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There’s just a slight nip in the air, wardrobes are being rejigged for fall, and we’re craving hot chocolate. With winter ’round the corner, your home could use some restyling as well. From winter-appropriate rugs and carpets to curtains and lighting, there’s a lot you can do to make your interiors feel warm and cosy. Colour schemes, textures, prints and patterns, and lighting – interior designer Sarita Handa gives us the top ways to deck up the living space for fall.

Upholstery and curtains

“This season is all about maximalist themes coupled with prints like Ikat, Suzani, botanicals, Palampore, and bird Prints. Nature-inspired motifs, especially florals and abstract geometrical patterns, which pay tribute to global indigenous craft cultures, take centrestage. They are complemented by rich, warm shades in teal, olive green, wine, berry, red, brown, ochre, and orange; classic charcoal and grey can be juxtaposed with vibrant whites and antique blush tones. Besides embroidered fabrics for upholstery and curtains, focus also on richly textured jacquards and varied solid colours.”
Lighting fixtures
“Opt for modern and architectural shapes, but with a harmonious approach to finishing. Select from soft, warm golds, beige tones, and stark yet chic blacks. Vintage-inspired crystal chandeliers are here to stay.”

Sarita Handa designs

“It is all about taking global references. Veer away from run-of-the-mill traditional designs – think angular, modern, and geometric assemblies. Pieces with dramatic shapes and curved detailing are having a moment.”

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“The focus should be on intricate, ornamental designs in varied finishes and elemental colours such as gold or brass, providing a delightful contrast against the clean, pragmatic minimalism of hand-cut glass. You can also blend oriental motifs in rich colours with geometric patterns. All this featured across mirrors, vases, jewellery boxes, and table décor items.”


Sarita Handa interiors

“Winter decor is incomplete without contemplating the right kind of floor spreads. In terms of carpets, think polychromatic vibrance. Modern, abstract patterns take inspiration from the predetermined symmetry and beauty of Nature’s ‘controlled chaos’. Pick up pieces which blend warm wool and light cotton to suit a variety of comfort levels and preferences.”

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.