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Understated is not boring

india Updated: Jul 16, 2011 01:17 IST
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In the name of modernity are we heading towards dull and understated homes? The recent trend in home décor show a bend towards undecorate-your-house and understated decor, as the emerging styles for homes. Hence, the glamour is dwindling down and simple yet stylish interiors are taking over.

But understated décor does not always equate to dull and boring. Punam Kalra, Interior designer, says, “Understated is not boring or dull. It all depends how the space is put together as understated elegance can generate interesting elements as well.” Or is it fair to say that the styles of interior decoration are sobering down!


The colour palette has all of a sudden got colourless, with shades such as black, grays, beige dominating the interiors. Similar patterns in furnishings are visible, where upholstery and drapery are following the tradition of minimalism and dressing down too. Furniture designs are simpler with straight lines, no carving and less embellishments or ornamentation.

Reality Check
Before, opting for an understated look, always clarify if it’s your style and you would feel comfortable surrounded by dark and dull shades. As an understated look can be a bit dark, think hard before modelling your house on it. While the debate doesn’t ends here, as many see it as a consequence of more and more international interior brands foraying into the country, who could be responsible for the jumpstart of this trend; a popular choice in the west homes. Kalra adds, “As more and more international brands are entering the interior segment, exposure to this look is increasing and are directly influencing the choice of the consumers.”