Every few seasons, the itch to turn our home into an eclectic mix of styles and designs takes over our décor tastes and the trend of kitschy elements interspersed through the home returns. Granted that the trend is best followed with a large dose of restraint as it is easy to go overboard once bitten by the kitsch bug. A dash of colour here, a smattering of patterns there and your home will be the coolest one on the block. This summer, the kitsch trend leaves behind its earlier avatars of pop colours and loud looks. It’s all about funky design now with a bit of Indian feel. A side table inspired by the Moghul Empire, a server with a carved lion head, benches turned into art... it’s time to let out your inner creative side and follow your kitschy desires.

Rightfully royal

With Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebration just behind us, we look to our own royal eras for kitschy inspiration. Artefacts are a bit too staid and can make the room look formal so why not go in for elements that add just a touch of fun regalia to your room? Goodearth, a fairly new but already popular premium décor brand on the interior design scene has unveiled their Mughal Pop collection by Mozez Singh. Singh’s pieces are created by digitally printing the fabric and adorning it with semi-precious stones, creating a feel of kitschy luxury. The ‘Akbar is a Star’ chair is definitely an eye-catching piece with a simple star design as the legs and a clear acrylic body. If purple is your favourite colour, pick the hexagonal archway stool in black and purple acrylic, inspired by the arch and window frame designs of the Moghuls. Brand U’s classic side table with the impression of a lady flying a kite is more subtle and works well on its own.

Travelling light

Unleash your wanderlust with a few pieces that inspire you to go out and travel. Benches are becoming fairly popular nowadays, moving from the garden into the patio and living rooms. Brightly painted or decorated with funky cushions, they can bring some lightness to the décor. Aiza Designs released its collection of benches recently, inspired by the culture of Bengal. Their Bus Bench is colourful and carries funky inscriptions while their Haath Rickshaw bench pays tribute to the age-old trade of plying hand-pulled rickshaws. Portside Cafe, the leather boutique unveiled a unique Thai Pagoda-inspired bunch of tables that come together to create a trendy, single coffee table setting. This luxurious set priced at over one lakh rupees has antique gold, silver and pewter leathers, and each table can be used separately as well. If you love bicycles, check out Gunjan Gupta’s Gadda Cycle Throne created for her internationally-acclaimed brand Wrap. Wrap has been showcased at Sotheby’s in London and this piece carries the look of Indian bicycles with bales of material tied to the rear, except that here, it’s completely decked out in fine Indian silk. The reworked bicycle seats are an added touch of quirkiness!

Natural work

The chirp of pretty, colourful birds and sounds of animal life are hard to come by in the city for most of us. So bring their lively nature into your home instead with some eclectic pieces of interior decoration. Goodearth again comes to your rescue with their Mughal Pop pieces with digitally printed, bright and cheery peacocks on seat covers, matched with black or clear acrylic chairs, the birds a clear throwback to the Mughal era and the wonderful gardens they created. If you prefer kitschy cutlery, arttd’inox produces some funky teapots, cups and saucers with a cartoon-like bird motif. Mukul Goyal’s cast brass server with a Dokra lion face handle brings kitschy and tribal looks together. Your tea-time will be made more fun with these creative collections. When the summer heat starts to get to you, draw the cheerful blinds printed with the chubby budgerigar bird pattern from Veaura. Even if your walls are a plain white colour, colourful blinds with patterns inspired by nature and animals will liven up the room.

So go ahead and turn your home into a kitschy haven this summer and for the upcoming monsoon season.

archana.a@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on June 19, 2012)
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