Every festive season has become akin to the debut of interior trends and innovative decoration styles. Festivals often become synonymous with refurbishing of the house in as many ways as possible with every corner looking out for some sort of beautification. From modern day lanterns to daylight simulating wall lamps, from the four walls crying out for a fresh coat of paint to exterior cladding issues, we want to address all the decor concerns at once.
The industry gets vibrant with creative new applications and adventurous new interior forms. While the battle cry for the ‘new’ continues, the challenge is how one can manage to combine the traditional with the fresh. Here we take a look at some micro-trends that will drive larger holiday themes in 2015.
When you arrange your living room this festive season, think less of symmetry and more of stylish comfort. You can use textured surfaces in bright hues of traditional Indian fabrics to brighten up your formal spaces in a great way. Textured fabric designs are now available as laminates as well and these can be used to make statement furniture pieces and are extremely easy to maintain. They could be used in royal colours like turquoise, olive green, pink or even red. Consider adding antique gold and silver accents in the form of bedside lamps, cabinet handles, candle stands or brass vases to accentuate the royal feel.
We see a growing use of warm, jewel tones that reflect the richness and luxuriousness of Indian homes during this festive season. We have noticed a gradual movement towards pure shapes and clean lines for home décor products. Choose traditional colours in the red family. Mix it up with oranges, yellows and bright pinks for the complete Indian look. Low sitting areas are back and are not just restricted to your teen patti sessions this Diwali but as a major interior trendsetters.
Hand-woven fabrics or raw silk cushions and curtains are heartwarming and make for a great concoction for an Indo- European look when mixed with real wood furniture. You can always add a base colour like beige or grey to neutralise the effect.
Diwali should be a happy blend of impeccable quality with a touch of elegance. The key is to go for a subtle look that can last, and simply accentuate it with the right colours. Being innovative is what it takes. Choose combinations like pale browns with glowing copper and deep purples with a metallic tone like shimmery silver. Keeping the interiors fuss-free and accentuating with throws, cushions and other accessories is the way to go.
Parul Mittal is director, marketing & design of Greenlam Industries Ltd.