12 Oct Bring home the sparkle – Times of India
Throw some pillows
Not literally, but shiny pillows can add a festive touch to a room almost instantly. Whether you choose solids for a floral sofa or chair, or colourful, patterned pillows for a solid colour chair or sofa, these simple additions will add comfort and colour.
Pepper your home with statement accessories that you know will get noticed and have people talking. Retro picks like old telephones, gramophones and antiques add a nostalgic touch to your home that works with the season’s feel.
Minimalism is sophistication
Let 2019 be the year of sophistication in home decor. Festivals mean spirituality and that should reflect in your home. This festive season is all about minimal décor. Most people, in an attempt to add shine and sparkle to mirror the season, tend to go a bit overboard. This year it will be less about bling and more about creating the festive atmosphere with just a few tasteful accessories. Think few flower arrangements of your favourite colour sprinkled all over the house; lighting perfumed candles; mixing hanging plants with fairy lights and displaying delicate polished silverware – smaller festive decorations can be used to create wonderful vignettes around the house.
Create a mood
Going with minimal décor, create a beautiful display in one area of the home. Tip: Decorating around the entrance brings good vibes into the home. It’s also a way to impress your guests as that’s the first thing they will see as they enter your home. Home design expert Sumessh Menon says that festive time is when people come to experience the warmth of your home. A reason why festive decor has to exude warmth. His look for the season is to add the right amount of shimmer and light to your space. His picks: shimmery silk cushions and a single oversized lamp. He suggests creating captivating vignettes on a side table or dining table using tea lights and fresh rose petals. Add a brass lamp in the centre for that perfect ethnic touch. The idea is to keep the colour palette festive – think a mix of warm traditional shades of yellows, oranges and forest greens and mix it up with elements like brass, wood and glass.
Use new colours
Go for some new colours in your home from coral (Pantone’s 2020 colour) or opt for ‘Neo Mint’ in home décor – touted by forecasting agency WGSN as ‘the’ colour for interiors. Yellow and navy are also going to see a surge this season. Interior designer Burgis Daruwalla says that the festive season in India is usually a heavy play of colours. “Make bold design choices when you are designing a space. An attention grabbing piece of traditional and colourful tribal art is an excellent way to bring the festive spirit inside your home,” he suggests. Or just go for plush rugs to add some energy to social and common areas like the dining or living rooms. If there’s one accent you want, go for a statement chair or wallpapered walls to deck up the space to welcome festivities home.
Add some sparkle
What’s the season without added lighting? Fairy lights are a staple for decorating your home. Give your home the warm glow of LED lights. Create your own magical display of lighting using fresh, green garlands, strings of tinsel and baubles. Also place interesting diyas all over. Put sculptural lamps and highlight lighting around the home. Innovative lighting gives a unique signature of warmth. You can even hire a lighting designer to give you tips and make your lighting captivating during festival time. Also, be smart and use energy-conserving lighting that doesn’t damage the environment. If you are lighting candles, go for the beeswax ones or soy-based candles as they don’t cause indoor pollution that comes from paraffin.
Creating vignettes on a side table or dining table with tea lights and fresh rose petals and brass lamp in the centre adds that perfect ethnic touch. Make sure that there is an equal mix of warm traditional shades of yellows and oranges with elements like brass, wood and glass
— Sumessh Menon, home design expert
Tease with tableware
Deck your table with fancy serveware, including tumblers, trays, bowls, and other cutlery. Always have a signature centrepiece as it elevates the look of the table. Also, some soft scents around the table help in elevating the experience. Pay attention to details – flowers, shiny cutlery, fancy china, bright-hued tablecloth set the mood right. Even your serveware should be classic. Focus on textures, as they add visual interest.
Accessorise in style
Shiny cushions and aroma candles are the best ways to bring festivities home. Pick cedar, sandalwood or patchouli as fragrances
Stock up on table runners, place mats and coasters to add a classy touch to your dining table. In design, try and weave in culture – go for a tribal rug, Rajasthani statue, or a Naga embroidered wall decoration. Festival time is all about creativity – use ornaments in your décor. For instance, fancy coffee cups can be used as candle holders or bottles stuffed with fairy lights or a shawl can be made a fancy wall hanging. Think, create and do up the house in accents that you know will get noticed. Also deploy aromatherapy to set the mood from cedarwood to sandalwood, patchouli and rose – all smell as if festivities are round the corner.
Paint a window frame
Changing the colour of a window frame makes it stand out. To add energy to a room, try a shade of orange, white against teal or, if you’d love a dash of sunshine, go for yellow.
Paint your bookshelf
A great touch of colour can be added by painting the bookshelf. You can go for contrast by painting the frame one colour,
and the inside in a contrasting shade.
Prep your home
* Declutter. The festive period is the best time to re-evaluate everything in your space, and let go of stuff that no longer gives you joy. Decluttering is the single most important starting point when beginning to set up your home for the festive season. It allows you to make space for the new things. Thorough professional deep cleaning should follow it.
* Refresh your fabrics. Reupholstering certain pieces in your home, at regular intervals, helps keep your home alive and buzzing with brand new energy; it is a great way to maintain the freshness of your spaces.
* Buy versatile lanterns and tea-light holders. The season, be it Diwali or Christmas, calls for candles and beautiful lighting. Invest in lanterns that hold large pillar candles, as well as modern decorative tea-light holders.
* Be sustainable. Think of how to reduce waste and opt for products you can reuse, which is really important for sustainability. Handmade pottery and ceramics will be another great way of decorating your home.
— Ekta Khialani, interior expert
Festive lanterns are big for the season. Go for old-style colourful ones – that’s all you need to dress up a corner or a table
Mindfulness in Design
There’s a 200 per cent rise in mindfulness decor
according to Pinterest. More people are incorporating mindfulness in interior design
Less bling, more sparkle
This year it will be less about bling and more about creating festive atmosphere with just a few tasteful accessories
Get a terrarium
Use old mason jars, teacups, fishbowls, teapots as the base for your terrariums
Play with luxurious and lush textures, gold, shiny surfaces to add glitz and glam. Garden designer Ratna Singh suggests going for terrariums. You can even create shiny terrarium displays using gold-coloured artificial orchids in shiny plant pots with shimmering gold tones, copper, brass, and silver finishing. Combine with shiny candleholders. Singh suggests, “Terrariums help you add a relaxing feeling of the hills in your living room and make it festive for the season.” FYI, terrariums are container gardens and a way to get the outdoors in. Also known as miniature gardens or fairy gardens, terrariums are air purifiers, air fresheners, energy boosters, and stress busters. From a chipped cup to a mason jar, anything can become a mini garden. All you need are a few pebbles, soil, a layer of activated carbon, sprinkling of water, and an assortment of cacti and succulents. Singh advises sifting through old crockery, tableware and glassware in your cupboard to find interesting options from bottles to jars to goldfish bowls and even tumblers and bulbs – almost anything works well. It’s also a great gift for the season.