Food for the soul


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July 22, 2021, 12:10:20 PM

Those who used to get scolded on walls when they were kids are probably the same ones who now decorate their own rooms with every ounce of creativity they’ve gathered. Especially since the lockdown has greatly stimulated all kinds of innovative productions by young people, one of the artistic genres that has become in fashion is wall decoration.

The designs and forms of wall decoration continue to be added over the decades, instead of being completely replaced. For example, trendy Victorian era wallpapers or traditional Japanese wallpapers shoji screens are less fashionable now due to the difficulty of modernizing, but no one can fault if one chooses to remain stable like the good old vintage days.

Usually thematic restaurants go for such unique decors, but there is no denying the elegant flavor that they can also compose at home. Some believe wallpapers could make a comeback, as modern architectural designs and wall art are often used as wallpapers. However, murals have become more popular because they can get the same vibes much more easily. In addition, they can be replaced without difficulty, and sometimes without any professional help.

Fabliha Nawar Afra is a student in English and Humanities at BRAC University. She has a love for art and enjoys painting on canvas and her face. The walls of his room are of several colors. One corner is filled with soft patterned mural, another is a collage of his own paintings. Her living room is decorated with classic cherry blossom wall art. “Sticking to minimalist patterns is all the rage now. A lot of people like simple and unassuming wall decorations and they look considerably sophisticated and formal, ”she remarks.

Those who enjoy capturing portraits indoors can try using Fabliha’s idea and set up different setups in every corner of their room. It would be better to keep a global vision of the decor because this idea has the possibility of making a room messy. However, if done right, it can be both aesthetic and artistic.

As Fabliha also practices self-portrait, she installed an empty frame on the wall of her bedroom. He not only portrays it as the art in the face art photographs, but also remains as a unique wall decoration. She mentions a tip for more refined furnishings: “I’m thinking of installing lights in warm tones to enhance the general atmosphere. The right lighting can polish even the simplest of wall decorations.

Adiba Tasnim Monon, an architecture student at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, decorates her room with posters, paintings, tapestries and murals. As a fan of pop culture, she decorated a corner of her bedroom with colorful collages of favorite fictional artists and characters.

She shares her plans to redecorate her bedroom as she had recently moved to a new home. This time she wants to cut the murals. “I had painted part of the wall in my bedroom before, but the mural can sometimes make a room appear smaller. So I plan to not paint over the base white this time,” Adiba said while suggesting ” use lighter colors on the walls to decorate relatively smaller rooms. so that more light can bounce.

Adiba mentions how LEDs and string lights have recently become popular among young people. They are used not only in the walls of personal rooms, but also in common rooms to create a soft ambience. Other than that, paintings, hanging centerpieces, and photo frames remain timeless wall decor pieces.

On social media, many young people have been seen posting their artwork on interior walls. “Favorite artists and superheroes’ pop arts, graffiti and calligraphy of quotes, Starry Night by Van Gogh and the Great Wave off Kanagawa, popular artwork with colors and patterns are on trend like mural arts among young people, ”says Fabliha. Adiba, however, brings a little different perspective, says, “Wall art can add a splash of color, but personally I think tapestry is a safer option because you can’t undo the mural that easily.

At school, in home economics classes, students learned how the colors of the walls and decor in our bedroom should be maintained consistently as they can affect the psyche and productivity. However, Fabliha and Adiba believe that there is no need to adapt to mature sophistication and that they are free to delve into their own aesthetic and creative sense. Caged Days can shift a bit to the right when their Personalized Soul Food is in sight.

Mehenaz Sultana is an English student at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.
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