with Indian wedding themes, for the flamboyant, if they so choose. “Vintage prints are wearing a new look, too,” says Laymarie. What’s flying off shelves are African designs on Italian fabrics, creating a new vocabulary in upholstery design. Tribal prints are scanned and then superimposed on fabric for that contemporary look. Likewise, traditional block prints are seeing embroidered finishes, giving it a 3D lift. And the next time you doodle, don’t just throw it away. It could go up your wall, as a work of art. Geometric prints are doing the rounds and one will see it on everything from plates to tiles.
Mélange: No longer does the living room need to look like it has come from one furniture shop. Experiment with different styles, take an Italian sofa and team it with an industrial lamp. Throw in a designer coffee table, get adventurous.
Upcycling: It is no longer hand-me-downs but scale-me-up when it comes to clothes and décor. Ingenious homemakers are transforming old saris into blinds and partition screens. Cabinetry is seeing do-it-yourself designs to turn wobbly wooden chairs into stands for washbasins. Twisted ropes are turning into chairs and discarded clothes are being piled up as new-found bean bags.
Lighting: Lighting is globally being recognised as design enhancer. “2013 will see a shift from electricals to electronics with a focus on human centric approach, sustainability, and spatial articulation,” says Amit Gupta, managing director, Vis a Vis, a Delhi-based lighting firm. If LED has been in vogue, it’s also a technology that’s evolving fast. A new tool that manufacturers are exploring, to transform interiors, is called “RGBW”. For a long time, dynamic or colour changing meant a single luminaire changing colours of white light or RGB luminaire producing 16million “colours” but white. With RGBW, there can be a myriad options, from warm whites to neutral, and cool white to red, magenta, green, even violet. And just as HVAC levels, security systems and home automation are activated at the touch on the phone, lighting too will be as handy.