We had a great weekend, finally got around to fixing some long pending light fixtures, went shopping, finished my painting and had a great Sunday evening with friends. Here is the finished 3 panel painting on our living room wall.
We had a great weekend, finally got around to fixing some long pending light fixtures, went shopping, finished my painting and had a great Sunday evening with friends. Here is the finished 3 panel painting on our living room wall.
I’m absolutely loving this style of paintings and art on more than a single panel. The concept of carrying the art across 2, 3, or even more number of panels provide exciting visual and serve as the focal point of a room. I’ve been wanting a 3 panel painting for my living room accent wall and looking for some inspiration fell upon these great finds!
They range from paintings on canvass, to digital prints, textured clay mediums, textured wood and even metal.
Abstract art panels with gorgeous colour treatment! (Photo Credit : framingpaintings.com)
Abstract dancer inspired painting on canvass in 3 panels (Photo Credit : aliexpress.com)
Nature inspired canvass paintings across 3 panels, an interesting combination of colour and texture. (Photo Credit : osnatfineart.com)
Season inspired 4 seasons panel art, painting on canvass (Photo Credit : osnatfineart.com)
Mixed canvass size art panels (Photo Credit : dhgate.com)
Digital art print on mixed panel size and alignment (Photo Credit : dhgate.com)
Popular paintings such as ‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt available in 3panel prints. (Photo Credit : ebay.com)
Trending map art on walls in 3 panels, I love the colour combination on this one, will look great on a contrasting wall (Photo Credit : dhgate.com)
Fabric art panels with gold leaves ( Photo Credit : kohls.com)
DIY 2 Panel Art Decoupage with scrapbook paper (Photo Credit : paintandpattern.com)
Stencil inspired vinyl sticker panel art (Photo Credit : thestickerhut.com)
Reclaimed wood panel art provide an interesting display by itself or with photos pinned on or even with splash of paint! (Photo Credit : ourweehome.wordpress.com)
Wallpaper panels of the same pattern framed in three parts for a cost effective yet unique look (Photo Credit : shelterness.com)
3 panel art with metal detailing (Photo Credit : marketplace.secondlife.com)
3D Clay art on multiple panels prove to have striking texture and appeal! (Photo Credit : shadowsonstone.blogspot.com)
Very creative panel art with canvass backdrop supporting the contrasting branches painted in white. I would love to try this at home! (Photo Credit : curbly.com)
Stencil based art done on the wall in sections can provide the same look as the above panel art and can be beautiful based on the colour and detailing (Photo Credit : houzz.com)
I was so inspired and encouraged to try something on my own. I bought 3 canvasses and painted a visual very close to my heart and of course would look gorgeous on my blue accent wall. I have finished 2 panels, the 3rd one will be done and mounted on the wall this Saturday! I promise a better pic of all three soon!
The 2 panels that are ready, acrylic on stretched canvass, dimensions 15×22
The ways in which you can display multiple panel art in your home is truly only limited to your imagination, don’t you agree? Happy Weekend!
Friday is drawing to a close. I’m really looking forward to this weekend, the projects around the house never seem to end. Secretly we hope it wont ever end! It has gotten us on a high and this one I’m guessing will last! Here is a peek into our home.
This part of the house looks different with every passing hour of the day with the light streaming in from the window brightening or creating shadows. A traditional wooden Almarah stands sporting the famous Rajasthani puppet dolls denoting ‘his’ and ‘her’ in our bedroom and ethnic motifs on the curtain fabrics create the most mesmerizing play of light.
Happy Weekend Everyone!
It’s been right under our nose and yet we failed to accredit it as it truly deserves. I’m talking about the mesmerising tribal art forms of India. There are many such art forms that stem from the cultural fabric of our country, paintings done in various parts of India, by highly talented yet extremely simple people. The art forms have graced their homes, directly painted on walls as murals, on floors, paper, hide or even leather. But many modern day homes miss out on the opportunity to bring a little bit of this into our interior decor.
