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What's in the nameplate?

Many spend hours deciding whether to go in for something classic and wood or heavy limestone plastered on copper. Chesta Wadhwani suggests some options.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2009 19:29 IST
Chesta Wadhwani

What’s in a name? Plenty. More so when the name, carved out on dark wood or stenciled on polished metal, hang happily on your door.

It’s said that nameplates offer a peek into what lies inside. So it’s no surprise to learn that many spend hoursdeciding whether to go in for something classic and wood or heavy limestone plastered on copper.

For a larger-than-life effect, alphabets on metal are creatively cut out in acrylic, glass, wrought iron, sleeper wood or teak.

Laser etching also bring shine to doors.

Go natural
The trend earlier leaned towards glossy metal plates which the name carved out in elegant lettering in metal, wood, fibre or clay. But space crunch and an inclination towards artistic designs has made way for natural materials on hand-painted plates.

“Today, nameplates have gone from classic to bizarre. People want their homes to reflect their personality.. so their nameplates bear their signature style,” says interior designer, Prerna Goyal of Prathamideas.

Goyal adds that nameplates are an ideal housewarming gifts.

Ganpati idols engraved on nameplates signifying happy beginning are in great demand abroad

One to all
Eco-friendly pieces are in with twigs, jute ropes and clay replacing metals. And now plates don’t just bear the
surname but the names of all the family members.

“The name plate has become a symbol of togetherness. Sometimes even the names of pets are included, and pictures too,” says Goyal.

Hand-painted nameplates are a big hit. Nameplates bearing landscape designs, rough sketches, simple graphitti or wacky graphics work well too.

Some even include slogans like Our home is our paradise, None of us is as strong as all of us, Ghar kise kehte hain. Even desktop catchphrases like Welcome to my mess or Sorry desk.

Name boards in housing societies have also moved from staid to happy with names of resident members etched out set against bright backgrounds that incorporate fancy designs, caricatures and even colourful icons. Well that’s one way of coming home to a happy home.