Asian Paints Colour of the Year 2017 Intense Ocean makes a serious statement and the focal point of these dreamy living rooms. It is easy to see how one simple colour swap make these spaces refreshingly bright and modern.
We show you simple ways to experiment with this colour trend.
1. One corner wall can be accentuated with Intense Ocean. Raghav and Ritu Bahl’s abode in New Delhi is one of those houses – beautifully designed but with the right mix of eccentrics to make it a home. Envisioned by Mallika Kumar of Kumar Moorthy and Associates, a soothing wash of Intense Ocean bathes the TV lounge downstairs to reflect the greenery outside. A pastiche theme starting from the coffee table and pop auto paintings by Mike Knowles runs through to the carpet, cushions and lights handle from JB Gupta adds the right finishing touch to the colourful panel.
2. A humble setting can be lifted with a soothing, yet statement making Intense Ocean wall. Inside German-born Joerg Drechsel’s 250-year-old Dutch colonial dwelling in Cochin, decoration has been kept to a minimum, and lighting has been used expertly. The best part is the living room painted in the Colour of the Year blue-turquoise pigment, once common in the old Muslim quarter of Mattancherry. Celebrating local crafts and culture, this restored home is an old vicarage that resonates with coloured tranquility.
3. Intense Ocean coloured wall can be juxtaposed inside a multi-hued room replete with accessories and paintings. When you look at the incongruous parts of designer Krsna Mehta’s Mumbai apartment that link to a whole, you can’t help but wonder what the starting point was. The lounge is coloured with vibrant solids with the focal point on the Intense Ocean wall that is accentuated with Krsna’s Wall Arts from India Circus over the years. We love how the space is testament to his instinctive insight on producing mix and match interiors along with a keen eye for detailing, colour and texture.
4. From accessories to walls, everything can be dominated by Intense Ocean. The vibrant, artistic vein running through this setup leaves no stone unturned…the emphasis is laid on Asian Paints’ Colour of the Year Intense Ocean through walls, accessories and everything in between.
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Do you feel overwhelmed by cold winds that hit as hard as steel? There’s no need to fight them – borrow their ashen tones to mimic them in your home. In fact, our colour forecast for this month called for muted tones of ivory and pale grey.
To get you started, we rounded up stylish living rooms from ELLE DECOR India’s archives that have done a fine job at it. Take cues from them to create your own winter wonderland.
1. Integrate the outdoors inside your home
Nestled in the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, Alibaug, Maithili Ahluwalia’s (of Bungalow 8) family home in Nandgaon is replete with humble colours. The expansive windows make it appear as though the neighbouring sanctuary is almost part of the abode. Dark wood furniture contrasts with the grey walls and flooring. Draw inspiration from this earthy space to showcase your love for nature and understated sophistication.
2. Accentuate your space with a mix of bright hues and vibrant prints
In Arjun Sawhney’s dramatic and self-styled New Delhi residence, pale charcoal walls are complemented with timber floors and a prism of colours. The seaters upholstered in bright blue fabric, large art pieces adorning the walls and modern ceiling lamps create an energetic atmosphere. This is an ideal option for city slickers who love a sprinkle of summer within their charcoal space.
3. Create a monastery-like ambience with raw surfaces and concrete floors
Designed by writer Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, actor and philanthropist Lisa Ray’s cocoon in Mumbai is decorated with her personal collectibles in white and distressed finishes. Cool cement hued IPS flooring harmonises with icy walls. The most graphic element in the room is the forest print wallpaper that has also been framed above the custom low shelf. We love how the various textures bring a sense of tranquility and nostalgia – a great example of how to create an oasis in a metropolitan city.
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Every bookworm is going to “flip” (pages) over these four stylish reading corners. Because nothing says a well-established home better than a small area with a stack of tastefully arranged books and a comfortable seater to beaver away at reading.We aren’t suggesting high maintenance libraries but just a creative area that has two things in common – isolated yet ample space and great design. Moving beyond archetypical bookshelves, here are four inspired design ideas from homes previously featured in ELLE DECOR India to get your started.1. Incorporate a perfect prism of colour with rainbow hued booksEnsconced in a bylane in the heart of New Delhi, this classic, stylised apartment is the ideal refuge for the musings of author Aatish Taseer. Arranged in the perfect prism of colour is Aatish’s library-study; his choice of location to write during winters. The star inclusion is the Anglo-Indian desk that is “higgledy-piggledy” with tomes and papers, while the bookcases designed by his uncle Oliver Musker create an imposing backdrop. We love the muted, earth tones that dictate the space, offering a comfortable, lived-in quality – a great idea to replicate in any home.2. Juxtapose different textures and shadesTeaming a medley of opposites, the Shades of India duo, Mandeep Nagi and David Housego, play with a profusion of ideas in their penthouse. Popping colours and neutrals run in the home. The highlight of course is their eclectic study, which presents an open shelving cabinet filled with books collected by David. The furnishings and long cushion are from Shades of India, while the floor has a bird motif carpet from Khotan near Samarkhand. This is an ideal option for bookworms who like to experiment with various colours, patterns and textures.3. Keep it simple with earthy tonesArchitect Pradeep Sachdeva’s 300 year old Kerala weekend homestead manor transcends memories and boundaries with dark timber interiors and aged but enduring furniture. On the first floor outside one of the bedrooms, the verandah makes an enviously warm coffee sipping and reading corner. While the table and chairs are Pradeep’s own treasured possessions, the lamp with an onyx base was a present from a friend who got it from Pakistan. Eco-friendly and down-to-earth, this reading corner quintessentially defines cosy.
