Some spaces haveÂ a visually striking effectÂ on us, right at first glance. By playing withÂ light, colour, and textureÂ â€“ these elegant spaces are designed beautifully to leave a lasting impression on us. So whatâ€™s the secret to such unique interior designing? Itâ€™s theÂ technique of creating contrast, which instantly brightens up a room and leaves its memory in our minds long after weâ€™ve left it.
Explore this style of designing with us toÂ bring a burst of colour and ethnic vibesÂ in your homeÂ festival decorations, this season. A contrast in design willÂ add a fresh zingÂ to your home decor, which will leave your guests marvelling at your creativity. So, read ahead as we list some quirky ideasÂ that will help you create a fun and contrasting twist to your festive home interiors.
1. Use Different Fabrics with Fun Patterns
When contrasted with either rich grey or white walls, colourful fabricsÂ add an instant popÂ to your home interiors. Look for interestingÂ ethnic patterns, stripes, animal prints, or fresh florals for curtains and upholstery.Â You can also opt for the old â€˜silk-saree fashioned into a cushion coverâ€™ hack. The colours and patterns together will quicklyÂ capture the festive mood of this season!
In the above picture,Â bright textiles like the blue striped sofa, beige curtains, and red lamp coverÂ contrast well with the white walls and warm wooden table to create a beautiful space. EvenÂ small detailsÂ like the art painting, gold pin-studded armchairs, fresh flowers, and the grey woman antiqueÂ are quite catching and pleasing to the eye.
Moreover, theÂ open bookshelves with visible spinesÂ not only add to the existing colours but alsoÂ give a sense of substanceÂ and meaning to the living room.
You can alsoÂ go the other way round by contrasting darker-toned fabrics with colourful backgrounds.Â The lemon yellow walls prove to be a great canvas for theÂ brown corduroy couchÂ and theÂ owl print cushion. Further, theÂ sunlight too adds an element of contrast, giving a lively touch to the strategically placed couch.
2. Employ the Technique of Layering
Intentional layering gives a sense of comfort and a meaningful depthÂ to your living space. From a patterned rug to small furnishings and accessories, it can be anything thatÂ adds a stamp of your unique personalityÂ to a room. So, experiment around and employ it in yourÂ home decor, festive seasonÂ style!
A combination of dark blue and blacks are a classic canvas for adding rich layers to your space!Â Here theÂ black rug with vintage floral prints, topped withÂ a sleek glass table and a grey cosy couch gives a lavish sense to the whole space. The printed cushions, the sheepskin rug,Â and the plants give a soothing vibe to the place.
3. Use Colour Blocking
TheÂ art of using two or three coloursÂ to achieve a contrasting aesthetic, the colour blocking trend has recently spilled overÂ from fashion into home design. In the above picture â€“ a dark teal green, warm brown, and splashes of white are used toÂ create a lavish space.Â AÂ rustic door paintingÂ in a similar brown and white shade gives a slight touch of ethnicity to the room.
If youâ€™re not sure about blending different colours, try to go forÂ monochromatic colour blocking.Â The techniqueÂ uses a single colour in varying types of shades and tones to create a contrast in your space.Â In the above bedroom, the dark grey rugs and cushions contrast with the lighter grey tones of the walls. The silver bedding adds an instant shining pop to the whole room!
4. Display Ethnic Elements for a Festive Touch
Rajasthani handicrafts, cane chairs,Â KashmiriÂ rugs, animal sculptures,Â Warlipaintings, vintage mirrors,Â and more such ethnic artworks add a festive contrast to your home interiors. For anÂ even bigger statement, hunt for an oldÂ haveliÂ doorÂ and attach it in your home. You can also opt to hang aÂ traditionally carvedÂ JhulaÂ in the living room and top it with some fat, fluffy cushions. A seat is now ready for you to enjoy the festival times with your family indeed!
