niharika_tiwari

Need help for the living room, Indian/Asian/Tribal artistic

Ni Ti
7 years ago
last modified: 7 years ago
Hi, I am a new user at houzz, and I am hoping you guys can help me build an asian/Indian style living room. The room dimensions are 11 ft by 12 ft. The entrance to the room occupies a side and it takes about 3.2 ft on one of the 12 foot walls. The exit to the room is on the opposite side and about the same width. Thus, the usable sitting space comes to be about 8X11.
I have a small seatee that is 5X2.5 and 2 round top tables with wood bottoms that I want to place in this space. I am a renter so I wouldn't want to paint the walls. Please help!

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  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Sorry, I slept while looking for the grey fabric last night 😞. I was loving how the discussion was going, just was trying to gauge my comfort with bright orange (persimmon). This one is called copper coin, I’m leaning more towards this.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    If I go with the above colour, we can go with beige/ grey blue furnishings that you mentioned before. I don’t mind getting lighter curtains to fit this space too. I can move these to another room in that case.

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  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    If that looks okay.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I found this in the oranges that I am more okay with. Actually, I love how the chair pops against this colour.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    That pop isn’t achievable in copper coin colour... I see it now.

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    Yes there is something about the terra cotta - they aren’t coming across as joyful to me. Not that we established that “joyful” is what we are going for! Maybe the word I’m looking for is “welcoming”....the terra cotta aren’t looking very inviting? I do like Orange Bitters because we are back to the sunnier colors. I also wonder if terra cotta falls within the traditional category and is widely used like the bright yellows? So perhaps you lean very traditional?

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    Looking at the last combination of colors - the Designer’s Choice - I can see the three walls being “Snowed In” (an odd name choice for India?), the window wall being Orange Bitters, and the fabrics being Swordplay. Although.....now I’m starting to worry a bit about your small chair, as we should work that color into the room in just one or two more doses, otherwise the chair will seem a bit out of place. Perhaps there will be some cushions with just a bit of that teal/green in their pattern, or some art with a bit of dark green in it. We won’t need much. Actually, houseplants will contribute some green as well.

    Ni Ti thanked karemore55
  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    Lighter or different curtains will be totally up to you...I think we can work with your current ones, but on the other hand we could use curtains as part of the color scheme. At the moment they are very neutral and will definitely be a background color.

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    I just looked up Orange Bitters on the Dulux site and got different coordinating colors for it, including Spa Blue and Silver Streak on the bottom.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Terracotta is highly used in rural India, but doesnt see much representation in Urban India.. not in saturated form of wall color atleast.

    However, now with Midcentury modern styles that a lot of people are adopting (and overdoing sometimes), Yellow Ochre, Terracotta and Saturated dark blues are coming back in decor. (May be I see it so much inspirations that I started leaning towards those). I really wanted to incorporate the green that's on the chair on one of the walls- that was before I bought this chair.


    Off the three midcentury colors used in India, I really like Yellow Ochre- but so does literally everyone who is trying their hand at decorating.

    I dont really have a major problem with Yellow, I just want to explore more options, before settling on it- to be sure that that's the best choice I could have made.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Regarding complementing factors for the green chair- yes, some cushions will have some green in it- a lot of ethnic designs use that color in the design.


    Wrt the color combinations for Orange bitters, yes, I do like the ones they suggested for the rest of the walls and the sofa covers. The other combination that the website showed you (I dont know why its different!?!), I like those too.. they seem to be nice as well.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I really like how Spa Blue looks.

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    If you could find me some of the inspiration pictures you mentioned, I’d love to see them. It would really help me to see what you are drawn to.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Yes, I can do that. Will you be able to access my board on Pinterest? Here’s the link. I just looked at the board but it doesn’t have coloured walls, just a sprinkling of terracotta colours everywhere.
    https://pin.it/jRbdf2T

    If you can’t, I will share some screenshots.

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    Thanks, Ni. Yes, I am now following your boards. I had a quick look at them and I am seeing lots of browns and terra cotta, and it makes me think that i have been throwing colors at you that are a bit too bright for your taste? I will have a closer look at them tomorrow, though.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Yes please! It must be quite late in the night for you! Thanks for today and good night!

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    Alright, I’ve had a good look at your pins and I see that the board is specifically for rugs, so perhaps it’s not so much the rooms you like but the rugs? But, generally, I saw rich, earthy tones; white walls; contemporary artwork; an open, airy feel; and traditional with a contemporary twist. Does this sound like your vision for the room, or were you just focusing on the rugs when you chose these pins? I picked a few pins that I thought I would post here, and maybe you can tell me what it is you like about the rooms? It will really help me to help you. As I said, I’m a little worried that the bright, punchy colors are not what you are after.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Hi! Yes I call the board a rug board but I was looking for ideas to decorate a cozy but more open living room despite having a dark rug with busy pattern. As I told you, my husband likes the rug a lot but I don’t like it so much (I bought it years back) and I keep seeing that people decorate with neutral rugs these days. I didn’t even know what my rug style is called but found out after a lot of searching and since then I have been looking for rooms that have such rugs but look warm and bright. To be specific:

    1. in the first picture, the rug colour matches my rug a little and the neutral shade of blue/gray sofa that’s going with it is looking good. Also, I liked the sofa style to use for future reference, when I buy it (after a few years, to replace the current ones).

