Well Monsoons are in full flow all over the Indian sub-continent, except Delhi it seems which is getting just erratic sprouts. Either way I think Monsoons are a great excuse to do up the Interior Décor of the house. Like I have mentioned before redoing the décor of your home does not have to be an expensive affair, but with a few simple tips can change the look of your home and make it Monsoon friendly.
Colour me bright The dull outdoors with constant grey skies can be real mood dampeners. Hence, bright interior accents have the effect of uplifting the mood. But you don’t need to go in for a drastic change in the décor like changing wall colours or buying new sofas. Simple tricks like getting new colourful fabric colours for your sofa, or nice bright bed sheets for the bedroom or even simply bringing a range of colourful cushions can help uplift the Interiors of the house. The range of cushion covers could span from solid colours to retro prints to India-inspired motifs.
Do away with heavy curtains like jacquards and velvet or even cottons instead opt for sheers which help the light in during rainy season. Also fabrics like Wool and Velvet and cotton soak in moisture, try and avoid using them along with silk or woollen bed covers and carpets as they tend to attract moisture. Opt for furnishings in polyester and nylon instead. In terms of floor covering, first thing get a coir mat for to place outside the front door, and replace all the carpets in the house with rugs and dhurries that can be machine washed.
Scent of rain We all have to agree, as amazing as rainfall smells in the nature and outdoor, with our over populated cities and pollution the smells accompanying the rain is not always pleasant. Trust me, in the 4 monsoons spent by me in Mumbai, the one thing that used to get to me most was the smell, there is an easy solution for that, place scented candles all over the house, they are also practical as electricity tends to go a lot during the monsoons. Of course fresh blooms are always a great option all year around as they make the house smell great and brighten up the space.
In terms of furniture, that is not something which we can change, unless you have the option of putting it in storage and get out Monsoon furniture, so though simple solutions like Sofa covers can help prevent expensive sofas from getting dirty, wicker furniture is a great option for areas such as the patios and well as areas near big open windows. Mirrors are great to incorporate on walls to reflect the nature outside (if you have a good view) and also increase the light.
Rainy season which is soon approaching can be quite a mood dampener. Don’t get me wrong, like everyone else I find it a huge relief from the mucky humid weather we have before the rains but after a month on the Monsoons I can’t wait for rains to stop. I find them so gloomy and depressing. Well here is a great way to brighten those days. Getting products in bright pop-colours in plastic so they can be used during the rains
A lot of people ask me how it is when they see furniture in a store or in a photo shoot it looks great, but the second they bring it home it just does not look as amazing. Well honestly the major difference is in the space planning which is where most people go wrong. A store normally has very high ceilings, ample floor space and great ambient lighting whereas in a photo shoot we all have a few tricks whereby we use the best angles/lighting to make the space look good. And believe me none of this is impossible to achieve in your own homes. Like I said all it requires is a bit of smart planning. To help us with a few such issues, I got in touch with Karishma Bajaj of Red,Blue and Yellow to answer a few queries and share with us a few of the spaces done by them, so you guys get a visual idea.Run by three partners Asim Merchant, Paul Rodrigues and Karishma Bajaj since the year 2000, Red,Blue and Yellow is a great furniture store at Mahalaxmi which is a one stop shot for all your interior needs. They have great contemporary furniture and accessories which can be custom-made to your needs.
How can I make my space look dramatic? I have a small apartment. Karishma: The idea is to go a little out of the box with colour and accessories to create drama in small spaces. Against the popular trick of using white as the predominant colour in small spaces, you could use a combination of well-coordinated bright colours for the wall paint as well as upholstery. Also, go a little bling with accessories, cushions and mirrors to add the required amount of drama.
Style City:I love the idea of sticking to the same colour family on the wall as well as upholstery that they have done here. Contrary to popular belief I don’t think it is too much or looks over-bearing. Match it with neutral floors and keep the colours of the rest of the walls neutral as well. I love the wooden screen on the wall, it breaks away from the monotony and enhances the colour.Another option here would be to have a panel of contrasting wall-paper. Keep the accessories bright and add a bit of Gold if you are going with the red colour family and silver if you are going with the blue family. This is perfect for a small space add the drama you want to create.
With summer approaching I really want to give my living room an airy and light feel. What do u suggest?
You could do achieve this by making a couple of changes like… Change your curtains and upholstery to cottons/mulls as these are cooler fabrics that breathe and absorb very little heat. Use lighter colors like whites, blues and pastel tones, both for your wall paint as well as upholstery. Also adding an urli with water and fresh flowers or a couple of lush indoor plants can help. You could also hang a wind chime by the window which can create soothing sounds.
Style City: I love how airy this space done by them looks. Firstly please note, no bulky furniture, simple straight clean lines. Secondly the upholstery fabric is cotton which is very airy and the only colour in the space is blue on the sofa and a hint on the wall art. Rest of the space is pure white including accessories. Then, No RUG! Yup, something as simple as that removes the bulk from a room. And finally that smart glass shelf behind the sofa. It is storage, divider yet lets the space breathe
As you all must know by now, Tangerine tango, the reddish orange shade has replaced honeysuckle from last year, for Colour Trend of the year. The colour is supposed to add that much needed vibrancy and brightness to our lives. Bright it definitely is and if not balanced properly a bit too bright, especially on the home front. So use it wisely and use it well, mix and match with neutral shades or lighter shades of orange and yellow. If bright and colourful is your thing, mix and match with hot pink or teal.
1.Cushion, Address Home 2.Mobil Drawers, Kartell at Pallate 3.Watch, French Connection 4.Statuette chair, Capellini at Poltrona Frau 5.Vase, Matalan 6.Cindy table lamp, Kartell at Pallate 7.’So Laque’ nail paint, Bourjois 8.Sunglasses, Aldo 9.Oriens, Van Cleef and Aprels