Rented homes need not look boring. Here are some tips & suggestions to decorate such homes with art and smart furniture.
Young people, these days are ready to go anywhere in pursuit of a good job. In a city like Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune or Bangalore, with its established companies, there are many single professionals who either stay alone in rented residential apartments or share them with their workmates. Most tenants believe that it is pointless to invest in such homes as, after all, it’s only a place to ‘crash out’. If your home can be done up inexpensively, however, there is no reason not to make it one you will want to return to after a long day.
Furniture Choice for Home Decor
To begin with, remember that you might not stay in the house for long and might have to shift cities or homes in a few months. Thus, going ballistic with heavy furniture doesn’t make sense. Instead, furniture in such homes should be minimalistic. Minimalist furniture not only makes the home look spacious but is also low on maintenance.
Flexibility of an Apartment
Flexibility is one of the main aspects of such an apartment. Avoid the use of heavy blocks of furniture for another reason as well – in order to retain a clutter-free home. A single couch/sofa or low seating Indian baithak upholstered in cotton sheets is in vogue and functional, especially when friends come over. Rexene is impervious to stains and can be cleaned easily – thus making it perfect upholstery for furniture. Throw on a few large pillow in vibrant shades such as red, blue or even silver or gold to add some contrast and give you something soft to lay your head on.
Openness of Home
Openness is another element that gives a feel of more space and consequently, makes your home a multi-purpose platform. Professionals who work from home, for instance – a photographer, an artist, a writer – may want to create a corner to work. Turn the living room into a study area by fixing a table and chair in one corner, while separating it with a foldable partition to make it a bedroom in case of space constraints.
Vibrancy and exuberance will automatically be infused into the ambience when one plays with colours. Don’t be afraid to paint. Plain white walls just add to the cave effect in your room. Add one rich colour such as sea blue, sage green or chocolate brown, even a deep green or rich red that will open up the room and add real drama. The biggest myth out there is that colours will make a room seem small and dark. However, the more colour you put on walls, the brighter becomes.
Curtains and Drapes for Home Decorate
Add more magic to the home with colourful curtains or drapes that flow along the windows.
Art & Craft of Home Decor
Paintings and posters are another option to camouflage monotonous walls. Hang one large piece of artwork, a colourful print, or just a large canvas that is painted with only one or two colours. Any one of these will add sophistication to a room. Place artifacts such as abstract objects and candles at strategic locations.
The bedroom can be left completely functional with a wardrobe, and a bed with side table and mirror. A few pockets of light with standing lamps can create magic. Use yellow lights to create such effects.
Less is more though, so whatever you do, don’t go overboard. A few well placed, big items will make a room look fantastic and pulled together, whereas a host of little things will look cluttered and messy. Just a touch of colour here and there against neutral backgrounds is all you really need to make a room look trendy and lived in.