One specific tribal art form that interests me is Warli, the reason is the simplicity of the design. The flexibility of being able to tell any story through painting Warli forms and the sheer beauty of the colour contrasts. This art form has its roots in the Warli or Varli community belonging to the region between Maharashtra and Gujarat. And unlike many other Indian art forms, does not depict mythological characters. Instead the focus is on daily social life. The flat style of drawing surprisingly feels animate as animals, scenery and people come alive through Warli.
(Photo Credit : www.stockpicturesforeveryone.com)
While the shapes are very simple, usually just consisting of the circle, triangle and square , other nature inspired shapes also appear through the drawings. The traditional method is to prepare the wall of a house in maroon or red ochre using a mixture of earth, water and cow dung to ensure longevity of the stain, the Warli figures are then painted in relief in white using a mixture of rice paste water and glue for binding. Apparently the art was done in homes for special occasions ranging from weddings to festivals. Today as it is slowly gaining urban popularity one can see it more often in city areas. Bangalore has walls painted in public spaces with the Warli art. Sanctioned by the BBPM, these creative stretches provide a break from the monotony of traffic and travel.
This simple yet stunning art from is inspiring people to try their own hand at it and some of the adventurous try it out true to its original form – right on their home walls! Reshma Sharma is one such person, her home is a delight for all those who enjoy ethnic art forms merged into modern spaces. Ethnic motifs, traditional art and loving doses of green adorn her nooks and corners. Here is a peek into her Warli themed wall, boldly painted in pink:
(Photo Credit : Reshma Sharma, http://rishhhhriti.blogspot.in/ )
These days noticing Warli themed decor items offer great focal points in Indian interiors, many companies provide a range of Warli inspired decor products ranging from beautifully painted terracotta pots to even throw cushions and clocks. Here are some products available in the market today and can add a little extra charm to your home.
(Photo Credit : http://www.pepperfry.com)
(Photo credit : http://www.craftsvilla.com)
I stumbled upon this online store called TheElephantCompany.com and they have some very interesting home decor products, furnishing and furniture. Some of these beautiful products are Warli inspired:
(Photo Credit : theelephantcompany.com)
(Photo Credit : theelephantcompany.com)
I’m sure a couple of these products have caught your fancy and you are wondering how soon you can get them home. If you are not ready to go shopping, there are some simple ways to incorporate Warli in your existing furnishing as well, such as if you have a plain cushion, how about painting some simple Warli figures on them, or for your plant pots, you can even try out Warli designs on plain furniture as seen in the above product and create some unique decor items for your home!
I leave you with a small Warli inspired sketch I did last evening on a piece of silk cloth, that I plan to use in my cabinet door panel instead of glass.
A few years ago there was an amusing commercial on Indian television of a young couple trying to imagine a certain colour for their room, a heady combination of sunshine, summer mangoes and some candy, the spouse desperately tries to visualise the same in her head and fails! Choosing colours for your walls is always made out to be a daunting task. There is fear of being unable to foresee the outcome, lack of conviction in choice of a certain colour and the permanency of the choice of paint, to add to the woes is the cost factor. Which simply means you cant choose the wrong colour, so what do you do? Its quite simple really, lets demystify the most basic tool, the color wheel.
The above image is one representation of the colour wheel, it explains the few basic things you need to know before you can go on to choose your interior colours. There are 3 primary colours :
2. Red and
They are best kept in mind as three family of colours, known to help set different moods. These colours help us derive what is called the secondary colours through combinations of the primary. This gives us :
1. Yellow + Blue = Green
2. Yellow + Red = Orange and
3. Red + Blue = Purple.
So now that we have primary and secondary colours, we can combine these two to get tertiary colours :
1. Yellow + Orange
2. Orange + Red
3. Red + Purple
4. Purple + Blue
5. Blue + Green
6. Green + Yellow
The below image helps get an idea of what these colours look like:
1. Hue : The center band of colour in the above image represents the true colour in it’s pure form and is called the Hue.
2. Tint : The inner most band of colour is the Hue mixed with any amount of White and is called a Tint.
3. Shade : The outer most band of colour is the Hue mixed with any amount of Black and is called a Shade.
4. Tone : Adding varying values of Grey to the Hue gives us varying Tones
5. Value : Value is nothing but the amount of black, grey or white added to the Hue to create varying Shades, Tones and Tints.
