Home Decor Tips for 2011
Want to do up your home but don’t know where to begin? Mumbai-based design and colour consultant Latika Khosla tell us what she ‘anticipates’ will be very on trend decor this year. Here’s what design trends to look out for and how to design the home, to show it off in the best light (quite literally!)…
Latika Khosla says she will not be vulgar enough to ‘forecast’ what this year’s hottest colour trends will be when it comes to designing your home in 2011. But this Mumbai-based design and colour consultant can, and will, tell us what she ‘anticipates’ will be very on trend decor this year.
Amateur interiors designers can look forward to retro interiors that take inspiration from memories. Also, try out ‘uncomfortable’ digital colours that promise to brighten up the home says Khosla, who’s not only advices major Indian and international brands on how to put together their retail collections, but also runs her own ‘everything made in India’ home store called Freedom Tree.
Here, she tells us what design trends to look out for and how to design the home, to show it off in the best light (quite literally!).
What themes will make it as major design trends in 2011?
a) Flirt with the past: You may want to flirt with the past. People may say let’s do the vintage look or the classic look – you can even call it the retro trend.
Also, designs will reflect people’s memories. They’ll be about something that strikes a chord. For too long we’ve lusted after iconic objects, so you’ll have seen fantastic brand names from designers who’ve made the so-and-so chair or the so-and-so table. Now it’s about objects you love and have a relationship with. We will look for things that are desired by ourselves and that will encourage us to be far more eclectic in our collection. For example, a wood-frame sofa your parents used in the 60s comes with happy memories attached to it, plus it’s a design classics. Design trends are moving towards inner satisfaction.
b) Handcraft: Handcraft is an interior design trend we’ll see, nit it is a bit iffy for India because handcraft is appreciated more abroad than here.
Will we be seeing new colours for interiors as well as accessories?
We’ll see “sort of uncomfortable colours” that can easily come into the home. Yellow is an important colour this year. But this is not your ancestral or aged yellow, it’s a toxic yellow. It’s a technology yellow, futuristic and with lots of attitude. Pair this toxic yellow with green to sober it or with black, which makes it smarter.
Also, we anticipate that free green, a high tech, more out-there shade of the colour will be big. And then there’s fleshy, sexy seductive coral. We’ve shied away from the idea of beauty for a while now, colours like this are needed to make you enjoy life.
What should you keep in mind while picking colours for your home?
First of all, it’s your home and the place has to make you feel comfortable. So the only rule to follow is to pick colours that make you feel comfortable. For some people vibrant colours spell comfort, and for others, calm colours, or those with high contrast or neutrals (beige or black and white) work. Then pep your home up with accents. For example, you can shop for red lamps because a red room might be too much for you. There are no good colours or bad colours, pick those that work for you.
Could you suggest tips or tricks that can help make living spaces bigger?
I can give you two very contrary tips: In the first case, a smaller room can be made to look cosier and more intimate so that you forget about the size of the room. Just change the conversation: decorate the room in a stronger colour, and most importantly, bring the level of the furniture lower because lower gravity furniture makes a room look larger. So you can make it cosy, pretty, romantic – put in a feeling and don’t focus on the spatial aspects of the room. Or paint one wall black and put lots of black and white photos of family – that will become the focus of the room and make you forget the size of the room. Make one strong style statement.
Tip two is to use colours that have the same value. Don’t do a strong contrast, if the room is seamlessly one colour tone then the eye is not jerked and you don’t notice the size of the room. So if you’re doing brights, do brights or if it’s dark do that, but stick to colours that have the same nuances for your walls, sofas and accessories.
What is the smartest way to accessorise your home?
I always feel lamps are a good investment; they’re like jewellery in a home. Get two or three beautiful lamps for your home. Unlike ceiling lights, lamps light up the home more softly or dramatically, as per your wish, and create a great ambience. Also, throwing light on the ceiling gives even light to the room – it illuminates the place well. Even pendant lights from overhead are a good idea, because a home is not about home but about the people who will visit you and they need to look good.
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