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Posted at: May 13, 2017, 12:51 AM; last updated: May 13, 2017, 1:14 AM (IST)

Decor as you like it

Sharmila Chand

Sometimes, it is better to break all rules of home décor. Sometimes, spontaneity works better than a well-chalked out plan to do up the interiors. Let this be that time. Bring about eclectic changes inside your abode. Get creative, get experimental and add quirky décor elements. You might be in for a pleasant surprise! 

Here are some interesting do-it-yourself (DIY) ideas to get going.

Cut and paste

A trend that has caught the fancy of interior decorators is decoupage. It is the art of decorating objects by pasting colourful papers and frills. It is usually done on waste boxes. 

Pooja D Gupta, a decoupage artist and founder of POSH Creative Studio, a company that specialises in decoupaged, upcycled and innovative home decor elements, talks about the popularity of the art form. “It was used to redo Victorian furniture and precious collectives. It is now being used to give a makeover to objects we think are redundant.” And this gives the art form a mass appeal.

Decoupage can turn anything ordinary into unique. One can use a variety of waste material on different objects at home. Furniture, tiles, lamp shades, photo collage, storage boxes, planters, coasters, placemats, clocks, crockery, the list of household stuff that can be decoupaged is a never-ending one. Each piece can be converted into something new. So instead of junking it, give it a new lease of life through this art form. 

Your own bookshelves

If you have old wooden doors or windows discarded in the store room or basement of your house, try to make shelves out of them. Use them to keep books or artefacts. Turn these into book shelves by placing slabs at regular intervals and you have a vintage corner ready at home. 

A lot in the jar

Get hold of a paint brush and enjoy painting the jars that you were planning to discard. Check YouTube videos to get ideas and there is so much you can do. Use oil paints and golden and silver paper sheets to decorate them. Place these jars in various corners with fairy lights, and you are sure to receive compliments. 

Go boho, get chic

If you are a fan of boho-chic, give the décor of your house an interesting twist. It essentially means putting together a mix of various elements like mismatched rugs, unusual wallpapers, furnishings, accessories in a fun and colourful way. Mix earthy and metallic hues, only in accents, for maximum affect.  

Play with fabric

Madhavi Gupta, a Mysore-based artist suggests how old dupattas or curtains can be used to add colour to an otherwise dull room. Take two white or pastel coloured sheer curtains and tie them to a hook on the ceiling to let them fall gently. Hang some serial lights between the curtains. Turn these on at night to have a fairy tale-like room for kids. 

Turn around the tyres

Discarded tyres can be transformed into statement décor items. Use them into planters, quirky tables, and comfortable seaters. 

Paint tyres in bright colours and hang them in your verandah. Use them to place planters. Or try making a glass table out of tyres. All you need to do is paint two tyres of the same size. Place one on top of the other. Get a glass cut in round size, bigger than the size of the tyres. Place it on top of the tyres and your table is ready.

To convert an old tyre into a comfortable seater, paint it in a bright colour, cover it with a thick fabric and place a few cushions. Your pet will love this seater if you make it cosy enough with an old mattress.

For some quirky twists

  • Use a lot of neon shades and textured furnishings.
  • Go for mismatched furniture.
  • Use lamps in unusual shapes and sizes. Try making some with discarded fabric with an interesting print.
  • Explore flea markets to collect interesting stuff like accent lights, quirky decor pieces and vintage wall papers.


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