with shiny fin­ishes, tufted stitches or pat­terns and stick to plain colours. But plain doesn’t mean bor­ing, stresses Ranim Man­sour of In­te­ri­ors, ‘bold jewel tones such as navy blue, pur­ple, turmeric yel­low and cham­pagne are chic and glam choices.’ To en­sure your vel­veteen fur­ni­ture finds don’t weigh down a room, pair it against a wall with a bold colour or a graphic wall­pa­per whose colours are com­ple­men­tary and don’t clash, sug­gest Amit Ya­dav. Com­bin­ing brushed brass or metal also works great with vel­vet, says Narita Man­garan of Indigo Liv­ing.

LETTHEREBELIGHT

The fes­ti­val of lights isn’t just about prop­ping a cou­ple of can­dles and tealights around the house. In­vest­ing in stylish light­ing fixtures, quirky lamps and op­u­lent chan­de­liers can trans­form a room and en­hance am­bi­ence, mak­ing your home a well-lit, happy space 365 days a year and not just on Di­wali. ‘Al­ways think about light­ing in three cat­e­gories: func­tional, am­bi­ent and dec­o­ra­tive,’ says Sayed Habib of Danube. The se­cret to great light­ing, ac­cord­ing to 2XL’s Amit Ya­dav, is de­tails. ‘As a rule, darker rooms re­quire more am­bi­ent light­ing as dark colours ab­sorb more light and for rooms with low ceil­ings, se­lect a style that is wider that it is tall.’

Chan­de­liers are Ranim Man­sour’s go-to style: ‘they can il­lu­mi­nate the en­tire room in a way floor lamps can’t,’ she says. ‘But floor lamps cre­ate ro­man­tic, am­bi­ent light­ing.’

Those who like to keep things sub­tle but en­joy the drama of ceil­ing lights, pen­dant lights sus­pended over cen­tre ta­bles make a great state­ment, ex­plains Amit.

For some Di­wali sparkles, string fairy lights to cur­tains or hang lan­terns from con­soles, sug­gests Stephanie Lim of Home­box.

Mir­ror by Klauss­ner Dh3,500, In­te­ri­ors

Vo­tive holder Dh25, Home Box

Arm­chair Dh9,600, In­te­ri­ors Jar Dh265, 2XL

Book shelf Dh7,035, Al Huza­ifa Fur­ni­ture

Mir­ror Dh1,905, Al Huza­ifa Fur­ni­ture

Lamp Dh9,083, Western Fur­ni­ture

Prod­uct DhXXX, Store name here Sofa Dh749, Danube Home

Sofa Dh9,545, Kare

Sofa by Natuzzi Dh37,170, Western Fur­ni­ture

Bench by Worlds Away Dh8,000, In­te­ri­ors

Arm­chair Dh17,000, Indigo Liv­ing

Arm­chair Dh5,029, Indigo Liv­ing

Sofa Dh12,700, In­te­ri­ors

Sofa Dh3,297, 2XL

Chan­de­lier by Cur­rey and Com­pany Dh12,000, In­te­ri­ors Bal­loon lamps from Dh6,405, Western Fur­ni­ture

Stand lamps by Natuzzi from Dh6,668, Western Fur­ni­ture

Pine cone pen­dant lamp Dh2,719, BoCon­cept

Chan­de­lier Dh1,749, Indigo Liv­ing

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