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What's your theme? - Deccan Herald
What's your theme?
Sudha Jain,
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total While implementing any of these decor themes, make sure to go the whole hog with details.
Nautical
Designing your home interiors is challenging but fun, if you open your mind to new ideas and themes. You do not have to travel the world to incorporate exciting, distinctive themes to your decor. A little change here and there, and you can bring home a different world altogether. Here are a few easy interior styles for you to add to your existing decor.



A nautical home design creates a warm, relaxed and positive ambience. This interior design style is based on the spirit of the ocean, complete with beach-inspired furnishings, accessories associated with the sea, natural uncomplicated furniture, white or sand-coloured foundation with blue as the primary accent colour. You don’t need to remodel your home completely to integrate this theme. Nautical-themed interior design can be easily created by adding attractive decorative elements, combined with chic linen upholstery and distressed wood furniture.

Key features:

l Hues of blue, white and natural tones of a sandy shore best represent the ocean-inspired nautical theme. White or pale cool blue can be used to highlight all the other colours chosen for a nautical home design. Make sure you don’t use other bright shades too much, but limit your options to shades of blue. Natural timber furniture is most suitable for nautical interior design and can be used for shelves, tables and chairs.

l A striped blue-and-white pattern can provide a touch of nautical home design when used in any room setting. Choose striped textiles for a window treatment, a rug, wall covering or in your furniture accessories. Furniture and fittings can be made from reclaimed wood and natural textiles. Decor items associated with the sea, such as sea chests, row boat oars, model ships, big old ropes, and starfish add that nautical touch to the interiors. A ship’s anchor, telescope or a big steering wheel can be used as focal point.

l While you are at it, make sure none of the decorative aspects are overdone, else it will look cluttered and would not give the same stylish appearance as a room designed around a focal point.

Balinese

Contemporary Balinese style architecture is one of the most popular Asian tropical architecture, combining traditional aesthetic principles, the island’s abundance of natural materials, famous artistry with new techniques and trends. Bali style has evolved into a design that presents clean lines and modern interiors. Spaces are light and airy, almost minimalist, yet offering comfort at the same time. Use of timber and light furniture is a Balinese feature.

The seamless integration between outdoor and indoor spaces is the hallmark of the modern Balinese style. Gardens flow into the indoors and plants are a common feature of any room. Another common feature is the use of water bodies by way of a pond, potted water plants or a water fountain.

Stone and concrete natural materials are used to create clean and simple lines, balanced by the use of timber and
greenery from indoor plants. These can be effortlessly integrated into your existing decor. Use of bamboo plants, laughing Buddha, water feature with pebbles and stones create a soothing Balinese atmosphere and will brighten up your space.

Mediterranean

Mediterranean style refers, roughly, to the design style of the south of Greece, Italy, and Spain. This region is known for its turquoise waters, sparkling sunlit days and vibrant produce and flowers, which are mirrored in Mediterranean design. Mediterranean decor uses colours inspired by nature. The choice not only refers to walls, but also fabrics and furniture. Warm terracotta tones for the furniture, calm beige and whites for the walls, or playful lime and lavender for the accessories give just the right touch to the decor.

The warm, yet dark colours of Mediterranean furniture generally made of wood or wrought iron are offset beautifully with colourful pillows, soft rugs or bright accent beddings. Ceramic bowls, bronze figurines, candle holders, terracotta pottery and carved-wood culinary sets, as part of your decor capture the essence of the unique Mediterranean feel.

A touch of mosaic helps create true Mediterranean influence, giving your space a unique and exotic vibe. Mosaic tiles though traditionally a common choice for pool decks, mirrors, kitchen walls or hallways are now used extensively even for bed headboards, wardrobe handles and cabinets just to add a dose of life and playfulness. Arched windows and doors are another highlight of this decor, though this can be achieved only when you are still in the construction phase.

Victorian

Victorian architecture is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Victorian refers to the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), called the Victorian era, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. Ornate decor with heavy accessories are quintessential Victorian style. The use of printed wallpapers featuring large animals, birds or floral prints is an intrinsic part of Victorian interior design.

Parquet flooring or mid-toned polished floorboards are the way to go, to copy the Victorian fashion. A large, interesting rug or patterned carpet in the middle of the floor leaving a polished floorboard border is ideal.

Soft subdued tones such as pinks, greys or lavenders or warmer colours like yellow, burgundy or teal best reflect the Victorian feel. Curtains made of heavy silk damask or velvet and heavily patterned floral print are ideal for cushions and seat covers. Framed photographs, flowers in huge vases, delicate china, lacy seatbacks, table mats, ottomans, chaise longues and carved mahogany or oak furniture are ideal replication of Victorian furnishings. Stained glass is a particularly attractive Victorian feature which creates appeal in a modern home. The Victorian style is quite ostentatious. It may sound difficult to blend modern and Victorian styles together, but by gradually mixing, matching and experimenting, you can harmoniously blend the two together.

Scandinavian

An offshoot of the mid-century modern movement, Scandinavian design introduced a popular minimalist look to the interior architecture field that lasts to this day. 'Less is more’ being their mantra, Scandinavian furniture is simple, contemporary and functional, paying homage to the simplicity of life demonstrated in Nordic countries.

Other common characteristics include all-white colour palettes and the incorporation of natural elements like form-pressed wood, bright plastics, and enameled aluminium, steel and wide plank flooring. But it’s not all white! Colour is imaginatively added by way of art, natural fibre throws or furs, or a single piece of furniture.

Nordic decor compulsorily has wooden flooring, which does not necessarily have to be expensive. Scandinavian decor is all about openness and airiness; hence they avoid small rooms and closed closets, investing in open shelves, cabinets and large open windows. Plants and fresh flowers are an absolute necessity in the Scandinavian interiors and this is what contributes to the elegant picture of a Scandinavian home. Being close to nature as they are, their art is strictly and solely inspired by nature.

Maximum style with minimum fuss is what Scandinavian interior design is all about. If you like clean lines, simple and geometric forms, and access to natural light, Scandinavian decor might be the ideal solution for your place.

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