As far as picking a colour for the walls, we will only be working with these basic elements. Most of us have one or many favorites in colours. The one sure way to find out is to look into our wardrobe, we will have many of our clothes leaning towards a certain favorite colour. Mine is blue and it reflects more in my husband’s wardrobe as I’ve been helping him pick out his shirts! So this helps you find a colour that you like and feel comfortable with. But clothes and walls are different screams your brain! Well yes it is and no, it really is not. It helps to do away with myths that certain colours are not good on walls, like red. Any colour that you like can work beautifully well on a wall, its how, where and with what else, that matter. To understand this better, let us take a look at the room basics that play an important role in picking a colour:
1. Size : In today’s world of diverse real estate options, you might have a small apartment, a big colonial styled house or a medium sized villa with both big and small rooms. Choosing the right colour can have a big impact on the space illusion. For a small room its advisable to paint lighter colours as they give an illusion of increased space. In larger rooms where you want to bring the walls together and create an illusion of close knit area, darker colours do well. Even rooms that are narrow and long can have darker colours painted especially on one accent wall to make it look wider and less narrow.
2. Natural Light : Any colour looks different during the different hours of the day depending on the light. It also looks different under lamps of varying types. A bold colour such as red or even a grey can make a room with less light seem even more dark and suffocating. Warm colours such as yellow, amplifies light in the room and cool shades such as light blue soothes a very sunny room. Try the hue in 3 varying shades or tints across different parts of the room such as near the window, opposite to the window and in the darker corners of the room. Check to see how the colours look during the different parts of the day and in different areas of the room before you finalise.
3. Wall or Ceiling or Floor : While it is easy to imagine just about any colour for the walls. The ceiling and floors cannot afford such treatment. Ceilings are usually best kept light with less dark colours. Floors on the other hand can try more dark colours for a bold statement, that is of course if you need a painted floor. In India we hardly paint floors, unless someone has gone the traditional method with a red-oxide flooring.
4. Purpose of the room : Understanding the purpose of the room also helps in deciding the colour, as it sets the mood for the room like little else. The kitchen/dining area and the hall can do with different colours, so can formal and informal areas, or even intimate spaces such as the bedroom.
Let us take a look at what colours ideally mean and the moods they help create:
1. Yellow : Warm, playful, bright, positive, vibrant, high energy
2. Orange : Rich, in India it is also a very ethnic color and goes well with brass /silver and bronze accents. Summery and energetic.
3. Reds : This is a bold shade, glamorous, passionate, solid, dominating, elegant and stylish
4. Blue : Cool, water inspiring, beach love, sky, winter, the darer tones are rich, exotic and unique
5. Green : Nature inspired, cool, mystery, dark shades represent masculinity, glamor and allure
6. Pink : Feminine, subtle charm and elegance, pretty
7. Brown : Solid, hardworking, warm and rich, comforting, reliable
8. Black : Sophisticated, dominating and stylish
9. Grey : Dull yet versatile, calm, reminder of the monsoon times, great pair with another cool color.
10. White : Blank, reflects light, airy, empty, clean and precise.
While choosing colours for the interiors, we use a certain colour scheme, to provide us with enough variety that each room may develop its own personalised mood, at the same time providing the house with a cohesive and unified look. There are multiple colour schemes to choose from, the more variation in colour the more exciting the interiors. The same colour throughout the house or room can make it look boring. Three aspects contribute to the range of colour and texture in a room, the view available through the door/window, the wall colours and the decor items, all of this have to form a well connected whole. Sounds easier said than done? Let us look at a few ways to accomplish this:
Familiarising oneself with the colour wheel is the best way to get started, which has been mentioned at the start of this blog. Here is the colour wheel again:
There are multiple methods to choose colour combinations or colour schemes. The complimentary colour scheme is the opposite colours that seem to make each other stand out more prominently. As seen in the colour wheel that would be the Blue and Orange, the Red and Green, the Yellow and Purpe/violet. They need not refer to the colour combination on walls but rather the elements of decor. Such as, a blue accent wall, grey companion walls and orange accents in the decor in the form of throw cushions and lampshades.
