A peek inside designer Krsna Mehta’s colourful abode
OCT 3, 2016 | By Team ELLE DECOR India
If your home is where your heart is, then how you decorate it is what gives it soul. Designer Krsna Mehta sheds light on how to fearlessly decorate your home with bold colours, eclectic motifs and dramatic graphics.
“Every corner of your room should showcase different variations of your life and likes. Eventually, it should showcase your personality in and out so don’t be afraid of experimenting with unconventional ideas”, says Mehta, design director at India Circus. A look at his beautiful home reveals just that – bright chairs from Goodearth, colour-blocked walls in jewel tones that highlight vibrant wall art from India Circus, purple vintage trunk that hand painted by children supported by the NGO Aakansha, fushia and beige sofa accessorised with animated cushions from India Circus.
“Believe it or not, there are no hard and fast rules to follow while doing up your space. Being a creative person by nature, I love to imagine, dream, explore and follow my intuition while using bold colours and loud accessories,” says Mehta.
So how does one manage to aesthetically bring so much personality in to their home? “Your taste and design process change based on your life experiences,” asserts Mehta. “I have an all-Indian palette and draw my inspiration from the Mughal Royalty, the road-side chaiwalas and the regular and famous motifs from India. I like to offer a diverse and distinct array of moods and tones, which I feel represents India.”
His first tip is colour – “Choosing an appropriate colour scheme is always a key consideration when developing anything. Right colours have this unique ability to instantly transform the entire personality of the room. Colour blocking is an art…one of the easiest ways to use this technique on the walls of your room is to simply keep the walls a white or very neutral colour, and then pick a very bright striking colour like fuchsia or significantly darker colour to paint halfway up the wall. Geometric patterns work best for colour blocking,” he advises.
“Secondly, the most important consideration in buying rugs, carpets & doormats is finding something that has a beating heart and is going to please you every time you look at it. To make a room feel larger, use a round rug on the floor. The circle represents infinity, and a round rug brings that esoteric idea of ‘no boundaries’ into reality as a visual element,” he advises.
His final tip – “paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colours to help make the room feel larger. Use a patterned wallpaper to strengthen a room, and simple tones to soften a space. Heavy designed wallpaper can enliven a space and set a new decorative direction. Be sure other design elements play down to the wallpaper.”
As far as patterns and graphics go, he recommends – “Use patterned wallpaper to strengthen a room, and simple tones to soften a space. Heavy designed wallpaper can enliven a space and set a new decorative direction. Be sure other design elements play down to the wallpaper. Textured cushions and upholstery is a great way to give some depth to your apartment.”
Now that’s personality!
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