Here’s how you can indulge in indoor play:
Fill up with radiance and joy: A well-lit space will always steal the show. Look for the benefits of good lighting by inviting natural light through oversized windows or a dramatic lattice screen that appeals with its cast shade. Step it up with reflective surfaces and light color palettes, a pastel or all-white aesthetic brings the joy of an abundance of light. Mirrors, large or small, square, oval or even asymmetrical, fixed to the wall or angled along the floor, can also be used to create the illusion of a larger space with more room for happy events.
Consider a kitchen island with bar counters, a dining space with a view of the patio door, or a simple balcony with a cozy loveseat lined with houseplants for a cheerful atmosphere.
Speak purposely with your furniture: Value is qualitative rather than quantitative. This idea is similar to essentialism, which advocates a predominantly minimalist style that only allows things we associate personal value with in nature. It can be as small as an antique relic treasured for years or as large as a newly purchased multipurpose bench. The essential nature of the article takes center stage.
Infuse the values of a sustainable lifestyle by minimizing furniture and accessories and increasing inclusivity for pieces such as reclaimed wood tables, hemp throws, jute planters, and more.
Enables sleek profiles, geometric silhouettes, and polished trims that are timeless and versatile from a utilitarian perspective. Create level vantage points by installing large built-in closets on the wall, storage units under the window opening and floating shelves along the lintel level. Small fixtures should be avoided in favor of heavy, chunky pieces such as a brightly colored upholstered seat, an oversized pendant hanging from the ceiling, or a feature wall with spaced-out terrazzo patterns. Experiment with proportions and new limits of harmony with unusual furniture choices.
Embracing Versatility with a Neutral Palette: Interior styling works best when set against a neutral background. A neutral-colored moodboard is ideal for this, it’s the scheme that allows old and new furniture to co-exist and create a harmonious storytelling. A neutral palette can be seen with earthy colors like olive, clay, brick red, moss green or cedar brown, or in beige, ivory, gray or black. These wall palettes can have a timeless meaning using pure metallic tones like gold or silver, as well as unconventional contemporary options like rose gold, copper or brass. You can also experiment with monochromatic styles using different tints and shades of one color. Keep the language of adaptability alive by keeping finishes all matte or with a muted expression of texture with subtle stripes or fine textures that soften visual appeal.
Bring a work of art: Pieces that showcase a signature style tell the story of a space. Bespoke furniture and decor pieces, such as wood paneling with stone inlays, table tops with unique stone marble, cabinet doors with iconographic knobs, tapestries with artwork prints, and more, become unique interior finds.
Create a unique focal point by using feature walls to showcase some center-commissioned artwork with tufted fabrics along the sides or an extravagant interior garden to make the best first impression. Bring out the artistic elements with bright accents, such as an iconic crystal chandelier hanging as a spotlight for wall art, a triple pendant atop the focal point, or a flush LED strip covering the bottoms of the TV, vanity , etc.
Give space a digital edge: Contemporary homes have an intelligent character, the concept of style extends beyond still life to moving elements that create a transitional effect. With mood settings and smart lighting systems that combine color psychology and touchless technology, home automation enhances the sensory character of style. There are tinted LEDs for false ceilings in common areas and low-light standby modes for private areas. Parties, family reunions, and home celebrations call for projectors, digital installations, and other mood-setting elements.
On the other hand, for hybrid homes growing post-pandemic, more integrated systems with interior design have evolved to meet both the lifestyle and work needs of the space. AI audio systems, task lighting controls, automated blinds, and other technologies are poised to articulate interior design in a futuristic way that will undoubtedly surprise us all.
(Punam Kalra, director of I’m The Center for Applied Arts)