The combination can be analogous, which is the colours next to each other in the colour wheel. Such as the blue and blue greens or the yellow and yellow greens or orange and red orange. So the room can have an accent wall in the colour 3 under the Orange and companion walls of the colour 1 under yellow orange. It can also be Monochromatic, which is represented by the tints and shades of the same hue, as shown in the colour wheel, it consists for example the dark to very light colours in the blue palette. The accent wall can be a 1 under yellow and the companion walls in 8 under the same yellow. You just need to pick another colour while adding the ceiling into the mix.
While initially testing waters, pick a bright colour of choice for the accent wall, a light colour from the same family range (analogous) for the companion walls and pick compliment colours (opposite colours in the colour wheel) for the decor accents. Let us take a look at some colour schemes that work beautifully.
Green theme with white and gold accents work beautifully in this striking living room.
Blue, yellow and white provide this vibrant and colourful living room.
Yellows, greens and browns work cohesively in this inviting kitchen.
Yellow, purple and white work well in this living room through different elements ranging from the walls to the room decor items and curtains.
This living room is absolutely chic in a combination of Teal and grey with pops of colour in orange, green and white.
Blues, greens and grey tones come together with the right proportions to ensure this living room does not feel less warm!
Brows, greens and grey tones set the earthy feel to this modern living room.
A warm and striking room in orange, white and touches of blue.
(All images are taken from Google image search, credit goes to respective image websites/owners, the blog and images enlisted here are not for any commercial purpose and are purely for information only)
Last weekend was extremely exciting for me, we took delivery of our new hall furniture. We had bought it online, and were going to be seeing it in person for the very first time. It needed to be assembled first though, during which I was left thinking about all the types of Sofas and living room furniture we browsed through in person and online. Believe it or not, the range of available furniture types for the living room can leave you feeling confused and uncomfortable making a choice that will be permanent for a few years at the least! The key is to be comfortable with the design you are choosing along with keeping in mind a few functional elements.
Here are some types of Sofas/Living room furniture that I managed to put together:
1. Sofas : The name originates from Arabic word for wool, suffa. They typically consist of a frame made from wood/metal or plastic that is entirely or mostly upholstered. While there are many types of sofas, made from different materials, the prominent feature is that they are large, comfortable and just looking at them makes one want to sink in! Well sofas are also sometimes known as settee or couch. Sofas usually come in 3, 2 and 1 seater options or as a set of 3+2+1 or 3+1+1, the 2 seaters are popularly known as love-seats. They come in leather, corduroy, velvet, canvass, faux leather and a range of other fabrics. Variety in prints, shapes and sizes add to the choice you have, to bring home the sofa that aptly captures your style and personality. Lets take a look at a few of them, these products are available through various brands:
Elegant lines and rounded edges gives a classic look, that can be beautifully personalised with throw cushions. (Image Credit: http://www.urbanladder.com)
Such 2-seater or Love Seat is a must have for every home, comfortable and cozy and perfect for two! (www.urbanladder.com)
Minimalist lines provide a timeless look and very little risk as it will fit perfectly into any room design. Add a colourful rug and throw and its good to entertain your guests! (www.urbanladder.com)
Karlsson Natural Leather sofa in the Chesterfield design for that Glamorous look! ( http://www.karlssonleather.in )
2. Sectionals : This type of living room furniture has gained immense popularity in recent times. As the name suggests these sofas come in sections, that can be arranged as you want. They come in many shapes and varieties such as with and without armrests. The ones without armrests offer even greater flexibility as you can move any section just about anywhere you want! They are available in a range of fabric options and prints. Here are few:
Sectional Leather Sofa, available in a range of seating options (Image credit : www.decosee.com)
Larger sectional sofa 2+1+1+end unit in fabric ( Image credit : http://www.bytrade.com)
Sofa Beds : This option is ideal for space conservation in small apartments and also to ensure flexibility of use. These units can be used as sofa by the day and as bed by the night. They come in many shapes and styles also accommodating different sizes when used as bed. Here are some wonderful sofa beds :
Sofa bed, the extra portion that serves as the bed is drawn out from below the sofa seat and forms a bed by night!
