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The art of interior decoration that connects

The art of interior decoration that connects
Many of us, who live in the urban spaces and metros, find ourselves in an increasingly disconnected world. Most have moved away from their families and are living elsewhere to make a living. We live in glass and concrete cubicles where the trees, birds, and breeze have gone missing. The social aspect of our life is limited every day as we focus more and more on man-made comforts, that are bereft of nature or a sense of community. We get lost in the ever-expanding digital world, rather than connecting with people face to face.

Yet, we often carry happy memories of our hometowns- where there are forests, orchards, ponds, and waterfalls. We enjoyed sitting with our grandparents and eating a traditional meal or going with them to the local temple or church. We felt connected to our roots and the community when we visited these places. And in these connections, we found happiness. What if we could bring some of these connections home and into our space with the art of interior decoration? Can you imagine a lush and vibrant tree of life on your walls? Or a sparling Kutch Mirror wall reminiscent of the desert sun? Or how about a traditional water Urli made of antique metal to bring back memories and add beauty to our homes?

We can connect to our roots and with who we are through the art of interior decoration. You can bring alive some of the things that you cherished through a traditional artwork or an artefact or a special furniture piece. You can get them contemporised through the clever use of colors and with modified styling if you need to. Let’s explore the various areas in your home that can do with an immediate make over. Starting with the entrance lobby- you could place a beautiful umbrella hanger for the monsoons, or a stunning shoe rack. Create it in a playful, artistic style that reflects your tastes and sensibilities. For eg. You can introduce a charming hand-painted Gond shoe rack, replete with lush images inspired by the forests of Madhya Pradesh. Or you can also place a water urli with floating flowers and candles as a refreshing entry statement. You can also opt for a quaint lamp or light that adds character to space or some hanging bell chimes.

The living room has many possibilities. Make a customized ‘statement wall’ with a fabulous art piece made with traditional elements which is framed or painted directly on the wall. While using elements of Indian art of interior decoration in this piece, you can match it to your contemporary furniture in its styling or presentation. You could also invest in a distinctive art furniture piece or artifact that can contrast or stand out with the other furniture. Mix and match confidently with this one trick- try to keep one element consistent – eg. If you have straight line furniture, you can opt for an interesting collage format artwork with contemporary, cuboid mounting or opt for a dramatic art furniture that is very different but matches with your decor colors. Don’t forget to add lots of elements of interest- decorative lights in corners or on shelves, cushion covers, place artifacts, bowls on your center and side tables, put a center piece on your dining table, use interesting curtain rods and even beautiful dust bins!

In the bedroom, use traditionally embroidered blinds or opt for an interesting artwork above the bed rest. If you are fond of plants, then use oxygenating plants in vintage planters. Hang a few ambience creating lights in a corner or above a writing desk. A quaint addition can be a bed side table, that is useful for someone to sit on, when you have a close chat with a friend or a relative.

There are no hard and fast rules, use your visual judgement to combine from your traditions into your modern-day art of interior decoration. Or get the help of designers who can do this for you. Because all said and done, home is where the heart is. And the heart is where our roots are!

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