Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: Looking to make a few easy decorative changes to your living space to achieve a more serene day-to-day experience? But without going over-budget? Look through for fantastic styling inspiration from Mia Lundstrom, creative director, Life at Home, IKEA, and Arshi Mukri, design expert, Pepperfry, to give your space a makeover:
1.Home is supposed to reflect you and your family. It’s not for pretentious guests or the aunt that maybe shows up twice a year.It’s your home.
2. Colours are great and influence us in different ways. Colours can be used in so many ways – so to have a neutral base is always good, but an entrance in a bold colour such as orange could of course be very nice, or use different shades of warm grey, but avoid a bluish grey, that’s cold.
3. To live a sustainable life is important to create a better future for the planet. To save energy and water, to sort out waste, and to be conscious about your options should be a passion for us all. Teach your children the same and make a playful and safe home.
4. To mix old and new is of course a precondition but can also be difficult. Things that are close to you and bring memories are beautiful for you.
5. Start with exquisite antique furniture like wooden and brass trunks, dressing tables and chests that have an inherent sentimental value to them.
6. Light is very important. It affects us in various ways as well, so take care of letting in maximum daylight into your house, if possible.
7. Place some treasured ornamentation and collectibles in different corners and spaces of your home.
8. Besides the eternally revered family photographs, frames, paintings and classic flower vases, you can also opt for carefully crafted vintage gramophones and telephones influenced by ethnic art as well as traditional colourful crockery.
10. To add to relic furniture and surreal antique curios are bespoke furnishings. Cosy, but vivid embellishments such as curtains, cushions and rugs bring the whole room to life.