These sleek sofas can be bent back to make a flat bed, most suited for single person usage.
Even sectional sofas can be utilised as a bed by moving sections from a linear format into a bed-like setting.
Diwans : These are simple but extremely comfortable furniture that is used to entertain, used as a day bed and even a single bed by the night. They are most popular with a flat wooden frame that supports a thick bed along with many cushions and 2 bolsters at either end. In Indian homes diwan can be found as mattress placed directly on the floor with cushions to support the back and the arms. The diwans however are also available in varying wood types, with simple lines and extravagant carving and detailing as well. Let us take a look at some diwan designs:
A diwan setting with a back wooden frame, also popular as the day bed. (Image credit : http://www.myntra.com)
A typical Diwan sports colourful upholstery and bed spread.
Canapé : This sofa originated from France and is known for its ornamental woodwork spanning across the back to the armrests and elegant legs that make this 3 seater look poised and stylish. In contemporary room designs, this piece of furniture can look wonderful as an accent piece. This looks great not just in your living room but also in your bedroom or study! Depending on the fabric used, this piece can mean subtle elegance or showy grandeur. Here are some :
Simple and Elegant (Image credit : www.laylagrayce.com)
Timeless Beauty (Image credit : www.anticstore.co.uk )
Wooden Furniture : Living room furniture focused on the wood design is a favorite of mine, the wood can be Rosewood, Teak, Shesham or Mango, here the beautiful texture is there to see, unobstructed by upholstery. Cushions compliment the woodwork and play secondary to wood design. There are many kinds of furniture available for the living room, with wood being very versatile in shape, size, shade and teaming up with accessories. Stores such as Fabindia and Mother Earth among a few have some wonderfully crafted wooden furniture teamed with beautiful ethnic fabrics in bright shades. This type of furniture in India comes from regions such as Jaipur in Rajasthan , showcasing the skills of the local craftsmen.Here are some such furniture:
Simple and classic wooden furniture teamed up with a few cushions. (Image Credit : Indusraft)
Image Credit : IndusKraft
Japanese style low seating furniture (Image Credit : KraftNDecor)
Cane Furniture : Cane furniture is not just for your informal setting, they can be beautifully constructed, are pretty strong and extremely comfortable with the right kind of cushions. Cane furniture are beautiful in their natural shade of gold, but they can also be custom painted into any colour you can think of, they can imitate the wood stains such as honey or walnut. But also sport colours such as a bright cobalt blue or lemon yellow! Pairing such with bold printed cushions in contrasting shades can add style and energy to your living room, your friends will love it and the conversation will flow much easier! Here are some :
The natural fibers stand out so beautifully, earthy and vibrant. (Image Credit : home-prep.com)
Makes you want to snuggle right in! (Image credit : patiodesigndepot.com)
So thats the range of furniture you can choose from,keeping some basic functional aspects in mind, such as space available, maintenance requirements and budget will help you pick the right piece of furniture for your living room.
One of the early requirements of doing up your house is wall treatment. There are hundreds of options available in the market today to transform your walls into a piece of art by itself. There is more than just colour that you can add to your home now. The materials you can try range from simple paint to decorative wall tiles. So let us quickly take a look at some of the options available :
Paint : Gone are the days when paint only meant a range of colours, today it comprises of varying textures, styles and patterns. More exciting than the product range, is the websites and visualisation tools that these paint manufactures offer today’s customers!
While the builder will most probably paint your house with 2 coats, you can have a say in the colour/texture, as long as you are willing to buy them the material. Else you can do it through an external source, paint manufactures such as Asian Paints, Nerolac and Dulex to name a few have extensive expertise to help transform your home. These brands have products ranging in colour, texture and style for both interiors and exteriors.
