Wall Mural

It has been a long time since I had the opportunity to paint directly on the wall, what with staying in rented houses and having to deal with irate house owners! But since we moved into our new home, my hands have been itching to dress up one of the walls. The TV room is small and so the accent wall has been painted a light blue and a beautiful silver framed mirror we found from an amazing shop on Commercial Street hung on the other wall.

I love the mirror, but somehow felt the wall looked too plain and due to space constraints, I did not want to add a console table beneath it. So I wondered why not wall decal option? Browsing through the decals available online, I decided I would rather paint it myself! I had some paint remaining from painting the wall, and imagined the same light blue would look great.

Here is the wall before the painting:

plain wall

In Progress :

mural progressThe mostly finished wall :

2And some final improvements :DSC_0053A few close-up shots:DSC_0056The owl :DSC_0054

The room looks a lot cozier now! What do you think?

 

 

 

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Monday Jumpstart!

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.

buddha seriesNow I’m thinking what do I paint next ? There are lot of empty walls to experiment with! So what are you looking forward to this week?

 

Art On Multiple Panels

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.

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Abstract art panels with gorgeous colour treatment! (Photo Credit : framingpaintings.com)

Abstract 3 panel dancers art_aliexpress

Abstract dancer inspired painting on canvass in 3 panels (Photo Credit : aliexpress.com)

3 panel nature inspired colour play art

Nature inspired canvass paintings across 3 panels, an interesting combination of colour and texture. (Photo Credit : osnatfineart.com)

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Season inspired 4 seasons panel art, painting on canvass (Photo Credit : osnatfineart.com)

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Mixed canvass size art panels (Photo Credit : dhgate.com)

4 panel digital art

Digital art print on mixed panel size and alignment (Photo Credit : dhgate.com)

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Popular paintings such as ‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt available in 3panel prints. (Photo Credit : ebay.com)

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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)

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Fabric art panels with gold leaves ( Photo Credit : kohls.com)

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DIY 2 Panel Art Decoupage with scrapbook paper (Photo Credit : paintandpattern.com)

vinyl wall art stickers in 3 panels

Stencil inspired vinyl sticker panel art (Photo Credit : thestickerhut.com)

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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)

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Wallpaper panels of the same pattern  framed in three parts for a cost effective yet unique look (Photo Credit : shelterness.com)

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3 panel art with metal detailing (Photo Credit : marketplace.secondlife.com)

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3D Clay art on multiple  panels prove to have striking texture and appeal! (Photo Credit : shadowsonstone.blogspot.com)

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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)

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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!

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The 2 panels that are ready, acrylic on stretched canvass, dimensions 15×22

panel painting 1The center panel  🙂

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!

The World Of Warli Art

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.

warli dance(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.

Warli wall _The Hindu(Photo Credit : The Hindu Archives)

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:

Warli Wall_Reshma(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.

warli art painting_www.fashionhaat.com(Photo Credit :www.fashionhaat.com)

lamp_warli_pepperfry(Photo Credit : http://www.pepperfry.com)

red_clock_craftsvilla(Photo credit : http://www.craftsvilla.com)

warli terracotta pot_pinterest(Photo Credit : Pinterest.com)

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warli pillow_etsy(Photo Credit : Etsy.com)

warli_tray_theelephantcompany(Photo Credit : theelephantcompany.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:

warli bedspread

(Photo Credit : theelephantcompany.com)

peg table

(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.

Warli_anusha

 

 

 

 

Demystifying Colour For Your Interiors!

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.

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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 :

1. Yellow

2. Red and

3. Blue.

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:

color-wheelSo now that we understand what the primary, secondary and tertiary colours look like from the above image, lets look into what the 3 circle differentiation  means.

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:

Decorating-101-color-wheel-value-and-balance-1There 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.

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Green theme with white and gold accents work beautifully in this striking living room.

blue yellow white

Blue, yellow and white provide this vibrant and colourful living room.

Red theme diningRed accent wall, rich wood texture and orange companion wall adds style and royal look to this dining room.

Bedroom-Decor-Ideas-with-Brown-Color-SchemeBrown and red come together in this bedroom to create a sense of vibrancy along with calmness.

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Yellows, greens and browns work cohesively in this inviting kitchen.

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Yellow, purple and white work well in this living room through different elements ranging from the walls to the room decor items and curtains.

teal blue grey

This living room is absolutely chic in a combination of Teal and grey with pops of colour in orange, green and white.

blue grey green

Blues, greens and grey tones come together with the right proportions to ensure this living room does not feel less warm!

brown grey green

Brows, greens and grey tones set the earthy feel to this modern living room.

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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)