Decorative trends that add to the curb appeal of your home


Check out these trends that will add curb appeal to your home, says Teja Lele Desai

Who would have thought, when the pandemic erupted in 2020, that we would still be (sort of) confined to our homes as we approach 2021? Despite the vaccines, fears of a third wave and increased incidences have put us on our backs and keep us at home.

In such a scenario, it makes sense to give the house a switcheroo as we move into a new year. New year, new starts – and all that. Let’s start with the living room, the place where the family laughs, learns and lives. Here’s what you can try out here:

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The ladder shelf

A stylish shelving unit that makes as much of a statement as the things you put on it. What’s not to like? It can be stacked with accessories or showcase books and keepsakes.

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The statement mirror

There are works of art and there are works of art, but a decorative mirror makes your wall stand out. Are you going to have yours framed in wood or go for a sunburst?

Goodbye TV

Once upon a time, television went hand in hand with a living room. But as it has moved to the informal area or bedroom, it’s time to spend some time in a room that fosters conversation.

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Thrown on the couch

They can have a very chilly vibe, but we love the stylish touch knit throws and blankets added to the living room on a cold day.

Accent ceilings

Colorful, carpeted walls have been around for decades. But the color and accents such as wallpaper, panels or ceiling beams add a completely different look.

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DIY everything

With the DIY craze sweeping the country, a DIY decorating project was a sure find in the living room. It could be a bottle or a lamp made of thread, an embroidered pillow or a button.

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Geometric prints

We loved the Chevron trend, which is why no one was complaining about the glut of geometries seen in the living room. Whether it was the walls, the upholstery or the art, geometric prints were present. And how.

New Neutrals

For a long time, neutrals translated into beige and boredom. But now a neutral can be almost any shade – blush, jade, tourmaline, agate or gray. Just use it as a monochrome and stun visitors.

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Global textiles

Whether it’s Killim Turkish rugs, Moroccan poufs, ikat pillows, or phulkari tapestries, colorful and embroidered folk textiles could be spotted in living rooms galore.

Cool comfort

All living areas are complemented by bathrooms. The decor of the bathroom receives as much attention as that of the other rooms; it is important to remember the golden rule: a clean and breathable design. Whether it’s an en-suite bathroom, powder room, or a fancy shower stall, here’s how you can make a splash:

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Stone style

What wood does to floors, stone does to bathroom decor. It adds style and some seriousness. Stone doesn’t have to make your bathroom look cold; look for warm colors and use options like stone basins, tubs, wall coverings or even shelving.

Sustainable design

With the environment and conservation on everyone’s mind, it’s no surprise that sustainable design remains a winner. Low-flow faucets, faucets and showerheads work with solar heating systems to protect the environment and lower your bills.

Patterned tiles

Who says tiles have to be glued to walls and floors? Experimenting with tiling, be it herringbone, herringbone, mosaics or geometric patterns, is a must these days. Choosing a striking tile pattern can create a big impact!

Large mirrors

Whether square, round or rectangular, large mirrors that allow you to see yourself should be an integral part of the bathroom. Instead of just sticking them to the wall, framing them in wood or other materials can help make a bold statement.

Save space

In an age where we are constantly short on space, space-saving designs reign supreme. Creative layouts, innovative designs, and smart storage options ensure space isn’t as big an issue as it could have been. Open shelves no longer need to be relegated to the kitchen – show off colorful mugs, candles and toiletries.


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