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The 5 C’s of Home Decor

A for apple. B for ball. C for cat. But when it comes to home décor, C stands for a whole lot more.

We give you the five C’s of home décor – trends that have staying power and are the new black when it comes to home décor. Try them out today.


This metal has been used in home décor for long – mostly as wires and piping – on account of its durability and propensity to conduct electricity. With the industrial décor trend maintaining its popularity, copper and its signature reddish-orange shine have become the latest favourite of designers. Use it in the bathroom as a backsplash or sink, in the kitchen as a kettle or counter-top, in the living area as a floor lamp or table accent, and in the dining room as a pendant lamp or planter. The simplest way to use copper? Hang a collection of pots and pans in the kitchen.


Expert tip: Always keep copper shining – only then does it add sparkle to any room.


This lush and decadent style was born in late 18th-century Europe when exotic Asian imports married extravagant Baroque interiors. The result was furniture and décor elements that melded Asian and European elements, leading to interiors rich in luxurious lacquers, sumptuous hues, attractive lines and whimsical motifs. Chinoiserie is a flamboyant style, and not for the faint-hearted. Colour takes centre stage, with black, gold, red and fuchsia. Look for wall treatments that are colourful and have Oriental/Asian motifs. High-gloss finishes add a lustre all their own. Distinctive motifs, such as foo dogs, pagodas, dragons, peacocks and cherry blossoms, complete the look.


Expert tip: Opt for the easy way out. Make Chinoiserie a part of your home by adding blue-and-white pottery.


Time was when corduroy only meant clothes. No more. The fabric that looks as if it is made from multiple cords laid parallel has graduated from the construction of trousers, jackets and shirts. It’s now helping create a variety of looks, casual or formal, and rustic or elegant, in homes across the world. Lighter and brighter colours – such as pale yellow, cornflower blue and celery green – create a fresh interior palette, and lend themselves well to family rooms. Darker shades like charcoal, sandstone and chocolate create a darker and often more formal ambience. Look for varying wales (the width of the cord; the number of ridges per inch) to create different statements.


Expert tip: Corduroy slipcovers in bright colours can give an old sofa a new lease of life.


If you’ve done stripes to death, why not try a variation? Chevron. The chevron pattern first appeared on pottery and rock carvings in Crete and Greece as early as 1800 BC. Since then, the inverted V-shaped pattern has been a staple of many designers’ stables down centuries. The convoluted stripes are now making a comeback. The best part about chevron is it lends itself to all kinds of design elements – wallpaper, accent rugs, wall art, throw pillows and bed linen. DIYers bitten by the chevron bug can try their hands at creating chevron wall art. All you need is paint, painter’s tape, a paintbrush and a sheet of paper.


Expert tip: Create an eye-catching accent wall by putting up a chevron-patterned wallpaper in bold colours.


Across the world, the word chik refers to various things – it’s an urban-type settlement in Russia and a village in south Iran. In India, chik is a wooden/bamboo blind that’s ubiquitous in summers. It shades off a balcony, adds style to a terrace and is a part of patios. The blinds can be varnished for outdoor use and customised as per requirement. Some companies also offer the facility of backing – transparent or opaque – to ensure weather protection or extra privacy. A chik adds a natural look to any room, creating a feel of being one with nature.


Expert tip: Put away the drapes in the living room and invest in chiks. They’ll glam up your space and create a roomy feel.