Here’s how you can immerse yourself in indoor play:
Fill the radiance and rejoice: A well-lit space will always steal the show. Find the benefits of good lighting by inviting natural light indoors through oversized windows or a dramatic mesh screen that draws in their shades. Intensify it with reflective surfaces and light-colored color palettes, a pastel or all-white aesthetic that brings joy from the abundance of light. Mirrors, small or large, square, oval, or even asymmetrical, mounted on the wall or leaning on the floor, can also be used to create the illusion of more space with more room for happy events.
Consider a kitchen island with bar counters, a dining area with a view of the French window, or a simple balcony to sit on with a cozy armchair surrounded by houseplants for a cheerful ambiance.
Speak for a purpose with your furnishings: The value is qualitative, not quantitative. This idea is similar to essentialism, which advocates the prevailing minimalist style that allows only things to which we associate a personal value in nature. They can be as small as an antique relic cherished for years or as large as a newly purchased multipurpose stool. The essential nature of the element takes center stage.
Instilling sustainable lifestyle values by de-emphasizing furniture and accessories and increasing inclusivity for pieces like reclaimed wood tables, hemp throws, jute planters, etc. demonstrating sustainability and re-purpose.
Allow elegant profiles, geometric silhouettes, and elegant embellishments that are timeless and versatile from a utilitarian standpoint. Create level views by installing large built-in cabinets across the wall, storage units under the window sill, and floating shelves along the lintel level. Small-sized accessories should be avoided in favor of bulky pieces such as a bright-colored upholstered bench, an oversized pendant lamp hanging from the ceiling, or a feature wall with spaced terrazzo patterns. Try new proportions and boundaries of harmony with unusual furniture options.
Versatility with a neutral palette: Interior design works best when it is set against a neutral background. A neutral color mood palette is perfect for this, as it’s the scheme that allows old and new pieces of furniture to coexist and create a harmonious narrative. The neutral palette can be seen in earthy tones such as olive, terracotta, brick red, moss green, or cedar brown, beige, ivory, gray or black. These murals can be given timeless meaning by using unadulterated metallic tones such as gold or silver, as well as funky contemporary options such as rose gold, copper or brass. You can also experiment with monochromatic patterns using different tints and shades of color. Keep the language of adaptability alive by keeping the matte finish or a light expression of texture with fine lines or a soft texture that softens the visual appeal.
Bring artwork: Pieces that highlight signature style tell the story of the space. Custom-made pieces in furniture and decor, such as wood paneling with stone inlays, monolithic marble countertops, cabinet doors with iconic handles, tapestries with printed artwork, and more, become one-of-a-kind interior finds.
Create a single focal point using feature walls to display some commissioned artwork in the center with tufted fabrics lining the sides or an extravagant indoor garden to make the best first impression. Make artistic elements stand out with light accents, such as a distinctive crystal chandelier hanging as a spot light for wall art, a triple pendant above a focal point, or a flowing LED strip lining TV backdrops, vanities, etc.
Give the space a digital edge: Contemporary homes revolve around intelligent personality, and the design concept extends beyond still life to moving elements that create a transitional effect. With mood settings and smart lighting systems that combine the psychology of color and touch-free technology, home automation enhances the sensual character of design. There are LED lamp shades for suspended ceilings for the communal space and low-light sleeping patterns for private spaces. Parties, family gatherings, and celebrations at home require projectors, digital fixtures, and other items that set the mood.
On the other hand, for the growing post-pandemic hybrid homes, more integrated systems have been developed with the interior design to meet both the lifestyle and working needs of the space. AI audio systems, task lighting controls, motorized window blinds, and other technologies are ready to express home decor in a futuristic sense that will undoubtedly surprise us all.
(Poonam Kalra, Director I Polytechnic Center)