Hello Aaina Bridal Readers,
My name is Sundeep and I blog over at Designwali. When Asiya asked me to contribute to her "Fashion Moments" series I was like, me? Really? You have got to be kidding, I don't consider myself a fashionista and I haven't been a bride in a really, really long time. But not to worry readers, I have attended MANY close family weddings this year, so I think I will automatically declare myself an "expert" now. I'm a believer in the fluid nature of design. We all see trends on the runways that can easily be reflected inside homes and wedding venues. So to you brides to be, new brides, wanna be brides and old married gals (ahem, like me) out there, here are my top five moments to leave you thinking on how you can spruce up your spaces, wedding themes and of course, your wardrobes. A few design mantras that I follow....
1. Neutrals don't have to be boring:
It is surprising how using neutrals like whites, taupes & greys can be dramatic and sophisticated when paired with bold accessories as seen here on the lengha by Waseem Noor. The white walls and contrasting dark floors act as a strong canvas for shots of neutral wood & gold as seen in this living room designed by Jennifer Ferreira.
2. Add texture into the mix:
Nothing adds depth and visual interest into your look and your home better than some texture. Using layers of different fabrics either rich in detail, embroidery or visual interest allows you to make a statement as seen here with this Ravaghendra Rahore lengha and as presented in this jewel box of a powder room with textured dark tile and wallpaper designed by Shamir Shah Design and featured on Decorpad
3. Make colour your friend:
Pallavi Jaikishan via Asian Wedding Ideas, Pantone Swatch
Colour? Easy peezy in Indian fashion, but strikingly hard to commit to inside your homes. Embrace colour trends (such as the 2012 Pantone Colour of Year - Tangerine Red) and throw it onto yourself and your home using accessories (if you are too afraid to go bold). Colour can be showstopping and invigorating just like this lengha designed by Pallavi Jaikishan and in this home featured in Apartment Therapy.
4. Gold glam always feels good:
I'm a gold gal, always have been so I'm thrilled to bits that these last few seasons gold is back on the runways and inside homes! Gold can be understated and sophisticated as in the Deepak Perwani lengha or can pack a dramatic and glamorous punch as showcased through this living room wallpaper featured in Decorpad.
5. Showcase your personality through accessories:
Last, but certainly not least, one of the best design mantras is bring in your personality through accessories, whether its a fantastic statement necklace by ArtKarat or through area rugs and art as seen in this home featured in Houzz.
So there you have my 5 design mantras. Bottom line is to have fun with your wardrobes and your homes! Don't take it all too seriously and if you are ever in a pickle on how to dress your homes or what direction to go with you wedding....start by looking inside your closets for some inspiration. Chances are if you like wearing it...you will like living in it.
Thanks Aaina readers.
Wow! What an amazing guest blog! Didn't I tell you she was amazing? I'm pretty sure if she wanted to be a wedding decorator, she would make brides AND their venues coordinate beautifully! Thank you so much, Designwali, for this creative and inspiring post!
Sundeep @ Designwali