Interior Solutions- Red, Blue &Yellow

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.


Drink for a Cause!

In February 2011, Belvedere the premium Vodka brand announced its partnership with RED and the launch of a special edition to raise proceeds for the Global Fund, the worlds leading financer to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. 50% of profits from the sales of Belvedere (RED) special edition will contribute to the Global Fund.

To add to the summer fun, here is a list of cocktails created by Claire Smith for Summer 2012. So throw your fancy party and add a tinge of RED with these cocktails.


Belvedere (RED) Reef Breeze            Belvedere (RED) Cherry Collin

1oz Belvedere RED                               50ml Belvedere Vodka

½oz Belvedere Citrus                            6-7 Fresh Black Cherries

2oz Pineapple Juice                               Dash Simple Syrup

Dash Lime                                            15ml Lime Juice

¼ grenadine syrup                                Dash peychaud Bitters

Shake and pour over into High ball         Muddle,shake and strain in a iced highball

                                                          Pour Soda and garnish with a cherry 

Belvedere (RED) Port                        Belvedere (RED) Tart

1oz Belvedere RED                              1.5oz Belvedere RED

½oz Strawberry Juice                          ¼oz Chambord  Black Raspberry liqueur

½oz Port                                            Dash Ameretto

Dash Simple Syrup                             ½ oz Fresh lime juice

2 dashes rhubarb bitters                   Shake first four ingredients. Top up with sprite

10ml chilled water                            Garnish with red berries

Stir and serve at room temp in spirit glass