When I think of the Bollywood movie scene I see vibrant sarees, romantic plots, boastful ballads, and energetic dancing. Before you can have a beautiful Bollywood boudoir you must know where the term Bollywood comes from. “Bollywood” is derived from Bombay (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry. Bollywood is not a physical place like Hollywood, but describes the Hindi-language film industry and has inspired a beautifully rich colored style of dressing and living. As you dive into your dream homes Bollywood design the following is a great guide to follow to keep the cool mix of cultural assimilation influx that Bollywood has created.
The book “Style by the Aisle- Off the rack decorating for an affordable chic” by Better Homes and Gardens lists out the keys to this style of design:
Decorate with flamboyance; Explore the exuberance of Bollywood, the movie industry’s divas and darlings dress in shimmering costumes exaggerated for maximum effect. Likewise Bollywood homes are temples to saturated color, rich pattern, and cultural assimilation.
Imagine a backdrop; Think of your living spaces as Bollywood theater, where your life plays out for real. Design a stunning set with hot-colored walls, fretwork panels, and pointed arches. Layer floors with elaborate carpets. Dress windows with diaphanous curtains, stained glass, louvers, slats, and shutters.
Set the scene; Cultivate India’s assimilation of cultures by selecting “made-in-India” tables, chairs, and handcrafted storage pieces. Include British Colonial camelback sofas and plantation pieces as well as tiled and painted pieces that exhibit Islamic decorative influences.
Dramatize with fabric; Spread flower-strewn carpets on the floors. Drape lotus-inspired shawls and embroidered mirror work throws over beds and sofas. Veil table tops with delicate paisleys and lacy crochet. Cascade saffron velvets and silky brocades down staircase walls. Combine diversities, such as patchwork bed linens from the villages of Rajasthan, south Indian hand-loomed checked weaves, kantha embroidery from west Bengal, and gossamer sari silks from Gujaret.
Add special effects; As if dramatic textiles aren’t enough, accelerate the color effects of the fabric festival with mood-heightening lamps and lights. Tree-of-life forged iron candelabras for tables and floors put a gleam of the metallic in a room. Candlelight’s bless the space with their own kind of atmosphere, and electrical lights and lanterns make it possible to read the fine print.
As you chose the design for your Bollywood space you should create a living space that is fit for any Bollywood film, a place where mind and body revive. It should please all your senses, celebrating beauty and creating special moods and effects. Paring strong complementary colors, such as purple and yellow, brings powerful vibes into a sitting room. Try painting a Bollywood arch onto your wall to create focal-point. The furnishing for you living space should be a nice mix of western-style seating and traditional Indian hardwood tables, chairs, and lighting fixtures.
If spicy fabrics and glittering textures whet your appetite for decorating, a Bollywood dining room should be nice fit. To create a dazzling dining space add wainscot that follows the architecture of windows, coloring the lower section with a darker tone than the one above it. A good height for such wainscoting on an 8ft wall is about 70″. For a focal point on a plain wall, assemble a trompe l’oeil window with wood shutters, mirror tile, and “wagon wheel” brackets from the lumber yard. Follow the lines of the arch when painting the backdrop, framing in with 2″ margins. A mix of complimentary hues of similar tones with metallics to bring Bollywood colors to the table. To create a lovely tablescape stitch together two sarongs (cost-plus has great selection) this makes a rich and colorful covering. The centerpieces, elaborate bowls of gold- or silver-trimmed glass balls (Christmas ornaments work perfectly) Glass lanterns add the sparkle, Indian hardwood buffets, sideboards, or plantation-style serving trays are a perfect complement to the deep and colorful table top.