5. Add Light Accents to Your Home
With Diwali, Christmas and New year right at our doors, you can amp up theÂ festival decorationsÂ by adding someÂ LED accent lightingÂ or evenÂ ethic chandelier lampsÂ in your home. These give a sense of contrast to the furnishings and wall colours as well as add to the festive ambience.
6. Bring the Colours of Nature Inside.
Most of ourÂ festival worship also pays homage to the elements in nature.Â So, add someÂ potted plantsÂ andÂ bring in the colours of the forest and the oceanÂ to your house. You can also display anÂ animal figurineÂ or two. And most of all, donâ€™t forget to let theÂ natural lightÂ in your home!
In the above decor, theÂ fresh greeneryÂ planted inÂ a traditional handmade cane basketÂ is theÂ star of the room. It contrasts well with the light curtains and soothing blue paint of the walls to give aÂ mellow vibe.Â The slight gold accents and a simple mirror gives an elegant touch to the room.
7. Go Bold with Festive Red Hues
NothingÂ speaks festive seasonÂ as much as the colour red.Â Go boldÂ painting the walls of your living room with this colour for aÂ dramatic effect. Further, add a lush contrast with a beige couch. Ta-da! And youâ€™re done with theÂ festival decorations!
If youâ€™re not into painting all the walls red, opt toÂ colour-block the red with a soothingÂ MehendiÂ green paintÂ for the walls. While theÂ red curtains enhance the festive vibe, the deep brown couch and dark wood furniture slightly toneÂ it all down. Here, the patterned rug, the white lamp, and the grand chandelier add aÂ distinctive ethnic touchÂ to the place.
8. Play Pastels with Each Other
Love the concept of contrast, but still want toÂ keep gentler tonesÂ in your home? Pastels are the perfect option that willÂ keep things soothing as well as colourfulÂ in your space! In the above picture,Â soft lavender huesÂ of the couch and theÂ pastel art paintingsÂ contrast with theÂ subdued cream huesÂ of the walls to create a comfortable living room.
If youâ€™re looking for aÂ full-blown festival vibeÂ for the home,Â add more pastel combinationsÂ andÂ dress them up with lights and accessories. Here, the subtle tones of pastel green and peach in the upholstery contrast beautifully with theÂ dark wood wall-unit. TheÂ industrial lighting, animal print rug and huge green plants complement the pastelsÂ to give you an ethereal space.
9. Keep a Piece of Vintage Furniture
A vintage styled cabinet, cupboard, or desk from any era not onlyÂ speaks a lot about our past architectural traditionsÂ but alsoÂ gives an old-world charmÂ to your home. Once youâ€™ve acquired such a piece, it instantlyÂ captures the essence of a spaceÂ and then requires little effort in design.
In the above decor, theÂ pure white vintage cabinetÂ with elaborateÂ tassels for handlesÂ gives a subtle contrast to the surrounding sky blue walls. The room is thenÂ kept functional and minimalisticÂ with coloured cushions, a plant, andÂ bamboo furnishingsÂ to complete the look. You can also opt for a popular choice of white walls and dark wood vintage furniture instead.
10. Add an Elegant Dash of Gold
Nothing can beat theÂ metallic shine and elegance that gold adds to a place. So, get creative, add a touch of gold accents in your home. FromÂ hanging gold-rimmed platesÂ on a wall toÂ vintage framesÂ andÂ gold vasesÂ â€“ there is a lot you can do with this colour to bringÂ the glimmer of festive feelsÂ right into your house!
In the above decor, gold accentsÂ contrast wellÂ with the teal panelling and light green walls. The gold trolley cabinet, solid pots, a minute bird statue, and even the armchair legs ringed with gold â€“ all work to transform the home interiors andÂ give it a hint of glamour.
AtÂ Ashwin Sheth Group, itâ€™s not merely about following the trends but also giving our very own twist to the home decor to create something beautiful. We hope that these ideas help you create a festive vibe in your home, that everyone will remember for ages to come!