In the quest to transform our “houses” into our “homes”, we can choose either to go the orthodox or the Quirky way. That is wise counsel of Sanghamitra Bhattacharjee, a passionate designer and author of the blog Rainbow-The Colours of India
Indeed our interior Decor speaks in volumes about who we are. It thus goes without saying that we should make our homes the best places in the world. Places where we find comfort. Places which reflect our lifestyles. Places where our souls are replenished by the ambiance of our personalized decor. Bearing in mind that our homes are a true reflection of who we are, there is a plethora of options in quirky home decor.
There are many online platforms that have ready-made eccentric accessories that can be used to create that peculiar touch in the house. And to the more daring ones, you could purchase a statement piece from a thrift shop and mount it on the wall or ceiling as an accessory. Whereas we might want a idiosyncratic look on our homes, we should also be careful not to go overboard. We could use a few tips that have been tried and tested. Those tips elucidate the premise of Quirky Decor. Choose Appropriate Accessories Your accessories should always be unique, bold and eye-catching. Mix and match Indian artifacts and statement pieces. Do not be afraid to use different Indian pieces from different times in the past and present. They should as much as possible be intriguing. They should be able to inspire other people into trying out their own decor ideas. You ought to strike a balance between too bold and too simple so that your statement piece is not only simple and subtle but also magnificent.
You could play around with myriad colors and shapes as you personalize your living room or kitchen. You could play around with different types of materials in your bedroom wall. Do not be afraid to use paper mache effigies, photomontages nor bead mosaics to spice up your dining room. Do not fear to put up a Chai Time Tray or a Love Bus Cookie Jar up for display.Ensure you mix-match your accessories with the other room components. Ensure you Indian artifacts’ colors are in tandem with your walls and your curtains. For more complex techniques like colour-blocking, it is advisable to seek the services of a professional interior designer.
Tips to Add Quirky Decor Elements
-Be bold yet simple and elegant. Do not take it too far.
-Make a personalised gallery on one of the walls in your living room. Fill it with photos of you and Indian paintings.
-Use macrame-style hangings to add texture to your living room walls.
-Employ functional artwork. You could use a noticeboard as your gallery where you pin your personal photos or your chandelier as a bulletin board.
-Use rags and mats on your floors. They not only add colour and texture to your floor but also serve to warm the feet on cold days.-You could substitute a staircase railing with a heavy rope.
-You could hang up your favourites you could check up various online shops that deal in quirky accessories to shop for what suits you. You could try out themaalgadi.com, yellowtrunk.com orchumbak.com for top-notch eccentric home decor. Mostly their products are cheap; less than 500 rupees.
It is evident, therefore, that quirky decor is here with us. We should embrace it so as to put together homes that are comfortable, appealing and reflective of our idiosyncratic ideas and personalities.