To have Bollywood boudoir is to have sizzling-hot walls, sumptuous fabrics, and intricately handcrafted metallics. A heavy blend of saffron, shocking pinks, purples, and red are cooled and refreshed with strong accents of white, silver, and cream. A lipstick pink wall will be sure to stun, then paint the floor (or add a floor rug from Marshall’s) pure white to cool the room and reflect the strong color. Furnishing the space with dark wood or all white furniture keeps things consistent. For an extra luxury add a low tea table with floor cushions from Marshall’s set on a dhurrie or chindi rug. Buy a floor screen with forged ironwork panels, brass inserts, or intricate wood-carved “beehive” patterns to separate the two spaces. Complete the dramatic space with a silky fringed scarves looped over canopy rails, dress-up gowns hung from folding screens, and beaded pillows arranged over an Indian cotton bedspread. Knot long, dramatic swaths of colorful voiles or metallic polyesters found at the fabric store, and float them loosely over the curtain rods.
The small details of any Bollywood design include:
Sense Pleasers; a velvety rose with a floral scent, a book printed in Sanskrit, and miniature flowers on a silken pillow. Play music for the ears and burn incense for the ritual of it, and sip ginger tea.
Metallic Block Prints and Shiny Beads; go for the gold. Layer Indian textiles on a madder red sofa in a showcase of pattern, and you can find bead-trimmed block prints on shawls, cushions, and candles in import stores near you.
Scarf Dance; with two large silver clips from an office supply store, fashion a dramatic flourish at your window. First mount a 36″ length of threaded rod from a hardware store as a curtain rod; buy threaded rod nuts and screw them onto the ends of the rods for finals. Slide a sheer privacy panel onto the rod. Then, with the silver clips, fasten the corners of one end of a sari scarf onto the rod over the first panel, leaving a loose, stylish curve at the center.
Hanging Lanterns; Light hanging candles for magical moods. You’ll find dozens of votive-holding choices in import stores. Some have wires for swinging from plant hooks fastened to the ceiling. Others hang from metal tabletop or floor stand fitted with hooks or hanging beaded glass votive cups.
While planning your new Bollywood keep these things in mind:
Color: think gems hues- topaz, sapphire, ruby, and emerald – or spices – saffron, cayenne, and ginger. Complimentary colors of red with greens, purples with yellows, and blues with oranges. Or group color families together cool blues/ greens or hot pinks/reds. Plan to add refreshing whites and accents of silver and gold. Pattern: gold block prints, flowering patterns, floating paisley motifs, embroidered mirror work, feathers and fringes, embroidery, and cotton weaves.
Texture; ornamentation and embellishment a plenty with Gossamer cottons, silky brocades, metal cutwork, iron forgeries, carved hardwoods and gold embroideries.
While shopping for you new Bollywood inspired home look for:
Furniture; camelback sofas, cushioned swing chairs, and upholstered cotton dhurrie benches with turned woods legs, wood armchairs with loose cushions, dining tables dining chairs, and buffers. British Colonial-styles plantation tray tables, dining tables, plantation chairs, and four-poster beds, carved elephant coffee tables, trunks, tables, umbrella stands, and cabinets, hand carved wood cabinets and wine racks, hand-painted, carved, and forged iron floor screens, trunks, and boxes.
Window Treatments; use white crinkle voile, white on while appliqué or embroidered tab-top panels, shutters, cotton jacquard or velvet panels.
Soft furnishings; should include bandhani tie-died, chappai block-printed, quilted, fabric appliquéd, embroidered, or mirror worked pillows, floor cushions, table cloths, bed linens, and throws, many you can find at Pier 1 Imports or Marshalls. Cotton dhurrie and chindi rugs, phoolwari flat woven wool carpets, chenille rugs, coir or grass mats.
Table Top Furnishings; using indigo blue star-patterned plates, silver trays, and chargers, colored glass china, stemware, and glasses. Iron candelabra would be a nice center piece or good for a sideboard. Lighting: forged iron table or floor lamps, candelabra, colored glass or wire mesh lanterns, beaded votive cups, and hooks for hanging mini lanterns.
Better Homes and Gardens, Style by the Aisle, off the rack decorating for affordable chic.
Bollywood- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “etymology”, 10/4/2010.