The paints usually have matte, gloss and metallic finishes that you can choose from. There are solid colour options when you only want colour and no texture, or you can choose from a range of textures such as crinkle effect, weave effect, dab effect and many more, with different brands offering different effects. While matt finishing gives that subtle elegance and helps hide wall imperfections and unevenness, gloss and metallic textures can bring grandeur and glamour to your walls. Then there are stencil styles, this brings together the best of paint along with patterns such as motifs and shapes available previously only on wallpapers.
The paint technology also plays a vital role in today’s consumer choice, there is high regard for paints low on VOC and environment friendly. There are paints available to fit every budget range, from water based emulsions to acrylic and synthetic resin mediums. These paints offer important features such as anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties to help protect your walls and environment, stain resistant coating and washability. Some of these brands even offer warranty periods ranging from 1year to 5years against fungal formations, flaking and staining.
In my opinion however, the most exciting improvement is the websites of some of these brands. They have made it very consumer friendly, not just giving you information about their various products but also have tools to help you visualise colours in your house. They allow you to upload images of your room and try different paint options, textures, colours and styles. They also have a range of inspirational wall/room decor pictures to browse through. The adventurous can even try their hand at creating their own color shade. Even though they have consultants that can come home and help you with your choice, the website tools provide a number of options to help you make personalised choices from the comfort of your home. And if you are worried about budget, there are cost calculators to help you with that too, just decide on the product you would like to use along with the area of the room you wish to paint and you can calculate the approximate costing. With all these features painting your walls can bring life to your interiors without killing your pocket!
Wallpaper : Quite popular and prominently used abroad, in India, wallpaper is now becoming a popular trend. The variety of options again is vast with thousands of prints and patterns to choose from. There are different finishes available such as matte, gloss and metallic, as well as 3D effect. They come in different sizes and shapes to help achieve customised looks.
Like paint, wallpaper also offers benefits such as stain-resistance, washability, durability, anti-fungal resistance and great cover up for uneven walls/cracks. Added to these, there are a few benefits exclusive to wallpaper such as the vast range of options in texture and pattern that is difficult to achieve with paint and the ease of application. The wall paper comes ready to be applied on the wall and can save time unlike painting which requires multiple coats of primer and paint.
Wallpaper comes with vinyl or woven material backing options that increases the durability, and in case you were thinking about safety standards, many of these brands have been tested to be fire-resistant as well! There is really no reason to not go for wallpaper, provided you choose the right brand and company to execute the task with excellent finishing. This can provide a seamless look for the walls and transport you into another world entirely with a range of stunning visuals.
The patterns and prints range from nature inspired stone walls and wood panels to classic motif inspired themes and even highly modern and abstract themes. You can also go for a bold wallpaper pattern for your accent wall, supported by more subtle texture for the companion walls. It can provide a stunning backdrop in your living area and bedrooms with no need for any further art hanging!
However, it is important to keep in mind that wallpaper though washable is not water-proof, which means too much dampness or exposure to constant moisture can damage them! The areas such as kitchen can be avoided, while areas less subject to water exposure such as living areas can be done up with this option, and with good maintenance is expected to last between 10-15 years.
Tiles : Wall tiles are not just meant for your kitchens and bath areas. In fact decorative tile options available in the market today can add zing to your exteriors and interiors. Wall tiles especially for an accent wall helps you make a bold statement in your decor. They come in a range of materials such as metal, PVC, wood, stone, ceramic, porcelain, marble and even vinyl. They are available in different shapes and sizes along with options in textures. There are expensive options such as stacked pebble tiles and even 3D tiles to transform your space.
Many such tile options in PVC, wood, ceramic and Vinyl are making their way into the country in easy to apply, ready to paste options. These provide quick solutions to a small area that can afford some unique treatment. There are also a range of specialist stores in stone and wood wall tiles to help you execute the same for larger areas such as a bedroom backdrop wall or the living room wall or even your foyer area and balcony!
These tiles, are stain resistant, have high durability and in most cases are either water-resistant or washable. They come in options such as glazed for the high gloss look and unglazed for the rough matte finish. Depending on the material and finish they can provide high durability for areas prone to water exposure and traffic. While until recently more popular in commercial areas, the increase in variety and budget option, is helping more and more home owners adopt this style for their signature walls.