Facing the fear of decorating
What I think stops most people from doing or redoing a room or
an entire house is the fear of what it will look like when it is done.
You have to be comfortable in your space. Your personality has to shine in your room.
I am often asked to help with decoration of a client's home. I
always like to know more about the client, I always inquire, what
is your favorite color? Do you like bright rooms? Or do you prefer
a dark drapery or perhaps jewel tones? Then I am ready to suggest
how well rust silk would complement this, with a lamp in the corner.
I am really against buying entire bedroom suites; this shows you
have money but not much taste. Match your style with the room. The
electric mix of old and new will never go out of style.
There is no right or wrong way to decorate, but there are a few
basic rules that will help you crate a comfortable living space.
Remember that is what it is "a living space" and not a museum. Make
sure that everything in the room is user friendly. It should also
suit the requirements of your family. A 10,000-rupee vase on a low
coffee table is not a good idea if you have young children in the
house or visiting.
One good way of thinking is that your house is a woman, and like
a woman she likes change. To keep her looking fresh and in tune
with current home fashion. The first basic rule is a color scheme
- make sure that you have two basic color stories, with one accent
color. This will keep the room harmonious. This will also help you
in changing the look for festivals and seasons. This can be fun
and not too expensive: for Dewali change only the cushions and keep
diyas and festive runners on tables; for monsoon keep large clear
glass bowls of colored water and floating candles; and during Christmas
you can bring in red poinsettia flowers, large red cushions and
perhaps a Christmas tree with all the trimmings.
Low seating is very good to look at but it is not comfortable.
It does not make the room look bigger... it makes your back hurt.
I strongly advise my clients to keep away from low seating arrangements
and stick with conventional 16" to 18 " off the ground chairs and
sofas. Think of other ways to bring the Far Eastern look into your
home. Perhaps with clean lines and un-carved furniture. Bamboo mats
and chicks are a definite oriental influence. Single flower arrangements
with water bodies are claming and very Zen.
Bringing small artifacts from your trips is a wonderful way to remember your
holiday well after you get back. They make wonderful conversational pieces and help
you share you memories with friends and family.
Just like a good photograph needs good lighting so does your home.
Tube lighting is not mood lighting, keep it far away from your living
spaces. Table lamps give a soft glow to the room and throw light
upwards making any room look larger. Colored glass hundies are the
current rage, use them sparingly but where there is high visibly
and this will create the desired effect.
Wood is one of the most comforting ways of furnishing a room. Whether
it is wood flooring or new furniture it makes the home. I personally
think old wood is like an old friend full of character and may even
have a few flaws, which creates depth. Make old wood work for you.
Reinvent ways of using it in your home. An old banister as a candleholder,
a cradle as additional seating, an old door as a coffee table -
this shows a sense of individual style.
Loose the fear, and begin to enjoy your living space. Change
can be a refreshing experience.
As published in Femina