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In literal terms, Zen refers to meditation. In interior design, it refers to creating an ambience that is tranquil, peaceful and meditative. The hubbub of urban life takes a toll on the mental well-being of any individual. This coupled with pollution and chaos can leave us pretty irritable and exhausted. What better solution, then, than transforming your home into a Zen sanctuary away from it all?
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Successful lighting keeps to the backstage and complements the décor. A good illumination design is like makeup. You must use it in such a way that it should highlight beautiful features and not the light or makeup itself.
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Completely hand-drawn and -painted, Madhubani, Warli, Gond and Pattachitra art have years of tradition behind them. Incorporated as wall hangings or in accessories such as lampshades and decorative boxes, these ancient folk art traditions add pops of colour, whimsy and an ethnic aesthetic.
I get the urge to do something special with my space as soon as autumn settles in and the fragrance of jasmine rekindles my memories of childhood and happy festivities. For me, this somewhat nostalgic urge is about making the home speak the language of the festival of lights -- fresh, warm, inviting, happy, awash in colours and patterns. Here is an easy checklist and some handy tips to make sure your home reflects all the cheer of the season of celebrations.