One should keep experimenting with interior designs and décor themes at home. While kitschy, pop art, Mughal-esque, Mediterranean and Baroque themes have been quite popular; many are now looking at the rustic look. (Any attribution to recession for going rural with your interiors is purely coincidental.)
There are two types of rustic look that you can give to your house — the hill home look and the village look. “A pebble or a slate-studded wall works for the hill home look,” says interior designer Payal Kapoor and suggests a mock or a real bonfire too. One can also make the fireplace by using flagstone, handmade clay tile, or by creating a mantle piece out of rough cut or salvaged woods.
For the village look, watch out for unfinished pieces. Whether it’s a rough bark frame, the blue stone or the sand blasted granite — the raw finishing captures the essence of a village.
Colours and accessories
Earthy hues like brick reds, browns, chrome yellow and rusty oranges are perfect for such decor. Invest in red rugs and bamboo blinds. Add a bit of village glam with terracotta urns, copper vessels (a set of thaal, huge glass and bowl),
charpoy, hookah, matka and lanterns, suggests Payal.
Keep cushions and pillow covers in earthy tones with zari work on the border or zari pattern on the covers. Kathputlis are also a good option. For a rustic appearance, lighting should always be soft and dim. Place candles on ethnic wall sconces in wood.
Do it yourself:
* Take the lid of a round cane box and wrap a red thread (or a mauli) around it like spokes on the chakra. Hang it on the wall.
* Mix POP with husk and smother it on the wall for a rough texture. Adorn it with small mirrors to give it a kutch village look.
* Make murals on one of the walls or hang a Rajasthani phad painting on the wall.
To give your house the rustic look, you need to shell out anything upwards of Rs 25,000, excluding furniture.
1. For a more opulent rustic look, you can go in for katni marble flooring, which should cost you anywhere between Rs 2,000 and 3,000 per sq/ft tile
2. For an up market rustic look, go for sandblasted or flamed granite tiles, priced at Rs 125 per sq/ft
3. For a more pocket-friendly budget, shop for rustic tiles in sandy brown or tan that will cost you Rs 30 per sq/ft.
Where to shop
All Fab India stores for their cane and jute items; Street Market, Hauz Rani road, Near Saket for ethnic wall hangings, matkas and frames; and also Cottage and Rajasthan Emporiums in CP.