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Swing in style

india Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:13 IST
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A swing is a playful addition to any home. In the garden area, it can help one relax and inside the house, it can add a touch of traditional elegance when hung from the ceiling. A decorated or ornamented swing can even become the central element of a house’s décor.

Indoor vs outdoor
The nature of the space determines the shape of the swing and other products to be arranged alongside. “A swing should be placed where there is enough space for movement,” says Sanyam Bhushan, director, Patios.

A hanging wooden swing works best in a backyard and a well-designed metal swing looks good in a courtyard. “Indoor and outdoor swings are easily differentiated on the basis of the material used, or the making or style of the swing.

For example, the wood design is very easy to care for and is treated so that it will not fade or weather from being in the outdoors. An indoor swing is more of a designer piece that coordinates to the home interiors and adds an interesting element to it,” explains interior designer Monica Kamal.

Elements and materials
A wooden porch swing always gels with nature and its elements, while a metallic swing will go with some royal ultra rich sort of concepts. “In case of space constrain oval-shaped and single stand swings are ideal options,” says Bhushan.

Wooden porch swings, cane, wrought iron or bamboo swings, garden hammocks and rope swing are some of the swing options one can experiment with. “Know your space while purchasing a swing.

The swing shouldn’t be too bulky and huge where there is a space constraint,” adds Kamal. Porch swings are basically nice furniture pieces designed to give you a great time outdoors, while front porch swings are a welcoming addition to any home
— and ideal for reading the morning paper.

Before you spend on a swing
Swings for the outdoors have to be heat and water resistant. Indoor swings don’t have these restrictions.

One should go for natural and neutral shades such as white, wooden or grey for a swing kept in the garden area, but in the case of the living or dining room area, one can play around with colours and opt for rich looking metallic and antique shades that gel with a contemporary setting.

If you are placing the swing in the open, purchase a less dramatic and close-to-nature version that is elegant with sharp and blunt finishes, unlike the indoor swings that must ideally be curvy and dramatic.