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Casting couch

Interior designers say that muted shades are a thing of the past and a splash of colour on the couches is the trend, writes Neha Sharma.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2008 15:03 IST
Neha Sharma

If you are a couch potato you will love these, and if you aren’t, you will become one. Interior designers say that muted shades are a thing of the past and a splash of colour on the couches is the trend.

Lipika Sud, chairperson, Institute of Indian Interior Designers, says that initially people didn’t think much before deciding the colour of their couch because it had to be grey or white, but now there are loads of options. “Interiors are a cyclic trend. If at one point there is focus on straight-line furniture, soon it is blended with traditional elements for an eclectic mix. Colour is a critical aspect as it adds volume and denotes style,” she says. “Happy and chirpy colours like loud red, green, yellow and earthy shades like golden and rust are very in.”

Designers say that the recent obsession with colour also has its roots in the rejection of the ‘play it safe’ philosophy. “Muted shades are considered safe and this is the era when everyone wants to experiment and innovate,” says interior designer Nupur Gupta of Alchemy.

However, while choosing a bright couch, one has to keep the home decor in mind because bright shades don’t always go with the wall paint, carpets and curtains. “An off-white wall will form a great contrast to a bright red couch. An aquamarine couch will look great with cushions in a blend of green and blue. A black shaggy and neutral beige curtains will make an awesome combination,” Sud tells us.

Gupta suggests a combination of blue and beige on patterned fabric while the rest of the body can be beige. “Buttercup yellow and green are other colours to play with.”

Akshaya Badrinarayanan, head of north, Stanley boutique, has observed that people are becoming more daring in their choice of colours. “They don’t ask for regular browns, whites and blacks any more, but go for strong shades of red, green and blue. The most popular colour is deep red. Many people blindly follow trends and pick up dazzling shades. We advise them to see if the shade will go with their table lamps, carpets and the paintings on the walls,” he says.

Roli Gupta of the House of Raro says that vibrant couches are for those with an eclectic taste. The rest can stick to the light colours. “It is a personal choice, one should not blindly follow trends,” she says.

Agrees Praveen Rao of Dolphin Mart, which recently launched the home decor store Elitaire. “Couches with vibrant colours and embroidery are much in demand but they look good if the living room is spacious.” People living in small apartments should not go for bright shades as these make the room look still smaller, he says.

Santosh Nair, country manager, India, Vitra, says that lively colours are ruling in Europe and the trend has now picked up in India. “People are experimenting with the entire palette of colours,” he adds. They still buy grey, but even there they want brighter shades, he says.