Decorating Living Room on a Budget: Redesign Concept

I did this project as an interior redesign project, which was initially published in “Indian Design and Interiors”, July 2008 issue. The project called for providing redesign solutions for redecorating a living space of an existing apartment. The existing space looked like this:

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The client wanted a low-budget and contemporary design proposal. I started with bold shapes and straight lines to create a modern ambiance, at the same time giving a warm, homely feel.


The keyword is dynamism.

Interesting motifs on the walls, contrasting colors, suspended chains and a carpet featuring free flowing lines, all create an aura of zing and energy.

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The furniture layout is so designed as to cater to different groups of guests. The seating pools have also been increased so that they accommodate a good number of visitors at the times of a party.

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The color combination was tricky! It had to look interesting and contemporary as well as gel with the rest of the spaces. I have carefully selected shades of cream and beige for backdrop contrasting with black for furniture. This gives an easy-to-maintain, yet a clean sophisticated look.

Hints of gold and red add drama in the form of cushions and decoratives. The gold chains make up for a translucent partition and a chic focal point.

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The upholstery materials include rich fabrics and soft leatherette. Animal prints and geometric patters are used. Other materials include a soft carpet and a shaggy rug matching the color scheme. Natural laminates for wooden panel and center table complete the look.

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A combination of black and ivory back painted glass is used to create a mural on one wall, while milky glass is used to make a bubble like creation on another. Uneven wooden frames accessorize the wall opposite main sofa.

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The accessories all include local buys – silver leaves, a synthetic thread lampshade, long glass vases and earthen pots. All combining to create a low budget yet striking setting.

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