Home interior decorating India: Stylish Spaces: Sanghamitra
It is rightly said that home is where the heart is. This transformation from ‘house’ to ‘home’ should always be a passion project. One can easily create a delightful and cosy home just by following a few simple steps. In today’s jet-setting world an ideal home should be no-nonsense, practical, clutter-free and easy to maintain, whether contemporary or eclectic. Effective space planning and innovative ideas are very important since living spaces are getting smaller every day. Do not be obsessed with ‘trends’; focus instead on creating a personalised space. Remember, a home speaks volumes about the home owner.
Always try to create a personalised look .Home is about an expression of individuality. Make your home more of you. Listen to your heart and never be afraid of experimenting with new ideas. Add a personal touch with accessories, art and books. Add a little ‘whimsy’ to your decor. Effortless style is the best and the so-called perfect look is too monotonous at times. Finding beauty in the imperfect is the real fun in design.
Colour,colour and colour. Colour can make a space cosier. Use seasonal colours and concepts for your home. Mix and match heavy, bright coloured upholstery and fabrics with lighter ones. A home may not be picture perfect always. Rather, a comfortable and practical home is desirable, where you can unwind with family and friends. At least for me, comfort comes first. A crisp, functional and easy space is really inviting after a long day. If you are opting for vibrant colours for your rugs, pillows and other upholstery, use lighter shades on your walls. It creates a perfect balance without going overboard.
Mix and match: Use Indian antique pieces and artefacts from different periods and mix them with modern ones. It adds a unique character to any space. Bold and beautiful fabrics can change the decor of a room completely. Take maximum advantage of natural light. Always incorporate plants and fresh flowers into your decor. It can do wonders. A simple flower arrangement can instantly uplift your mood and transform a regular space.
Mix various textures and material. Do not be afraid to experiment. Keep moving things around until you get the desired look. Using mirrors is a smart and innovative way of making a room look bigger and brighter. Try to avoid too many tiny patterns. They make a room look smaller. Incorporate things that soften the look; such as rugs, cushions and beautiful window treatments.
Never underestimate local fairs and flea markets. You may find some interesting pieces there. Display your possessions artistically instead of tucking them away in some closet. Be around things you love. Think out of the box and add some zing to your style. Know when to stop, it is your home and should not look like a museum.
Sanghamitra Bhattacharjee is a never-say-die traveller always thirsty for new experiences. An economist by training, an interior designer at heart, an avid photographer—all of these with diehard optimism and an open mind—exploring and enjoying the great journey of life while aspiring to contribute towards a happier world tomorrow.
Check out her popular blog Rainbow-The Colours of India