Holi Hai!

March, 2017

It's no coincidence that Holi marks the onset of spring. It's time to bring out colour, energy and bright smiles-so why should your home be left behind! Holi is the universe's way of making you do-over your winter inspired home, and give it a cheerful spring balance. So this year, in addition to colouring our faces and leaving handprints on the walls, let's bring our country's most loved festival home with colourful and happy decor products!

Speaking on the occasion, Anuj Jain, Director Decorative, Kansai Nerolac Paints, gives some colour tips to add some pizzazz to your home. He recommends painting one wall yellow as an accent colour to give it an energetic and sun-kissed vibe. To further enrich the elegance he suggests teaming this up with loosely arranged fresh summer flowers to add some delicate charm to your home decor. He suggests restricting the brighter shades of this colour (and others!) to the exteriors of your home-much like the spectacular outdoor setting created by Clarke & Clarke with their Artbook Collection (Penelope's Muse Linen on the next page).

Moving on to the winning hue of February, Jain points out the effortless dominance of sparingly used red in any room. He suggests a deep red or terracotta wall to create an intimate mood for gatherings in social spaces like living rooms. Serving a dual purpose, this colour (also) adds an earthy, restful air to bedrooms. For an enriching balance between a luxe and effervescent vibe, he recommends picking neutral shades like white and grey for adjoining walls.

Finally, in tandem with the Colour of the Year set by Pantone, Mr. Jain adds green to his list of spring hues. Seamlessly fitting into almost any palette, he suggests combining muted greens with colours like wintry blue-grey to preserve the airy early spring atmosphere for home interiors. For a more opulent finish, deep and vibrant sea greens or bottle green on a statement wall will take the surrounding decor up a notch. To equalize the brave look, he recommends keeping the decor minimal and using naturally occurring materials like wood, cane and clay to add that texture to the space.

With so much room for colour for every personality type and aesthetic, it's time to step out of your comfort zone and really experiment to invite a bright and positive energy into your home!