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July 02, 2015

6 Hot Trends For Your Home

Text by Tanisha Choudhury

Verve rounds up the latest trends and tips to make your house monsoon-ready

Trend 1. Romantic Fantasy


When doing up your house, embrace the sheer romance of the monsoons. Anupama Dayal of the label Anupamaa Home, says, “The old concept of a ‘single focal point’ is passé now. Rooms should be like a universe, enveloping us in their energies and filling us with joy.” Use cohesive elements to create your fantasy and live in it.

Trend 2. Walls for the Soul


Use printed wallpaper to liven up any space and bring some soul and depth to it. Krsna Mehta recommends them during the monsoon as “they are hygienic, washable and have a much longer life than regular paint.” Alternatively, use leather tiles to add colour in a sophisticated way. Isabelle Vernhes, co-founder of My Tailor Home says, “The leather tiles by Cuir au Carré are contemporary and their design takes into account installation in countries where the monsoon is important.”

Trend 3. Colour Me Green


In terms of colours, Raseel Gujral Ansal of Casa Paradox says, “Grey and olive green are replacing beige as the preferred neutral.” In fact, shades of green from pale mint to poison ivy are all on trend. To break the monotony, add accents in bright and contrasting hues.

Trend 4. Organic Verdancy


Embrace the exuberant greenery of the monsoons and allow the lush verdure of the outdoors in. Add natural accents and elements in organic materials like bamboo, jute and soy to create harmony between the exterior and interior.

Trend 5. Down to Earth


Put away your expensive carpets and furnishings of heavy silk and wool. It’s time to use killims, rugs and dhurries that are machine washable and sturdy and add an earthiness to the space.

Trend 6. India Imprint


Digital prints and graphic patterns are a big trend in furnishings — juxtapose their modernity with colonial or traditional Indian motifs like the peacock to add a sense of drama and royalty to any space.

MONSOON TIPS

  • If you don’t already have a doormat outside the house, get a bright or funky one now and keep out the mud and sludge.
  • To do away with the damp and musty smell characteristic of the monsoons, experiment with diffusers, scented candles and essential oils. We like Lavender, Bergamot and Camphor.
  • Put away the heavy drapes and curtains and bring out the sheers. These will let maximum sunlight into the house, while also allowing in the breeze and cross ventilation.

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