A home today is much more than just a concrete structure; every corner is a canvas of the inhabitant’s personality. LuxeBook gets expert interior designers and architects Nirav Shah, Sumessh Menon, Rohina Anand Khira and Monica and Hardesh Chawla to discuss this season’s décor trends.
Architect Nirav Shah, the owner of the architecture and interior design firm ACDS, is a lover of understated, chic aesthetics. To set up a classy living room, Shah suggests eclectic-shabby chic as the base for the interiors, which mixes modern and vintage and subtle and glam.
Shah suggests furniture pieces in bright fonts and colours and with varied textures in contrasting palette. One can mix living coral, dark green and earthen pastels with vintage, art-deco and mid-century modern lights.
Sumessh Menon, Founder of Sumessh Menon Associates likes blending bold and elegant designs. For bedroom décor, minimalism is making a comeback. A curated cluttered look is another interior trend to experiment with.
To give a warm look, raw, concrete finishes work the best in edgy, modern-day bedrooms. To achieve a contrasting interior setup, muted tones of grey, beige and white can be matched with colourful consoles, night stands, piece de resistance bed. “Homeowners today want luxury furniture that doubles up as pieces of art.”
A bathroom should be designed to look like a spa by using a sober backdrop and good lighting, say Monica and Hardesh Chawla of Essentia Environments. Give it a luxe feel with fittings and faucets in gold and rose gold finish and state-of-the-art shower systems. Include a soothing fragrance to add to the bathing experience. Lastly, lend functionality to the bathroom
with stylish benches to sit on, and finish by installing chandeliers and bold artworks.
Rohina Anand Khira, CEO of AA Living is all praise for the white and greek colour palette. She believes that the aesthetics of a kid’s room should reflect his/her personality. “Installing creative features like a Lego cupboard or a chalkboard panel is a good idea.”
In trend are exciting chalkboard wall paints, which cover one wall with a quirky shade, allowing kids of all age groups to create their art. Choose neutral shades for walls and pillars and play with bright coloured linens. Prints of animated characters from Walt Disney cartoons can be used in cushions but should be
avoided on beddings and wallpaper as they might go out of trend soon.
To create a relaxing outdoor setup, crowd the area with lush greens. Monica and Hardesh Chawla like to keep it sophisticated and suitable for all seasons — think stylish spread of sofas, recliners and four-poster beds with curtains outside a villa. “Some of this furniture is so sculptural that you can completely do away with décor accessories,” says the duo. Bringing outdoor to indoor
spaces has been gaining momentum. From small and large potted plants to creepers and vertical gardens, every green element lends an exotic touch to the interiors.
Alternatively, wallpaper, cushions and rugs with nature-inspired prints are a smart idea too, says Rohina Anand Khira. “AA Livings has laser-cut rugs, which look like fallen petals, a great way to add natural and cosy textures to your living area.”