#HeckOfAHome: 20 Decor Secrets to Swear By – Part 2

Numero deux of a five part series for decor secrets to hold dear.

    1. Ironically, throws are not meant to be…err… thrown around. Keep throws under control. Fold them lengthwise, then in half and tuck them into cushions.
    2. Shimmer and shine away. Gold is back in a big way. A few accents will warm up a room.
    3. Nothing softens a lonely corner in a big room like a potted tree. Enough said.
    4. The most indestructible fabric for dining chairs is leather or vinyl, especially if you want white.
    5. Mix up the seating at your dining table. Those days when all dining chairs had to be identical have gone with the wind. Ask Scarlett, if you don’t believe us?
    6. Headboards are the perfect combination of form and function and can be created out of every imaginable material including hardwood with wrought-iron inlays, illuminated acrylic and fabric panels.
    7. A fantastic design is pointless if you can’t see it. Lighting is a cost-effective way to transform dark, cave-like rooms into warm inviting spaces. Update an old lamp with a new lampshade. Get your hands dirty and paint it yourself if you must.
    8. Here’s something that’ll trick the unsuspecting eye in a small room. Consider painting a table or bookshelf the same colour (or a similar one) as the wall it’s up against and watch it almost “disappears” into it.


    9. Hang a mirror across from your largest window to maximise outdoor vantage points. If your view includes more buildings than trees, prop an indoor plant on the wall across from the mirror.
    10. You need that beauty sleep. With all these gadgets forcing their way into your bedroom, it’s no wonder you cannot rest easy. Make it a rule, remove all televisions and computers from the solace that is your bedroom. If you meet with extreme crossfire, it’s okay to compromise. Place the TV in a cabinet and put a screen between your bed and the computer.
    11. Paradise calling. If your idea of heaven is a tropical island, add sea shades and tropical touches, such as wicker side tables, palm pattern cushions, pineapple print duvets or sea grass rug to your bedroom.
    12. Everyone’s doing the ‘one accent wall in a room’ dance. But modify this common trend to stand out of the crowd. Try pairing two or more walls in colours that complement each other for a more outstanding look. Paint one wall a brighter hue, while the adjoining wall can be a sober shade that pairs well with it. Some great colour combinations are pink and grey, aqua and slate, purple and beige and racing green and taupe.
    13. If you’re up for it, try to follow a theme for each room. Think through your options. It could be something as understated as a beige colour theme or something as vivid as ‘Parisian prints’. 
    14. Travel junkies, are we? We’ve got the perfect way to show off your world citizenship. Pick up tasteful souvenirs on all your travels. A small vase, a photo frame, cushion covers, or even fridge magnets — something small or big to remind you of the wonderful moments you’ve spent exploring that destination. Leave in nooks and corners to remind of time spent NOT behind the desk.
    15. So you have a large living room, a lucky little bug that you are. No problem. Create interest by segregating a seating area, dining area or bar in the corner by raising the floor by just a foot if need be. Demarcated the area with lovely patterned metal or wood screen or sheer curtains if you aren’t one for open plan living. If you are leaning towards open plan living, there’s nothing stopping you.
    16. Turn a boring, dull corner of a room into a cosy li’l space with the aid of a fashionable “statement” chair. While you are at it, add a corner table with a vase of fresh cut flowers to complete the look.
    17. Apparently “conversation starter” is a must. Whether it’s the furniture, the walls or the accents, there should be something that gets people chattering…. once they’re done gawking at it, that is.
    18. It’s time we bring on the flower power. You don’t need expensive ones. Even a few stems of rajnigandha or tuberoses will infuse the air with a gorgeous scent and put you into a great mood. A handful of jasmine or mogra or even marigold flowers in a brass katori or floating in a shallow metal tray will look fab.
    19. Make your space a reflection of your best self. Let it reflect your motivations, aspirations and dreams. When you wake up in the morning, your surroundings should instantly cheer you up and motivate you to achieve your goals for the day.
    20. Give your sabziwalla a run for his money. Empty roof tops can easily be converted into a roof top garden to grow flowering plants and vegetables too. 

      This article written by me was originally published in The Ideal Home & Garden magazine, India in 2013.Image courtesy: Pexels.com



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