4. Amalgamate global cultures through various pieces and curiosLocated in Malcha Marg, the uber posh, diplomat and interior designer Javier Barca and his Spanish partner’s bungalow is rooted in global ethnicities; making their space a museum of memorabilia. The barsati is converted into a study library and an alfresco dining space. Monochromatic tones along with modest shades like grey and beige dominate the den-like area, where a vintage armchair, carpet, acrylic chairs and 50s bronze and black metal lamp have travelled with the couple from their previous address in Argentina. The console is an industrial mix of nickel and glass from Flamant, while the bookshelves are made of glass. Draw inspiration from this study to showcase your travel knick-knacks in tasteful way!
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Whether you drift off for a small getaway or throw an Independence Day shindig, chances are as August 15 approaches you’ll either be searching your closet or cabinets to inject a tri-colour spirit.
Come this Independence Day, like good citizens, we have rounded up three of our favourite living rooms from our archives in Gandhiji-approved colour palette of saffron, white and green. Try one or all of these not too kitschy ideas that will serve your decorating needs long after Independence Day is over.
Unfettered reigns gave way to Film Writer/Director Mozez Singh’s home in Mumbai. A bold, audacious act of balancing hues and styles, the living room features saffron colours of the hand-painted silk and paper chinoiserie wallpaper from Greece that has been handpicked. The space also boasts of fuchsia brocade fabric on the JFK TWA terminal sofa reproduced by Maison Maheep to give a perfect contrast to the orange.
A tranquil aura reverberates from every corner of copywriter Freddy Birdy’s New Delhi apartment. Much like its owner, the living room is opinionated, comfortable in its own skin, calm with splashes of quirkiness and most importantly, eccentric. Doses of colour are injected with a steel flower installation from Alex Davis’s collection and vivid blue bar cabinet from Sharma Farms Antiques amongst many more.
Conceptualised by Lidewij Edelkoort with ELLE DECOR – a peak at what we showcased at India Design ID 2015, this setup is ideal for nature lovers who would love to come home to nature. We suggest accentuate your wall with a beach inspired covering that is replete with trees. If you’re less audacious then opt for decor pieces that imbibe the same vibe like Close To Nature Sofa from Yellow Collectables or simply placing cushions in green hue such as Pure Cotton “Patta” Cushion Cover from No Mad 97% India.
Leaf through our August – September 2016 issue for more such ideas. Click here for a preview!
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High-rise living doesn’t have to mean a stuffy and congested home. Instead, opt for a stylish integrating layout that allows more conversation and spacious interiors. Make the change by simply bring down unnecessary walls and incorporating your dinner table into the family room. To help you achieve the look, we’ve complied our best integrations that will flood your mind (and house) with bright, doable ideas…
1. Maithili Ahluwalia’s family home in NandgaonExpansive windows in this living room make it appear as though the surrounding Phansad sanctuary is almost part of the home. The spacious and pristine lounge dotted with antique furniture from Cochin cleverly incorporates the dining table by use of a lower elevation. Adding more purpose is a comfortable look-out perch achieved by adding a swing to the verandah.
2. A chic Bengaluru penthouse designed by Annkur KhoslaIn this chromatic city loft, a large lounger and distinctive wallpaper separate the TV and dining areas. The Dear Ingo spider chandelier by Ron Gilad nicely fills the high ceiling while tying well with the New York skyline wallpaper. Bringing bold character to the otherwise muted palette is the underside of the staircase hand painted by artist Saibabu. The most unique feature is the bookshelf that conceals itself as part of the staircase, accessible through each level.
3. Architect Pradeep Sachdeva’s Gurgaon VillaSticking to a contemporary Indian look, a large timber dining table shares space with a comfortable low level seating area. In this open plan, each corner is well utilised with the help of clever storage options. While a family heirloom cabinet makes room for several candles and stands from Dilli Haat, a wooden console with an Andhra style carved front defines the dining area. Peppering the walls are botanical printed photographs from Colombia.
4. A mountain retreat in Kasuali by Sonali PurewalDesigned by interior designer Sonali Purewal, this duplex overlooking the snowcapped Dhauladhar Range makes use of a customised sectional sofa, a small coffee table and silver Pedant Pumpkin light from Indigo to conjure a vibrant living area. To save space, she picks an industrial looking shingled slate fireplace. Creating a dinner area division are subtle elements like the antique horse accent in the far corner and floor lamp.
5. Architect Dr BV Doshi’s bungalow in AhmedabadThe visionary designed Kamala House with minimalistic low level seating across the room to reduce dependency on artificial light. To create airy interiors, he utilises every inch of the floor by laying out a plush white carpet. While an open central corridor separates the dining area, he keeps the space minimal by opting for a semicircular table, designed in association with Gajanan Upadhyay, with Wire Mesh chairs by Charles and Ray Eames. 6. 56+55 Sumeru imagined by Khushnu and Sonke Hoof Adding character to this bright and airy townhouse is minimal furniture and inbuilt stone seating, designed as if emerging from the ground. In this dining area overlooking the living room, the inbuilt Kota stone furniture forms plinths creating several seating levels while at the further end of the courtyard, L-shaped loungers frame a spacious living area.Also read: Incorporate a kitchen into your living room with ease