    2. I liked here how the pillows have been matched to the rug, with a neutral sofa base. Also, the gallery wall looked really good.

    3. Use of that narrow table along with sofas of different Colors. I was trying to figure out how different colour sofas will look in a space and what ties them together.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Yes I agree about the traditional with contemporary twist that you mentioned. I don’t want the room to have a super traditional look but I also don’t want it to be one of those modern rooms that look pretty much the same. I want to be a happy middle ground.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I had numbered by points but the phone app got them removed for some reason. I hope you will be able to understand that I commented on each pic separately

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    Yes, I understood the sequence of your comments and thank you, Ni, for helping me to understand. So I think maybe we aren’t so far off with the idea of using some gray-blues and a punch of earthy orange somewhere, right? It’s just a matter of deciding which colors will go on what item. I was intrigued by that third picture that had the orange settee - we could certainly do that, or do you feel that would be too much orange?

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    And I’d like to show you a room I found on Pinterest last night that had the most amazing piece of art. I feel that all the colors we are discussing are right there in this art. So, I’m not sure whether you already have some art you want to use but if not, a piece like this could certainly bring in that green/teal you are loving, as well as terra cotta. The art is at once both traditional and modern, which I love. I do remember you saying that you have some wood cuttings you would like to have on the walls - is it possible that we could do the wood cuttings on one wall and a piece of multi-coloured, possibly abstract, art on the opposite wall?

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    I’d also like to show you this picture - even though this is bedding, it again has many of the colors we have been discussing. This one doesn’t have the orange, but does have a bit of the bright yellow color. Also, the green pillow seems to represent your chair. I thought I would show it so that you can envision the room without any orange, but with a bit of bright yellow - perhaps the window wall or maybe even curtains, or just a pillow or two. Or do you think you’d like to have some orange in the room too?

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I have been thinking about this. People naturally gravitate towards yellow wall because it really does look good with all of the asian elements in a room, the terracotta and various colours of wood that I have in the other furniture and decor pieces. My husband also seems to like variations of yellow more than the oranges and corals. That said, most people go for really bright yellow in their space, I would like something more mellow- a tad towards brown in the spectrum. I came across a beautiful yellow this morning but forgot to save :(, I hope I can find it :) and share the screenshot.


    The bedding picture you shared does give a good idea of how the various elements of color will coordinate. I really like how bright that looks too. I also am suddenly feeling really excited because the room we envisioned for so long is finally coming in shape. I can't contain the excitement!

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I tried out several yellows but I can’t pinpoint the one I liked! But meanwhile, I have saved several ideas on the app and still the Casino Gold really just stands out to me and speaks to me. I was also looking at stencil walls, and Indian motif is placed on the wall to make it look almost like a fabric. I came across the idea yesterday and it’s a great twist I think, though difficult to execute correctly. I have attached a wall paper inspiration of that too, however this wall paper is a little too crowded, I would like my stencils to be quite spaced apart. If we go this route, we can keep the covers of sofas the blue grey colour and a complementing beige colour for the other settee. That way, I will be able to play with cushions of various styles without being all over the place!

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Also came across this inspiration pic. The green of the sofa is really similar to my chair. Really liked the yellow wall in this space. Decided to try it on the colour app on my wall. What do you think?

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Hi, just a nudge for your response @karemore55

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    Hi Ni, I suspect there was a delay in your latest comments getting to me...I’m not sure how long ago you posted them, but I’ve just received them. Anyway, I lovelovelove the of the stencilled motifs on the walls! And totally agree about the wider spacing. I hope you can execute that idea as it is a great one. I also love Desert Train for your window wall - so, either that or Casino Gold seem to be the final contenders? And yes, the color choices for the settees are nice and neutral and will be backdrops for the lively mix of pillows, as well as the stencilled walls, the art and the gorgeous brightly coloured feature wall. I can picture this all very clearly in my mind and I love the vision. Also, looking back at your pillow choices, I now lean toward one of the more neutral groupings - the ones that have some black and white pillows in the mix. I think these will more closely resemble your latest inspiration pic, and will look a little more boho.

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    And just to clarify - the gold color would only be for the window wall, right? I think this would give a more modern, airy feel. I picture the other three walls being a nice, bright white to really make those stencil motifs pop.

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    I also see your future rug in that latest inspiration pic! That is a hugely popular pattern here in North American - it’s considered modern when actually the pattern has its origins in the East and has a tribal feel to it.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I posted my comments about 12 hours back and I was waiting for your replies on those! I thought I overwhelmed you with too many ideas that are not too great!

