Monica Bedi Residence
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Having a focal point keeps the design direction tightly edited. Plus, as a corollary to the previous rule, keeping the extravagant elements limited to accessories (like the gallery of photos in this image) allows you to switch pieces around to find a balance to your liking. Here, the gallery wall is the focal point, whose character you can change by moving frames about, or adding or subtracting pieces.Get more ideas for eclectic decor from these images
8. Inward-looking layoutA three-sided format that doesn’t necessarily use the walls as reference can be a warm setting for family nights and evenings of entertaining. The fourth wall could be a welcome location for a television. See how this accent-spangled Mumbai space by PS Design boasts a selection of seats in various styles. The bench on the left effectively sections off the living room.Pros:Allows a medley of seating stylesCons:Requires three-way space, which may be unavailable in some roomsTip: A backless sofa or bench placed between two zones can work as a divider. It can also provide seating from both sides.
An amalgam of frames with prints and figurines cover the textured wall behind the off-white tuxedo sofa. From a pop art print to quirky accessories like the vintage key and the aeroplane, the variety gives this feature wall an eclectic vibe.
2. Scale your patternsThe size of the pattern should ideally complement the piece of furniture that it’s on. Small patterns over a large surface area may end up looking too busy, while huge patterns on a tiny element might look too overwhelming. Small to mid-sized motifs are a safe bet for cushions and throws, while slightly larger prints can be used on rugs and wallpaper, depending on the area that they cover. Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Sometimes, a big, bold print on a cushion can work very well, provided that the rest of the elements in the room are balanced.
TuxedoTuxedo is a box-shaped sofa that is geometric, neat at the edges and has arms and back of the same height. Its uniform sides and back are precisely proportioned and exquisitely detailed. The crisp angles and unfussy design give out a smart and formal vibe.
This Mumbai home opens its doors into a heavily accessorised living room that is connected to a study and a dining space. Right behind the dining space is the kitchen, a powder room, the master bedroom and Monica’s mother’s room. Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. As one enters the living area, the large feature wall behind the sofa immediately catches the eye. It showcases quirky framed accessories like an oversized vintage Indian key, pop art illustrations and a cow wall mural, among others – all this is presented against a beige, textured background. “The wall is the life of the house. Some pieces were Monica’s own and some others we brought together from India and abroad. Since the space was limited and I had only this wall to experiment with, we kept it central to the design of the home. Also, keeping in tune with the theme, are specially sourced curios on the centre and side tables and a distressed wooden unit on the right that unfolds as a bar,” Mehra says.Limited edition prints: Sameer Kulavoor and Sarita Handa; bar unit: Viya Home; some accessories: CellarDoor, Sidewalks of the World, Apartment 9 and Chor Bazaar, the flea market in Mumbai