January 10, 2014 0 comments Design Tips, Home Decor, Interior Design

Home Decor Styles 101 to Create Your Happy Pad!

When it comes to design ideas for the home, most people tend to look for inspiration in interior design or lifestyle magazines, blogs and websites. There are literally thousands of home design ideas that can be found online or offline, but finding one that strikes the right note is the key to a successful design scheme!

Design your home to be welcoming and comfortable, rather than just ‘beautiful’!

Design your home to be welcoming and comfortable, rather than just ‘beautiful’!

The trouble with most decor styles, contemporary or classic, is that they tend to look artificial and contrived. Most interior designs don’t seem to be created with the intent to live in them, while they look gorgeous in photographs or even in person. What’s the use of a beautiful house that no one would be comfortable lounging in?

Make Your Home More Welcoming and Comfortable

Try out some of these awesome design and decor styles for your home and create a space that is both visually appealing and hospitable.

1.  Shabby Chic – When shabby chic was first introduced as a design style in the late 80’s, it became an instant hit with the glitterati and everyone else. The appeal of this form lies in the fact that it treats well-worn furniture and vintage accessories as items to be displayed, not hidden or thrown away. The use of textured pastels and whites plays a predominant role in upholstery, cushions and throws, while shiny gilt accents and crystal add visual interest.

Think classy refurbished vintage – That’s what shabby chic is really about! (CC Image Courtesy: Faylyne on Flickr)

Think classy refurbished vintage – That’s what shabby chic is really about!
(CC Image Courtesy: Faylyne on Flickr)

2. Boho Charm – With its roots in the European gypsy culture, bohemian decor has been a popular choice for interior design through the ages. The use of bright colors and patterns in upholstery, rugs and even on the walls defines the essence of ‘boho’ glam, so you could start by hanging a vibrant art print on the wall. Beaded accessories and decor accents also play a huge role, as do hand-woven macramé curtains, vibrant vases and tinkling bells. Bohemian design schemes create a warm and welcoming effect, since everything is colorful but well-used.

Colorful accessories and wall art combine with well-worn furniture for the boho look

Colorful accessories and wall art combine with well-worn furniture for the boho look

3. Rustic Appeal – There is no denying the appeal of a lodge or cabin in the mountains, or a farmhouse in the plains. Old-school wooden homes were created for comfort, with limited access to traditional decorative accents. Today, many top designers and home owners alike try to bring the cozy atmosphere of a cottage or farm into apartments and city homes too. If the rugged and lived-in look of a cottage strikes your fancy, use old wooden furniture accented with classic floral or checkered prints in cushions and linen, hand-embroidered samplers, and colorful patchwork quilts.

The rugged and rustic appeal of cottage-style interiors is undeniable!

The rugged and rustic appeal of cottage-style interiors is undeniable!

4. Folksy Ethnic – There is no dearth of kitschy style in the ethnic diversity of India, and designers have been taking inspiration from these areas for years! Think of the colorful rugs you find in the deserts of Rajasthan or the Portuguese influence on the architecture of Goa and Pondicherry. The wealth of mind-blowing beauty that our country offers leaves us with a huge variety of design choices that are ideal for home decor that is warm and inviting. If you need some ideas, just pick up a book on regional clothing or handcrafts, or search for them online, and then let yourself be inspired by the effect of each region’s unique style. Be warned, this can get extremely addictive!

Embellish with colorful and comfortable ethnic accessories like patchwork cushions!

Embellish with colorful and comfortable ethnic accessories like patchwork cushions!

Designing a beautiful home is something all of us dream of, but we might forget that fancy furniture and expensive fittings might not be the most comfortable to use. A home is meant to be lived in, so comfort should be your top priority. There doesn’t always need to be a ‘disconnect’ between beauty and functionality – the two can actually get along really well!

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