    I love that you like the stencil idea. I can buy a stencil off of amazon for super cheap and may be able to execute that idea with white paint over the desert train/ casino gold. Yes, both my husband and I are pretty convinced that those Colors would be a good choice for us. Yes, this plan is for window wall, and other walls will be a clean white.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Could you explain which pillows you’re talking about? And yes, I love those Neutral rugs but I got such a hardy and well made piece for my first rug, I don’t think it’s ever going to fall apart and I might just have to donate it after a few years!

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I mean the current rug that I own.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Are we talking about the white rug with black lines still? I didn’t realise that the pattern originated in the east?

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Ofcourse, Houzz is really bad a notifying correctly, especially if you are active of 4-5 threads

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    I thought I’d do a collage showing some IKEA pillows that I found the other night, along with one of the more neutral pillow groups you are thinking of getting. I wouldn’t use all of these pillows with your neutral ones, but if you want to add a bit more color to your pillow mix, any of these would be good choices. There are also lots of other pillows on the IKEA site, if these don’t appeal. You can really control your color scheme, as well as the liveliness of your room, by curating your pillow selections. Also, I have a few IKEA pillows myself and they are extremely comfortable. You buy the pillow inserts separately and they are nice and soft, and not too puffy. I’m not sure if IKEA is offering curb side pickup as they are here in Canada during these COVID times?

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    That is too bad that you posted 12 hours ago. I was awake for most of the night and came downstairs to have a cup of tea. I could have been reading your comments then, had they arrived! Yes, the rug I was referring to is the black and white one with the diamond pattern. It is a variation of a Beni Ourain rug which I believe originates from Morocco.
    Hopefully you received my latest collage which I posted today after my other comments. I used the bundle of pillows you had shown me that had very neutral black and white pillows along with a brown leather one. I showed that group of pillows with several IKEA pillows, thinking that for a splash of color you could add anywhere from one to several of the IKEA ones to your mix. Let me know if you received the collage comment.

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    One more thing - I compared Casino Gold with Desert Train, and I am preferring Casino Gold. The color seems clearer whereas Desert Train appears a bit muddy and complex. Desert Train would still look good, but might not give quite as “happy” a vibe as Casino Gold. Also, it appears that Desert
    Train has a slight green undertone which might not look too good with your green chair. It would be better if the chair and the gold wall were a nice, clear contrast to each other.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Hi, I was checking comments in the middle of the night and dozed off while typing a reply. I got this collage with Ikea cushions, and I like it. Ikea does online delivery in India, though I have never tried it, looks like they are just ironing out supply issues. It’s offline shop is not in my city yet, otherwise both my husband and I would literally live there. I’m not sure if I have seen these prints on the website here. But I’m sure I will find similar pillows on amazon too. I like the colour scheme you suggested.

    As far as paint is concerned, I like both the same and don’t really see a difference in tone 😂, so I think I will go with Casino gold, trusting your vision.

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    I did get the pillows off the IKEA India site, but perhaps they feature different merchandise in different regions? I’m glad you have got your main elements decided upon....sounds like you will be busy over the next little while!

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    I’m not sure if this will help, but I’m showing Desert Train and Casino Gold in two different collages, with a (somewhat blurry) image of your green chair in front. The Casino Gold seems to offer better contrast to the chair - I’m not sure if that’s because of the mossy undertone I am seeing in Desert Train, or if it’s because Desert Train is a darker color.

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Yes, u bet! With paint decided on, I should tackle that next. It would be a while before I come back on that, can’t do it this weekend 😞. But I will update you as soon as I am done with paint?

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Also, what colour did we settle on for both settees? I know we got a blue gray one, what about the other?

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I looked properly on the site and found most of the cushions you suggested 🤓

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    I agree now, Casino just looks brighter and offers more contrast

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Do you like this one? Instead of the plain green you suggested?

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    I think you were saying that you would use blue-gray fabric for the one settee, and beige for the other? However, maybe you’ll change your mind once you start looking at fabrics and something else jumps out at you? I do like your idea of those two colors, though.
    Yes, that green floral pillow will definitely fit in. I al ost pinned it as well but decided I was getting a little carried away lol.
    I look forward to seeing the transformation!

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    Haha, I guess both of us are getting carried away but that’s good 😊. Yes! I will update you after these elements are in place. I forgot I mentioned beige for the other settee. Alright! I hope to update you soon! 🤞

  • karemore55
    7 months ago

    Hi Ni, I just thought of something....did you say you planned to do the stencil motifs on the window wall? If so, I am thinking they will be mostly hidden by the curtains. I wonder if it might be better to stencil the long wall that is on the right side of the room when looking toward the window. I could see this being a pretty backdrop to the prayer box (I think that’s what you called it?) and your wood cuttings. Then maybe the opposite wall (the one with the kitchen doorway) could hold a large piece of art?

  • Ni Ti
    Original Author
    7 months ago

    In that case you mean the wall would be white with yellow motifs? Also, which wood cuttings were you talking about?