Here’s how you can indulge in the indoor game:
Fill up radiance and cheer: A well-lit room will always steal the show. Take advantage of good lighting by letting in natural light through oversized windows or a dramatic trellis screen that casts shadows. Elevate it with reflective surfaces and bright color palettes, a pastel or all-white aesthetic brings joy to the abundance of light. Mirrors, small or large, square, oval or even asymmetrical, mounted on the wall or sloping along the floor, can also be used to create the illusion of a larger space with more space for happy events.
Think a kitchen island with a bar counter, a dining area with a French window view, or a simple balcony with a comfy love seat lined with houseplants for a cheerful vibe.
Talk to your facility in a targeted manner: The value is qualitative rather than quantitative. This idea is similar to essentialism, which advocates a predominantly minimalist style, allowing only those things with which we associate a personal value in nature. It can be as small as an antique relic that will be cherished for years or as large as a newly purchased multipurpose bench. The essentiality of the object is the focus.
Bring in the values of a sustainable lifestyle by downplaying furniture and accessories and increasing inclusivity for pieces like reclaimed wood tables, hemp throws, jute planters, etc. that signify sustainability and reuse.
Allow for sleek profiles, geometric silhouettes and neat embellishments that are timeless and versatile from a practical standpoint. Create level vantage points by installing large built-in closets against the wall, storage units under the window bay, and floating shelves along the lintel level. Scaled-down accessories should be eschewed in favor of bold, statement pieces like an upholstered ottoman in a light color, an oversized pendant lamp hanging from the ceiling, or a wall with a contrasting terrazzo pattern. Experiment with proportions and new boundaries of harmony with unusual furniture.
Accommodate versatility with a neutral palette: Interior design works best when set against a neutral background. A mood board in neutral colors is ideal for this, it is the scheme that allows old and new pieces of furniture to coexist and create a harmonious narrative. A neutral palette can be seen with earthy colors such as olive, clay, brick red, moss green or cedar brown, or as pure beige, ivory, gray or black. Timeless relevance can be given to these wall-based palettes by using pure metallic tones such as gold or silver, as well as unconventional contemporary options such as rose gold, copper or brass. You can also experiment with monochrome styles, using different hues and shades. Keep the language of adaptability alive by keeping surfaces entirely matte or with a toned-down expression of texture with subtle stripes or fine textures that soften the visual appeal.
Bring an artwork: The pieces that highlight a characteristic style tell the story of a space. Bespoke furniture and décor pieces such as stone-inlaid wood panels, single-stone marble tabletops, cabinet doors with iconographic knobs, tapestries with printed artwork and more become one-of-a-kind interior finds.
Create a single focal point by displaying some commissioned artworks in the center with wall panels lined with tufted fabrics on the sides, or an extravagant indoor garden to make the best first impression. Highlight the artistic elements with light accents, such as a signature crystal chandelier suspended as a spotlight for wall art, a triple pendant light above the focal point, or a flush LED strip lining the backdrops of the TV, vanity, etc.
Give the room a digital edge: Contemporary apartments rely on smart character, the design concept extends beyond still life to mobile elements that create a transitional effect. With mood settings and smart lighting systems that combine color psychology and touchless technology, home automation amplifies the sensory nature of styling. There are tinted LEDs for drop ceilings in common spaces and low-light sleep modes for private spaces. Parties, family reunions and celebrations at home require projectors, digital installations and other atmospheric elements.
On the other hand, for the growing post-pandemic hybrid homes, more integrated systems have evolved with interior designs to accommodate both the lifestyle and work needs of the space. AI audio systems, task light controls, automatic blinds and other technologies are poised to articulate home decor in a futuristic sense that will no doubt surprise us all.
(Punam Kalra, Director of I’m The Center for Applied Arts)