Make room for change – The New Indian Express


Through Express press service

BENGALURU: Life as everyone knows is now confined within. But, one little change here, another there, and life within four walls could be a little brighter – and lighter on the heart. Just ask Esha Stanley, whose home office now houses planters, a feeling of freshness and tranquility – much needed in these times. Stanley said with conviction, “It adds a calming touch.” The co-founder of interior design firm Concepto Studio has more advice.

Abhinayah Sundaramoorthy,
co-founder, The Yellow Dwelling

“You can even take old glass bottles and brighten them up with a rope or paint on them. Put a silver factory there – which doesn’t even need a lot of sunlight – and place the bottles on your desk. Since many of us face slick walls while working from home, it’s a great way to bring color and calm, ”she says.

You can get creative and group bottles of different shapes and sizes together, fill them with a few greens, and place them in different nooks and crannies of the house like your living room or on a center table. Interior and furniture designer Aiman ​​Nishaat Shaikh offers to personalize the place. “Set up happy memories from old times or cute travel memories.

You can also add a small clock or other quirky accessories that bring out your personality, ”she says. While most of the time is spent in the home office these days, sprucing up other areas of the house can also help. A rug with floor cushions can add warmth to a living room and make it more welcoming, suggests Shubhra Chadda, co-founder and head of design at Chumbak.

A gallery wall dedicated to photographs, artwork, or trinkets that match the interests of different family members can also make a difference in a shared space. “It’s actually a good time to invest in some uncharted spaces in your home,” she says. A good starting point? Set up a mini dining area on your balcony for a change of decor at mealtime. Place planters (hanging and regular), string lights, and a table and chairs.

“If there is no room for the chairs, you can place a burlap rug and cushions,” Chadda adds. There is no doubt that choosing to buy new decor or home furnishings is an act of privilege, but you can always do your part. Sounak Sen Barat, co-founder and creative director of House of Three, suggests delving into the context of the companies you’re buying from.

“Learn more about their story, the size of their team and their ethics. Perhaps it would be better to invest in small businesses or companies that pass all the profits on to the artisans, ”says Barat, emphasizing the need for“ collective consciousness ”. “Think of hand-woven furniture, decoration from local artisans, upcycled decoration or, if you are looking for works of art, support young and future artists by buying their art instead,” he says. .


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